Month: March 2015

How We Saved $40,000 Celebrating Our Wedding Day

My dear aunt recently confided that her favorite weddings are the kind where the groom is in his Sunday best, bride in her favorite hat, photos by the family fireplace, reception in the backyard – and you can’t shut the honeymoon suitcases because they’re stuffed so full with the money everyone saved by having a pragmatic little wedding. And yes, a beautiful city hall wedding runs you $50. And yes, that leaves an enormous gap to arrive at the median US wedding cost of $20,000 – and an even larger one to hit the $30,000 national average. Throw in a 150 person guest list and having your big day in a big city on a Saturday in September, and you may start to see why this time last year, wedding estimates closer to six figures than four were totally. freaking. me. out. A LITTLE PRE-PLANNING Then I did three really important things. First, I got my hands on this wedding planning bible. A Practical Wedding will reframe how you think about your engagement and celebrating …

Sustainable Jewelry Sharing: Rocksbox Subscription

You know those girls with a seemingly endless rotation of gorgeous new jewelry? The sort of stuff that’s perfectly paired together, fluidly shifting through each season? Yes you do, because starting now that girl is y-o-u, and m-e too. And if y-o-u know m-e, you’ve already guessed that the whole bit is going to be tailored to your tastes, sustainably minded, a great deal, and sprinkled with surprises. Long love story short: Rocksbox, a San Francisco-based startup, sends tailored boxes of designer jewelry with the option to borrow, buy, or swap out a set as often as you’d like. Pieces are from a stable of more than thirty established and indie designers (folks like Loren Hope, Gorjana, CC Skye, Jenny Bird, Wanderlust + Co, Vanessa Mooney, and House of Harlow). Each box includes three luxury pieces, hand-picked based on a quick style profile you fill in, along with whatever you wishlist on their site and like on the Rocksbox Instagram. I’d say the stylists were right on the mark based on my answers: I like …