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Use apps and online resources to help you and your partner prepare for your wedding, and help you plan and organize your financial goals as newlyweds.
Your wedding day is meant to be one of the most memorable days of your life, but the work leading up to that day is key to how much of your own wedding you get to truly enjoy. Months before the wedding, it is important for you and your partner to sit down and figure out together how to prepare for marriage financially. Luckily, there are apps that can help you set to-do lists as well as help you manage a budget. For example, WeddingHappy does great things like customizing a schedule for planning the big day, keep track of payments, and lets you share with others like vendors to keep everyone on the same page. Some questions to ask when preparing for marriage include, "what is your budget for the wedding?" How many people do you want in attendance? You can use an app to help sort out a budget and give you an idea of how much things will cost like table linens, bridesmaid's gifts, or your guest book. Apps can help you make sure you don’t miss the small items that get overlooked by the big stuff (like rings, dresses, and cake) that can send you over budget. Financial planning before marriage can help you and your partner stay on track to have a dream wedding, and, hopefully, have enough left in the budget for a much-needed honeymoon.
Now that you and your partner are married and the wedding has come and gone, it’s time to think about money again and plan for the future. Find an app that helps you and your partner sit down and plan newlywed goals for the future. Determine each other’s top 5 financial goals. For example, number one on your list might be to buy a house, where on your partner’s list it might be to travel. If you and your partner have different ideas on how you want to spend your money, it might be a good idea to use an app like Lasting to help you have a constructive conversation about finances and come to a conclusion that will make you and your partner happy. The best financial moves for newlyweds can sometimes be difficult to map out. Don’t worry if you both have different ideas as marriage is about compromise and benefiting from each other’s strengths. Often times, one partner takes over the finances after marriage. That might be their strength while the other spouse’s strength might be having a great job that pays well. To keep each other on track with financial goals, you both can download an app like Mint where you can track money coming in and out of your accounts. Budgeting and planning your financial future might not be the most intimate or fun thing to do for a newlywed couple, but once you and your partner have set financial goals and expectations, and your roles in the finances, then you can stress a lot less about finances and enjoy your new life together.
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