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How Do You Have A Wedding Without Debt?

Lynn wants to know how you can have a wedding without debt. Dave thinks Lynn sounds like a princess.

QUESTION: Lynn on Twitter wants to know how you can have a wedding without debt. Dave thinks Lynn sounds like a princess.

ANSWER: You just sound like a princess. You know what is just dripping through that question is, “I want stuff that I can’t pay for, and you’re acting like I’m unreasonable because you’re unreasonable.” You’re being a princess!

How do you have a wedding without debt? It’s real simple. You have a wedding with the money you have. It’s going to be an inexpensive deal here. Once you start thinking like that, you can probably scrape it together. I’m amazed at the number of people who have a wedding for $1,000 to $10,000 and it’s fabulous. I will be transparent and say we’re spending more than that on my daughter who is getting married soon. But we have it, too, by the way. Given our situation, it’s a reasonable amount of money.

You can buy an $8,000 wedding dress or a $15,000 wedding dress, or you can buy that exact same dress that’s been worn one time for $600 or $800. If you think that’s tacky, let me tell you what’s more tacky: $15,000 in debt for one day. That’s more tacky. To have a wedding without debt, you have to think and be creative and work within your budget. You begin with the end in mind, and you don’t have a little temper fit because most people don’t have Frank from Father of the Bride to do their wedding planning. Most people don’t have weddings like that. And they’re still married. It’s the weirdest thing. It’s just something to think about. It’s a special day. Don’t make it take you years to clean up because you couldn’t say no to yourself. That’s how you do a wedding without debt.