Do You Really Need an Open Bar at Your Wedding?

Do You Really Need an Open Bar at Your Wedding?

When it comes to weddings, alcohol is one of those things that has become an unspoken requirement. I mean, how can you possibly celebrate your love without booze?! The truth is, alcohol at your wedding is totally optional and having an open bar is nice, but it is definitely not a requirement for your wedding to be a success.

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Yes, Videography Should Be a Necessity for Your Wedding Day

Yes, Videography Should Be a Necessity for Your Wedding Day

While having a photographer is typically viewed as a necessity, significantly fewer couples plan to have a videographer present at their wedding — and nearly all of those couples deeply regret the decision.

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The Real Reasons for the High Cost of Quality Wedding Photography

The Real Reasons for the High Cost of Quality Wedding Photography

There are a LOT of wedding photographers out there and pricing is all over the place when it comes to what different photographers offer. With so many newly engaged couples out there who have questions about why pricing is the way it is — and why some photographers aren’t willing to work for a lower price than others — it seems time to shed some more light on why wedding photography pricing seems to be so freaking high.

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The Benefits of Paying For Your Wedding Yourself

The Benefits of Paying For Your Wedding Yourself

Traditionally, it was always said that parents and other family members would help out financially, within their means. While it’s a wonderful relief for those fortunate enough to have that sort of help, many couples foot the bill themselves when it comes to tackling the costs of their wedding. Paying for your wedding yourself won’t necessarily save you money, but it can save you a ton stress, and here’s why.

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Creating Your Wedding Budget

4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Creating Your Wedding Budget

There are a lot of opinions out there about how much money you should spend on your wedding, and how much you should spend of specific pieces of your wedding. The truth is, your wedding budget should be just as unique as your relationship, but with all the outside voices surrounding you it can be hard to know which things are worth spending big money on and which aren't.

Here are four questions to ask yourself before you and your partner create your wedding budget.

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Fund Your Wedding By Becoming A Pet Sitter on Rover.com!

Fund Your Wedding By Becoming A Pet Sitter on Rover.com!

Have you all heard of Rover? It's totally amazing, like the Airbnb of pet sitting. Rover says, We believe in the unconditional love of dogs, and Rover exists to make it possible for everyone to experience this love in their lives. Who could disagree with this mission? Maybe you've used Rover to find a high quality, affordable pet sitter in your area, or maybe you watch their Instagram stories every day because they share the walks of some really cute dogs. But have you considered signing up to be a dog sitter? Pet sitters and dog walkers on Rover can earn $1,000 or more per month. Each person has the freedom to choose their own services, schedule, and rates. One of the added benefits is that Rover sitters can work from their own home and they can schedule their work around their availability. Let's hear from one such dog walker who funded his WEDDING off of that dog sitting cash!

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The 5 Biggest Reasons Why Budget Weddings Are the Best

The 5 Biggest Reasons Why Budget Weddings Are the Best

The easiest way to save money on weddings is to have a smaller one. The reason for this is simple: if you have fewer guests, you don't have to provide as much on the day. While this seems like you will have fewer people to celebrate with, a positive effect of a smaller wedding is that the wedding will feel more personal.

Reasons for this include:

  • Picking and choosing who to invite results in guests who are closer to the couple.
  • You can be more comfortable in front of your guests.
  • You’ll have a chance to interact with everyone.
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Adapting to the Ordinary // 7 Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping in a Wheelchair

Adapting to the Ordinary // 7 Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping in a Wheelchair

"I searched bridal magazines and the internet for inspiration, but only found a few brides in wheelchairs. And I didn't really related to any of them. Would I feel beautiful like my friends did when they found their dresses? Could I wear a dress and sit comfortably all day, or would I need to wear a pantsuit or a two-piece ensemble? I was willing to embrace these new bridal trends, but I secretly wanted a dress. So much of my world as a disabled woman is already unconventional. My fiancé had never even seen me in a dress, so it was important for me to wear a wedding dress.

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Black BeauTEA Talk // Celebrated, Not Tolerated: Woke AF Wedding Vendors List

Black BeauTEA Talk // Celebrated, Not Tolerated: Woke AF Wedding Vendors List

One part that really seemed to stand out last month according to the feedback was the story about none of the vendors posting photos of the black bride's wedding. Her story really drove home why I push the phrase, “Go where you are celebrated, not tolerated,” so much. It's very important that on top of realizing these issues, we do our part to support those who truly support us! How many times have you been online and come across a new viral post about yet another business owner coming out as having been racist?! How many of these business owners had you supported in the past? Yea, I know girl, me too, and the worst part is there is no way for us to be able to tell, right?! Well of course there isn't, but we can damn sure look for the businesses that SHOW us that they are here for us. It's really easy to do; if you go to their website and don't see anything close to a representation of you, peace out! You'd be taking a chance with giving this business your support, or in other words, your coins!!

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Black BeauTEA Talk // Silk & Lace Thrift Shop Inspiration for Nontraditional Brides

Black BeauTEA Talk // Silk & Lace Thrift Shop Inspiration for Nontraditional Brides

I never dreamed about my wedding day as a child. I am not that girl! I honestly feel as though I would breakout into hives just like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City if I were to try on a wedding dresses. This is not an anti-wedding dress rant. Wedding dresses are the most beautiful gowns ever! I just cannot do traditional anything, and the cost per wear is just a little too high for me. What is “cost per wear” you ask? Well, this is the total cost of the item/number of days you’ll wear it. For those brides who think similarly, I’ve found a loophole for you!!!!  
 

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Ask a Wedding Planner // Cutting Costs for Budget-Friendly Weddings

Ask a Wedding Planner // Cutting Costs for Budget-Friendly Weddings

Dear Ciera,

My partner and I are recently engaged and can’t wait to get started planning our big day! We are hoping to buy our first home soon, so we’d like to keep our wedding budget under $15k. Any tips on how to manage this budget?

Sincerely,

Newly Engaged & Economical

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Ask A Professional Florist // Why Do Wedding Flowers Cost So Much?

Ask A Professional Florist // Why Do Wedding Flowers Cost So Much?

Q: Pricing for wedding flowers is often confusing to couples—sometimes even a shock. Often, couples budget a lot less than floral designers charge. Why do you think that is, and what do you wish couples knew about it? 

A: The two main components that impact price are the flowers themselves and the labor to design, transport, and deliver or install the flowers. 

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