Weddings can be expensive and many couples often consider getting a wedding loan. With wedding costs going up over time many couples who want to get married are often looking for better ways to budget or just simply get the cash they need for their wedding. The allure of quick and easy cash is quite appealing, but we are here today to say that in most cases you do not need to get a wedding loan or pay using your credit card.
You Don’t Need To Get A Wedding Loan
Some simple research will show you that wedding loans (they are rebranded personal loans) range from $1,000 – $50,000+ with the average being around $16,000. They also have (at time of writing this blog) interest rates ranging from 7% – 17% interest which are as high as many credit cards. Many couples do not understand how much interest they will pay for over the life of the loan. This can vary can from 10% – 100%+ of their initial wedding budget for the life of the loan. Check out the wedding loan calculator down below.
This can add up to a lot of money and make couples struggle when they are starting their new life together. Imagine having an additional expense after you are married while trying to have children, buy a new house or other large expense. It can become an expense that can financially cripple a new couple.
Where Is All This Coming From
As a wedding planner, we have suppliers reach out to us all the time to work with us. As a result, we have a very strict policy on who we work with in order to ensure quality and reliability. Recently we have been getting personal lenders contacting us wanting to work with us. While I will happily listen to any supplier, what angered us here at Pink Caviar was the pitch they used. In a nutshell, the main points they used to promote their wedding loans were:
- Couples can have their dream wedding and spend more on other aspects
- Couples can pay you sooner
- We will get trailing commisions years after the wedding is over (this point angered us the most)
I will take these 3 points and break them down and debunk them. While all points are valid, they can be very dangerous to people planning their wedding and starting on their life together.
Dream Wedding And Spend More
Of course, a couple will have more cash to spend immediately. This can be used to pay for additional services or upgrade existing ones. In the short term, a wedding loan/credit card seems like such a simple and easy idea. Excluding a few very specific circumstances (listed below) you do not need extra money immediately. We want all our clients to have the wedding of their dreams however we tell them that if they can not afford something we give two options:
- Reduce services to fit in with the existing budget.
- Delay the wedding till a realistic budget/timeframe is established.
If it will cost too much then simply postpone your wedding by six months to a year. We have one client who is taking four years to save up for the wedding of her dreams. She wants to be married overseas in a Scottish castle. The couple knows it will cost a lot more but are saving up at a rate that will not break their lifestyle and also give them what they want.
We Get Paid Sooner
Many people in the events industry require pre-payment before the day of the event/wedding. We plan events years in advance, so couples pay us for our services either in one hit or in instalments before their big day. This point is just not relevant to us.
Commissions For Years
The offer of trailing commissions sound appealing but here at Pink Caviar Events we focus on delivering the services for your wedding/event. We do not like the idea of couples being in debt for years long after their event is over. Also, many of our couples come back to us for other milestones in their life such as christenings/baptisms, and in some cases refer us for their workplaces corporate function or Christmas party. In essence, we are with our clients for years and do not like the idea of putting them in a position that they are slowly accruing debt. We prefer the idea of celebrating their life event and moving forward in their life, not being bogged down financially.
Exceptions To The Rule
We are not opposed to loans for the sake of them as we also understand that there are times when a loan is necessary. The main exceptions of when it would be understandable to get a wedding loan is:
1. Medical Issues
Sometimes life throws a curveball and you need to adjust. For example, if the couple had a medical issue and due to time constraints with the wedding needed to pay for surgery or treatment immediately. This can also be because other family members are not well and you want them to be at your wedding. In some cases pushing the wedding forward will increase costs but also allow you to have certain loved ones at your wedding.
2. Supplier Issues
In some rare instances, a supplier will go out of business or not honour their agreement. While this is rare, it does happen. As mentioned above that we have a very strict standard of who we work with to ensure quality and reliability. Whenever this has happened, it is because our clients have booked with someone else before meeting with us. They would get a ‘cheap‘ supplier that has now gone out of business or decided to ‘price-jack’. For example, we had a client who hired wedding transport. The supplier decided days before the wedding they wanted more money or would not show. Luckily the supplier came to their senses, and everything went through as planned. That being said we did speak to our client and were on hand to recommend reliable alternatives which would have cost the client more due to the wedding literally being days away.
Let The figures Speak For Themselves
So while these ‘get loans fast’ or ‘credit card options’ show you simple breakdowns of monthly repayments they do not generally show you the final and total cost. Let’s say a couple uses the average amount for a wedding loan of $16,000 as mentioned above with a standard credit card/loan of 17% over five years. This comes to total interest payments of $7,858.47 ON TOP of their original $16,000 making the grand total of $23,858.47. This is almost 50% of their initial loan about. Please note some couples will spend more or decide to pay it off longer which can cost a lot more. This is not to scare you off loans but to help you understand the cold hard figures.
Play around with our wedding loan calculator below to see how much it will cost you. If you can save a little longer in the begining it will will cost a lot less than getting a loan.
Be Smart – Be Loan/Credit Card Smart
If you need a loan then get one, but be sure to consider all factors. If you can save up for a little longer then its a better solution. Look for low interest loans that you can pay off quickly. The last thing you want to do is pay for your wedding years down the line and you just hit your 5th year wedding anniversary.
Are you considering getting a wedding loan? Did you decide to postpone your wedding a little instead to save up more? Join the discussion below and let us know 🙂
- Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice from a financial adviser.