A Golden Treasure Found Online – PrimeStyle.com

Like many girls, I had all sorts of ideas and plans about my wedding long before I even met my Mr. Perfect.  Since I wasn't much of a ring girl, I couldn't imagine myself wearing an engagement ring - my thought was to get another piercing in my ear when the time came, and get an engagement earring instead.  Well, as it happened, when the time came, I was up and ready for a proper engagement ring, a classic one, right on my finger.  But now I had to catch up for lost time, for all those years I … [Read more...]

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...]

iPod your Wedding Music

It will require time, thought, and effort on your part, but it could save you a couple thousand dollars if you B.Y.O.M. (bring your own music, of course)!  You save money on hiring a DJ or band, and you can control every song that's played at your wedding, from your walk down the isle to the dinner music to the last crazy dance. feature image credit "But like everything else, if you want to pull it off and not drive yourself nuts, there are rules," says The Broke Ass Bride.  Here she lays … [Read more...]

Must-Read Tips for Staying within your Wedding Budget

The most daunting part about planing a wedding, perhaps, is figuring out how to get the wedding you want within the budget you set forth. That's why a little financial planning will take you a long way to keeping you out of debt. Talk about money: Sit down with your fiance and go through your bank statements, pay stubs, bills, and other financial records. Discuss how much each of you can afford to put toward the wedding. Write it down: You might think this goes without saying, but some … [Read more...]

Wedding Registry Do’s and Dont’s

You've got that registry gun thingy ready to go! Because when will you get another chance to walk into a department store and indulge your every whim without worrying about the price? But more than just the ultimate shopping trip, setting up a registry is an efficient way to let guests know what kind of gift you actually want. A registry also keeps track of who bought what and reduces the chance of receiving those hideous pieces that you can't imagine anyone would want! Even if you already … [Read more...]

A Truly Memorable Wedding Experience

What makes a wedding truly memorable? Is it the food, the music, the atmosphere? Is it the good times had with family and friends? When you look back at your own wedding, what do you want people to remember the most? I came across a blog post called "Power of Purchases" at 59 Seconds that got me thinking about creating a wedding people will always remember. Here's what he has to say: Psychologists Leaf Van Boven and Thomas Gilovich examined whether increased happiness is associated more … [Read more...]

Bridal Bouquets: The Look You Love for Less!

Have you seen a bouquet you crave as your own, but can't stomach the price tag on it?  Take a look at these photos and see if you can tell the difference between the budget bouquets and the pricier deluxe versions. Then head on over to Brides.com to see how they did it! Can you tell the Difference? Can you tell the difference between the affordable and deluxe bouquets? Head on over to Brides.com to test yourself!  They'll also give you some good tips on what affordable flowers you can … [Read more...]

Making Love Last: Advice from Grandma

We tend to get so caught up in the merchandising of Valentine's Day that we forget what the holiday is really about: Love. When Erin Bried was interviewing grandmothers for her book, How to Sew a Button (and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew), she asked each one for their secret to making love last, decade after decade. Watch this video to hear the advice of these wise women, each happily married for over 50 years! And if you're looking for more every-day wisdom, you should … [Read more...]

Budget-Slashing Wedding Planning Tips

Martha Stewart Weddings presents 65 Ways to Trim Your Budget... and who's budget couldn't use a little trimming, right? Here are some of their best wedding planning tips. If you have any other great budget-slashing ideas, please add them in the comment section! Save on Alcohol Instead of providing a full bar, serve a signature drink, such as punch or a favorite cocktail, instead of providing a full bar.  Another option is to limit alcoholic beverages to wine and beer, choices that will … [Read more...]

Tacky: Every Bride’s Nightmare

If there's anything brides fear more than being jilted at the alter, it's having people think their wedding is tacky. You see this word posted all over the message boards and blogs, you'll hear it on your mother's lips, and you'll read about it in bridal magazines. Well Offbeat Bride has a great commentary on how to avoid being tacky when planning your wedding. Basically, um, don't even try.  Because someone, somewhere, is bound to think something about your wedding is tacky: People are … [Read more...]