purple-black-wedding-color-board 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

engagement-couple-kissing-car-window-81469 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

groom-bowtie-white-flower-22501 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

engagement-couple-kissing-car-window-81469 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

couple-hug-pink-flowers-field-22501 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

centerpiece-white-flowers-vase-candles-22501 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 fiancée.  Wedding details can... Read More

sweet-favors-wedding-inspiration-board 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

newlyweds-nyc-hotel-82995 Checklist & Budget 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

bbq-bash-wedding-inspiration-board 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

06-church-bride-princess-veil-143643 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

centerpiece-pink-green-flowers-bird-22501 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

lace-romance-wedding-inspiration-board Pre-cut Sheet Cakes

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 having elaborate weddings, with the... Read More

girl-playfully-scolding-boy-76206 Non-Alcoholic Drinks for the Big Day

My fiancé 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

To Sit or Not To Sit

Every engaged couple we talk to asks the same two questions: Should we have a sit down dinner? and What about a buffet or food stations? It’s true that today’s engaged couples have more choices than ever, which can be... Read More