5 Financial Tasks You and Your New Spouse Have to Tackle Once You’re Married

PW-couple financeWell, I might even say that a few of these things wouldn’t hurt to hash out before you tie the knot (who has what debt, for instance? Yeah, that is not a surprised best saved for after the wedding), but in general, this is a great list of things to take care of just as soon as you disembark from that glorious honeymoon and step right back into regular old married life.

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Lauren Conrad Just Launched a Collection of Super Pretty Bridesmaid Dresses

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Lauren Conrad, to me, is like the modern day Superwoman—she literally does it all. From being a television personality and entrepreneur (she’s the co-founder of The Little Market, an online shop that showcases artisan goods from around the world) to having beauty maven, fashion designer, and best-selling author (she’s written eight books!) on her resume, the former The Hills star is turning her name into quite a successful brand.

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Brides: Here’s How to Win a Tour of the New York Flower Market With Barbara King of Valley Forge Flowers

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As lush, vibrant, and beautiful as the New York City Flower Market appears to be, it’s pretty obvious that it’s not the type of place you just venture into without a little bit of know-how.

Anyone who is familiar with this Manhattan institution can advise you that the experience of shopping there can be quite overwhelming—crowds, endless variety, and all of the tips and tricks for making it out alive (and without breaking the bank) make picking up a bouquet, or choosing the flowers for your DIY Big Day arrangements, a bit more daunting than you probably imagined.

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Here Are 5 Excellent Reasons to Not Do a ‘First Look’ On Your Wedding Day

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Yes, yes, one thousand times, yes!

That was my reaction to what I am about to share with you, ladies and gentlemen—so much so, that I may have even said it out loud in my office.

I have told you all quite a few times before that personally—so we’re just talking me, here—I am not a fan of the First Look (to be henceforth know as the FL). Obviously, whatever fits your emotional satisfaction and scheduling logistics is exactly what you should do, and I have absolutely no doubt that you will be deliriously happy no matter what you opt for—but some people are for the FL and some people aren’t, and I’m not.

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Local Bridal Guide: Say ‘Thank You’ To Your Groomsmen With One Of These Found-in-Philly Gift Ideas

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Shopping for gifts for your bridesmaids is usually one of the more fun, stress-free (we hope!) tasks on your pre-wedding to-do list. And while we have plenty of ideas to inspire you, we think it’s safe to say that your groom is the one who is likely in need of our gift-giving suggestions.

With that being said, we’ve compiled some of our favorite local gift ideas and a few places where you’re hubby-to-be is sure to find some stylish mementos for his guys. Whether you pass this list along to him, or do the shopping yourself, is completely up to you.

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Add A Decorative Touch To Your Table Settings With Cutlery Couture’s Burlap Silverware Pouches

This pouch doubles as a place card when labeled with each guest's name.

This pouch doubles as a place card when labeled with each guest’s name.

We’ve all been in situations—usually there’s a buffet involved—that test our ability to balance an overflowing plate of food, a drink, and a pile of silverware all while making our way back to the table unscathed. When at a wedding, this challenge also includes heels, which, as we know, often only complicates things further.

It’s at moments like this that Cutlery Couture—a locally-based company that creates adorable burlap pouches to decoratively store your silverware—comes in really handy. And since they just launched a weddings and special occasions collection, there’s no better time to place an order for your Big Day.

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YOU GUYS: Brad Pitt and Angelina Joie Finally Got Married! 

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We know, of course, that celebs seem to be extra into the whole secret-marriage thing these days—but it’s not often the sort of thing you hear on a Thursday morning!

But lo and behold, guys, today we awake to hear that this country’s royal wedding has at last taken place: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have tied the knot after nine years, six babies, one really impressive engagement ring, and two years of betrothal.

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Well It’s About Time: Here Is An Ice Bucket Challenge Proposal! (VIDEO)

Well, as is so often the case when a certain, I don’t know—fad? Meme? Pop-culture phenomenon?—takes over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it somehow seeps into the wedding world, too.

And I feel like really, just last week, I was thinking to myself that it was about time we saw the ALS ice bucket challenge engage in some way with the wedding world. Maybe a couple who held the cause close to their hearts would do the challenge after saying their vows? Or maybe, there’d be a proposal.

Ding ding ding! At long last, people, we have an ice bucket challenge proposal, and it’s pretty cute. I enjoy both that he sneakily and successfully gets on his knee just two inches behind her (and seems pretty pleased with having gotten away with it)—and that he goes ahead and pours the bucket over her head, anyway. Fun!

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Study: Married Couples Who Smoke Pot Have Healthier Marriages

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We have a feeling a lot of people are going to be vigorously nodding their heads in agreement at one of science’s most recent declarations: People who are frequently sailing high on marijuana tend to be happy and relaxed, and happy and relaxed people just don’t fight too much.

It’s the hypothesized conclusion drawn by researchers at the University of Buffalo, who studied 634 couples over nine years of marriage, and found that couples who were frequent pot smokers had a significantly lower incidence of domestic violence.

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