Planning & Budgeting

6 Groom Dos and Don’ts

Planning is nowhere near as fun as the wedding itself, but have a say to create the perfect day...

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The Thank You Note

You've had a great wedding, you've got a gorgeous new wife—don't be ungrateful for your good fortune...

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Guest expenses

Weddings are pricey affairs—even if you're not the one getting hitched...

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VIDEO: Virtual Invitations

Wedding invitations are about to get all augmented reality on us...

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Parliament vs The Real World

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all write off the expense of attending a wedding like our politicians…

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The Wedding Video

It may seem like an extravagance before the wedding, but a videographer feels like money well spent the day after...

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SHE SAYS: Star Attraction

The rich and famous may not get longevity from their marriages, but they have damn good cake...

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HE SAYS: Star Attraction

Aah, the celebrity wedding. A bastion of good taste and subtlety…

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Money before marriage

It's a leading factor in relationship stress, so talk money before tying the knot...

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SHE SAYS: Me, me, me

Bridezillas aren't born. They are bred...

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HE SAYS: Me, me, me

How often do you hear about “groomzillas”? Not much, and there’s a reason why…

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SHE SAYS: Petal Power

All girls are suckers for red roses. Or gerberas. Or lilies. But they’re not the be all and end all of a wedding…

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HE SAYS: Petal Power

They’re not a priority for most blokes, but odds are your wedding will be full of them. What to do about flowers…

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SHE SAYS: The guest list

Those infamous words, ‘will you marry me?’ begin the headache of who to invite…

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HE SAYS: The guest list

Ah, the magic of weddings; just the bride, the groom and 600 of their closest friends and family…

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SHE SAYS: The art of compromise

Compromise is a word quite easily said, but less easily carried out…

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HE SAYS: The Art of Compromise

Chicken or beef? Kids or no kids? Everything's open to negotiation, just some things more than others...

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Register This

Just in time for the spring wedding season, Country Road gets in on the wedding registry act...

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Scrapbooking in the digital age

Sharing the big day with every man and his dog is easier than ever...

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Wedding iPhotography

Long gone are the days of just having a professional document the big day…

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SHE SAYS: You Want What?

Personalised chocolates, bouncy castles and vintage wine might seem important before the wedding—less so after the fact...

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HE SAYS: You want what?

I love basketball-shaped gum dispensers as much as the next person. But are they a necessity at a wedding?

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Wedding extras

It’s hardly a secret, but a new study confirms that when the word ‘wedding’ is uttered, the price tag jumps…

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SHE SAYS: Don’t Save the Date

Rather than sending out cards, some people should spend time working on their manners…

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HE SAYS: Don’t Save The Date

If I’m not invited to your wedding, I really don’t need to know about it, thanks…

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Breaking bridezilla

A woman's advice on dealing with an over-enthusiastic fiancée…

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Five left-field honeymoon spots

These destinations probably aren't on your honeymoon wishlist—but they soon will be...

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Man with a plan

The proposal is just the beginning. There are many decisions and deposits to be made…

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Culture clash

When disparate cultures and religions come together, know how to fuse them with finesse.

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The Pre-nup

Pessimistic? No. Pragmatic? Most definitely. Getting hitched is serious business.

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Till debt do we part

The cost of a wedding may well be the reason it’s called ‘the big day’. Budgeting is key.

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Planning timeline

The question is popped, the date is set… the countdown begins.

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Matri-money

As one legal entity, bride and groom pledge to honour and keep both assets and liabilities from this day forward...

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Cost control

On the one hand, the list of wedding-related expenses is as long as a stretch limo. On the other, every item on that list is somewhere that costs can be trimmed… or cut altogether.

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The DIY Wedding

They say if you want something done properly, do it yourself…

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Relax, It’s Only A Wedding

Stress levels inevitably rise when planning a wedding—a woman’s advice on avoiding the pitfalls…

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What’s a man to do?

No, really, what are we supposed to do to help plan the wedding?

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The engagement party

No need to save all the celebrations and merrymaking for the reception…

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Letting them down gently

Playing favourites to choose groomsmen has the potential to put noses out of joint…

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Save The Date notice

You’d think sending a wedding invitation is enough, but often it’s not…

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LATEST: EG directory…

Introducing the newest wedding suppliers to join the Essential Groom directory…

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Home, sweet home

Forget toasters and crystal—the gift-giving stakes have been raised …

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The Big Picture: Wedding Planning

An overview of all the tasks ahead of you...

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Saving The Date

Deciding where and when the big day happens is the first step in getting to the altar…

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Budgeting: Wedding Planning

What needs to be paid and who foots the bill..?

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The Reception: Wedding Planning

The big one—this is where most of the effort and money will go...

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The Guest List: Wedding Planning

How to decide who’s in—and who’s out…

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Attire: Wedding Planning

You're not the only person you need to dress on the big day…

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Gift Registry: Wedding Planning

Time to get a little something out of all this wedding business. Well, apart from a wife…

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The Honeymoon: Wedding Planning

Once you’re hitched, it’s time for a holiday…

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The Ceremony: Wedding Planning

Preparing for the moment that you seal the deal...

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EG poll results: Miss to Mrs

We asked—should she change her name? The verdict is in…

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Appy couples

Smartphone apps built for two…

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Visit us at the Expo

Essential Groom set to debut at the Sydney Bridal Expo this weekend, April 21-22.

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Wedding insurance

Putting on a fancy outfit and walking down an aisle seems easy enough—but a lot can go wrong…

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Ask An Expert: Picking groomsmen

Dear EG, My fiance has four bridesmaids—should I have four groomsmen? And how on earth do I choose them?

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I do. I sue.

First comes love, then comes marriage—then comes lawyer as newlyweds get litigious...

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EG poll verdict: Wedding guests

Fifty, 100, 200—how many is too many? EG readers have their say...

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EG Poll: The pre-nup

Romance killer or modern necessity? Essential Groom readers are divided on the issue…

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Price tag

Latest figures reveal that Australian couples cough up a tidy $36K on the big day.

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Getting personal

Gifts from the groom for the guys… or for her.

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“It’s not just the bride’s day”

Words of wisdom from a man who has made a career out of planning weddings.

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Nuptial negotiation

Before any meaningful planning can get underway, there are a few basics that need to be hashed out up front between groom and bride-to-be.

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