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Dave Says: Setting aside money for a wedding

There's not really a Baby Step for weddings- it should probably come after Baby Step 5

 

Last updated 11/27/2019 at 4:51pm

Dear Dave,

We recently started following your plan, and it has made a huge difference in our financial outlook and our marriage. When it comes to the Baby Steps, when do you recommend setting aside money for a wedding? We have a daughter, and we want to be able to do as much as possible for her when the time comes.

Jim

Dear Jim,

That's a good question. There's not really a Baby Step specifically for weddings. In my mind, it should probably come after Baby Step 5-setting aside a college fund for your kids.

Maybe part of this is the dad in me, but in prioritizing these things I think a good education is more important than a big wedding. Don't get me wrong, a wedding is a wonderful event and cause for lots of joy and celebration. But it's also a one-day event. Plenty of people have inexpensive, beautiful weddings, and enjoy long, wonderful lives together!

-Dave

* Dave Ramsey is CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored seven best-selling books, including The Total Money Makeover. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 16 million listeners each week on 600 radio stations and multiple digital platforms. Follow Dave on the web at daveramsey.com and on Twitter at @DaveRamsey.

 

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