A Guide to Buying a Home, Planning a Wedding, and Moving in At Once

We at Tulsa wedding venues want to congratulate all the couples out there getting married and looking for their first new home! There are many experts however who would advise you not to buy a home before you get married. There is some sound logic in this, and we’ll go over why this may be worth considering. But for many, home-buying and wedding planning are often done in tandem. In these cases, there is ample advice on how to manage the stresses of both without losing your mind.

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Begin By Knowing What You Both Want

This sentiment applies to both a wedding and a home. If one or both of you are dead-set on having the wedding of the century at one Tulsa wedding venues premier venue, then you may have to sacrifice on the cost of the home you purchase. The opposite is also true.

The Balance offers a guide on how to address all of the considerations that should go into homebuying before or after marriage. Some obvious considerations are what kind of home you want to buy and in what sort of neighborhood you’d like to live. Less obvious are considerations regarding how to hold a title if you aren’t married yet, how financial contributions between the couple will appear, etc.

But, ultimately, you must decide how much money you want to put into your wedding versus your home. The home is a more tangible, long-term investment, but the memories of a wedding are priceless, aside from the price tag itself, of course.

Know That Weddings and Homes Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

Plenty of sites, such as Realtor.com, advise on whether to buy a home before you get married. What this premise ignores is the reality that many couples plan their wedding and search for their dream home simultaneously.

According to CNBC, wedding costs hit an all-time high of $35,329 last year, so it can be understandable to weigh this chunk of change along with the significant amount of money for a down payment on a house requires. But, why not kill two birds with one stone?

Brides.com points out that for those intent on taking on both major life events at the same time, setting firm budgets is crucial. Adding items – especially appliances – to the wedding registry which will fit a home that you have in mind can help save the costs of stocking a new home.

When searching for the perfect home, it’s worth considering one that’s in foreclosure. Often, this will provide you a property with more bang for your buck than you otherwise would be able to find, freeing up more money to spend on the wedding of your dreams.

Stocking the New Crib

Once you’ve identified and purchased your new home – regardless of whether it’s before or after the wedding – begin thinking about what items are essential. Remember, you don’t want to purchase things that you have put on your wedding registry.

Often, furniture is something that you don’t want to leave up to your wedding guest’s discretion, so that is one set of items you can install without consideration for the registry. In addition, get your security system installed ASAP. And, as stated, anything that you aren’t adding to your registry, feel free to buy yourself once you’ve acquired the home.

Household organizers, such as this one from Microsoft, can be used to keep track of all things domestic. They are highly recommended for any new homeowner to ensure they stay on top of bills and other house-related tasks.

Lastly: consider moving day. Eliminate as much stress as possible by planning way ahead, packing as much as you can ahead of time and choose a non-busy time to move to ensure an available (and well-rested) moving team.

New home, new life. That’s how many people see it. But a new spouse is even more consequential than a new home when it comes to establishing your future. Take both wedding planning for your chosen Tulsa wedding venues and home-finding seriously, as they aren’t run-of-the-mill decisions. Follow the advice of the experts, and you can end up with the ideal home and the ideal wedding.

Guest Blog by Aimee Lyons at diydarlin.com

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