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...]

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...]

Wedding Planning Priorities: Part 2

In our last post we talked about making a list of wedding planning priorities, and using this list to create a wedding budget. But now let's get real about what is really important on that list of priorities. Let's say you've always dreamed of getting married in New York City. But if you can save yourself $10,000 by getting married in your hometown, is the NYC wedding so important after all? If it is, go for it! But when you think of all the other things you can do with $10,000, getting married … [Read more...]

Wedding Planning Priorities: Part 1

You can plan the wedding of your dreams, even if you don't have unlimited funds (most of us don't), but you have to decide what is most important to you and your honey.  Is it a 5 star menu or a certain reception site? Maybe the season or even the music? Flowers and photography? What you need to do first is create a list, and put it in prioritized order.  This will lay the groundwork for every single decision you will have to make about your wedding.  Refer to this list to determine how your … [Read more...]

A Classy Wedding That Won’t Put You in Debt

As the economy takes a downturn, many couples are looking for ways to scale back on a lavish wedding without sacrificing a special day. Wedding spending is expected to dip slightly this year, in contrast to the 48 percent growth documented from 1999 to 2006. How can you save smart and still host a classy wedding? There are so many ideas, here are just a few from the Eagle Tribune: Trim the guest list. Invite only the people you feel close to. "You really don't need to invite everyone you … [Read more...]

Frugal Brides Unite!

Were you married by a Justice of the Peace? Are you sewing your own wedding gown? Plan on using an iPod instead of a band?  Giving money to charity instead of giving out wedding favors? We love online communities, and on this ivillage message board you can meet lots of lovely brides who are finding new ways of saving money. And if you google "frugal wedding" you'll find that there is a multitude of people who think just like you! "I was watching the news the other day," says cmamy, "And they … [Read more...]

Do-it-yourself wedding projects

Whether you are looking to save money, or just want a hands-on wedding planning experience, there are many DIY projects that can be cost-efficient add charm to your wedding. About.com provides this list of DIY wedding tasks: Wedding Favors Simple Floral and Candle Centerpieces Cupcakes (instead of a wedding cake) Ring Pillow Flower Girl Basket Using an Ipod instead of an MP3 player. (Enlist a tech-savvy friend to make sure your first dance song, entrance music, cake cutting … [Read more...]

Off-peak wedding can save you big bucks

If saving money is a big concern for you when planning your wedding, try to plan it away from the peak months. The summer months are usually busiest, as are weekends.  Scheduling your big day around these times can save you money! Colette Harris, editor of You and Your Wedding, says, "The costs for all your suppliers are usually dramatically reduced. A wedding on a Friday in April will usually cost you probably at least 30 to 40 per cent less than it would to have that wedding on a Saturday … [Read more...]