WEDDING BUDGET

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Engaged? You Better Start Saving Now

Although it sounds unromantic, you essentially set a new savings milestone when you pick your official wedding day. Think about those costs that come after the wedding -- a house, kids, vacations, retirement savings. The last thing you want to do is go into debt to pay for a single day before the rest of your life takes off.

Always a Bridesmaid? Here's How to Save

Meet Jennifer Hills, a communications advisor and recent condominium owner who is single. She's been a bridesmaid four times in four years and will be again this year. Hills estimates each wedding has cost her $1,500. This is truly a double-edged sword: on one hand it is a great thrill and honour to be recognized by the bride and groom; on the other, costs can quickly add up and dampen the enthusiasm.