Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Budgeting for Other People’s Weddings

iStockphoto.com/Ulrich Schade

iStockphoto.com/Ulrich Schade

No matter how many times we write about the ever-escalating cost of being a wedding guest, our jaws continue to hit the floor whenever the latest stats are revealed. We’re still reeling from last year’s average—a whopping $673 per wedding—so you can imagine our reaction when we learned that the number has inched higher yet again.

Get this: In 2016, Americans can expect to spend, on average, $703 per wedding they attend (that’s a 5 percent increase from last year). And it’s even steeper for millennials—they should be prepared to fork over $893. The number creep upwards even more so if you’re in the bridal party or a family member of either the bride or groom.

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Meet Rabbit Rabbit Crew, the Local Event Planning & Paper Goods Company We’re Loving Right Now

Here's a look at Rabbit Rabbit Crew's paper goods.

Here’s a look at Rabbit Rabbit Crew’s paper goods.

Every so often we’re introduced to new local wedding pro who is not yet on our radar—and when it turns out they’re pretty fab, our immediate next step, of course, is to introduce them to you. That was the case with Rabbit Rabbit Crew, a team of event planners and graphic designers that’s cranking out some seriously cool events and paper goods.

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Ardmore’s Elizabeth Johns Is Holding a Pretty Sweet Four-Day Sample Sale

Magots by Elie Saab for Pronovias is one of the incredibly lovely gowns that will be included in Elizabeth Johns' sample sale.

Magots by Elie Saab for Pronovias is one of the incredibly lovely gowns that will be included in Elizabeth Johns’ sample sale.

It’s that time of year again, ladies: Starting tomorrow, Thursday, April 28th, through Sunday, May 1st, Elizabeth Johns in Ardmore will be holding their Annual Designer Bridal Sample Sale. So if you haven’t yet taken a spin in a few gowns in an attempt to find the one you’ll sport down that aisle, you might want to swing on by. Here’s the deal:

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Honeymoon Destination: The Napa Valley

Auberge du Soleil. Photo courtesy of the resort.

Auberge du Soleil. Photo courtesy of the resort.

Whether it’s the palm trees, the flipped coastline or the six hours it takes to get there from Philly, there’s something about California that makes you feel like you’ve really gone somewhere, even though you’re still in the Continental U.S. Add in the western state’s variety of environments—from beach to forest to desert to city—and you’ve got the potential for one memorable trip.

The Napa Valley, nestled in the greater San Francisco Bay area, offers much of what a newlywed couple might hope to find in their honeymoon: breathtaking vistas, luxe accommodations, spa getaways, adventure, relaxation, romance—and, of course, the very best in food and wine. (The region is dotted with more than 400 wineries.) Stay in Napa’s bustling downtown at the Westin Verasa Napa or nestled into the hills of nearby Rutherford at the luxurious Auberge du Soleil. Whether you’re on your mini ’moon, your honeymoon or a stopover on your way to Hawaii, it’s hard to argue against spending your first days as a married couple enveloped in one of this country’s true treasures.

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Find Makeup Inspiration For Your Big Day at Nordstrom’s Week-Long Beauty Event

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iStockphoto.com/gpointstudio

Mark your calendars, brides: The Cherry Hill Nordstrom is once again hosting its popular Beauty Trend Week event, and it’s the perfect opportunity for you to experiment with a few of the makeup looks you’ve been thinking about for the Big Day.

Skincare and makeup pros from all of your favorite brands (think Trish McEvoy, NARS and Bobbi Brown) will flock to the New Jersey store from Sunday, May 1st until Saturday, May 7th—they’ll be offering free consultations and dishing on the latest and greatest beauty trends and products.

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BHLDN Just Launched a Beautiful Collection of Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands

Tamaya Ring

Tamaya Ring

Philly’s own BHLDN is making quite the splash on the bridal market right now: Just last week the brand debuted its third honeymoon collection, and not long before that, we saw the launch of yet another batch of gorgeous wedding gowns.

The brand has always been known for having your entire wedding wardrobe (accessories and all) covered, and get this: Now they’re doing engagement rings and wedding bands, too!

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6 Easy Steps to a Relaxing, Budget-Friendly Honeymoon

iStockphoto.com/YinYang

iStockphoto.com/YinYang

There are a handful of reasons why a couple might decide to forgo (or postpone) a lengthy multi-destination honeymoon and instead venture off on a mini getaway post-wedding: Time and budget are two obvious restrictions—after all, you did just spend a year planning and paying for the biggest party of your life—though the time of year can be a determining factor as well (you want to make sure it’s the ideal season to visit whichever location you’ve decided on).

Mini-moons have become increasingly popular these days; for many couples a quick, budget-friendly vacation right after the wedding, during which they can relax, reboot and relish in newlywed bliss, is the perfect alternative to an extravagant, prolonged honeymoon.

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