Your Weekly Wedding Horoscope: September 29, 2014

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Now that fall is finally here, it looks like your wedding plans will literally all start to fall in place. Be careful though and remember to tie up any loose ends you've been putting off before October 4th, when Mercury goes retrograde, warns astrologer Lisa Barretta. Below, her full horoscopes for the week ahead.

Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Lucky you! Venus just entered your seventh house of partnerships, which is sure to positively influence circumstances between you and your significant other. This is also a great time to make amends and settle any differences with family members. If your wedding is right around the corner, do get all your final fittings done before the 4th of October.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Put your best foot forward this week, Taurus, because things may be shifting a bit for you on the job front. Don't let work issues shadow over your wedding plans, however. You take the cake when it comes to elegant planning, and speaking of cake, now is the perfect time to settle on what type of wedding cake you'd love to have at your reception.

See More: 40 Adorable Ways to Include Your Pet in the Wedding

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Venus transiting your 5th house of romance and entertainment definitely brings a rush of good times your way this week, Gemini. During these auspicious aspects you may stumble upon a good band or awesome DJ for your wedding. Lock them in before October 4th when Mercury goes retrograde.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Thanks to the impending Mercury retrograde, issues with older family members may need to be addressed ASAP. Who is sitting next to who could present a little challenge so carefully plan your seating arrangements so it doesn't look like you're dealing with the "Hatfields and McCoys."

Leo (July 23 - August 22)
With Venus transiting your third house of communications, along with Mercury getting ready to go retrograde, don't be surprised if you reconnect with a friend (or a few!) from the past this week. Gracious Leo gals may find their guest list growing as you pencil in several more guests for your big day. The caterer loves you right now!

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
This week Venus moves into your second house of money and possessions, presenting you with some unexpected financial gains. You may very well receive a nice monetary gift or sensational shower present that's over the top in the best way possible. Take care of all important correspondences and "thank you" notes prior to the Mercury retrograde.

Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Venus just moved into her home sign of Libra so there's no doubt that you may be looking and feeling your best this week. It's an ideal time to schedule your engagement photographs, along with locking in a photographer for your special day.

See More: A Bold Wedding Color Palette: Peach & Ruby

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Jupiter transiting your tenth house of career and reputation puts you in the limelight. Don't be shocked if an old flame from the past looks you up. How do you gently tell him or her that you're already spoken for? Savvy Scorpio girls are never at a loss for the right thing to say even during an awkward moment.

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Mars has been charging up your sign for the past two weeks so you may feel like you're being pulled in many different directions. Be careful with your engagement ring. Misplaced items are probably right under your nose so take a deep breath before you lose your cool. Have a glass of wine and chill out.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Elegant simplicity works the best for you. You may find yourself leaning more toward a smaller, more intimate wedding instead of a big bash. Pluto going direct in your sign helps you to reclaim your inner power and forge ahead with plans that make you happy. If you haven't already, try and settle on your venue before Mercury goes retrograde on October 4th.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Jupiter transiting your seventh house of partnerships adds the perfect touch to your relationship. Open communication seals the friendship beneath the love and gives you the confidence you need in regards to your union. Long distance travel plans may hit a snag so double check reservations for out of town wedding guests and your honeymoon.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
A friendship may seem a little foggy right now so weigh the facts prior to addressing the situation. Was someone expecting to be in your bridal party? Mars, now transiting your tenth house, ensures that any changes you make adequately accommodate the best possible outcome. Balance your checkbook so you don't run into any surprises once Mercury goes retrograde on October 4th

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5 Ways to Get the Groom Involved That Won't Feel Like Torture

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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 shares ways to get your fiancé excited about wedding planning.

There are some grooms out there who are fully-engaged in the wedding-planning process, but most guys are more concerned about the booze and the music than the wedding favors and the centerpieces — and that's okay.

What's not okay is if your fiancé's lack of interest in your wedding planning is causing the two of you to fight. Wedding planning is supposed to be fun. If you want him to be a part of things, here are a few easy ways to do it:

Cake tasting: Unless he doesn't have a sweet tooth, the groom should have fun tasting multiple flavors of cake with you. Even if you're having a destination wedding, you can taste cake at a hometown bakery and then use the desserts for your at-home party later.

Picking a signature cocktail: You can do this at your favorite bar together. Go at a quiet time when the bartender can play with you and try all sorts of fun combinations your caterer has suggested or that you found on Pinterest. (Be sure to take a cab.)

See More: This Is What Happens When You Let a Guy Plan the Wedding

Plan the music together: Sometimes if the groom is a music-oriented guy, he'll even take the lead on this one. Just make sure to give him the list of songs you want to hear, too.

Registering: Sure, you could probably do it online and save yourself some time. And he may not be jazzed about the shopping trip initially. But if you make an appointment with the store on a slow day (not a Saturday in holiday season), your groom will have too much fun with that zapper gun choosing presents. Let him zap away at anything and everything and tell him you'll edit it down later.

Seating charts: The groom may care about which folks on his side are seated where, and those suggestions from him may just help you finish up whatever lingering seating-chart questions you had. Let him play with it and try not to argue with him about his decision unless you can't help it.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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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!

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

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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

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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.


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

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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!

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

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

Read more: Want, Need, Love: Fall Wedding Edition

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.

Read more: The Disney Channel Is Airing Its First Proposal Ever

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!


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

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

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

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

George Clooney Is Getting Married When?

George Clooney Amal Alamuddin Wedding Details

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It looks like George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding day is almost here! As the clock ticks down on Clooney's infamous bachelor status, serious big-day details are surfacing.

People reports that Alamuddin and her mother were spotted flying into Milan, Italy, carrying several pieces of luggage and one very large garment box. We can only assume that large box is housing her wedding dress, which was reportedly designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

See More: 98 of the Most Bridal Red Carpet Looks Ever

Guests are flocking to the area, too. Last week Clooney's best man, Rande Gerber, boarded a private jet to Venice in advance of the wedding. According to the Telegraph, Brad Pitt and new wife Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Bono, and Andrea Bocelli will also be some of the 150 guests.

The question is, though, when exactly are these two getting married? The Daily Mail reports a formal reception will be held at the Aman Resort on the Grand Canal this Saturday, but Clooney and Alamuddin will not officially be husband and wife that evening. CBS News learned that the pair will marry Monday, September 29 between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Cavalli Palace.

"A city official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said city police requested the closure to prevent crowds from gathering and creating a safety risk," CBS reports. "The official said such closures have taken place previously for both public and private events."

Despite the seemingly unconventional order of events (not to mention the Monday wedding date), we're sure this weekend is going to be absolutely incredible. Plus, we're all for a three-day wedding celebration!

Read more: George Clooney Is Getting Married When?

3 Wedding-Perfect Styles for Medium-Length Hair

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From chin-grazing bobs to shoulder-dusting lobs, medium-length hairstyles are taking the red carpet by storm. The low-maintenance look is flattering with all face shapes and hair types — and looks fresh and modern with a wedding dress. Here's three pretty ways to wear it on your big day.

Braided bun: Who says you need to have down-to-there hair to wear braids? Even Emma Stone's jaw-length bob works for this look. To get it, part your hair, then weave a braid on either side starting just above your ear. Secure the ends, then twist the braids together into a bun, tucking away the ends, and pinning it in place. Spritz with hairspray to keep everything in place.
Get the Look: Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray, $3, available at Walmart

See More: Wedding Hairstyles That Look Fab with Veils

Beachy waves: Easy, sexy, and oh-so-cool, piecey waves are perfect for the laid-back bride. To get Jessica Szhor's look, wrap small sections of hair around a 1-inch curling iron (don't open the clamp — that will create a curl that's too perfect and rigid), then spritz on a shine spray to tame frizzies and add a glossy finish.
Get the Look: Hot Tools Gold Curling Iron, $46.99, available at Ulta

Bouncy blowout: Salma Hayek's look is classic, glamorous — and easy to DIY! To get it, prep hair with a volumizer, then use a round brush and a blowdryer to smooth everything out section by section. Finish with a light-hold hairspray to help lock in the volume.
Get the Look: Living Proof Amp Instant Texture Volumizer, $24, available at Living Proof

Read more: 3 Wedding-Perfect Styles for Medium-Length Hair

Country Star Jason Aldean Is Engaged to Brittany Kerr

Making it official! Country singer Jason Aldean is reportedly engaged to girlfriend of two years Brittany Kerr.

Aldean popped the question today at the San Diego Zoo, with Kerr, a former American Idol contestant, posting a photo to her Instagram of the special day. "My man did it again. Today was amazing #sandiegozoo #myeverything" she wrote alongside a photo of her feeding a seal (below).

Their romance, though, wasn't all celebratory. Kerr and Aldean's relationship sprouted from scandal, when the "Burnin' It Down" singer was caught kissing Kerr in a Hollywood bar in 2012 while still married to his first wife Jessica Ussery.

In April 2013, the country superstar filed for divorce after trying to make it work. And although he and Kerr have happily moved on, he's still getting heat for his affair. Just last week in an interview with Billboard magazine he expressed how fed up he is with a mistake from the past haunting him in the present.

"It has been two years of this s---," Aldean told the music magazine of his cheating scandal. "Get over it, already! And then when I finally do get enough of it and say something, every newspaper grabs it. And I'm not trying to get in the headlines — I'm just trying to get people to stop running their mouths."

Two months ago Aldean also defended himself on Instagram after backlash from his first red carpet appearance with Kerr at the CMT awards. In a caption he wrote: "So sick of people judging me and @brittanylkerr over things they know nothing about. I have made mistakes but i am a better person because of it, and wouldnt change a thing. Im happier than i have ever been, so thank u to all the people who support us. We are happy and life goes on. Its time to move on people. #aldeanarmy #oldnews #timetomoveon."

Despite all of the trying negativity, these two seem to be more in love than ever. We're not surprised they chose to get hitched, especially after the reaction Kerr had when she heard the news that close friends Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Hayley Stommel. She even regrammed the engagement photo Hubbard posted with a long, congratulatory message. Funny enough, Aldean and Kerr also recently took a romantic helicopter ride. There must be something in the air — literally!

From all of their loving messages, it seems like they're a really tight-knit duo.

Read more: Country Star Jason Aldean Is Engaged to Brittany Kerr

Dos and Don'ts for Involving Children in Second Weddings

Second weddings are a joyous experience that can be made a bit more complicated if you or your future spouse has a child (or children). Decisions go beyond choosing a flower girl or ring bearer; it's about joining families harmoniously and with open communication. As you work with your children — and former spouses — to plan a family-oriented wedding, the following guidelines should help you maintain family happiness.

Do consult each child individually to determine if he or she would like to be in the wedding. Avoid simply expecting children to participate. Respect the wishes of a child or teen who doesn't want to take part, but also leave the door open for a change of heart.

Don't question your future spouse's children about the other parent. Your interest may be benign, but questioning children may be seen as prying and can undermine the children's trust in you.

Do answer children's questions about your previous marriage. You can be honest without being explicit.

Do speak respectfully about former spouses. If you demean an ex-spouse, your future stepchildren may conclude that you will talk the same way about their mom or dad after the wedding.

Do consult your former spouse to schedule events involving the children, especially if wedding activities may conflict with regular visits. Set the pattern now for cooperation with ex-spouses.

Don't use wedding-related activities as an excuse for missing your regular visits and special events with the children.

Read more: Dos and Don'ts for Involving Children in Second Weddings

Want to Have a Man of Honor? Here's How to Pull Off a Co-Ed Bridal Party

Wedding Party in Tuxedos and Navy Dresses

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When it comes to weddings, many old rules no longer apply. Bridesmaids don mismatched attire. Couples forgo the garter toss. And if you want your male best friend to stand with your 'maids, you can do that, too. "Couples believe that splitting up their family and best friends based strictly on gender is a bit antiquated, and not necessarily a tradition they wish to continue," explains Bellwether Events owner Janice Carnevale, who says about 15 percent of her clients mix their bridal parties between men and women. "A bride might prefer her brother by her side, not across the aisle. And likewise, that groom might want his female cousin who he basically grew up standing at the altar with him."

If you'd like to mix-and-match your own bridal party, here are some tips on how to do it:

Attire: Just because they're standing on the opposite side of the aisle from their same sex doesn't mean you have to dress your male 'maids any differently. "If a man is standing on the bride's side, he generally is wearing the same suit or tux as the men standing on the groom's side," Carnevale says. Same goes for any girls mixed among the groomsmen — give these women the same dress or color as your bridesmaids. And if you'd like your opposite sex party members to stand out, consider asking your male friend to don a different boutonniere or ask your female friend to carry a slightly different bouquet or wear a corsage.

See More: Having a "Man of Honor" or a "Groomslady"? Here's What to Do

The pre-wedding parties: "If you are worried about a man being a part of planning the shower, don't be," says Carnevale. "He can decide for himself if he wants to participate in this typically all-female event. It doesn't have to be weird if you don't make it weird." Female friends of the groom can also decide if they'd like to attend the bachelor party, or hang with the other women at your bachelorette event. Or, consider throwing a co-ed bachelorette party!

Titles: When it comes to what to call your opposite sex bridal party members in your programs — or when people ask — you can get creative. Consider naming a woman standing on the groom's side a "groomslady." A man on the bride's side could be given the moniker "bridesman." "You can also do away with gender-oriented labels and simply call everyone in the wedding party an attendant," suggests Carnevale.

Are you having a co-ed bridaly party? Tell us on Twitter at @BRIDES!

Read more: Want to Have a Man of Honor? Here's How to Pull Off a Co-Ed Bridal Party

Ashton Kutcher's Latest Tweet Proves He's Really Ready for Fianc

If it feels like Mila Kunis has been pregnant for a really long time to outsiders, then she and Ashton Kutcher really must be anxious for their baby to arrive! Kutcher's recent social media activity indicates that he is, in fact, one excited father-to-be.

Yesterday, the Two and a Half Men star tweeted the funny photo seen below, which was taken on the set of his hit CBS show. Though he and Kunis, his fiancée of seven months, have been relatively low-key about discussing her pregnancy, the caption shows that he's more than ready to transition into fatherhood.

Nesting.... Too much? pic.twitter.com/5wXn8SdjXT

— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) September 24, 2014

Luckily, his art is imitating life. In the last season of Two and a Half Men, Kutcher's character will continue the gay adoption storyline that he started last season. With all of those adorable stuffed animals and slides on the set, maybe he'll get to take home some special souvenirs for his baby girl!

See more: Our Favorite Celebrity Engagement Rings

Though there's no telling how Kutcher and Kunis decorated their actual nursery, one thing's for sure — they'll be more than prepared to be parents when the big day comes.

"Ashton is an efficiency expert," a source told Us Weekly. "His morning routine and his business practices are completely mechanical. He's planned his route to the hospital and the baby bag is packed and ready at this point."

What's more is that this baby is just the start of the big brood they're planning for! "They both want to start on their next kid shortly after they tie the knot [next summer]," a source recently told Radar Online. "They are soul mates and know that they will be together forever."

Read more: Ashton Kutcher's Latest Tweet Proves He's Really Ready for Fianc

A Complete Wedding-Day Survival Guide for Introverts

Overwhelmed by large crowds? Hate being the center of attention? Need alone time to reenergize? Then you might be an introvert! And as excited as you are for your wedding, chances are, you're also dreading the whole all eyes on you all night, small talk, go-go-go aspect of it. Whether you're planning a big day or a small one though, there are certain things you can do to help minimize anxiety and get rid of some of those pre-wedding jitters.

Face the front.
For brides (and grooms) with stage fright, renowned wedding officiant Reverend Clint Hufft suggests couples not face directly at each other during the ceremony but angle their bodies a bit toward the front. "The goal is to allow the guests to observe and feel connected to the couple but give the couple a 'safe place' to focus completely on each other and the moment."

Keep it small.
Because let's be real, the less small talk you have to do the better, right? If you can swing it and your fiancé is also on board, a smaller wedding that really only includes your nearest and dearest family and friends is definitely the way to go, advises Lauren Randolph, founder of My Hotel Wedding. "This way, you aren't bombarded by people you barely know."

See More: How Your BFF Really Feels on Your Wedding Day (Warning: You Might Cry!)

Do a first look.
If you're introverted, the last thing you want is the added stress and pressure of seeing your soon to be hubby for the first time in front of a big crowd, points out Randolph. "Work with your wedding planner and photographer to orchestrate a more intimate and private first look instead. It really takes away the nerves for the rest of the day, believe it or not."

Schedule in some alone time.
Weddings are pretty hectic, and unfortunately for introverts, there's not a lot of down time involved. That's why Connecticut wedding and social event planner Bill Parkinson recommends taking some breaks throughout the day to recharge and prepare yourself for all the attention you're bound to get.

Don't do a solo first dance.
No need to take center stage if the mere thought of it makes you uncomfortable. Instead, opt to do a special dance that allows all married couples to join you out on the dance floor, offers Tiffany Gillespie, event coordinator and owner of To the "T" Events & Catering. You can have the DJ bring everyone else out immediately or after a minute or so of the two of you just dancing by yourselves.

Skip the sweetheart table.
And other traditions that shine a spotlight on you like the bouquet toss, walk down the aisle or a flashy reception entrance! There are so many ways to get creative while still keeping your special day just as special. For example, "You can sit at a guest table filled with a small group of your favorite people, the guests and wedding party members you feel the most comfortable with," says wedding planner Liz Coopersmith of Silver Charm Events.

Read more: A Complete Wedding-Day Survival Guide for Introverts

You've Got to See This "Deerly Beloved" Wedding Photo

From Jeff Goldbum's Jurassic Park recreation and Tom Hardy as Bane in the background of one couple's portraits to Zach Braff's extra cheesy smile behind kissing newlyweds as he crossed a street in NYC, there's no shortage of amazing wedding photobombs. But we have yet to see a large group of deer — we're talking around 10 — emerge from the depth of a wooded area at the right moment to set a romantic, enchanted scene for one very lucky couple.

At the Stockton, NJ wedding of Erick and Lauren Fix this past Saturday, though, that was exactly the case. It's clear to see from the photo, above, that this is one special shot. It feels like it came straight from a movie or fairytale. And all because the couple's wedding photographer, Ian Christmann, knew just exactly how to seize the moment.

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"During dinner, during sunset, this whole herd of deer came up out of the woods," Christmann told ABC News. "I convinced the bride and groom in the middle of dinner to come with me."

The groom explained that they held the wedding on a family friend's farm, which happens to host about 40 wild deer. During their reception's dinner, all of the deer emerged from the woods to celebrate with them (well, probably to eat their dinner too).

"The reason we hired Ian is because we're both artists and we wanted someone who really created artistic photos and not just documented the day," the groom Eric told ABC News from his mini-moon in Martha's Vineyard.

"We think they're great," he said of the photos, aptly titled "Deerly Beloved" by Christmann.

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6 Guaranteed Ways to Keep Your Wedding Guests Entertained

Planning the perfect wedding reception that you and your guests will love takes tons of effort. While you can carefully craft the tastiest menu and painstakingly pick the perfect playlist, making sure the party lasts all evening long requires activities beyond eating, drinking, and dancing. Providing entertaining and interactive activities for your guests to enjoy will ensure that friends and family are happily involved throughout the reception.

Trust us, wedding games don't have to be tacky or awkward. From nostalgic childhood favorites to inventive ones, we found six games even the most mature adults will love to play.

Jenga (above): Who doesn't love the classic block-stacking game Jenga? This bride and groom upgraded from the traditional tabletop version and created a life-size set of blocks that friends and family could build and destroy.

Connect Four: An oversized version of this classic game is sure to garner attention from adults and kids, alike. This couple offered a series of lawn games, including ring toss and other carnival-inspired activities.

Corn Hole: Corn hole is the perfect lawn-game offering for couples that want to make extra activities feel like a cohesive part of your décor. This creative couple used wood grain paint with lace-inspired details for a look that matched their rustic style. To complete the game, they included custom beanbags, painted with a silhouette of Texas to showcase their hometown roots.

Board Games: Not all guests want to spend the night on the dance floor. Offering a selection of quick, multi-player board games (read: not Monopoly) will entertain your more introverted guests throughout the evening.

Oversize Word Search: Transform a classic chalkboard into a creative word search that your guests can try their hand at all evening long. The trick is to write the letters in permanent paint and provide chalk only for circling words. Get creative and include details about you and your groom for guests to find.

Wheel of Fun: To encourage major guest interaction, consider creating a custom wheel of activities that can be spun throughout the reception. This creative option includes details like "Pick a couple to kiss," "Show Us Your Best Dance Moves," and "Bride and Groom Kiss."

Read more: 6 Guaranteed Ways to Keep Your Wedding Guests Entertained

Meet Our New Guest Blogger: Giuliana Rancic's Assistant Sarah Knight Reveals How Her Junior-High Sweetheart Proposed

Giuliana Rancic's Assistant Sarah Knight and Fiance

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Meet our new 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! But first things first: Sarah is sharing her super-sweet proposal story.

We've all heard the term "high-school sweethearts" at one point or another in our lives, but junior-high sweethearts?! Not quite as common...

Meet Bryce and I! Two living, breathing junior high sweethearts! I'm not sure if the term technically counts because we didn't exactly consistently date over the past 14 years, but I still think it has a nice ring to it! Bryce and I met in the hallways of Heights Christian Junior High in Orange County, CA on the first day of seventh grade. He had an awesome flat top haircut and I had a mouth full of metal and that pesky baby fat that doesn't go away until about 15 (photographic evidence below). He says it was love at first sight, but I find that hard to believe.

Junior High Sweethearts Sarah Knight

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We became instant best friends. After giving dating a shot, we went our separate ways in high school. We kept in touch here and there throughout college, but never tried the relationship thing again until three years ago. We knew we had something special immediately. After all, timing is everything!

Since we had been friends for so long, everything came so naturally. Though we do have a bit of a geographical challenge in our relationship: Bryce is a professional baseball player and travels for six months out of the year, while I am based in Los Angeles working as Giuliana Rancic's assistant at E! Entertainment. But we've made it work.

Bryce and I got engaged on our vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico last October — a proposal he had been carefully planning for months. After a few close calls going through security at LAX, an extremely long line at customs and my overall need for information, Bryce managed to get the ring (which he custom designed) to Cabo.

See More: 8 Things To Do Right After You Get Engaged

After a fun first day at the pool, Bryce told me that he wanted to take some pictures on beach at sunset with our new camera, which we had just purchased the day before — little did I know that he hid the ring in the camera case. Once we finished taking photos, Bryce handed me the camera to put back into the case and I found the ring box when I opened it. I immediately burst into tears (not surprising to those who know me!) as Bryce got down on one knee. And of course, I said yes!

Bryce arranged to have a photographer on site to capture the moment. Then we sipped champagne and called our loved ones to share our exciting news while overlooking the Sea of Cortez. It was the greatest moment of our lives.

I am so excited to share my wedding planning journey! It's going to be so much fun. Until next time...

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A Mountain Wedding with a View in Telluride, Colorado

Though Wynne Calcutt and Tommy Thacher had known one another for a few years, it wasn't until she joined his classroom at Telluride Mountain School as a co-teacher that they really became close. After hours spent skiing with students, lesson planning after school, and traveling together on field trips, the two learned that they really enjoyed each other's company. Then, when Tommy decided to move on from teaching and open his own brewery, Telluride Brewing Company, they decided to go out for a date, which turned into many more. And on June 15, 2013, after a weekend of camping and hiking in the San Juan Mountains, Tommy proposed at the summit of Mt. Sneffels. "With the winds gusting and weather shifting up at 14,157 feet, it was quite dramatic and a complete surprise," says Wynne.

Flash forward a year (almost to the day!), and this adventurous couple invited 230 guests to town for a weekend celebration that included a meet-and-greet cocktail party, kickball game and BBQ in the park, a rehearsal dinner on a ski slope, and, of course, the main event at a local friend's private property.

Check out Chowen Photography's pictures below to see how Wendy Jacobs Hampton of Soiree Telluride created beautiful ceremony and reception spaces— each with a seriously amazing view!

When shopping at Anna Be in Denver, CO, Wynne found this simple strapless dress by Tara LaTour and knew it was "the one!" For the ceremony, she paired her gown with a Lela Rose lace overlay with quarter-length sleeves.

Wynne accessorized with a long, cathedral length veil, also purchased at Anna Be, and vintage clip-on earrings specially picked out by two of her bridesmaids. For her something old and something borrowed, the bride's aunt had her grandmother's old pearls made into a bracelet.

When it came to picking out dresses for her bridal party, Wynne put her bridesmaids in navy to match Tommy's suit and the groomsmen's sport coats. But she did let her girls pick either a strapless, v-neck, or high neckline for their Leavers lace dresses by J. Crew. For flowers, Wynne kept it simple and light by asking each bridesmaid to carry small bouquet of pink astilbe.

Wynne carried a cascading mix of white peonies, stephanotis, trailing ruscus, garden roses, and spray roses, an "updated" version of the flowers her mother carried on her wedding day in 1979.

Set in a field with picture-perfect mountaintops on the horizon, Wynne says the ceremony location was already so stunning that they decided to keep the décor fairly simple. With the help of her wedding planner and florist, Frannie Aura Major of New Leaf Designs, they scene was set by creating an aisle of white rose petals and adding three aspen log "windows" as a backdrop for the I do's. "They sort of reminded me of chapel windows so it was nice touch for an outdoor wedding," Wynne says.

During the ceremony, Wynne asked her older brother to read a section of "On Love" from The Prophet by poet Kahlil Gibran. Her parents read from the poem on their wedding day, so, of course, Wynne and Tommy wanted to follow suit.

When Wynne and Tommy kissed for the first time as husband and wife, they were surprised by a shower of white rose petals.

During the ceremony and cocktail hour outside, guests listened to a small bluegrass band put together by Tommy and Wynne's friend Tuck Gillette. After drinks on the lawn, guests walked into the tented reception through a willowy entrance of lights.

With the motif of "organic elegance," Wynne worked with her florist and planner to make the white tent feel more appropriate for a rustic, mountain wedding. They did so by installing a suspended canopy of greenery over the dance floor and hanging willow chandeliers over the long dining tables in the center of the tent.

Wynne began planning the reception décor by collecting images of flowers and arrangements, then working with her planner and florist to narrow it down. One thing was definitely clear: she wanted blooms in pinks, peaches, and corals. With such a bright color palette in mind, they catered to the "organic" feel of the day by keeping the arrangements loose and low to the tables, which were covered in neutral tablecloths. Between each centerpiece, candles were placed in a mixture of mercury glass and glass tea light holders.

The vanilla-and-lemon-flavored wedding cake was covered in textured buttercream frosting, with blush and pink roses decorating the tiers.

Instead of a traditional groom's cake, the bride and groom opted for chocolate stout "groom's cupcakes" made from Telluride Brewing Company's Ski in Ski Stout beer. The mini confections were topped with Irish cream cheese frosting and whiskey caramel drizzle.

After watching This Must Be the Band perform multiple times at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Wynne and Tommy knew that they had to have the Talking Heads cover band at their wedding. So, the group flew in from Chicago, and the newlyweds choose "Dream Operator" (by the Talking Heads, of course) for their first dance. Turns out, the crowd loved the band just as much as the bride and groom! "We ended up breaking up the dance party because our guests didn't want the set to stop," the bride says. "I'm not kidding, people were really dancing hard!"

When the band packed up, friend and DJ Ryan Smith took the stage, and Wynne and Tommy danced with guests and local townies (they had a bus bring 30 more friends up late-night!) until about 1:30 a.m. before heading to nearby Dunton Hot Springs in Dunton, Colorado for a mini-moon.

While Wynne was very much a hands-on planner, she has a few words of advice for the day-of action. "At your ceremony, take a moment to look out at your guests— it's so special to see your dear friends and family looking back at you," she says. "The reception becomes a whirlwind so I think this is a special thing to think about doing at your ceremony."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Property || Event Planner: Wendy Jacobs Hampton of Soiree Telluride || Bride's Wedding Dress: Tara LaTour || Hair: Kate DeCook of Bliss and Bang Salon || Makeup: Carmen Wolcott of Telluride Makeup Artist || Groom's Suit: Paul Stuart || Florist: Frannie Aura Major of New Leaf Designs || Reception Music: This Must Be the Band || Rentals: Viking Rentals || Cake: Jamie Intemann || Photography: Chowen Photography

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10 Signs You've Found "The One"

Finding your perfect wedding dress can be nearly as difficult as finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. From ball gowns to bias-cut numbers the options are endless. To help you narrow down the search, we rounded up 10 signs that you may have finally found the one.

1. You start using superlatives.
If you're suddenly inspired to describe your gown as "the most beautiful dress in the world", "the most stunning gown I've ever laid eyes on," or simply "the best dress," you've found your (other) soul mate.

2. You can suddenly picture walking down the aisle towards your future hubby.
Picturing your groom's awestruck reaction to your red carpet-worthy gown as you glide down the aisle? The hunt is over.

3. You begin to wonder where else you could possibly wear the gown.
Sporting your gown on a trip to the supermarket is totally normal, right?

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4. All other clothing suddenly pales in comparison to it.
Even that uber-flattering vintage Chanel shift you found on sale is looking drab compared to the stunner you're rocking on now.

5. Someone in your group is tearing up, even if it's not you.
You may not be the type for overt displays of emotion, but chances are if your mother, sister, or best friend is sniffling, you've found your ideal match.

6. You're convinced your body has never looked better.
Whether it is a cinched mermaid dress that emphasizes your curves or a slim silk sheath that complements your athletic frame, Gisele has nothing on you when you're clad in this stunner.

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7. Your gown may not be pink, but your face has taken on a rosy glow.
Remember your first date with your guy, and how you blushed furiously when compliments were involved? If your dress evokes the same blushing reaction, it may be your sartorial match made in heaven.

8. No one else's opinion matters.
Your perfect dress may turn you into a bit of a bridezilla, because if you adore it, your entourage better love it too.

9. The prospect of not wearing the dress on your big day is too much to bear.
Sure, the groom is important, but if you can't wear this gown? The wedding is officially off.

10. You feel like you're falling in love all over again.
If you're experiencing a coup de coeur like the one you felt when first falling for your groom, it's time to say yes to your dress.

Read more: 10 Signs You've Found "The One"

5 Ways to Deal with a Jealous Sibling on Your Wedding Day

Bride with Jealous Sister and Bridesmaid

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It's the stuff movies are made of: happy bride and groom, excited parents and friends, and then there's the jealous, nasty, bitter, unmarried sister of the bride who misbehaves and tries to ruin her sister's big day. Isn't it just awful?

While it may not be as dramatic as rom-com, a sibling wedding rivalry can happen in real life. Watching your sister get married (especially if the bride is younger and you're single) can be difficult.

This unattractive trait is not limited to the bride's family — sometimes the groom's siblings can be just as unpleasant. The question of how well (or not) it all turns out lies in how bride handles it from the beginning:

1. If your sister (or his) is older, single or just having a rough time finding a nice guy, keep that in mind if you plan your wedding. It's hard to watch the ones you're close to find a lifetime happiness when you're not in that same space. Be sensitive to the fact that she might not be as enthusiastic a participant in your wedding party as you would like.

2. Recently separated or divorced siblings can also be less than thrilled about your good news, too. They don't have a happy opinion of marriage at the moment, and it's probably hard to watch you tie the knot. Try to tune out the negativity.

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3. Do not invite your sibling's ex to your wedding, even if you're still good friends with him. Unless your sister wants her exes (there may be more than one) there, you need to respect her feelings. An ex is no longer a part of your immediate family and including them is a slap in the face to your sibling.

4. Find a happy way to involve your sister. If you want her in your wedding party, take her out for a special "alone night" and tell her how important it is to you even though you know she's not really "feeling it." Whatever her reasons may be, remember it's a happy thing for you, not her. Don't let it ruin your day, but don't rub it in her face either.

5. A sibling you're not close to (from your side or his), doesn't belong in the wedding party and will probably feel awkward despite your best intentions including them. Unless you're having all siblings from both sides, skip it. If it becomes an issue, re-evaluate it at that time.

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.

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Trending Now: Bow Wedding Accessories

Wedding Accessories with Bows

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Girly bow details are a classic style staple, but some brides may be afraid beribboned wedding accessories might look too twee on their wedding day. But thanks to bows made of clean lines and structured folds, the youthful details have been given a grown-up edge — making them perfect for your big day.

While you can certainly accessorize your wedding dress with built-in bow details, some of our favorite ways to include the pretty accents are subtle and understated (read: no bows in your hair or oversize tied sashes).

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Whether you go for a cool leather heel with a tiny bow accent or a satin clutch with a modern tie detail, these embellished accessories will look great on your wedding day and beyond. For a detail that feels extra special, we love shiny bow details, like a cool, statement ring or a pretty pin that can be used on just about anything — including your wedding dress or sash.

Shop all of our favorite bow-adorned bridal accessories below.

1. Shoes, leather peep toe heels, $895, Christian Louboutin; 2. Pin, diamond and pearl pin set in 18-karat white gold, price available upon request, Martin Katz; 3. Ring, diamond and pearl ring set in platinum and 18-karat gold, price available upon request, Alexandra Mor; 4. Bag, satin clutch, $298, Kate Spade

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Thinking About Sending Out Wedding Announcements? Here's What You Should Know

After you say "I do," but before you jet off of on your honeymoon, you might want to send out wedding announcements. Different from engagement announcements, these are a nice way to include everyone who wasn't invited or couldn't go to your wedding. Sharing the happy news that you're married after the wedding in the form of a printed or handwritten announcement is never obligatory, but it is a nice idea. The year is always included as part of the date on an announcement; there are some other common customs involved should you choose to follow this wedding tradition. Here, a few answers to common questions about post-wedding announcements!

Who receives wedding announcements?
Printed or handwritten ones sent through the mail can serve a useful purpose. These are generally sent to those friends and family who were left off the guest list because the celebration was too small to accommodate them or to acquaintances or business associates who, while not particularly close to the family, might still wish to hear the news of the marriage.

When are announcements mailed out?
Ideally, they're sent the day after the wedding, but may be mailed up to several months later.

What is the traditional wording for announcements?
They are traditionally sent in the name of the bride's parents, with wording as follows:

Mr. and Mrs. James Welch
have the honor of
announcing the marriage of their daughter
Amy Sue
to
Mr. Jonathan Scott Jamison
Saturday, the twelfth of June
two thousand and nine
Mansfield, Pennsylvania

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Newlyweds Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent Are Expecting Their First Child!

Nate Berkus Jeremiah Brent Expecting First Baby

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Newlyweds Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent aren't wasting any time when it comes to creating their own family. The couple — who tied the knot in May — took to Facebook today to share that they are welcoming a baby soon!

"Wanted to share some exciting news... We have had the most special year and its JUST become even more beautiful. We are happy to announce that we are expecting our first child! While we can't share much, we can say that thanks to a surrogate and the support of those we love we will officially be a family in the spring of 2015! — Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent," the message stated.

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Berkus and Brent dated for two years before they officially married in a stylish and historic wedding at the New York Public Library, where they were the first same-sex couple to exchange vows the landmark venue. The two designers chose a color palette of black, white, cream, and gold, with metallic pops thanks to geodes and minerals.

According to E! News, the prospect of welcoming a child into their world wasn't unfamiliar to Berkus and Brent. "One thing at a time, but Nate will be the best dad," Brent said earlier this year. "I want a soccer team. Unfortunately, it's not as easy for us like conventional couples as you can imagine. We both want kids. I would have five if I could, but we will probably have two."

One thing is for sure: Baby Berkus-Brent will surely have one very chic nursery! Congratulations to this adorable growing bunch!

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Surprise! Jeremy Renner Confirms He's Married

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Well, that settles that! A year and a half after Jeremy Renner and model Sonni Pacheco welcomed daughter Ava, the Avengers and The Town actor confirmed to Capitol File magazine that he is, in fact, married to his longtime girlfriend.

In doing so, Renner explained that he's kept quiet about his marriage to keep his job as a movie star from interfering with his personal life.

"I have tried to protect my family's privacy, my wife's privacy. I don't need her to get hammered with my life," he said at a Washington, D.C., screening of his latest film, Kill the Messenger, last night.

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"Privacy issues are important because I want her to go about her day without being bothered," said Renner, who both stars in and produced his latest movie.

When asked if he is married (he showed up wearing a wedding band), Renner replied, "Yes."

Though Renner, who's also starred in The Hurt Locker, American Hustle, and The Bourne Legacy, had kept silent about his marriage until now, this wasn't the first time he'd worn a wedding ring in public. According to Us Weekly, he first sported a band on his left finger while attending the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards in October 2013.

His statement on married life was brief, but he gladly obliged reporters' questions about fatherhood. "It's the best thing I have ever done — doing it later on in life. By then I achieved a lot of things that I wanted to achieve; I'm so blessed for that. Now I can really spend time with family. The only thing I think about when I'm not with my baby is, 'How do I get to my baby?' I need to get to her, and I'm very miserable when I don't see her. I really love being a father," he said.

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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 have one of two things in common: Celebrity nuptials or colorful details! From a former Bachelorette's wedding photos to a bold-hued bohemian affair, take a peek at the best wedding blogs:

Emily Maynard tried (and failed) to find love twice on TV, but she finally found a lasting relationship in real life. Check out this sneak peek at the surprise wedding she planned for her nuptials with now-husband Tyler Johnson! —POPSUGAR

Our cover girl, Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson, had a decidedly non-celebrity wedding when she married her fiancé Sean Clayton in July. Instead, her southern wedding was filled with down-home delights and lots of elegant charm. —Brides

Sometimes, the best wedding inspiration comes from everywhere except a wedding! This dinner party is packed with so many colorful flower arrangements that it's impossible to imagine a reception without them! Take special note of the magenta dahlias in chinoiserie vases. —100 Layer Cake

This styled shoot took the most delightful tones from a glass of sangria and turned them into a vibrant wedding color palette! Admire the fruit-filled centerpieces, whimsical tassels, and pastel escort cards. —Ruffled

Entertainment anchor Julie Chang masterfully planned a boho vineyard wedding and magically picked a wedding dress that masked her growing baby bump. Her light-filled wedding photos are a joy to behold. —Brides

A real wedding that mixes bohemian flair with bold hues is always a good idea. We love all of the details from this couple's wedding photos, from the mismatched bridesmaid dresses to the groom's orange suspenders! —Green Wedding Shoes

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5 Ways to Relax Before Your Fall Wedding

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Summer has officially come to a close. That means your fall wedding is right around the corner! Don't panic — there are some really great ways to unwind before the momentous occasion to help you relax and stay focused. From taking a quick weekend getaway to an always-needed spa day, here are five ways you can center yourself before your autumn nuptials.

Take a fitness class.
The best way to get rid of stress and anxiety is to sweat them out. Instead of pining away about what's to come, live in the moment and challenge yourself in a way you haven't in quite some time. Whether it's yoga or kickboxing, the possibilities are endless. You'll feel better, be ready to take on your wedding with loads of energy, and you'll be toned throughout the process.

Book a staycation.
Peak summer vacation time has come to close, so it's actually a great time to book a room for the weekend in one of the most beautiful hotels in your city. A "staycation" means you won't have to worry about travel (read: you'll save money), while getting some serious rest and relaxation alone or with your future spouse.

Indulge in a little retail therapy for your honeymoon.
We know, we know: one should be saving with the remaining wedding fees on the horizon right? Well, retail therapy is a very real way to heal and with your honeymoon mere months or even weeks away, there's nothing wrong with doing a little shopping for the once-in-a-lifetime trip. Whether you're buying small things like a great sunscreen and a new pair of sunglasses or an amazing dress for that fancy first dinner, we guarantee that a little spending will help you unwind.

See More: Keep Calm and Marry On: How to Stay Focused When Planning Your Wedding

Indulge in a spa day.
The summer did a number on your skin, thus a facial is in order, but adding a massage to that or another pampering service will release all your tension and leave you feeling renewed and beautiful.

Make weekly walks a thing.
Fresh air has a way of clearing your mind and calming you down, so you should definitely get out and take a long walk at least once a week. Whether you go it alone to your favorite park bundled up or bring your spouse-to-be along to catch up on each other's weeks, we guarantee it will quiet and soothe your spirit.

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Two Former High School Rivals Wed at an Elegant Wedding in Florida

Kristen Quintana and Rodrigo Rincon's story started in high school in El Paso, TX. "We went to rival schools," she says, "and met briefly at a party after our senior year." But the couple didn't see each other again for years, since Kristen headed to Miami for college and then stayed for a few years after she graduated. But in 2011, she moved back to El Paso, and she and Rodrigo bumped into each other again. "We've been together ever since," Kristen says.

Over Memorial Day Weekend in 2013, Rodrigo surprised Kristen with an overnight trip to the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne. After a delicious brunch, he proposed with ocean views in the background. The pair spent the next 11 months planning their May 3rd, 2014 wedding in Coconut Grove, Florida, with Paper Rock Sisters Inc. doing the planning and coordination, and BlueSpark Photography behind the camera.

Kristen kept her bridal look timeless, choosing an A-line gown with a lace neckline from Rosa Clará. "I knew I wanted lace and didn't want straps," says Kristen. "The handmade lace on the neckline was gorgeous!" She paired her dress with ivory satin Giuseppe Zanotti pumps and a chapel-length veil. Her ivory headpiece was borrowed from her matron of honor, who'd worn it at her own wedding (as did the MOH's mother!).

Rodrigo wore a classic tuxedo with a vest, while his groomsmen wore suspenders.

The bride carried a lush bouquet of peonies and garden roses, all in white and blush. The bridesmaids, in coral cowl-neck gowns, carried all-white bouquets of tulips and hydrangeas.

Kristen's brother walked her down the aisle at the ceremony. "My father passed away six years ago, so my brother gave me away. I had my dad's wedding ring pinned inside my dress as a memento," says the bride.

The reception took place under a clear-topped tent hung with chandeliers. Chairs and vases added a touch of gold to the white tables, while arrangements of hydrangeas, tulips, and stock flowers were a lush finishing detail.

The four-tiered wedding cake featured layers of rum and key lime cakes, frosted with buttercream and piped with lace-inspired details. The topper was a handmade sugar peony to match the bride's bouquet.

An amazing DJ had guests on the dance floor all night. As the party wrapped up, Kristen and Rodrigo headed outside for their bubble send-off. "We absolutely loved it," she says, "but once we got to the parking lot, we realized we'd never arranged transportation back to the hotel!" Thankfully a groomsman was able to sneak the couple back inside, then they loaded into an SUV with their friends for their real getaway.

The couple honeymooned in Paris and Nice, France, and planning a great trip is one of Kristen's top tips. "We really appreciated having a vacation, and some alone time together!"

Ceremony Venue: St. Hugh Catholic Church || Reception Venue: Villa Woodbine Estate || Wedding Planner: Paper Rock Sisters Inc. || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Rosa Clará || Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti || Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBG || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Black by Vera Wang || Wedding Bands: HH Jewels || Florist: Landy's Flowers by Gerardo || Invitations & Paper Goods: Paper Rock Sisters Inc. || Music: True Audio Miami || Catering: Bill Hansen Catering || Cake: Edda's Cake Designs || Favors: Sharp Cookie || Photography: BlueSpark Photography

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15 New Things We Learned About Lauren Conrad's Wedding

Up until this point, all we knew about Lauren Conrad's wedding was that it was held in Santa Ynez, California on September 13, and that she wore a Badgley Mischka dress. Thanks to her wedding album, which Us Weekly published, though, we now know a lot more. Here, a few of our favorite findings about the former reality star's big day.

She changed her dress design at the last minute.
The bead-embellished Badgley Mischka stunner initially had long sleeves, but L.C. doubted them during her fittings. "I felt like I couldn't pull them off," she told Us Weekly, adding her last minute decision shocked her tailor. "I was like, 'Sir, if you don't cut them off, I'm going to use my kitchen scissors and cut them.'"

Her train was 10 feet long!
"I did a photo shoot, and there was a dress with a giant train," Conrad explained of her gown's dramatic backside. "So I emailed [the designers], 'How do you feel about, like, a 10-foot train?"

The bride's veil was a last-minute decision.
Conrad wasn't sure of the headpiece, but once her hairdresser, Kristin Ess, placed it on her head, the lifestyle guru reportedly said "I'm ready to get married!"

Conrad's (and Tell's!) wedding ring matches her engagement ring.
The newlyweds opted for rose-gold wedding rings from XIV Karats, and Conrad chose a light dusting of bling, with a pavé-dusted band.

The wedding gift Tell gave Conrad was really sweet.
Not only was it an apple locket — which matched the wedding's theme — inside the necklace was a torn piece of the menu from their first date. Conrad's gift to tell wasn't too shabby either: a 1960s Omega Seamaster watch.

The bouquets were as romantic as we expected them to be.
Gilly Flowers & Events gathered white, blush, and lush green blooms of dahlias, peonies, and garden roses.

The Paper Crown designer had 10 bridesmaids, including Laguna Beach and Hills co-star Lo Bosworth.
Each 'maid donned a blush chiffon dress of their choosing. "We wanted different dresses for certain people," Conrad said of her girls' gowns. "We took into account people's shapes and common wedding colors."

See more: Bridesmaid Dress Picks for Lauren Conrad's Former Hills Co-Stars

For their non-denominational ceremony, Conrad and Tell exchanged original vows.
And Conrad's took her months. "I kept a folder in my phone, and whenever I thought of something, I'd add it," she told Us.

The Tell's invitation suite was designed by Rifle Paper Co.
"I'm a big fan!" Conrad said of her stationer. So much so, that she announced a collaboration with them right after her wedding.

There were two signature cocktails at this celebration: One, was Ketel Vodka-spiked lemonade. The other, a brandy and apple cider combo.

Conrad chose her apple theme based on a cute coincidence.
After finding a brass apple at the flea market, Conrad quickly realized Tell has the same name as the famous Swiss who shot an arrow into an apple on top of a boy's head.

She baked one of the desserts, which required hundreds of apples.
Conrad enlisted the help of her baker friend Hannah Skvarla, and the two cored and sliced the 300 apples to make 50 apple pies. "I was like, 'I didn't think this through!'" Conrad said, making fun . "It was a lot, but I liked the idea of a home-baked dessert."

For the cake, they kept it simple.
The couple chose a two-tier vanilla-iced chocolate cake from A Sweet Savory bakery.

The rest of the menu, though, sounds pretty decadent too.
Guests had a choice of black striped bass, Tuscan roasted chicken, and beef tenderloin to nosh on. For the after party, mini grilled cheese sandwiches and bite-sized chicken and waffles were passed around for the guests to munch on.

The music choices were on point.
Conrad walked down the aisle to The Beatles' "In My Life" while their first dance was to Once's version of "You're My Best Friend." The musical highpoint, though, was when Tell, the former front-man of Something Corporate, hopped on stage and sang Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" to Conrad.

Overall, it sounds like one amazing bash!

Read more: 15 New Things We Learned About Lauren Conrad's Wedding

The Trick to Getting the Wedding Flowers of Your Dreams

It's important to clearly communicate your vision to your florist to make sure you get the wedding flowers you've always wanted. And while Pinterest boards and magazine tear sheets will certainly help convey the look and feel you're going for, it's also crucial to use the right words and language to ensure everyone is on the same page. To help, we've put together a guide to help you communicate with your florist to get exactly what you need.

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The Look #1: Rustic (above)
When you describe the look you want as "rustic," most florists think of the outdoors, weathered or wood vessels, and arrangements with a hand-picked feel. Blooms like sunflowers, daisies, and zinnias placed in old crockery or worn crates come to mind. To skew away from the casual, country connotations this word often creates, have your venue and, most important, the formality of your celebration in mind.

What to say: "The wedding will be held in the spring in an old barn — I want the flowers to feel relaxed and unfussy."

The Look #2: Classic
The word "classic" will usually evoke a ball-shaped bouquet featuring predominantly one type of flower — perfect for some celebrations, but not all. To make sure your bouquet fits your event, have your florist match it to the style of your wedding gown and location.

What to say: "The reception will be at a country club and I'll be wearing a strapless, A-line gown with a lace bodice."

The Look #3: Romantic
The word "romantic" paints a variety of pictures for florists. Some think of peonies, ranunculuses, and garden roses in terra-cotta pots, while others imagine cascading red roses in silver urns. Because romance means something different to everyone, you'll need to give plenty of details — including feel, location, formality, and season — when communicating your version.

What to say: "It will be an elegant, semiformal springtime reception at a vineyard, with neutral table linens, gold-rimmed china, and cross-back chairs."

The Look #4: Chic
Asymmetrical arrangements of cymbidium orchids, calla lilies, and French tulips come to florists' minds when the word "chic" is uttered, as do a generally modern aesthetic and simple, sleek arrangements in clear acrylic containers. When meeting with florists, focus on the visual details of your wedding, such as your location's architecture, your wedding colors, or your gown's design.

What to say: "A daytime reception at a modern art museum with clean lines and white walls, with lots of bright, unexpected pops of color."

Read more: The Trick to Getting the Wedding Flowers of Your Dreams

And the Most Popular Celebrity on Pinterest According to Brides-to-Be Is ...

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It's no secret that social media has changed the wedding world for good. Between rules for posting during the ceremony, to the etiquette of sharing your engagement news on Facebook, and the array of creative hashtags now considered a wedding-day necessity, brides-to-be and their close guests are able to share the exciting news, step-by-step, for the world to see. Thanks to Influenster, a community of social media mavens centered around product and trend discovery, we surveyed 3,145 engaged women, bridal party members, and newlyweds, to find out how many people are plugged in from proposal to "I do."

First, let's talk about the power of Pinterest! Obviously, brides-to-be use the photo-driven platform for all-things wedding-related, but they're also using it to keep track of celebrity nuptials, too. The famous faces who engaged girls look to most for big-day fashion inspiration? Reality stars Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad. (Sorry, Angie.)

See more: Are Your Wedding Updates Annoying People?

Another surprising stat? Only 30 percent of brides-to-be have a pre-determined wedding hashtag, despite the fact that 92 percent of guests would agree to use it if requested. Also brides love updating their relationship status in real time: 64 percent of brides-to-be post their engagement ring immediately, while 25 percent are looking to change their status from "engaged" to "married" at the altar!

As for things we expected from the findings, 95 percent of future Mrs. will share their planning process across social media (even though majority will still like to keep their wedding dress to themselves). Most brides also end up downloading wedding planning apps and find them to be helpful.

How are using social media while wedding planning? Sound off by tweeting us @BRIDES!

Read more: And the Most Popular Celebrity on Pinterest According to Brides-to-Be Is ...

The Reason Why Ashley Tisdale Married Christopher French on a Monday

Ashley Tisdale's wedding was nothing short of gorgeous. From the Monique Lhuillier gown (with a removable tulle overskirt!), to the mismatched bridesmaid dresses, delicate baby's breath flower crown, and the rustic wood beams and chairs, everything about her big day was picture perfect.

One thing, though, seemed slightly odd: The day of the week she chose to get married. Monday, after all, isn't the most popular wedding day. The former High School Musical star shed light on the significance behind the unconventional date this morning on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS FM radio show.

"It definitely was for two reasons," Tisdale said of her Monday nuptials to Annie Automatic band member Christopher French. "The 8th was our anniversary so I wanted to land on an 8th, and [thankfully] it landed on a Monday in September."

See more: Which Celebrity Couples is Getting Married Next?

The second reason was more sneaky than sweet. "Also, because I figured out like, 'Oh, I don't think anybody would figure this one out,' and that was to protect the privacy of it," she said.

She was right! Like many celebs before her, Tisdale pulled off the coveted surprise wedding. One thing that wasn't a surprise, though, was how this couple's love grew into something really special.

"I knew him for a long time and we had always had a connection," Tisdale told People following her wedding. "We were friends first. As we became better friends, I definitely knew it was something completely different and special."

"When you know, you know!" she said of her love for French. "It just happens. It's magical."

Read more: The Reason Why Ashley Tisdale Married Christopher French on a Monday

8 TSA (and Editor!)-Approved Beauty Products for Honeymoon Travel

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When it comes to your honeymoon, you shouldn't have to compromise the quality of your beauty products. We've rounded up travel-friendly items that will leave you with glowing skin and shiny hair no matter what climate you're jetting off to.

1. Skincare Regimen: Dermalogica Everyday Essentials Kit, $18
This convenient little pack contains a cleansing exfoliator, moisturizer, and eye cream. The cleanser gets bonus points because it's a powder (read: leak-free) that activates upon contact with water. Just put about half a teaspoon into wet hands and massage onto your face.

2. Facial Wipes: Yes to Grapefruit Towelettes, $6
Feeling really lazy? Carry a pack of cleansing wipes with you instead. These babies contain grapefruit to brighten and exfoliate so it looks like you're trying — even, you know, when you're not.

See more: 8 In-Flight Beauty Tips to Ensure You Look Hot on Your Honeymoon

3. Facial Water: Avène Thermal Spring Water, $9
Yes, spraying French water on our skin makes us feel pampered and chic, but there's actually more to it than that. It's the easiest way to hydrate when you're sitting on a plane, and makeup artists swear by it for setting makeup.

4. Sunscreen: Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen Stick, $8.99
A stick formula is a godsend for travel (totally spill-proof!), and using one intended for babies is practically a surefire way to know it won't irritate your skin.

5. Self-Tanner: Supergoop! Gradual Self-Tanning Sunscreen Mousse, $21
Give your sunless tan a little midweek boost with a gradual self-tanner. (This one also contains SPF!)

6. Body Wash: Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Antibacterial Bar, $3.49
You can use this tried-and-true Cetaphil bar for your body and face, if you're super cool and low maintenance like that.

See more: 10 Skincare Must-Haves for Under $25 Every Engaged Girl Needs

7. Shampoo & Conditioner: Oribe Beautiful Color Travel Set, $19.50
This travel pack — which contains shampoo, conditioner, and a deep-conditioning mask — will ensure you have soft, shiny hair no matter where you are. (And can we say how much we love the little envelope box it comes in? Small pleasures.)

8. Texture Spray: BlowPro TextStyle Dry Texture Spray, $9.50
This double-duty product keeps oil at bay and refreshes your blowout — perfect for limp locks after a long flight.

Read more: 8 TSA (and Editor!)-Approved Beauty Products for Honeymoon Travel

Um, Thank You? Brides Reveal The Weirdest Wedding Gifts They Received

Of course, nobody gets married for the presents. The most important thing is that your loved ones are there to celebrate with you. The gifts are just an added bonus. You appreciate the present you do get, of course, but every once in a while, one just makes you go, "Hmm." Here are some head scratchers our readers received.

"A small kitchen appliance that was very nice, but when we opened it, it contained the original wedding card from the giver's wedding. Obvious regift." — Katie M.

"A book, 69 Ways to Please Your Lover." — Nicki M.

"My mother in law gave us a book on how to get out of debt. We're not in debt." — Amanda C.

"My wedding was in September. I got Christmas candles." — Viry A.

See More: Brides Reveal the Best Wedding Gifts They Ever Received

"A cat!" — Caitlin A.

"A cookie jar in the shape of a purse." — Nancy O.

"A bill for $1000 because a groomsman somehow forgot to book his room and flight and didn't tell us until two weeks prior. He still owes us two years later. So, yeah." — Tanya M.

"'Poo' pourri: weirdest, funniest, and best!" — Jennifer B.

"A garter and a ring-bearer pillow. Definitely not needed after the wedding ..." — Jillian C.

"Someone gave us a printer!" — Jennifer M.

See More: Wedding Registry 101: Your Biggest Wedding Gift Questions, Answered!

"We got a pillow with our faces printed on it!" — Clare B.

"An IOU from someone." — Tanya G.

"A scale!" — Shazia T.

"A pair of red fluffy handcuffs. Mortified!" — Sarah H.

"A fairy lamp. Bizarre." — Dawn W.

"An engraved picture frame with one name wrong and the wrong date." — Kay J.

"I received a card with a plunger on it that said I was taking the plunge! That was the strangest." — Melanie L.

"An antique Elvis statue ...missing its head. But, yeah, neither one of us like Elvis." — Natasha L.

Jolène M. Bouchon is a regular contributor to Brides.com and a freelance writer.

Read more: Um, Thank You? Brides Reveal The Weirdest Wedding Gifts They Received

Do You Know Your Fianc

Couple In Bed

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The question isn't whether you want to know your soon-to-be husband's number — and you know we're not talking about his phone number. After all, according to Andrea Syrtash, relationship expert and author of Cheat on Your Husband (With Your Husband), "It's normal to want to know about your partner's romantic and sexual past. It's a way of learning more about him or her — and also quenching your curiosity!"

The question really is why you want to know his number. "Most people who ask believe they will be comforted by the answer or learn something new that is important to know," Syrtash says. "In reality, finding out your partner's number probably won't help you much."

In fact, simply learning a digit could create a problem in your relationship that shouldn't exist. "If the number is staggeringly high, you may wonder if he'll have a wandering eye in your relationship," Syrtash says. "If the number is too low, you may not believe him or question his experience and skills in the bedroom. There is a chance, of course, that the number will be fine and not affect you either way — but in that case, what's the point."

See More: 4 Ways to Tell You're With the Guy You'll Marry

So if you're curious about your partner's sexual past, the best thing to do is move the conversation away from a number you can't control and toward something that will benefit you both. Consider asking questions about your significant other's past experiences, suggests Syrtash. What did he learn? What didn't work? "In your conversation, focus on quality information, not quantity," she says.

If you feel you must know his number, then keep an open mind when you ask — and try to keep a poker face when he responds. "Whatever you do, you should try not to judge or criticize since that's a conversation killer," says Syrtash.

Remember that "having different number of sexual partners doesn't mean you're not compatible," she says. "If, however, it reflects your values — one of you is a virgin and the other has had so many partners he or she has lost count! — it may be worth a discussion to make sure your needs are aligned."

Do you know your partner's number? Let us know on Twitter at @BRIDES!

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Winnie Couture 2014 Blush Label Wedding Dresses

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Why, hello, it’s Friday again. Exactly a week ago we featured the dreamy Winnie Couture Diamond label collection and guess what? They have another equally gorgeous bridal collection, which we’re sharing with you here today. Winnie Couture 2014 Blush label features a beautiful lineup of elegant gowns with exquisite detailing, at a lower price point ($1400-$3900) than the Diamond label. We can’t take our eyes off the Gabby mermaid gown with Swarovski crystal belt, pictured above, and Sydelle strapless A-line gown with embellished bodice. Both looks feature an ethereally layered skirt that is oh-so-pretty. See the rest of the stunning collection below…

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Roberto Motti 2015 Wedding Dresses

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Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Today we’re really excited to share with you these amazing dresses from Roberto Motti’s gorgeous new bridal collection. For the 2015 season, the Italian designer presented ten romantic looks jazzed up with a modern twist — think colors, crop tops and spectacular backs!

We are in love with Melissa, a beautiful half sleeve wedding dress with lace bodice, shown above and below. The heart-shaped motif on the illusion back is simply stunning, don’t you think?

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Photos courtesy of Roberto Motti. For more details, visit Roberto Motti.


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A Quick Guide to Common Food Restrictions at Weddings

Planning a wedding reception menu isn't always as simple as "chicken or fish?" With many people observing dietary restrictions, there's a lot to consider from what kind of sauce to use to what's in your cake. Food restrictions are also not something to take lightly, as most stem from health, cultural, or religious reasons. But the good news is: Any caterer worth its weight should be able to accommodate with no problem. Below, a quick guide to four common dietary needs and how provide (delicious) menu options for everyone.

Kosher
Kosher meals will usually need to be catered by a separate company than the one you are using for the rest of your guests. Kosher observers not only have restrictions on the type of food and wine they can consume, but also how it's prepared, what the utensils come into contact with, how the plates are handled, and more. There are varying levels of how strictly people observe Kosher dietary laws, so speak to your guests in advance to ask what they require. Then work with your venue to determine the best caterer to fit their needs. Keep in mind that because Kosher menus are special ordered, they need to be placed well in advance of the event date.

Gluten Free
A gluten intolerance is a serious deal — you don't want to send a guest home sick after your reception! Luckily, many caterers can easily make gluten-free options for your cocktail hour and reception, but it's up to you to make sure that there's enough variety so your gluten-free guests are not stuck only being able to eat one thing all night. A gluten-free diet usually excludes most grain-based products including wheat, barley, and rye. This means no beer, bread, cakes, candies, cookies, pastas, some soups and sauces.

See More: Figuring Out Finger Foods: What to Serve and When

Vegan
Vegans do not eat any meat, fish, poultry, or anything derived from animals such as eggs, dairy, or honey. In order to accommodate a vegan request for your reception, you will need to speak with your caterer ahead of time to prepare an entrée that is free of any animal or diary products. An easy trick to ensure that your caterer doesn't accidently forget about vegan restrictions is to mention that your guest is allergic to eggs and diary. Also, don't forget to have some options for them when it comes to dessert (fresh fruit) and the coffee bar (soy, rice, or almond milk).

Nut-allergies
Nut allergies are another serious matter, and one that needs to be addressed with your caterer ahead of time. In serious cases — for example, if your guest can't even have something that has touched peanuts during the preparation — you will need to have the dish prepared and plated separately. The good news is, usually it's something as simple as taking nuts out of a recipe or substituting in a different sauce. Nut allergies are common, and your caterer should be able to accommodate easily, but it's never a bad idea to have your guest double or even triple check with the kitchen before placing her order.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Common Food Restrictions at Weddings

Ready to Party Like It's 1985? Listen to Our Ultimate '80s Wedding Playlist

Let's face it: When it comes to wedding music, the '80s is quite possibly the decade that lends itself best to a rockin' reception. From timeless power ballads (hello, Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There For You") to fun, peppy tunes like Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," it's hard to imagine a wedding without at least one of the best songs from the '80s playing.

You don't have to revolve your entire reception around these most excellent songs, but your guests will certainly show their appreciation by hitting the dance floor if you play Michael Jackson's "Thriller," at the very least. We took it upon ourselves to curate a Spotify playlist of some of the best, quality-assured tracks that capture that fabulous decade of music.

See more: First Dance Songs from Real Weddings

For starters, Madonna is always a crowd-pleaser. Whether you and your bridesmaids dance around to "Material Girl" or share a melodramatic slow-dance to "Like a Prayer," the Queen of Pop is a surefire wedding reception hit. Then there's those one-hit wonders that everyone will want to groove to, like Toto's "Africa" and Dexy's Midnight Runners' "Come On, Eileen." Our personal favorites? The sappy love songs, like "Keep on Loving you" by REO Speedwagon and "Endless Love" by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross.

If you want your guests to really bust a move, any of these songs will do. We know you're already playing the air guitar, so sit back, press play on our Spotify playlist (below), and imagine weddings filled with puffy sleeves, glitter, and neon.

Read more: Ready to Party Like It's 1985? Listen to Our Ultimate '80s Wedding Playlist

Want to Own a Piece of Royal Wedding History? You're in Luck!

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Sure, their wedding was over three years ago, but that doesn't mean fans of Prince William and Kate Middleton are done obsessing over their royal nuptials. Case in point: You can now own a slice of their iconic wedding (pun intended).

According to the Daily Mail, a new auction at Julien's auction house in Beverly Hills, California will be offering several pieces of royal memorabilia as part of a special sale this December. While the main draw will be several garments from Princess Diana's personal collection, there's one special addition that's meant to sweeten the deal — a slice of Will and Kate's wedding cake from their April 29, 2011 celebration.

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The towering, eight-tiered fruitcake adorned with the couple's new cipher and tons of floral details, including 17 different types of flowers and foliage, was created by British baker Fiona Cairns. The white confection worthy of a future king and queen took a whopping five weeks to complete.

The question is how much would you be willing to pay for a slice of three-year old fruitcake? The Daily Mail reports that royal-watchers are likely to spend around $2,000 for the single slice of dessert! The price tag seems reasonable considering a 33-year-old slice of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding cake sold for $1,375 just last month (although, according to the Telegraph, the unknown bidder was warned not to try and eat the three-decades old confection.)

And if that piece of royal wedding memorabilia isn't enough to spark your interest, a blank invitation to their fairytale nuptials will be up for grabs, too.

Read more: Want to Own a Piece of Royal Wedding History? You're in Luck!

Roberto Motti 2015 Wedding Dresses

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Happy Monday, everyone! How was your weekend? Today we’re really excited to share with you these amazing dresses from Roberto Motti’s gorgeous new bridal collection. For the 2015 season, the Italian designer presented ten romantic looks jazzed up with a modern twist — think colors, crop tops and spectacular backs!

We are in love with Melissa, a beautiful half sleeve wedding dress with lace bodice, shown above and below. The heart-shaped motif on the illusion back is simply stunning, don’t you think?

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Photos courtesy of Roberto Motti. For more details, visit Roberto Motti.


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Winnie Couture 2014 Blush Label Wedding Dresses

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Why, hello, it’s Friday again. Exactly a week ago we featured the dreamy Winnie Couture Diamond label collection and guess what? They have another equally gorgeous bridal collection, which we’re sharing with you here today. Winnie Couture 2014 Blush label features a beautiful lineup of elegant gowns with exquisite detailing, at a lower price point ($1400-$3900) than the Diamond label. We can’t take our eyes off the Gabby mermaid gown with Swarovski crystal belt, pictured above, and Sydelle strapless A-line gown with embellished bodice. Both looks feature an ethereally layered skirt that is oh-so-pretty. See the rest of the stunning collection below…

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The 5 Worst Things You Can Do to Your Bridesmaids

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Bridesmaids. They're the women you love most of all and the only ones you can imagine standing next to you your big day, but are you treating them nicely? It's easy for the stress of wedding planning to cloud a bride's vision, so here's a quick checklist of things you should absolutely avoid doing to your dear bridesmaids. ('Maids, you're welcome.)

1. Depleting Their Bank Account
It's the grievance heard time and time again, "Between the bridesmaids dress, bridal showers, and bachelorette I am going seriously broke." While no one is asking you to sacrifice the dreams you have for your wedding, it is possible to merge fantasy and reality. When making choices — like your bridesmaids' dresses and your bachelorette destination — consider the cost of being your bridesmaid in totality. This is a fast way to feel more appreciative of the support your bridesmaids are showing you, and also find ways to cut a few costs on the aspects that are less important to you.

2. Putting Them on Your Bridal Diet
Whether it's toner arms, a tighter bum, or a whittled waist, many brides have wedding-day fitness goals for themselves. While we fully support doing anything that makes you feel happier and more confident on your big day, you should not banish your bridesmaids to The Land of Kale and Cardio just because misery loves company.

See More: 5 Things a Bridesmaid Should Never Do

3. Dictating Their Attire ... for Everything
Telling your bridesmaids what wear on your wedding day? Normal. Directing your bridesmaids on exactly what to wear to every bridal event leading up to the wedding? Eh, a little too much.

4. Stealing Every Ounce of Their Free Time
We know, your wedding is hugely important and exciting and wonderful, but being a part of your bridal party is not the only thing your bridesmaid has going on in her life. If all of your time spent together is centered on wedding planning, you may need to step back and reassess.

5. Ignoring Their Insecurities
There is no worse feeling for a bridesmaid, than standing up in front of hundreds of people in a dress that makes her feel uncomfortable and insecure. While it's ultimately your day, do your best to consider a style — or styles — that make everyone feel comfortable and happy.

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You'll Never Guess Where Courteney Cox Got Engaged

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It's a pretty exciting time to be Courteney Cox! Not only is the Cougar Town actress engaged to her boyfriend, Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid, but she's also celebrating the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Friends!

Cox appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, where she dished on her role as Monica Geller in the iconic TV series and her engagement.

"Johnny first asked [my daughter] Coco," she revealed. "He said, 'I'd like to marry your mom,' and gave her a little diamond ring. She said, 'Great, I'm going to camp tomorrow. Let's do it right now.' So, they decided they wanted to do it that night because we were leaving for Turks and Caicos and she was going to camp," Cox continued.

"We went to Jen [Aniston]'s house for dinner because it was Coco's birthday and she was godmom. They made a plan to count down from three and when they got to one, he was gonna get down on his knee and say, 'Will you marry me?' and she was gonna say, 'Will you marry him?' They planned it out. They found the perfect tree that branches that led to one trunk. It was just beautiful."

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A swoon-worthy outdoor proposal at Jennifer Aniston's house? Yeah, we'd say beautiful is an understatement!

Not only did she share these endearing details, she also opened up about the romantic trip to Turks and Caicos they went on right after he popped the question.

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When Kimmel asked if she's ever approached by fans, she admitted that it doesn't happen as often as she'd expect. In fact, her realization of that coincided with her big, post-engagement vacation. "I was just thinking about this the other day. I went to Turks and Caicos — just a beautiful island," she said. "I went there after I had gotten engaged [to Johnny McDaid] and it was for my birthday — that big birthday — and it was such a beautiful place. Johnny and I were there and we were having the best time, except after four days, you're like, 'It's kind of really quiet here.' There's no wind chimes. There's no music. I mean, it is quiet. No crickets. Nothing! You look at each other and it's just gorgeous, but then after like four days, you're like, 'OK, maybe I should make some friends.'"

Hilariously, she then tried — and failed — to make a pal. "No one wanted to talk to me so it was really bad. I was like, 'Gosh! Monica! Friends!' Nothing!" Finally, on the last day, she said, "Someone swam up to me and said, 'I just want to say I'm a big fan of Friends. Can I get a picture?' I'm like, 'Are you kidding? A picture! We're eating lunch together!'"

That is one lucky fan!

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3 Things Every Bride Can Learn from This Shabby-Chic Wedding

For Megan, 24, and Jonathan, 26, choosing a date for their wedding was easy. "My parents, grandparents, and great grandparents were all married on June 27th," she says. "We were thrilled to be the fourth generation to share the date!"

For their own June 27, 2013 wedding, the couple, high school friends who reconnected years later on Facebook, decided to say "I do" on the front lawn of Megan's childhood home, a restored Victorian in Yorkville, Illinois. With the farmhouse setting a rustic, down-to-earth scene, Megan continued the shabby-chic feel by hanging antique windowpanes as a ceremony backdrop and decorating the lawn with natural-looking arrangements of wildflowers and ferns.

Read on for some sweet tips from this couple's country wedding, photographed by Le Cape Weddings.

Have fun with your wedding shoes
Who says you can only have one pair of shoes for your wedding? Megan couldn't decide, so she bought both of the pairs she was eyeing. She wore a pair of girly pink ballet flats for her ceremony, then slipped into a pair of brown cowboy boots for the rustic reception that took place between the barn and a cornfield. "I'm from the country, boots just made sense," she says.

Work with the groomsmen — and your groom!
While the groom was all for wearing pink (it's his favorite color!), the bride worried his groomsmen wouldn't feel the same. Rather than force the boys to wear such a girly hue, they let them decide! Jon and his guys donned gray Converse All-Stars and pink and gray striped bow ties.

Make your exit memorable
The new Mr. and Mrs. Henderson made their exit in a neighbor's 1960s Chevy Impala convertible. The open top allowed the newlyweds to say their final good-byes to guests from the back seat of the retro ride—and this departure kiss made for a pretty great photo!

Ceremony Venue: Cryder Homestead, Bride's Home || Reception Venue: The Barn at Emerson Creek || Wedding Planner: Cindy Shanholtz for Effortless Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Crystal Bride || Bride's Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden || Hair: Christina Sopata || Makeup: Amanda Misasi of Benefit Cosmetics || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: American Male || Photography: Jon and Vicki of Le Cape Weddings

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Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Is Engaged!

Tyler Hubbard is no stranger to strong duos. He's one-half of the popular country pair Florida Georgia Line, and now, he's about to start a new twosome: Just yesterday Hubbard proposed to girlfriend Hayley Stommel during a romantic helicopter ride.

"I'm the luckiest man and never thought I would find such a perfect girl for me," Hubbard told People of his proposal. "This will truly be a life of happiness and love forever."

The pair also shared some Instagram photos from the special occasion.

"This is what a lucky man looks like right here. Not sure why but I sure am blessed to call this angel my fiancée. #loveisintheair #literally," Hubbard wrote alongside a photo of him and Stommel in a helicopter toasting glasses of champagne (above).

Stommel also shared some sweet sentiments, captioning her Instagram photo, above, taken in front of the helicopter where the magical moment happened: "Blessed to call this amazing man my fiancé @thubbmusic #Godgavemeyou #loveisintheair"

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Hubbard's professional partner, Florida Georgia Line bandmate Brian Kelley, said "I do" to his love Brittney Marie, just this past December. Marie was quick to send her well wishes to the newly-engaged couple. "Literally have a tear in my eye over @THubbmusic & @hayleystom engagement. Us 4 for life. FAM," the country star's wife tweeted after hearing the happy news.

And while Hubbard's proposal and relationship with Stommel is extremely sweet, we're really swooning over the bride-and-groom-to-be's golden retriever pup, Harley Hubbard, who even has his own Instagram!

It's clear from the three of them (yes, puppy Harley included) that they're already an adorable unit. We can't wait to see them wed, and hope that they'll include Harley in the festivities!

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Introducing the Brides x BaubleBar Wedding Jewelry Collection!

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In need of bridal baubles? You're in luck! In case you didn't notice it in our October/November issue, we've partnered with BaubleBar — the ultra-trendy fashion jewelry e-tailer — to create an exclusive wedding jewelry collection.

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The 13-piece collection — crafted with the help from our editor-in-chief Keija Minor and our fashion and accessories editors — includes every bit of bling you'd need on your wedding day. From vintage-inspired looks, like the Garland Bracelet to the art-deco inspired Sunflower drop earrings, to the sweet blush-toned and pearl-embellished Ribbon Petal Pearl Collar and the ultra-glam Crystal Gem Spray Drops, there's something for every type of bride.

We've gone beyond the classic wedding-whites, too: In addition to the translucent gem-studded pieces, our collection also offers rose-tinted stones for the more romantic brides (just look at the rose-toned bouquet earrings!). The best part? Not one piece costs more than $58, so you can get your statement-wedding accessory and stay on budget, too.

Don't think this collection is only limited to brides, either, all of these necklaces, earrings, and bracelets would look great on your bridesmaids or even guests. It's an especially smart (and stylish) way to dress up your girls if they're wearing something more simple or rocking a white bridesmaid dress. Plus, they'd make the perfect bridal-party gift.

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Bonus: Each piece comes in an adorable pouch (above) with the message of your choosing. Once you pick out your ideal sparkler, you can have it sent to you in a little silk bag that reads: "Once upon a bauble...," "Do you take this bauble," and "Here comes the bauble." Adorable, no?

Our wedding jewelry collection is now available on Baublebar.com. Get shopping!

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

If you're looking for a unique wedding-cake design that will still majorly impress your guests, check out these incredible stained-glass cakes. Whether inspired by an antique Tiffany-glass lamp or perhaps a window from a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, a stained-glass cake will never fail to draw a crowd. Each tier is painstakingly painted by hand to resemble the intricate and colorful glass panes and the result is truly a work of art.

Two-Tier Stained-Glass Cake (above): Cake artist Maggie Austin is a master at the hand-painted, stained-glass cake. This design includes a cluster of beautiful sugar flowers to finish off the look

Art Nouveau Stained-Glass Cake: The hand-painted tulips and leaves give this pretty confection by Sweet Cakes by Karen an Art Nouveau-feel.

Stained-Glass Cake: The intersecting lines and panels of this soft-green wedding cake pay homage to architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Green Stained-Glass Cake: This intricate design by Queen of Hearts Couture Cakes has an elegant mosaic feel.

Elegant Stained-Glass Cake: Also by Maggie Austin, this confection was inspired by a 1920s Tiffany lamp.

Stained-Glass Mini Cake: For a delicious and decadent treat, place a miniature cake at each guest's place setting.

Stained Glass and Ruffles Wedding Cake: This glamorous confection by OvenArt combines stained-glass tiers with romantic ruffles and a dramatic sugar blossom tinged in shades of grey and black.

Modern Stained-Glass Cake: For a modern take on this trend, pastry chef Lisa Cunningham of OvenArt created a flourishing fondant cut-out on the top tier that gives then entire design a sense of movement.

Read more: A Pinterest-Approved Trend You'll Love: Stained-Glass Wedding Cakes

Great Ideas for Honoring Your Grandparents at Your Wedding

Many lucky brides and grooms honor their grandmas and grandpas through creative means, like providing them with boutonnieres or bouquets or assigning them a reading during the ceremony. Others may wonder about how to memorialize a deceased grandparent or how to thank one that's been particularly helpful. We sought out some etiquette expert-approved advice for couples requiring advice on these super-important family members!

I'd love to honor my deceased grandfather during the ceremony. Do you have any ideas of how to do this?
This is always a lovely idea, as long as it is neither morbid nor lengthy. A simple declaration of love, a moment of silence, or the lighting of a candle may be the most eloquent commemoration. Often, couples find it too difficult to honor the deceased, so they make their memorials private. They may do so by offering a silent prayer, wearing something of the person who has died, or by laying a bouquet of flowers on the front pew/chair or by the altar.

My grandmother has been so supportive and helpful during my wedding planning! How can I properly thank her for this?
Though not expected, gifts for grandparents who have cherished and supported you through thick and thin are a great idea! Since she's helping you out of the goodness of her heart, expense isn't an issue: A present can be as simple as a rose and a loving note placed on her seat at the ceremony or a small book of verse or poems with a special inscription.

Should I send an engagement announcement to my grandparents? They already know I'm engaged.
If you're planning on sending these (they're not so common anymore), then definitely loop in grandma and grandpa! They'll love the formal notice. To that end, be sure you phone them to let them know you're engaged soon after you tell your parents.

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Jessa Duggar Has Already Planned Her Entire Wedding

The Duggars know how to plan a wedding — quick. Just look at their second-oldest daughter, Jill, who married in a matter of two months and is now expected a baby. Next up is Jessa, who got engaged to Ben Seewald two months following her sister Jill's wedding, and has hit the ground running with wedding planning. So much so, that she has her date set (November 1!), they've sent out invites, the bridesmaid dresses are selected.

"I am super excited," Jessa told People. "Everybody has really been pitching in."

The most important to-do checked off of Jessa's list? She found her dream wedding dress. "I put it on, looked in the mirror, and it hit me," Jessa said. "I'm going to be a bride."

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Even dad Jim Bob has been pitching in. "I tell you it is very busy," Jim Bob said to People. "Jessa is working on all these details that she and Ben are planning. I really don't have a vision of how to put a wedding together, it is just an endless amount of details and choices. It is overwhelming. But, we are excited for Ben and Jessa and how the Lord has worked in their lives."

And mom Michelle can't help but get a bit emotional (albeit very excited) about all of the changes in her family recently. "We are enjoying spending the time with Jessa and Ben now," Michelle said. "She'll be doing her own thing and having her own family before long. I realize that all our lives are going to change when she gets married, and I tell her younger siblings that it will be fun in a new way."

In case you were wondering: Like Jill, Jessa also plans to share her first kiss with Ben once they're officially declared husband and wife.

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How to Pull Off a Crop Top on Your Wedding Day

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Confession: Ashlee Simpson tied the knot weeks ago and we're still thinking about her wedding. The reason the star's big day made such an impact on us? Her crop top Houghton bridal look! The two-piece style was utterly unique, but more importantly, it proved that daring to be different definitely doesn't have to be tacky. If you're now inspired to walk down the aisle wearing separates, follow these tips on how to keep the trendy look tasteful and stylish enough for your wedding day.

1. Keep it classy
According to Anna Sprague, head stylist at Brideside.com, there are three style checkpoints to pull off a crop top wedding dress: the top, the middle and the bottom. "The whole outfit is a balancing act, and the top should offer more coverage for your wedding than one you would wear to a festival," she says. It should feel traditional with a little bid of an edge.

2. Less is more
Only when it comes to how much midriff you show off, that is! "One to two inches of skin is plenty," warns Sprague. For the most flattering fit, she recommends finding a crop top and skirt combo that reveals just a sliver of skin right above the naval, since the upper abs are the easiest to tone.

See More: Would You Wear a Crop Top on Your Wedding Day?

3. Opt for a high-waisted skirt
Believe it or not, many of the same rules of rocking a regular crop top also apply to bridal attire. For example, a high-waisted skirt, particularly one with the volume that a bride deserves, is an absolute must, notes Sprague.

4. Balance it out
Style expert Constance Dunn, author of Practical Glamour, points out that Simpson's design worked precisely because it was balanced by a host of wholesome variables. "From the dress's delicate lace overlay and generous bell skirt to the bride's free-flowing hairstyle, in all, the dress was chic and elegant, and the crop top added a note of the au courant," she says.

5. Choose simple bridesmaid dresses
"Keep your girls in a sleek, minimal style to complement your bold look," suggests Sprague.

Read more: How to Pull Off a Crop Top on Your Wedding Day

5 Things to Communicate to Your Wedding Photographer

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Some people think photography is the most important part of the wedding day. The pictures and videos that capture the exact moment you say "I do," exchange your first kiss, and begin your first dance are going to be displayed all over the walls of your home, social media and will definitely be the most visible memories you'll always have of the first most important day of your life. So yes, choosing a good photographer is very important.

But even the best photographers don't read minds so it's important to communicate with them your expectations of the services they're going to provide at your wedding. Don't assume anything because every couple has different priorities.

If you don't tell your photographer what you want to see in your wedding pictures and you end up disappointed with the results, it's your own darned fault. Here's what you should tell them:

1. Communicate your anticipated and chosen timeline. Do you want pre-wedding pictures of you as a couple? What about a trendy first-look photo? Do you want shots of everybody getting ready and the chaos of the actual wedding setup? Every photography contract has a limited number of hours attached. Plan ahead and spend them wisely.

2. Make sure your photographer is aware of the dress code for the evening. Even though they're behind the lens for the formal shots, the photographers and videographers will turn up in the background of everybody else's personal photos.

See More: 16 Photographers Reveal What Makes a Great Wedding Photo

3. Do you not want pictures of some specific things? Would you prefer not to have a camera in the room when you're dressing? You have to make it clear from the beginning what don't want in your photo album, too.

4. If you would prefer that terribly inebriated friends and family not be photographed making fools of themselves, let your photographer and videographer know. Some vendors think these are "priceless" silly moments, but others of us know we'd rather not see our parents in that condition, especially captured in our "forever" memories from our weddings.

5. Give your photographer a "shot list" of important pictures that wouldn't be the usual for every bride and groom. If you want, for example, a picture of everybody who went to your high school or the whole crew from your sorority, you should give the photographers a list so they aren't forgotten once the party gets started.

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.

Read more: 5 Things to Communicate to Your Wedding Photographer

Does Porn Have Any Place in Your Marriage?

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Whether they cop to it or not, most men have watched pornography — and there's no guarantee that their viewing habits will change after your wedding day. "Given that marriage is the culmination of a longer-term relationship, there's no reason that marriage should change pornography consumption," reasons psychologist Lauren Napolitano. But before you check his browser history or wage a sexual standoff in protest, there are a few things you might want to consider. Here, the experts weigh in with six things to consider:

1. You can't give him an ultimatum.
"It's an illusion to think that a wife can 'allow' or 'forbid' her husband from watching porn," Napolitano says. So put your demands to the wayside. "For the most part, it's something that he's doing in private, so he's not likely to seek out a green light prior to watching an X-rated video. And it's not a great idea to start out any relationship with expectations of controlling another's behavior."

2. If his porn consumption fuels, rather than hinders, his sexual desire to be with you, can you live with that?
"He may come up with interesting or novel ideas for your own sex life," Napolitano says. "Also, if you're not around, porn may soothe his wish to be with you."

See More: How Often Do Married Women Really Have Sex?

3. If you're not okay with him watching it, bring it up is before you get married.
"If he respects your feelings, he will likely understand your position," Napolitano says. "In contrast, if he isn't willing to abandon pornography despite it hurting your feelings, you may need to reevaluate your relationship."

4. Could you care less if your husband watches porn? Maybe you should care — and consider joining in!
"There are many pluses to watching porn together, such as using it as foreplay to get the both of you turned on," says sex expert and coach Nikki Alfred-Ransom.

5. But if you find yourself relying on porn to put you in the mood, that's also a problem.
"If this ever becomes the case," Alfred-Ransom says, "the porn use must be stopped immediately."

6. In fact, pornography can become addictive.
"The way to spot porn addiction is to look at the relationship of porn to actual marital sex," says Napolitano. "In a healthy marriage, porn enhances the marital sex life. In porn addiction, the masturbation while watching pornography supplants the marital sex life." If you experience this in your relationship, it may be time to seek the help of a professional counselor or psychologist.

Read more: Does Porn Have Any Place in Your Marriage?

Wedding Beauty Countdown: Get Gorgeous Hair Just in Time for Your Wedding

Whether you have two months, 30 days, or one week, we'll get you gorgeous hair in time for your wedding. Follow this guide, filled with tips from top hair experts, to get the prettiest locks by the time you step foot down the aisle.

At 60 Days: Get Long Hair — Fast!
We asked Michael Angelo, of Wonderland Beauty Parlor in New York City (and hair whisperer to Brooklyn Decker and Selita Ebanks), for the best ways to fake it.

Bonded extensions: Want to add major length for your wedding? Using tiny knots, your stylist weaves faux locks into your hair. They're a big commitment (they can take five hours and last three months), so test them a couple of months before your wedding, Angelo says, and if you like the look, get new ones two weeks out.

Clip-in or tape-in extensions: To give extra volume to thin strands, real human hair dyed to match any shade is applied with tiny clips or adhesive. Our editors love Balmain Hair extensions for fine hair and Extensions Plus for African-American hair. Bring them to your trial and your stylist will fit them to your head, or if you want to do it yourself, place each extension two to three inches apart along the nape of your neck, says Angelo.

Allover lengtheners: To get quick, no-commitment length for a loose or half-up style, try slipping on a circle extension or "hair dress." (It works like a headband and can even be curled on low heat.)

And don't forget to: Book a trial at 60 days out. Bring your veil, headpiece, and hair accessories and, ideally, wear a white shirt with a neckline similar to your gowns. Plus, take your vitamins. Viviscal supplements are proven to grow hair faster.

See More: 10 Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster Before Your Wedding

At 30 Days: Highlight Right
Stephanie Brown, of New York City's Nunzio Saviano Salon, tells where to color, based on your wedding-day 'do.

Hair up: Both partial and full highlights work, but go lighter around your hairline, including at the nape of your neck, says Brown. (Otherwise you risk having the two-tone look, where only the top of your head is lighter.)

Half up, half down: Both the top and underside will show, so a partial job won't work, Brown says. Get allover highlights but show your colorist a picture from your trial so she knows which pieces to focus on.

Hair down: Anything goes, but if you're going to let it all hang out on the day of, consider splurging for a full head of highlights, says Brown. All of those lighter strands scattered throughout will catch the light nicely in photos.

And don't forget to: Get a cut. If you plan to chop off more than an inch, do it as early as possible so you can get usd to the style. Boost softness (and avoid extra damage) by easing up on hot-tool usage and doing a deep-conditioning mask once a week.

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At 7 Days: Add Shine
Dirt, oil, and product residue are the enemies of glossy hair, but a couple of rounds with a deep-cleaning shampoo will banish dullness. Check out a few of our favorite clarifiers. Check out a few of our favorite clarifiers.

Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo, $20, available at Ulta: Apple-cider vinegar is a time-tested way to remove buildup from your hair — but it also makes you smell like salad dressing. Fekkai's formula produces the same killer shine but has a fresh apple-and-pear scent.

Herbal Essences Tea-Lightfully Clean Shampoo, $7, available at Walgreens: Ever use tea-tree oil to treat acne? Well, get this: It's also pretty handy on the top of your head. This formula uses the gentle antibacterial ingredient to leave your hair clean but not dried out.

Pantene Pro-V Weekly Deep Cleanse Purifying Shampoo, $5, available at Amazon: Like a charcoal mask for your hair, this mighty rinse uses mosa mint oil and antioxidants to detox your locks. Use it as a weekly power wash to attack that stubborn stuff lingering on your hair and scalp.

Klorane Clarify and Shine Rinse with Chamomile, $16, available at Drugstore.com: Cool girls love this French pharmacy staple, and here's why: It's packed with the one-two punch of chamomile to keep highlights bright and vinegar to add major shine. Tres bon.

And don't forget to: Get a last-minute shine boost with Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ceremony ($25 to $75), which includes a deep-cleansing shampoo, scalp massage, and custom conditioning treatment. If you have damaged or color-treated hair, go for an in-salon gloss treatment one week before your wedding to add a smooth finish. Or DIY it with John Frieda Luminous Glaze Clear Shine Gloss ($10).

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Must-Know Tips for a Successful Wedding Tasting

Whether your wedding venue is providing catering or you're using an outside vendor, most reliable caterers offer potential clients tastings of their food, from hors d'oeuvres to main courses — and it's a good idea to take them up on it. The tasting has become increasingly important as couples increasingly choose to personalize everything from their signature cocktails to their desserts; this is the only dress rehearsal for food that you have. Here are some tips on things to watch for during your tasting:

1. If you've hired a wedding planner or consultant, you should include him or her in the tasting; it's the wedding planner's job to be the clear-eyed troubleshooter, and to make sure you get the service you want.

2. Look for signs of good-quality foods and ingredients. If the ends of cheese slices appear dry and discolored, that could mean that the cheese was cut hours before — or even yesterday. Are the vegetables brightly colored and not soggy? Is the salad fresh and not wilting? Are baked breads soft and chewy and not stale and hard? Even little things like butter having a refrigerator taste, can be a clue to a caterer's attention — or inattention — to detail.

3. Notice the attentiveness of the staff. If you're attending a buffet tasting, note whether food is allowed to sit out for long periods without being replenished. The caterer should have sufficient staff to keep presentation as fresh looking at 3 p.m. as it was at noon.

4. Ask if it's possible to meet the chef at your tasting. Be sure to thank the chef and offer positive feedback. Once you empower a chef with your attention and confidence, the results can be amazing.

Read more: Must-Know Tips for a Successful Wedding Tasting

The Wonder Years Star Danica McKellar Spills Wedding Details

The Wonder Years star and former contestant on Dancing with the Stars (not to mention bride-to-be!) Danica McKellar is opening up about her plans for her wedding to fiancé Scott Sveslosky. The couple of 11 months recently revealed they're trying to keep their guest list very intimate and the process stress-free. After all, this will be the second time both the bride and groom tie the knot.

"I've been on cloud nine since the day I met him 11 months ago," McKellar told People. "I'm the happiest I've ever been and it seems it's going to keep continuing that way."

So when will the pair officially become Mr. and Mrs.? McKellar hinted to ABC News that their nuptials may happen soon, sharing that she has already jumped headfirst into her planning and that "perhaps" the wedding will take place in 2014.

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"It's going to be a very, very small wedding," McKellar said. "It's going to be only family, actually. It's going to be really special, because it's just about the two of us. It's not about the production, it's not about the wedding with a capital W. It's about a celebration of us."

Her stint on Dancing with the Stars helped the actress get ready for her wedding, too! The actress-turned-dancer also told ABC News that shopping for her wedding dress was "easier because everything looks good," after doing a show like DWTS. "Getting in the best shape of your life at 39 is amazing. I've been keeping it up pretty well," McKellar said.

With a dress and a guest list already figured out, it seems like we can definitely expect these two to say "I do" before 2015 rolls around!

Read more: The Wonder Years Star Danica McKellar Spills Wedding Details

Tom Hardy Got Married Two Months Ago?!

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Tom Hardy often plays a man of mystery in his movies, from Inception to The Dark Knight Rises, and, as it turns out, he's no different in real life! It was revealed today that the charming British actor married his longtime girlfriend Charlotte Riley more than two months ago, without anyone knowing.

The Sun broke the story, reporting that Hardy and Riley, who have been engaged since 2010, got married at Chateau de Roussan in the South of France on July 4, with just a small group of friends and family in attendance.

"It was a beautiful, low-key day made even more special because they just had their closest friends and family around them," a source tells the paper. "Tom's son Louis played a key role during the ceremony. And they made certain to pick a stunning and private setting."

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True to the couple's previously-stated desire to have an intimate wedding, "There was nothing flash about the wedding, they always said they wanted it to be about the two of them and their family rather than any grand gesture," the source adds.

Riley had previously talked about getting married, saying, "We are desperate to do it, but I'll never have a celebrity wedding. It will be low-key, with family and friends."

We're seriously impressed at the secrecy on the part of the couple and of their guests! Even Hardy's son, whom he has from a previous relationship, kept the whole thing under wraps.

Hardy and Riley met on the set of Wuthering Heights in 2009 — it sounds like this couple has stayed true to that story's tale of dramatic romance.

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Little People Big World's Jeremy Roloff Is Married!

It's been a great weekend for the Roloff family! Little People Big World star Jeremy Roloff wed fiancé of six months Audrey Mirabella Botti on his family farm in Hillsboro, Oregon, which serves as much of the backdrop for the popular TLC reality show, Us Weekly reports.

The wedding was fit for the farm on which it was held: The décor remained vintage, the guests count clocked in at 300, and the food was fresh and natural (the menu included items such as chicken mirabella, polenta, salad and grilled peaches and an array of pies and cobbler for dessert).

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It was so down home, that E! News reports their wedding website adorably declared: "Wear shoes capable to walk on gravel, grass and dirt. This is a farm wedding. Bring a coat for a potential wind chill, and maybe an umbrella because Oregon is an awesome state and does what it wants."

To match the hefty guest list was an extra-large bridal party: Botti had 12 bridesmaids with her sister serving as maid of honor, while Roloff had his twin brother Zach as his best man. Each 'maid wore a flower crown of baby's breath, which matched the ceremony's floralscape. Other blooms dotting the haystack pews included blush-and-white roses, plus lavender.

As for the bride and groom's wedding-day wears, Botti wore a tiered Lauren Graebner design and a yellow-and-green flower crown. Roloff sported a dapper navy blue suit and bowtie (you can see a picture of them here).

The lovestruck couple got ready for the family affair with what sounds like a very tasty rehearsal dinner. "They had chicken and pulled pork sliders, corn salad and veggie skewers," a source told E! News. "White picnic tables and drinks were set up inside the main barn near the church. The catering was set up next to the barn in the gravel area."

Botti even posted cute pics on the eve of the wedding!

They also shared their engagement news via Instagram back in March with heartfelt captions. After saying yes, Botti posted the photo, below, with the note: "The question: Audrey Mirabella Botti, will you marry me? The answer: YES!!!!!!!!!!!! You're the one I want to team up with for life. Jeremy James Roloff, to say I'm I love you is an understatement. I'M GETTING MARRIED!!! #braidit #journeyofjerandauj #tresslelove"

The wedding will air on Little People Big World's season finale September 30th. Congrats to the happy couple!

Read more: Little People Big World's Jeremy Roloff Is Married!

In Season Now: Why Astilbe Should Be on Every Bride's Floral Radar

While you may not have heard about this flower, pretty astilbe, recognized by its showy plume of feathery flowers, is a bloom brides need to know about. Astilbe comes in many beautiful shades, like pale pink and cream to deep red, and the graceful blooms will add a romantic and slightly whimsical feel to your bouquets and centerpieces. Check out our favorite ways to incorporate these special flowers into your wedding.

Pink Astilbe Bridal Bouquet (above): A simple clutch of soft-pink astilbes, created by Floral Theory, looks effortless and romantic.

Deep-Red Astilbe Bridal Bouquet: Astilbe comes in many different shades, including dramatic deep red, which looks so elegant when paired with navy ribbon.

Flower Crown: This bride wore a stunning head wreath of cream-colored astilbe.

Astilbe Bridesmaid Bouquets: Cream-colored astilbe also looks so stylish paired with slate-gray bridesmaid dresses.

Astilbe Posies: If you're on a tight budget, opt for smaller bridesmaid bouquets. This nosegay-sized arrangement combines astilbe with dusty miller leaves.

Astilbe Boutonnieres: Tie pieces of twine around sprigs of astilbe and roses for a rustic look.

Astilbe Ceremony Decor: Love the idea of decorating the ceremony chairs with bouquets of astilbe (and hanging them upside-down is a unique twist!).

Mixed Centerpiece: While astilbe looks stunning on its own, it also mixes well with others. This romantic pale-pink centerpiece features astilbe combined with stock, dusty miller, Queen Anne's lace, lisanthuses, and hydrangeas.

Special thanks to Sean Nestlerode at Torchio Nursery in San Francisco for his help with our "In Season Now" flower series!

Read more: In Season Now: Why Astilbe Should Be on Every Bride's Floral Radar

Bow Wow & Erica Mena Are Engaged! See Her Ring

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It didn't take long for Bow Wow (otherwise known as Shad Moss) to know that Love & Hip Hop: New York star Erica Mena is the one. The rapper and host of BET's 106 & Park is engaged to Mena after only six months of dating.

The reality star let slip that she was indeed engaged to Bow Wow while walking the 2014 BET Awards red carpet. When one reporter asked her to confirm her relationship with the actor and hip-hop artist, she surprisingly dropped the bomb: "Uhh ... he's actually my fiancé."

Following the award show, fans took to Twitter to congratulate them both. Mena promptly thanked them for their well wishes, further confirming that the two are tying the knot.

"@c0queta143: @smoss @iamErica_Mena congrats to you both. ��" Thank You

— Erica Mena (@iamErica_Mena) September 21, 2014

The real thanks, though, came when both Mena and Bow Wow posted matching Instagram photos of her ring (and his diamond-studded Rolex). The sparkler looks like a rose gold pavé halo with a round-cut center stone. Very pretty, if you ask us!

Mena also posted a photo to her Instagram account from the BET Awards red carpet, with her ring in full view. Bow Wow must have popped the question right before the event!

The lovebirds met on Bow Wow's very-own show, 106 & Park. During her appearance on the BET program, they reportedly shared a kiss on the set's famed couch — from that moment on they have been inseparable.

If their Instagram announcement is any indication, we're sure their pending nuptials will be bling-tastic — and maybe even sometime soon.

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4 Things You and Your Parents Will (Probably) Disagree on While Wedding Planning

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Ahh ... compromise. It's a word that all happy couples understand well, but when it comes to wedding planning, often it's not with each other that they have to compromise, but with their parents.

Regardless of where you and your parents may fall on the Bridezilla/Momzilla scale, there will be times when you won't things see eye to eye. We asked wedding planners Amy Katz, founder of Amy Katz Events and Nicolle Sellers, principal planner at Mother of the Bride, to share the most common planning disagreements they encounter and offer their wise advise on how to resolve them.

1. The Guest List
Parents don't want to feel limited in how many people they can invite to the wedding, says Katz. "This becomes an especially sticky subject if they also happen to be footing the bill." The key to navigating the issue is to be respectful of feelings at all times. "Don't yell or fight," warns Katz. "Instead, sit down together and make a joint list of who the most important people are to the families and how realistic it is to accommodate everyone given the venue and budget. Any reasonable parent will understand that they shouldn't invite 10 work clients that have never even met the couple if that means the bride's college roommates would need to be cut."

2. The Invitation Wording
Invitations might look pretty and pristine, but they can be the source of a lot of tension. "Sometimes if the bride's family is paying for the entire wedding, they can get adamant that the groom's parents' names not be anywhere on the invitation," explains Katz. Unfortunately, this may cause the groom to feel slighted and starting off a marriage with a bride vs. groom family feud is never a good idea. "There are ways to list names in order on the invitation that makes it clear who is the host," Katz says. "Your best bet is to have your wedding planner — an expert who has dealt with this before and can bring an impartial view to the situation."

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3. The Open Bar
"A lot of disagreements between the couple and their parents come down to the bar," says Sellers. "Whether it's because they want guests to drink responsibly or because it's such a large line item on the budget, many parents want to cap how long the open bar lasts, whereas the couple may want it to go all night." An easy fix? "Split the cost of the bar," suggests Sellers.

4. The More Traditional Aspects of a Wedding
Keep in mind that norms have changed a lot in the past 30 to 50 years, when your parents had their wedding, says Katz. "For example, now couples don't think twice about having a dessert bar or a coffee bar, but when the parents were getting married, the proper thing to do was to have coffee service at the table. Both sides need to compromise a little if they're getting worked up over these types of details."

Another traditional part of the wedding that many parents find important but couples find less so is having a receiving line. "Parents see the receiving line as an opportunity for the couple to thank people who have traveled to see them and brought them a gift," says Sellers. If you have a lot of older relatives who are attending your wedding, Sellers recommends that couples compromise on this to avoid any hurt feelings. "But if a receiving line is not possible because of time or space constraints, then couples should specifically make a point to greet and thank their guests individually."

Read more: 4 Things You and Your Parents Will (Probably) Disagree on While Wedding Planning

A Boho, Vineyard Wedding in Paso Robles, California

When Good Day LA entertainment anchor Julie Chang first met Leif Drake, the duo were in high school. "We went to rival schools in Ann Arbor," says Julie, "and I was dating his best friend's older brother at the time. So he barely made eye contact with me!" One of her earliest memories of Leif is of driving him and two of his friends to a party in a nearby down. "They wanted to meet girls from their rival school," she says. "Little did Leif know, his future wife was the one driving the car!"

The pair went separate ways for college, and didn't reconnect until 15 years later, when a project she was working on led to her reconnecting with friends from her childhood in Ann Arbor. "Sparks flew, and we proceeded to see each other every single day until I moved to Los Angeles nine months later for work."

The day Leif proposed, Julie had gone to him with the intention of breaking up with him. Following a surfing accident, her doctors found a tumor in her brain, and told her that surgery could lead to her permanently losing her vision. Leif came to be with her in California immediately, but Julie didn't want to put him through it. "I tried to set him free," she says, "but he wouldn't have it. He proposed right there!" And a month later, unbeknownst to their family and friends, Julie and Leif eloped to the desert in the middle of Nevada, with only a pastor present. Thankfully, Julie made a full recovery, and Leif proposed again in December of 2013. "We'd already been through the 'and sickness and in health' part, so of course I said yes all over again!"

Though they were married before they really got engaged, Leif and Julie wanted to have a big celebration for their family and friends. On July 12, 2014, they all gathered at Hammersky Vineyards for an outdoor celebration of love and life, photographed by Ballad's Photography.

After trying on just one dress in a bridal salon, Julie bolted. "It freaked me out," she says. "I'm not a traditional bride." So she took to Pinterest to find a dress that was boho and comfortable, and found a lace mini-dress with sheer panels by Grace Loves Lace. "It was super form-fitting, but also stretchy and comfortable, which was perfect because — surprise! — I was four months pregnant on our wedding day!"

The couple skipped a wedding party, but had two flower girls, both in drop-waisted lace dresses.

The ring bearer, in a seersucker suit and a straw hat, had an extra-special job: walking the bride down the aisle!

Julie and Leif's ceremony took place overlooking the vineyards, with guests seated on hay bales topped with blankets. "We were already married, so we wanted the wedding to have a casual, camp theme," she says.

Julie donned a purple flower crown, handmade by her sister, for dinner.

The reception took place outdoors, beneath strands of café lighting. Guests sat at long wooden tables topped with burlap and centerpieces in mason jars.

"We topped slabs of oak with jars full of lisianthus and wild flowers," says Julie. "It was fresh, natural, and so pretty." The best part? All of the flowers came from Trader Joe's!

Dinner was a combination of the couple's favorite foods, from Korean-inspired chicken wings to bruschetta. For dessert, Julie had her heart set on a "Mille Crêpe" cake from Lady M Bakery. "It's my absolute favorite," says Julie, "and I was so excited to find out they opened a bakery in West Hollywood. My friend drove our cake four hours from Los Angeles!"

But a single cake wasn't enough. Leif's mother made a traditional Norwegian almond wedding cake, topped with Korean and Norwegian flags.

Right after she moved to L.A., Julie met the members of The Family Crest and immediately became a fan. Over the course of her diagnosis, surgery, and recovery, the band continued to check in via social media to see how she was doing. "I swear their music helped me heal," Julie says. So it was only fitting that the band play for Julie and Leif's wedding! "They were special guests as much as they were entertainment," she says.

After all that, you'd think Julie and Leif need (and have earned!) a vacation, but her pregnancy has put a hold on honeymoon plans. "We're hoping we'll find someone to watch the baby so we can go scuba diving in the Galapagos next year!" she laughs.

Julie's advice is to remember to keep it all in perspective. "Maybe it's because we've stared death in the face, but we were so aware that it's really just a wedding. When something goes wrong, brush it off and move on with a back-up plan. As long as you're married at the end and have a great time, the things that don't go as planned don't matter."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hammersky Vineyards || Bride's Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace || Shoes: Pour La Victoire || Jewelry: Vram || Hair & Makeup: The bride || Groom's Attire: J.Crew || Flower Girls' Attire: Zara || Ring Bearer's Attire: J.Crew || Engagement Ring: The bride's grandmother, Harry Winston || Wedding Bands: Vram || Florist: The bride, sister of the bride || Music: The Family Crest || Cake: Lady M Confections || Rentals: All About Events || Photography: Ballad's Photography

Read more: A Boho, Vineyard Wedding in Paso Robles, California

How to Not Lose Yourself Once You Say "I Do"

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Sherry Amatenstein is a New York City-based marriage therapist and author. Here, she shares her top tips on how to maintain a sense of self in your married life.

The intensity of wedding planning and beginning a life together can lead to the sensation of the two of you being one person; of your thoughts, feelings and needs magically aligning in every sphere...Enjoy this stage.

Ultimately the best way to stay a happy twosome is by nurturing the "me" you were before morphing into a "we." Otherwise, there is a danger of looking to your husband to be your everything — partner, parent, cook, bottle-washer, authority figure and slave ... In that way lies disappointment and heartache — an arid desert of a relationship.

The more the two of you can bring to the marriage, the more the marriage can thrive and grow. Your individuality is what makes you endlessly fascinating to one another.
Kassandra Dasent shares, "When my husband and I married on October 12, 2012, we faced a major challenge as newlyweds. For a little over a year I lived in Canada; he was in New York City."

A plus side of living and loving long-distance was that when the two were together they made every moment count. Says Kassandra, "We live together permanently now and it's wonderful. But spending our first year of marriage apart helped us establish a sold balance of wanting to spend time together while continuing to encourage each other to go places solo or go out with friends."

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No need to do something as drastic as living apart to establish this healthy, yin yang dynamic. Instead:

Don't marginalize your friendships: Make time for the female buddies who were so much a part of your single life. This doesn't mean bar hopping on Friday nights but it should mean regular phone calls and/or Skype sessions, brunches, movies, sharing fun and frank conversations.

Maintain separate interests and hobbies: Continue your weekly tennis matches. Volunteer to help elect the politician you believe can make a difference in office.

Embrace your husband having separate interests: Just as you don't want him to squash who you are, you need to allow him his individual friendships and pastimes.

Have a weekly date night: Your "we" time should be sacrosanct. Make time to share not just time with the TV remote but to create bonding experiences.

How do you ensure you don't lose yourself in your relationship? Tweet us @BRIDES.

Read more: How to Not Lose Yourself Once You Say "I Do"

Your Weekly Wedding Horoscope: September 22, 2014

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Money, money, money is on the minds of many brides this week! If financial or family matters have been weighing your wedding plans down as of late, get excited because your luck is about to change. Astrologer Zoe Moon explains exactly what we mean with her must-read horoscopes below.

Aries (March 21 - April 19)
After Monday night you don't need to continue to put so much focus on the details, Aries. Delegate tasks to the woman you know can carry that weight and turn your attention fully to your partner. For the first time in 18 years you have the Node of Destiny in your marriage house, what is happening is meant to be, including the major shift this week involving a parent or other higher-up.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
This wedding seems so powerful and transformational that sometimes you can't believe it will ever happen. Of course, some financial issues may have been holding you back a bit, but starting this week your luck changes here so put in the effort. Remember, Saturn in your marriage house once every 29 years is a time of responsibilities and tests, meant to help you make the ultimate commitment. These same tests are what cement your union together.

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Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
This week you may feel as though there are too many cooks in the kitchen. How many people does it take to choose the bridesmaids' gowns or music, and who's paying for all of this anyway? The thing is, Gemini, that with everyone trying to have a say and your own energy slowing down a bit, you may feel a bit scattered to the winds. Just remember, that Node of Destiny sits in your house of true love and what really matters is perfectly fine.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
This fairytale wedding you have in mind is, at a spiritual level, engaging a great healing not only for you dear Cancer but also for many of the key players in your love story. It may be, in fact, already activating a profound transformation within you and others closest to you. So start this week with the new potential you find in your home, your family, property matters or any living situations, and don't be afraid of your partner's powerful new direction.

Leo (July 23 - August 22)
This week is all about everything coming together in regards to any transportation needs you have, agreements that must be signed, sales still lingering, getting loved ones on board, putting the perfect touch on those vows you're writing and finding the right specialists or representatives to move things along in local venues or nearby towns. Your sign seems a bit stressed about finances, but a major shift on the work front should help you turn this around in the months ahead. Tap into your creative, fun side for now, involve the kids, and don't forget to ask your partner what they want!

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
A family member, friend, contract, sale or recent move has had you and your partner in a backward holding pattern since April. However, at the beginning of the week, things will take a turn for the better. The financial part of your story is changing, along with any effect it's had on intimacy. You can also expect a boost when it comes to wedding gifts, purchases or income!

Libra (September 23 - October 22)
They say that people feel as though they've known their partner forever, but in your case, Libra, with the Karmic South Node opening up the portal for souls from past lives to connect for the first time in 18 years, it is actually true. You've been married before and what occurs this week, whether it be through passionate debate or news you hear or while out on the road or in your local neighborhood, is going to show you just how important this all is for your future and your wedding plans.

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Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Make this week of mapping out the guest list, reception and anything else involving your family and friends together count, as the stars are favoring what you come up with now. Any issues over creative ideas, kids or your love will soon pass so hone in on the details you can nail down. Oh, and if you can make time for a quick getaway with your partner, even if it's just locking the door and hiding out together a bit, do so. You'll feel totally reenergized and ready to jump back into planning afterward.

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
You do realize you are in the biggest and best year ahead in over a decade to get married, don't you? Perhaps one wedding planning aspect has been frustrating you behind the scenes, but even that is about to ease up. Starting this week, engage experts, specialists and make sure your partner on the same page as you. These people are about to step it up, and you could use their influence. Creativity, originality and glamour; your wedding is going to have it in spades!

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
For being the sign in the zodiac right now undergoing the biggest, most powerful personal transformation, you sure seem to have your hands full with your partner or some other key person over choices at the first of the week. Don't worry though. From mid-day on Wednesday on, things progressively improve and soon everything is back on track just the way you want it to be.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Is there something new you would like to add to your wedding list or a new direction you would like to move in with your partner? You have the greatest window of opportunity opening up this week of the whole year, so dream big, as everything is gathering in your wedding zone and pointing toward your partner or other important people who might help you achieve your goals.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Pisces, even on the best of days you are the most mysterious of signs, so under the current spiritual alignments remember that your partner and the people who are here to help you are not mind readers. You must speak up and let them know what you are feeling. You won't be disappointed as they show you just how much love they have for you.

Read more: Your Weekly Wedding Horoscope: September 22, 2014

How Your BFF Really Feels On Your Wedding Day (Warning: You Might Cry!)

No matter how crazy you've driven your BFF with wedding-planning talk over the past year, the truth of the matter is she loves you and she legitimately can't wait to see you walk down the aisle. In fact, she'll probably get more secretly emotional about it than you will. So maybe she's not the sappiest chick on the planet or perhaps she just didn't get the chance to tell you yet, but here's what she's really thinking on one of the most special and important days of your life. Grab a tissue, brides, because now it's your turn to cry ...tears of joy, of course!

Full of gratitude
"Standing in the church pew with the other bridesmaids and watching my best friend walk down the aisle still brings a lump to my throat. I couldn't help but feel so much love and gratitude toward her. She inspires me because of her bravery: She's not afraid to love fiercely and also honestly. She's remarkably humble and downright genuine. She may not realize it, but she's an inspiration for me constantly." — Sharon

Bursting with happiness
"I was over the moon for my BFF, Sarah. I remember saying to her, 'I am so happy for you that it feels like it's me getting married!' I had seen her go through some pretty heavy heartbreak, and I had seen her with people who I knew did not deserve her. Ryan was one of the good guys, though, and her marrying him is something that will always be a highlight in my life. I know he will make her happy and I will never have to worry about her and her heart again." — Paloma

See More: 5 Tips for Choosing Your Maid of Honor

Like a proud parent
"We agreed there would be no tears at my best friend's wedding because we didn't want to ruin our makeup, but when I saw her coming down the aisle, I almost lost it. She looked so beautiful. I started thinking about everything she had been through to get to that moment. I held it together, however, she has no idea how close I came to breaking that pact." — Simone

In love with love
"While my BFF Nicole's wedding was certainly perfect, the best part about it was the marriage that was the end result. Her groom, Jason, is top-notch, and I could not have even designed a more perfect guy for her! Their love is so genuine and sweet that they make an entire room fill up with light and happiness. They are the kind of couple that makes people believe in love, the kind of couple that makes people just love love!" — Ellen

Moved to tears
"Out of the four friends' weddings I've attended, I cried every time the bride walked down the aisle. I thought about our past, how we met, what we've been through and some of our best memories that led me to be a part of her day." — Brittany

Read more: How Your BFF Really Feels On Your Wedding Day (Warning: You Might Cry!)

Yumi Katsura 2015 Wedding Dresses

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There’s something about Yumi Katsura’s designs that spells luxury and sophistication. The spectacular Spring 2015 collection features dramatic silhouettes further enhanced with opulent beading (we adore the heavily-embellished boleros), and it’s just dripping with glamour!

“Known for her extravagant designs with luxe touches, the latest collection from Yumi Katsura is perfectly in step with the designer’s renowned aesthetic. Incorporating lace materials and beaded embellishments, Yumi carries on the rich and elegant  style she is known for while utilizing modern and classic silhouettes. With designs for the bride who wants to standout in a grand way on her wedding day, Yumi’s latest collection marries the designer’s love of glam with a passion for creating styles that are perfectly suited for leaving a mark. ”

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How to Find the Most Flattering Wedding Dress for Your Body Type

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You're marrying the man of your dreams, you've selected the perfect venue, and you're slowly but surely crossing each and every to-do off your list. But as you approach the big one — buying the perfect wedding dress — you'll likely have a long list of the details necessary to call a gown "the one." So how do you make the most of your hour-long bridal appointment? By understanding your body type.

Although you may have always pictured yourself exchanging vows in a fluffy ball gown or curve-hugging trumpet, you'll need to be realistic about what wedding dress silhouette will be most flattering. Trust us, trying on a series of disappointing gowns can quickly derail what is supposed to be one of the most exciting parts about planning your wedding.

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So, before you step foot into a dressing room, figure out which silhouette will highlight your best-loved asset and conceal those less-favorable traits. To help, we went shape by shape — petite, plus-size, busty, lean-and-straight, and hourglass — to explain which looks will likely suit your body best.

Ready to prep for wedding dress shopping? Then find out the perfect silhouette for your body type in the full slideshow!

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These Two Dogs Had the Cutest Wedding Ever! Watch the Adorable Video

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Let's face it: Weddings are impossibly cute. No matter the couple's taste, such an outpouring of love and emotion makes us feel all giddy inside. But a real wedding video that Buzzfeed recently stumbled upon took the sweetness quotient up a notch. Meet Chelsea and Hudson: two dachshunds who are crazy in love and decided to make it official by getting married. Yes, two dogs tied the knot!

Their pet parents staged an adorable wedding that was just as good as some human nuptials we've seen take place, with décor and details that were pulled from the best of Pinterest.

One of the dogs' owners told Danni Rivera, the Brooklyn-based wedding photographer who filmed the wedding video, "I mentioned (over wine) how funny it'd be if Hudson and [Chelsea] got married. Like, really married. With flowers and an invitation and a ceremony and guests. The whole shebang."

See More: 40 Adorable Ways to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding

And get married is exactly what Chelsea and Hudson did. The wedding invitations were the first step and the owners were able to get some help from local businesses and friends to make the dream come to fruition. Place settings came in the form of doggy treats and featured the names of all the cute canines that would be in attendance to help the happy couple celebrate their special day.

The floral centerpieces were amazing and the aisle runner was lined with printed pillows and small vases. The actual altar was made out of a curtain rod and two circular tables. Pretty genius if you ask us.

A bulldog officiated the ceremony because we all know their breed means business. He rolled around a bit and had some fun, but that's what weddings are for right?

Yes, you might want to take some cues from a couple of dogs tying the knot for your upcoming wedding. And if you don't, you at least want to watch the video a few times to lift your spirits.

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The Lowdown on Engagement Parties

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When it comes to engagement parties, there really are no set rules. Sometimes, engagement parties are thrown as a surprise, either for the newly affianced bride-to-be to celebrate immediately following the proposal. Another option? Either of the couple's parents can host a gathering to introduce the soon-to-be-married couple to their social circles and rejoice in the pending marriage. Among these celebrations, guests may be confused on appropriate decorum, especially whether or not they should present a gift — even more so with bridal shower, bachelorette, and wedding looming in the future. Here, a basic overview of engagement parties and their inherent demands.

There's no set-in-stone style for throwing an engagement party: That is, an engagement party can be a multitude of things. First, as we mentioned above, an impromptu engagement party, often a surprise, can be thrown by friends and family immediately post-proposal. On the other hand, one set (or both sets!) of parents can throw an engagement party to celebrate the couple with their friends and other family members. The level of formality is up to the hosts: It could be a swanky evening affair or a casual luncheon. Moral of the story: these get together really can be whatever you want, or what your friends and family want to do to celebrate your pending nuptials.

As for gifts, there's no requirement to bring one: Sure, you can present something sentimental to help congratulate the couple, but there's no etiquette requirements to purchase a pricey-gift, give the host a present, or for the couple to register. Leave that to the wedding!

Remember to choose the guest list wisely: Every person you invite to your engagement party, must receive an invite to the actual wedding. So think twice before sending out that mass Facebook invite.

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Yumi Katsura 2015 Wedding Dresses

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There’s something about Yumi Katsura’s designs that spells luxury and sophistication. The spectacular Spring 2015 collection features dramatic silhouettes further enhanced with opulent beading (we adore the heavily-embellished boleros), and it’s just dripping with glamour!

“Known for her extravagant designs with luxe touches, the latest collection from Yumi Katsura is perfectly in step with the designer’s renowned aesthetic. Incorporating lace materials and beaded embellishments, Yumi carries on the rich and elegant  style she is known for while utilizing modern and classic silhouettes. With designs for the bride who wants to standout in a grand way on her wedding day, Yumi’s latest collection marries the designer’s love of glam with a passion for creating styles that are perfectly suited for leaving a mark. ”

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18 Amazing Places to Honeymoon in Mexico

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If your dream honeymoon consists of turquoise waters, sunny skies, and insanely-delicious margaritas, grab your new husband and head south of the border. We surveyed the sands of Mexico — from Los Cabos to the Riviera — in search of the best resorts that cater to just-married couples. Book a stay at one of the romantic spots that made our list, and we guarantee the most important decision on your post-wedding getaway will be "salt or no salt?"

For an adults-only haven, check out The Viceroy in Riviera Maya. Stay in one of the 41 rustic-chic villas and spend the majority of your time in the holistic spa, where the resident shaman will bless you upon request before your message. If you want to soak in the sun, head over to The Four Seasons in Punta Mita. Here, you can whale watch on the resort's private yacht or lounge under a cabana at the Nuna pool, which seems to flow directly into the bay's crystal blue water. Think you'll spend more time in the bedroom? You'll love the Esperanza Resort, where every room has heart-stopping views of the Sea of Cortez! Looking for a taste of authentic Mexican culture, book a hacienda-style room at Rosewood San Miguel de Allende.

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Why Did Whitney Port Miss Lauren Conrad's Wedding?

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We all were hoping for a reunion of The Hills cast members at Lauren Conrad's wedding, but unfortunately that did not happen. Conrad's former co-star on the hit reality TV show Whitney Port missed Conrad's big day, as she was in New York City.

"I wasn't able to make it, I was here," Port told People at a LinkedIn Build Your Professional Brand event in the Big Apple earlier this week.

As the two both got their starts in fashion during their internships at Teen Vogue, naturally Conrad's big-day look was brought up. "She's very confident in her own style, as she should be," Port said of Conrad, knowing that her friend looked beautiful on her wedding day in despite of not seeing any pictures or knowing what she wore.

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Port is in the midst of planning her own nuptials to Tim Rosenman and she is not stressing herself about it one bit. "I'm taking my time for sure, but I have begun planning," she said. She continued, "I thought I had some stuff figured out, but some things have gotten switched up as of late. I don't really want to get into it, but it's definitely at the forefront of my mind, and I'm working on it. There are obviously so many different decisions to make, but I'm the kind of person that gives myself time and doesn't really put pressure on myself, which can be nice, but sometimes when you do that you become this indecisive ball of mess."

Port is over the moon about marrying her Prince Charming, but doesn't care a great deal about the "married" label. "I already know that I'm going to be with him forever, and I feel completely confident in that. I don't need that label. But I just think it's exciting to be in this next chapter of our lives, as cheesy as it sounds. I think the most exciting thing is, obviously, just to be able to start a family and to call him my husband."

What we can expect from Port's wedding? A "colorful" and "eclectic" mix with loads of "texture" play. Hopefully, Conrad will be in attendance and we can get the reunion we've been so patiently waiting for.

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Everything You Need to Know About Selecting Ceremony Music

While you might think this would ring true for the reception, music is an integral part of any wedding ceremony. The processional sets the tone for the whole traditional proceeding, while the recessional may as well set the tone for your entire marriage! If you're stuck on what songs to choose, consult our ceremony music etiquette guide: From who exactly picks what, to how to handle a contemporary choice in a religious venue, here's everything you need to know about your ceremony music.

Processional music is often chosen by the bride: As for the all-important processional, it's the bride's choice which music she enters the ceremony to. For the recessional, she and her future husband can decide together.

If you're getting married in a synagogue or church, there may be restrictions on what music you can choose: Be sure to check with your religious leader before finalizing song selections for your ceremony — certain hymns may already be in place for a traditional wedding ceremony, while, on the other hand, some songs may be deemed inappropriate for the occasion, especially if you're ceremony will be held in a church or synoguage. Also consult your minister or rabbi if you'd like the choir to sing, and, again, just double-check with what they're going to sing since they may be limited in what they're allowed to perform.

For a civil ceremony, choose whatever music or readings you'd like: Just because you're having a civil ceremony doesn't mean you can't have someone read your favorite passage from the bible, or sing your song to honor the occasion. Again, like any ceremony, just be sure to talk to your officiant before finalizing anything.

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The Honeymoon Continues! Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Go on a Boat Trip in Malta!

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are still basking in the glow of newlywed bliss ... and the Malta sun! After finally tying the knot late last month, the new Mr. and Mrs. Pitt have kept themselves busy with a family-oriented honeymoon on the southern European island and a hectic work schedule.

The pair has been spotted enjoying the sun and sea, along with their children, Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 6, in between filming their upcoming movie By the Sea. Most recently, the Jolie-Pitt family went on a group boat trip, according to the Daily Mail.

"We are working together on a drama about grief and finding a way through a difficult marriage," Jolie told People earlier this month. "We find it very funny that it's our honeymoon."

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In an effort to enjoy some private time on their much deserved working-moon, the pair reportedly rented out 12 villas around Mgarr ix-Xini Bay.

While it's certainly anything but a traditional honeymoon, their family-friendly vacation is fitting for the private couple, especially considering what an active role their children played in their wedding day.

The question is now whether or not the newlyweds will make their way to Italy for George Clooney's upcoming nuptials? After all, Pitt's former best friend didn't receive an invite to their super-small wedding ceremony, so we'll be anxious to see if Clooney extends an invitation to his own wedding.

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6 Clever Ideas for Your Wedding Gift Table

A gift table is a necessary part of any wedding décor — after all, guests have traveled near and far to celebrate your big day, and most will come baring a congratulatory card or present. Creating a designated area for your friends and family to leave their gifts is important, but it's best to make this spot blend seamlessly into your overall reception space. A small table near your table assignments (with a receptacle for cards and space for any tangible gifts) will do the trick, but consider an out-of-the-box idea for a more creative take on the necessity.

For couple's who prefer to make this part of the reception actually feel like décor, we found six great ideas that will transform your wedding gift table into a fresh display.

Gift Wagon (above): Fall weddings beg for rustic details. This antique wagon was painted and transformed into a clever gift table for an outdoor bash.

Vintage Ballot Box: Consider finding or renting a vintage item. This couple found an antique ballot box at Something Borrowed, a Portland-based antique retailer, that was the ideal size for cards and perfectly complemented their barn-themed wedding.

Decorative Glass Box: A decorative box, like this shabby-chic painted glass option, is a pretty pick for your gift table.

Ornate Birdcage: It couldn't be easier for guests to slip their cards through the bars of this pretty birdcage. Complete with a floral sign and bird accents, this antique piece blends seamlessly into the décor.

Fairy Tale-Inspired Chariot: For a fairy tale-inspired wedding, nothing could be more perfect than this chariot gift table. Adorned with baby's breath and a hand-calligraphed sign, this pretty table surely drew eyes all evening long.

Terrarium: Trendy succulents and terrariums have been making a big splash in the wedding world, so it's no surprise they've finally made their way to the gift table, too. This detail feels thoughtful and intentional, plus it's a great way to tie in your overall floral décor.

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Maid of Honor Responsibilities, Conflicts, and Resolutions

There's no doubt that being a bride's maid of honor is a huge undertaking, and therefore, there are plenty of duties that come with the job. From outlining the maid of honor's traditional responsibilities, to tough situations like who to choose and how to deal with distance between you and your MOH, our etiquette experts answer your most pressing maid of honor questions.

What are the MOH's chief responsibilities?
Of course, the number one responsibility of any maid of honor is to support the bride in preparing of and during her big day. This means that you're there for all the big events especially the pre-wedding parties, including the bachelorette and bridal shower which you'll most likely have to help organize if not bare the full responsibility of planning. You're in charge of mobilizing the girls for whenever they're needed, and of course, should be right by the bride's side come the wedding: Fixing the train down the aisle, holding her bouquet during the ceremony, and presenting her future husband's ring at the right moment. You know, the works.

What should I do if my closest friends lives far away and can't do most of her MOH duties? Do I choose someone else?
Not necessarily! It depends on how you define the role of maid-of-honor, maybe she can't be there for everything but if she's your closest friend, you should honor her regardless. Maybe she can divide and conquer, and enlist the rest of your girls to help you out when she's not there too! You can also just make her a regular bridesmaid, or have no maid-of-honor at all. Either way, it's up to you, but distance definitely shouldn't have to determine the job title.

Can my mom be my matron of honor?
Absolutely! Sure, it's not necessarily traditional for a mother of the bride to double as a maid of honor, but plenty of groom's ask their father's to be the best man, if your relationship warrants that type of honor, why not?

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

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George Clooney is going to be one dapper groom on his wedding day. As rumors continue to swirl about his fiancée Amal Alamuddin's wedding dress, the designer of Clooney's wedding suit confirmed his involvement in the highly-anticipated nuptials, which are slated to happen this month.

Famed Italian designer Giorgio Armani revealed yesterday that he's dressing the A-list actor for his upcoming nuptials in Venice, Italy. "George has chosen and been fitted for an Armani suit for his wedding," local TV reports quoted him as saying after his Emporio Armani show at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday.

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Armani is a comfortable and unsurprising choice for Clooney. The actor is a longtime fan of the Italian design house and has worn the label's tuxes for many awards shows and red carpets. Earlier this summer, a design team from Armani was even seen at Clooney's Lake Como villa!

He's even been characteristically outspoken about his preference for the fashion house. "I have one tux. Just one," he told People when he was chosen as the magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2006. "It's a single-button [Armani]. There's only one mistake guys can make, and that is to try to do anything fancy. Just put on a tux. Just put a tie on, put a plain shirt on, don't wear a bolo tie, and don't wear a cummerbund that's crazy."

Looks like he'll add one more to his collection for his wedding! If the tux is a gift from his designer friend, it'll be a relief to Alamuddin's parents — the bride's traditional mom and dad are reportedly footing most of the wedding bill!

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Your $15,000 Wedding Budget: Where Should the Money Go?

Planning your dream wedding takes a lot of effort — from finding the perfect venue and selecting your wedding dress to crafting your invitations and tasting countless cakes, you should be prepared to make tons of decisions. But the first decision you absolutely have to make (after saying "yes", that is) is how much you actually have to spend on your big day. But that's not all. Once you have a budget to work with, knowing how to divvy it up to cover all of your wedding-related costs can be a challenge in and of itself.

We've already explained how to use a $25,000 wedding budget, so this week we're breaking down the details for couples that have $15,000 to spend. If you're planning to work with a different amount for your own big day, visit our wedding budget tracker to calculate your own custom wedding budget and track payments.

Dress & Style: $1,650
With $900 to spend on your wedding dress, you'll be happy to know we have an extensive slideshow of beautiful gowns, all under $1,000. Get inspired by our favorite designer picks, but remember that this number should include alterations, too. Plan to spend $150 on your headpiece or veil, another $150 on shoes, accessories, and jewelry, and around $300 on hair and makeup, including any trials. But don't forget the groom! He should spend $150 on his tuxedo or suit. As for your wedding bands, you should spend a total of $300 for both.

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Paper Products: $600
Plan to drop $450 on your wedding invitations and thank-you cards. Need help finding the perfect customized suite on your budget? Visit Brides very own stationery shop, where you can mix and match your favorite paper picks. And while you're there, remember you have $75 to spend on escort cards and menus, and an additional $75 for ceremony programs!

Ceremony & Reception: $7,950
You'll need somewhere to get married, so plan to set aside $150 for the ceremony location fee. And, of course, someone needs to marry you! You'll be spending about $150 on officiant fees. Always dreamed of live music for your walk down the aisle? You've got $225 available to put towards a string quartet, pianist, or harpist.

Your reception venue, including rentals, food, service, and beverage charges should amount to no more than $6,300. If you spend the suggest $300 on your wedding cake, that means you've got $1,125 to spend on an awesome DJ or band.

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Accommodations & Transportation: $450
And don't forget, you need a way to get to the ceremony and reception, too! You have about $225 on a limo or car rental. You should also spend about $150 on guest shuttles, which will transport friends and family to-and-from your venue. At the end of the night, you'll want to wind down in your hotel room — book a space that costs about $75 for the night.

Flowers & Décor: $1,351
First and foremost, you'll need to select your bridal and bridesmaids' bouquets. You should spend about $113 on your blooms and $150 total on your 'maids arrangements. Boutonnieres should run you no more than $45, and the flower girls petals should come in around $15. As for ceremony and reception décor — including floral arches, chuppahs, aisle runners, and centerpieces — you've got $1,028 to spend however you'd like!

Photo & Video: $1,800
You'll cherish your wedding photos and video for years to come, so don't skimp here. Find a photographer that will capture your big day for around $1,050 and plan to spend about $750 on videography.

Favors & Gifts: $600
Don't forget to thank your entire wedding party for all of their support and hard work with a meaningful token. Spend about $300 total here, and another $150 on any gifts for your parents. As for favors, plan to spend $150 total on any end-of-the-night treats you want to hand out.

Calculate your own wedding budget here!

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5 Looks from London & Milan Fashion Week That Could Double as Wedding Dresses

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Fashion month continued this week in London and Milan, and the best part about the spring/summer 2015 collections continues to be the many ideas for brides! From dreamy Marchesa to minimal Osman, London's runways presented several looks that are perfect to inspire your own wedding-day style. And Milan's designers did not disappoint, showing barely-there transparency and romantic lace.

Here, we rounded up the five gowns that a bride could wear down the aisle.

Emilia Wickstead: The designer, who famously counts the Duchess of Cambridge as a fan, showed a collection full of beautiful, gently architectural shapes in soft, muted colors suited for a bridal party. We love this rose double-faced satin gown, above, at left, with a plunging neckline — a daring silhouette designed for an elegant woman.

Marchesa: This season, Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman returned to their native London to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Marchesa. In true Marchesa fashion, there were swathes of tulle, cascading floral embroidery, and plenty of illusion bodies. Our favorite is this off-the-shoulder gown, above, at right, that would delight as a wedding dress for a ceremony in an English garden.

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Julien MacDonald: Julien MacDonald's body-conscious collection (with just the right amount of reserve) culminated in this stunning white gown. We love the mix of conservative and daring thanks to the the lace appliquéd sleeves and plunging neckline.

Osman: Known for inventive shapes and avant-garde details, we're fans of the fashion houses's minimal white embroidered column for an understated bride.

Alberta Ferretti: Moving to the runways of Milan, Alberta Ferretti's beautiful show was full of bridal inspiration, especially this gorgeous soft blush-transparent A-line gown with bold lace details — a style moment that is glamorous, yet entirely natural.

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Shop the Store: Amazon

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Yes, the website that sells everything has a registry program. Creating a registry with Amazon is a quick and easy process; however, figuring out where to start can be overwhelming. To simplify the process, ask yourself (and your fiancé) a few questions: What do you love to do as couple? What do you wish you could spend more time doing?

If your dream honeymoon consists of backpacking to Machu Picchu, why not register for some camping gear such as this spacious Coleman tent? Or perhaps you and your guy love wine tasting and your first trip as a couple was to Napa — Amazon's wine shop has a wide variety of impressive options (note: shipping exclusions apply to some states).

Travel preferences aside, every couple should have a set of stylish and reliable luggage. This sleek Delsey suitcase is made of polycarbonate and industrial grade aluminum, making it sturdy and lightweight.

Want to register for the essentials? The site offers tons of amazing finds that are perfect for your new home. The fine art department has hundreds of beautiful pieces that range in style from classic to contemporary. We love the different pops of color in this watercolor by Karin Johannesson. For those with a yard, this chic copper fire pit is made for toasting s'mores during your first dinner party as newlyweds.

And, of course, Amazon offers an amazing array of tech gadgets such as this portable Jambox speaker, which comes in multiple colors.

Ready to register? Shop all of our favorite Amazon items below.

Above: 1. "Poppies en Mass VIII", watercolor painting, $375, Karin Johannesson available on Amazon; 2. Mini Jambox, wireless bluetooth speaker, $100.79, Jawbone available on Amazon; 3. Luggage, 29-inch expandable suitcase, $173.36, Delsey Luggage available on Amazon; 4. "Evanston" Tent, 8-person screened tent, $159.94, Coleman available at Amazon; 5. "Crisp as the Cascades" White Wine, mixed pack of 4 bottles, $84, Coyote Canyon Winery available at Amazon; 6. Fire Pit, hand hammered copper with screen and cover, $274.79, CobraCo available at Amazon

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