In today's economy, majority of engaged couples are hoping to save money. Let's face it, getting married can be extremely expensive and sometimes you have to cut here or cut there in order to stay within the budget.
A budget line item that brides do not want to decrease is the wedding dress. Little girls dream of wearing a beautiful white dress on their wedding day and when the day finally comes that they are able to try on those dresses, the last thing we usually look at is the price tag. But when we finally do, many of us factor in that we are only going to wear the dress for a few hours and will rationalize the purchase. Some of us walk away from our dream dress and settle for something else that fits within the budget.
Ask yourself these questions: Would you be willing to sell your dress after your wedding if you knew you could? If you knew you would be able to recoup up to half of the price of the dress, would you do it?
I have always joked that when I get married, my dress will go on a mannequin in the corner of my bedroom so that I can always tell my husband that that was the woman you married. In my mind, this would give me freedom to walk around in sweatpants, chase the kids with my hair all frazzled, eat bon-bons, etc.
A wedding dress is an emotional purchase for brides, so I guess it all depends on your personality. Everyone's budget is different too so it will all depend on how much you are willing to spend. If you are interested in selling your dress, check out this article that I read from the Today Show website.
With all of the beautiful beaches in South Carolina, it is hard to decide upon which sands you want to say "I Do." Edisto, Folly, Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms, Myrtle Beach...the shores are endless.
Regardless of where you decide to go, take the time to look up the tide schedule. Most brides want to get married with their feet in the sand but they don't want to be washed away with the currents.
Special Thanks to Glenna McKenzie Richards for the Image
While sitting down to dinner this Thanksgiving, I started to think of the many brides that I had the privilege to work with over the year and wondered how they were planning to spend their holidays with their new family.
Every family has its own traditions and no one really ever wants to see those traditions end.
I know that for many years, I have been at my mother's house the 2 days prior to Thanksgiving assisting with the cooking and the baking. Then there is the day-of festivities of baking the turkey, chasing the men out of the kitchen, agonizing over another Thanksgiving football game, searching through the Black Friday deals, eating dinner, searching through more ads, eating again, and then shopping with the girls til 6am.
Of course, when families grow some of those details have to change. Its called compromise and it isn't always easy. Maybe you spend Thanksgiving with your family and Christmas with your spouse's. Maybe you spend your first Thanksgiving as husband and wife in your own home and call your mother for all of your favorite recipes (fresh cranberries).
Whatever you decide to do, remember that the holidays are about family and you must compromise to include all traditions. Breathe...you will get through it.
Would love to know what traditions you and your spouse couldn't live without.
Oldest ringbearer, heaviest bouquet, longest wedding train...you have got to be kidding me. I'm all about breaking records. Heck, I watch the Olympics and find it fascinating to see a man scale a building without harnesses and such BUT these people train to break records which takes a lot of time and perseverance.
Could you imagine carrying a 200lb bouquet down the aisle? if I had been asked to be the maid of honor at that wedding, I might have declined or prayed for a super short ceremony. A 1.86 mile long train, really? Could you imagine having that dressed pressed?
Some of the records were really sweet, such as the couple that has married each other 101 times or the couple that's combined ages total over 193 years.
Did you set any records at your wedding?