Nothing says thrifty elegance and nostalgic spring traditions like high tea and cucumber finger sandwiches, so when I was looking for ideas for our Garden Party Swap at 40Berkeley last week the choice was a n
Budget brides in Boston rejoice: while Filene’s Basement may have (sniffle) closed its doors, leaving its much-beloved Running of the Brides events hanging in the balance, a well-known bridal boutique (wishing to remain anonymous) has teamed up with Goodwill for what will hopefully become a new tradition:
Brides on a Budget – Goodwill. I will. I do!
Ever find a shirt with the perfect fit, only to discover that the sunshine yellow fabric washes you out, or that the cuffs are the wrong style? As you, our fashion-savvy readers, may attest, trying to find custom-made clothes on the cheap can sometimes be a wild goose chase.
Beautiful weather makes summer the perfect time to host get-togethers: from pool parties to backyard barbecues, hanging out with friends and family al fresco is the perfect atmosphere for entertaining.
Let me guess, you’re getting married. Congratulations on finding love (and a tax break)! But be warned: chances are you’re making a big mistake when it comes to your registry. You’ve probably picked out all your favorite things at Pottery Barn, hoping that a loved one will splurge on that cheeky set of artichoke print salad plates.
After being invited to your old buddy’s wedding, you’ve bought the happy couple a wonderful gravy boat, got new shoes to match your best wedding duds, and just when your wallet is really starting to feel the pinch, you realize you still have to find a way get to the main event and book a place to stay.
It’s no surprise that weddings are a bit of a money pit. But after you cut the cake, deal with the crying flower girl, and finally untie all the cans from your car, you know you are going to need that honeymoon more than ever.
Once the hoopla of a modern wedding is done, the last thing modern newlyweds want (or can afford) is a trip somewhere halfway around the world. Enter the “mini moon” — a trend in which couples instead opt for a weekend getaway immediately following the wedding and postpone the traditional honeymoon for their six-month or one-year anniversary.
Since time eternal (or at least since 1477), men have been dropping to one knee and presenting a bright, shiny thing to their beloved sweetheart, signaling that they’re ready to seal the deal. What’s a guy to do, though, when bling just isn’t in the budget?
Tough times offer some a chance to embrace their inner tightwad and, in select cases, toss a little scorn at the $60 billion industry that bridal bloggers sometimes refer to as the “wedding industrial complex,” as the AP reports in this feature story on the state of dream Weddings in the economic downturn.