With the Supreme Court and a growing number of states giving the OK to same-sex marriages, the hospitality industry is quickly realizing there is money to be made from a segment of the population that had long been underserved. Not to be outdone by smaller hotel chains that openly welcome business from the LGBT community, the folks at Marriott are spending a lot of money to try to win over these consumers. [More]
The ascendence of e-commerce that it’s easy to set up a storefront site and compete with the largest retailers in the world. That’s good for a company that sells, say, formal dresses. The problem is that when it’s so easy to set up a slick site with tempting prices, consumers may be stuck: left without a the beautiful dress they thought they were purchasing or their money. [More]
Listen, I don’t need a news alert to tell me that the cost of attending weddings these days is pretty freaking high, but it’s good to know that I haven’t just been hallucinating the money dribbling out of my wallet. A new report says the cost of just going to a wedding — along with various and sundry related activities — is up 10% in the last year and 75% in the last two. I can feel the money slipping away, I tell you. [More]
Wedding Week on How To Not Suck reaches its fairy-tale ending. After looking at all the big expenses, the things that cost a lot but shouldn’t, the oodles of extras, and booking your honeymoon, we deal with the happy problem of what to do with any money you receive from guests.
There’s a good chance you’ll be showered with gifts on your wedding day. Perhaps you’ll get a crystal vase. Or a pasta maker. Or his-and-hers (or his-and-his, or hers-and-hers) monogrammed bathrobes. Or maybe you’ll get a whole lotta cash. [More]
Wedding Week on How To Not Suck rolls on down the aisle. We’ve already covered the big expenses, the stuff you pay too much for, and the pricey little extras. Today, it’s time to start thinking about that big post-wedding expense.
Once the big day is over and the marriage certificate is signed, you and your new spouse may head out on a new adventure — your honeymoon. [More]
Wedding Week continues on How To Not Suck! We’ve already talked about the big-ticket items and other major expenses that couples tend to pay too much for. Today, we look at all those additional purchases that can send wedding costs skyrocketing.
So far we’ve covered everything from the venue to the dress to the limo and the cake. Hard part’s over, right? Not exactly. [More]
How To Not Suck’s 5-part Wedding Week series continues today with information on all those purchases that only cost a lot because engaged couples are too-often willing to pay too much.
Yesterday we showed you how to save lots of cash on some big-ticket wedding items you need to book early. Once those are under control, you can move to the next phase in wedding-mania. [More]
There’s customer service, and then there’s sparing no expense to make sure your customer’s wedding isn’t ruined by flying your own daughter to a tropical destination so she can hand deliver the groom’s pants. That’s called dedication. [More]
As the ancient Sumerian saying goes: Waste not, want not. And it was the waste of a four-course dinner for 200 guests that one couple decided against, after their daughter called off her wedding 40 days before the scheduled nuptials. Instead of simply canceling the event, the parents still held it — inviting 200 of Atlanta’s homeless to a dinner reception. [More]
As I’m in the midst of helping a very wonderful friend make her way down the aisle toward wedded bliss, I’ve been privvy to a few exclamations of, “That costs how much?*” It’s an expensive endeavor, to be sure: the average cost of a wedding in the United States was a whopping $28,400. Take heart, then, that a couple in Scotland managed to pull off a wedding and invite 70 guests for the low low price of £1, or about $1.56. [More]
In case you haven’t heard, weddings can be very expensive. And the part that most guests care a whole lot about, the cake, is no exception. So what recourse when a bride take when the cake of her dreams arrives and is more of a dessert nightmare? One unsatisfied customer took the Internet shaming route by putting the monstrous thing up for sale on eBay. [More]
People worldwide continue to disagree vehemently on the subject of civil marriage for same-sex couples, but everyone can agree that free cake is a nice thing. The first legally binding gay marriages in Minnesota will happen after midnight on August 1st, and three lucky couples will have free wedding cakes courtesy of Minnesota-based General Mills. [More]
Chick Fil-A Franchisees, Bridal Store Owner, Designer Team Up To Help Bride Who Lost Dress In Tornado
When the owners of a Chick fil-A franchise in Oklahoma found out that one of their employees had lost her wedding dress to the tornado that recently tore a path of devastation through Moore, OK, they decided to do something about it. But their one phone call set off a chain reaction of niceness. [More]
Did you just meet your soulmate, your forever and ever partner on this journey we call life? Okay then stop — are you in a retail store? Mark the location because the trendy thing to do these days is to get married exactly where you met. Joining couples like the one that got married recently at Walmart, a twosome who found love in the aisle of an IKEA tied the knot in the same store that played host to cupid eight years ago. [More]
Proving that not all Walmart romances have to be of the Craiglist “Missed Connections” kind, and giving hope to all those lonely souls wandering the aisles late at night searching for love or something like it (a can of frosting is one serving, right?), a couple who met at Walmart in 2005 got hitched in the store’s layaway. Because sometimes love takes time, see? [More]
Times used to be, you wanted to buy a wedding dress, you had to go to bridal shops boasting designer creations, with the prices to match. But now retailers are getting into the wedding game, providing cheaper options for customers. Target just threw its veil into the ring with its new line of bridal gowns starting at the low price of $99, which made us wonder — can anyone even pick out the less expensive gowns from their pricier counterparts? [More]