I am quickly learning that after the engagement ring is slid on your finger, THEN it gets tough! Planning a wedding is far more expensive than I ever thought it would be! Girls dream of designer dresses, four course meals, live bands — and then you get a lovely reality check! According to The Knot, the average wedding will cost around $27,800 in most areas (Source: The Knot http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-budget/qa/what-does-the-average-wedding-cost.asrx). As a full time PhD student who is footing the bill for her wedding along with my fiancé, I am woman enough to admit that once I started looking at prices I knew I needed plan to have the best wedding I could afford and not get stuck with debt at the end.
So, how does a budget (but fabulous) bride-to-be get to have her expensive (yet delicious) wedding cake, and eat it too? My answer is SmartyPig (www.smartypig.com)!
SmartyPig is a free online piggy bank, that will allow you to save at your own pace — but not raid your savings for that must-have trendy t-shirt or sparkly glitter shoes!
A recent addition to the SmartyPig plan is the SmartyPig Cash Rewards Card. I’ve signed up for mine and can’t wait to help my goal piggy banks to load up faster by just buying normal things like gas and groceries!
So far I love watching the little goal pigs fill up and up, with the satisfied knowledge that by the time I reach my wedding all the bills will be paid in cash!
[I am not being paid by SmartyPig for this blog post, I really am just a poor thirtysomething trying to have a stellar wedding!]