Life-Changing Relationship Advice

In honor of being a newlywed, I thought it might be time for yet another “adventures in love” post. I’m FAR from an expert, but I’m a good listener, and this by far the most life-changing advice I’ve come across.1. Try to Make Each Other’s Lives Better Every Single DayThis is the golden rule in my family — the piece of advice that’s given in “father of the bride” toasts, and originated with the relationship geisha of the clan....more

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

An Expensive Wedding Ritual

The rehearsal dinner is often the first time that a bride and groom get to know each other’s family.A  friend's son is getting married in a few weeks. She recently got a closer look at Maria, her future daughter-in-law and her ideas about money, value and entitlement.  For years, Maria had fantasized about "her special day", and all the trimmings that go along with it....more

Wedding Guest Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

Wedding planning is already stressful and sometimes, as much as we love them, our guests can make it even more stressful. Before getting engaged, I hadn’t been to many weddings. And looking back, I definitely made a couple of the wedding guest mistakes listed in this post. Wedding guest etiquette was a mystery to me. Because sometimes you just don’t realize how frustrating these things are until you’ve experienced them from the bride and groom’s point of view! So today I’m sharing just a few things you should and shouldn’t do when you’re a guest at a wedding....more

Should You Do a Wedding First Look?

As many of you know, Dave and I chose to do a first look at our wedding. We went back and forth on the issue several times, and originally planned not to do one, but changed our minds just a week before the wedding. The first look, for those who don’t know, is when the bride and groom see each other before the wedding ceremony. Typically the photographer attends and photographs the moment. Some couples choose to include their bridal party or parents, while others (including Dave and I) prefer to have just the two of them and the photographer....more
What a great testimony about the benefits of a first look! Not only does a first look free up ...more

The Importance of Premarital Counseling: What We Got Out of It

When Dave and I were planning our wedding, we went back and forth a lot on whether we would do premarital counseling. I had spoken with other women who really enjoyed it and felt they got a lot out of it, so I suggested to Dave that we give it a shot. Dave wasn’t quite as excited at the prospect and felt it might be a waste of time. Not that he’s opposed to working out improving our relationship. He just wasn’t convinced that a stranger would be the best person to advise us on it....more
I couldn't agree more. I grew up in the Catholic Church and wanted to get married in the church ...more

How to Reduce Stress While Wedding Planning

Wedding planning can be stressful. Any woman who has planned a wedding can tell you that no truer words have ever been spoken. It’s an amazing experience. It can be fun. It can be special to share it with your fiance, your mom, or your bridesmaids. And it can also cause you to cry and throw things and contemplate calling off the wedding. All of the above. I know wedding planning takes a lot of energy, but it’s also important to devote some time to your mental health and relieving the stress that planning your wedding has caused you....more

I Had A Beautiful Wedding & You Should Too!

So, I don't know when this fad started of hating on brides that are actually excited about their wedding day, but it needs to stop pronto! It just gets under my skin and makes me so mad. So, I just wanna take a moment and tell the HATERS........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

It’s Perfectly Okay to Have a Kid-Free Wedding

When you get engaged and start planning a wedding, you inadvertently open yourself up the opinions of others…whether or not you ask for them. People will have opinions on everything from your dress to whether or not it’s acceptable to have a kid-free wedding. I found the best course of action to be a nod and a smile. But when I read this post last week about why it’s selfish to have a kid-free wedding, I felt compelled to respond....more
I am a fan of the child free wedding. Weddings are generally a time for adults to celebrate and ...more
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