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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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1. Be clear on the dress code. It’s a backyard… But it’s a wedding… You can’t blame your friends and family for being confused about what to wear. Don’t say, “whatever you feel like” when someone asks – it drives people crazy. Let your loved ones know if it’s semi-formal, informal, or cutoff shorts and flipflops. 2. Think about parking. Try to make a good guesstimate... (more)
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1. Don’t hide it. The staff on your ship is likely to have a few treats they can slide your way. And everyone likes honeymooners. As long as you ask instead of demand, the crew will do whatever they can to help you out with a request. 2. Keep your card keys away from your cell phones. Most cruise lines use electronic key cards to get you in and out of your room, and they’ll probably... (more)
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If you want to make my mother cry, ask to see her wedding photos. She doesn’t have any. A family friend took them, something went wrong… now, over 45 years later she’s still upset about it. I don’t want that to happen to you, so I talked to Steven Gross of Chicago's Real Life Weddings and Laura Huneycutt of Aki Photography in China Grove, North Carolina to get their top tips for... (more)
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Special feature by Robbin Montero of A Dream Wedding Uh oh. The “Big Day” is almost here. You aren’t sleeping or maintaining focus at work. If you are irritable and grouchy with everyone, including your fiancé, it’s time to get back into control of yourself before you turn into that bride you said you’d never become. You want to look and feel your best on your wedding day in... (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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Special feature by Susan Alexander Shapiro of BravoBride If you just got married, you might be staring at a closet full of candles, vases and other wedding items that you’ll never use again. Instead of shutting the door and dealing with it later, consider selling your items to another bride. Not only will you be helping her save some money, but you can recoup some of your wedding costs,... (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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1. Above all, be clear about your budget. Most caterers are happy to work within any budget, but they do need to know what it is! Even low-balling is better than making a caterer run back and forth to rental companies trying to figure out your magic number. That said, if you know the kind of menu you want, don’t be shy about going to two or more caterers to ask for bids. 2. Choose the (more)
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