Wedding Gifts Should Be Fun!!

Buying a wedding gift isn't always easy. Everyone wants to be the gift-giver who sails in with a memorable, ever-so-thoughtful gift! A wedding gift seems so weighty; we always want them to be perfect. We're saying something with a wedding present and we're sending out our best wishes to the couple for a happy future together. Forget the nesting bowls and the napkin rings. Is there anything more depressing than wrapping silver-plated napkin rings that you know will languish in a drawer somewhere, slowly tarnishing? Let’s think about more personal options.  ...more
The experience gifts are a lovely idea, but would be waaaaay out of my budget. Do people give ...more

Brides Rethinking Extravagant Weddings

Many brides- to-be are beginning to function in the real world, trading extravagant credit card weddings for an event they can actually afford. These savvy brides are beginning to run their numbers , rearrange priorities and ask questions that really matter....more

INEXPENSIVE WEDDING SAVE THE DATES AND INVITATIONS VENDORS AND WEBSITE LIST

For bride’s on a budget, or simply those of you who want to put your money toward some other wedding check list items I am currently looking at some wedding paper options and wanted to share with other planning brides so you have a list to work off of. As I continue to plan my wedding I am learning quickly where I want to invest more money and where I don’t mind trying to work to save a few dollars. One thing I will say is I am not skipping quality just to save some dough....more

The 5 Worst Types of Bridezillas

According to TheKnot.com, the average American wedding costs approximately $28,427 – and that’s not even counting the honeymoon! No wonder brides are so stressed. But, that’s no excuse. Being a Bridezilla can cost relationships, time, and dignity....more
I appreciate your article.  I do have issue with $28,427 for the average American's wedding.  ...more

Get to Know Author Jeffrey Zaslow

Editor's Note: We sincerely regret the passing of Jeffrey Zaslow on February 10, 2012. We enjoyed his work and his commentary. Our deepest sympathies go out to Jeffrey's family and friends. -Rita ...more
He's got quite the resume! Wish I lived in the MI area. I'd love to go to one of the events with ...more

(EXCERPT) The Magic Room

If you haven't had a change to pick up BlogHer Book Club's pick The Magic Room, here's an excerpt to get you started. ...more

CAKE BALLS

It’s been a year in the making. There have been numerous emails, phone conversations, and spreadsheets. My daughter has become an expert in event planning. My husband now resembles Spencer Tracy and Steve Martin in the “Father of the Bride” movies, and our bank account is similarly depleted. But through it all, I have remained calm, detached, and blissfully ignorant, because it is a “destination” wedding, and I am not anywhere near the “destination.”  But now the event draws very close. There are suitcases in the hall. I have made a detailed list of chores for the dog sitter....more

To Be or Not To Be Bridezilla - Guest Post from Crowning Victoria

I am super excited to have our first ever guest post from one of my favorite bloggers and clients, Vicki  at Crowning Victoria! Did you know when you become a bride you not only have the option of taking your husband's last name but another one as well?  With the title of Bride comes a different, ugly surname. That, being of "Zilla." Bridezilla. I shudder at the thought....more