June 2013 • Wedding Guide — 3
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The top tenwedding to-do’s
Trying on gowns
One-of-a-kind ideasfor an unforgettable wedding
Five questions to askbefore you tie the knot
The wedding shoe trent for everyonepain-free and pretty
Bridal trends transform grandma’schina from vintage to vogue
Tips and trends to create the weddingof your dreams for less
Money and marriage:Tips to achivefinancial happiness
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(BPT) - It may come as a surpriseto young engaged couples, but the ex-citement of the wedding and honey-moon doesn’t end when it’s all over.In fact, after the honeymoon, it’s timeto roll up your sleeves and plan the bigmove - the joining of two households.It’s a herculean task finding theperfect location with great schools,affordable taxes and good neighbors.But once you’ve signed on the dottedline for the home where you will be-gin your life as a couple - and maybealso raise your family when the timearrives - you’re ready to plan your bigmove.Many newlyweds face the chore of merging furniture, kitchen equipmentand closet space from two households. To start your moving processoff on the right foot, consider eliminating duplicate items and having agarage sale, or donating items, before beginning the packing process.It’s a great chance to upgrade household furnishings - especially if youreceived something new as a wedding gift.Then determine what size moving truck you’ll need. A good ruleis to plan for 150 cubic feet of space for every fully furnished room.Many young couples moving from a small apartment or condo into alarger first home will find a 12- or 16-foot Penske rental truck morethan adequate. Plan to reserve your truck at least two weeks in advance.Penske Truck Rental offers rental discounts for AAA members to helpyoung couples with savings.For help in making moving day go smoothly, use these tips fromPenske. They’ve been in the do-it-yourself moving business for morethan 40 years:* Still unpacking your wedding gifts? - If space isn’t a concern,keep those wedding gifts in their original boxes, because the storepackaging will help protect the items. But if space is tight in the rentaltruck, throw away the store packaging and carefully repack in yourmoving boxes - with plenty of padding to protect your new gifts.* Start early and group items together - Get good, sturdy boxes of various sizes, and then fill them with items of similar use, size or de-sign. Some traditional ways to group items are by item type (i.e. photoframes) or by contents of a room. Label each box with the room name,and the contents. Make sure you have plenty of packing bubbles ortowels and cloths on hand to keep breakable items from being damagedin the move.* Save your muscles - Ask friends to help you with carrying boxes.If something is heavy, enlist some help to prevent injury or strain onyour muscles.* Loading the truck - Load the largest items (i.e. bed, couch, dress-er) into the truck first to ensure they will fit, and then start loading theheaviest boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top. Having eachbox labeled with contents will help prevent you and your friends frompacking heavy books on top of your new fine china wedding gifts. Pen-ske features an online Truck Wizard application to assist.When you cross the threshold of your new home the first time asa married couple, you’ll be surrounded by the excitement and energyof so many adventures to come in your future. Carefully unpack yourmoving truck, cherishing the memories of your personal belongingsas you meld them to fit into your new home and life with your newspouse.
The big move in