Moody and real: this pragmatic wedding reading is about REAL life

Our one guarantee in life is that we'll have both good and bad times (and death and taxes, too). The beauty of a partnership is that someone is there to help you make it through it all, the highs and the lows. I love this excerpt by Rolfe Gerhardt because it takes a real look at like and creates a moving and pragmatic wedding reading that hits home for anyone.

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Our wedding was a financial wake-up call (and our lessons learned!)

After catching up post-wedding and entirely overhauling our finances, I can see all the places we went wrong. Whenever people ask how we knew it was time to restructure our finances, I answer with one thing — our wedding. This one event clarified a world of issues with our financial well-being, or lack thereof. And so, in addition to the standard simplifying and DIY projects that helped me through the process, here is some invaluable advice with which we walked away…

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13 hidden wedding costs that can blow your wallet (and a quick budget survey!)

Wedding budgets are the necessary evil of an already fraught-with-drama time in your life. There are all kinds of things that'll balloon your wedding budget from necessary undies to last-minute tailoring to extra guests showing up. The best defense is a good offense by knowing what hidden wedding costs may sneak in and how to be ready for them.

Also, we have a quick one-question wedding budget survey that will help us craft editorial with you in mind!

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I never imagined having a wedding until we did: how to throw a "non-wedding"

No one ever thought I would get married. Except I actually love weddings! I watch bridal shows and browse the stories and DIY projects on Offbeat Bride. When friends get married I'm super happy for them. But I can't stand the thought of having a big wedding party for myself or see myself as a princess in white. We decided to get married anddecided to throw a party. Therein we have our challenge…