Start Your Marriage with Money in the Bank, not Bills in the Mail.
In a world where the average wedding costs around $30,000, a realistic plan for a dream wedding no matter what your budget.
Many couples are unnecessarily going deeply into debt to pay for their own weddings. Pastor Todd Outcalt has counseled hundreds of couples on how to avoid this strain on a new marriage, and now he's bringing his message to brides and grooms everywhere.
With costs rising, the economy faltering, and the future uncertain, Outcalt provides an overall plan for cost-saving and dream-building. Unlike other books, Your Beautiful Wedding on Any Budget creates a plan tailored to your financial reality, not a specific dollar amount. It offers the most flexibility, showing:
- How to prioritize what's important so you know where to spend $$$ and where to spend $
- Planning strategies for realistic costs of each component
- How to use the internet to save money
Couples can now plan the wedding of their dreams, and go on their honeymoon knowing that every expense is paid for!
Learn How To:
- Determine what kind of unique day you can afford:
- Design your own plan using sample budgets as a guide
- Have an elegant wedding without the high costs
- Host a large wedding on a small income
- Increase the funds for your wedding and spend that cash smartly
- Cut wedding costs easily and painlessly
- Prioritize what's important to you so you know where to splurge and where to save
- Work with parents and others who have a say in wedding money matters
- Create a debt-free wedding if you're already in debt
Your Beautiful Wedding on Any Budget reveals how to craft a debt-free big day, giving you the techniques and strategies to help you enter into marriage with a bigger wallet and lower stress level. Rather than focusing on a certain dollar amount, Your Beautiful Wedding on Any Budget allows you to design a plan tailored to your financial reality, whatever that may be.
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Excerpt from Part 1: The Beautiful "Debt-Free" Wedding Philosophy
Every couple is going to have a wedding philosophya standard operating procedure that will inform how they prepare for the wedding, and how they save and spend to make the wedding a reality. Understanding and self-awareness are vital, but it is also important for couples to agree on their ultimate goal. Is the goal of the wedding to create a beautiful experience no matter what the financial cost?
Or is the goal of the wedding to create a beautiful experience on a budget the couple can afford?
These are key questions, and they strike at the heart of what this book is about. In the following section, we'll explore the philosophy behind a beautiful debt-free wedding. Once a couple understands where they are going, and why, it will be much easier to actually get there.
Chapter One: What's in a Wedding
No doubt, your ideas and concepts about weddings have been shaped by weddings you have seen on television, personally witnessed, or participated in. Perhaps you have dreams of a fairy-tale wedding like the televised spectacle of Princess Diana and Prince Charlesprobably the most celebrated and widely viewed wedding in history. Or perhaps you particularly loved a certain aspect of a family member's wedding. Or maybe you served as a bridesmaid, flower girl, or reception helperand these experiences have informed your questions, observations, and dreams for your own matrimony.
Weddings have a way of taking on a larger-than-life aura. But then, weddings are special and do contain elements of the human and divine, the highest callings of our passions and convictions, and also demanding the most of our commitment and love. Weddings are meant, by their very nature, to be one-of-a-kind occasions. And they should be. A wedding is not only an event, but also an opportunity to offer the best of yourself to the one you love, and to your guests!
Perhaps, as you have set out to plan your wedding, you have found yourself feeling at once excited and overwhelmed, both joyous and horrified. These feelings, however, are natural. Big events have a way of consuming our thoughts, our emotions, and our time. And because weddings have that special element of love and family involvednot
to mention God, tradition, and societal expectationswe can easily feel taxed and overwhelmed by the demands. To many brides a wedding can seem like a mountaina gigantic object that looms in the horizon of every waking hour. But then, even mountains can be scaledas long as we are willing to take one step at a time.
Dollars and Sense
Think about how most couples plan their special day. They usually begin with a no-holds-barred philosophy, or (heaven forbid) a credit card approach to financing the wedding. Charge it! has become the latest fad in wedding planning, but couples who finance their weddings on plastic can quickly discover that their marriage is in bigger trouble than their bank account.
Banks have even gotten into the act and have parlayed the wedding craze into a billion-dollar industry. Now couples can sign up for specially designed "wedding loans" that can help them to finance the wedding of their dreams, only to discover later that they cannot
afford a loan for a house, a car, or an education. In short, their wedding loan has upended their ability to create a life together.
We'll return to these concerns later in more detail, but suffice it to say that if a couple wants to go into wedding debt it's easy to do… and there are many people and institutions that are eager to help them do it!
When it comes to the dollars in your wedding, you're going to want to have some sense (not cents) about it. You'll want to have a tightly knit plan that can help you emerge on the other side of the ceremony without having to mortgage your life.
Over the years, I have counseled hundreds of couples on their way to the altar. I've seen the best and worst in weddings and marriages. But there are some observations that have held true over time.
I have noted that weddings, like most everything else in life, tend to have trends, fads, and changes that are not unlike the changes we see in clothing styles, cars, or the desire for the latest electronic gadgets. A hundred years ago, when our great-grandparents and grandparents were getting married, ceremonies were generally quaint, simple, and brief. There were no five-thousand-seat auditoriums, no large reception halls, no catering services eager to meet the demand for three-course meals and decadent desserts. Many weddings in this day took place in living rooms or on lawns.
In our parents' day, ceremonies had moved from the living room to the church, but it was not uncommon for couples to travel to an exotic location to get married or to elope. The large reception halls and banquet facilities had yet to come into being, and most weddings had a punch and cake reception.
Twenty-five years ago, when my wife and I got married (and all of our friends were also getting married it seemed) weddings tended to be quick, family-friendly affairs, still followed by a punch and cake reception. Some couples even opened their gifts at the reception and personally thanked their guests at that time. Larger weddings tended to include dancing and/or dinner, but those were rarer.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Beautiful "Debt -Free" Wedding
Chapter OneWhat's in a Wedding?
Chapter Two Understanding the Beautiful "Debt-Free" Wedding Philosophy
Chapter ThreeMaking Your List, Checking It Twice
Chapter FourPopping the Questions
Part 2 Putting the Philosophy into Practice: Saving Wisely
Chapter FivePlanning to Save
Part 3 Putin g the Philosophy into Practice: Spending Wisely
Chapter SixThe Rings
Chapter EightWedding Stationery and More
Chapter NineBridal Gowns
Chapter TenBridal Accessories
Chapter ElevenThe Rehearsal Dinner
Chapter TwelveCeremony and Reception Venues
Chapter FourteenThe Officiant
Chapter SixteenWedding and Reception Decorations
Chapter NineteenThe Cake
Chapter TwentyPhotography and Videography
Chapter Twenty-OneFor the Groom
Chapter Twenty-ThreeGifts and Favors
Chapter Twenty-FiveThe Everything-for-Free Wedding!
Chapter Twenty-SixBankrolling the Honeymoon
Chapter Twenty-SevenThe Bottom Line
Chapter Twenty-EightWeb Directory
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Initially I was surprised to see a male author writing a book about weddings, but when I read it was from the same author (a pastor) who wrote the 'Before You Say I Do' workbooks, I knew it would have some great details. A little slow moving at first as he tackles a few relational items, and a little repetition here and there, but he mentions websites and so many ideas for each aspect of planning a debt free wedding, I found it very very helpful, especially seeing the breakdown for sticking to a certain budget and what percentage should go to each category to stay within your budget! Brides and parent's of brides will enjoy the savings ideas inside whether it's a lavish or a backyard affair. Now if only the book was debt free!