Building Your Wedding Budget


Setting your wedding budget can seem like a daunting task.  Where do you begin, how much do you need and where will you find it?!  Here are some ideas to help you get started.

Who’s Got The Money?  While it’s very common for the couple to contribute to, or even pay for their wedding, it’s a good idea to talk to your families about what they might contribute.  While talking about money might be uncomfortable, you’ll save misunderstandings later by confronting it head on – and early.  If you are worried…

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Vows for the bride – before the wedding day


Wedding planning can be stressful at times, but if you make these vows, you’ll be one happy bride!

I vow to spend time with my fiance- not planning the wedding.  Whether it’s deciding who’s second cousin twice removed makes the guest list or whose paying for what, wedding planning can cause a strain on the engaged couple.  Remember to take some time each week to spend with each other engaged in activities that are not wedding related.  If a night out each week isn’t in the budget, consider a…

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Real Wedding Story: Suzanne and Chris

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Suzanne, a technical publications manager and Chris, an inventory management specialist, were married May 11, 2013.  Their ceremony was held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Troy followed by their reception at The Colony Club in Detroit.  This is their wedding story.

How did you meet?

Chris and Suzanne met at a band concert in high school. They both attended Troy High School.

How did he…

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Music For Your Wedding Ceremony

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Selecting music to play during the key moments of your wedding ceremony is a great way to add your personal style.  There are several key moments during your ceremony and the perfect wedding song can help add to the emotion of each.   We are going to break down each part of the wedding ceremony to help you better know where, when, what type, and how much music is appropriate.

As Guests Are Seated

To set the mood, music should already be playing when the first…

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Wedding Cake Advice

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In ancient times, the breaking of cake, like the breaking of bread, was seen as a fertility rite when performed during a joining ceremony.  The practice of layering several cakes, one on top of the other, just to the tipping point, began much later. The bride and groom were expected to attempt a kiss above the precariously-perched cake.  Their success in kissing without toppling the layers would result in a lifetime of good fortune.

Designing Your Cake

Before contracting with a baker, check your venue agreement.  Many venues…

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