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Getting Married

You thought finding the love of your life and picking out a ring was intense …

Now comes the real fun—planning the wedding! We’ve got financial tips for the two of you for before the wedding, the wedding itself and after you’re married. We hope to help it all go off without a hitch.

Before the Wedding

It’s no secret that couples tend to fight about money more than anything. To try and nip this in the bud, it’s good to have a heart-to-heart discussion about money before tying the knot. Here are some topics you should cover:

The Wedding

Pretty much every woman has dreamed about this day since childhood. We’re not asking you to squelch any dreams here, but you may want to come up with a wedding budget before things get carried away.

Budget Time

Many sites these days (again check out our links) have ways for you to plan and track your spending. Not sure where to start? One wedding expert suggests breaking down the expenses this way:

To stay within your budget, use one of the online budget tools to stay on track, contact two or three vendors for everything (get every quote in writing!) and ask for discounts if you’re getting married in the slow season.

After the Wedding

Think it’s all over after the rice is thrown? Think again. Many of your financial decisions are just getting started. You might need to: