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It used to be that hiring a wedding planner was something for the rich and famous. Today though, it’s becoming increasingly more common for everyday brides and grooms, with everyday budgets, to hire a planner. With good reason, hiring a planner can actually wind up saving you as much money as it costs, with the added benefit of reducing stress. Choosing the right person can make a huge... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven, I’m getting married next year at my parents’ house. I was thinking about having a potluck reception and asking people to contribute a dish instead of hiring a caterer. It seems friendly and old-fashioned to me (and it would save me money), but I’m not sure how to do it. Would I put a card in the invitation asking people to bring a dish? Thanks Potluck... (more)
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Quick, what will be your guests’ first impression of your wedding? Here’s a hint, it will happen long before they get to the ceremony, see the dress, or eat the cake. Your wedding invitation (or save the date card) is your guests’ introduction to your wedding. It tells them where to go, what to wear, and what kind of event to expect. Today, when we rely so much on electronic... (more)
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It seems like everywhere you turn there’s another article about how to have a wedding on a tight budget. My problem with these articles is that they either tell me things I already know (ice sculptures are an unnecessary expense, a big guest list will be more expensive than a small one, who knew?) or they make suggestions that unless you quit your job and take classes in baking, calligraphy,... (more)
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It used to be easier. Your family belonged to a church or synagogue; you got married at that church or synagogue. The same man who baptized you or did your bat-mitzvah performed the ceremony. Today though, thankfully, it’s a little more complicated. Why thankfully? Because more and more couples have the freedom to explore and plan wedding ceremonies that match their beliefs and are... (more)
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In this week’s column, Wedding Maven Marta Segal Block answers a question about wedding contracts. Dear Wedding Maven, My friend and his fiancee signed a contract with a photographer for their wedding in summer 2010. They realize now that they can’t afford it, but the photographer won’t let them out of the contract. Please let me know what they can do. Thanks, Friend of the... (more)
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When my husband proposed to me almost the first words out of my mouth were “Can we elope?” Luckily, he said “no.” Even at the time, I was secretly glad. Now, seven years and two kids later, I’m incredibly grateful that we had a wedding. At times, planning it drove me crazy, but I’m glad we did it. The most common reasons for a “planned elopement” (as opposed to a couple... (more)
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If your idea of a Jewish wedding is a man singing “Tradition” and dancing with a bottle on his head, you may have watched “Fiddler on the Roof” a few too many times. In many ways, modern Jewish weddings are not all that different from any other ceremony. If you’re the one planning a Jewish wedding, Mazel Tov. You have a lot of different options and you probably want to consult a... (more)
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Even though there are a lot of jokes about people getting married for the gifts, I think most brides are actually a little nervous about registering. Here you are, picking out items that are supposed to furnish your home, and last you a lifetime, and you’re exposing your taste in linens to the comments of your future in-laws. That’s why I recently sat down Susan Hynes, a personal chef,... (more)
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One of the difficult things about planning a wedding is that you’re suddenly expected to make good decisions about things you may have never thought about. What’s more, these decisions can be expensive! Choosing the music for your reception is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Good music is what keeps your guests at the party long after the cake has been cut. A week... (more)
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