The Plunge: Top Ten Rules for Taming Your Guest List

by Azure

A couple of times a month we like to let our good friends at The Plunge give you some advice for your grooms. This time, they tackle the difficult subject of how to reduce your guest list in order to save your wedding budget. Now, I don't want to discount the advice of my esteemed colleagues, but I would like to point out that simply reducing your guest list is not a magic bullet for your wedding budget woes. Over 50% of your budget has NOTHING to do with how many guests you have. So,...

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Robbin Montero: Why Do Weddings Cost So Much?

by Azure

In this month's column, expert wedding planner Robbin Montero of A Dream Wedding gives us all a little reality check on the costs of a wedding. If your parents are helping you with any of the planning or paying, this is a great article for you to share with them. Have you been surprised by how much things cost?

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Your Money or Your Wedding?

by Azure

The New York Times blog “Your Money”ran an interesting article on Monday. A recent survey asked brides whether they would rather have the money or the wedding. What’s fascinating about the article to me though is the comments section. Usually we here in wedding world only hear from others in wedding world. Check out the comments and get a different point of view. What do you think?

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Question of the Week: How Did You Decide on Your Wedding Budget?

by Azure

If you're a regular Savvy Scooper you probably already know quite a lot about how to reduce your wedding costs and plan for a fabulous wedding on a budget. We've also got great articles on how to figure out how much of your wedding budget should go to what. But, I want to know, how did you decide on what your wedding budget should be? How did you decide what amount of your savings to spend, or how much into debt you were willing to go? Or, was the amount given to you by your generous...

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The Man Registry: Don’t Let the Economy Ruin Your Dream Wedding

by Azure

About the Man Registry All signs may be pointing to the economy as a whole starting to gain momentum and crawl out of the doldrums of the past year. However, most of us are still feeling the crunch when it comes to personal spending. The financial pain can be especially tough if you’re planning a wedding. Lucky for you, The Man Registry’s resident groom planning expert Simon Daykin of Firefly Occasions has some tips to share this week on not letting the (still) slumping economy...

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Does Being Married Make You Richer?

by Azure

Happy Monday! There was an interesting article in Time last week about the financial benefits of marriage. You’ve probably heard the saying “two can live as cheaply as one.” That’s still true, but apparently it’s no longer true that married people are a lot better off than single people. There are a lot of statistics, which I won’t quote, because frankly, they confuse me, but it used to be that married people were able to retain more money than single people. That’s...

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How To Hire a Wedding Babysitter

by Azure

Nothing gives you and your guests peace of mind like knowing you have a great babysitter on the job. The kids are having fun and taken care of, so you can relax and enjoy your reception. Our friends at Sittercity.com have some great advice for finding a sitter, figuring out a fair pay rate, and keeping the helicopter moms happy. Check out the new How To Hire a Wedding Babysitter article in our advice section and breathe a sigh of sweet relief.

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Should You Sign on the Dotted Line? Advice about Wedding Contracts

by Azure

Unless you're Ally McBeal, legal matters don't usually seem romantic, but they are part of planning a wedding. Check out this week's Wedding Maven column to get some advice about thinking things through BEFORE you sign on the dotted line. Do you have a question about wedding traditions or etiquette? Write the Wedding Maven at onewedmaven@gmail.com

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If April Showers Bring May Flowers, May Flowers Lead to Money

by Azure

Special Feature by Dr. Taffy Wagner, Creator of Money Talk Before The Commitment Walk and Debt Stops At The Altar Do you remember that nursery rhyme that said “April showers bring May flowers”? For brides-to-be, April showers bringing May flowers could mean you are in the process of choosing your floral arrangement. Choosing your floral arrangement is an investment. Therefore you must see it as a process. When you think about your wedding and you see your floral arrangement, what...

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Fitness advice for you and your piggy bank

by Azure

We all know how it is: You get so focused on looking your best for a special event - like oh, I don't know, let's say a wedding - that you lose your mind a little bit. You want to fit into that perfect wedding dress so badly that suddenly the all-kumquat diet or The Longshoreman's Workout (On six DVDs. Comes complete with real industrial shipping containers!) sounds like just the thing to get you into your best shape ever. Before you whip out that debit card, check out Infomercial...

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