Weddings and Money: Where Do We Begin?
Vodka. Soak your diamond ring in it to make it sparkle. At least that’s my trick.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been fidgeting a lot with your new engagement ring since the day he proposed. It’s a fantastic feeling! I remember, I would gaze out the window and daydream for hours about my soon-to-be life as a wife.
And then it hit me: We need to plan a wedding!
After my then-fiancé-now-husband and I talked about this, we were faced with a question that left me feeling so uncertain.
“How much will our wedding cost?”
How do you even begin to answer this question?
Thank God we got help from couples who were married ahead of us.
Peace about your wedding finances will allow you to enjoy and focus on the most significant moments of your life.
In this four-part series, I compile a step-by-step guide to tackle what could be the most daunting element of the wedding planning process: money.
I’m taking my time to cover this topic because I’d really like to help you (and your fiancé) navigate through this part of the wedding planning process with excellence.
Why all the focus? Because I believe that the way you handle money for your wedding sets you up for the way that you’ll handle money for the rest of your married life.
Think biblical stewardship. Our responsibility as Jesus-followers is to manage God’s wealth, and manage it well. And your wedding will be one of the earliest and biggest opportunities to practice this as a couple. I won’t go into too much scriptural detail on what the Bible says about money management because there’s already plenty of great content available on this. Click here to check out one of my favourites.
Another principle that I’ll be touching on in this series is the idea that “what’s his is yours, and what’s yours is his.” Yes, the Bible talks about being one as husband and wife, which also applies to your finances. Check out this blog by someone who’s been married for 30 years (wow!) and shares about financial intimacy in marriage.
When you and your fiancé put God at the center of your wedding finances, God will take care of everything you need - including your sweet desires for the specific colours of your bouquet. You'll be surprised!
To get the most out of this blog series, I strongly suggest that you:
Go through each post in sequence.
Set a time with your fiancé to share your learnings and discuss your reflections
Sign-up for the tools that I share in the blogs. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. They’re meant to make wedding planning easier for you and free you up to spend time on more important things (like preparing for your marriage).
Leave me comments along the way. I’d be happy to address them as best as I can.
So here are my 4 Lessons on Weddings & Money:
Anything else you’d like me to write about regarding ‘Weddings & Money’? Please write in the comment section below!