In addition to the more romantic aspects of marriage, walking down the aisle also leads to a union of finances. Before deciding whether or not to tie the knot, you may want to consider the long-lasting ramifications it could have on your bank account. Take this Alpha Consumer Quiz to help determine your level of nuptial-readiness:
Explanation of score:
0 to 2 points: You may want to consider sitting down for some open, honest conversations about money with your partner. Financial experts recommend going into marriage with a clear idea of each other's expectations and financial habits.
3 to 6 points: You're headed in the right direction, but more premarital discussions about money could help prevent unpleasant surprises after the exchange of vows.
7 to 8 points: Congratulations, you and your partner appear to have your finances well under control—it might be time to start checking out wedding venues.
For more details on the financial impact of marriage, see this story.