We break down how to spend, what to pay, and when to save when it comes to paying for your wedding. Our wedding budget guide covers allocation, cutting costs, and making the most of whatever price point you set.
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Wedding Budget Checklist
We've outlined the major expenses allotted to each wedding category to help you plan your wedding budget.
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What's Worth the Splurge?
Wondering if that high-end designer cake is worth its weight? What about a pricey dress, menu, flowers? We'll help you decide what's worth the splurge and where it's better to save when it comes to your wedding budget.Post
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You're engaged! Congratulations! What's next? Follow these steps first ... in this order. Then you can starting working on all those other fun wedding-planning to-dos!Post
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10 Reasons Winter Weddings Are the Best
If your idea of the perfect wedding involves snowflakes and hot cider, consider getting married during the winter season. Here are just a few of the perks of saying "I do" when it's cold outside!Post
4 Things to Know Before You Go Engagement-Ring Shopping
Engagement season is officially here. Those of you yet to purchase that sparkler need to listen up. First off: that whole thing on spending three-month's salary on an engagement ring is no longer an unspoken rule. Just like all other big purchases in your life, stick to a budget that works for you. With so many options and custom designs you can absolutely find (or create) a ring that will dazzle. Queue Nicole Wegman, certified engagement ring expert at Ring Concierge in New York City, to answer the most important cost-driven questions that come with choosing an engagement ring.Post
13 Things to Think About Before Booking a Wedding Venue
Picking a venue sets the foundation for your entire wedding ... so, no pressure! The property you choose will influence the overall feel of your wedding as well as be one of the biggest impacts on your bottom line. Before picking the spot where you will begin your happily ever after, you want to make sure you are asking the right questions. Jess Levin from Carats & Cake got the inside scoop from some of the wedding industry's best.Gallery
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Smart Swaps for Out-of-Season Wedding Flowers
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6 Things that Run Up the Price of Your Wedding Dress
Ah, the dress! Stepping into a wedding dress for the first time is a truly one-of-a-kind experience that makes it easy to get caught up in all the glitz and glamour of weddings. Swarovski crystal beading, silk lining, 10-foot train—Yes! Yes! Yes!—until you see the price tag. Don't worry, you don't have to apply for a second mortgage to get an amazing gown. We talked to industry experts—Terry Hall, fashion director at Kleinfeld and Erica Chasco, sales manager at Lovely Bride—who explained which details can drive up the price of the wedding dress.Gallery
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10 Hidden Costs of Wedding Planning
You may think you've thought of everything, but if you aren't a wedding planner you may not know about these sneaky costs. Here, the team at Alison Events rounds up a list fees and budget line items that hotels, venues, and vendors aren't always so up-front about from the get-go. Add these fees and charges to your wedding budget from day one, so you avoid any expensive surprises.Post
11 Things Wedding Photographers Wish They Could Tell You
Ever wonder what's going on inside the minds of the most seasoned pros? We asked some of the industry's bests to share their candid thoughts on what brides and grooms should know about their wedding photographs. Here, 11 of their photography tips that you'll definitely want to know.Post
Wedding Gift Ideas Under $25, $50, $100, and $200 to Add to Your Wish List
The bigger your wedding, the wider range of personal budgets your guests are trying to stick to when choosing an item from your registry. Cater to every attendee by asking for presents at various prices. To get you inspired, the pros at Zola rounded up 20 ideas friends and family will love giving—and you will love receiving.