Planning a Blissful Financial Future

Finances are not always something that's discussed during courtship and engagement.  I mean, who really wants to talk about money when you're enjoying a candle-lit dinner or a walk on the beach? But ensuring a secure financial future together is an important step to creating a secure, happy marriage, and that takes a bit of planning.  Whether you are before of after tying the knot, the experts recommend sitting down together to develop a financial strategy that will help secure the long … [Read more...]

Do Vendors Charge More for Weddings than Other Events?

You may have heard that vendors automatically hike up prices when they hear the word "Wedding." So is it really true that you pay twice the amount for a wedding cake than you would for a birthday cake that's exactly the same in every way? Choice, the leading consumer advocacy group in Australia, investigated whether higher quotes do indeed go hand in hand with the W-word. (But such things go on everywhere, including the US and UK...) The Experiment: Businesses were selected in Melbourne and … [Read more...]

5 Steps to a Financially Secure Marriage

Although financial concerns may be far from your thoughts when you became engaged, money quickly becomes important within weeks following the exchange of vows. There are things to buy, bills to pay and various other monetary decisions to consider. Unfortunately, far too many American families live from one economic crisis to another, never developing the habit of living within their means. A happy marriage is hard to maintain amid endless financial stress and conflict. Al Jacobs, a professional … [Read more...]

Planing a Recession-style wedding

Photo from Arbutus Photography. Not to keep rubbing it in... but with the barrage of news stories like these, what can you expect!? Although some may say weddings are "recession-proof" (we can hope!) these headlines seem to differ.... Wine-country weddings, recession style Budget-minded brides seek out thrifty elegance Brides make mad dash for discounted wedding dresses Budget Brides: Planning a wedding during a recession 10 Ways to have a Frugal but Fabulous Wedding So we … [Read more...]

Minimize Wedding Planning Stress by thinking of others

It may seem obvious that being selfishly absorbed in all the minute details of planning a wedding will make those around you miserable. Sensible people will probably realize that obsessing over everything will make you miserable as well. Unfortunately, some people are just so wrapped up in their own needs and desires that they forget to be considerate of the other people who are involved.  Even normally caring individuals can be overwhelmed by planning the perfect day, becoming a little bit … [Read more...]