As weddings have become larger and more complex, couples have been forced to either save or borrow money to bring off their big day. The couple now provides an entire event day rather than a ceremony and reception. These couples view the wedding day as the most important event in...

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For a great many years, weddings were small affairs that included immediate family and close friends. Couples rarely went to the expense of sending out invitations. They simply asked the people they were inviting to attend their wedding. There was often a small meal served to the guests. A cake...

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Nearly every bride wants to walk down the aisle in a silk or satin and lacy confection that fits her perfectly. She knows she will be the center of attention and wants to look her best. Wedding dresses have long been one of the highest costs for brides. These are...

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There are a few things every wedding must have. A couple must be legally joined in matrimony and they will need an official to perform the ceremony and certified they are married. Many marriage regulations call for either one or two official witnesses to certify the couple has taken their vows. Other than these basics, a wedding can be whatever a modern couple desires.

Couples may invite a few close family members and friends, or they might decide on a large wedding with hundreds of guests. Many couples provide refreshments and often include a meal and wedding cake as part of their reception. If only a few witnesses will be present, the wedding party often goes to a restaurant. This is an informal way to get married and many couples prefer to hold a large reception. They do this to celebrate their union with friends and family. While not all are affairs of state, large weddings are becoming increasingly popular with modern couples.