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March 2016

Nervousness is natural.  In a day and age when divorce is a highly common word, when everyone can point to at least one marriage that did not last until “death do us part”, it is not surprise that brides-to-be would feel more than a little nervous about the transition from single life to marriage.  However, the knowledge that many couples do not make it should not cause you to panic, rather it should be a reminder that this is not easy, for anyone.  This is a goal that you will work together to achieve, and there will be many wonderful rewards along the way.

Planning for a wedding can be a wonderful time.  The ceremony and reception provide the beautiful celebration that your love deserves.  And, the honeymoon is a wonderful time to just be together.  But, when all of that is over, it is time to take care of the details that come with marrying.  You’ll have to take care of the legal name change, for instance, but this is also a time to start considering a joining of finances.There are several ways that you can manage your money as a married couple, and much of this will likely depend on what stage of life you were in when you decided to marry.  The longer a person has been independent, the less likely the couple is to full merge all assets.

Planning for the wedding is so much fun, but don’t forget that there will be other, smaller celebrations before you walk the aisle.  The bachelorette party will bring its own version of entertainment, undoubtedly, but there is also the bridal shower to look forward to.  Before you cringe, consider the fact that there are ways to host bridal showers that won’t lead to awkward hours for the guests.Bridal showers have gotten a bad name over the years because most associate them with an hour or two of watching a bride-to-be opening casserole dishes and gravy boats.  However, just as this generation is boycotting some of the long lived wedding traditions, so too are they changing the look and feel of the bridal shower.  You can do the very same.

When a young woman imagines her wedding day, she generally pictures herself in a gown of white, walking slowly and gracefully toward the person who has captured her heart.  What she most certainly doesn’t picture is tripping and falling halfway down the aisle.  It has happened, though, and it is likely to be a shared fate if brides do not choose their wedding shoes wisely.  And, this selection is not just about preventing trips and falls during the ceremony.  It is important that brides consider the impact of dancing the night away in uncomfortable shoes.

Weddings are wonderful celebrations of love and life.  They can bring happiness to the bride and groom but also to the many guests who are in attendance.  However, the large scale festivities can also be very costly.  A single day of joy for all involved can cost $10,000 or more.  For young couples, the investment can be a very dear one.  If you want to big day without the big price tag, there are a few things that you can do to cut the costs.