What I Did with the Money My Parents Were Saving for My Wedding


When I was in my early twenties, my parents told me that they had set aside a sum of money to help me pay for my wedding one day. It’s something I was, and still am, so grateful for.

By my mid-twenties, I had graduated from law school and I was beginning to feel society’s pressure to settle down — to find a partner, get married, and start a family — but I was nowhere near ready to do that. Instead, I asked my parents if I could spend the money they had saved for my wedding on a down payment for my first condo. They didn’t love the idea at first, but after some back and forth, they eventually agreed.

I now believe that building my financial safety net at such a young age was a key ingredient to my success. While I believe that weddings are important, the pressure to find someone and plan a wedding, especially for young women, can be so intense that we forget to prioritize other aspects of our lives that are just as important. I am so thankful that my parents could see this, and I recognize my privilege in having the option, and freedom, to make the choice I did.

Watch this week’s video to find out more on why I think it’s more important to prioritize financial stability over saving for a wedding, which you have no idea will happen, or when.