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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Ask the Wedding Maven: Children and Rehearsal Dinners

by Azure

In this week's column, the Wedding Maven answers a question about how to make sure the rehearsal dinner doesn't turn into a highchair food fight. Do you need wedding advice? OneWed has two great ways for you to get all your wedding questions answered. If you have questions about wedding related traditions, etiquette or relationships, write the Wedding Maven at weddingmaven@onewed.com. If you have questions about wedding how-tos, ranging from logistics to decorations, write our...

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Involving Your Children in Your Wedding

by Azure

Getting married can be stressful, but getting married while also being a parent can add even more stress. No matter what their age, finding ways to include children in the wedding can go a long way toward making sure that everyone is comfortable in the new family. Older children might participate as bridesmaids, groomsmen, or readers. Younger children may appreciate something like the Family Medallion service that reasserts that the new marriage is forming a family. Roles like junior...

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Calling Chicago Bridesmaids and Flower Girls

by Azure

If you're a Chicago bride, bridesmaid, or mother of a flower girl, you might want to check out this event at Caroline DeVillo's Studio. The couture designer has a new line of cocktail dresses perfect for bridesmaids, as well as "kiddy cocktail dresses" perfect for the littlest member of the bridal party. To attend, RSVP to rsvp@skirtpr.com or 773-661-0700

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Wedding Day Childcare To Keep the Whole Family Happy

by Azure

One of the most frequent types of questions I get for my wedding advice column is what to do about kids at the reception. Let’s face it, most brides don’t have kids, so trying to find a trustworthy sitter for the reception can be a shot in the dark. Services like Colorado’s Wedding and Event Sitters and the national Sitter City can help you out. Hey, don’t lose those URLSs - one day you may need them yourself!

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Flower Girls and Ring Bearers: Give Them a Gift You’ll Both Enjoy

by Azure

You’ve probably given some thought to your bridesmaids’ gifts, or at least put it on your list of things to think about, but what about your littlest attendants? Do yourself a favor, get them a dual-purpose gift, something they’ll love and something to keep them busy at your reception. This is especially important if they’ll be the only kids at your wedding. I love Land of Nod’s “I’m not bored anymore art jar.” It has everything you need to keep a child busy at an...

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