Monthly Archives: May 2013

How to Set (and Stick to!) Your Wedding Budget

Meg Keene, the brains behind A Practical Wedding, shares her stay-sane spending tips.
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Mary Clarke
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Bridal Guide: What inspired you to launch your site — and later, write a book? 
Meg Keene: It sounds like a myth now, but I really did come home crying in the early days of my own wedding planning. I just wasn’t sure we could pull off a wedding that matched our values and budget. My now-husband had started a political blog he called “Practical Progress,” so he suggested I start a blog and call it “A Practical Wedding.” And the rest, as they say, is history.

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35 Ways to Save on Cake (and Other Desserts)

Divine desserts (including your cake!) for less.
By: 
Sharon Naylor
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Swirls of buttercream, cascades of iced ribbons and blossoms — wedding cakes are the stuff of dreams, and it’s the rare guest who doesn’t look forward to the prospect of that magical last course. But there’s no sugar coating it; the cost of confection perfection can soar. Especially these days, with desserts (and dessert tables) such a major trend.

(The national average cost of wedding cakes and desserts will be $451 in 2013, jumping to $466 in 2014, up from 2012’s $437. In areas like New York City and Napa, CA cakes can run as high as $1,200-plus.)

No worries! We’ve gathered loads of ways to slice your costs.

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Wedding Ideas for Every Season

Winter, spring, summer, fall — find beauty and inspiration for weddings every time of the year.
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Fall in Love

There’s something so warm and cozy about fall, which makes it a perfect time of year for your wedding. Antonia Christianson of Antonia Christianson Events in Virginia and California has the scoop on planning a perfect autumn fête.

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Wedding Ideas for Every Season

Winter, spring, summer, fall — find beauty and inspiration for weddings every time of the year.
wedding-ideas-by-season-600.jpg

Fall in Love

There’s something so warm and cozy about fall, which makes it a perfect time of year for your wedding. Antonia Christianson of Antonia Christianson Events in Virginia and California has the scoop on planning a perfect autumn fête.

fall wedding inspiration
Photo Credit: David Schwartz

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David Tutera’s Advice for a Drama-Free Bridal Party

Every bride has questions about her bridal party — and David Tutera, star of WEtv's "My Fair Wedding," has answers.
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Q. One of my bridesmaids is a tanning-booth-aholic. How can I get her to tone down the Snooki look for my wedding? —Louise

A.This is tricky, as you never want to ask your bridesmaids to change who they are — after all, that’s why you love them! I would only ask this if you were sure it wouldn’t offend her.

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David Tutera’s Advice for a Drama-Free Bridal Party

Every bride has questions about her bridal party — and David Tutera, star of WEtv's "My Fair Wedding," has answers.
bridesmaids-tn.jpg

bridesmaids
Photo Credit: Life's Highlights 

Q. One of my bridesmaids is a tanning-booth-aholic. How can I get her to tone down the Snooki look for my wedding? —Louise

A.This is tricky, as you never want to ask your bridesmaids to change who they are — after all, that’s why you love them! I would only ask this if you were sure it wouldn’t offend her.

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Inspiring Ideas for a Vintage Wedding

Whimsical details and quirky flea-market finds put a charming, vintage spin on this modern-day reception.
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When your best friend since childhood is an uber-talented artist, who better to call upon to help create your wedding? That was always the plan, says wedding-invitation designer Kristy Rice, the creative force behind Momental Designs.

When the time came to work with Amy and fiancé, Stephen, “We approached the task as an art project. ”A rollicking, on-deck riverboat cocktail hour, vibrant color palette and a myriad of antiques collected by the couple made for a day filled with surprise and delight. Every detail, from the hand-painted invitations to the cheeky wedding-favor labels, told a story of love with every brushstroke.

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Inspiring Ideas for a Vintage Wedding

Whimsical details and quirky flea-market finds put a charming, vintage spin on this modern-day reception.
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When your best friend since childhood is an uber-talented artist, who better to call upon to help create your wedding? That was always the plan, says wedding-invitation designer Kristy Rice, the creative force behind Momental Designs.

When the time came to work with Amy and fiancé, Stephen, “We approached the task as an art project. ”A rollicking, on-deck riverboat cocktail hour, vibrant color palette and a myriad of antiques collected by the couple made for a day filled with surprise and delight. Every detail, from the hand-painted invitations to the cheeky wedding-favor labels, told a story of love with every brushstroke.

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