Ask the Editor: How Do I Cut the Guest List?
My fiancée and I would love to have a large wedding, but our budget is limited. If we cut the guest list, who do we cut? Zach, Madison, WI First, if you are trying to have a more lavish affair,... Read More
Small or Large Wedding?
Choose a small wedding if: You have a very small budget and can only afford a very basic ceremony and reception. You only have a small group of friends and family. In the Facebook age, we seem to think that... Read More
Ask the Editor: Can You Invite Guests to Just the Reception?
Can people be invited to just the ceremony or reception, but not both? Risa, Austin, TX This question comes up most often for those having a destination wedding. While it is problematic to invite many people to your wedding, but... Read More
The Importance of Budget “Wiggle Room”
When you set the budget for your wedding, it’s always smart to allow for some “wiggle room”. The more you delve into your wedding planning, the more unexpected costs you will find. Most likely, you will not only end up... Read More
Try an Off-Season Wedding
Don’t care when you get married? Think off-season. Depending upon where you live, there are generally a few months when it seems like no one is getting married. For those in the northern half of the country, that is usually... Read More
Just Say “No” to Cash Bars
You may be tempted to have a cash bar for a variety of reasons, from cutting costs on your already swollen wedding budget to wanting to avoid having your guests overindulge before having to travel home from your wedding. And... Read More
What Size Wedding do You Want?
Trying to decide what size wedding you want? For most couples, they could go either way. They have a small group of close friends, an average number of family members, and a large circle of acquaintances. Although there was a... Read More
What is a Fake Cake?
Some brides on a smaller budget opt to have a fake display cake to save money. These Styrofoam-based decorations are put out on display (either alongside real cake layers or by themselves), while the cake served to guest is pre-cut... Read More
Honeymoon Planning for the Groom
The tradition of the groom planning the honeymoon is not as common as it once was, but is still a lovely idea, particularly if the groom is not heavily involved in planning the wedding with his fiancé. Wedding details can... Read More
How to Ask if Your Parents can Contribute to Your Wedding
First, how this conversation goes varies greatly on your relationship with your parents. If, for example, you have always been close with them, and everyone is honest and direct, you really don’t need this question answered for you. Approach them... Read More
Wedding Planning Checklist & Tools
Looking for something that will make wedding planning easier? Try the new mywedding checklist tool, which will allow you to organize all of your tasks in one central location. For your convenience, our checklist is pre-populated with the most common... Read More
Budgeting and Prioritizing
Chances are, no matter what your wedding budget is, you are going to have to make choices. Having a dream wedding isn’t about having everything you want; it is about valuing what is most important to you, and planning your... Read More
Invitation Etiquette: The Stand-By List
In this economy, many couples are opting for an affordable way to invite as many people as possible to their wedding. One such way they are doing this is creating a stand-by list. Once they receive their early RSVPs, they... Read More
Rehearsal Dinner Guest List
Traditionally, the guest list for the rehearsal dinner includes everyone that was at the actual wedding rehearsal (all wedding party members), spouses of anyone participating in the wedding party, the immediate family of both the bride and the groom, and... Read More
Pre-cut Sheet Cakes for Your Wedding
Pre-cut sheet cakes are starting to emerge as an affordable and time-saving alternative to traditional wedding cakes. Oddly, these sheet cakes are most often used at both ends of the wedding budget spectrum. For couples planning elaborate weddings, with the... Read More
Non-Alcoholic Drinks for the Big Day
My fiance and I have decided not to serve alcohol at our wedding. Both of our families don’t drink and we want them to feel comfortable. However, we don’t want to come off like we are cutting costs on our... Read More