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Weddings And Houses And Plans Oh My
Dated: October 11 2017
Weddings and Houses and Plans, Oh My!
Planning a wedding is stressful enough but when you add house hunting to your chore list, things can get downright hectic. Never fear, my dear, we’ve got you covered with a few quick tips on how to get it all done without driving yourself (or your future spouse) nuts.
DIY your way to success
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with having a wedding planner, if you’re particular about the way you want things done, it’s best to do-it-yourself to avoid disappointment on your big day. The most important thing you can do is to start planning early and enlist the help of your bridesmaids. Pick your venue, caterer, and dress at least six months in advance to avoid last-minute emergencies. You can even pick out yourwedding cake now, which will take one less thing off your plate. Check out The Knot’swedding app list and let technology help you take care of the details.
Reaffirm your requirements
The best place to begin your house hunt is by determining what you and your betrothed agree on. Well before you enlist the services of a real estate professional, make a list of the top 10 most important things you want in a house such as a downstairs bedroom, fenced in yard for the pooch, or a safe neighborhood for children should they be in your future. Have your fiancé do the same and later get together to see where you agree. Dave Ramsey further suggests sticking with homes in yourprice range to reduce your chances of financial ruin in your first years as man and wife. The financial expert says your monthly payments should never exceed 25% of your take-home pay. If one of you plans to quit your job to raise children in the near future, your affordability factor should be calculated based off only the salary of the spouse who plans to continue working. Zillow’s HomeAffordability Calculator can help you do the math.
Wait until after the date
If you truly want to enjoy your wedding, honeymoon, and home hunt, wait to start looking until after the ceremony, when things have settled down. Take a few weeks to get back to work and find stable ground before uprooting your entire existence. As exciting as the prospect is, moving is major life changes that can take a toll on your mood. If you’re alreadyliving together, there is no reason to rush a relocation.
Keep it simple
This advice applies to both your wedding and your real estate search. A simple ceremony is far less stressful than an over-the-top and opulent event. This is especially true if you’re paying for the nuptials yourself, which has become commonplace as people wed more often in their late 20s and early 30s. Plan your wedding around what you want, not around what you feel is expected by your friends and family. You can dance just as easily to an MP3 and speaker system as you can to 16-piece string quartet.
Don’t forget the dog
In all the hustle and bustle of planning the wedding and looking for a new home, it’s easy to forget Fido. But his actions can exacerbate stress for you. Before moving, pack slowly and leave one room untouched until the last minute. Your dog will acclimate faster to your new place if you allow them to visit at least a few times before moving in.
No matter how far in advance you have to design your perfect wedding, be prepared for the possibility that things won’t go exactly according to plan. Remember, your happiness isn’t defined by where the groomsmen stand or the color of your bouquet. It’s molded by the love you have for your spouse and strengthened by the time you’ll spend together in your new home and new life.
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