I am not getting married BUT I have been reading a few bridal magazines lately. I found out that many people tend to go overboard and go over their budgets when a wedding comes around.
Here is a wedding money mistake that people often make.
3. Falling To Peer Pressure
This is also know as Keeping Up With The Joneses and is the cause for many wedding budget overruns. You do not have to take advice from EVERYONE who has gotten married (AND all those who WISH they were getting married) when it comes to plannning your wedding.
The wedding is about the two of you and what you like. You can listen to suggestions from friends but you do not have to get a horse drawn carriage because Sally Mae thinks it would be wonderful. Your friends may encourage you to have the wedding that they wish they could have because they really do want to see you happy. They think that because they like something you will like it too…but be sure to stick to your own likes and needs when deciding what to have at your wedding.
Stick to the plan and do not let people steer you in the wrong direction or you will end up spending way too much on that wedding.
My daughter is getting married in January. I’m not sure about peer pressure but she chose a location half way across the country from everyone. She lives in Oak Harbor, WA. Her future inlaws live in Texas and her family is almost all in Virginia. It does make for interesting planning.
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Wow that certainly is a lot to deal with when planning. Let us know how it all works out. 🙂
Absolutely spot on. Your friends could make you spend more than you intended. My brides’ beautiful wedding dress was a sample, priced at $28.50. Guess what, it must have worked, because we’re still married. I am afraid that to many couples, it is all about a flashy show, and not about a marriage. This is were peer pressure can make one make a decision that can hurt after the wedding.
My brother is getting married. They have saved a lot of money by making the wedding favors and invitations themselves (hand-made)
Wow that is good for them.
Love this post! I was the first of my friends to get married – and honestly, my wedding was the first wedding I ever went to!! I had no idea what I was planning and looking back, it was VERY low key (like extremely low key – and nothing like anything I’ve been to since!). Especially compared to most I’ve been to since. Regardless, I loved my wedding and was glad to have it the way it was. I wish (especially for the sake of those who can’t splurge on a big extravaganza) our culture would go back to the simplicity of a normal wedding, but for now, I’ll enjoy the chocolate fountains and parties in obscenely beautiful country clubs!!
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