Weddings and Money

Start Married Life on a Strong Financial Footing

You’re getting married. Congratulations! A lot goes into living happily ever after — the engagement, wedding planning, saying “I do” and more — and for better or worse, money is part of it all. NerdWallet can help you manage your budget and merge your finances with confidence.

The Engagement

How to Save Money on a Diamond Engagement Ring

How to Save on an Engagement Ring

Ensure the ring is a symbol of your eternal commitment to your spouse — not an eternal commitment to debt

5 Rules of Engagement Rings

What to know before you pop the question

Engagement Ring Alternatives

Engagement Ring Alternatives

Consider these attractive and less expensive substitutes for traditional diamonds

Pros and Cons of Using a Credit Card to Buy an Engagement Ring

What paying with plastic can mean for you

Budgeting for Your Wedding

19 Ways to Save on a Wedding

How to Budget for a Wedding

Weddings aren’t cheap, so you need to decide how much you can afford to spend on your big day

The Ultimate Wedding Checklist

Your big day requires a lot of planning. Our checklist has you covered

How Much Does a Wedding Cost?

How to realistically estimate what you’ll spend to take the plunge

Paying for Your Wedding

19 Ways to Save on a Wedding

19 Ways to Save on Wedding Costs

Trim costs on items from flowers to venues and more

Here's What's Most Likely to Go Wrong at Your Wedding

Paying for Your Wedding With a Personal Loan

Read this before borrowing for your big day

In Good Credit and Bad: Merging Credit Accounts After Marriage

How to Fund a Wedding and Pay Student Debt

Balance the cost of your nuptials and student loans

Steaks and Sign-up Bonuses: How Credit Cards Can Help You Save on Your Wedding

How Credit Cards Can Help You Save on Your Wedding

Use the right cards at the right time

Choosing a Registry

Money for Two

Budgeting for Newlyweds

Budgeting for Newlyweds

Manage your new family’s finances as a team

How to Save Money: 13 Tips for Newlyweds

Money-Saving Tips for Newlyweds

Thirteen ways to cut expenses and set aside cash for the future

Treat Your Marriage Like a Business

Take a few pages from the business world to make your union stronger

Finances for Same-Sex Couples

Consider these seven important financial issues if you’re thinking about tying the knot

Real Voices

Wedding Guest Guide

11 Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

11 Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Congratulate the newlyweds without busting your budget

How to Be the Ideal Wedding Guest

How to Be the Ideal Wedding Guest

Have fun without breaking etiquette

How Much Should You Spend on a Wedding Gift?

How Much Should You Spend on a Wedding Gift?

Use these guidelines to decide

Save as a Bridesmaid or Groomsman

Tips for wedding party participants

How to Attend a Destination Wedding on Budget

Make the trip an affordable vacation

The Honeymoon

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