While planning your wedding can be fun, couples often stress about one component – the money. And though it would be nice if a wealthy, long-lost relative showed up to foot the bill, there are actually a few advantages to paying for the ceremony yourself.
Using your own funds for the celebration means that you will be able to determine the guest list, and you won't have to extend the dreaded courtesy invites.
"When it's your money, and your money alone, your in-laws don't get to invite 150 of their nearest and dearest – or not-so-near and dear," Glamour.com reports. While picking up the tab may feel overwhelming, not having to make small talk with your parents' coworkers (at your own wedding) is priceless.
Additionally, you will get to make the final decision on everything from catering to wedding decorations – no matter what. While relatives are quick to offer their input, your opinion is the only one that will be counted when the money is coming out of your pocket.
Finally, paying for your own wedding will fill you with pride and the confidence to deal with future financial situations.
"It's great knowing that you and your new hubby are the sole reasons all of your guests are enjoying themselves," the news outlet reports. "Plus, it'll make all the major future expenses you'll have together less scary to tackle."