By Paola Hernandez, Copy Cutie
Planning a wedding can be extremely exhausting, between making sure his grandaunt is able to fly in from across the country and securing your dream venue — at a good cost. Whatever your desired details are, it takes a lot to make your special day perfect. And making the Big Day happen the way you both want can be extremely stressful and expensive, but the payoff (a ceremonial success) is worth it. For some couples, entering contests to win prize money for their reception (like Plenty of Fish did) is one way for them to afford the costs.
The allure of having your fantasy wedding paid in full sounds tempting but there is important fine print to look at! Here are some things to keep in mind if quick cash is on your mind — and to ensure your dream day is all love and not war.
Vow to Be True.
Contests like David Tutera’s Dream Wedding, along with POF’s sweepstakes, want to hear how you fell in love. Make sure your story stands out so you have an edge, but most importantly, it should be genuine. The judges want to give the prize money to a couple who’ll use the money honestly, a duo who deserves it the most. So go ahead — give ‘em the lovey dovey details! The cuter (and more memorable), the better.
If your love recently popped the question, talk things over before entering a sweepstakes. There can be time constraints on when you have the use the money, and while the thought of spending the rest of your life with someone is exciting, you want to make sure you’ll be happy with how you get there. If the two of you feel the need to have an extended engagement, go for it! Long-term engagements allow you to really enjoy the pre-marital stage and save (and plan) properly.
Be On the Same Page.
David Tutera has his wedding productions on his show, My Fair Wedding, on the WE network. But not everyone wants outside cameras catching every single moment on this journey together. Take the time out to read all the fine print with your soon-to-be married half before signing the dotted line to ensure you both have the same expectations, especially if one of you is more private than the other. There might be some terms and conditions that the both of you would need to comply to in order to get the prize money.
Planning your wedding is both exciting and overwhelming. Enjoy it and have fun with your friends and family. And if you’re feeling stressed, remember — you’re marrying the love of your life! It doesn’t matter how much you spend on the reception; no one can put a price tag on the lifetime of happiness you’ll share with your partner.
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