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Gilt’s Epic Bridal Sale Event Launches Friday

Shop wedding dresses, accessories, decor, and destinations at a fraction of the cost.

By Irina Grechko Photographs via Gilt.

Attention, brides-to-be: Just in time for wedding season, Gilt Groupe, the seriously fashionable sample sale site, is launching its much-anticipated discount event aimed at meeting every bride’s wedding-day needs.

Kicking off today at noon, with additional steals and deals rolling out on the site tomorrow, this biannual bridal extravaganza features heavily discounted designer wedding dresses, accessories, jewelry, decor, and lingerie from the likes of BHLDN, Marchesa, Reem Acra, and Badgley Mischka.

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Expert Advice

Ask the Experts: Wedding Budgets

It’s easy to get caught up in the fantasy of planning a wedding, but one expert warns: Don’t forget the finances!

By Laura Wainman

The Expert: Bill Moran
Merrill Lynch senior vice president and senior financial analyst

Okay, Bill, let’s say a client has come to you who has just gotten engaged. Where do you begin?

My budget advice would be the same as my marriage advice: Keep the lines of communication open at all times. Talk about your goals and aspirations, what you imagine things looking like for the wedding, and decide what each of you wants most from the day. The couple will also need to decide how much emphasis (and money) they want to place on this one day, versus other goals they may have for their future together, like buying a home or starting a retirement fund. We will also need to discuss where they individually stand financially, so we can figure out where they stand as a collective unit.

What are some potential pitfalls couples need to watch out for when it comes to planning a wedding?

The biggest issue I see is when a couple is not on the same page, whether that’s about finances or the wedding in general, and they aren’t communicating about it. If you have one partner who is an ultra-long-term planner and thinking about how to retire comfortably at 65, and the other isn’t looking past the immediate future of desperately wanting a 20-piece band and roses on every table, we are going to hit a speed bump.

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Bride on a Budget

June Deals for Brides and Grooms

We help ease your wedding-budget blues with these monthly specials.

By McLean Robbins

You know the adage: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. But where does “something that fits into my budget” work into that equation? Spend your money where it counts on your wedding day, without compromising quality.

We’ve compiled our first-ever Washingtonian Bride & Groom “Deals” list, an offshoot of the popular Washingtonian “Deals” column, printed each month in the magazine. Unless otherwise noted, these packages are available for the entire month of June by mentioning Washingtonian Bride & Groom at the time of reservation, or by using code WASHINGTONIAN online.

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