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Living for a Sunny Day

“I’m saving that for a rainy day.”

“Let’s put that in our ‘rainy day’ fund.”

Have you ever heard people use those phrases? I have. I absolutely understand the desire to save for the inevitable bumps in the road of life, but what about saving for a sunny day? A “sunny day” could be anything that brings “sun” to your life. Do you ever think about saving for the fun part of life or just the occasional “rainy day?”

I attended the wedding of a close friend this summer, and, as weddings often do, it made me think back to Neil and I’s big day. Thankfully, we had a lot of friends and family helping guide us through the process, but I do remember how overwhelming it felt when we first sat down to plan out one of the most important days of our lives. Where would we get married? Who would cater the reception? How many people are we going to invite? All of these questions centered around one thing: our budget.

Planning an event as important as one’s wedding can be an overwhelming and daunting task, but I’ve got a few tips to share that will help you breathe easier and have fun! After all, getting married is supposed to be fun and exciting, not a burden!

Tip #1: Set a budget. And stick to it.

This may seem obvious, but so many people never set an actual budget for their wedding, and then they start out their marriage in debt because they overspent on their big day. Getting married should be a happy occasion, not a dreaded bill.

Tip #2: Decide what is most important to you, and spend most of your budget on that.

For me, my most important expense of the day (besides my dress), was hiring a great photographer. Once it’s all said and done, your photos are all you have left of your day, and I wanted mine to be beautiful reminders of a very special time in my life. I was willing to spend more there, so I knew we would have to be more budget conscious in other areas like flowers, decorations, and programs.

Tip #3: Be inspired, but don’t compete.

Your day is your day. It’s not so-and-so from your hometown’s special day. It’s not some celebrity’s special day. It’s yours. Be inspired by celebrity weddings. Be inspired by your friend’s wedding. But don’t feel the need to compete. The surest way to be unhappy with your own day is to compare it to another’s.

As I’ve said before, weddings can be a formidable event to plan if you go in unprepared. Take your time, set your budget, and follow your heart. Most of all, enjoy this time because it will be over before you know it.

What’s your “sunny day?” Start making your plans at

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.

  • Jennifer Lee

    Have your cousin design your invitations and logo so you get a friend and family discount. LOL Love you! 😉

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