Q: My parents are unable to help pay for my wedding. My father is disabled and unemployed, and I have to take care of all the expenses for a beautiful wedding on my own. I am only 24.
A: Carefully planning a budget is one of the most important steps in preparing for a wedding. Start by realistically looking at your numbers. Create a list of your needs, wants and must-haves, so when it comes time to start making decisions, you won’t crack under pressure and spend more than you can afford. Make a spreadsheet of budget categories to analyze all potential expenses. Remember, it’s just one day and not worth being indebted for the next 20 years.