Congratulations! You’ve just finished paying for a wedding, which means you just spent the equivalent of a home down payment or a year of college on a single day. (Unless, of course, you followed this site’s sustainable wedding planning series.)
Now that the wedding’s all taken care of, your major expenses are over, right?
Not exactly. If you’re about to tie the knot, you better prepare now, or risk breaking your budget and causing uncomfortable financial arguments in your marriage’s first year.
Here are seven hidden costs of getting married:
1. The Name Change
Not every woman changes her name after marriage. But many still do, and many couples of all genders decide to hyphenate or combine their current last name.
Whether you’re becoming Mrs. Jones or both of you are becoming Mr. and Mrs. Wright-Jones, name changes are expensive. In addition to the cost of legally changing your name at the courthouse, you also need to change your drivers’ license, your passport, purchase new checks, etc.
2. Two Christmases
Really, this also counts for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or any other major holiday. You and your spouse are now obligated to visit twice the number of relatives at every holiday, which means you have to buy two sets of round-trip air tickets, pay for checked bags four separate times, buy twice as many Cinnabons, etc.
If you or your spouse’s parents are divorced, or if you have grandparents in yet a third location, the number of relatives you have to visit each year grows exponentially. There’s a reason why so much of Americans’ vacation dollars go towards what are termed “oblications.”
3. New Furniture
Yes, you probably got plenty of blenders and cocktail mixers at your wedding. You know what you didn’t get? A good bed, to replace the one you’ve been using in college. Or a matching dresser set. Or new curtains, or a dining room table, or all the other little things you’re going to need to furnish your new house.
(If you and your spouse plan to save money now by simply moving into one of your two apartments, or if you’ve already been cohabiting in a small apartment, congratulations: you’ve put off this expense for approximately three years. But it will come. Trust me.) Continue reading 7 Hidden Costs of Getting Married