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How To Buy An Engagement Ring Online

Recently I was reflecting on my experience shopping for Lauren's diamond engagement ring. (I proposed at Christmas, as many guys do, so I was shopping for the ring about this time of year.) As a result, I decided to revive this important post on … [Read more...]

How to Negotiate Discounts And Freebies For Your Dream Wedding

You’ve found your dream partner. Now it’s time to plan your dream wedding. Unfortunately, that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare once you start seeing how much weddings cost. In 2013, the average wedding costs just under $30,000, a record hig … [Read more...]

Money Manners: I’m Broke, and I’m Supposed to be a Bridesmaid!

Last week, a reader wrote to me about a common dilemma 20-somethings face: The 29-year-old had been asked, for the fourth time in the last three years, to be a bridesmaid in her friend’s wedding. She instantly said yes, then regretted it 30 s … [Read more...]

How Much Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

Thinking of popping the question? You've probably asked yourself: "How much should you spend on an engagement ring?" I’m sure you have heard the old tradition that you need to spend two month’s salary on a diamond engagement ring. I've even heard s … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Cut Costs, Not Cake at Weddings

The wedding and funeral industries have much in common. Both prey on emotion, sentiment and guilt to separate people from obscene sums of money for one giant, flowery party. One is filled with angst and sobbing, while the other features the atrocity … [Read more...]

♥ & $: Planning Your Dream Wedding? Might Want to Rethink That One

I went to get my hair cut the other day and my stylist, Sergio, told me he and his fiancé have finally set the date for their wedding: September, 2013; only four years after the birth of their son. As Sergio said, “Better late than never.” Much con … [Read more...]

Flash Weddings: How to Plan Quickie ‘I Dos’ On The Cheap

Be prepared: The next wedding invitation in your mailbox might ask you to break the law. It may describe the stuff of spy movies: Sneaking into a museum and gathering around a popular painting without rousing suspicion of the guards. All in the … [Read more...]

Wedding Expenses: Worth it or Worthless? Thoughts on What Counted on my Big Day

If you’re planning a wedding---or even just imagining getting hitched anytime soon---the thought of paying for all that stuff can be overwhelming. The list of typical wedding expenses is long, and few are cheap. Now that it’s been a bit more tha … [Read more...]

How to Save Money While Planning a Fabulous Wedding (Plus: A Free Wedding Budget Spreadsheet and Guest List)

I’m in the homestretch of my engagement. My wedding is 99% planned: loose ends are coming together, I’m attending wedding showers thrown in my honor, butterflies are fluttering around in my stomach, and I’m this close to gaining one new last name. I’v … [Read more...]

Wedding Taxes: Four Must-Know Tax Facts For Planning Your Big Day

With a booming wedding industry, I sometimes wonder how it’s even possible that our country is in a recession at all. Now that the average cost of a wedding hovers around $29,000, you’d think that the spending induced by weddings could sin … [Read more...]