Jason Tartick and Kaitlyn Bristowe Reveal Smart Money-Saving Wedding Hack [Exclusive]

The Bachelorette‘s Jason Tartick and fiancée Kaitlyn Bristowe face many of the same financial wedding woes as other couples trying to plan a wedding in the next year.

Pent-up pandemic demand has created a bottleneck in couples wanting to have the wedding of their dreams, plus supply chain issues compound sticker shock anxiety.

“I always laugh and joke around about the fact that I’ve now learned when you put ‘wedding’ in front of one word or behind one word, expenses are like three and four X,” he laughed during an interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “So it’s been a wild thing, but there are so many things that you can do. I think to manage spending you’ve got to prioritize. It’s one Kaitlyn and I do [to save money]. Where is our priority and where are we less concerned about things? And how do we really save on the less concerned?”

Jason Tartick and Kaitlyn Bristowe aren’t paying for a ‘lucky’ date

One thing that wasn’t a priority was locking in a “lucky” or cute date. He used the example of getting married on 11-11-22 because that date will cost you more.

“There are a lot of people out there that are very focused [on the date],” he said. “And they really, really want to get married on November 11th, 2022 because they want the date to say, 11-11-22. Things we don’t care about, right? So we don’t even really care about the day.”

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick sit and laugh on a 'Bachelorette' moment
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“So those are areas that we can negotiate the price point down,” he added. “But what’s interesting is because of the wedding planning, it’s the first time ever that we had our first joint bank account together, and that is all our wedding budget, bank account. So we’re getting there slowly but surely saving the right amount every month and it’ll be a party.”

The Bachelorette couple plans to marry in Nashville

The 2022 date definitely won’t matter because Tartick and Bristowe plan to marry next year, possibly in Nashville, Tennessee. “We are gonna start looking at venues here in Nashville,” Tartick told US Weekly. “Ideally we find the venue we want here in Nashville. And with that venue comes a date. And the big issue with wedding planning right now is you have this perception of when you think you’re gonna get married, like, Kaitlyn did [with] fall of 2022.”

“Then you find your perfect venue and with all the cancellations and pushbacks of weddings, it is getting pushed back significantly,” he added. “I think that we’re just going to check out the venues and realistically, based on the information we have in the market, it might not be until early 2023 because of the pushbacks.”

Jason Tartick’s life suddenly shifted

Tartick is also keeping his eye on finances after he suddenly left his job when his boss gave him an ultimatum. Bristowe dished about the couple’s sex life on her podcast and his boss said remarks like that had no place in the corporate banking world. Tartick was told to step away from social media and podcasts – so he quit.

“I wasn’t sure what was going to happen,” he told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “Obviously, I certainly didn’t anticipate having this ultimatum pushing me into a corner,” he said. “I didn’t fully expect it and it caught me off guard a little bit. And I think in the back of my head, I knew that there was going to be a time where the personal world and professional worlds collided.”

Leaving the job put him in a new territory even though he’d been planning his exit. “Quite frankly, I was probably about six to 12 months away from taking the leap proactively on my own anyway,” he added. “So at that time, I think it was a little bit earlier than anticipated. But things happen and you just got to change. And detours can lead to huge opportunities. Quite frankly, I talked about fear being a huge reason why people are stuck. It was a huge reason why I was stuck. And sometimes you need to be pushed out the door to get you to the next thing.”

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