The average cost of a wedding in America is $US33,391, according to The Knot. More than half of couples go into debt to pay for their wedding – so how much are couples actually spending on their wedding? We talked to seven former brides to see how much they spent on their wedding, and the majority spent less than the national average. Modern-day weddings have a notorious reputation for being pricey. On average, Americans spend roughly $US33,391 on their weddings, according to The Knot’s 2017 Real Weddings Study. But that doesn’t mean they can afford it. More than 74% of couples will go into debt for wedding costs, reports Student Loan Hero. But, of course, how much you spend on your wedding depends on several factors, such as where you live, what season you’re getting married in, what type of wedding you have (big or small), and what details are important to you. So, Business Insider talked to seven former brides who shared their wedding budget details. … [Read more...] about The average cost of a wedding in the US is more than $30,000 — but we talked to 7 real couples and most spent way less than that
When the lights went out in Falls Church, Va., during a snowstorm, first-grader Sarah Gomez-Lane found inspiration by taking part in a contest sponsored by multinational tech giant Google. Faced with hours of being trapped indoors with no electronic entertainment, her mom’s spontaneous suggestion to enter the annual Doodle-4-Google contest appealed to her, and the little girl set to work. Armed with colored pencils and a sheet of paper, Sarah created a prehistoric-themed masterpiece — a doodle that would eventually become the winner of D4G’s 10th annual contest and yield a whopping financial reward for Sarah.Among the hundreds of thousands of contest entries, Gomez-Lane’s doodle gleamed a little bit brighter to Google’s esteemed panel of judges, which included actor Neil Patrick Harris; Olympic gold medalists Ibtihaj Muhammad and Laurie Hernandez; and 2017 National Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee. From there, her entry advanced to public voting, … [Read more...] about Google gave $30,000 to a 7-year-old for a dinosaur doodle
The founder and CEO of Squarespace on launching a dream and the importance of giving back. Dan Bova Published 1:10 pm, Friday, May 11, 2018 Photo: Squarespace Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Squarespace His Parents Loaned Him $30,000 to Start a Company. Now It's Valued at $1.7 Billion. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In 2003, Anthony Casalena’s parents gave him a $30,000 loan to help get his business idea up and running. Fast-forward to 2018 and it would appear that Casalena is more than able to pay that loan back. The company he started with the $30,000 is Squarespace, the website-building resource that now has over 600 employees and its logo emblazoned on the jerseys of the New York Knicks. Also, according to Bloomberg, a valuation of $1.7 billion. Not too shabby. Casalena hasn’t forgotten how that … [Read more...] about His Parents Loaned Him $30,000 to Start a Company. Now It’s Valued at $1.7 Billion.
Tens of thousands of British homeowners are trapped in expensive mortgages which they took out before the financial crisis because of new rules stopping them moving to better value loans. There are 30,000 such “mortgage prisoners”, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) revealed, who, thanks to low interest rates, could each save thousands of pounds in repayments each year - if only they could remortgage. The City watchdog is looking for ways to help these borrowers, who are all up to date on their mortgage payments, but it is difficult without undermining its own rules. A key problem is that tougher affordability tests now apply to new loan applicants. This means that someone who qualified for a loan in 2008 might not do so now, leaving them trapped in a position where they are paying for an expensive loan, but deemed unable to afford a new, cheaper loan. Around 10,000 of these prisoners hold loans with active … [Read more...] about 30,000 mortgage ‘prisoners’ trapped in expensive loans from before the credit crunch
The Met Gala 2018 theme is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” It reportedly costs $30,000 for a ticket to attend the Met Gala. However, that’s just the beginning of all the costs associated with the $3.5 million event. The first Monday in May hosts the party of the year in the fashion world. Dubbed the Oscars of the East, the annual Met Gala is back on May 7, themed “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” to celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest exhibition at the Costume Institute. With 180 pieces on display, featuring high-end, expensive designers from Versace and Valentino to Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel, the exhibition will focus on the “dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art.” Helmed by Vogue’s Anna Wintour (and co-chaired this year by Rihanna, Donatella Versace, and Amal Clooney), the … [Read more...] about A ticket to the Met Gala is around $30,000, but that’s only a fraction of what it costs for a night at ‘the Super Bowl of fashion’