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I am planning to... Get married

Weddings are meant to be a festive celebration with family and friends, not an expensive headache. But sometimes couples get caught up in the planning and end up spending more than they can afford -- not a great way to begin life together.

Even though money talks don't top the romance charts, your wedding and marriage will be more harmonious if you learn to discuss money openly and candidly before you walk down the aisle.

Here are five steps to help make your wedding memorable and affordable:

Illustrations by Brandy Kesl

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-- Posted: March 18, 2004
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