DEAR HARRIETTE: My fiancee wants a luxurious wedding and refuses to compromise on her wishes even though I'm the one who works, and we would be much better off using that money in other ways. She argues that this is the only time in our lives when we will have such an occasion, but I can't help but feel as though it's frivolous to waste all of this money on something that won't really benefit us in the long term. I'm trying to reason with her, but she seems completely dead set on having a big day, regardless of what I say. How do I get her to realize how much more practical it would be for us to spend our money elsewhere? -- Waste of Money
DEAR WASTE OF MONEY: You are dealing with a dream here, which is why it feels impossible to reason with your fiancee. She has likely thought about what her wedding would be like since she was a little girl. Budget typically has nothing to do with dreams, which is why they can be as extravagant or fantastical as one can imagine. Let your fiancee articulate her big dream with all the trimmings. Then let her know what budget you believe the two of you should allocate for the wedding. This is where you can establish some boundaries. If she can get creative within a specific budget and still have many of her ideas in place, that’s wonderful.
If she finds it impossible to make it all happen within the given amount, this is where your real discussions of compromise and planning for the future come in. It’s all good, but it may be difficult to navigate.