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Find a Wedding Gown for Your Body Type

Wednesday May 28, 2014

It's no secret that one of the best parts of being a bride is shopping for your wedding gown.  But most of us don't wear gowns every day, and shopping for your "dream dress" can produce as much anxiety as it does joy.  Bridal gowns have never been more fashion forward than they are now, but with so many choices, how can you narrow the pool to find the dress that makes you look and feel amazing as you walk down the aisle?  One key is to shop for gowns based on the best silhouette for your body shape.  This article taps style experts Mark Ingram of Mark Ingram Atelier and stylist Jackie Weppner of Merci New York for tips on finding the perfect style wedding gown for your body shape. You'll shop with confidence after reading their advice.

Tips for Planning a Perfect Summer Wedding

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Summer is the perfect time for weddings for so many reasons- the beautiful sunny days, warm weather making it perfect for celebrating under the stars and slower schedules at work when you want to leave for your extended honeymoon!  If you are one of the many brides out there who is planning a summer wedding- especially an outdoor wedding- this article is a must read.  Outdoor weddings are gorgeous in the summer time, but they do require a little planning to ensure that everyone is cool and comfy to enjoy your celebration.  This list of 5 tips the wedding pros use to beat the heat at summer weddings will make your celebration that much better!

Two Wedding Dresses: Extravagant, Necessary, or for the Indecisive?

Tuesday April 22, 2014

We've all heard people reference it when talking about shopping for wedding dresses: when you put on "The One", you'll know! But what about those gals who just can't commit... to one dress that is.  Having two wedding dresses is a growing trend in bridal: one romantic, the other sexy; one regal, the other wild.  Is it too much, or will this eventually become something for everyone?  If you are considering two wedding dresses, this is a great article on the different reasons (a.k.a. justifications) for it, as well as how to shop for the different looks most effectively and even when is the most appropriate time to change your looks.   What do you think? Is this two wedding dress thing an extravagant trend, or a fun way to show your many different bridal personalities?

How to Find a Wedding DJ that Wows

Monday March 31, 2014

Your wedding DJ: he or she can make or break the reception.  If you've ever been to a wedding where the DJ was a dud you know how important hiring a great wedding DJ can be in making your wedding night one to remember.  Too often couples get so anxious about hearing music they love, they micromanage their DJ or ask questions that don't offer you any insight into if this DJ will really get the crowd moving.  Instead, this article will offer you some key questions to ask when hiring a wedding DJ so that you can rest assured that you don't just have a good DJ spinning at your wedding, you've got the best person on the 1's and 2's that your money can buy.


5 Tips for Amazing Wedding Photos

Saturday March 29, 2014

Everyone wants to look like a number one stunner on their wedding day, but most of us want to look amazing AFTER the day too: as in, when we see those fabulous wedding photos. Sure, you can hit the gym and get a spray tan and hire a fabulous glam squad.  Truth is, all that won't hurt, but the real deal is to put some thought into how to best work the day and hire a fabulous photographer that makes you feel great.  This article has 5 great bits of advice for achieving fabulous wedding photos that have NOTHING to do with hair and makeup and everything to do with pre-planning.

Creating a Wedding Budget that Works

Monday March 17, 2014

If you are recently engaged, you probably have realized that wedding budgets are like diets- the more ridiculously strict they are, the less likely you are to stick to it.  This article presents you with a step by step guide to creating a realistic wedding budget that will actually work for you, and not against you.

All too often, couples get frustrated because they don't even know how to determine what the wedding they want will really cost. Or worse, many couples might secure a venue that is way to pricey for their overall budget without realizing all the other expenses that are out there. The first step is doing some research, and the next is asking the hard questions like how much are you willing to spend to have your dream day. Remember, establishing a budget and sticking to it might sound dull, but it can actually be a huge relief!

Can You Say No to Being a Bridesmaid?

Wednesday February 26, 2014

Being asked to be a bridesmaid is seen as a great honor amongst friends and family- but are there occasions when you might be doing the bride a favor by saying no?  In some cases, I think yes.  One reality is that being a bridesmaid often comes with a lot of expenses, ranging from the dress and shoes to travel and hosting a shower and bachelorette party or hen night.  If you know that being part of the wedding party will put you in a tight place regarding your finances, it's best to discuss it rather than you should be honest with the bride.   Most likely she's close to you and she will either understand completely, or  she will either want to help work out your participation.  What services no one is having a bridesmaid who is resentful of participating, since it drags the mood down for everyone.  Another instance where it's sometimes better to say no is if you have what some people call "stagefright".  If the idea of walking down the aisle past a gaggle of guests literally gives you hives, it might be best to back away and explain your phobia to the bride.  You wouldn't want your anxiety to affect her mood on the wedding day.   Generally speaking though, being a bridesmaid is both an honor and a rite of passage, so I don't think "no's" should be wielded lightly.   What do you think? Have you ever said no to being a bridesmaid?

Does a Big Marriage Proposal Automatically Mean a Big Wedding?

Tuesday April 30, 2013

The trend for elaborate marriage proposals keeps growing, fueled in part by tv shows like Mobbed, which has helped stage giant flash mob engagements, and viral videos such as Isaac's lip dup proposal. I assumed that such a giant amount of planning meant that the wedding would be equally elaborate. But I've now heard of several couples who chose a quiet and intimate ceremony after a big production proposal. Perhaps the couple already got plenty of public attention and love, and thus only want a private moment. Or perhaps the proposal exhausted all planning energy and money, leaving them wanting only simplicity. What do you think? Would you rather have a big proposal or a big wedding?

How to Save Money While Being a Bridesmaid

Tuesday April 30, 2013

Being a bridesmaid is expensive! Along with expected costs like buying  a dress, there are many hidden costs such as travel, accessories, and even those bachelorette party favors. Here's what it really costs to be a bridesmaid, along with some practical ways to save money.

I Love Marriage Proposals!

Tuesday April 30, 2013

You would think after ten years of writing about weddings (and fifteen years of event planning), I'd be blase about everything wedding related. But when I was editing this reader's marriage proposal story of their New Year's Eve engagement in Dubai, I teared up! I just couldn't help it, thinking about her surprise and excitement, as well as how much work he put into making the moment magical. So at the risk of completely blowing my cool cover, I'm just going to come right out and say it. I love marriage proposals! I'll never get tired of reading about them, from the simplest casual ways of popping the question to elaborate stunt proposals.

If you're thinking of getting down on one knee, be sure to read our marriage proposal ideas and the Dos and Don'ts of Popping the Question. If you're just a romantic like I am, you'll want to read all of the real marriage proposal stories that our readers have submitted. Just keep the tissues handy!

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