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Are your parents helping pay for your wedding? Have them read this.

The only rule is to talk openly and honestly about expectations clearly before accepting any money — is the money a loan? A gift? If it's a gift, does it come with stipulations or expectations? Talking about money is uncomfortable and awkward for everyone, but it's critically important for parents who might be contributing to weddings to be VERY clear about what their expectations are… and to watch out for predatory marketing that targets parents…

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Self-funded wedding budget: one couple's lessons learned

We got married October 2016, and we paid for 90% of the wedding. We have a few self-funded wedding budget tips and examples for making it work when you're on your own budget. The biggest thing I found for saving is networking and negotiating.

Most importantly for us was picking our "thing" — the one thing you want to splurge on/don't want to have a wedding without.

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25 chic-as-hell and inexpensive wedding dresses under $500

While you can totally spend thousands of buckeroos on a fabulous and chic wedding dress, you don't HAVE to. In fact, you can find a cheap and cheerful inexpensive wedding dress at one of our favorite stores, ASOS. They're rocking our world with their wedding dresses, bridesmaid gowns, mothers-of-the-couple dress, and tons of outfits for wedding guests (and stuff I just want to buy for mahself!). We've rounded up a few of our favorite inexpensive wedding dresses from ASOS to get your dress shopping started — and they're all $500 and under.

Let's go shopping for chic and lovely yet totally inexpensive wedding dresses…