4 Things to Remember When Planning an Outdoor Wedding

How to Plan an Outdoor Wedding

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There are a ton of advantages to having a wedding outside! Whether you dream of a ceremony under the trees and a bright blue sky, or envision your guests dancing the night away under the stars, it's easy to understand why — natural beauty is always the best backdrop. An outdoor service and/or reception might be held at home; at a club, restaurant, reception hall, or house of worship with outdoor facilities; at a favorite natural spot like a park or beach, or at a historic site that's available for entertaining. Wherever it's held, there are special considerations that must be addressed as you plan. Here, a few:

Be weather-conscious: Whatever the general climate, the weather on your wedding day is the great unpredictable. But you can check with meteorological sources in your area about historical weather trends such as periods of high wind or frequent thunderstorms.

Have a Plan B: You might feel as if you're planning two weddings, but you must have a fall-back plan. This will include an alternate indoor site and a plan to notify guests. (You can prepare "just in case" phone lists and provide these to attendants and family members.) Be ready to make a quick decision as early as possible if the weather doesn't cooperate.

Check on fees and permits: For a public site, there may be fees and you may need special permits, so talk with the appropriate authorities. Ask about any restrictions, such as bans on alcohol or campfires.

Think about access to the site: That remote sandy cove or field of wildflowers may be beautifully romantic but nearly impossible to get to. Consider your suppliers and your guests. Caterers, florists, and other vendors will need access for their vehicles. Where will guests park? If walking to the site is difficult, you'll have to provide some form of transportation. Also plan ways for your guests, particularly the elderly or disabled, to get around easily. If the site has uneven walking surfaces, installing temporary level walkways may be necessary.

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How Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Are Settling Into Parenthood

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Happily-engaged couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis welcomed daughter Wyatt nearly two weeks ago, and, from what it sounds like, the former That 70's Show co-stars and bride-and-groom-to-be are already embracing parenthood!

"He's been so helpful — chipping in for feedings — and he loves to hold the baby," a source told Us Weekly of the Two and a Half Men star. "Ashton and Mila are both adjusting well."

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As they continue the transition into parenthood, they've also done some traditional religious ceremonies — with a little help from Demi Moore, Kutcher's ex-wife. Moore recently attended Wyatt's Kabbalah blessing in Los Angeles with two of her daughters. As an onlooker at the ceremony told The Sun, "Demi and her daughters congratulated the couple while having a quick hold and coo over the baby."

The entire event was apparently free of drama, despite the potential for it. "It was great to see her doing so well and at ease with Ashton's new life as a father and fiancé," the source added.

We're not surprised that the lovebirds are providing a loving, warm environment for their baby girl!

"I have never wanted to be the person who only has business on her mind," Mila told W magazine in July. "To me, this job has always been a hobby that turned into a great profession, but I don't eat and breathe acting...I'm excited about being a full-time mom."

Based on all of this, we feel like it's entirely possible that the happy couple and parents will soon tie the knot to complete their family circle.

Read more: How Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Are Settling Into Parenthood

First Look: Angel Sanchez's New Bridal Collection

Angel Sanchez's bold bridal collection last season featured unexpected and unique details, like chic capes, plenty of peplums, and modern illusion accents. But Sanchez's latest batch of designs, filled with tons of lace, ball gown skirts, and beautiful illusion accents, return to a more classic style with a touch of modernity.

Take, for example, the ball gown above. Its classic shape feels new thanks to the illusion bateau neckline and sheer waist. Paired with the twisted bodice, the wedding dress exemplifies the ideal way to blend new trends with the traditional.

The sheer lace bodice, deep (but tasteful!) V-neckline, and short sleeves are the perfect combination of sexy and demure.

As always, Sanchez included beautiful embellished details, like this showstopping back. This gown turned heads on the runway and will certainly do the same down the aisle.

We love the look of this wedding dress for a winter wedding. The delicate embroidered details and the illusion cape are among our favorites of the collection.

Love what you're seeing so far from Angel Sanchez's latest wedding dress collection? Be sure to check back for our complete slideshow! And don't forget to follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google + for more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week.

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First Look: Houghton's New Bridal Collection

There's no doubt that NYC-based bridal line Houghton designs with the cool girl in mind. Menswear-inspired separates, forward-thinking wedding dress silhouettes, and daring sheer pieces make for an edgy bridal look that always promises to make a statement. And this season's rendition of the Houghton girl was just as cool — if not cooler.

Fluffy, asymmetrical tulle skirts were worn over slouchy white T-shirts, and in some cases, pants, while an oversized turtle-neck short sleeve sweater topped another skirt. Punctuating the mixed pieces were some more colorful designs than we've seen in the past like a robin's egg blue gown. In complete contrast to one shearling-lined ivory motorcycle jacket was the addition of a few feminine pink numbers, including a tiered orchid-hued organza trapeze shift.

Houghton also played with sleeves and proportions this season, with one column dress sporting flouncy bell sleeves and another straight-cut mini featuring oversized ruffles at the ends. And it wouldn't be Houghton without at least one jumpsuit: This season the label showed a sleek short sleeve minimalist number, which is perfect for a rehearsal dinner or morning after brunch.

Excited about Houghton's Fall 2015 collection as well? Make sure to check back for all of their latest looks in the complete slideshow! And don't forget to follow Brides on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google + for more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week.

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Exclusive: Get a Sneak Peek at Monique Lhuillier's Fall 2015 Collection!

Behind-the-Scenes Monique Lhuillier Fall 2015 Collection

Photo: Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier consistently designs some of the most romantic wedding dresses in the bridal world. Whether it's an ethereal swathing of tulle, three-dimensional floral-embellishments, or dreamy draped satin, it's easy to get lost in Lhuillier's lovely looks.

In anticipation of Lhuillier's latest runway show, we got an exclusive sneak peek at her newest wedding dress collection (above). Lhuillier contextualized the photo as, "Creating looks for our show #MLFall15Bridal #MLBride #moniquelhuillier." And it looks like — as we've come accustomed to with this bridal design power house — this go 'round will be just as gorgeous.

In the behind-the-scenes photo, a model is getting draped in what looks like satin or silk crepe and the silhouette is very reminiscent of Lhuillier's blush column dress two seasons back — but this rendition features a voluminous mermaid skirt and creamy white exterior. Surrounding the model, we can see rolls and rolls of fabric, from the girly blush tulle to some of the blues and grays Lhuillier showcased last season.

See More: Get all of the Latest Bridal Fashion Week News!

One thing's for sure: If the rest of Lhuillier's latest wedding dress collection is anything like this ruched, draped mermaid, we know it will be a showstopping range.

Are you just as pumped about Monique Lhuillier's upcoming collection? Be sure to check back on Brides.com for all of the latest bridal runway shows, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google + for more front-row photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of Bridal Fashion Week.

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How One Bride Managed to Cut 100 People from Her Wedding Guest List

Sarah Knight Bel Air Bay Club Wedding Venue

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Meet our latest real wedding blogger Sarah Knight, personal assistant to Giuliana Rancic at E! Entertainment. Sarah is in the midst of planning her Los Angeles wedding and she's going to share each step of the process. From guest list tips to cake tasting with G while her fiancé is away playing baseball, follow Sarah's journey as she navigates the dos and dont's of wedding planning!

For me, one of the hardest parts of the wedding planning process wasn't color schemes or floral arrangements, but rather the dreaded guest list. After Bryce and I got engaged in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico we had a two hour layover between flights back home. We took that opportunity to start throwing out names for our dream guest list. 45 minutes and two Cinnabons later, we had a list of 310 people. Yes, you read that right. Three. Hundred. And. Ten. People.

"How is that possible?!" you might ask? Well, when your fiancé has played baseball for 20 years and refuses to lose touch with anyone he has played with or been friends with, you find yourself here. It's wrong of me to place all the blame on him. I admit, I was responsible for quite a bit on that list, but certainly didn't feel like I was overdoing it. We knew we would have to make cuts, but didn't know where or how to start. We decided to keep that handwritten list in a drawer and revisit it a little later. A little later finally rolled around — as it always does — and we figured out a way to make our list a little more manageable and realistic. Here's how:

See More: How to Figure Out Your Guest List, Invitations and Plus-Ones!

Decide on the venue — sometimes it will make the decision for you: We got engaged at the end of October and Bryce was due to leave for spring training the following February, so we didn't waste much time when it came to finding the perfect venue. After countless hours of scouring the Internet and asking family and friends for recommendations, my aunt called me to tell me to check out Bel-Air Bay Club. I immediately went to the Club's website and fell in love. I called and booked a tour the following day! The minute we parked our car, it was love at first sight. I got teary eyed (no surprise to those who know me!) and knew it was the place for us. While going through the details with our fabulous guide Carrie, we learned that the maximum number of guests for the club is about 200 people tops. We knew our venue search was over which meant it was time to cut our list down. Way down.

Have a sit-down with your parents: It was very important for Bryce and I to include all of our closest friends on our wedding day and in order to do that, we had to ask our parents to keep their own guest lists on the shorter side. Luckily, our parents understood.

See More: 5 People You Shouldn't Invite to Your Wedding

If you haven't spoken to someone in over two years, cut them: Sad, but true. Weddings are special, intimate and meant to be shared with your nearest and dearest. People grow apart and that is totally natural. Plus, people who have lost touch with you won't expect to be invited anyway ... Or at least they shouldn't!

No Ring, No Bring: This is the most common tip for reducing guest lists. While it would be wonderful to extend a plus one to all guests, that could send your total through the roof! Unless the person is married or engaged, they're flying solo. Besides, maybe the wedding will start a new love connection!

Hopefully some of these tips will help my fellow brides who are going through the same guest list woes that I did! Take a deep breath! It will all work out, trust me!

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Gemy Maalouf 2015 Bridal Collection

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This is the second part of our feature on Gemy Maalouf’s beautiful 2015 bridal collection. See the first part here.

There’s nothing more beautiful than starting our day with some drop dead gorgeous wedding gowns, and today’s featured collection delivers eye candy in spades. Gemy Maalouf’s 2015 bridal collection features sumptuous fabrics, striking silhouettes and exquisite embellishments. It’s all about elegance done with a twist!

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Mothers Know Best: Smart Marriage Advice from Moms

Sherry Amatenstein is a New York City-based marriage therapist and author. Here, she shares the best marriage advice moms have given their daughters.

Does mom really know best when it comes to offering pre-marital advice? To find out, we went to those in the best position to judge:

Don't let others' lack of support affect your joy.
Since becoming engaged last June, Kourtney Joy has found her mother to be a constant source of wisdom and comfort. Both qualities proved immeasurably helpful when Kourtney was faced with an unexpected development — the lack of support shown by a few long-time friends.

Currently planning her July, 2015 nuptials, Kourtney says, "I found the negative attitudes of these 'friends' very hurtful until my mom reminded me their bad attitude is a problem they have with themselves, not me. And I shouldn't let their personal problems affect my happiness and excitement."

Kourtney finishes, "I hope they come around and if they do, fabulous." But if they don't, their lack of joy for her joy won't dim the luster of Kourtney's magical day of days.

All in the timing.
Recalls Lisa Romeo, "Before I got married my mother told me, 'Timing is everything. There is a right and wrong time for important discussions, taking a stand, stating my choices, wants and needs...'"

Twenty-six years later, Lisa still heeds mom's maxim. "For example if it's a financial matter, best not to bring it up until we are away from home — relaxed and pleasantly distracted."

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Beware if your guy shows no interest in wedding planning.
Jaclyne Kirkorian-Poliseno shares, "The first time I was engaged my fiancé didn't care much about details of the wedding. The few times he was interested I didn't take his input." This marriage showed signs of disaster within three months. By year one it was over.

The second time she became engaged Jaclyne remembered her mom's words: "If he's interested and wants to be involved, don't push him away... It shows he's interested in your wedding and marriage."

Jaclyne says, "My present husband was interested in every detail!" This marriage is in its third happy year.

Keep marital secrets in the vault.
Mothers in law can also know best. Jani Elmore, married earlier this year, reports, "The wise lady who raised my darling husband told me, 'Keep others out of your marriage,' and she's absolutely right." Jani, who is the community manager at www.weddinglovely.com, confides, "I've seen relationships fall apart as a result of telling outside sources your business."

Don't sweat the small stuff.
This is one that smart moms pass on to their daughters, often learned from hard experience. Kourtney Joy, whose wedding is scheduled for July 2015: "My mom keeps reminding me to keep focused on the fact that I am marrying the love of my life, and that's all that matters!"

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10 Things Only Bridesmaids Understand

With the title of "bridesmaid" comes certain inevitabilities, and only by taking on the challenge can you truly understand what the role entails. Sure, a moment or two will resemble the hyperbolic hilarity of Bridesmaids or the emotional roller coaster of dealing with a bridezilla like in 27 Dresses. But what no one tells you about being a bridesmaid is exactly how much behind-the-scenes drama, heartache, and joy comes with joining the wedding party. For all of those bridesmaids out there, here are 10 things only you know about weddings.

1. The bride is always right, with no exceptions.
Even if she asks whether lime green and hot pink are the perfect color scheme for the wedding.

2. No matter what the seamstress or your friends say, there is a high probability you won't wear your dress again. Even if you shorten it.
Quite frankly, this is one purchase you're making solely for someone else. Finding another occasion for which to wear your dress again is simply an unexpected bonus.

3. Whenever there is a menial task, it's your job to do it, no questions asked.
The average bride is thinking about her million-point to-do list at any given moment, so the task of playing hide-and-seek with the ring bearer or hunting down the missing groomsman is on your capable shoulders.

4. Being on your best behavior throughout the wedding planning process is the best gift you can give the bride.
Being a bridesmaid is quintessentially agreeing to be an amped-up best friend to the bride, and doing so without a disgruntled or snarky attitude is all you need to be the penultimate member of the bridal party.

5. Creating an epic night out of the bachelorette party is your enviable responsibility, so hop to it.
The bachelorette party is your time to shine and let loose after months of flying under the radar, so plan it well and prepare to enjoy your night of freedom.

See More: Lovely Lavender Bridesmaid Dresses for Every Season

6. There has been talk of which groomsman you'll inevitably fall for if you're single.
Something about watching a joyful couple unite in matrimony has everyone thinking about forever — and matchmaking to create the next Kimye. It's best to grin and bear it, even if you find your "ideal match" less than enticing.

7. If the bride unexpectedly snaps at you for the first time after years of loyal friendship, it's not about you.
Even the most levelheaded of brides will likely have a moment or two of sheer lunacy, but it rarely has anything to do with her dutiful bridesmaids, so don't take it personally.

8. For every thoughtful, unique, and quirky wedding detail, there were hours of scrupulous planning, last-minute changes, and lesser ideas that went out the window before the big day.
As a bridesmaid, you're privy to all of the insider information about the planning process, about which mere guests have nary a clue. The pigeons that were almost delivered in place of live doves? No one else has to know.

9. There is always a maverick member of the wedding party, and it's best to figure out who that person is immediately.
Knowing who the wild card is will be key knowledge in preventing catastrophe.

10. Every moment of uncertainty and inconvenience is worth it when you see your friend walk down the aisle.
Tears will be shed.

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4 Must-Have Anti-Aging Serums for Mothers of the Bride

Anti-Aging Serum for the Mother of the Bride

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When it comes to at-home skin-care treatments, it's all about the serum. (Serums are more potent and their thinner texture means they can penetrate more deeply than moisturizers or creams.) If your a mother of the bride, a serum will make you fresh-faced and glowing in no time. Here, a few tried-and-tested serums MOBs can use to get wedding-ready skin for their child's big day:

SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator: Minutes after rubbing four drops of this clear elixir into her skin, our tester swears her complexion looked more radiant, vibrant, and even-toned. "Over the course of a few weeks, the lines around my eyes became less noticeable, too," she says. Its powerful ingredient trifecta contains kombuchka (to brighten), hydroxyethyl urea/aminosulfonic acid compound (to exfoliate and smooth), and hyaluronic acid (one of the best moisturizers around). $73, available at SkinCeuticals

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum: If you're a newbie to anti-aging, we have one word for you: retinol. This vitamin A derivative is a super exfoliator and cure-all for everything from acne to dark spots to wrinkles. It's also the star ingredient in this wrinkle-reducing serum. "It smells fresh and is really easy to apply," our tester says. "It absorbed right away and my skin felt smooth and silky." Give retinol time, though — about six months — to see the complete fountain-of-youth-like results. $20.99, available at Neutrogena

See more: Beauty Mistakes That Can Age Mothers of the Bride

StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Concentrated Serum: Have sensitive skin? This serum contains retinol and NIA-114, which helps strengthen the skin's barrier to prevent redness. "My skin looked glowing and moist," raves our dry-skinned tester. "And it works really well under moisturizer." $119, available at StriVectin

Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Serum
This one comes packed with resveratrol-oleyl (an antioxidant found in red grapes and wine that stimulates collagen and prevents wrinkles), peptides (to boost elasticity), and argan protein (to tighten). "My skin immediately felt firmer and I noticed more contours in my face," our tester says. "It's so easy to incorporate into my skincare regimen — or should I say my non-existent skincare regimen — too." Oh, and did we mention that it also contains soft-focus pigments to create an optical blurring effect? That basically means you'll look like an Instagrammed photo of yourself every day. $89, available at Sephora

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Find Out What Kimye's Wedding Officiant Said About The Couple's Marriage

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For a pastor, Rich Wilkerson Jr. has a lot of famous congregants. Prime example? His close friends Kim Kardashian and Kanye West who value his religious guidance so much that they had him officiate their wedding.

Wilkerson and Kimye became close two years ago, when a friend of Kanye's invited him to the young pastor's lively, youthful church in Miami which he grew from 12 people at his first service ever to more than 1,100 now. With special services on Tuesdays called The Rendevous (or "The Vous"), featuring contemporary singers, artists, and members dancing throughout the halls, followed by a serious sermon about all of life's toughest topics, it's not wonder Wilkerson Jr. attracts A-list clientele — including Yeezus himself.

"One night, I got a text [from a friend of Kanye's] that he was going to bring Kanye to church," Wilkerson told People. "We hung out and chatted. He flew back into town the following week and came to church. The week after that, he and Kim flew in from New York just to come to church."

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After that, their friendship flourished. "It began a relationship; we started emailing and calling each other. We collaborated on a few things: art, fashion, music, Jesus. He invited me to write a few things for his tour, and I've been able to counsel him on a few things."

Of course, his most important invite, though, came when Kimye asked him to officiate their wedding — and ever since their Florence nuptials he's gotten more attention than ever before.

See more: The Most Iconic Brides of All Time

"I never expected that anyone would care who performed the ceremony," he said of the ceremony he performed for the high-profile couple. "Celebrities get married all the time and no one knows who their pastor is. I didn't tell anyone I was doing the wedding; I just went to Italy and did it. And then everything started moving really fast."

"I got to give my message," he continued. "They wanted a Christian wedding, and wanted me to talk about Jesus. It wasn't a message of hate and judgment; it was a message of hope and love. Kim and Kanye have both told me that they're followers of Jesus; we're on the journey together as friends. I believe in them, and I believe in their marriage."

As expected, Kimye's wedding catapoulted Wilkerson into the spotlight, so much so that the handsome, young paster (he looks a bit like Leonardo DiCaprio, no?) will be starring in his very own reality show, set to air on Oxygen and to be produced by E!'s very own Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy.

Read more: Find Out What Kimye's Wedding Officiant Said About The Couple's Marriage

Gemy Maalouf 2015 Bridal Collection

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This is the second part of our feature on Gemy Maalouf’s beautiful 2015 bridal collection. See the first part here.

There’s nothing more beautiful than starting our day with some drop dead gorgeous wedding gowns, and today’s featured collection delivers eye candy in spades. Gemy Maalouf’s 2015 bridal collection features sumptuous fabrics, striking silhouettes and exquisite embellishments. It’s all about elegance done with a twist!

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Crowd-Pleasing Edible Wedding Favors: The Cookie Edition

We can't think of any sweeter wedding favor than delicious just-baked cookies for your guests to bring home. If you love cookies as much as we do, check out these six creative ways to make your cookie favor extra-special.

Personalized Cookies (above): These adorable heart-shaped cookies are from Cake Creamery, a bakery in Southern California. You could also DIY these treats by purchasing a cookie-stamping kit and baking them at home.

Macarons: Who doesn't adore these elegant French almond-flour cookies? You can usually order them in flavors and colors to match your wedding palette; box them up with a label and they can also double as escort cards.

Shortbread Cookies: These anchor-stamped shortbread cookies are packaged in cellophane and tied with striped ribbon — the perfect sweet complement to a nautical wedding by the sea.

Black-and-White Cookies: Pay homage to your wedding location by offering a locally made treat. These miniature black-and-white cookies are perfect for a wedding taking place in New York City.

Handpainted Cookies: These frosted and painted cookies by Brooklyn-based Sogi's Honey Bakeshop are almost too pretty to eat!

Cookie Mix: If you and your groom enjoy baking and cooking together, give your guests a mason jar fiilled with dry ingredients for cookies; top it off with a cute custom thank-you tag.

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Wedding Planning at Work? Lunch-Break Links Brides-to-Be Need to See

You'd never plan your wedding at work (cough, cough) — but your lunch break is a whole other story! For your #WeddingWednesday lunchtime, we rounded up gorgeous real weddings, pretty style details, and helpful tips from across the web. Our favorite recent wedding blogs feature five ways to style a vineyard wedding! From a lush, coastal wedding to fabulous centerpiece ideas, take a peek at the best wedding blogs:

The vineyards of Southern California have the lovely advantage of warm weather and coastal settings. This dreamy real wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch perpetuates laid-back beauty, and plenty of SoCal charm. —POPSUGAR

Wineries are ideal venues because they're adaptable to every time of theme. This couple planned a modern affair in Napa, sprinkling in DIY sequin table numbers, chevrons, and a candy table. —Brides

Brooklyn Winery in New York City played host to a delightful, '20s flapper themed wedding. Proof that vineyards are more than rows of grape vines and lush greens, this wedding venue is urban and refined-rustic — great for creative couples that want to run with a theme. —100 Layer Cake

Way on the other end of the spectrum is this country-inspired vineyard soiree. Cowboy boots and a barn helped this couple turn their winery wedding into a down-home party. —Ruffled

The naturalistic feel of a winery lends itself to gorgeous, rustic-inspired details. We love these 10 garland centerpieces that feel like the bring the beauty of the outdoors in. —Brooklyn Bride

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One Bride's Top Tips for Throwing a Beach Bachelorette Party

Chloe Melas Bachelorette Party in Mexico

Photo: Courtesy of Xchel Guillermo

Meet Chloe Melas, the Senior Entertainment Reporter at HollywoodLife.com and host of VH1's morning show The Gossip Table! Chloe is in the midst of planning her New York City wedding, and she's sharing each step of the process. From her bachelorette party to the honeymoon and everything in between, stay tuned for the reporter's wedding chronicles. For her latest installment, Chloe gives her top reasons why you and your 'maids should head to Mexico for your bachelorette party.

I always assumed I'd take my girlfriends to Sin City for my bachelorette party, hit the clubs for 72 hours and fly back home wearing sunglasses and popping Advil. But somewhere along the way in my year-long engagement, I decided I wanted something relaxing and of course, a fabulous tan before the big day. That's why I choose Mexico!

Be mindful of the date: Make sure your date works with everyone before you start booking your bachelorette trip! Attempting to wrangle my 10 bridesmaids was a difficult task, they all have intense jobs, some are stay-at-home moms — and I admit, I picked September. I wasn't thinking that most of my girlfriends had already used their vacation days on summer trips, and with my wedding looming only one month after, it was hard for most of my bridal party to travel overseas.

Edit the guest list: I always pictured having 20 girls in tow for my bachelorette party, but keeping it small made it that much more fun and there was so much less drama.

See More: 5 Tips for Throwing an Awesome Bachelorette Party

Stay at an all-inclusive hotel: We chose Playacar Palace and it was simply perfect. The resort was only 45 minutes from Cancun, and it was nestled steps from the heart of downtown. We spent three days laying on the gorgeous white sand beach in front of the hotel, ordering mojitos from the swim-up pool bar and swam for hours in the crystal clear water. Plus, we went to all of the delicious restaurants at the resort like MO-MO-NO-HA-NA, Terazza and Cafe del Mar. But the best part was that it was all-inclusive: We ate everything, drank everything and there was not one awkward conversation about money.

Still party like you're in Las Vegas: The resort drove us to their sister resort, Moon Palace, in Cancun one night and it was straight out of the Vegas Strip. As soon as we got there we boarded private VIP golf carts which took us straight to our amazing Italian dinner on their golf course. Then we hit up their nightclub, Noir. The night was filled with crazy dancing, signature cocktails designed just for us and of course, it was topped off with sparklers!

Chloe Melas Swimming with Dolphins

Photo: Courtesy of Chloe Melas

Spend time bonding: We spent our last day at the Playacar's spa and it was amazing. We got massages and spent time in the relaxation pools — it was the perfect way to spend a morning after going out. We also took the afternoon to go swimming with dolphins, which was definitely on my bucket list! But the trip was topped off with a five-course meal on the beach, where the girls surprised me with a lingerie party.

Read more: One Bride's Top Tips for Throwing a Beach Bachelorette Party

Former President Jimmy Carter Shares a Secret of His 67-Year Marriage

Jimmy Carter Rosalynn Carter

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Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are second to only Barbara and George H. W. Bush in presidential marriage longevity. Compared to the Bush's whopping 69 years of marriage, the Carters' 67 years still seem very impressive. And now, after nearly seven decades of marriage, the Carters spoke to People about their union, and mentioned a cute tradition they've kept up nearly that entire time.

When Carter was serving in the Navy in the 1940s, he coined the acronym "ILYTG," which stands for "I love you the goodest." Don't let the phrase's unconventional grammar throw you off — the meaning behind the term of endearment is almost as cute as the words themselves.

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"That's what my mother and daddy used to say back and forth, and I picked it up with Rosa," Carter, the 39th president exclusively told People in an exclusive joint interview with his "Rosa," his nickname for the former First Lady.

And if the phrase has provided any kind of marital luck for the Carters, their children will likely benefit from it, too! The couple borrowed it from Jimmy's parents, and have since shared it with each other and passed it down through their family. "Now all our children do the same thing — ILYTG on the phone or in emails. They generally just put the initials," Jimmy said. "And sometimes they change the initials and make you guess what they're talking about."

He even inscribed the acronym on a compact for Rosalynn; that keepsake is now on display at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta.

Clearly, spoken affection has contributed to their long, storied marriage. The parents of four also attribute their wedded bliss to knowing when to give each other space and participating in joint charitable actions through their philanthropy, the Carter Center.

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Why Doesn't Lo Bosworth Remember BFF Lauren Conrad's Wedding?

Lo Bosworth on Lauren Conrad Wedding

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There's one fail proof way to know if your friends and family had a great time at your wedding — if they're a little fuzzy on the details! And if you use that as your gold standard for whether or not your wedding was a serious party, then Lauren Conrad's recent wedding to William Tell was a blast.

HuffPost Live sat down with Condrad's long-time BFF and bridesmaid Lo Bosworth to chat all-things wedding, and the reality star-turned chef dished on the behind-the-scenes details of the couple's big day ... well, at least the ones she can remember.

"It was a beautiful wedding, she was one of the most dazzling brides I've ever seen," Bosworth gushed. "Not a bridezilla at all, but she's not like that, she's fantastic. I wouldn't expect anything different from her."

See More: Go Inside Lauren Conrad's Italian Honeymoon

But that's all Bosworth really recalls. When asked her professional opinion of the menu options, Bosworth admitted that she wasn't quite sure about that part of the evening. "The food was ... good. I was a couple of cocktails deep, what did I eat? I don't remember! I remember it being delicious."

Though Bosworth had nothing but amazing memories of Conrad's planning skills and expertly-executed designs. "She did lots of DIY, she was crafting for weeks and weeks," Bosworth said. "She made a lot of the things that you saw. And it was such a beautiful tablescape — not one piece of china, not one piece of silverware, not one cup was identical to another piece on the table. So there was so much love and effort that went into it. It was really lovely."

And while most women aren't huge fans of their bridesmaid attire, Bosworth approved of the mismatched blush pink gowns the ladies wore. "Lauren just launched Paper Crown Bridal ... They have all of these amazing bridesmaid dresses now," she said.

It sounds like a great time was had by all!

Read more: Why Doesn't Lo Bosworth Remember BFF Lauren Conrad's Wedding?

A Colorful California Wedding with Citrus Accents

Katie Urban, 28, and Greg Cherry, 34, met on Super Bowl Sunday in 2009, when they spotted each other from across a crowded Venice Beach bar. "We were the tallest people there," says Katie. "We started dating a month after we met."

The day Greg proposed, March 8, 2013, Katie thought they were just taking her little sister, Allie, out for a birthday dinner at favorite LA restaurant, Mozza. But, when Katie left the studio where she was working to meet Greg outside the security gate, she saw him standing next to a limo with a bouquet of flowers and knew something was up. "We jumped into the limo, and that's when Greg got down on one knee to propose (yes, inside the limo!)," she says. He continued with his story that they were picking Allie up in Santa Monica and going to eat, but the limo instead stopped on Main Street, across from The California Heritage Museum. After following candles down the hallway and up the staircase at the museum, Katie heard her family and friends yell, "Surprise!" from the top of the stairs. "It was amazing," Katie says. "I had always wanted a very private proposal, and then the big celebration with family and friends was icing on the cake!"

The two wasted no time, hiring wedding planner Nicole Arena of Green Ribbon Parties just three weeks after the proposal. "It was a good thing, too," says Katie. "I felt like the planning really did go on for the entire year."

Keep reading to see the details from their April 12, 2014 wedding at The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in Ojai, CA, as captured by Annie McElwain.

While a friend helped initially design the wedding invitation, Katie asked Julie Song of Julie Song Ink to put the vision into print. The end result: a whimsical script, a water-colored pink background, and a pretty pink-and-white patterned envelope liner.

Katie turned dress shopping into a girls' trip. She and her bridesmaids headed to Melrose Avenue, naturally, where they visited the Vera Wang boutique before going next door to Monique Lhuiller. "Trying on dresses at both boutiques was my favorite experience in the entire wedding planning process," Katie says. Once at Monique Lhuiller, she fell for an off-white Chantilly lace trumpet gown immediately.

The bride carried a gorgeous bouquet of garden roses, sweet peas, and ranunculus, all tied together with a pale pink linen ribbon.

The groomsmen's boutonnieres were made of peach and apricot ranunculus flowers, accented with bits of olive and raw silk ribbon.

"I love the look of different dresses and colors in the same palette," Katie says. To help this look come together, she created a Pinterest board and asked her 'maids to "pin" dresses they liked.

The groom wore a classic Hugo Boss tux, black braces, and an Eton tuxedo shirt. He accessorized with a Simon Carter watch (a wedding gift from his bride!), tangerine socks, and his father's cufflinks.

The bride kept her jewelry to a minimum, wearing only drop diamond earrings and her wedding band, of course!

For the ceremony, Katie and Greg said "I do" under the Inn's famous giant oak tree. They kept the décor simple, setting up white chairs for guests and letting the environment speak for itself. They did place a 1955 Buick convertible near the entrance of the ceremony site, though. "We were supposed to drive away in the car, but Greg couldn't get the engine to start," Katie says. "We had to get out and walk instead!"

The bride and groom opted for "his & hers" signature cocktails. In honor of the bride, they offered The Herban Vodka, made with vodka, fresh lemonade, lemon, and club soda, garnished with a lavender stem. For the groom, they had The Bourbon Cherry, a mix of Woodford Reserve whiskey, bitters, a sugar cube, a splash of soda, and, of course, a cherry on top, a nod to the groom's last name!

Loving the ombré watercolor look, Katie ordered escort cards (and table numbers and menus!) from Minted. On the escort card table, guests found their table assignments in bowls of kumquats, pink and white peonies and ranunculuses, and greenery.

With the help of her planner and florist, Brown Paper Design, Katie dressed up long communal tables with a neutral table runner, votive candles, and low arrangements of ranunculus, poppies, and lilacs. There were also plenty of citrus fruits to go around, with a kumquat at each place setting and a wooden bowl of kumquats at each table.

Katie and Greg's tiered cake was two flavors, red velvet and white chocolate mousse with blackberries. It was covered in white ganache and decorated with bright pink peonies, greenery, and kumquats.

The day after the wedding, the newlyweds flew to Bali for a two-week honeymoon. Lastly, for all brides-to-be, Katie says, "Invest in a planner, it helps!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa || Event Planner: Nicole Arena of Green Ribbon Parties || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Hair: Fiore Beauty || Makeup: Alex George || Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss, purchased at Nordstrom || Event Designer: Brown Paper Design || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals || Cake: The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa || Photography: Annie McElwain

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3 Fun Wedding Weekend Festivities to Consider

If the traditional wedding parties (rehearsal dinner, Sunday brunch, etc.) aren't enough celebrating for you, here are some ideas for filler events, whether held to thank a group of people, to honor out-of-town guests, or simply to keep the party going through the wedding weekend.

The Appreciation Party: Instead of trying to schedule a series of luncheons and bachelor/bachelorette parties, a couple might host one big appreciation party instead. Invited are attendants and anyone else who has given generously of their time and ideas to help make the wedding wonderful. The appreciation party is often a casual affair, a barbecue or picnic, especially if the rehearsal dinner is to be formal. It is usually held just before the wedding, when everyone has gathered, and is another opportunity for the bride and groom to give their attendants gifts of appreciation. This get-together can also be held after the couple returns from their honeymoon if their attendants and special friends live close enough to attend.

The Pre-Wedding Luncheon: For a late-afternoon wedding, a small luncheon for the bridal party may be given by friends or neighbors. This takes the burden off the busy mother of the bride to host yet another entertainment on her daughter's wedding day. It may be as simple or as elaborate as the host and hostess wish, but laid-back and relaxing may be just the ticket to put an excited and nervous bridal party at ease. The bride and groom are absolutely not required to attend, however; it depends on their schedules and energy levels.

Parties for Out-of-Town Guests: A lovely gift from relatives or friends is a party for out-of-town guests and early-arriving wedding attendants. This, too, relieves the bride's parents of extra work before the wedding and gives guests a chance to spend time together in an informal atmosphere. Invitations should be sent well in advance so that guests can plan their travel itinerary accordingly. Often the party is given by multiple hosts, who share the expenses and work. These parties may be held at a home or in a club or restaurant. Guests may include the attendants, the couple's families, their close friends, and friends of their parents. Outings, too, can be arranged rather than parties — bowling, miniature golf, hiking, visits to local tourist attractions. It's a great way for visitors to relax and explore the area before the wedding.

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Mad Men Star Bryan Batt Is Married!

Mad Men Star Bryan Batt Married

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Mad Men alum Bryan Batt is officially off the market! After spending 25 years with his partner Tom Cianfichi, Us Weekly reports that the pair wed on September 28 in New Orleans.

"After 25 years together we tied the knot," Batt said. "First legally in New York City, and then in a ceremony and reception under the canopy of oaks in a beautiful Garden District courtyard in New Orleans."

According to the Daily Mail the pair hosted a star-studded evening, filled with Batt's former co-stars, like Christina Hendricks and her husband Geoffrey Arend, and friends like Patricia Clarkson, Christian Le Blanc, and Harriet Harris.

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As for ceremony and reception decorations, the actor and his new husband, who own several home décor stores, didn't skimp on style. "I've had some good ones, but this was the best night of my life!" Batt said. They decorated their gorgeous courtyard with paper lanterns in green and gold, and exchanged vows while a jazz quartet playing "What a Wonderful World."

But their happy day was almost derailed. "It was raining all day, and although there was a tent, it could have been messy," Batt said. "At 4 p.m. Weather.com reported 100 perfect chance of rain between 6 and 10, [so] we looked to the heavens and asked our late moms to do whatever they could, [and] at 5:30 p.m. I checked the report again, and [there was] zero perfect chance of rain — it was beautiful!"

Last week, after 25 years, Tom and I were married. It was beautiful, profound, and more magical than I ever dreamed. I highly recommend it !

— Bryan Batt (@Bryan_Batt) October 8, 2014

Ultimately, the new couple had an incredible wedding day, and Batt shared the above tweet which noted their happy union.

Congratulations to the new couple!

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8 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Wedding Catering

Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007. Here, she's sharing the top eight things most couples don't know about wedding catering.

Most brides and grooms don't know the ins-and-outs of how catering works at their wedding reception. There are rules and schedules caterers will follow to make sure your event runs smoothly.

Unless you've planned big events before and have the scoop, the following info will help you understand the hows and whys of the food and beverages at your wedding reception:

1. You don't get to keep the leftovers. You only get what you paid for and your guests ate, unless you've pre-arranged something differently on the contract. An off-site caterer will have brought more food than necessary to make sure they have enough to satisfy all of your guests. It leaves with them.

2. When you have an off-site caterer, plated, pre-ordered meals are often less expensive than a buffet or food stations.

3. Bar packages have specific hours. If you've contracted for an open bar for five hours, that means your wedding party can't hit the bar when they're getting ready beforehand or the caterer has every right to close the bar early.

4. Buffets and service stations that require a carving chef or other special attention will require an addition fee — usually $150 of more — for that extra chef.

See More: Every Single Question You Need to Ask Your Caterer

5. Like the food, any "leftovers" on the bar belong to the caterer. They've brought more booze and mixers than they needed and they'll be taking the extra back with them at the end. Prepare to be charged if any of your guests help themselves to a bottle.

6. Not every caterer has a liquor license, but they won't always tell you that. Be sure to ask so that your event doesn't break any laws.

7. The caterer has the right to cut off any wedding guest who becomes too inebriated. We had one guest so drunk that he stole a bottle of booze, hid it in his pants and then accidentally dropped it on the pool deck amongst a whole crew of dancing barefoot guests. What a nightmare!

8. If you have a complaint, you need to take it directly to the chef, owner or manager of the establishment. Making a scene at a bartender or server makes you look like a bully. Legitimate complaints should be acted upon immediately by management if you go to the right person.

Read more: 8 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Wedding Catering

Aire Barcelona Wedding Dresses 2015

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Welcome back to another gorgeous week on Wedding Inspirasi! If you’ve been drooling over the beautiful strapless wedding dresses from Aire Barcelona’s 2015 bridal collection we posted last week, get ready for more major swooning today. Here we present some of our favorite gowns with straps or sleeves from the 2015 collection… and you can trust us when we say they’re breathtaking! Elegant ball gowns with off-the shoulder sleeves, guipure lace sheaths with beaded illusion necklines — we love them all!

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Photos: Aire Barcelona. For details visit Aire Barcelona.


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20 Things All Married Couples Bicker About

Weird Fights Married Couples Have

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When you live with someone 24/7 and pretty much know them like the back of your hand, you're bound to get in little tiffs over the stupidest stuff, but in the heat of the moment, you simply can't help yourself. From walking the dog in the morning to putting the laundry away properly, here are some of the silliest and strangest things you can guarantee you and your fiancé will bicker about once you become man and wife.

1. Leaving the toilet seat up
2. Not picking up after yourself
3. Throwing your dirty clothes on the floor instead of the hamper where you know they belong
4. Whether throw pillows are, in fact, necessary.(News flash dudes, they are!_
5. Whose turn it is to make the bed
6. Or take the dog out to pee early in the morning
7. What to cook for dinner
8. And who's actually going to cook it this time around
9. Who has a better sense of direction
10. Eating the last [insert your favorite food here]. Oh, no he did not just do that!
11. What to watch on TV
12. And why your shows are ultimately better than his
13. His friends
14. Your friends
15. Leaving the door open to go to the bathroom
16. And not giving a courtesy flush or at least spraying some air freshener in there!
17. Being completely indecisive about where to eat on Saturday night
18. Or having zero opinion on the matter at all
19. Not listening to your riveting story about your bestie's ex-boyfriend's girlfriend's cat
20. Forgetting to put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher again

Tell us: What do you and your guy constantly argue about? Tweet us @BRIDES!

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A Wedding Color Palette We're Loving: Cream & Shell Pink

Cream and Shell Pink Color Palette

Photos: Jose Villa; John Aquino; Jeffrey Westbook; Devon Jarvis

Pretty pastel hues have a place in the bridal world year-round — not just in the warmer months. So if you have your heart set on a delicate color palette of cream and shell pink, it's possible to incorporate the girly tones into your big-day décor any time of the year (fall months included).

These gorgeous neutral shades are among the most versatile (not to mention popular!) picks for a bridal color combination. They're the perfect accompaniment for nearly any reception space and feature super-flattering shades that even the pickiest bridesmaid will love.

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Select a chic chevron invitation in the two pale shades — a dose of gold metallic, by way of a contemporary block text, will help town down the feminine hues. With just about every wedding-worthy flower available in some shade of pink and cream, you'll have your pick of gorgeous arrangements that suit the palette. (Though, if you're leaving it up to us, we'd go with fluffy garden roses, modern ranunculus, and few romantic hydrangeas.) With such neutral shades, it's important to select a statement-making detail for your reception like this cream-and-pink wedding cake with teardrop fondant details. Shop all of our favorite cream-and-pink wedding details below.

Above: 1. Invitation, "Viceroy", $2,730 for 100, Jessica Tierney for Bella Figura; 2. Bridesmaids' Dress, $370, Amsale; 3. Earrings, $45, Banana Republic; 4. Sea-Urchin Place-Card Holders, $17.50 for 10, Beachy Chic Décor; 5. Centerpiece, $200, Seaport Flowers; 6. Cake, $13 per slice (serves 75), Elegantly Iced

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