Ahh June, the start of summer and wedding season a-palooza. According to TheKnot.com, June is the most popular month for weddings, and if you're the bride, groom or attending several this summer, there are a few ways you can keep your wedding budget under control, so you don't face a fall filled with debt.
One thing I learned before I got married is that nobody loves to talk about weddings more than women who just got married. They'll grab on to any socially acceptable opportunity to relive their experiences.
Last week, a bride-to-be visited online wedding hub TheKnot.com and posted a wistful set of questions to her virtual sisters. "Fiancé got laid off a month ago. We're trying to keep our wedding the way we had originally planned. How many of you are working through similar situations, and how do you...adjust your wedding/honeymoon plan?"
Four-year-old Grace Layman, decked out in full frilly flower girl regalia, excitedly led her smiling surprise guest to the separate kids' party she was hosting at her dad's wedding reception. Mickey Mouse wowed everyone -- grown-ups too.
The TV no longer sits on a moving box, but she's still using filing cabinets as end tables. Desiree Jacobsen graduated from college years ago, so why does her apartment resemble a dorm room? It's hard to save for the finer things when you've had to shell out money to be in five weddings in one year, three times as maid of honor.
What does it take to catapult your company onto the FSB 100? Innovation and persistence, of course. But this year it also helped if you worked in industrial manufacturing. Although conventional wisdom holds that U.S. factories are trapped in a death spiral thanks to cheap overseas labor, a quarter of our fast-growth all-stars are finding creative ways to thrive in the bent-metal sector, up from 3 percent in 2003.
THE KNOT, A FASHION-FORWARD media company, has thrived by bucking business fashion. While other dot-coms spent millions on Super Bowl commercials, its wedding site (theknot.com) bought no ads at all. As competitors blew their VC stash on $800 Aeron chairs for every employee, The Knot ordered three. And when pundits declared the death of dead-tree media, The Knotâ€”now run by two of its four founders, husband-and-wife team David Liu and Carley Roneyâ€”bought magazines.
The knot, a fashion-forward media company, has thrived by bucking business fashion. While other dot-coms spent millions on Super Bowl commercials, its wedding site (theknot.com) bought no ads at all. As competitors blew their VC stash on $800 Aeron chairs for every employee, The Knot ordered three. And when pundits declared the death of deadtree media, The Knot - now run by two of its four founders, husband-and-wife team David Liu and Carley Roney - bought magazines.
These days a walk down the aisle can lead you to destination bankruptcy. From the invitations to the flowers to the food to the band to the honeymoon, the average wedding costs about $27,000 according to Richard Markel, President of the Association for Wedding Professionals International.
Opening day: the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. It's (unofficially) the wedding season. Thousands of couples across the country will walk down the aisle between now and September, June being the most popular month.
If you had a few thousand dollars to spare, you probably wouldn't choose to spend it buying housewares for friends, buying clothes you despise or throwing parties that celebrate other people's love and good fortune.
Jennifer Wilbanks dealt with it one way. Years earlier, Nicole Contos -- almost literally left at the altar at a high-profile Manhattan gathering -- changed into a black dress and went on with the party.