Honeymoons are big business in the United States. With an average of 2.4 million weddings occurring each year, those happy couples spend $8 billion a year on their honeymoon. With that kind of serious money going into a great honeymoon, it’s no wonder that brides spend a considerable amount of time and effort planning what to pack.

Every bride remembers the age-old saying, "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." This English poem – believed to be from the Victorian era – was created to provide the bride with several good-luck tokens for her new life with her husband. Here are a few ideas to help the modern bride incorporate some classic traditions into her wedding.

Planning a wedding takes a lot of time, work and decisions. Some decisions are made for us in the form of traditions that were created by our ancestors, but what do these traditions really mean?

Wedding season gets into full swing with the arrival of warmer weather, and many couples are busy selecting vendors and the venue, and putting down deposits to lock in their services. Regardless of the size or scope of your wedding, setting a wedding budget can help keep things in perspective and provide a framework for all of your spending.

It was the wedding of your dreams and the honeymoon of a lifetime. Now you’re settling down to enjoy married life. You’ll probably do a lot of things to nurture your marital bliss – from slipping little love notes into each other’s brief cases or lunch bags, to learning the “right” way to argue. But don’t forget the more mundane things you need to do to protect your life together – including updating your homeowners insurance.

Before you walk down the aisle, having a conversation about finances and credit can help ensure a future of wedded bliss, with minimal disagreements over money. Transparency over finances builds trust in a relationship.

Acting as your own planner can help save money on your wedding reception. From ordering wedding napkins and favors to deciding how much cake and drinks to have on hand, you can keep a handle on costs by self-managing as many reception-related tasks as possible. But how do you know how much to buy?