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Only get mar­ried when you have saved up suf­fi­ciently. Do not take on debt. You do not want to start your mar­ried life ow­ing money. Fi­nan­cial strain causes mar­i­tal stress. Work as a cou­ple to put to­gether a bud­get for the wed­ding. This will take ne­go­ti­a­tion and com­pro­mise, which is good prac­tice for mar­ried life. Com­mit to a sav­ings plan and bud­get to save to­wards your wed­ding, and sup­port each other. Even if you are not the ma­jor bread­win­ner, you can be of fi­nan­cial sup­port by help­ing to stick to the plan. This is good prac­tice for set­ting up a house­hold bud­get. You will learn a great deal about each other and your money at­ti­tudes. This is also the time that you will need to dis­cuss what debts or sav­ings you are each bring­ing into the mar­riage. Your mar­i­tal regime is as im­por­tant as the wed­ding day. It ef­fects your fi­nances dur­ing mar­riage and re­spon­si­bil­ity around debt. It also af­fects your es­tate on death. En­joy your wed­ding day, even if ev­ery­thing does not go per­fectly (no one else will know that). – Maya Fisher-French TAK­ING THE PLUNGE


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