Ashley has written 11 posts for The L Stop

How much is your sanity worth

Engagements always start out exciting and new, but that feeling often wears off whenever the reality of all the responsibilities sets in. A wedding can be a logistic nightmare; between setting a budget, sticking to it, arranging for the venue, and catering, guests’ accommodation and gifts, etc. It’s not surprising that the ceremony is usually […]

Say Yes to Designer Dresses for Less

One of my guilty pleasures is If you haven’t ever heard of it and you tend to be an impulse shopper like me, you will now love me, or possibly hate me, for letting you know about this great website. Rue La La is an invitation-only website featuring a few select boutiques each day, […]

Tips from a Pro SaveOnCrafts

Whether you are planning your wedding or even just a fun, festive party, make sure to have fun décor that really makes a big statement in the room. Centerpieces and specialty lighting help set the focal point and enhance the overall theme of the party. High quality décor, at any event, makes a huge impression […]

Who gets down on one knee? Share your story!

Like most U-Haulers, shortly after my girlfriend and I moved in together, we started discussing our future and whether or not we wanted to get married, move to the suburbs, have children, etc. Having been raised in pretty conservative households, we both decided that we definitely wanted a traditional wedding for our family and friends. […]

Civil Union FAQs

Today, Wednesday, June 1, 2011 marks an important date in Illinois LBGTQ history with the enactment of the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. If you and your partner are planning to enter, or are thinking about entering, into an Illinois Civil Union, Lambda Legal has put together some FAQs for what this […]

Weekly Wedding Tips – If It Don’t Make Dollar, It Don’t Make Sense

Once an overall amount has been determined, I recommend that each couple sit down to rank what aspects of a wedding are most important to them. Unless you have a “sky’s the limit” budget, you will have to closely monitor each purchase and might have to make some sacrifices in order to afford your “must-have” […]

Celebrate History in the Making – Illinois Civil Unions

Two weeks from today, June 2, 2011, LGBT couples will be able to legally hold their Civil Union ceremonies. Now I know you might be thinking that I’m losing my mind since we all know the Civil Union Act goes into effect June 1st, not June 2nd. While this is technically true, any couples who […]

Weekly Wedding Tips – DIY to FYI

There are plenty of ways to let the world know that you’re engaged and all the details of your wedding. The essentials of which are your wedding website, Save-the-Date cards, and the invitations themselves. Wedding Website There are plenty of templates, many of them FREE, for wedding websites that are easy to build. If you’re […]

Weekly Wedding Tips – Start-off on the Right Foot

After getting engaged, one important conversation each couple needs to have, other than picking the approximate date, is budget. Discussing budget, while not always the most comfortable topic, is essential to planning a wedding. Here are some things to make sure to remember when beginning wedding planning and establishing the budget: 1. Determine early on […]

Calzona Wedding – Marriage, Mothers, and Mark

I’ve been a fan of “Grey’s Anatomy” since the beginning and have enjoyed watching the Callie-Arizona (lovingly referred to by fans as Calzona) storyline develop over the last few seasons. So naturally I was very excited for this week’s episode where Callie and Arizona’s were going to get married. ***spoiler alert*** Overall the episode was […]