“Dense as they are, diamonds represent the greatest worth in the smallest volume” – Coco Chanel. Diamonds are expensive. And the single most expensive way to get a diamond ring is… to buy a single diamond. The larger the diamond, the more expensive it will be. Wait, that’s an understatement. Every small increase in weight brings an exponential increase in price. For example, you will find a step change between the prices of diamonds just under 1 carat and just […]
Wedding dresses stand up to a lot of pressure, literally and figuratively. They have to help you look gorgeous and shape your body well… while being comfortable and breathable for the weather… withstand rain and sweat and not stain easily… and not break the bank. Whether you are buying a wedding dress off the rack, or having one custom made, whether you are having a summer or a winter wedding, and whatever your budget for the dress, it helps to […]
The ultimate no-frills wedding, a city hall wedding is a popular alternative for couples with a small guestlist, short time to plan, and a small budget. Perhaps you’re a spontaneous couple who just decided to get married… now. Perhaps you are planning an elaborate wedding abroad, or want your cat to be your officiant, but you wouldn’t mind being legally married in Ontario as well. Perhaps you’re just two shy, private people who do not like many eyes on you. […]
Have you heard about this girl who lost it all in her pursuit of a perfect wedding? Her future husband, her family and friends, and quite possibly her mind as well. Here’s the highlights of this crazy but sad story of ‘Canadian Susan’: $60K dream wedding in Aruba, $15K in her bank account, and a request for each guest to pay $1,500 (presumably in addition to their flight and accommodation in Aruba). Social media exploded in contempt. Yes, it’s easy […]
So here we are. You’ve sized up your savings account, looked the ‘future you’ guy or gal firmly in the eye, and realized that it would be, ummm, most prudent, to spend no more than 10K on your wedding. And then you begin to wonder. Is it possible to have an affordable wedding without feeling self-conscious when talking to wedding vendors, without making your friends work, and without worrying that your guests will think your wedding looked cheap? So […]
Wine is a great way to put everyone in good spirits. It will be a big part of your wedding meal. But even couple of bottles per table will add up very quickly. Why is it so expensive? If you buy alcohol from your catering provider, the price includes their mark-up. If you buy alcohol from LCBO, the price includes government “sin tax”. If you don’t like the surcharges of either option… Here’s an idea. Make your own wine! Fermentations […]
Some credit cards offer great incentives – either as cash-back or travel miles – for money spent in these categories. Some credit cards offer sign-up bonuses and higher incentives in exchange for an annual fee. If your monthly spending is pretty high, the amount of incentives will also be high, so the annual fee pays for itself and you are left with an upside. Many people do not have such expansive monthly budgets. Enter wedding planning.