Well I just proposed to Elizabeth Schimmel and she said YES !!! I feel so blessed to have her in my life. Now the planning begins =-)
Two unsolicited tips:
1) I never understood this until I got married myself: if you are currently used to having some spending money now that you use to buy toys and are on the fence about buying ????? item, consider buying it NOW before you are married. After all, once you are married, even if your wife makes more than you, the money you earn won't be 100% your call to spend anymore. Of course, some wives are 100% supportive of whatever their future husband spends "stupid" money on but realistically, there will be OTHER priorities that will pop up so if you've always wanted that AK/AR15, supercharger, skiboat, XBOX/PS4, $500 video card, etc, consider buying it now. Please note that i'm not suggesting you go into debt for ??? item; nothing is crappier than to find out your significant other is bringing a load of debt to the new "family" (this happened to a friend of mine).
2) Also, don't go nuts on your wedding and esp don't go into debt for that one party. I've been to weddings where the parents (and sometimes the couple) have spent $50K... on one night. While we as the guests had a blast and the pictures looked fantastic, the bride/groom always seem to be running around to say hi to this or that relative or guest and at the end they were often too exhausted to really enjoy themselves. That money could have been better spent on the couple's future (house DP or kids)... or even their honeymoon.
1) Forget GCs; Cash is king. $100 at SCP can be turned into more by using a cashback credit card (ex: my current favorite is Citi Double Cash MC).I agree with 1) and 2) lol We would like a small wedding and still not sure what our budget will be as we are still waiting to hear back from Liz's father. He did tell us we could have a big wedding or small. Have a few venues picked out one of which we will be checking out tomorrow afternoon. Hoping to get a few gift cards to SCP lol