7 Websites That Make Online Wedding Planning Easy

The most important day of your life is also one of the most stressful of days to plan. Your wedding is something that you are going to remember for the rest of your life, so you want to make sure that everything is going to be perfect and go smoothly on your special day.Image: Africa Studio via ShutterstockNot only is wedding planning stressful, it is incredibly expensive. The average wedding these days costs around $30,000, and that doesn’t necessarily include the cost of the honeymoon. Luckily, there are several online tools you can use to make wedding planning easier, and less expensive. Here are some of our top picks....more

To the Small Things of Marriage

In a couple of weeks, my husband and I will celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary.  We've discussed possible plans.  I suggested a weekend spent organizing our house.  While I believe that one will be vetoed as simply too un-anniversary-like, I'm cool with us not doing it big or giving each other expensive gifts.  I have told him as much and I believe he would like it notarized.  ...more

How to Make an "Oops, I Burned Dinner" Kit for a Bridal Shower

A friend of mine is getting married and we have always joked that she is a poor cook. Even though I recently sampled her cooking and know that this is NOT true, I thought it would be funny to play off of this idea for her bridal shower gift... and so the "Oops, I Burned Dinner" KIT was born....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

Creating a Wedding Day Timeline

For your wedding day (or weekend) to run smoothly, it’s important to create a timeline so everyone is clear where/when events are happening, and so that it’s easy to stay on track. Your wedding day is going to be a busy one, and any sense of order you can get will make a huge difference. Being only a week and a half away from the wedding and having had our final meetings with all of our vendors, I am in full force finalizing the timeline. Here are some tips I can offer to far....more

DIY Framed Ring Holder

The Framed Ring Holder has been floating around Pinterest for a few years now but it's still a popular, personalized gift to hold your wedding ring and engagement ring. It's really easy to make and can be personalized to the recipient's taste. I included one in each of my friends engagement gifts baskets but they also make great bridal shower gifts, wedding gifts and birthday gifts. Easy, personalized gift.  ...more

5 Keys to a Successful Marriage

As of today, my husband and I have been married for 25 years. When people hear how long we’ve been married, I get one of two possible responses:“Congratulations! We’re coming up on (fill in a number of years).”“Wow! How do you do it?”This post is directed at the second group, who wonder how we’ve stayed together so long....more

My Marriage is a Teenager

Last week, I traveled with my husband, our two boys, and my brother to a small town in Indiana to celebrate and memorialize the life of my grandmother Gigi who passed away last November.  It was a bittersweet weekend, as family gatherings around funerals tend to be.  We lamented the fact that we only gather under the saddest of circumstances, but there was joy in the gathering nonetheless.  We told storie...more

Cinco de Mayo...Eat, Drink & Marry...Like an Egyptian?

So, today, May 5th, is my wedding anniversary. Yes, I did that on purpose.Since becoming aware of men, and their challenge with details such as remembering dates...it only made sense to me to choose a date for us to get married that landed on a holiday. A holiday often celebrated with...eating & drinking. And since we met in the City of Angels, so close to the border of Mexico, and in a city where the ethnic majority is Latino and Hispanic, well, it just made sense. Yep, he's a Mexican Angel....more

I Do, Take Two

Today is our wedding anniversary, 15 years!!!Where does the time go?...more