weddings

Expert tips for a 5 star wedding experience
Expert tips for a 5 star wedding experience
News ARA 1/26/2013 at 8:49AM

The average couple shells out nearly $27,000 just to say their “I do’s,” according to a recent survey. That doesn’t include the cost of the honeymoon, either. If you’re spending that kind of money, shouldn’t your unforgettable wedding be a five-star event? “It’s possible to plan a wedding with five-star touches at nearly any budget [...]

How the royal wedding influenced the latest bridal trends
News ARA 9/30/2012 at 12:01AM

Although the latest Brides American Wedding Study shows the average cost of a wedding in 2010 was $26,501, a decrease of 5 percent from 2009, weddings continue to be big business. But many couples are opting to cut the guest list instead of big ticket items like wedding gowns. In fact, the average wedding gown [...]

Safeguard the big day: How to protect the wedding of your dreams
News ARA 9/29/2012 at 6:13AM

Planning a wedding has many important components, with decisions to make on everything from finding the perfect flowers to choosing the right location. For brides- and grooms-to-be, one important choice that shouldn’t be overlooked is the idea of purchasing wedding insurance. Because no matter how carefully a couple plans the big day, something can always [...]

Wedding ready: How to look and feel your best for the big day
News ARA 9/29/2012 at 5:12AM

As a bride-to-be, you invest huge amounts of time, energy and money to make your big day unforgettable. Unfortunately, all of the stress associated with planning a wedding can take its toll, and you may neglect your own well-being in the chaos. Inadequate sleep, poor diet and high levels of stress can leave you feeling [...]

Fun, formal and beyond: What the groom wears
News ARA 9/29/2012 at 4:11AM

When you think of a wedding, you probably think of the bride’s dress, the flower arrangements, the food and the music. But what about the groom? More specifically, what about the groom’s attire? It’s his special day, too. So it’s time to devote some attention to him. Think back to all the weddings of decades [...]

Financial bliss after ‘I do’
News ARA 9/29/2012 at 3:08AM

Wedding season is here. It’s estimated that more than two million couples will be married in the United States this year. As couples young and old unite their hearts and lives, they will also face the challenging task of uniting their finances. The truth of the matter is, financial bliss is only partially connected to [...]

Top wedding trends for brides on a budget
News ARA 9/29/2012 at 2:07AM

For brides-to-be, the big day seems like it comes with a big price tag – but it doesn’t have to. The season’s top wedding trends pair elegance and affordability with options to make an event that is uniquely “you.” To stay within your budget, follow these wedding trends. * Outdoor weddings offer romance at a [...]

Cost-control tips for bridesmaids-to-be
News ARA 9/29/2012 at 1:05AM

Standing up for your friend as her maid of honor or bridesmaid is a special experience you’ll both remember all your lives. Yet your happiness for your friend, and your joy at participating in her wedding, can be tempered by concerns about the costs associated with being a member of the wedding party. Just like [...]