Wedding Splurge

Manage your budget to get what you want


By Amy Fenster Brown

When I was in high school, back in the 1900’s, there was a unit of study where we had to learn to live on a budget. I factored in the fake income from my fake job, structured a fake budget for things like fake rent, fake groceries, and other assorted fake bills. I was so good at it, I had enough fake money leftover to splurge on a fake Walkman!

But unless Daddy is a Trump or a Rockefeller, your wedding budget is probably very real, all too real, and you’re going to have some choices to make. Done carefully and correctly, your wedding budget spreadsheet can allow you to splurge on what’s most important to you.

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Wedding Show 101

Do's and Don'ts to help you navigate


By Amy Fenster Brown

Little known fact… the word BRIDE is an acronym. It stands for Busy Running In Directions Everywhere. It’s little known because it’s actually not true. But it makes sense, doesn’t it?

Planning a wedding is a massive undertaking with details upon details and lists upon lists. Even if Martha Stewart had serious OCD she would need help keeping organized.

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The Perfect Honeymoon

Six Tips for a Terrific Trip


By Jennifer C. Frakes

You may have heard of Stefan and Erika Svanstrom, a Swedish couple who took an extended, four-month long honeymoon. Their adventures began in Germany, where they experienced one of Europe’s worst blizzards on record. The couple then headed to Cairns, Australia, just in time for a cyclone, and then Brisbane, which was ravaged by floods. After narrowly escaping bush fires in Perth, Stefan and Erika arrived in New Zealand at about the same time as a major earthquake. For a grand finale, you guessed it—their last stop was Japan, which experienced its devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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Yours, His and Ours

Merging Two Houses into One Home


By Lisa Jenkins

You have been so busy planning the wedding, dealing with the family and honeymooning, that you haven't thought about what will happen when the words "I do!" have taken you to the next season of your life. The excitement of a newly-married life fills the air and the thought of waking up every morning next to that one true love sounds so good, but wait—now it's time to merge homes!

Have you thought about what furniture will go and what furniture will stay? How do you handle the first fight over the material things surrounding you?

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Pros and Cons of Holiday Weddings

Thinking of a holiday wedding? Some may work better than others

By Jennifer C. Frakes

Aimee Devoll had a beautiful wedding. The ceremony took palce at a historic church in Soulard and the reception at Windows on Washington, with delicious food, festive drinks and a wonderful band. But looking back, Aimee says, laughing: "If I were invited to my wedding now, I probably wouldn't go."

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Bridal Week

Lacy Branch, chief event stylist and owner of Lacy Branch Events had the pleasure of attending Bridal Fashion Week in New York City and report her fashion findings of what brides can expect in 2014.

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