Once the vows have been taken, the toasts given and the bouquet tossed, newlyweds find themselves faced with more decisions, from how to divide up household chores or spend gift money to how to decorate their new homes. According to a study by Fairchild Bridal Group*, the wedding industry brings in about $120 billion in the U.S. each year, with more than half spent not on the wedding itself but on costs for the couple's new life ahead - including $4 billion on new furniture to make the new house feel more like a home.
"When couples are starting a life together and creating their first home, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the choices out there," said Penny Eudy, product manager of upholstery for La-Z-Boy. "Temporary, 'do-it-yourself' furniture options often seem like an easy way to save money upfront, but in the long run, couples are better off investing in quality furniture that won't need to be replaced after a few short years."
The following options from La-Z-Boy offer an array of comfortable styles for newlyweds - all of which are sure to last for many anniversaries to come.
Sleek and Chic Furniture
Married life doesn't have to mean frumpy furniture. For couples who want a sleek, contemporary look, the "Zoe" sofa features a popular track arm style and beveled wood legs and is available in a wide array of fabrics and leathers. Part of the La-Z-Boy Premier Collection, "Zoe" also features ComfortCore cushion technology for superior comfort. Since it is available in a loveseat, stationary chair or ottoman, Zoe makes it easy to create a room full of comfort that - like marriage - is designed to stand the test of time. Price as shown: $899 USD.
Comforts of Home
"Skyler" offers a plush arm and headrest, as well as an accent top stitch detail and pillow top seat cushions, to bring comfort to a new home. "Skyler" is also available with a matching reclining sofa and loveseat, so it can grow with the family. Price as shown: $529 USD.
To complete the new living room, the "Charlotte" high leg reclining chair features classic tapered wooden legs. Its versatile look means "Charlotte" is a seamless complement to a variety of furniture collections. Price as shown: $399 USD.
Put Your Feet Up
To add even more comfort, function and style to the home, the "Leo" multi-purpose ottoman offers ample storage space and a reversible top - one side with tufted fabric to provide additional seating and the other with a wooden cocktail table. "Leo" is available in one cover, or couples can mix and match their favorite fabrics and leathers to create a customized look. Price as shown: $249 USD.
La-Z-Boy furniture is available through La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries®, La-Z-Boy Comfort Studio dealers and anywhere genuine La-Z-Boy furniture is sold. Customers can visit www.lazboy.com to find the La-Z-Boy retailer nearest them.
*Source: Fairchild Bridal Infobank American Wedding Study, 2002