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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's Venetian Wedding: Get All the Details!

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Wedding Weekend Itinerary

Photo: Getty Images

George Clooney is a bachelor no more! He left a gaping hole the market yesterday evening after he tied the knot with fiancée Amal Alamuddin in a sunset ceremony in Venice, Italy. As expected, he looked dapper in his custom Armani tuxedo while marrying his love of nearly a year at the seven star Aman Canal Grande Hotel.

E! News scooped up plenty of details, including that the happy couple exchanged their vows on an elevated platform in front of a wall brimming with white candles. It was an intimate ceremony with just 100 of their loved ones in attendance including Matt Damon and wife Luciana who wore a lilac swirl-embroidered empire waist trumpet gown by Naeem Khan, Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford, who chose a blue, v-neck sleeveless gown, Ellen Barkin, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Bono, Anna Wintour, and Bill Murray.

See More: George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin's Wedding Weekend Has Begun! Here's Their Entire Itinerary

Venetians were more than aware of the star-studded guest list. Large crowds reportedly camped out all day to get a glimpse of the A-listers. Inside, the reception venue overflowed with white flowers from lilies and carnations to small roses. Hundreds of bottles of champagne and red wine were on hand for the guests to sip on all night long and they did just that — the disco and jazz music-filled party went past midnight.

According to reports, Clooney got a healthy start on that big day by having breakfast on the Belmond Hotel Cipriani's terrace with Crawford and Gerber. "They were laughing and joking," E! reported. "George looked so happy, he was sipping an espresso and chatting away happily. He couldn't stop smiling."

The weekend isn't over yet either, as E! reports that Clooney and Alamuddin will be having lunch with their guests today. The momentous occasion will come to a close on Monday when the power couple has their civil ceremony, legally becoming husband and wife — confirmed by the actor's rep.

Read more: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's Venetian Wedding: Get All the Details!

Plan Like a Pro: Cake Designer Maggie Austin Reveals Her Top Tips

Maggie Austin Wedding Cake Tips

Photo: Courtesy of Maggie Austin

Rock-star baker Maggie Austin's style and skill made her an overnight success with foodies everywhere (including the Obamas!). We're eating up her best tips to get a wedding cake you'll absolutely love.

Bring a photo of your wedding gown to the first meeting with your baker.
She can take style cues from it even if you don't want aspects of the dress in the cake décor. Although textile fondant details like lace, shimmery accents, and beading are lovely and classic.

Don't hate on fondant.
It gets a bad rap because some bakers roll it way too thick or don't use a quality brand. Prepared and used properly, fondant is a delicate, beautiful canvas. For the best taste, order buttercream for the filling.

Have a two-flavored cake — three, max. Any more can be confusing for servers and guests.
I always suggest offering something in the vanilla family and something in chocolate. My favorite flavor for fall or winter? Cinnamon-and-chocolate cake with hazelnut praline and cappuccino buttercream.

If you want different flourishes on different tiers (like ruffles, pearls, et cetera), ask for a cake in a neutral palette.
Love the idea of a brightly colored wedding cake? Then choose just one flourish or it'll be too busy.

Go for monochrome!
White on white feels modern again. For a statement with an all-white cake, consider bas-relief — sculpting fondant into 3D "pictures" (like in the cake above!). It adds an artistic feel and has a lot of presence from afar. And when guests wander closer, they discover this unbelievable attention to detail.

Or get a purple cake.
For some reason, that's really popular right now.

See More: A Pinterest-Approved Trend You'll Love: Stained-Glass Wedding Cakes

Skip the cake topper and finish it off with a sugar peony or rose.
However, if you insist on having a topper, send it to your baker. Not a photo — the actual thing. She needs to know its size and weight early on.

Keep the lighting on the cake simple.
That means no bright-pink gels! Your baker may spend hours getting the fondant shade just right; colored lighting can spoil the effect.

Typically, you can change your mind up to two weeks before your wedding.
I had a client who saw a designed I posted on Facebook, fell in love with it, and changed her cake completely. Totally okay! Most of the work happens closer to the date. For me, Friday is often an all-nighter spent jamming to Bob Marley. I don't show up on delivery day looking great, but the cake does.

Read more: Plan Like a Pro: Cake Designer Maggie Austin Reveals Her Top Tips

How to Turn Down a Wedding Invitation Gracefully

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Photo: Courtesy of Brides Fine Wedding Papers

Of course you want to attend a wedding to support the couple, but sometimes, it's just not in the cards. Whether the distance is too costly (that's why destination weddings are often smaller than most), or a last minute emergency pops up, not everyone can attend a close friend or family member's big day. If that's the case, you have to let the couple down gently and with tact. Here, our etiquette experts how to properly decline a wedding invitation or how to change your previous "Yes" RSVP at the last minute.

Can I RSVP no to a wedding because of the cost?
Yes, of course you can RSVP no for whatever reason you want. If it is the cost — a very understandable reason — just make sure not to include your excuse on the RSVP card. First, a reason for your "no" isn't required by etiquette, and it would only do more harm than good. If you feel like sending a gift regardless, by all means do, but don't feel any pressure to make it amount to your absence.

Can I change my RSVP at the last minute?
Only if there's a real emergency, you shouldn't be cancelling at the last minute — not only did the couple welcome you to celebrate a momentous occasion with them, they're shelling out a good amount of cash to have you there. If you must, though, be sure to send a gift with a heartfelt note, and maybe do something nice for the newlywed couple like take them to dinner to celebrate or host a small party of your own for them.

Read more: How to Turn Down a Wedding Invitation Gracefully

33 Boutonnieres Both You and Your Groom Will Agree On

Most brides don't give an overwhelming amount of thought to their groom's boutonniere. In fact, we're sure many of you ladies had simply planned to have your florist pick a bloom from your bouquet and turn it into an accent for your guy's lapel. Sure, these pretty-yet-predictable picks are totally acceptable, but why not pick a mini arrangement that speaks to his style and still coordinates with your bridal blooms?

But how do you go about finding that perfect boutonniere that will earn your guy's seal or approval but still feel like a cohesive part of your overall floral design? Start with color. White, green, and yellow are all popular shades for the groom's bout since they don't evoke an overly feminine feeling. But if you're set on matching his bloom to your pink bouquet, consider coordinating with a more muted hue. Soft peach or orange-infused coral will keep his floral accent in a similar color family, but have an edge he'll surely appreciate.

See More: 5 Groom Style Tips for All of Your Pre-Wedding Parties

If don't want to have matching floral details, gift your guy with a bold boutonniere of bright greenery or cool succulents. Another idea we love? A cluster or non-traditional wedding flower like perennial astilbe or clematis.

And if you and your husband-to-be are willing to think outside the box, we love the idea of swapping out flowers for something more unique. A family heirloom, like a cool pin or a vintage key, can be combined with berries or wheat for a wedding-worthy look that speaks to your groom's sensibility.

Ready to see more amazing boutonnieres that both and your groom will love? Click through to see 33 great ideas in our full slideshow!

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Had Their Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties Last Night!

George Clooney Amal Alamuddin

Photo: Getty Images

Love is in the Venetian air! George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin played host last night at their bachelor and bachelorette dinner parties in Venice ahead of today's nuptials. The couple left the Belmond Hotel Cipriani last night and kicked off the festivities. Some of their friends who celebrated with them included Vogue EIC Anna Wintour, Matt Damon and his wife Luciana, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, and Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber.

All of the ladies got on a water taxi and headed to a private dinner at the Aman Resort, their ceremony venue. Alamuddin wore in a red and black printed custom dress from rumored wedding dress designer Alexander McQueen. "They dined on the second floor," a source told Us Weekly. "There were candles on a terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. Gondolas were parked up outside the venue, and one of the gondoliers even serenaded them from the water!"

See More: Confirmed: Find Out Who's Designing George Clooney's Wedding Suit!

Meanwhile, Clooney and his guy pals headed to his favorite restaurant in Venice, Da Ivo. Us reports, "They arrived around 9.30 p.m. and dined amongst other patrons. They didn't leave until 12:30 a.m., when George's driver pulled up in a grand taxi boat to pick them up. There was a crowd of well-wishers who cheered loudly when George came out. He flashed a beaming smile and saluted everyone who was there, it was very sweet."

High on Clooney's list of priorities for the weekend are having his mother and father present to see him tie the knot, as well as making sure his fiancée has the best time of her life. "George more than most things, is excited to have his father, whom he has so much respect for, be there to see his wedding along with his mother," a source told Us. The source continued saying, "George wants to make sure Amal is comfortable and to be honest she's not comfortable with all the attention, that's not the kind of the girl that she is and that's why George loves her. They want something fun, a party, but don't want it to be a spectacle so that her family is comfortable."

The happy couple will marry around 6 p.m. local time tonight. It's going to be a grand party: stay tuned for all the details!

Read more: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Had Their Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties Last Night!

Can I Throw a Cake-Only Wedding Reception?

Once you set your budget, it's time to make some tough calls. You'll have to weigh all of the wedding musts in your mind for what is an absolute and what can give. Sometimes, a dinner reception for the amount of guests you want to host is just a bit too pricey. It's totally understandable, a plated, full meal can up the cost by hundreds. If you're considering alternative reception and food options due to a strict budget, read this first.

Can I hold an evening reception with just hors d'oeurves, cocktails and cake?
You can, but just know that you're guests will be hungry and will most likely leave your party angry. Of course, you should never spend beyond your means, but there are plenty of alternative options that will help you save some cash while still keeping your guest's bellies full and happy. First, consider cutting down the guest list. If that's an impossibility, reconsider the time of your wedding — is it really necessary to throw an evening reception? People love brunch parties, and they often run for a lot less than a more formal chicken, fish, and steak dinner. A luncheon, too, will lower the cost of catering. Serving the meal buffet-style is a more affordable option as well. If you're stuck on the appetizer, cocktail, and cake combination, just be sure to hold it at an earlier hour and make sure to denote on your invitations that it will be a cake reception only. That way, between the ceremony and reception, guests can run out and grab a bite to eat.

Read more: Can I Throw a Cake-Only Wedding Reception?

Jean-Ralph Thurin Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

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We’re wrapping up the week with some very unique gowns from Jean-Ralph Thurin’s Spring 2015 bridal collection. Jean-Ralph specializes in custom, one-of-a-kind wedding gowns, and the Spring 2015 collection features bold silhouettes, powdered tones and stunning embellishments. Born in New York to Haitian immigrant parents, Jean-Ralph’s designs have been influenced not only by his roots but through his extensive worldwide travel and love for architecture.

“The collection, inspired by architecture, is modern, yet still classic using clean and angular lines and sleek silhouettes. Crystal embellishments, detailed beading combined with beautiful tulle and lace fabrics are incorporated throughout Jean-Ralph’s designs, giving each gown a sophisticated and feminine aesthetic. With each piece representing the close attention he gives to the desires of his brides, a gorgeous collection of fairy-tale worthy gowns has been created.”

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Photos courtesy of Jean-Ralph Thurin. For more details, visit Jean-Ralph Thurin.


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A Bold Wedding Color Palette: Peach & Ruby

Peach and Ruby Wedding Color Palette

Photos: Levi Brown, Jeffrey Westbrook, J.Crew, Monique Lhullier, Dyad Photogrpahy

Dreaming of a warm and feminine color palette for your wedding ceremony and reception? Then a peach-and-ruby combo should be your top contender. Creamy-hued peach acts as the perfect neutral balance to bursts of bold ruby.

Start with a pretty invitation that features hints of the orange and red tones balanced with plenty of formal black type and airy white space. Our pick from Regas is equal parts formal and fresh, fit for a contemporary bash. Dress your bridesmaids in a punchy ruby-hued gown for an autumnal wedding — the bright tone will stand out against seasonal orange and yellow. Plus, peachy florals will shine in a lush bouquet.

See More: 15 Pretty Peach Wedding Bouquets

And don't be afraid to add a touch of peach and ruby to your own bridal ensemble. Consider a jeweled necklace in either tone for a colorful accessory that will brighten your entire look, like one of our favorite necklaces from our collection with BaubleBar.

Your reception can have tons of peach and ruby details, too! Sangria is the ideal signature cocktail to match the color palette, while an ombré tiered wedding cake can easily feature every variety of the two hues.

What are you waiting for? Get to work planning your own wedding with a peach and ruby color palette or visit our inspiration boards to see more great ideas!

Above: 1. Pinwheels, $50 for 25, Décor by Toria; 2. Bouquet, $350, Nicolette Camille Floral Design; 3. Necklace, $44, BaubleBar; 4. Cake, $12 per slice (serves 100), Eat Cake Be Merry; 5. Invitation, "Allison & Daniel", $3,500 for 100, Regas; 6. Bridesmaids' Dress, $365,

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Read more: A Bold Wedding Color Palette: Peach & Ruby

3 Looks to Inspire Your Big-Day Beauty Style, Courtesy of Jessica Chastain

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Photo: Getty Images

Jessica Chastain was on a roll this week. From fuss-free and natural to full-on screen siren, her versatile hair and makeup looks were spot on. Here, three that will be perfect for your wedding day.

At The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Premiere: There's a reason old Hollywood influences are still turning up on the red carpet, and it's not hard to see why. Glossy, side-swept curls and deep red lips totally stand the test of time. (Exactly what you want for your wedding day, no?) Chastain softened the dramatic look with bronzer instead of blush — it adds a subtle, modern touch.

See more: 4 NYFW Hair & Makeup Looks to Steal for Your Big Day

At the Salomé and Wilde Salomé Screening: If you ever thought ponytails couldn't work for evening, let this be an example. It's simultaneously low maintenance and polished — and what more could you ask for in a hairstyle that will have to last from ceremony to reception? Metallic eye shadow, peach blush, and rose-tinted lips completed Chastain's flawless look. (We actually can't think of a wedding scenario in which this one wouldn't work.)

At The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Photocall: Chastain's naturally gorgeous features are on full display in this stripped-down look. We love how she put down the flat iron, instead going for a blowout with body. (For an outdoor wedding, this is a hairstyle that actually works with the wind!) Brown smoky eyes and berry lips add a touch of color to her no muss, no fuss style.

Read more: 3 Looks to Inspire Your Big-Day Beauty Style, Courtesy of Jessica Chastain

We Asked, You Told: The Prettiest Wedding Bouquet Pics from Instagram!

Best wedding bouquets on Instagram

Photos (clockwise from left): Courtesy of Linda Whitten, Bonnie Draper, Kristen Frey Wicker, Full Aperture

The soft, tissue paper-y petals of peonies. The vibrant purples of autumnal dahlias. The everlasting classic beauty of white roses. Is it any wonder that wedding bouquets are among our favorite pictures on Instagram? While we love sharing them, we get even more excited when our Instagram followers share photos of their own wedding flower arrangements. We recently asked our Instagram followers to use the hashtag #BridesBouquets on their pictures so we could see what flowers, colors, and styles are popular with real brides. The tagged photos were amazing, but here are our four favorites.

Go bold with your colors: Linda Whitten owns Wedfully Yours, a floral and celebration company that has an Instagram filled with wedding inspiration! The photo at top left proves the power of a fall bouquet, with its giant purple dahlias and tons of lush greenery.

See More: 20 Gorgeous Pink Wedding Bouquets

Crisp, clean and classic is always in style: New bride Bonnie Draper happily shared a photo of her bridal bouquet, top right, which was filled with gorgeous white garden roses, peonies, and ranunculuses. White is the most traditional color for bouquets, but this arrangement manages to feel like a fresh update, thanks to the tiny pops of bright greenery.

Grab onto giant peonies: These full, delicate flowers lend a soft, romantic vibe to every arrangement and always make a stylish statement. Bride Kristen Frey Wicker's bouquet, seen at bottom right, contains the classic pink peony color, as well as simple white roses for contrast. We particularly love how it looks next to the bridesmaid's bouquet, which has hot pink roses instead of the white.

When in doubt, stick to simple hues: As much as we love a crazy-color bouquet, there's something to be said for a neutral-toned bunch of flowers that has a personality of its own. Florist Full Aperture makes a strong case for this choice with the picture at bottom left, which shows how ferns, olive branches, and assorted other white-and-green flowers and plants can really pop without the help of a hot pink or deep purple.

Read more: We Asked, You Told: The Prettiest Wedding Bouquet Pics from Instagram!

George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin's Wedding Weekend Has Begun! Here's Their Entire Itinerary

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Wedding Weekend Itinerary

Photo: Getty Images

Let's get this party started! George Clooney and fiancé Amal Alamuddin have officially arrived in Venice to start their much-anticipated wedding festivities.

First, thing's first: Once Clooney and Alamuddin entered Venetian territory, they took a water taxi, aptly called "Amore," to the iconic Belmond Hotel Cipriani, where they hosted a small gathering to welcome guests. The first of many celebrations was held in Cipriani's bar hall, where guests sipped on bellinis and champagne and enjoyed the view of a hundreds of white-and pink Cyclamen blooms.

Famous faces have begun to flood the Venetian streets for the momentous occasion, including Clooney's bestie Matt Damon and wife Luciana, Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Richard Kind, Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne, Clooney's producing partner Grant Heslov, his cousin Miguel Ferrer, and Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour.

And while the wedding seems to be causing quite the stir in the city, locals couldn't be more excited about the pending high-profile nuptials in their hometown. "Ever since he admitted he would be marrying in Venice a few weeks ago, everyone wants to be in on it," local Liliana Sermonetta told People. "Where are they staying, what are they eating, will they take a gondola ride?"

See more: Why an Eternal Bachelor Like George Clooney Would Take the Plunge

As for tonight's agenda, Clooney and his bride-to-be will both be celebrating their bachelor and bachelorette party. E! News reports that Clooney's future wife will party with eight girlfriends at the Aman Canal Grande, while the actor will head back to Cipriani where he will gallivant with the guys.

Saturday is the big day! Clooney and Alamuddin will say "I do" in a symbolic ceremony, officiated by Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, following by a luncheon with guests on Sunday. They won't officially be Mr. and Mrs. Clooney, though, until Monday when they have a civil ceremony according to reports.

Sounds like a jam-packed wedding weekend! Stay tuned for even more Clooney wedding developments over the course of the next few days.

Read more: George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin's Wedding Weekend Has Begun! Here's Their Entire Itinerary

Jean-Ralph Thurin Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

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We’re wrapping up the week with some very unique gowns from Jean-Ralph Thurin’s Spring 2015 bridal collection. Jean-Ralph specializes in custom, one-of-a-kind wedding gowns, and the Spring 2015 collection features bold silhouettes, powdered tones and stunning embellishments. Born in New York to Haitian immigrant parents, Jean-Ralph’s designs have been influenced not only by his roots but through his extensive worldwide travel and love for architecture.

“The collection, inspired by architecture, is modern, yet still classic using clean and angular lines and sleek silhouettes. Crystal embellishments, detailed beading combined with beautiful tulle and lace fabrics are incorporated throughout Jean-Ralph’s designs, giving each gown a sophisticated and feminine aesthetic. With each piece representing the close attention he gives to the desires of his brides, a gorgeous collection of fairy-tale worthy gowns has been created.”

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Photos courtesy of Jean-Ralph Thurin. For more details, visit Jean-Ralph Thurin.


Read more: Jean-Ralph Thurin Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

Did Mary-Kate Olsen & Olivier Sarkozy Secretly Get Married?!

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Photo: Getty Images

In their made-for-home-video acting days, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were known for their ability to "solve any crime by dinnertime." This week, though, people have been doing some special sleuthing of their own. How so? Mary-Kate, who has been engaged to Olivier Sarkozy since early this year, somehow started wearing a wedding ring instead of her giant engagement ring with no one noticing — until now. And according to reports, that change in jewelry is proof that the duo got married!

See more: 10 Celebrities Who Wore Vera Wang on their Wedding Day

The wedding band was first spotted after paparazzi snapped photos of the happy couple munching on a sandwich on a Hamptons bench this weekend. In the pictures (seen here), both Olsen and Sarkozy are wearing gold wedding rings on their ring fingers. Pret-a-Porter reached out to Olsen's rep in hot pursuit of confirmation, but Lucky snagged an anonymous source who confirmed suspicions.

We must admit that we're impressed with their stealthiness! Impressed and, obviously, slightly disappointed. For starters, we're sure she wore an unbelievable dress, even if they exchanged vows in city hall. After all, did you see the dress she and twin sis Ashley designed for their friend? They put their The Row and Elizabeth and James to the ultimate test and it really paid off. Secondly, a secret wedding dashes our dreams of a double wedding with fellow engaged sister Elizabeth Olsen.

Oh, well. Besides, it's rumored that Ashley may, too, get engaged soon. We can still keep our double wedding hopes alive!

Read more: Did Mary-Kate Olsen & Olivier Sarkozy Secretly Get Married?!

Is it Possible to Quit Being a Bridesmaid?

Sure, being a bridesmaid is a huge honor, but it's never 100 percent easy for the bride or her 'maids. Of course celebrating one of your best friends or closest family members on the big day and helping to ensure it's extra special is amazing, but there are some logistical sides to participating in a wedding party that could throw a wrench in everything. Financial responsibilities are probably the number one cause of trouble, second to the long list of pre-wedding responsibilities, or a 'maids negativity (or jealousy) towards your relationship. As disappointing as these conflicts can be, there are solutions. Whether you're sick of your bridezilla best friend, or a 'maid of yours is being extremely unsupportive, here's some advice for how to quit being a bridesmaid or fire one tactfully.

Can I quit being a bridesmaid if it's too much of a financial burden or if my friend has turned into a major bridezilla?
First and foremost, whenever a conflict arises you should talk to the bride candidly. Especially with money conflicts, be open and honest about what you can and can't afford. Hopefully she'll be open to finding a new dress or picking a less expensive locale for her bachelorette. If all bridesmaids are in agreement, you should stand up to the bride together as a group. She's been your friend for years, she should understand!

How do I politely fire a bridesmaid who has been extremely negative the whole process?
Bridesmaids are there to support you, and if she's not willing to be there for you, then she isn't not doing her job. Speak honestly about your concerns, and if she's not receptive, you can always say that she may not have realized the responsibilities when she signed on, and because she's so dear to you, it's ok if she just wants to attend the wedding as a guest.

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And the Most Popular Honeymoon Destination on Facebook Is ...

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Las Vegas may have a reputation for bachelor parties and quickie weddings, but it's also a major destination for some post-wedding bliss. According to Facebook, the Sin City is the most popular place for newlyweds to spend their honeymoon in 2014.

Facebook made the fascinating discovery by tracking couples who both posted a marriage event in 2014 and checked into a location within two weeks of their self-identified marriage date. At-home honeymoons were excluded, as check-ins within 20 miles of the couples' home location weren't counted.

Vegas garnered the greatest share of check-ins by honeymooners overall, but interestingly, U.S. couples were much less likely to check in there than non U.S. Couples.

See more: Top 10 Resorts in the Mainland U.S.

Not only did the social networking site narrow in on this wildly-popular vacation location, it also examined other hotspots, as well as which countries' residents travel the farthest for a post-wedding getaway.

Unsurprisingly, Hawaii, a common choice for Americans and foreigners, dominates five out of the 10 places global honeymooners traveled to when choosing a destination in the U.S.

Top destinations in the U.S. for all (international + U.S.) couples:

1. Las Vegas, Nevada
2. Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
3. Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii
4. Lïhu'e, Kaua'i, Hawaii
5. Key West, Florida
6. Po'ipü, Kaua'i, Hawaii
7. Kïhei, Maui, Hawaii
8. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
9. New York City, New York
10. Lake Buena Vista, Florida

When countries outside the U.S. were included, some amazing overseas destinations made it high onto the list.

Top destinations worldwide for all (international + U.S.) couples:

1. Las Vegas, U.S.A.
2. Lahaina, U.S.A.
3. Honolulu, U.S.A.
4. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
5. Cancén, Mexico
6. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
7. Montego Bay, Jamaica
8. Antalya, Turkey
9. Castries, St. Lucia
10. Gramado, Brazil

Top destinations outside of the U.S. for all (international + U.S.) couples:

1. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
2. Cancún, Mexico
3. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
4. Montego Bay, Jamaica
5. Antalya, Turkey
6. Castries, St. Lucia
7. Gramado, Brazil
8. Bodrum, Turkey
9. Gros Islet, St. Lucia
10. Malé, Maldives

According to Facebook, 19% of U.S. honeymooners travel internationally. Those frequent flier miles have nothing on those of South Korean honeymooners, though. Facebook found that couples from South Korea travel the greatest distance to get away, with a median trip of 4,000 miles away from home. How's that for an exotic honeymoon?!

The full study results, as well as charts and other information, can be seen here.

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Brides New York: 7 Expert Tips for an Unforgettable Wedding Menu from Sonnier & Castle

NYC Wedding Caterer Sonnier and Castle Tips for Wedding Menu

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Since the company's inception in 1997, Sonnier & Castle has taken a unique approach to wedding catering. "When we first launched the business, our clientele was younger and their point of reference was the food they enjoyed in New York's top restaurants rather than traditional catered dinners," recounts owner David Castle. With a keen eye for detail and an impressive roster of top NYC chefs, Sonnier & Castle's offerings are fit for the foodie couple who really want to impress their guests with their wedding menu.

So what exactly takes a catered affair from basic to unforgettable? Sonnier & Castle shared their top seven tips for impressing your guests with one of the best parts of a wedding — the food!

See More: Easy Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Menu

Go local: Choose your menu based on local ingredients that will be in season for your wedding. Think: sweet corn at an August soirée in the Hamptons. This will provide a special experience for your guests as well as dishes with maximum flavor.

Remember it's all about the presentation: Feel like everyone is serving shrimp during the cocktail hour? Jazz up the display with a custom ice creation, such as the ones by Okamoto Studio. Also think beyond the white-rim plate. Serve your first course on something unexpected that complements the food being served such as a Himalayan pink salt block or a natural slate platter.

Mix high and low: Serving caviar canapés followed by pigs in a blanket will be sure to please all your guests and keep them guessing about what delicious food will be coming up next!

Change the schedule: Shake up the three course routine. Serve dessert as passed sweets in another room or serve the first course while guests are seated before a main course a buffet. Or consider adding an extra, small course such as an amuse-bouche. One of our most popular choices is seared scallop with pear mouse and pancetta brittle.

See More: Crowd-Pleasing Edible Wedding Favors: The Sauces & Spices Edition

Embrace the DIY trend: Create opportunities for guest interaction with a make-your-own buffet stations. We're not talking a cheese-and-crackers display either. An S&C client favorite is the ramen bar, where guests can choose up to 12 delicious ingredients.

Do a throwback: Serve nostalgic favorites like Rice Krispie treats and Mallowmars that have been recreated with gourmet sensibility. Because who doesn't love an upscale rendition of their favorite childhood treat?

Give a doggy bag: Send guests off with an edible and personalized favor, such as you and your new husband's favorite sweet-and-salty snack with custom packaging.

How are you personalizing your wedding menu? Share your tips by tweeting us @BRIDES!

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Vanessa Williams Is Engaged!

Vanessa Williams is Engaged to Boyfriend Jim Skrip

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Desperate Housewife no more! Vanessa Williams, former Miss America and star of the Broadway revival of The Trip to Bountiful, just confirmed her engagement to boyfriend Jim Skrip, seen above!

In an episode of The Queen Latifah Show, which is set to air next Tuesday, Williams dishes on the amazing way she celebrated her 50th birthday. According to People, the milestone day came with one huge gift: a shiny three-stone engagement ring, complete with a massive center diamond.

"Vanessa, I have been trying to have a conversation with you ladies and gents, but I am blinded by the light coming from that bling ring on your finger," Latifah said to Williams.

See More: 28 Shimmering Yellow Diamond Engagement Rings

"Oh, sorry darling," Williams said. "I got engaged. I have had a lot of good things happen ... I turned 50 when we were in rehearsal on Broadway, I just got engaged a couple of weeks ago. It has been a lot of blessings."

Skrip is a native of Buffalo, New York and was first spotted with the actress in early 2013. Williams opened up about her man briefly earlier this year: "He's a guy I met a year-and-a-half ago when I was on vacation with my daughter in Egypt," Williams told Philly.com of Skrip. "You go across the world to find somebody who's six hours away."

This isn't Williams's first walk down the aisle. The star was previously married to public relations consultant Ramon Hervey and NBA basketball ball player Rick Fox, and has four children.

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Want, Need, Love: Fall Wedding Edition

Fall Wedding Must Haves

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There's more to fall than pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters (though those are nice, too). With the shift to cooler temps comes one of the prettiest wedding seasons! To help you give your ceremony and reception an autumnal aesthetic, we pulled together five must-haves that represent the hallmarks of the season.

1. The Cake Topper
There's something so quintessentially fall about a pretty wooden cake topper. This rustic option looks particularly striking when paired with a rustic naked wedding cake, but it would sit pretty on any tiered confection. "Mr. and Mrs. Cake Topper", $38, BHLDN

2. The Accessory
Whether you pair it with a veil or use it as your only hair accessory, a delicate crystal headdress is a stunning addition to your wedding dress. The shape of this new Jenny Packham piece reminds us of fall foliage and adds just enough understated sparkle to a big-day look. "Tzarina" crystal bridal headdress, about $466, Jenny Packham

See More: The Perfect Fall Wedding Color Palette: Red & Orange

3. The Makeup
A berry-hued lip is practically a must-have for your fall wedding. This plum shade is super moisturizing thanks to its cheek-stain inspired formula. (Plus, could the name be more perfect?) Power Pigment in "Blushing Bride", $24, Tarte available at Sephora

4. The Dress
Pair this amazing high-neck, cap-sleeve ball gown with a bouquet bursting with autumnal hues, and you'll be a seasonal knockout down the aisle. Chantilly lace and silk faille ball gown, Marchesa

5. The Favor
You don't have to tie the knot in the Big Apple to give your guests some of New York City's best ice cream. Brooklyn-based Blue Marble ships their mini cups nationally. And with seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Ice Cream and Spiced Cider Sorbet, these sweet treats are are an appropriate — and delicious — fall favor. (Their classic Sea Salt Caramel flavor is also a fitting choice for autumnal nuptials). Bonus: You can customize the labels to coordinate your theme for an additional fee. Mini Ice Cream Cups, $72 for a case of 24, Blue Marble Ice Cream

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The Disney Channel Is Airing Its First Proposal Ever

Disney Channel Jessie Proposal

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Disney is not one to shy away from a fairy-tale romance. But for some reason, the network has never aired a proposal on one of their TV shows — until now!

Tonight's episode of Jessie, a show about an aspiring actress-turned-nanny for a wealthy Manhattan family, will feature an adorable engagement for the first time in the channel's history.

Back in April, the network announced the forthcoming storyline. "Jessie is an adult, and we felt we could tackle this in a way that still feels appropriate for our audience," said Adam Bonnett, the Disney Channel's executive vice president. "The way we deal with this romance is very pure Disney fairy tale."

At the same time, Debby Ryan, who plays Jessie, expressed her excitement for her character's milestone. "I've told enough secrets for now. Excited to share this part of my girl's life with you; #JESSIESgettingmarried," she tweeted.

See more: Alfred Angelo Is Designing a Frozen Wedding Dress

In tonight's episode "No Money, Mo' Problems," Jessie's tuxedo-clad boyfriend Brooks (Pierson Fode) waits for her in her employer's rose petal-strewn foyer. She, obviously, is a bit caught off guard by this surprise. He starts to declare his love for her, saying sweet things like, "You are the most amazing girl I have ever met. You love me, for myself. You make me a better person. You make me happy."

The hilariously quick-witted Jessie then retorts, "Ok, this is usually followed by a but..." But Brooks reassures her, "No buts. I realize now that there will never be a more perfect girl for me. And since I'm lucky enough to have found the girl of my dreams, I see no reason to wait."

Our favorite line, though, is when he drops down on one knee, and Jessie jokes, "Wow, is that a diamond ring or a disco ball." Too cute!

You can watch the full clip on E! News, or watch Jessie tonight, when it airs at 8 p.m. on the Disney Channel.

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Wedding Republic: A Registry as Unique as You Are

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We would like to introduce you to Wedding Republic, an online wedding registry that is perfect for couples with unique needs.

You heard this before: never expect gifts at your wedding. The reality is that most guests start thinking of what to give the marrying couple the moment they receive an invitation from them.

Wedding Republic: A Unique Wedding Registry

Wedding registries are a fantastic to way to give your wedding guests gift ideas. However, there are many instances where a traditional department store wedding registry just don’t cut it.

You have “stuff”, lots of it, and no, thank you, you don’t need another toaster. Maybe you prefer experiences rather than things. Perhaps you have a very unique taste in terms of home décor and prefer to keep it that way (Star Wars themed home, anybody?). Frankly, you’d rather the money set aside for your wedding gift be channeled somewhere else, like your honeymoon or a favorite charity. Should you just ask for cash instead?

The golden rule in Wedding Etiquette 101: it is never polite to ask for cash. Enter Wedding Republic, a registry that allows you to get cash, without having to explicitly ask for it. How does it work?

When you set up a registry at Wedding Republic, you have the flexibility to define your own registry gift items, whether it’s a honeymoon to Europe or a deposit for your first home. Your guests contribute by sponsoring a piece of the puzzle that makes up the registry item. You get to withdraw the funds for these items after you close the registry.

Wedding Republic uses a secure payment gateway and a 256-bit SSL certificate, ensuring all transactions are conducted securely. View a sample wedding registry.

Wedding Republic benefits for your guests

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Meaningful: With Wedding Republic, guests get to contribute towards gifts that the wedding couple really need.

Convenient: Guests can simply browse the registry online to view a list of gift items. They then make a purchase by clicking on a piece of the puzzle that represents an amount that will go towards the value of the gift. A 5.5% administrative fee is charged to the guest upon purchase.

Wedding Republic benefits for couples

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Convenient: It is easy create, share and manage a registry at Wedding Republic. As guests contribute, you’ll see a detailed list, so you send your thank you cards quickly and easily.

Flexible: The best part of a Wedding Republic registry? Couples get to list items that they really need.

Setting up a Wedding Republic registry is easy:

  1. Create Your Wish List – The fun part! Choose from a list of gift ideas or create personalized registry items with gifts or experiences that you really need.
  2. Share It With Your Guests –Spread the word about your registry with friends and family through email, Facebook or by adding a custom link to your wedding website.
  3. Watch As Your Guests Contribute – Login to see who has contributed to your registry. If you forget or want to change something, you can always edit your list!
  4. Collect Your Funds – When you’re ready to close your registry, simply login and collect your funds* (an administrative charge applies).

Interested in setting up your own unique wedding registry? Head on over to Wedding Republic to give it a try!


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How to Stop Being So Indecisive About Every Wedding-Planning Decision

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Is your indecisiveness about everything from the color scheme to the wedding theme not only driving you nuts, but your wedding planner and friends and family as well? Then it's time for an intervention! While it's super fun to flip through bridal magazines and browse the Pinterest in search of new ideas, there comes a certain point when you just have to say, "I do" and commit to that. Otherwise, you're going to make yourself and everyone else around you, your fiancé included, miserable (trust us, we know from experience). So without further adieu, here's how to actually get things done:

Go with your gut.
It's what you were taught to do in school and the same rule certainly applies here. In fact, once you've told your wedding planner or vendor what you want, consider the matter finished, advises Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques. "Changes should only be made if there's a serious problem or a lack of funds." Also, any final decisions should be discussed with your fiancé first, not after you've already put down a deposit. "And please don't torture your planner or pastry chef by verbalizing your entire thought process for the wedding cake only to finish your meeting by saying, 'I'm still not sure what I want.'"

See More: 25 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony

Narrow down your options.
Love champagne, beige and cream-colored dresses for your bridesmaids? Then don't have them try on anything but neutral-colored dresses, suggests Karen Gramlich and Laura Booker of Winey Blonde Events Co. "If you see them in a different hue you may change your mind." It's simply not worth the stress of having to start back at square one.

Ask for advice.
Although asking your friends for advice can be a slippery slope, picking only one or two BFFs to go to for feedback can actually be extremely helpful. "If you trust their opinions, you should be able to move forward with a decision," says Greg Jenkins, founder of Bravo Productions. "Keep this network to a minimum however, as the more people you seek out for advice, the more indecisive you will be."

Look for patterns on your Pinterest board.
"If you're a bride using Pinterest to help you come up with the look and feel you like for your wedding, glance at your entire board and you'll easily find some similarities, whether in color, texture or design," points out Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer, owner of Pure Luxe Bride. This should help you arrive at a more informed decision you won't regret.

Then stop searching for inspiration.
Once you've finally made up your mind about flowers or figured out what type of invitations you want, clear out that specific search on Pinterest and move on. "You'll only drive yourself crazy second-guessing every little thing," warns event planner and designer Regina Osgood, owner of Meant2be Events.

See More: Stress-Free Wedding Weight Loss Tips for the Bride Who Hates the Gym

Keep the big picture in mind.
Of course it's easier said than done, but honestly, what's the worst that could happen if you go with a less than perfect cake or save the dates? "So many brides get stressed out about these decisions. However, in the grand scheme of things, they're really insignificant if you're marrying the man of your dreams," reminds Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner. "Your friends and family love you and are just happy to be there with you celebrating. You are your harshest critic and it helps to remember that when faced with big decisions."

Reward yourself.
A surefire way to get stuff done in a timely manner, according to Jenkins? Practice the art of confidence building throughout the process and reward yourself for being decisive. "It could entail treating yourself to a manicure, afternoon at the spa or a movie," he explains. "By rewarding yourself for making a decision, you're more inclined to continue the pattern." Don't get crazy and blow money frivolously, but do treat yourself, even if it's to something free.

Let your wedding planner decide.
When all else fails, leave the decision in your wedding planner's hands. "They've done this many times over and can help make a decision for you based on years of experience," notes Florida Keys wedding planner Lynn D'Ascanio of D'Asigner Events. "If you don't have a wedding planner, you can hire one on an hourly basis to help guide you through difficult decisions."

Read more: How to Stop Being So Indecisive About Every Wedding-Planning Decision

10 Minutes with Carlos Ramirez of Liancarlo

Liancarlo Wedding Dress

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Carlos Ramirez, founder and designer of Liancarlo, is known for his beautiful work with embroidery and color on everything from wedding gowns to accessories and bridal headpieces.

We sat down with the Miami native to discuss his upcoming collection debuting at Bridal Fashion Week this October, as well as his top style tips for brides and his inspiration.

Ramirez finds inspiration everywhere.
"Each season, my initial inspiration comes from fabrics — you fall in love with fabrics and then start to determine what can be created. Along the way during the design process, there are other inspirational influences, which can range anywhere from the straps on a top that a girl in my yoga class is wearing to a conversation I have with a bride at a trunk show!" Ramirez tells us. The designer continues, "Many things spark my imagination, and often the process isn't a straight line. I also paint, and often times shapes that I develop in painting become the seeds for embroidery patterns in a collection."

See More: 43 Fresh Takes on the Tulle Wedding Dress

Expect beautiful new fabrics and colors in the upcoming Liancarlo collection.
"I am designing with a gorgeous new guipure fabric that I worked on with an Italian mill; it's woven like macramé. The fabric has a gorgeous knit-like texture in the embroidery, and it can create the most beautiful, soft, chic gowns," explains the designer. Known for his airy colors, he continues, "With this season, I am continuing my exploration of light metallic colors." These "non-colors" as the designer calls them, "are light enough to read like ivory, but have a little different luminescence."

Liancarlo Wedding Dress

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If you're a bride focused on quality and timeless style, take a look at Liancarlo.
When asked about his ideal bride, Ramirez says, "I make it my job to work with a broad range of brides from all over the country. In my work, I incorporate themes of workmanship, fabric and embroidery quality, and a sense of timeless elegance."

The designer cares more about personal style than trends.
"I think the word trend by nature should be treated cautiously; it's so important that a bride not wear a dress or accessory that fits a trend, but not her own personal style," says the designer. His advice for great wedding day style? "Above all, a wedding is a day that a bride wants to remember for all the great moments, and all the right reasons. Sure, some things won't be perfect, but I always suggest to just let it go and enjoy yourself. Your wedding day look will reflect how you feel, and feeling great will go a long way in making a bride shine."

Read more: 10 Minutes with Carlos Ramirez of Liancarlo

Wedding Republic: A Registry as Unique as You Are

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We would like to introduce you to Wedding Republic, an online wedding registry that is perfect for couples with unique needs.

You heard this before: never expect gifts at your wedding. The reality is that most guests start thinking of what to give the marrying couple the moment they receive an invitation from them.

Wedding Republic: A Unique Wedding Registry

Wedding registries are a fantastic to way to give your wedding guests gift ideas. However, there are many instances where a traditional department store wedding registry just don’t cut it.

You have “stuff”, lots of it, and no, thank you, you don’t need another toaster. Maybe you prefer experiences rather than things. Perhaps you have a very unique taste in terms of home décor and prefer to keep it that way (Star Wars themed home, anybody?). Frankly, you’d rather the money set aside for your wedding gift be channeled somewhere else, like your honeymoon or a favorite charity. Should you just ask for cash instead?

The golden rule in Wedding Etiquette 101: it is never polite to ask for cash. Enter Wedding Republic, a registry that allows you to get cash, without having to explicitly ask for it. How does it work?

When you set up a registry at Wedding Republic, you have the flexibility to define your own registry gift items, whether it’s a honeymoon to Europe or a deposit for your first home. Your guests contribute by sponsoring a piece of the puzzle that makes up the registry item. You get to withdraw the funds for these items after you close the registry.

Wedding Republic uses a secure payment gateway and a 256-bit SSL certificate, ensuring all transactions are conducted securely. View a sample wedding registry.

Wedding Republic benefits for your guests

wedding republic honeymoon fund registry puzzle piece

Meaningful: With Wedding Republic, guests get to contribute towards gifts that the wedding couple really need.

Convenient: Guests can simply browse the registry online to view a list of gift items. They then make a purchase by clicking on a piece of the puzzle that represents an amount that will go towards the value of the gift. A 5.5% administrative fee is charged to the guest upon purchase.

Wedding Republic benefits for couples

wedding republic online cash wedding registry

Convenient: It is easy create, share and manage a registry at Wedding Republic. As guests contribute, you’ll see a detailed list, so you send your thank you cards quickly and easily.

Flexible: The best part of a Wedding Republic registry? Couples get to list items that they really need.

Setting up a Wedding Republic registry is easy:

  1. Create Your Wish List – The fun part! Choose from a list of gift ideas or create personalized registry items with gifts or experiences that you really need.
  2. Share It With Your Guests –Spread the word about your registry with friends and family through email, Facebook or by adding a custom link to your wedding website.
  3. Watch As Your Guests Contribute – Login to see who has contributed to your registry. If you forget or want to change something, you can always edit your list!
  4. Collect Your Funds – When you’re ready to close your registry, simply login and collect your funds* (an administrative charge applies).

Interested in setting up your own unique wedding registry? Head on over to Wedding Republic to give it a try!


Read more: Wedding Republic: A Registry as Unique as You Are