11 Ways to Save Money and Still Have a Beautiful Wedding

My husband and I got married and had a full reception for 300 guests for under $15,000. And no, it did not look like a budget wedding....more

Brides, Weddings and Barbie Dolls

There's a wonderful cartoon that shows a man kneeling in front of a woman, holding an open jewelry box with an engagement ring. He is saying, "Let's assume each other's debt. Trade in our independence for security and societal approval and celebrate with an event that will have cost overruns in the thousands."What's so romantic about starting married life with thousands of dollars in credit card debt for wedding related bills? ...more

5 Things I Learned While Planning My Dream Wedding

My wedding day was everything I imagined it would be: fun, terribly romantic, Art Deco-inspired, and even magical. In an earlier post I talked about my fear of being a fat bride – but I can say without pause that I looked and felt beautiful and that my weight was the farthest thing from my mind....more
I second the notion of getting married on another day besides Saturday. I got married last year ...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

“Don’t You Trust Me?”

Too many brides hear this question from their fiancée before the wedding. It’s usually about money and it’s usually because the couple hasn’t openly and honestly discussed one of the most important components for their upcoming marriage.  Who wants to spoil the euphoria of wedding plans and the excitement of honeymoon planning by discussing money? Many women won’t take a chance of bringing up a subject which, in the past, has made her future husband impatient, sometimes even angry? ...more

Five Tips for Planning a Wedding

 Wedding planning. Most brides sigh when they hear these two words....more

Welcome to the Planning Life, Welcome!

Once you start planning for your wedding, you will love to plan or hate to plan either way you must be plan your wedding wholeheartedly. I feel once you start having ill feelings toward planning your wedding, you will not be satisfied once the Big Day is finally here. Don’t let wedding planning consume your life or alter your attitude because no one want to feel your wrath or deal with your irrational behavior. Don’t be a Bridezilla!...more

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