Kim Karadashian (of You’ve Got to Be Kidding Karadashian infamy) was married on Saturday to the delight of the 30 billion dollar a year wedding industry — once pictures of her event appear in print, they are likely to spark a copying frenzy among brides who are currently planning a wedding. Because Ms Karadashian did not ask for my advice, and I am nothing if not the premier advice giver, I feel compelled to share with you some personal thoughts on weddings. Here we go!
- Setting the budget is the first thing to do. Create a realistic budget based on a hard number of available funds (not potential funds like lottery winnings or a hoped for inheritance from great-uncle Harry), using common sense and not emotion as your guide.
- Do not go into debt for your wedding! Remember that pesky student loan payment you are making every month? And the car payment? And so on. Having to make an additional payment to pay off your wedding from two years ago might get frustrating and could, potentially, negatively impact future decisions like home-buying or family planning.
- Remember this mantra as you prepare for life together with your one and only: It is the marriage, not the wedding reception, that it’s all about.
Here is one final remark about Ms. Karadashian: she married at a secret location in Santa Barbara. That setting might not fit your budget. But, Inside the Bungalow is the best kept secret in Mesa, and we fit almost everyone’s budget! Please come see us tonight from 6-8pm for our Wedding Open House!