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How Are We Going To Pay For All This?


Tradition may hold that the bride's parents pay the majority of the costs for the wedding and reception, but these days anything goes. If either or both of you are established money earners, you may be expected to shoulder most to all of the costs associated with the wedding yourselves. Even the most modest wedding can get very expensive, so it's wise to follow these words of advice.


Set a budget and stick to it: It's easy to believe the myth that the perfect wedding has to cost tens of thousands of dollars. Do your research and get creative when choosing locations, menus, decorations, flowers and gifts. And cut back on expenses where you can so that you have more money to devote to your wedding budget. Read A Wedding Budget Can Start Your Marriage on Track for more helpful advice.


Apply for a joint credit card: This makes it easier to split the wedding costs evenly, teaches you about what it's like to share each other's assets, and has the added benefit of giving you more security when making deposits for big ticket items and services like the wedding dress, caterer, photographer, etc. Of course, if one of you has significantly better credit than the other, it makes sense to get a Discover® Platinum Card in that name only and then split the monthly bill. You can also earn frequent flyer miles toward your honeymoon trip with a frequent flyer credit card.


Consider taking out a small loan: Okay, so maybe you do want to splurge on a lavish wedding, after all. In that case, you may want to consider applying for a low-interest personal loan from


Top 5 Planning Tips

1. Get a dedicated credit card for all of your wedding expenses so that you can dispute the charge if a deal falls though.

2 Earn miles toward your honeymoon with a frequent flyer miles credit card from

3. Get the best deal on airfare, hotel and rental cars for your honeymoon through any travel site of your choice.

4. Create your own web page at with information about your wedding date, location, gift registries, and hotels for out-of-town guests.

5. If you plan to take your spouse's name, get a Name Change Kit to ensure you cover everything.

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