If you’re a Filipino in America, who pays for the bridesmaid dresses?

Of my experiences as a bridesmaid, two were for weddings of friends raised in the Philippines, and following with tradition and cultural expectation, they gifted me the dress. I wanted to do the same for my bridesmaids. Let’s be honest, regardless of how “nice” the dress is, they will likely only wear it this one time. 

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Asking for a friend: Does marriage have to be a financial merger?

When I think of getting married, I think about sharing my life with my partner. Home, kids, pets. But up until a few months ago, I didn’t realize it would mean sharing my finances as well. In retrospect, maybe I should have known. But in an age where marriage takes place after individuals set up their […]

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No, really. How do you pay for a wedding?

Yesterday, I happened upon a WeddingWire forum where a newly engaged woman put out the very obvious and very blunt question: “How are you supposed to pay for a wedding?” Girl, I am still trying to figure that one out but here’s what I’ve got eight months in:

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How much does it cost to own a cat?

Okay, I’m slightly obsessed with my cat (for evidence check out my About page and Instagram feed). A coworker, after seeing a Chance-centric InstaStory, asked how much it cost to own a cat — and thinking through the breakdown, I wonder how much more would be in our wedding savings account without him (just kidding!). […]

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