The date is set, the dress is bought and the tuxes are rented -- now you get to plan your first vacation together as husband and wife. Whether your ideal honeymoon is traveling to the Swiss Alps for some mountain fun or relaxing on an exotic beach in the Caribbean, it's a special time you'll never forget. So what do you need to know to plan the perfect honeymoon that goes off without a hitch?

Getting married generates no shortage of opportunities to have important conversations with your spouse-to-be. Maybe you can postpone or even dodge altogether some of those talks, but at least one potentially challenging conversation can actually help ensure your marital bliss down the road – the talk about finances.

Weddings can be one of life's biggest expenses. In the current economic climate, it's no surprise that couples are looking for ways to cut down the costs. But hiring a wedding planner may actually save you money and time in the long run.

If you find yourself planning an upcoming bridal shower on a budget, have no fear: It’s entirely possible to plan a tasteful, fun and sentimental gathering without breaking the bank.

Weddings are a big occasion not only for the bride and groom, but for their friends and families as well. It is a great chance for people who don’t see each other as often as they would like to reconnect.

Remember Grandma’s cherished wedding china that only came out of the cabinet for holidays or other special occasions? Or the silverware that made an appearance only when it needed to be polished?

You may find yourself cringing with shame when you look at your album years down the road if you choose trendy over traditional style for the look of your wedding. Today's smart bride mimics the grace and elegance of the classic era to ensure she’ll love the look of her wedding as much in 20 years as she does the day she walks down the aisle.