Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Legal In Australia! Here's Our Best Wedding Guides

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From today, same-sex couples are allowed to be married in Australia. That means congratulations are in order, first of all, and second of all, it requires a really solid welcome. So here it is: Welcome to the crazy world of wedding planning, same-sex couples.

We've got all of our best guides to planning a wedding right here.

What You Don't Need At Your Wedding

Legally, all you need for a wedding is a visit to the registry office, and whatever else your local government requires. Everything else is optional. Of course, some things are more optional than others.

Ask LH: How Much Does The Average Wedding Cost?

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Dear Lifehacker, My boyfriend just proposed to me and we're planning to get married in the Spring. However, neither of us have any idea how much weddings are supposed to cost! While I would love a dream wedding with all the trimmings, the reality is we don't have heaps of money to burn.

What sort of budget do we need to set for an average-size wedding? Also, are there any cost-cutting tips you can share? (We want it to be affordable without looking like we cheaped out!)

The Best Tools To Simplify Your Wedding Planning

Between picking a venue, finding a caterer and making sure invitations get sent out, planning a wedding is exhausting, even if your wedding is relatively low-key. Luckily, there are plenty of tools, apps and websites that make it easier to keep up, and help you do your research at home or on the go.

The Annoying Songs You Shouldn't Play At Your Wedding

Music is essential at a wedding, especially at the reception. But some songs are just way too cliche — or ear-ravaging — and people are tired of hearing them. These are those songs.

Editor's Note: I wholeheartedly disagree with the list included above and am very sad with some of those selections.

Trim Your Wedding Guest List With These Guilt-Free Guidelines

Trim Your Wedding Guest List With These Guilt-Free Guidelines

Putting together a guest list for a wedding is more stressful than it needs to be, especially when you've got plenty of other stuff to worry about — like the budget. Here are seven types of people you can keep off the guest list for your big day, guilt-free.

How To Give A Speech Like Oprah

Look, we're not gonna teach you in a blog post how to give such a stirring acceptance speech that people ask if you're running for president. Your speech is almost definitely not as important as Oprah's, and you are almost definitely not Oprah. But if you care at all about what you're saying or how it's received, you should approach it with all the care and thought that Oprah put into hers.

Editor's Note: Had to include this one, because it's a pretty comprehensive way to write a really good speech and good wedding speeches are a rarity


Of course, you might not want to even have a big wedding anyway - and we've got a guide for that too.

The Case For Eloping And How To Pull It Off

"So. How's the wedding planning coming along?" If you're getting married, prepare to answer this question at least once a week. And "good" or "fine" won't do. People want answers. How will you transport the cake? What kind of flowers will you get? Is your DJ going to play my favourite song? If any of this sounds unpleasant, allow me to offer an alternative: Elope.


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