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Guide to Love + Money
Planning a Wedding

Guide to Love + Money

Getting married is a celebratory life event that inspires feelings of delight, joy -- and sometimes stress -- over how to pay for it all. At WalletJoy, we’re here to guide you through the financial aspects of getting married, so you can spend more time in the moment.

  • 1 We’re engaged!
  • 2 We’re planning!
  • 3 We’re married!

1 We’re engaged!

Whether you're thinking about taking your relationship to the next level or already engaged, now's the time to start the money conversation.

How Do You Know When to Get Married? 9 Signs You’re Ready to Get Engaged

You met, sparks flew, and the two of you have been inseparable ever since. As your love grows, you may wonder if you’re ready to get married.   Marriage is a big commitment, and timing is key, so it’s smart…

7 min read

Just Engaged? 7 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Marital Bliss

Congratulations, you’ve just gotten engaged!   You’re probably still caught up in the whirlwind of your engagement — from the knee drop to the ring, the question, and the “yes!”   Joining the ranks of the “just engaged” can bring…

6 min read

2 We’re planning!

Here's everything you need to start planning a wedding to remember, without breaking the bank.

Wedding Costs 101: The Good, The Bad, The Crazy

It’s no surprise that wedding bells can be expensive to ring in, budgets be darned. But did you know that couples tend to underestimate their wedding budget by nearly 45%? That’s what WeddingWire found when they surveyed 18,000 couples in…

6 min read

Surprising Costs That Pop Up When You Get Married

Weddings can be expensive – no ifs, ands, or buts about it. But the price tag can cause additional sticker shock if you’re not prepared for all the hidden costs. Hidden Wedding Costs To help you plan a realistic wedding…

12 min read

How to Pay for Your Wedding

Paying for a wedding is one of the biggest expenses a couple can face. The average cost of a wedding in 2018 was more than $44,000, according to Brides’ 2018 American Wedding Study.   But getting married is about celebrating…

9 min read

How to Have the Perfect Honeymoon on a Budget

Ah, the honeymoon, a magical time to cozy up in an exotic locale and relax in newlywed bliss.   You know what isn’t relaxing? Stressing about your bank account while on vacation.   The good news is that with a…

8 min read

7 Must-Have Money Conversations You Need to Have Before Getting Hitched

On the first date, you discuss splitting the bill. Soon, you’re planning your first vacation together. Before you know it, you’re engaged and planning a wedding.   If you haven’t already, it’s time to have the money talk. Financial things…

9 min read

Money and Marriage: Should You Combine Finances?

If you’re here, you’re either newly engaged, knee-deep in wedding planning, or now a part of the married ranks. Congratulations!   We know this is a time full of questions, but we want to draw your attention to one that…

8 min read

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3 We’re married!

Start married life off on the right foot with these resources for newlyweds.

Just Married? How to Say “I Do” to Shared Finances

The honeymoon may be over, but your financial life as a married couple is just beginning.   These are exciting times, and the steps you take now can help you set yourselves up for a bright future together. How to…

11 min read

How to Reduce Your Wedding Day Debt

If you had your choice, you would’ve gotten married and had no wedding debt. Of course, life doesn’t always work out so neatly. Between the venue, food, decorations, and — if guests are lucky — open bar, the costs of…

9 min read

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