Wedding dresses and other costs of becoming a couple.
Marriage is a wonderful invention; but, then
so is a bicycle repair kit.
Every bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day, and
often thinks this means spending a fortune on the wedding dress.
However, there are perhaps even more important issues to consider
before you tie the knot. Money
Management for Women by Sheila Freeman and Helene Richards,
helps you get a grasp on the realities of financing both the wedding
and the rest of your lives together.
You meet, you fall in love, you decide to move in together – a
common scenario. Splitting up a few months or years down the track
is almost as common.
In that first flush of passion, you think you will be together
forever, but the reality is that one in three marriages end in
divorce. Those irritating little habits (he blows his nose at the
meal table or leaves his wet towel or dirty underclothes on the
floor, she has twenty-minute showers using all the hot water or uses
his toothbrush) are bearable in someone you see only a few times a
week, but they can become intolerable on a permanent basis.
Financing the wedding and financing the marriage ...
Each partner brings individual life experiences into the
relationship, and people from contrasting ethnic backgrounds may
have vastly different cultural expectations and attitudes. Also, if
one partner has a wealthier background than the other, incompatible
spending habits may cause conflict. It is fine to have opposing
points of view, as long as you can both accept these differences and
are prepared to compromise.
So be prepared. Financial
matters are a major cause of relationship problems. Take
off the rose-coloured glasses for a few hours, sit down together and
set ground rules before you move in together. You are in love, but
love tends to disappear when the bills arrive. People have different
ways of dealing with money and you will not reform your partner; a
spendthrift will always spend, a miser will spend rarely.
Management for Women by Sheila Freeman and Helene Richards
will equip you, not just for handling the expenses of the wedding
day, but for keeping in control of your family finances for the
rest of your life together. Written with particular reference to the
Australian experience, this book covers principles relevant to all:
- Can we afford to get married?
- Can we cover ourselves against a wedding day disaster?
- Should we have a pre-nuptial agreement?
- Can we afford to have children?
- What options do I have for childcare?
- How can we afford a family holiday on a strict budget?
- How to deal with job loss.
- How do blended families survive?
- How to live well on a budget.
Money Management for Women by Sheila
Freeman and Helene Richards is now available for downloading
from this website for only AU$19.
Packed with useful, helpful
easy-to-understand tips, this book was first published in
1999, selling 3000 copies.