Category Archives: Budget

caticonslite_bm_altGoogle Joins the Wedding Industrial Complex

Yes, Google is now in the wedding business at google.com/weddings, making it easier than ever to create a simple and free web site, create invitations and save the date cards with Picnik, and plan the details with Google Docs. And … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altBeware the Cost of the Average American Wedding

The cost of the average wedding in the United States (honeymoon not included) is $20,398, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding professional online resource. The 2007 average topped out at $28,704 but has since dropped 24%. But still, twenty … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altOld School Celebrities Who Started the Wedding Madness

Grace Kelly & Prince Rainier of Monaco • 12 carat diamond ring • Veil hand-embroidered with thousands of seed pearls * Reality Check: Doublewhammy Hollywood Royalty + Real Royalty Get married at Grace Cathedral and host a “To Catch a … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altWedding Tip: Have Your Wedding at the Best Restaurant in Town

What night is your favorite restaurant closed, because the owners might be willing to open just for you. Many restaurants are closed Sundays or Monday nights. No matter what you do, out-of-town guests will need a day to travel. Ask them to … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altWedding Case Study: Compare Three Dimly Lit & Sophisticated Wedding Options

June and Jose always assumed that they would throw the classic church and country club wedding like everyone else they knew. It was what Mom and Dad expected. Ultimately, the simplicity and elegance of the old white church and the the country … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altHome-Style Fun at Liberty Cafe for 40 Guests: Wedding Case Study #3

June and Charles have successfully managed to eliminate about three quarters of their guest list. June and Charles’ parents have decided to throw them each a cocktail party in their hometowns in the next year so that they can invite all of … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altTraditional Glamour at The Cliff House for Guests: Wedding Case Study #1

After much debate, June and Jose manage to cut down their guest list by about half. Determined to throw an elegant event, they decide to have both the ceremony at reception at The Cliff House. After a $19 million remodel, the Cliff … Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altModern Elegance at Axis Cafe for 150 Guests: Wedding Case Study #2

Try as they might, June and Jose aren’t able to cut down their guest list by much and a shocking number of people RSVP to their wedding. Such is the case for many a couple getting married in such a beautiful part … Continue reading

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What Are Your Wedding’s Baseline Costs?

If you have more to spend or if you’re having a harder time letting go of the traditional trappings of the average American wedding, we offer our case studies — scenarios to help you think through different options for larger, more formal events. We’ve hand-picked our favorite Bay Area spots where you can throw a fantastic yet sane party. Continue reading

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caticonslite_bm_altSometimes More Than One Reception is the Best Answer

Ours is a transient society. Sure there are plenty of us who don’t move too far from home, but others are transplants thousands of miles away who develop their own families of close friends and neighbors. These are the people you call … Continue reading

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