If you’re newly engaged and are currently in the process of wedding planning, or are just a lover of all things wedding and/or home-related, Netflix’s newest original show Marriage or Mortgage is a must-watch. This 10 episode series touches on a question that many soon-to-be-married couples often must ask themselves: how much should we spend on this wedding if we plan on buying a house together?
In each Marriage or Mortgage episode, viewers will meet a newly engaged couple in the Nashville area that is torn between blowing their savings on their dream wedding or keeping it small and putting those savings towards their first home together. To help each couple sort things out, wedding planner Sarah Miller and real estate agent Nichole Holmes will lay out their options. Sarah, who identifies as a hopeless romantic, believes that your wedding day is the most important and happiest day of your life. Meanwhile, Nichole, who’s been divorced twice, believes couples should start investing in their future and first home now.
The ladies will each spend one day with the couple, respectively trying to sway them towards choosing their dream wedding or dream home given their budget. Sarah will show the couples some potential big day options (from wedding venues to caterers) that fall within their budgets. Nichole, on the other hand, will show couples a few houses tailored to their interests that could be theirs if they forgo the extravagant wedding and invest now. As the show’s title implies, the couple must choose marriage (the wedding) or mortgage (the home) by the end of the episode.
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Realistically speaking, a couple can always split their savings between a wedding fund and a house fund. However, the couples vetted for this show more or less are choosing to put their eggs in one basket (which definitely makes for great television!). If you and your partner are in a similar situation, or just recently tied the knot, we’ve put together this expansive guide to buying your first home to help you.