Chrissy Teigen Says She Can't Wait Until John Legend Needs Viagra, and Other Hilarious Marriage Details

It's only been a year since Chrissy Teigen and John Legend tied the knot, but the comedic supermodel is already looking forward to growing old with her husband.

Just this week, Teigen told Us Weekly that she loves to throw around the word "forever," something she never used to do pre-marriage.

"I think you are just more comfortable talking about the future more," Teigen said of how their relationship changed post-wedding. "I was the kind of girl that never talked about marriage and kids ... [Now] you just end up talking about everything as forever which is very cool. It's nice to be able to be like, 'I can't wait to see you with gray hair, it's going to be hysterical.' Or, 'I can't wait until you have to use Viagra, that's going to be hysterical!'" she joked.

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We kind of love how lightheartedly these two take their love. Case in point: During their romantic one-year anniversary celebration in Paris last week, they visited the famed cabaret show Crazy Horse.

"Took John to see other boobs for our anniversary to make up for the 364 days of the year I'm insufferable," Teigen captioned her Instagram of their evening. "PS they are insanely talented and not just boobs."

On a more serious note, though, Mrs. Legend divulged that she looks forward to having kids, and wants plenty!

"I want a huge family," the gorgeous model told Us. "We want a lot of kids. When it happen, it happens. For us it's hard because he's on the road so much and I'm working. People think it happens so easily ... but the stars really have to align to have a baby and it is a little miracle so when it happens ... we will be so happy."

We will too! Well, it sounds like these two are doing things right.

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We Asked, You Told: Amazingly Creative Wedding Centerpieces!

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Photos (clockwise from top left): Courtesy of Stephanie Frady, Mallarie Cash, Marina Zurcher, Trish Tawfik

When it comes to your wedding centerpieces, remember to inject a little personality and creativity. So much of your wedding is focused on your style and taste that it's more than okay to think outside of the classic flowers-in-a-vase look. If you feel like you want your centerpieces to make a statement — do it! After all, some of our awesome Facebook followers certainly did. We asked them to share photos of their centerpieces, and the results were totally unique. Here, we highlighted a few of our favorites for your wedding inspiration and viewing pleasure.

Nautical Chic and Everything Nice: Lanterns are ideal components of centerpieces. Not only do they like pretty, but they also serve a practical purpose for evening weddings. Bride Stephanie Frady took this to heart when creating hers (top left), which incorporate a seaside-chic wooden lantern with fresh white flowers and greenery. Along with table numbers and navy blue linens, the overall effect is perfect for a seaside-inspired wedding.

Make Like a Tree and Bloom: The arrangement at top right, which bride Mallarie Cash featured at her reception, is an insanely cool take on the traditional floral centerpiece thanks to its tree trunk-inspired base! It looks neat and certainly made for a great conversation piece.

See More: The 50 Most Beautiful Wedding Cakes

When in Doubt, Get Glittering: Bride Marina Zurcher DIY'ed the glittery gold bottles seen in the photo at bottom right. By pairing these glitzy items with simple flowers like baby's breath and pink roses in mason jars, she managed to make a homespun wedding feel utterly glamorous.

Don't Be Afraid to Get Rustic: We're big fans of wedding details that bring the outdoors in (and hey, so is Kate Middleton!). That's why we approve of bride Trish Tawfik's centerpiece (bottom left). We love the organic way that the branches bring flowers to a new height, and the suspended candles feel especially romantic.

Read more: We Asked, You Told: Amazingly Creative Wedding Centerpieces!

Find Out the Adorable Thing Dax Shepard Wears Instead of a Wedding Ring

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard's relationship has never been traditional. First, they waited until gay marriage was allowed in California before they even thought of tying the knot. Then, once they were able to, they threw what was lightheartedly coined "The World's Worst Wedding." They planned an afternoon civil ceremony at the Beverly Hills County Clerk's Office, where they were merely going to retrieve a marriage license. Instead, though, they took up an employee's offer to get married in one of the empty court rooms. Following the ceremony, the institution's employees gifted the newlyweds a cake, hilariously dubbing the big day a terrible one.

So it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Dax doesn't even wear a wedding band to signify his marriage. Instead, the This is Where I Leave You star opted for a symbolic tattoo.

Dax Shepard Wedding tattoo

Photo: Courtesy of The Ellen Show

The tattoo itself, above, is of a Bell, which obviously represent Bell's last name. Inside the bell, adorably, are scrawled three initials: K, L, and D for Kristen, Dax, and little baby Lincoln.

"I don't like wearing jewelry, but I felt obliged to warn all the men that I'm taken," Shepard joked during his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today. "I thought a tattoo would be fitting. And her last name, conveniently, is an object I could tattoo."

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The only problem is that he has to figure out a way to fit in baby number two's initial into his body art. He poked fun at the fact that he's stuck naming his child something with a D, K or L. "Dellen," Shepard joked. "Dellen Egeneres."

Aside from the name, the pair is also choosing to keep the baby's gender a secret. "It's going to be a surprise ... to America," he told the talk show host.

We love the idea of choosing your own marriage marker. But Shepard isn't the only celeb to get a tattoo on his wedding ring finger: Beyoncé and Jay Z both got the Roman numeral for four, IV, tattooed on their fingers to symbolize their bond.

Read more: Find Out the Adorable Thing Dax Shepard Wears Instead of a Wedding Ring

The Best Celebrity Bridal Beauty Looks of the Week

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Crimson lips, undone waves, shocking shadow — this week the stars really turned it up for the red carpet. Here, our favorite celebrity beauty looks that would be perfect for any bride on her wedding day.

Abigail Spencer at the premiere of This Is Where I Leave You in Los Angeles: We'll always do a double take when we see a celeb in a bold red lip — it's truly the quickest way to elevate any ensemble. Pair it with groomed brows, neutral eye makeup, and a sleek blowout, and you've got a look that's gorgeous and classic.

See more: 4 New York Fashion Week Hair & Makeup Looks to Steal for Your Big Day

Kerry Washington at the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Programe in New York City: Who knew green eye shadow could be so pretty? Why it works so well: Washington kept the rest of her makeup simple and natural, letting her eyes stand out with faux lashes and the shimmery emerald shadow. A side-swept, shoulder-grazing blowout keeps the look sophisticated and polished.

Georgia May Jagger at the screening of Get On Up in London: Rumpled tendrils plus peach blush plus rose-colored lips add up to a look that's fresh and pretty. A little liquid eyeliner and a light coat of mascara finish things off nicely. (P.S.: Wondering how she gets that seemingly effortless wave in her hair? We have three words for you: face-framing layers.)

Which red carpet beauty look is your favorite? Tweet us your pick @BRIDES!

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What Your Engagement Ring Says About You

Engagement Ring Styles

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Sure, you probably didn't pick out your own engagement ring, but it was more than likely entirely inspired by some trait your guy recognizes in you. Does a round-cut solitaire diamond sit on your fourth finger? We're willing to bet you're a super classic bride-to-be. Are you rocking a gorgeous princess-cut sparkler? You're likely planning a simple yet super-stylish wedding reception.

Want to know what your engagement ring is telling the world? Read on!

1. "My dress designer won the CFDA award last year."
You live for fashion and relish anything that's on the cutting edge. This inventive Asscher-cut ring is as perfect for you as your downtown venue — a sceney gastro-lounge with haute bar food and craft cocktails.
Three diamonds with floaing melee-diamond wires set in platinum and 18-karat yellow gold, Alexandra Mor

2. "This ring means business. And so do I."
The setting is exactly how you want your wedding to be: sleek, simple, and stylish. Admired its wattage while your spreadsheet your way to party perfection and haggle with your florist on your headset.
Lucida-diamond solitaire set in platinum, Tiffany & Co.

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3. "More is always more."
So says the girl rocking three stones on one finger. For maximum glitz, pair this ring with a crystal-encrusted ball gown ideal for dancing under a gran hotel chandelier. Your wedding's dress code: white tie.
Emerald-cut diamonds set in platinum, A. Jaffe

4. "We're just a couple of indie kids in love."
At your party, it's all about the thoughtful, unexpected details, like the She & Him-style duet you'll croon for your crowd, ukulele and all. A delicate diamond-dotted band is way more your speed than platinum and bling.
Rose-cut diamonds set in 18-karat gold, L Frank

5. "Lady Mary Crawley is my North Star."
Take your love of period drama to the next level with this Edwardian ring (circa 1900!). Toast your future together with bubbly in vintage coupes and start planning your country-estate affair.
European-cut diamonds set in platinum, Fred Leighton

6. "He got down on one knee surrounded by rose petals."
Get a pale-pink mani before mass texting your fairy-tale proposal story and a close-up of this classic to all of your friends.
Oval-diamond solitaire with micropave diamonds set in platinum, Harry Winston

7. "I'm a hopeless romantic."
Beautiful filigree work and a gorge round diamond will catch the sunlight at your garden I do's. Your wedding must-haves? A long lace sheath, garden roses everywhere, and French jazz under the night sky.
Cushion-cut round diamond set in yellow gold, Tacori

Read more: What Your Engagement Ring Says About You

The Craziest (and Cutest!) Wedding Hookup Stories

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Turns out, true love isn't the only thing in the air at weddings! For your single friends, your big day is the perfect opportunity to meet Mr. Right Now (or Mr. Wrong, whichever way you look at it). From hot hookups to happily-ever-afters, check out these wild and crazy wedding hookup stories that you have to read to believe.

Once a cheater, always a cheater
"I met this guy at my friend's wedding and we really hit it off. We live on opposite sides of the country so I didn't think anything would come of it other than a night of casual fun, but I remember being struck by how nice and genuine he seemed. We ended up spending the night together. In the morning we exchanged numbers and talked about meeting up in a couple months when he visited the city I live in. Later that day I decided to check him out on Facebook, only to discover a profile picture of him with another girl. There were also tons of posts on his wall saying, "Congrats on your engagement!" from about three weeks earlier. I texted him to ask if it was true, and he admitted it. Needless to say, we never spoke again." — Laura

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My super ex-girlfriend
"I was the maid of honor at one of my best friend's weddings a year ago, and I made out with this cute guy after the rehearsal dinner on Friday night. Fast forward to the wedding on Saturday, and I'm sitting at the same table as him and his ex-girlfriend. They were dancing the entire evening, and I'm pretty sure they shared a room together that night as well. The following day he sat at the same brunch table as me. It was a little awkward; however we are friends now." — Elaine

A trip down memory lane
"In college, I was a hostess at an upscale restaurant and hotel that hosted a lot of wedding receptions. One night, a cute groomsmen invited me to come to his friend's wedding and reception. I love weddings too much to be a party crasher, but my BFF and I met up with him later and took a ride on their party bus into town. At 3AM we all piled back into the bus and headed back towards the restaurant/hotel, where the party continued. At one point, my groomsman took my hand and we walked around the corner to one of the gorgeous banquet halls. We goofed around a little, then he lifted me up unto the bar and we had the hottest makeout session ever. The next morning I was with my BFF at our favorite bagel shop in town for breakfast. And my groomsman walked into the shop looking like hell-served him right for how much he had to drink that night. I grabbed my friend's arm and freaked. That was him! He walked out without noticing that I was sitting right there. Five minutes later I got a text from him telling me how much fun he had." — Kaity

And they lived happily ever after
"I met my fiancé at my best friend's wedding almost two years ago. I was her maid of honor and before the wedding she sent me a list of five to 10 single guys I should try to meet there. I didn't think much of the list, but it's fun to look back now because Chris (my fiancé) is on it. He's a friend of her husband's. We only talked for a few minutes at the reception and danced once, but we talked for hours at the after party and then started a long distance relationship. I moved to Nashville for him a year and a half ago and we're getting married in December." — Caitlin

Read more: The Craziest (and Cutest!) Wedding Hookup Stories

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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5 You-But-Better Beauty Products for Your Wedding Day

Bride With Pretty Hair and Makeup

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You know those little characteristics that are just quintessentially you? Maybe it's your fiery red hair or your super pale skin. Whatever it is, don't try to cover it up on your wedding day — accentuate it! These beauty products will help you fall in love with your features — and be your best you while walking down the aisle.

If you've got milky, porcelain skin: Try Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25, $34
One of our editors lamented her pale skin until she started binge watching The Borgias on Netflix. (Lucrezia Borgia's ivory complexion will make you immediately put down the bronzer.) Not only is it light enough to blend into the fairest skin, but has just enough coverage to mask redness and create a pretty, dewy finish.

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

If you've got curly hair: Try Mixed Chicks Trio and Shine Spray, $39.33
You curly-haired brides have tried every product, we know. But try this last one, we beg you! This convenient little pack contains shampoo, conditioner, and a leave-in, and works to reduce frizz and add definition and shine. And don't forget to check out these hairstyle options for curly-haired brides.

If you've got full eyebrows: Try Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow, $22
If Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins haven't convinced you to embrace your thick brows, a good brow gel will. Benefit's version is the easiest, one-step way we've found to tame them. Its tiny brush catches every last hair and the fiber-gel formula keeps them groomed and in-place.

See more: 4 Wedding-Ready Alternatives to a Smoky Eye

If you've got hair color that's kind-of blah: Try John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Multi-Tone Revealing Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner, and Radiant Red Colour Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner, $4.99 each
A salon visit's not for you? No problem! There are other ways to boost shine and make your color look amazing. John Frieda's targeted shampoo and conditioners will make you seriously appreciate what you were born with. We tested them on blondes, brunettes, and redheads, and were impressed: They took out the brassiness in blonde hair, added dimension to brunettes, and intensified red hair — all without a drop of dye.

If you've got fair eyelashes: Try CoverGirl Exact EyeLights Waterproof Eye-Brightening Mascara in Black Ruby, $8.29
As every light-lashed girl knows, jet-black mascara can look a bit unnatural. That's why we love this plum shade. It reads as the perfect medium between black and brown and subtly defines our lashes. Plus, the clump-free formula goes on lightly and evenly.

Read more: 5 You-But-Better Beauty Products for Your Wedding Day

One Bride Reveals the Perks of Designing Her Own Wedding Band

Chloe Melas Wedding Band Shopping

Photo: Courtesy of Chloe Melas

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

The band is such an important part of your wedding day. No, I'm not talking about the music, (but yes that's important too) I'm talking about that piece of metal you'll wear on your ring finger for the rest of your life! Here's how I look at it, the man, at least in my case, designed the engagement ring. My fiancé did the most amazing job, he spent months agonizing over every little detail with our jewelry designer, Laura Bee. When the time came for us to pick out our bands, it felt right working with Laura again but this time, I had a few ideas. My thoughts ladies, it's now your turn to get creative and design your own bling! Here are some things to keep in mind while customizing your band:

1. Get creative.
Don't be bashful, if you want rubies and emeralds, speak up now, you're wearing it f-o-r-e-v-e-r! Plus wearing something that you designed will truly feel even more special when he slips it on your hand. You can do things that you can't do when buying a ring out of a case in a store, like mix up the metals and stones. I actually had Laura reset mine twice because I ended up going for a scooped eternity band. You get that kind of flexibility when you work one-on-one with a designer.

See More: 35 Men's Wedding Bands He'll Love

2. Don't feel obligated to choose a band that matches your engagement ring.
Everybody gave me their opinion about how I should design my ring. "Do something small, you don't want to take away from your engagement ring," "I'd do something that connects like a puzzle piece." Don't listen to anyone's opinion, you are the one who will be wearing this every day, not your mom, aunt, cousin or best friend. Consider this a stand alone ring that you will wear without your engagement ring on occassion. Honestly, my band is a bit, ahem, flashier than many suggested to go for, but hey, I might wear it on one hand on a Monday and my engagement ring on the other on Tuesdays. But then some days I'll have my Elizabeth Taylor moment and want my ring finger blinged out! You can never have too many diamonds, so stop worrying about what everybody else says and just go for it.

3. Design your man's ring too.
It's not just about you! Guys are actually excited to wear a ring too. In Brian's case, he didn't think he would like wearing a ring because he's never really worn jewelry. But after we spent time trying on different bands, picking out various metals, and working out what width he felt most comfortable with, it ended up being really fun. He ended up getting two bands so that he can switch it up depending on what watch he's wearing — no I'm not joking. So involve him in the process and don't forget to engrave something sweet.

f you don't have a jewelry designer you or your family already works with, check out TrueKnots.com. They are available across the country at various retailers and they do tons of custom wedding bands — we actually got Brian's from here at Laura's suggestion!

Would you be into the idea of designing your own wedding bands like Chloe? Tweet us @BRIDES!

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Jenny McCarthy Already Lost Her Engagement Ring — Read the Hilarious Story!

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Only two weeks of marriage in, and Jenny McCarthy is already without a wedding ring. No, she and brand-new hubby Donnie Wahlberg aren't calling it quits (that would break Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage record, though) — she just accidentally lost her band.

According the Sirius XM host, McCarthy slipped off the ring Wahlberg had just placed on her finger, resting it on a room service cart before "getting frisky" with her man. Unfortunately, they may have gotten a bit too frisky, since after they were done they realized that McCarthy's ring is nowhere to be found!

"I've already lost the ring," she told Good Day NY. "We were staying in a hotel and you can't have a wedding ring on ... it's a little hard to get romantic with diamonds on your hand! I removed it and put it on the room service table, and they came and turned down the room and the ring was gone."

See more: Jenny McCarthy's Wedding Won't Be Anything Like Kim Kardashian's

"But you know what, though? If you're gonna lose your wedding ring, you should lose it that way," McCarthy added. We couldn't agree more! It's better than it falling down the sink, or getting eaten by the dog.

See more: Why is Sex So Vital to a Happy Marriage?

"I'm hoping someone does find it. They could have maybe not seen it, or it could have gone under a dish and thrown away on accident," she told ABC News. "But I'm missing it today! I keep going, 'Where is my ring?!' But Donnie and I are both laughing that at least we lost it for the best reason possible!"

Turns out, the ring was found and returned to its rightful owner. To quell any further quips about the misplaced item, Wahlberg hilariously tweeted, "Before the rumor mill goes crazy- we found Jenny's wedding band. Right where I thought it was... #BetweenTheSheets"

Before the rumor mill goes crazy- we found Jenny's wedding band. Right where I thought it was... #BetweenTheSheets https://t.co/XQrAQ14lcr

— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) September 16, 2014

At least these two can laugh about it! Seems like their marriage is off to a proper start.

Read more: Jenny McCarthy Already Lost Her Engagement Ring — Read the Hilarious Story!

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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It's been a busy — and reportedly, trying — year for Beyoncé and Jay Z. The musical power couple has spent the past few months on a joint national tour, while battling divorce rumors following what can only be referred to as "Elevator-Gate." But it appears all of the speculation was just that — speculation. Apparently, Bey and Jay's relationship is stronger than ever because the husband and wife of six years just renewed their wedding vows.

According to the Daily Mail, the couple held an intimate vow renewal ceremony amidst Beyonce's 33rd birthday festivities while vacationing in Corsica, Italy. "They were joined on a private beach by Beyoncé's mum Tina, their daughter Blue Ivy and a small group of close friends and recited a new set of vows during a short but very romantic ceremony," a source says.

They reportedly celebrated with food and drinks courtesy of their private chef before setting off on a luxury yacht.

See More: Our Favorite Celebrity Engagement Rings

"From now on, they intend to mark the day of the ceremony as their new wedding anniversary and have told friends they are focusing firmly on their future together," a source tells Grazia magazine.

Their decision to refocus their energy on their relationship coincides with rumors that Beyoncé is expecting the pair's second child. During their last two shows of the On The Run tour in Paris last weekend, Jay Z reportedly changed the lyrics from his song "Beach Is Better" from "I replace it with another one" to "pregnant with another one." Since then, though, Bey has shared several photos of herself toasting with champagne — presumably to quiet the pregnancy chatter.

A more likely explanation for their vow renewal? Perhaps they were inspired to host their own ceremony after crashing an Italian wedding last week!

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Quiz: Are Your Wedding Updates Annoying People?

Social Media Wedding Updates

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No bride ever thinks she's the over-sharing type, but some are. Take our quick quiz below to see where your wedding updates fall on the TMI spectrum.

1. How often do you update your wedding website?
A. Once a week with a personal blog to discuss my wedding workouts, planning challenges, bridal meal plan and dress alteration process. You know, just the basics.
B. Once a month with a handful of artsy photos detailing the wedding planning process.
C. Whenever there's a development — like a change in registry or time.
D. Wait, what wedding website?

2. You're one month out from the wedding — how many photos does your wedding hashtag have already?
A. More than 100 between all the snaps from my bachelorette, bridal showers, and engagement party.
B. Almost 100! That happened fast.
C. Around 50 ‐ mostly from my friends and family.
D. I haven't checked yet.

3. How do you keep your bridal party updated on wedding happenings?
A. Email, group text, a Facebook group, calendar reminders, live tweets.
B. Group texts, emails and a Facebook group.
C. An all encompassing email thread ... and the occasional texts as well.
D. The telephone.

4. In your opinion, what's inappropriate to share on social media?
A. The guest list.
B. The guest list; my wedding dress.
C. The guest list; my wedding dress; my registry details.
D. Anything alluding to the wedding. Some of my social media friends aren't invited...

5. What's your stance on guests posting on social media at your wedding?
A. I love it! I placed our hashtag throughout the ceremony and reception so people remember to post.
B. I love it but only for the reception. I've asked guest to refrain from snapping during the ceremony.
C. I'm into it for the reception but think it's annoying when amateur photographers get in the way and prevent our real photographer from doing her job.
D. I requested every guest to leave their cell phone at home so they can fully enjoy our amazing event.

Mostly A's: Reel It In!
Mayday! You're in the matrimonial danger zone. Pump the brakes on the updates if you like having friends.

Mostly B's: Only Slightly Annoying
Some of your less sentimental friends have probably removed you from their newsfeed already, but if you're okay with that, keep on keeping on.

Mostly C's: The Perfect Mix
If only all brides could mimic your appropriate, but excited bridal behavior. You've got this shtick down.

Mostly D's: Hello? Are You There?
Privacy is your middle name (well actually you would never share your middle name on social media) and a wedding is no exception. Most people on your social networks don't even know you're engaged.

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Wait, Are Prince Harry & Cressida Bonas Getting Back Together?

Prince Harry Cressida Bonas Officially Broken Up

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Third time's the charm? From the looks of it, Prince Harry and ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas, may be getting back together for the third time.

The royal and his long-lasting love interest were spotted together at the movies, Tuesday, at a theater near Kensington Palace to see Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel's new flick Sex Tape, British newspaper The Sun reports. Once the film finished, they went their separate ways, Harry into his security car, Cressida in a cab.

"They tried hard to blend in. None of the other cinemagoers seemed to realize," a fellow moviegoer told the paper.

But that's no the only recent outing they've been spotted together. Just this past Sunday, two days before their movie date, Cressida attended the finale concert of the Invictus Games, Harry's passion project.

While cozy-ing up to watch a movie does seems really indicative, ever since their split, a source close to the former couple told People that they are merely "the best of friends."

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The two first split in April after sources revealed that Cressida was too "needy" and meanwhile she felt "stifled" by being in the public eye. In May, hope seemed to re-emerge when the two had a reunion. Unfortunately in June, reports said that they were over for good.

"They were really in love with each other, and it was a painful decision to part," an insider told People at the time of their breakup. "Their relationship wasn't working out."

Sure, there's a ton of mixed signals, breakups, and makeups with these two, but if you may recall there's another royal pair that famously broke up and reunited only to marry and have kids — we're talking about Prince William and Duchess Kate of course.

Fingers crossed that they can work it out, and that soon we'll have another royal wedding on its way.

Read more: Wait, Are Prince Harry & Cressida Bonas Getting Back Together?

Beyond the Thread Count: What to Know About Registering for Sheets

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You'll hear people brag about their 800 thread-count sheets, but does that mean they're necessarily the best? Possibly not, depending on what you're looking for out of your sheets. There's also fiber, yarn thickness, weave, and finish to consider. Various combinations result in different feels, from soft and weighty to crisp and cool. Here's what to keep in mind:

Thread Count: Quite simply, this is the number of vertical and crosswise threads (warp and weft) per square inch. It seems like a higher thread count would yield a thicker, more luxurious sheet, but think about it: The more threads you squeeze into that square inch, the thinner they'd have to be in order to fit. According to Consumer Reports, the "sweet spot" is around 400, though some sheets with a thread count of around 300 are great, as well.

Yarn Thickness: Many sheets will be woven using single-ply yarn, or yarn with only one thickness, resulting in thinner sheets. Double ply (two threads twisted around one another) sheets will be thicker and possibly more durable.

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Fiber: Do you prefer cotton, linen, silk, bamboo, or a blend? According to Justin Sonfield, general manager of merchandising at The Company Store, "cotton is still king" for its durability and comfort. Linen is light and textural and silk is smooth, luxurious, and naturally hypoallergenic. In addition, bamboo offers the softness of cotton but can be more durable, eco-friendly, and antimicrobial. Better blends, such as cotton and silk or cotton and bamboo, capitalize on the best properties of each fiber, says Sonfield.

And if you think it's as simple as choosing cotton, think again. There's a range there, too: Egyptian, Pima, and Supima (the trademarked name for 100 percent American Pima) are premium cottons. They have longer fibers, resulting in softer, suppler sheets. Egyptian cotton is the most luxurious, breathable, and absorbent. Make sure the label says 100 percent Egyptian cotton. Otherwise, the sheets may only have a little Egyptian woven in with more standard cotton.

Weave: Weave has a lot to do with the feel of the sheets. According to Sonfield, percale sheets are crisp and cool (think hotel sheets) while sateen sheets are satiny-smooth. Flannel sheets have a soft, raised nap and are warm and cozy. And jersey sheets aren't woven at all, but knitted, for that soft, drapey feel you love in your favorite tee.

Care: More lavish sheets like linen or silk are lovely, but they require special care. It may be worth it to you to invest the extra time and expense required for their upkeep. But, if you're more of a wash-and-go type, consider skipping the special fibers. Even so, Sonfield suggests washing your sheets alone to ensure they get the best clean possible and remove them from the dryer quickly to prevent wrinkles.

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

Read more: Beyond the Thread Count: What to Know About Registering for Sheets

Ashley Tisdale Shares More Wedding Photos & Reveals Who Designed Her Dress!

Even more details about Ashley Tisdale's wedding have been revealed — including new scoop on her dress!

It was just reported that the High School Musical's lace wedding dress was designed by Monique Lhuillier. The body-hugging design is incredibly figure-flattering, and we love how the boho flower crown offsets the classic romance of her gown. For his part, her new husband, Annie Automatic lead singer Christopher French, wore a tux by John Varvatos.

And while we knew her BFF Vanessa Hudgens was one of her six well-dressed bridesmaids, we just found out the other famous faces who were in attendance at her big day, which took place just outside of Santa Barbara, California. The fun photo booth snap, above, shows 90210 star Shenae Grimes and her husband Josh Beech made the guest list, too.

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Tisdale's wedding planner Lisa Vorce talked to People about the picture-perfect event, which mixed rustic, ethereal, and bohemian elements. For instance, the reception featured soft garden roses and wooden farm tables covered with lace table runners making the overall effect, "the perfect intimate and elegant celebration that Ashley and Chris envisioned."

As the pictures prove, the wedding was "inspired by all things rustic and romantic," Vorce added.

The actress broke the news that she tied the knot earlier this week on Instagram. She posted an adorable picture of herself and her new husband, arm and arm, and wrote: "Best day of my life! Introducing Mr and Mrs French Sept 8, 2014 Shot by @corbingurkin."

Read more: Ashley Tisdale Shares More Wedding Photos & Reveals Who Designed Her Dress!

Wedding Hairstyle 101: How to DIY This Romantic Updo

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Getting gorgeous, wedding-ready hair doesn't have to be difficult! Last week we gave you the step-by-step instructions on how to create a sleek side bun right in your very own home. But in case you're the type of bride-to-be who favors a less structured version of the look, we came up with an easy style that's perfect for you: a romantic updo.

This soft look is ideal for just about any bridal moment — from your shower or bachelorette party to your rehearsal dinner and even the big day. Plus, it can be dressed up or down with the help of accessories and a gorgeous white wedding dress! And, thanks to breezy curls, a volumized crown, and seemingly random (but perfectly placed!) twists, this updo looks entirely effortless and fresh.

The best part is that this pretty 'do is as easy to DIY as your go-to messy topknot. We broke down how to create the look in four simple steps (yes, it's really a no-brainer!) so you can test drive it before you walk down the aisle.

Follow our step-by-step instructions to master this romantic updo and watch the look come to life in the video below.

1. Using a half-inch barrel curling iron, curl small sections of your hair.
2. Tease your hair to give the curls a bit of a bed-head vibe.
3. Leaving out the face-framing sections of your hair, twist sections of hair together and secure with bobby pins.
4. Finish with a light hairspray.

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Video by Fantasma Films; Hair: David Cotteblanche for Red Market Salon; Makeup: Gina Monte for Red Market Salon

Read more: Wedding Hairstyle 101: How to DIY This Romantic Updo

5 Things Every Bride Can Learn from Cover Star Lindsay Ellingson's Sweet Southern Wedding

The last person Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson expected to meet at Jay Z and Kanye's launch party for Watch the Throne in 2011 was her future husband. "Someone bumped into me on the dance floor," says Lindsay. "I turned around and saw tall, dark, and handsome." He turned out to be Sean Clayton, and after the pair ran into one another again the next day, they knew it was meant to be. Two years later, Sean proposed near his family's home on Thanksgiving morning, and the couple began planning a wedding down south at Palmetto Bluff. "Sean and I love it there," says Lindsay. "The first time we ever talked about getting married was during a trip there, so it was only fitting that we go back for our wedding."

For the full scoop on Lindsay and Sean's big day, as well as the other bridal looks she donned for our shoot, pick up the October/November 2014 issue of Brides (on newsstands now!). As a bonus, we've got five tips every bride-to-be could use from this couple's rosy-hued South Carolina celebration.

Give yourself time
"The best advice I got was to slow everything down," says the bride. "We started getting ready as early as possible, and I still ended up feeling rushed!"

Remember your scent
While she was shopping for shoes, Lindsay spritzed on the Jimmy Choo fragrance. "Sean had never noticed my perfume before, but he told me he loved this one," she says, "so I went back and bought a bottle. Now the scent will always remind me of our wedding day."

Trust your style instincts
Lindsay, inspired by Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Grace Kelly, knew that she wanted a classic wedding, and her bouquet was no exception. "I realized every picture on my Pinterest board included Lily of the Valley," she says. "So even though it's not the most practical choice for July, my florist made it happen!"

Take lessons
Instead of slowly swaying for their first dance, Sean and Lindsay hired a pro to teach them some moves. "We wanted to give your guests something fun to watch," says Lindsay of their spins and dips.

Don't rush to leave
Though the reception officially ended at midnight — complete with a sparkler exit — the couple and their guests stuck around for a couple more hours, roasting marshmallows and dancing by the Inn's fire pits.

Read more: 5 Things Every Bride Can Learn from Cover Star Lindsay Ellingson's Sweet Southern Wedding

Picture This: Answers to 3 Common Wedding Photography Questions

Your wedding photographs are a tangible record of a special time in your life and a gift for generations to come. That's why choosing the right person is so important. Before hiring a photographer, you should consider several questions, including budget, photo style, and length of service. As you do so, it's also good to keep in mind other, more granular aspects that you might not have considered. We found some helpful etiquette questions and answers that should help guide you toward the right wedding photographer.

Can you give me a quick crib sheet on the technical side of photography?
A photographer's portfolio may be all you need to get a good sense of the type of work he or she can do for you. But knowing a little bit about the technical side of photography can help you when discussing equipment options. Photography done with a medium- or large-format camera will be less grainy when enlarged than images shot in 35 mm. If you prefer a natural look indoors and out and dislike flash photography, the photographer will use fast film, often film with an ASA of 200 or faster. However, faster film also loses sharpness when enlarged.

I love the look of black and white, but my parents want my pictures to be in color. Is one more appropriate than the other?
There is a decided trend toward black-and-white wedding photography, particularly among the burgeoning school of brides and grooms who prefer a more candid, photojournalistic approach. Although black-and-white film is less expensive, it is more expensive to process and print than color. If you want some black-and-white shots, make sure your photographer is skilled in this area. Many brides and grooms hire photographers who are willing to switch back and forth, capturing, for example, the processional in color and the recessional in black and white; this can be the best of both worlds, particularly when it is negotiated as part of the package. Be mindful that black and white won't preserve the day's colors, but it can confer a timelessness that can add power and beauty to some images.

Do we have any legal recourse in the event that our photographs don't turn out? Are the professionals expected to pay a damage fee, or will they offer to re-create portions of the day?
While nothing will replace lost photos, you shouldn't have to pay for someone else's errors or accidents. Make sure your contract clearly delineates not only your right to pay if work is not delivered but also the return of your deposit and the professional's financial responsibility to pay you if he or she doesn't deliver. If the photographer will not agree to the latter, check on industry wedding insurance with your insurance agent to see what coverage is available and at what cost.

In addition, your ceremony and reception sites may require liability insurance of any vendor or service you bring in from the outside. Check early on to see if it is required, and if so, make sure the professionals you hire have liability insurance and proof of insurance to be sent to those who require it.

Read more: Picture This: Answers to 3 Common Wedding Photography Questions

Battle of the Bridesmaids: How to Handle Competitive 'Maids

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Bridesmaids are a blessing. They're there to help you lick envelopes; zip up your wedding dress; consume record-setting amounts of wine at your bachelorette party; and hug the pre-wedding jitters out of you like no one else can. Unfortunately, they're also human, which makes them susceptible to some unflattering emotions, including jealousy.

While a bridesmaid envying the bride is the cornerstone of many a chick flicks and sitcoms, the less addressed topic is the predicament of bridesmaids being jealous of each other. If you find yourself with a couple of 'maids going to head to head, here are a few ways to diffuse the situation.

Make everyone feel special.
First things first, your bridesmaids are most likely butting heads because they want your attention. They want to be the most important friend — the one that knows your food allergies; the one that never makes fun of those sorority t-shirts you wear to the gym; the one that just gets you. Think of the dueling parties as toddlers fighting over a toy ... and you, our friend, are that toy.

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Knowing this, the fastest way to diffuse the situation is to give each girl her own serving of special attention. Take each bridesmaid aside — whether at your bridal shower, bachelorette, or engagement party — and let her know just how much she means to you and what an integral part of your wedding she plays. Include a personalized and heartfelt letter for each of your friends with their bridesmaid gift, to keep everyone feeling warm and fuzzy.

Outline specific duties for each.
Because competiting bridesmaids are longing to be your number one, it's likely that they'll both want to be the one to help with your wedding planning. While it's great to have friends clamoring to help, choosing one friend over another is awkward. Instead, proactively ask each bridesmaid for help with different projects. Maybe one will help you choose floral arrangements, while the other is your go-to lady for wedding invite help — whatever it is, be clear about who is owning what task.

Allow everyone bits of individuality.
Finally, let everyone to showcase their own personal style. Maybe it's their hairstyle, their earrings, their shoes, even their dress — no matter what you choose, this avenue for self expression will help prevent "look-at-me" behavior amongst the competitive set.

Read more: Battle of the Bridesmaids: How to Handle Competitive 'Maids

You'll Never Guess Who's Paying for George Clooney's Wedding!

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It's no secret that we're anxiously awaiting the moment when George Clooney, the eternal bachelor, becomes a married man! And while we don't yet know when exactly his highly-anticipated wedding to Amal Alamuddin will take place, major details about their nuptials are beginning to surface.

We've already learned from Clooney himself that he'll be tying the knot in Venice, Italy sometime in late September. And now we found out who's footing the bill — and it's not the groom. Despite being worth an estimated $180 million, Us Weekly reports that the two-time Oscar winner won't be covering the financials of the big day. Instead, Alamuddin's parents, who are said to be extremely traditional, will be paying for most of the wedding.

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Luckily for Alamuddin's parents, they're keeping the wedding plans relatively in-check. According to the Daily Mail, the future Mr. and Mrs. Clooney are only inviting 60 guests. So who reportedly made the guest list? Clooney's long-time pal Rande Gerber — the groom's alleged best man (sorry, Brad!) — and his wife Cindy Crawford, along with Matt Damon and his wife Luciana, will be in attendance when the couple exchanges vows. As for Alamuddin's attendants, her young sister Tala is slated to stand beside her as maid of honor.

By all accounts, it appears that Gerber is already living up to his role as best man. TMZ reports that Gerber was seen boarding a private jet filled with 50 cases of Casamigos tequila — a brand he co-owns with Clooney — headed towards Italy. Considering the couple will be hosting a fairly intimate wedding, it appears the bar will be very well stocked.

Read more: You'll Never Guess Who's Paying for George Clooney's Wedding!

Wedding Eyeshadow Made Easy

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If you're strictly a liner-and-mascara girl, it's time to up your eye makeup game. And don't worry: It's easier than you think to DIY it! We asked celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor, whose clients include Jennifer Lawrence and Kerry Washington, to give us the play-by-play for three wedding-ready looks.

Metallic Glam (above): Sparkly eyeshadow catches the light so beautifully, you don't need to pile it on to make an impact. The key, Sotomayor says, is blending.

Step one: Dab a copper shadow, like CoverGirl Bombshell Shine Shadow in Copper Fling ($7, available at Walmart), at your lash line with a brush and sweep it up to your brow bone. Then, smudge brown liner across your upper and lower lashes.

Step two: Grab a few metallic shadows — we like the shades of rose gold and shimmery chocolate brown in Cle de Peau's shadow quad in Satin Moon ($55, available at Nordstrom) —and a large fluffy shadow brush. "The tones intensify each other as you layer them," Sotomayor says, which means it's best to apply the lightest color all over, on top of your copper base, the medium shades up to your crease, and the deepest shade closest to the lash line.

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Smoky, Redefined: These warm brown shades are flattering on every complexion, and help take the edge off bold liner.

Step 1: Apply a primer, like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($12, available at Sephora), to the lids, then use a thin brush to drag black eyeliner across the entire upper and lower lashline. Smudge it gently with your finger or another brush.

Step 2: Using an angled brush, apply a warm brown eyeshadow. Then, brush a lighter beige shadow from lashes to brows. Try Nars Duo Shadow in India Song ($35, available at Nars), which contains both shades.

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Pretty in Lavender: Sweet and feminine, this look is particularly gorgeous for an outdoor wedding. "Since the light outdoors is constantly changing, a matte pastel color is reliably beautiful under any conditions," Sotomayor says.

Step 1: Brush a light veil of light-catching cream shadow, like Sonia Kashuk Pearlescence Cream Eyeshadow in Moonstone ($9, available at Target), from lash to brow. Add a little extra to the inner corners of your eyes for a brightening effect.

Step 2: Work a deep purple liner, like CoverGirl Eyeliner in Plum Velvet ($5, available at Amazon), along the roots of your upper lashes on one eye, then quickly grab a Q-tip to remove most of it before it sets. Sounds weird but it works: You'll be left with subtle definition and just a hint of color between your lashes. Repeat on the other eye.

Step 3: Use a soft fluffy brush to apply a lavender eyeshadow all over the lids. Finish by brushing a deep violet shade at the outer corners, blending in. We like the lighter and darker shades in Revlon's Colorstay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Seductive ($8, available at Amazon).

Read more: Wedding Eyeshadow Made Easy

Wedding Events for Out-of-Town Guests

Even if you're not planning a destination wedding, there's a good chance that some, perhaps even most, of your guests will be traveling for your big day. As you put together welcome bags and think about reserving blocks of hotel rooms, it's also important to consider planning some events to make out-of-towners feel welcomed and appreciated. If there's open time in the wedding-celebration schedule, or for guests who plan to make a vacation out of the trip, provide your out-of-town friends and family with a list of local activities, sports centers, museums, and other attractions. This aside, there are a few other wedding-weekend events that you should either plan for these guests or include them in. Here, according to etiquette experts, is a sampling of when and how you should plan these.

The night of the rehearsal dinner: Some couples include out-of-towns at the rehearsal dinner. While this is not obligatory, if circumstances enable their inclusion in the rehearsal dinner, then it's a viable option. Otherwise, friends and relatives may offer to host a cocktail party, barbecue, or other gathering for guests while the wedding party is rehearsing or at dinner.

The day before the wedding: Many weddings are full weekend events. Gatherings are planned before and after the main event, so a hike, miniature golf outing, or other casual outdoor adventure is a nice way for folks to get acquainted in a less formal setting before the wedding.

On the day of an evening wedding: Friends might host a brunch or luncheon for guests on the day of a late-afternoon or evening wedding.

At a post-wedding brunch: Out-of-town guests at an evening wedding generally stay the night. For them, a breakfast or brunch makes for a nice send-off.

Read more: Wedding Events for Out-of-Town Guests

How Not to Annoy Your Wedding Planner

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Want to make the most of your wedding planner's time? While a signed contract is a great first step, turning into a total bridezilla, or worse, a stage-five clinger, midway through the process is definitely not the wisest way to go. Remember: Wedding planners are people too, and you've got to give respect to get it. We asked a bunch of seasoned wedding planners to tell it like it really is when it comes to all the little (and not so little) things that annoy them.

Come with a vision.
"I know this is a hard one because some people really don't know what they want, but at least have a vague idea what direction you would like to move in, maybe a color palette or a theme you like, so we can pull it all together and not have to create a vision for you." — Shafonne Myers, wedding planner and founder of Pretty Pear Bride

Include them in vendor conversations.
"Calling your vendors directly can certainly annoy your planner, especially if you're discussing details they should be privy to. Always include your planner in all wedding planning discussions." — Shawn Rabideau, president of Shawn Rabideau Events & Design

See More: Your Last-Minute, Pre-Wedding Vendor Checklist

Trust their expertise.
"Once you've chosen your planner, trust them and their expertise. Most planners (and vendors for that matter) appreciate the trust, and in return, will go above and beyond your expectations." — Sunny Ravanbach, president of White Lilac Events

See More: 10 Things a Bride Should Never Do According to a Wedding Planner

Be on time.
"If you can't make an appointment, please let your planner know in advance. This is particularly crucial during the busy season because make up or late appointments can be very difficult to reschedule." — Karen Gramlich and Laura Booker of Winey Blonde Events Co.

Use Pinterest only for ideas.
"Not for a full design. No one wants to copy another's work or a design they have seen repinned 10000 times on Pinterest. Plus, you want your wedding to be original too, right?" — Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer, owner of Pure Luxe Bride

Don't expect them to answer your calls around the clock.
"Wedding planners usually work normal office hours on days when they're not executing events, and they don't love working extra nights to accommodate clients' work schedules. Sometimes it has to be done, but it's important to remember that they work in a field that doesn't give them a lot of free time or at-home time with their families and to try and respect that." — Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques

Make your mind up.
"Wishy-washy and indecisive thinking can be annoying. The planner is typically working within a timeline to get all activities successfully executed, ensuring all the 'I's are dotted and 't's crossed. The planner will present many options and it's up to the couple to make some concrete and firm decisions in a timely manner. This also applies to last-minute changes that can have a domino effect." — Greg Jenkins, founder of Bravo Productions

Read more: How Not to Annoy Your Wedding Planner

WATCH: Behind the Scenes at Our Photoshoot with Ballerina Brides-to-Be from the American Ballet Theatre

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It really couldn't have been more perfect: six stunning ballerinas in the esteemed American Ballet Theatre engaged at the same time. All of them, set to float down the aisle in their best costume yet — a wedding dress!

Naturally, we had to seize the moment, and, lucky for us (and you), we were able to shoot all six dancers in dream bridal gowns. The result? Elegant insight into their unbelievable poise, personalities, and wedding plans.

And, just as we expected, the designer dresses we threw their way didn't wear the talented artists by any means — they wore them. With a simple arabesque here and jeté there, each beautiful ballerina made the designs come to life.

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We also have a behind-the-scenes video, below, that captures the magic from shoot day. It's in the clip that you can really see the girls in action — as Nicola Curry takes a breathtaking twirl, on point, in an ethereal, floral-embellished Mira Zwillinger, Lauren Post and Elina Miettinen show off their strong-standing extensions in a Reem Acra tulle mini akin to a tutu.

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The awe-inspiring athletes also shared sweet anecdotes about their wedding plans and relationships: Brittany de Grofft revealed her future husband is a fellow ABT member, plus her bridesmaids are all ballerinas as well! Cassandra Trenary noted she'll be wearing a DIY headpiece of pears, gold wire, and flowers picked from her future mother-in-law's veil.

"It's been fun because we just pass around magazines and have plenty of conversations about flowers, and cakes, and all that," Curry says in the video. "It's definitely going to be summer of weddings."

"You know putting on the dresses, getting your hair and makeup done, it's sort of preparing you for that day. So I think we're all feeling the excitement," Post adds.

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See more from our shoot by watching the behind-the-scenes video, above. To check out the rest of the spread, don't forget to pick up our October/November issue, on newsstands now!

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10 Brides Reveal the One Thing They Love to Hate About Their Guy

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Don't get us wrong: We love our guys. But have you ever noticed that they've retained certain boyish (read: juvenile) aspects? Exhibit A: His undying love of that neon beer sign he uses as the main source of light in his living room. Or that Max Headroom poster he sees as a perfectly legitimate piece of art. Oh well!

Of course, this boyishness is partly what we love about them. But some of that stuff he holds onto, um, not so much. We asked you which of his prized possessions you wouldn't mind mysteriously vanishing. Not that you'd have anything to do with it! Read 'em and weep...

"His 47-inch trophy mounted Muskie fish that will only fit above the couch." — Keli T.

"A really creepy hologram picture of Jesus that a friend of his bought in Italy." — Monica L.

"A shirt that says 'CANCUN, I came, I partied, I don't remember....' He's never been to Cancun in his life!" — Carissa D.

See More: What to Do When You Hate His Best Man

"My husband thinks turtlenecks are comfy and cool. He owns quite a few. I plan on burning them the next time he goes out of town!" — Mackenzie W.

"His '3 Wolf Moon' shirt. Look it up." — Kelsea N.

"His camouflage Crocs (sadface)." — Jessica R.

"He had a stuffed (taxidermy) dog that was made out of rabbit fur. It's sick." — Kelsey E.

"His hats! He as a baseball cap in every color and team logo and brand. I'm talking a huge shopping bag collection that he won't throw away. He color coordinates them with every outfit he wears. I find his hats all over the house, and he buys a new one every time he goes shopping on his own. Worse than a girl and her shoe collection!" — Megan K.

"He's quite fond of the movie Halloween. He has a poster for every Halloween movie and a couple of Michael Myers action figures. Every single item is signed by a majority of the cast. I hate every single item. I hate that movie with a passion!" — Ashly L.

"His red plaid, cut-off sleeved 'Larry the Cable Guy' shirt. Can't stand the thing, and he knows it! He chooses to wear it when it'll embarrass me the most!" — Lisa Marie H.

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

Read more: 10 Brides Reveal the One Thing They Love to Hate About Their Guy

From the Famous Guests to the Favors: Lauren Conrad Shares More Wedding Details

She's lived everywhere from Laguna Beach to The Hills, but when it came time to get married last weekend, Lauren Conrad picked a picturesque coastal boutique winery in California's Santa Ynez Valley. That's just one of the many details that are finally coming out about her wedding to her lawyer fiancé William Tell.

According to Us Weekly, Conrad hosted a rustic-chic ceremony on Saturday for guests including family and friends like Lo Bosworth and former MTV costars Stephen Colletti and Frankie Delgado.

See More: Why Lauren Conrad is Taking Her Time Planning Her Dream Wedding

Bridesmaid-turned-wedding planner Cassandra Herschenfeld helped Conrad plan the event, which was nearly a year in the making. "I don't know that I have ever been as happy as I was walking down that aisle," Conrad told Us. "It was amazing!"

Some of those painstaking details included vintage hankies and homemade apple pie, things which the budding lifestyle guru likely had a major hand in choosing. The "crazy party" of a reception also included white flowers, gourmet food and a photo booth.

Conrad and Tell gave guests bottles of wine as a welcome gift and treated them to a post-wedding brunch on Sunday morning, to which Conrad wore an adorable dress that matched some of her stationery.

By all accounts, that's just what happened, and Conrad and Tell pulled off getting hitched without a hitch. As a source told People, "They are perfect for each other."

Read more: From the Famous Guests to the Favors: Lauren Conrad Shares More Wedding Details

Alfred Angelo Is Designing a Frozen-Inspired Wedding Dress!

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Ever since Frozen premiered, pop culture really can't "Let it Go" (sorry, we had to). Frozen-mania has hit hard, with Elsa making her way onto ABC's Once Upon a Time set, a Frozen ride currently under construction at Disney World, and now, an Elsa-inspired Frozen wedding dress! Alfred Angelo, the bridal fashion house behind an entire Disney Fairy Tale Wedding collection with gowns that show a striking resemblance to Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Sleeping Beauty, and Jasmine's iconic looks, is designing the dress.

The Elsa dress will make its way into the Disney collection's next iteration. "She is beautiful and elegant, and her inner beauty shines through when she is ultimately not afraid to embrace who she is with confidence and poise," Alfred Angelo's Chief Creative Officer Michele Piccione tells InStyle. "We wanted to translate Elsa's inner beauty and individuality into a sophisticated gown that exudes this."

See more: Best Movie Wedding Dresses

Naturally, the dress will be an "ice blue softly-flared sheath gown" according to Angelo. It will also feature a Watteau train, "a classic style that drapes from the shoulders to the floor," which resembles the character's very own sweeping piece of shimmering fabric.

Pretty on-trend for a Disney gown: Both a colorful hue (have you seen the shades walking the runway lately?) and a cape-like train? Very fitting for Disney's own modern-day princess, Elsa.

Want to look like Elsa on your big day? The dress will be available in January 2015. And if you do choose to purchase this gown, we recommend a thick, platinum blonde side-braid to complement the look.

Read more: Alfred Angelo Is Designing a Frozen-Inspired Wedding Dress!

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

Giving guests a tasty wedding favor is always a good idea, especially if they're homemade meal accoutrements guests can enjoy at home the next day. Maybe you're known for your killer salsa recipe. Or perhaps you and your groom's first date took place at a local barbecue restaurant. Why not whip up batches of your famous salsa recipe or purchase mini bottles of the restaurant's barbecue sauce to give to guests? They'll appreciate all of the thought and effort into making your wedding send-off gift a delicious one.

Jam (above): Into making jam? Make some batches of your favorite flavor (apricot and habanero sounds amazing, doesn't it?) to give to guests.

Olive Oil: This couple passed out bottles of extra-virgin olive oil bearing a tag printed with the couple's favorite pasta recipe. Love this idea!

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Photo: JL Photografia

Honey: A jar of locally sourced honey is such a sweet idea.

Hot Sauce: If you and your groom love all things spicy, then why not give everyone miniature bottles of your favorite hot sauces?

Spice Rub: Known for your fabulous dinner parties? Let guests in on your kitchen secrets with a jar of your homemade spice rub.

Maple Syrup: Send guests home with a bottle of delicious maple syrup they can enjoy with pancakes and waffles at home.

Salsa: This couple invites guests to their home for a low-key backyard wedding complete with a taco truck and jars of homemade salsa.

Barbecue Sauce: We love the idea of bottling up jars of barbecue sauce from your favorite 'cue joint to give to your guests

Read more: Crowd-Pleasing Edible Wedding Favors: The Sauces & Spices Edition

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: shocking proposals and receptions that bring the outdoors in! From a total proposal fake-out to garden party-inspired nuptials, take a peek at the best wedding blogs:

There's planning a surprise proposal, and then there's what Jack Bermeo did. Instead of kind of throwing his girlfriend off the scent, he planned an entire fake wedding as a ruse to pop the question. You have to watch the video to believe it. —POPSUGAR

We found a couple that met on Instagram, documented their relationship on Instagram, and, last weekend, shared the news of their engagement on Instagram! They're professional photographers, so needless to say, the images they shared with us of their whole story are picture-perfect. —Brides

This couple went all out for their vow renewal, with a ceremony, formalwear, and more! Our favorite part? The mini terrariums they incorporated into the centerpieces, which are one one of the best ways to make an indoor reception feel fresh out of the greenhouse. —100 Layer Cake

A laid-back, gold-tinged wedding is already out of the ordinary. Throw in succulents as the boutonnieres and slices of tree trunks as centerpieces, and it becomes downright woodsy! —Ruffled

We're always looking for ways to mix up the traditional bachelorette party structure — bar nights and dancing are fun, but why not host something totally unique? This styled bachelorette inspiration shoot features craft cocktails and a bar decked out in lush greens and flowers. —Green Wedding Shoes

We're slightly obsessed with this Southern, garden party-inspired wedding. The coupled decked out their tables with topiaries, had canopies of greenery, included actual trees in their ballroom, and sliced into a cake decorated with flowers to match the bride's dress. Talk about attention to detail! —Brides

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

Everything You Need to Know About Lauren Conrad's Wedding Dress (Photos Included!)

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Photo: Courtesy of Us Weekly

Finally, details have emerged about vintage-meets-rustic Lauren Conrad's Santa Ynez, California nuptials. The most important element of all, of course, was her wedding dress, which we now finally have more information on!

Unlike our initial predictions that bestie and former Laguna Beach co-star-turned-Vera-Wang-designer Trey Phillips would design her big-day gown, L.C. went with design duo Badgley Mischka for a custom-creation that featured two-tone Chantilly lace embroidered antique-looking Alencon lace, and glamorous crystals and pearls. The finishing touches included an embroidered illusion back and a stunning sweeping veil and train.

See more: As If. Our Fantasy Bridesmaid Dress Selections for Lauren Conrad's Former MTV Co-Stars

"I was so thrilled to have Mark and James work on my dress. Not only have I been a longtime fan of their designs and aesthetic, they are also the nicest guys," L.C. said of her wedding dressmakers in a release from the design house. "They were so sweet and made the process really enjoyable. I love my dress."

"We were delighted when Lauren asked if we would design her wedding gown," Mark Badgley and James Mischka also said in the release. "Lauren embodies a young, modern, and sophisticated style that is the type of women we love to design for. She wanted a simple and classic yet glamorous gown which paired perfectly with the Old Hollywood element we love to put in each of our designs."

Lauren Conrad Wedding Dress Inspiration Board

Photo: Courtesy of Badgley Mischka

The Paper Crown designer's iconic styles come through in the inspiration board for the dress, above, which features images of the reality-star-turned-lifestyle-guru alongside cuts of romantic lace fabric and dainty embellishments only fit for L.C.

Lauren Conrad Wedding Dress Sketch

Photo: Courtesy of Badgley Mischka

A sketch of the gown, too, showcases the touch of shimmer along the bodice.

Do you like Lauren's dress? Tweet us what you think @BRIDES!

Read more: Everything You Need to Know About Lauren Conrad's Wedding Dress (Photos Included!)

An Eclectic Fall Wedding in North Carolina

When Kevin Boyle moved to North Carolina for a job in 2007, his friend Brian knew he'd need to meet some Tar Heel natives, so he introduced Kevin to MarySue Zaytoun, and the introduction stuck. In February of 2012, when MarySue, a fashion buyer, was coming home from a business trip, Kevin surprised her with a proposal at home. After she said yes, he surprised her again as their families joined them for champagne and celebrating.

The pair wasted no time planning their wedding, setting a date a mere nine months later, on November 3rd, 2012. They hired Ivy Robinson Events to get all the details in order and design their eclectic-meets-French countryside luncheon (and their evening cocktail party!), and Corbin Gurkin to take the incredible pictures.

Rifle Paper Co. designed the flower-laden invitations. Because they were wed in an 11 a.m. ceremony, MarySue and Kevin decided to invite their family and close friends for a post-wedding brunch, then have a larger cocktail party later with a bigger group.

The dress MarySue wore down the aisle is a real family heirloom. "My great-great-grandmother made the dress, and my great-grandmother, grandmother, great aunt, and mother wore it," she says. The bride made it modern by shortening the sleeves and adding a tulle overskirt.

Because the church was small, the couple chose to keep their wedding party small, each tapping two people to stand with them at the ceremony. MarySue's 'maids wore dresses of their choice in black and dark gray. All three women carried brightly-hued bouquets of dahlias, roses, and peonies in coral, orange and burgundy, accented with pops of light green.

MarySue and Kevin had a full Catholic mass at St. Peter's Catholic Church.

MarySue's headband and veil were a combination of the veil that was created to go with her gown and an heirloom pearl headband that was a gift from a family friend.

Instead of a traditional venue, the bride and groom rented a private home for their wedding—a penthouse condo with an open floor plan and a fantastic patio. "We wanted our wedding to feel like a party we'd throw in our home," says MarySue. They decorated with neutral linens, lush pink and orange centerpieces, and MarySue's mother's family's china.

Even the menu was full of family heirlooms. The couple worked with Craig Barbour, the owner of Roots, a Charlotte-area food truck serving up local, seasonal, homemade foods. "For breakfast we had casserole, hash, and of course my grandma's biscuits," says MarySue. "Craig did an amazing job working with our family's favorites."

A wedding wouldn't be complete without cake. MarySue and Kevin had not one, but three! "We didn't want a huge six-tier confection, so we chose to have three smaller cakes instead." Buttercream coated layers of orange bourbon cake, filled with orange zest buttercream and topped with vintage cake toppers.

That evening, MarySue changed into a strapless column gown that she found for only $99 at a local bridal shop that was going out of business. She dressed it up with a pink fur coat and brocade pumps.

For the cocktail party, a live band played as guests ate passed hors d'oeuvres or drank hot cocoa and played beer pong on the patio. "It was a great opportunity to do something less formal," says MarySue. They reused the arrangements from the brunch to decorate the tables.

"We both have big families," says MarySue. "Having a more intimate family brunch, then inviting our friends for cocktails later, was the perfect way to accommodate both crowds and celebrate with everyone we love."

Ceremony Venue: St. Peter's Catholic Church || Reception Venue: Private Residence || Wedding Planner: Ivy Robinson Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Family Heirloom || Shoes: Rupert Sanderson || Clutch: Olympia Le Tan || Hair: Jacqueline Bush || Makeup: Elizabeth Black || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids || Groom's Attire: Hickey Freeman || Wedding Bands: Dezso by Sara Beltran || Florist: John Lupton & Andrew Thomas || Invitations & Paper Goods: save the dates, brunch invitations, escort cards - Rifle Paper Co.; evening invitations - Arzberger Stationers; menus - Anne Watkins || Calligraphy: Kathryn Murray || Music: brunch - Robyn Springer, evening - In The Pocket || Catering: Roots || Cake: The Art of Cake || Rentals: Party Reflections || Favors: Davidson Chocolate || Photography: Corbin Gurkin

Read more: An Eclectic Fall Wedding in North Carolina

He Wants Kids; You Don't. Should You Still Get Married?

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If your reaction to having children is akin to that of the heroine in bestselling author Emily Giffin's Baby Proof — that is to say, you love the man and loathe the idea of having his spawn to the point of separation — don't let your real-life love story end in divorce. Instead, talk to your significant other about your maternal instincts, or lack thereof, before your big day.

"If you are vehemently opposed to having kids and you marry someone without either telling them or finding out that they must have kids to feel fulfilled, you've just made a terrible, very expensive — not to mention heartbreaking — mistake," says relationship expert Dana Corey.

With the exception of scheduling this sit-down before saying "I do," there's no perfect time to let this secret slip. Choose a time when you're both in good moods, and in a place where you can hear, discuss and understand the other person's desires. "Have a conversation the same way you talk about where you want to live, what your goals and dreams are for the future, what you're looking forward to about being married," suggests Corey.

See More: Answers to Your Trickiest Family-Related Wedding Questions

If you find your fiancé wants children, that's not necessarily a deal breaker. But you'll still have a serious decision to make. "You have to determine whether or not you can live with what he wants or not," says Corey. "You can't marry him and hope that down the road he's going to come around. You have to choose for yourself — could I live with that choice? If not, he's not the right partner for you, even if you love him."

Living with the choice to marry despite your differing views on family won't be easy, if you do decide to go that route. After all, there's not much gray area between having children and not having children. And the compromise can't be to become an uninvolved parent. "Someone can't say, 'You can have the kids, but I'm not going to participate,'" says Corey. But if you can come to an agreement or compromise, and you both own it and are fully committed to that compromise, then it can work."

What do you think? Could you ever marry someone who wanted kids when you didn't? Tweet us your thoughts at @BRIDES.

Read more: He Wants Kids; You Don't. Should You Still Get Married?

kisui 2015 Wedding Dresses

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For the 2015 kisui collection, designer Kerstin Karges added unique touches to contemporary, feminine designs. The result is a chic collection oozing with cool, modern elegance. Consisting of separates and full-length gowns in a variety of soft, easy-to-wear silhouettes, the latest collection (also view the 2014 kisui collection) offers a fresh take on traditional bridal fashion. We love the delicate lace pieces, some with subtle hints of color, and the Bryony gown (above and below), which features sheer lace accented motifs on the waist and back.

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Photos courtesy of kisui. kisui is a German bridal company based in Berlin. The collection is available in select stores across Europe and Asia. For details, visit kisui.


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10 Questions to Help You Decide if You Should Throw a Destination Wedding

Every time a celebrity gets married on a tropical island or on top of a mountain, another bride-to-be dreams of having a destination wedding.

The problem is that while in theory a destination wedding may become your "dream wedding," there are some couples who are not good candidates for getting married away from home.

If you're very close to your elderly grandparents who cannot travel and would be heartbroken not to see you in your wedding dress, then getting married someplace they can't be is a bad idea. If you're very involved in your church at home and just bringing the minister with you won't make it feel "real," you should be walking down the aisle of your church and not some random beach.

Still, a girl (or boy) has a right to wedding dreams. And the popularity of destination weddings has made them affordable and easy to plan. The question is: Is a destination wedding right for you?

See More: The Most Heart-Stopping Destination Wedding Locations Around the World

If you answer "no" to more than one of the following questions, maybe you should consider a destination elopement followed by a traditional wedding reception back home. Or plan an elaborate honeymoon after the wedding in your hometown.

Take the quiz below and see if you can say "yes" to all of these important questions:

1. Do you and your fiancé both want to get married away from home?

2. Do your parents support your decision to have a destination wedding? And if they're not really excited about it, will they still play ball and be a part of your festivities?

3. Can you afford the travel and accommodations and additional expenses for yourselves that you might not have incurred if you'd gotten married at home?

4. Have you always envisioned a destination wedding (wherever it is, beach, mountains, etc.)?

5. Can the members of your bridal party afford to travel for your wedding?

See More: How to Plan a Stress-Free Wedding From Across the Country

6. If some of your friends can't be there to celebrate with you because of expenses or job commitments, can you live with that?

7. Will you be able to afford (sometime within a year of your wedding) to have a smaller reception back home to include elderly family or other important people who couldn't travel to your destination wedding?

8. Do you understand that, depending on the destination you choose, not everything is available the way it is back home and you might have to make some compromises?

9. Will you look forward to spending an extended amount of times with your guests at your destination?

10. Are you the type of bride who can give up control to a wedding planner or vendors at a destination far away where you can't be the one in charge of everything?

Are you a good candidate for a destination wedding? Tweet us your results @BRIDES!

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: 10 Questions to Help You Decide if You Should Throw a Destination Wedding

kisui 2015 Wedding Dresses

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For the 2015 kisui collection, designer Kerstin Karges added unique touches to contemporary, feminine designs. The result is a chic collection oozing with cool, modern elegance. Consisting of separates and full-length gowns in a variety of soft, easy-to-wear silhouettes, the latest collection (also view the 2014 kisui collection) offers a fresh take on traditional bridal fashion. We love the delicate lace pieces, some with subtle hints of color, and the Bryony gown (above and below), which features sheer lace accented motifs on the waist and back.

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kisui bridal 2015 soley wedding dress colored lace

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kisui berlin bridal 2015 linaria sleeveless wedding dress spaghetti straps

kisui brautmode 2015 strapless wedding dress

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kisui bridal 2015 azelia sleeveless wedding dress

kisui bridal 2015 calla strapless wedding dress

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kisui 2015 viorel lace top double straps

kisui wedding dresses 2015 scilla gown with ipomee lace bridal pullover

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Photos courtesy of kisui. kisui is a German bridal company based in Berlin. The collection is available in select stores across Europe and Asia. For details, visit kisui.


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Dream Wedding at Secrets Resorts and Spas

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Beach weddings are one of our weaknesses. White sandy beach against the backdrop of glistening blue waters? Perfection! For those of you who are looking for a luxurious beachside resort for your destination wedding , this post is for you! For the rest of you, a word of warning — the beautiful Secrets Resorts & Spas images you are about to view might get you fantasizing about holding a beach wedding of your own!

Secrets Resorts & Spas

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If you’re looking for a romantic oceanfront venue to celebrate your love, check out Secrets Resorts & Spas. With adult-only, luxury resorts across Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, Secrets Resorts & Spas offers a variety of picturesque locales to suit a wide range of needs and preferences — whether you desire a quiet, intimate hideaway for a small party or prefer to soak in the sun with family and friends in a lively atmosphere.

Not sure which resort experience is the right fit for you and your guests? Start with the Resort Finder.

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Now that’s what I call a perfect destination wedding…

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If  the words “beach vacation” the first thing that pops into your mind when you envision your destination wedding, we’ve got great news for you. Secrets Resorts & Spas has a great selection of wedding packages to choose from, and with an on-site wedding coordinator at your service you don’t have to worry about the wedding planning aspect of your beach vacay. Just leave the details to the professional!

These wedding packages can also be customized to fit your bridal theme*, so all that’s left for you to do is the hard work of relaxing while enjoying an unforgettable time with your guests…

Unlimited-Luxury®

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… And speaking of relaxing, the Unlimited-Luxury® privilege means that all the amenities you’d expect from a world-class resort is included in your Secrets Resorts & Spas experience. You and your guests get to indulge in gourmet food, unlimited premium beverages, a host of day and nighttime activities and more… sounds wonderful, don’t you think?

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Say “I Do”

Want to learn more about what Secrets Resorts & Spas have to offer? Visit secretsresorts.com.

*please refer to the website for terms and conditions, details of wedding packages and customization options.


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Rico-A-Mona Demure Bridal Collection

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We’re starting off the week with some really pretty gowns courtesy of Rico-A-Mona latest bridal collection, “Demure”. For this collection, the Singapore-based boutique presents timeless silhouettes that are adorn with exquisite lace detailing and delicate beading. The looks alternate between sophisticated sheaths and mermaids, and romantic, princess-worthy ball gowns, like this one with 3/4 illusion sleeves and neckline.

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Photos courtesy of Rico-A-Mona. For details, visit Rico-A-Mona.


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Jessica Simpson Shares Adorable Instagram Photos to Celebrate Her New Husband's Birthday!

Newlywed bliss looks good on Jessica Simpson! In honor of her new husband's birthday (Jessica wed NFL star Eric Johnson on July 5) the singer and mom of two took to Instagram to share some love and show off just how well married life is treating her.

Eric's 35th birthday officially marks their first celebration as husband and wife — and Jessica was clearly thrilled to recognize the milestone event, sharing three adorable snaps to commemorate his special day.

The first photo, seen above, shows the fashion designer wearing a black bodysuit under a sheer A-line skirt, while posing with her special guy. The caption reads: "Happy Birthday Husband of Mine."

Yesterday, in honor of Eric's actual birthday, Jessica shared two adorable throwback photos. In the photo above, a young Eric is seen playing a saxophone. "Eric Maxwell Johnson is 35!!! Let's all celebrate the saxiest MAN I know!!!!!" his proud wife captioned the shot.

For her last post of the day, Jessica shared another cute flashback photo of Eric, accompanied with the caption, "Eric Maxwell Johnson is 45 today!! I see our daughter Maxi in this pic!! Wow."

Earlier this month, Jessica gushed about her relationship with Eric in a column for Glamour. "Eric has seen me at every size, and he loves me no matter what... Eric was so supportive and challenged me to accept my insecurities and focus on what truly matters. I feel stronger than ever, and Eric's unconditional love has been a reminder of the love I should give myself."

Read more: Jessica Simpson Shares Adorable Instagram Photos to Celebrate Her New Husband's Birthday!

3 Tips for a Less Awkward Garter Toss

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Photo: Courtesy of Journelle

If the only time you want your man reaching up your thigh is in your bedroom — or at least behind closed doors! — you're not alone. And yet, that pesky little traditional of the garter toss remains, where grooms are asked to dive into your dress in search of a thigh-high treat they'll fling toward a pack of single men and your family members.

If you've talked with your fiancé and he's set on sticking to this tradition, there are a few things you can do to make it less awkward and (gasp!) maybe even fun.

Consider modernizing the toss with a new twist.
"I had a bride and groom who really wanted to incorporate the tradition but the bride did not want her dad seeing the groom 'get' the garter," recalls Shelly Stone, owner of Signature Events. So the groom tucked his bride's garter into his pocket, then took his bride for a twirl around the dance floor. "They did a [coordinated] dance, and when she spun him around, he threw it," Stone says. "Fun, easy and not embarrassing."

See More: 6 Wedding Traditions You Shouldn't Feel Bad About Skipping

Limit the pool of men poised to catch the garter to single guys.
There's no shame in privately asking your recently divorced uncle to sit this one out. "When you think about it, the bouquet is usually caught by a young girl and the garter is caught by an older man," Stone reasons. "Do you really want this pair dancing together?"

And if you're dead set against this one, it's okay.
In fact, we promise you won't regret deciding to sit this tradition out. "All of my weddings that didn't incorporate the garter and bouquet tosses didn't miss out on anything," Stone says. "They actually had more people dancing because the music just kept playing. There were no uncomfortable moments and once the night really started it didn't end."

What do you think of the garter toss? Is this one tradition brides should consider tossing to the wayside? Let us know @Brides!

Read more: 3 Tips for a Less Awkward Garter Toss

A Few Things You Might Be Wondering About Wedding Bouquets

In between choosing your wedding bouquet flowers, colors, shape, and size, you're bound to run into a few questions. Whether you're figuring out your bridal bouquet or the ones for your bridesmaids, things can get thornier than a bed of roses! But have no fear — we found some common questions about this traditional wedding element, and made sure to get some etiquette expert-approved questions!

Any thoughts on creative ways to display the bridesmaid bouquets at the reception?
Here's a lovely suggestion that's also a cost-cutter: Use the attendants' bouquets as floral arrangements on the bridal table, placing them side by side at the top of each place setting, with the flower sides turned out facing the rest of the reception. It's a beautiful way to display the bouquets, which might otherwise be relegated to a side table or tucked away in a safe place. And they serve a dual purpose as a table decoration — one less floral cost.

I don't care for formal bouquets, and I don't want my attendants carrying them, either. Can I choose to carry something other than a bouquet, even if everything else about my wedding is traditional?
Neither the bride nor her attendants are restricted to carrying bouquets. They may walk down the aisle carrying a single long-stemmed flower (or two or three). They may wear flowers pinned to their dresses, wrist corsages, pomanders (blossom covered globes held by a loop of ribbon), flower- and ribbon-decorated fans, or flowers attached to a prayer book. Additions to bouquets may be potpourri or tiny bells that sweetly ring as the bridal party walks down the aisle.

Sort of weird question — how do you carry a bouquet? My bridesmaids and I are all wondering!
Not a weird question at all! It simply doesn't look right to have one attendant clutching her bouquet tightly at chest level while another has it dropped below her waist. Usually, a nosegay is held with two hands, centered just below the waist. An arm bouquet is rested along the lower half of one arm, with any sprays held in front. Attendants walking on the right side hold their arm bouquets on the right arm with the stems pointing downward to the left, and those on the left hold their flowers on the left arm with stems toward the right.

Experiment with loosely tied bouquets and single flowers — and make sure all the attendants are carrying the flowers the same way. Whatever you do, try not to press the bouquet against your gown, for it can get crushed and mark the gown with pollen.

Read more: A Few Things You Might Be Wondering About Wedding Bouquets

The Incredibly Romantic Story of an Engaged Couple Who Met on Instagram, As Told in Pictures

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Photo: Courtesy of Bethany Olson

We've seen couples who planned their entire wedding on Pinterest and others that met on Facebook, but recently engaged couple Bethany Olson and Cory Staudacher found love on another social media platform entirely — they attribute their entire relationship to Instagram!

It all started after Bethany, a photographer, joined the photo-sharing network in 2011, when one of her friends posted an image of Cory, who is also a photographer. "I though, dang this guy is talented and cute. So I started following his work!" she tells BRIDES of her initial crush. Pretty soon, they connected on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and started liking and commenting each others' photos.

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Photo: Photo: Courtesy of Bethany Olson

The photo above shows when they finally met, later that year. The same friend who'd posted the original image of Cory invited Bethany to hang out at a cafe in Seattle. Fittingly, they Instagrammed the event. Surrounded by friends, but sitting on opposite ends of the table, the self-proclaimed "shy couple" didn't talk much. The meeting was enough, though, and they kept up their social media correspondence.

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Photo: Photo: Courtesy of Bethany Olson

What finally got the wheels turning was a Facebook message. "In summer of 2012, I started working at a Vitamin Water stand for a huge music festival in Seattle," Bethany recalls. "As I was pouring some Vitamin Water into cups and hanging it to people who I wasn't looking at, I heard this 'Hello Bethany!' I looked up and it was Cory, and I immediately turned bright red and became flustered." He sent her his number on Facebook, which led to full-on texting. Their first date was a photo adventure to the seaside town of La Push on September 12, and they never looked back from there.

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Photo: Photo: Courtesy of Bethany Olson

"After that date, there was something about him that I knew was special," Bethany says of the adventure date, a photo of which is above. "I couldn't pin point it, but after two weeks of dating I realized I wanted to marry him! It's so crazy to think about that now."

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Photos: Photo: Courtesy of Bethany Olson

The photo adventure quickly spawned more, further flung excursions. The two lived less than an hour apart, so they began seeing each other every day. "A couple months after we were dating, the first place we ever traveled together to was New York City. That was such an amazing trip!" Bethany says of the fruitful vacation. "We now work together as we are photographers that travel all over the place. So after New York, almost every month we were flying somewhere for work or vacation." The photos above show the duo on getaways to Mazatlán, Mexico, and San Francisco.

On September 12, 2014, exactly two years after their first date, Bethany and Cory set off on a brand-new adventure that Cory had planned all on his own — something that immediately got Bethany's imagination churning. "I was like, 'We go everywhere together and have traveled to so many places. What is he planning?'" she wrote on her blog. "I was thinking either Portland, the Oregon coast, Lake Cushman, or La Push. I wasn't really thinking La Push was going to happen because it's so far away (and so is the Oregon coast), but whatever. So I packed a bunch of clothes, and we took off."

Soon enough, she realized they were going back to La Push, the location of their first date. Naturally, she suspected that her boyfriend was about to propose. "I didn't want to think about it too much or get my hopes up because I just didn't honestly think it was going to happen," she says in retrospect.

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Photo: Photo: Courtesy of Bethany Olson

What happened next probably piqued her curiosity even more. "Once we got to the beach, Cory hiked down this basket full of cute stuff; cheese, crackers, wine, and chocolate (my favorite!)," she says of the picnic, pictured above. "We hung out on the beach for a couple hours, and man it was hot. I was wearing shorts and a tee and I was literally sweating."

Once golden hour hit, Cory said to me, "'Eh, maybe you should go back up to the car and change,'" Bethany adds. She balked, despite the heat, but relented when Cory said he wanted to take some photos. "So I walked up to the car, changed, and walked down (that was about a mile and a half)," Bethany says. "On the way up I was thinking to myself 'I wonder if he's going to propose...'"

When she got back, she saw the picnic laid out, heard music playing, and cast her eyes on Cory, who was beaming. Pretty soon, it was the golden hour, and Cory asked that they get a video of them swing dancing. He set up the camera, and next thing Bethany knew, he was proposing — the whole thing was caught on video.

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Not only did he plan the perfect proposal, but he picked a pretty great ring, too. The 14K white gold Shane Co. double halo solitaire looks equally as stunning on Bethany's finger as it did in the Instagram photos they inevitably posted.

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Photos: Photo: Courtesy of Bethany Olson

With their wedding on the horizon — Bethany says they'd like to tie the knot next summer — the traveling photographers are dreaming of a laid-back outdoor wedding in the forest with all of their friends and family in attendance.

Needless to say, Bethany is over the moon about the still-recent proposal. "My favorite part about Cory's and my relationship is that we share the same values in life, and we get to share the same career and happily work together, which is rare for some couples!" she says. "We also get to make our career our hobby as well. So it's a two in one!"

And, yes, when they do get married, they will have a wedding hashtag. "A lot of our friends we actually met on Instagram, which is crazy to think! There's a group of us in Seattle that basically all met through Instagram, mutual friends, or through some sort of social media," she says. "So for our wedding, most of our guest will be our friends we met on Instagram, and/or we will for sure have a hashtag to share images our guests take."

Read more: The Incredibly Romantic Story of an Engaged Couple Who Met on Instagram, As Told in Pictures

How To: Ace Your Wedding-Day Hair Trial

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The key to perfect wedding-day hair? Nailing the hair trial. Follow these nine key points and you'll be camera-ready on your wedding day.

1. Time it right.
Schedule your hair trial three months before the wedding. If you book it too early in the planning process, changing trends or chronic indecision could lead to second-guessing.

2. Plan a night out.
Make a date with the girls for the evening of your trial to make sure the hairstyle has staying power and doesn't fall out.

3. Come hair-ready.
Wash and dry your hair beforehand to avoid spending the majority of your trial getting a blowout.

4. Wear makeup.
You'll be staring at yourself for a few self-critical hours, so put your best face forward. If you can, schedule your makeup trial to happen right before.

See More: What Should I Do If I Don't like My Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial?

5. Bring visuals.
Create a "secret" Pinterest board of hair inspiration photos and share it with your stylist for aesthetic guidance. Also include wedding details like you a picture of you in your wedding dress or a shot of the flowers you'll be carrying.

6. Don't bring a posse.
Ask your mother, your maid of honor, or a friend whose opinion you trust to come with you. Too many opinions will create chaos.

7. Don't forget your accessories.
Come prepared with the hair accessories (veil, comb, etc.) you plan on wearing so you can experiment with them. Take photos of each hairstyle (expect to try out three options) from different angles.

8. Make a list.
During your hair trial, jot down a list of the products being used so you can buy miniatures of everything for your day-of kit.

9. Speak up.
Be explicit about what you want. When something goes awry on the wedding day, it's usually because the bride didn't communicate her opinion to the stylist. Just remember to be polite.

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5 Tips for Throwing an Awesome Bachelorette Party

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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's revealing what bridesmaids should keep in mind while planning the bride's bachelorette party.

Bachelorette parties vary widely in style — and what kind of "Hen Night" you celebrate should really be about what the bride enjoys doing with her girlfriends. If she's a party girl who always imagined a wild weekend in Vegas, go for it. But if she's more of a spa-weekend-with-the-girls kind of bride, there's nothing wrong with that either. Wine tasting weekends have actually become quite popular for low-key bachelorette parties.

The trick is that the planning of the bachelorette party needs to be coordinated with the bride so that it's something she actually wants to do. Don't make it a complete surprise. And keeping in mind that she has a better overall picture of what her wedding party can afford, she'll know whether a weekend away is out of the question with everybody spending money for her upcoming main event.

Here's a list of five tips to help plan a bachelorette party (wherever you decide to hold it) that the bride and her entire wedding party can enjoy without guilt:

1. Find out whether the bride will be offended by strippers. If you don't know, somebody should ask. If you can't find out, skip the naked men.

2. Plan a fun "bride-to-be" outfit for the special night out — veils are a must — everybody loves to buy drinks for a bride. But judge the bride before going any further with the getup — some brides don't want to get too carried away with their bridal-themed look.

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3. Only invite a bride-approved list of guests to the bachelorette festivities. She may not want her future sister-in-law there. She may not want her current (brother's wife) sister-in-law there. It's not totally unusual for moms to go to the bachelorette parties, but again, not all brides want the MOB in attendance.

4. Remember that even if the some of the bridesmaids are wild-child types, if the bride is shy or becomes easily embarrassed, having her called up on a stage for a lap dance is not her idea of a good time — regardless of how amusing the rest of you find it. She's the bride and it's her night. Don't humiliate her at any cost.

5. Feed everybody before the drinking begins, and make sure there's at least one completely sober person babysitting the group. Plus, the designated non-drinking friend can continue to feed everybody as the night continues and take the group home once the party wraps.

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Million Dollar Listing New York's Ryan Serhant Is Engaged!

Real estate broker Ryan Serhant breaks a lot of hearts (and a lot of bad news) on the Bravo reality show Million Dollar Listing New York, but in real life, the bad boy housing guru planned a romantic, showstopping proposal for his girlfriend, Emilia Bechrakis!

Serhant popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, who also appears on the show, in Times Square in New York City on Sunday morning. Somehow, he managed to find the only way to make that a truly swoon-worthy proposal spot — he shut down the tourist attraction for an entire hour at 7 a.m.!

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"No one has ever done something like this. But I'm only going to propose once in my life, so I wanted to make sure that I did something special," Ryan told E! News exclusively of the proposal. He secured the location by working with the Times Square Alliance and the NYC Mayor's Office.

The result was a sterling success. "It worked!" Serhant gushed. "This is the most incredible day! Words really can't describe what I'm feeling." For her part, Bechrakis was thrilled, as well. "This was a complete surprise," she told E! News. "I was not expecting this at all. He's really outdone himself!"

She was probably also excited about her brand-new engagement ring: a custom-made, radiant-cut diamond.

This is not the first time Serhant has turned on his suave charms for the camera. Last season, he surprised Bechrakis with an impromptu dance session in Central Park to prove his commitment. Luckily for fans of the show, the proposal, too, will eventually be public — the entire thing was filmed for the show's upcoming fourth season.

Read more: Million Dollar Listing New York's Ryan Serhant Is Engaged!

One Couple's Fresh Southern Bash at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff

Two days after Christmas in 2012, Travis Folk pulled up to Sarah Burden's house to pick her up, and had no idea what to expect. The two had been set up on a blind date, and were heading to a nearby restaurant for dinner and sunset views. The date went splendidly, and about a year later, Travis knew it was time to make it official.

Though the pair's friends have had some elaborate proposals, Travis was able to find out exactly what Sarah wanted: a surprise, just the two of them, but with family nearby to celebrate the good news. So, after asking her entire family for permission to marry her, he took Sarah for a long morning walk. "He told me he loved me, and I asked him how much," she remembers. "Then he took the ring out of his pocket and said 'This much!'" And just as she'd asked, Sarah and Travis's families arrived later that day for a congratulatory dinner.

The couple kept their engagement short, marrying a mere four months after their engagement, with help from Kelli Corn Weddings & Events. "We scaled it down to an intimate wedding with just family and close friends, followed by a larger casual celebration later that weekend," Sarah says.

Read on for all the details, as well as the beautiful photographs by Donna Von Bruening.

Classic invitations invited guests to an evening of dinner and dancing at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff.

The flower girls, aged two and four, wore white dresses with tulle skirts. "They did a great job," says Sarah, "with the older of the two placing petals very deliberately, while the younger was a little more nonchalant."

Sarah carried an all-white bouquet of garden roses, hellebores, parrot tulips, ranunculus, anemones, and white peonies. "My mom is a florist," says Sarah. "It was a miracle that she was able to find peonies in March!"

The church was decorated with two rows of white flowers along the aisle, and arrangements of white lilies and roses hanging from the pews. The window behind the altar was edged with a magnolia garland.

Sarah wore the first dress she tried on, a trumpet Chantilly lace and silk organza gown by Sareh Nouri. "My mom and I went to a few more appointments to try on dresses, since it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience," says Sarah, "but I think we both knew we'd be going back to get that dress."

The reception took place on the veranda at the Palmetto Inn. Guests dined on local grouper, served with dirty rice and okra.

The lush centerpieces featured hydrangeas, roses, anemones, and lilies, interspersed with bright greenery.

Instead of a signature cocktail, Travis and Sarah served wines from their friends' vineyards, including a pinot noire from Elke and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Oak Canyon Ranch.

The wedding cake, decorated with white chocolate magnolia flowers and leaves, featured layers of pound cake soaked with Grand Marnier and layered with Italian buttercream.

Toward the end of the evening, Travis and Sarah's planner invited them out to the edge of the veranda, where a firework display began. "My dad surprised us with a 10-minute fireworks show," says Sarah. "It was unbelievable!" As the last firework went off, the band picked up for even more dancing.

The couple spent 10 days exploring Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley, and Mancora in Peru for their honeymoon, then returned home to settle into married life—and start a family! And whether you're planning a wedding in four months or 18, Sarah and Travis's advice rings true. "Hire a planner you trust, and let them run with it," she says. "Our event was seamless (as far as we know!), and we had no stress at all."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort || Wedding Planner: Kelli Corn Weddings & Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri || Hair: Christine Stephens || Makeup: The Cottage Spa || Florist: Sue Burden Weddings and Corporate Events || Invitations & Paper Goods: Savannah Print Factory, Wedding Paper Divas || Music: The Maxx || Photography: Donna Von Bruening

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Eva Mendes & Ryan Gosling Welcome a Baby Girl! Will They Get Married Soon?

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Congratulations are in order for Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling: The famous pair welcomed a baby girl today!

This is the first child for the couple, who began dating in 2011 as they costarred in the film The Place Beyond the Pines.

And while there were rumors that the two's relationship had become a rocky one, the new parents, who kept Mendes's pregnancy under wraps for months, couldn't be more thrilled about starting a family together.

"Their lives completely changed as soon as Eva got pregnant. They used to travel all over the place together and go on hikes with their dogs. [But in the past few months] she barely left the house," a source close to the couple tells People. "Ryan has been taking care of her, picking up food and running errands. He has been very supportive of keeping things a secret."

See more: Which Celebrity Couple is Getting Married Next?

"This has been a long time coming," the confidant says of the hush-hush couple. "Ryan and Eva definitely discussed children before. She knows how much he wants to be a dad and he's going to be an amazing father."

Their new arrival begs one very important question: Will Gosling put a ring on it anytime soon? Celebrities are loving a joint engagement and pregnancy, so they wouldn't be the first to blend the two memorable moments together. Besides that, we're sure Mendes will make a gorgeous bride, and even more importantly, Gosling a dashing groom.

We sincerely hope upon his daughter's arrival, Gosling say "Hey, girl."

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What We're Pinning: Seriously Stunning Engagement Rings!

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Sparkle, sparkle, everywhere! That's what we always think when we peek at our "Engagement Rings" board on Pinterest. Gawking at bauble after bauble in jewelry stores is fun, but we like how Pinterest lets us collect them all — and then some! Not only do we like sharing great ideas for your bling, like how to get the one you want and how to take care of it, but we also like good old pictures of pretty rings. After all, who doesn't?

We picked a few of our favorite pins from our board to get you in the ring-pinning mood! Whether you're trying to find the perfect one to show to your boyfriend or you want a little bit of pretty inspiration, it's always a good time to get the scoop on what's new in rings. Read about them below and don't forget to follow us on Pinterest for more wedding ideas of all kinds!

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With so many gorgeous rocks out there, it can be hard to narrow in on the exact kind you want. Are you a vintage-loving gal who wants something with a little history? Or do you want a megawatt diamond that'll catch everyone's eye? This three-stone Ritani engagement ring kind of trumps any of those considerations with its stunning design. It's one of of dozens of similar three-stone stunners we've pinned, but this one stands out for its classic, timeless nature.

What better way to see what's hot in engagement rings than seeing what real brides have? Our real wedding stories always show the bride's ring, and we make sure to share the coolest ones on our board. This one, for example, has an on-trend pavé halo surrounding the center stone. We especially like seeing how it pairs with both the bridal and the groom's wedding rings.

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Speaking of trends, one of the things we like the most on Pinterest is how it helps highlight the newest happenings in the ring world. This pin, for example, showcases how romantic engagement rings with flower and rose gold details are majorly gaining in popularity. Not only that, but the photo is gorgeous in and of itself. Need we say more?!

Like what you see? Check out all of our engagement rings on Pinterest and don't forget to follow BRIDES

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Jennifer Garner Reveals How Her Marriage to Ben Affleck Has Evolved

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For one of Hollywood's strongest couples, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are refreshingly realistic about relationships, their challenges, and how to make the love last — especially after nine years and three children together.

In InStyle's October cover story, Jen opens up about her relationship with Ben and how their love has evolved over the years. Unlike the early years, the Afflecks aren't interested in wooing each other anymore. "You can't expect to be courted all the time, and I don't want to court him right now — I don't have the energy!" Jen says of Ben in her interview/

That doesn't mean they don't care, or don't make an effort to spend quality time together. "We're definitely in a very mindful place where we're making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and be loving," Jen adds.

One thing they do to keep things interesting? Overnight dates! "When we had our first [child] we had only been together a year. We were babies. It happened so fast, I hardly remember what we were like before the kids got here," Jen notes. "Now we're just starting to go away for a night here and there."

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And while they can agree on alone time, they take on different roles when it comes to parenting. "I know who wants what lunch, and I've done all the school paperwork and filled out the emergency cards. Ben doesn't know that stuff exists," Mrs. Affleck explains. "He is in charge of laughter. No matter how much I tickle them or toss them or chase them around, it's not the same. If I'm the slow, steady drumbeat, he's the jazz."

Sure, there are't the same extravagant gestures one makes when you start dating, but these two famed Mr. and Mrs. have done what all married couples strive to do — they've grown together.

Read more: Jennifer Garner Reveals How Her Marriage to Ben Affleck Has Evolved

Dream Wedding at Secrets Resorts and Spas

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Beach weddings are one of our weaknesses. White sandy beach against the backdrop of glistening blue waters? Perfection! For those of you who are looking for a luxurious beachside resort for your destination wedding , this post is for you! For the rest of you, a word of warning — the beautiful Secrets Resorts & Spas images you are about to view might get you fantasizing about holding a beach wedding of your own!

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If you’re looking for a romantic oceanfront venue to celebrate your love, check out Secrets Resorts & Spas. With adult-only, luxury resorts across Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, Secrets Resorts & Spas offers a variety of picturesque locales to suit a wide range of needs and preferences — whether you desire a quiet, intimate hideaway for a small party or prefer to soak in the sun with family and friends in a lively atmosphere.

Not sure which resort experience is the right fit for you and your guests? Start with the Resort Finder.

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Now that’s what I call a perfect destination wedding…

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If  the words “beach vacation” the first thing that pops into your mind when you envision your destination wedding, we’ve got great news for you. Secrets Resorts & Spas has a great selection of wedding packages to choose from, and with an on-site wedding coordinator at your service you don’t have to worry about the wedding planning aspect of your beach vacay. Just leave the details to the professional!

These wedding packages can also be customized to fit your bridal theme*, so all that’s left for you to do is the hard work of relaxing while enjoying an unforgettable time with your guests…

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… And speaking of relaxing, the Unlimited-Luxury® privilege means that all the amenities you’d expect from a world-class resort is included in your Secrets Resorts & Spas experience. You and your guests get to indulge in gourmet food, unlimited premium beverages, a host of day and nighttime activities and more… sounds wonderful, don’t you think?

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Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Your Post-Wedding Brunch

With post-wedding brunches now becoming the new norm, why no throw a breakfast bash that truly suits you and your groom's personalities? Whether you're an artsy couple or just big kids at heart, here are five unique ideas that will totally rival the festivities from the night before.

1. Have a Field Day
If stuffy, formal brunches aren't exactly your thing, throw the ultimate recess for your friends and family the following day. "Let your guests play and blow off some steam from all the wedding planning by organizing a casual BBQ that includes fun games," suggests Nicole R. Matthews, CSEP, owner of The Henley Co, an event, travel and lifestyle concierge company based in San Diego. Think old school picnic games, like a three-legged race or a water balloon toss with bridesmaids verse groomsmen, his family verse hers or even men verse women, she offers.

2. Host a Hangover Brunch
Trust us, after a long night of dancing and boozing, your guests will be more than delighted to enjoy a little pampering. Matthews recommends putting together a "Morning After the Night Before" brunch with chair and foot massage stations, an oxygen bar to help get reenergized and a greasy food menu to help with all the hangovers.

See More: Who Is Responsible for the Post-Wedding Brunch?

3. Throw a Pottery Party
For the artsy bride and groom (and guests), a paint-your-own-pottery party is a perfect idea. "Each guest can create a piece to be displayed in your future home, such as a coaster set, where each guest paints one coaster, jewelry box or coffee mugs," proposes Stefany Allongo, founder and chief consultant of The Majestic Vision: Wedding and Event Planning Services. Be sure to bring your own bagels and mimosas to sip on while getting crafty too.

4. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Turns out, scavenger hunts aren't just a great idea for engagements (we're looking at you Jessa Duggar!), but they can also be a super fun option for the day after the wedding. "Have the final destination be a location that includes food," advises Emily Brandewie, catering sales manager at The Ballantyne in Charlotte, NC. "If you create a hashtag for the event and have your guest take photos along the way, at the last stop the hashtag can be pulled up and displayed while guests eat and say their final goodbyes."

5. Buy Box Seats
For the sporty bride and groom with some cash to spare, Allongo suggests springing for a box at a local stadium to catch a football or baseball game as your final hoorah. "Catering and game tickets are usually included with box rental, so you can just show up and enjoy the game," she notes.

Read more: Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Your Post-Wedding Brunch

6 Things You Have to Do After Your Wedding — Even Before You Hit the Hotel Room

Your last straggling — and happily exhausted! — guests are bidding you goodbye. The DJ is disassembling his turntable. And the wait staff is clearing the last glasses from the tables. But before you pull off those gorgeous Manolo Blahnik peep-toe pumps, head for your hotel and kick-off your honeymoon, there are still a few things you have to do.

"No one wants to see the beauty of the evening end so quickly," admits Erin Donoghue, owner of Your Event By Erin. But when your reception comes to a close, don't forget to take care of the following things:

1. Send your gifts home with a family member — and pack up your cards to read over on the flight. "If you're zipping off on a honeymoon, there could be some useful spending money in there," Donoghue says.

2. Snag the top of your wedding cake. "Freeze it, and eat it on your one-year anniversary," Donoghue recommends.

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3. "Vintage family heirlooms, such as your cake topper or toasting saucers, are irreplaceable," says Donoghue. So make sure they're packed up before you leave the ballroom.

4. Leftovers may not seem appetizing at the end of the evening — but when you spend $30 or more per plate, you should be sure to get your money's worth! "A lovely package of food to enjoy, because you may not have eaten all night, or some yummy little desserts packed up," are perfect for late-night snacks in your hotel, explains Donoghue.

5. Before your last guests hit the road, send centerpieces along with them. "You can tell your family members to spread the word, or ask your MC can make a nice little announcement that the flowers are for taking," suggests Donoghue.

6. Pack up any leftover paper products. "They could be perfect for a wedding day scrapbook," says Donoghue.

Feeling stressed about all of these last-minute to dos? Pass the buck by assigning these tasks to your mom, maid of honor or another friend before your big day!

Read more: 6 Things You Have to Do After Your Wedding — Even Before You Hit the Hotel Room

George Clooney's Ex-Girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis Is Married!

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin haven't gotten married yet, but another one of his many ex-girlfriends tied the knot over the weekend in Italy — the same country in which the A-list actor plans to get hitched!

Elisabetta Canalis, an Italian actress who dated Clooney for about a year and a half before they broke up in June 2011, wed her fiancé, orthopedic surgeon Brian Perri, in Sardinia, Italy, on Sunday.

Canalis was seen entering Sardinia's Sassari Cathedral clad in a white lace wedding dress and veil while holding a bouquet of white flowers. The wedding location may sound exotic, but it's close to home for Canalis — in fact, she was born and raised in Sassari, a town in Sardinia.

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She later shared her thanks to her hometown on Twitter, where she wrote two heartfelt messages in Italian. "#Italia I still do not understand but I'm realizing how much I will miss all this #Amici #Famiglia," she posted, followed by another that thanked Sassari for "making this dream possible" and added, "Thanks to all the people for the affection you have shown me!"

Canalis is only the latest of Clooney's former girlfriends to say "I do." Stacy Keibler, the actress whom Clooney dated after Canalis, also got married this year, and recently had her first child. For his part, everyone's favorite former bachelor plans to wed Alamuddin later this month in Venice, Italy. Ex-girlfriends moving on aside, their wedding will surely be the cap to what's been a wildly exciting year in his world!

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The Perfect Fall Wedding Color Palette: Red & Orange

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Wedding inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources — including the poppy, abstract Josef Albers painting seen above. We dreamed up this wedding inspiration board for fall brides based off the bold orange and red colors in Albers's work. The result? A gorgeous autumnal affair. Here's how to pull off the pairing for your own big day:

Clue your guests into your red-and-orange color palette with a modern invitation, like this graphic option from Dauphine Press, where classic letterpress details get a major upgrade with the help of these warm tones.

See More: Love Fall Weddings? Check Out This Formal Late Fall Wedding at the Berkeley Hotel on the Jersey Shore

Consider dressing bridesmaids in a dusty red option, like this knee-length silk chiffon option from J.Crew — the muted take on the color is universally flattering. To keep the bolder tones going, gift your 'maids with a red clutch and a warm gold bangle, filled with orangey-undertones.

For dessert, dress up a classic white cake with deep red details. Go for juicy strawberries, fresh flowers, or sugar blooms for an enticing and original confection.

Shop more of our favorite red-and-orange wedding finds below.

1. Bridesmaid' Dress, silk chiffon, $250, J.Crew; 2. Bouquet, $250, Jenevieve Peralta; 3. Bracelet, hammered and gilded brass, $700, Hervé Van Der Straeten; 4. Cake, $10 per slide (serves 50), A White Cake by Lauren Bohl White; 5. Clutch, resin, $400, Serpui Marie; 6. Invitation, "Yountville", $1,281 for 100, Dauphine Press

Read more: The Perfect Fall Wedding Color Palette: Red & Orange

Things You Should Never Say on a Wedding Invitation

Wedding invitation wording don'ts

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Sometimes, what's not said on your wedding invitations is as important as what is said. Yes, you need your guests to know when and where you're getting married, as well as who is hosting, but other things are better left unsaid. Your invites and stationery are still very much tied to etiquette customs and traditions, and as such, should abide by those proper rules. Here, some information that should never be included on or placed inside a wedding invitation:

Registry or gift information: Although a wedding invitation requires a gift in return, it is in extremely poor taste to insert a "helpful" list of places where the bride and groom are registered or a checklist of the things they want or don't want. This information should be shared with parents and attendants who can be resources for guests who want to know. The wedding website is also a perfectly appropriate place to share this information.

The inclusion of "No Children:" Never print "No children" or "Adults only" on an invitation. The way an invitation is addressed, whether on the outer or inner envelope, indicates exactly who is — and by omission who is not — invited to the wedding.

Alcohol information: It is unnecessary to put "Alcohol Free" or "Wine and Beer Only" on the invitation. Surely this information will not be the deciding factor as to whether or not guests attend. You are inviting them to a wedding, not a cocktail party.

Read more: Things You Should Never Say on a Wedding Invitation

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Your Weekly Wedding Horoscope: September 15, 2014

Wedding Horoscope

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From sorting out family matters to working on your wedding body and tackling a ton of tasks in between, it's a busy week for brides-to-be! Astrologer and women's health and success coach Jennifer Racioppi helps you figure out where to focus your attention with her horoscopes.

Aries (March 21 - April 19)
This week, with the Virgo sun visiting your sixth house of daily work, you are ready to knock quite a few things off your to do list. Take advantage of this energy, particularly when it comes to detail oriented tasks. Think invitations, seating charts, thank-you notes and your registry. Nothing is out of bounds this week, Aries. You are primed to multitask right now so allow yourself to set some ambitious goals, and go for it.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
This week, the Virgo sun and Venus, the planet of love, are parked in your fifth house of romance. Now is the ideal time to break out that sexy lingerie and have some premarital fun with the lights out. Be careful though, as you are extra fertile. If you haven't already, start thinking about your honeymoon plans. Right now you're in the mindset to make your romantic dreams come true.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
With the sun currently in your fourth house of home and family, you're inspired to work on your wedding registry. Pick out your china pattern, choose your kitchen accessories carefully and think through any other home décor you want to register for (or if you want to register for any at all). Already done with your registry? Then this is a fine time to discuss your future family plans with your fiancé. You may even want to take your mother-in-law out to lunch to bond with her. Investments in family and home will go a long way.

See More: 4 Mistakes Every Newlywed Couple Makes

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
This week the Virgo sun is hanging out in your third house of communication, so if you plan on writing your own vows, go ahead and get started. Otherwise, tackle those thank-you cards from your bridal shower, take care of your ceremony programs or write a love letter for your fiancé to open the day you become husband and wife. If there are any difficult conversations you need to have with family members, bridesmaids or anyone else involved in the wedding, initiate the talk, as you have extra oomph when it comes to saying what you mean now.

Leo (July 23 - August 22)
With detail oriented Virgo zipping through your house of money, this is definitely the week to work on your wedding budget. How are you doing with your expenses? Are you up to date with all the wedding bills? If so, take some time out and do a little financial forecasting for the future. You may even want to visit a financial planner to ensure you and your hubby-to-be are on the same page after the wedding. Keep an eye on your bottom line, and utilize those saving strategies, brides!

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Fitness is definitely at the forefront of your mind this week, Virgo. Make sure you're getting to the gym on time, meeting up with your personal trainer and/or making it to that yoga class you promised yourself you'd try out. Energy and efforts put toward getting and staying in shape are certain to pay off by the time your wedding rolls around.

Libra (September 23 - October 22)
With the Virgo sun trailing through your twelfth house of intuition, compassion and spiritual transcendence, it would be wise to take a step back from all the wedding planning madness right now to reflect. How balanced are you feeling? If need be, ponder what will bring more peace into the planning process for you, and then take some action. Don't worry; your inner voice will guide you in the right direction, and the answer will be loud and clear.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
This is the week to connect with your friends and family. You've been busy planning your big day, but don't forget to ask those close to you how they are doing as well. Make some non-wedding related plans and just chill out with your besties. Everything will get done. Plus, you deserve a break so have fun!

See More: 23 Signs You're Completely Obsessed with Your Wedding

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Mars, the planet of action, moves into your sign this week, giving you that extra kick you needed to tie up any lose ends. Prioritize the most difficult wedding to dos on your list, and make a commitment to getting them done ASAP. If you've already completed the majority of your tasks, expend your energy on planning the most perfect honeymoon you can imagine (and afford, of course!).

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
With the sun in detail oriented Virgo, your work ethic is at an all time high. As a fellow earth sign, you know what it takes to get the job done, and you're really ready to hit the ground running. Keep your head down, and keep checking off those boxes on your to do list. There will be plenty of time to rest next month when mercury goes retrograde. For now though, stay focused; you'll love feeling ahead of the game later!

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
This week the sun and Venus are in Virgo, hanging out in your eighth house of sexual relationships, thus making it the perfect time to connect on a deeper level with your partner. Plan a night out at a dim lit, cozy restaurant, and indulge in a glass of wine or two. Intimate conversations prove fruitful now. Remember, communication is the foundation of a happy marriage.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Last week, the harvest supermoon brought extra healing energy in your life. Take a timeout this week to process any residual emotions that may have come up as a result. Has your vision of how you want to feel in your partnership evolved? As the sun and Venus in Virgo light up your house of marriage, your dreams are about to come true. If you need help with any of the wedding planning, simply ask your partner to pitch in. He'll definitely be extra helpful this week, so take advantage! You don't have to go it alone.

Read more: Your Weekly Wedding Horoscope: September 15, 2014

Cheyenne Jackson & Jason Landau Are Married! See Their Wedding Photos

30 Rock alum Cheyenne Jackson is officially off the market! This past Saturday, the actor married entrepreneur fiancé Jason Landau in an interfaith ceremony in Encino, California.

According to People, the pair wed in front of 200 guests, including actors Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Leah Remini, and Alicia Silverstone. In keeping with Jackson's Idaho roots, the couple planned a ceremony and reception that combined nature and elegance.

"There were branches of trees hovering over the tennis courts we're on with over 100 mini chandeliers draping the entire party. It was gorgeous," Landau told People.

See More: 3 Big Pieces of Same-Sex Wedding Advice and Etiquette

The pair also added their own personal touches to their big day. During the ceremony, each of the groom's mothers stepped up to the altar to give their sons kisses on the cheek, a way to symbolize that "they've been given away to one another."

Also their beloved dog Billie Jean walked down the aisle and had a special role in the ceremony according to Us Weekly.

As for their wedding-day ensembles, Jackson donned a Calvin Klein tux while Landau chose John Varvatos. And, as seen in the photo above, the new husbands selected similar wedding bands in what appears to be classic white gold or platinum.

Their walk down the aisle comes just seven months after Jackson and Landau announced their engagement last February. "This means a new beginning for us," Jackson told People. "It was love at first sight and this is just the culmination of that."

Read more: Cheyenne Jackson & Jason Landau Are Married! See Their Wedding Photos

10 Things Only Brides Can Understand

Things Brides Understand

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Until you're in that boat with a ring on your finger and in the midst of all the planning craziness, there are some things you just won't get about wedding planning — no matter how hard you try or how badly you want to. This one goes out to all the engaged girls out there and all the happily married brides who have been there, done that.

1. That selecting a wedding date isn't as simple as just selecting a wedding date. There are a lot of things (and people!) we have to take into consideration first so please bear with us.

2. The sheer anxiety you feel when you're forced to pick and choose bridesmaids amongst your BFFs. Ugh, why can't they all just be in your wedding? Is 15 bridesmaids too many?

3. That you genuinely wish you could give everyone a plus one. You really, really do. But that there's also this thing called a budget and you have to stick to it, believe it or not.

4. That asking, or worse, telling us, you're going to bring a plus one a few days before the wedding is enough to make us break out in hives. You have no idea how much sweat and tears went into getting that darn seating chart just right.

See More: Going Wedding Dress Shopping? Don't Forget to Bring These 3 Key Things

5. How annoyingly awesome, yet kind of necessary, it is to have a whole year to plan your wedding and say yes to the dress.

6. The agony you feel when you've finally found the perfect wedding venue only to discover that the next Saturday available isn't until two years out.

7. The fact that you'll learn a whole new language once you get engaged, which will completely baffle your single/unengaged friends and your fiancé. Now, who wants to talk table settings?

8. That not RSVP'ing to our wedding is so not the same as not RSVP'ing to the birthday party invite we sent on Facebook. We actually need to know how many people will be attending so we can plan out things like seating charts, wedding favors, food, booze, and hotel room blocks. For our own peace of mind, please send it in on time.

9. That just because we want every little detail to be perfect doesn't necessarily make us bridezillas. In fact, we want it to be perfect because we want you and all of our other guests to have fun at the wedding. Because then we have fun too.

10. That as much as we complain about the planning process, we wouldn't change it for the world because at the end of the day we get to marry the person we love and we couldn't be more excited about that.

Read more: 10 Things Only Brides Can Understand

Another Hills Wedding: Holly Montag Got Married This Weekend Too!

For the former cast of The Hills, this weekend was anything but "Unwritten." Turns out, Lauren Conrad wasn't the only reality star tied to the popular the MTV series that said "I do" this past weekend — Holly Montag, older sister to L.C.'s arch-nemesis Heidi Montag (now Heidi Pratt), wed fiancł Richie Wilson in their hometown of Crested Butte, Colorado on Sunday.

The bride wore an empire-waist sheath with a sweetheart neckline complemented by an elegant, half pulled-back hairstyle. Sister and maid-of-honor Heidi wore a glamorous navy blue dress with a dropped waist, crystal-embellished belt, and a matching 'do.

The rocky mountain wedding was truly a family affair, with mother-of-the-bride Darlene Egelhoff in charge of all of the outdoor décor. Heidi's husband, Spencer Pratt, was of course in attendance as well (you can see a photo of the two dancing, above!).

"It could not have been more intimate and elegant," bride Holly tells Us Weekly of her big day. "Being surrounded by the mountains as the trees are just beginning to turn for fall was absolutely dreamy. It could not have been more magical or perfect for Richie and me."

See more: The Best TV Wedding Dresses

"It was the most beautiful, majestic, mountain fairy tale wedding," Heidi reaffirms. "I was trying to push back my joyful tears throughout the ceremony and evening. It was simply perfect and stunning. I am so blessed to have been a part of it."

"I couldn't be happier for my sister finding the love of her life and soul mate," she adds. "I pray and wish them all the blessings and happiness in the world. She deserves it!"

From the looks of Instagram, this was a rustic bride's dream! And while Heidi, yet again, is nipping at L.C.'s tail, we're very happy for the newlyweds and the rest of the happy Hills alum.

Read more: Another Hills Wedding: Holly Montag Got Married This Weekend Too!

In Season Now: Ways to Incorporate Chamomile & Feverfew Into Your Wedding Flowers

Even though fall is right around the corner, we're trying to hang on to the last vestiges of summer and today's post on chamomile and feverfew is exactly what we need. Chamomile (yep, the kind used as tea!) and feverfew are both daisy-like plants and look very similar with their petite white petals and bright-yellow centers. Both are a great choice for summer weddings when they're plentiful at the flower market. The cheerful blooms are a great way to add whimsy to bouquets and centerpieces, but also look great on their own. Check out our favorite ways to incorporate these happy flowers into your wedding.

Lush Bridal Bouquet (above): This gorgeous creation by La Fleuriste includes feverfew (they're like little bursts of sunshine!), garden roses, ranunculuses, and fresh greenery.

Chamomile Bridal Bouquet: A hand-picked bouquet entirely made of chamomile is simple yet chic.

Bridesmaid Bouquet: This bright-yellow posy includes feverfew, craspedia, lamb's ear, and yellow peonies.

Flower Girl: Send your flower girl down the aisle carrying a clutch of chamomile (and how cute are her cowboy boots?!).

Ceremony Aisle: For a cheerful touch, hang mason jars filled with feverfew or chamomile from the chairs lining the ceremony aisle.

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Tea Tin Centerpiece: Create a vintage-chic centerpiece by using antique tea and coffee tins as vases. This arrangement includes scabiosa, feverfew, geranium leaves, and gomphrena.

Feverfew and Tweedia Centerpiece: Yellow and blue are a timeless color combination, perfectly exemplified by this pretty centerpiece of feverfew, tweedia, veronica, and viburnum berries.

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: Ways to Incorporate Chamomile & Feverfew Into Your Wedding Flowers

What to Do When You're Not Crazy About His Parents

Don't Like In-Laws

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Thankfully, you are marrying the love of your life, not his parents. But life will be easier if there is limited friction between you and your in-laws-to-be.

The first step is to understand the reason(s) being around them does not give you the warm fuzzies.

Sometimes it's a matter of values that don't mesh. *Kathy, married two years to her husband recalls, "My now in-laws live in Vietnam. The first time I met them was a month before the wedding when they came to the states."

The language barrier made Kathy feel uncomfortable, especially when her fiancé and his parents laughed and talked for what felt like hours while scarcely looking at her. Happily, after privately sharing her feelings with her guy, he made an effort to translate the conversations.

A tougher divide was her future mother-in-law's insistence that Kathy's role in the wedding should primarily be to defer to her future husband's wishes. "The cultural differences were staggering," Kathy recalls. "It caused tension in my relationship — he really felt caught in the middle. Ultimately he was able to gently but firmly tell his mother that while she was beloved by him, the wishes of his bride came first ... Whew!"

See More: 5 Wedding-Planning Tasks You Should Assign to Your Mom

The key point is that Kathy's man was quickly able to realize the importance of setting boundaries with his mother; his primary loyalty was to his partner. Another key point was his parents were flying back to Vietnam after the wedding!

If the reason for your distaste is that his parents see you as an interloper who will never be good enough for their adored son and treat you accordingly, two things are essential:

1. Keep your partner's feelings in mind. He loves his parents. Criticizing them harshly can upset him and push him away from you. Save the rants for friends.

2. You must share your needs with your fiancé or your feelings will fester and the relationship will eventually suffer. So be honest but in as sensitive a manner as possible: "Honey I don't want to come between you and your folks. They love you and I certainly understand why. You're a fabulous human being. Overall they're good people. But I don't feel like they treat me with respect — remember when your mother stared daggers at me and said she thought I had the table manners of a goat, was that how I was going to raise my children? Those kind of comments aren't fun to listen to."

Best-case scenario: He will have a private talking to with his folks and no more goat comments will be forthcoming.

See More: How to Tame a Momzilla Without Offending Her

If they can't be totally stifled — hopefully you and your guy can make compromises. Sometimes while he visits, take in a movie or have girl time with your besties. And the times you do accompany him (with a smile on your face), he has warned them beforehand that if they aren't on their best behavior he won't be coming around either.

When your man has your back and you have his — nothing, not even his less-than- lovable parents — can drive you apart!

*Names changed

Sherry Amatenstein, LCSW is a New York City-based marriage therapist and author.

Read more: What to Do When You're Not Crazy About His Parents

What It's Really Like to Be Married to a Celebrity

Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd Married

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Sure, being married to a celebrity seems like it would be totally awesome: From the outlandish weddings (hello Kimye) to the sick honeymoon spots, it looks like Hollywood's wedded elite have it made. According to one former A-list hubby, though, this couldn't be further from the truth.

Jennifer Lopez's second husband, dancer and choreographer Cris Judd, opened up to Us Weekly about his 16-month marriage in the public eye, and how loving in the limelight isn't as amazing as one would think.

See more: Which Celebrity Couple is Getting Married Next

"You know it's very tough," Judd said of his marriage to J.Lo. "Your privacy is breached. You're no longer a normal person. [Our wedding] was a circus. I think several people got arrested trying to climb up a mountain... trying to sneak in. We actually rented the airspace."

The dancer, who met the singing superstar on set of her music video for "Love Don't Cost a Thing" in 2001 and married after only a month-long engagement defended his relationship, though: "You kind of sign up for that, you know?" Judd added. "You kind of have to take it and accept it and embrace it. Once you stop fighting it, it smoothes itself over. If you try to keep that privacy, it drives you nuts and that's why people break."

"It had no bearing on the outcome of a relationship," said. "Unfortunately, it just didn't work out."

Still, though, this sheds light on how tough some celebs have it when it comes to finding (and keeping!) love, and why those long-lasting Tinsletown partnerships are so worth celebrating!

Read more: What It's Really Like to Be Married to a Celebrity

An Elegant, Garden-Party Wedding in Sea Island, Georgia

Though Elizabeth Haddad, 27, a blogger, and Christopher Schwartz, 28, a resident, both grew up in West Virginia, the two didn't meet until 2005. "We met at a Coldplay concert in Pittsburgh," says Elizabeth. "My friends and I were looking for a taxi after the show, and Chris and his friends had arranged for one to pick them up. Thankfully I knew one of his friends from high school tennis matches, so they let us squeeze in. 11 people in one cab!" Thanks to Facebook, Chris was able to get in touch with Elizabeth after the show. "It was brand new at the time, so I was a little freaked out at first," she says. "But we started messaging, and became friends that way." Three years later, Chris took Elizabeth on their first official date, and the rest is history!

A proposal over pancakes in May of 2012 kicked off the planning for the couple's June 29th, 2013 wedding at The Cloister at Sea Island, where Elizabeth and Chris invited 125 guests to join them for a late morning ceremony, a garden-inspired luncheon, and a late-night dance party. Shawn Connell of Christian Oth Studio was there to photograph every stunning southern detail.

Hand-engraved invitations featured raw edges, lending a soft feel to the formal event.

Elizabeth kept her accessories sweet and simple, choosing blush Dior sandals and a classic Lily of the Valley bouquet. "It was my maternal grandmother's favorite flower," says Elizabeth.

The bride and groom fell in love with The Cloister's Spanish-style architecture and elegant yet relaxed vibe. "I've always felt drawn to the slowness of the South," says Elizabeth. "We live in New York, and while a New York wedding would be beautiful, I was worried it would be swallowed by the city. Going to Georgia gave us the opportunity to really take our time and enjoy every moment."

The ceremony took place in the oldest room at the hotel, the Spanish Lounge. "The wooden vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows made it feel like a church," says Elizabeth. Two crepe myrtle trees flanked the altar, and the aisle was edged with greenery. Elizabeth, in a breathtaking Elie Saab gown, walked down the aisle alone. "My father passed away five years ago," she says, "and I felt like no one could take his place. I symbolically left that space open. I know he was with us in spirit."

The bride first spotted her wedding gown while she was watching a video of the Elie Saab runway show. "It just floated down the catwalk," she says. The only downside? The only samples were at the boutique in Paris! "I took a trip to France to try on the dress, and fell in love," says Elizabeth. "I loved the illusion neckline and the leather bow belt." Chris wore a Martin Greenfield tuxedo and Elizabeth's grandfather's cufflinks.

A bagpiper led guests from the ceremony to the luncheon. "Bagpipers play on the golf course at Sea Island every day at 5pm," explains Elizabeth. "They were a great way to round up our guests and lead them through the property!"

Guests headed to the Black Banks Terrace for a lunch with river views that combined southern-inspired dishes with elegant service. A mix of long and square tables were topped with natural linens and lace runners. Centerpieces featured white roses and lisianthus, as well as topiaries and herb plants. "We created a garden feel with a suspended pergola of lemon leaves," says Elizabeth. "It really transformed the space into a manicured English garden."

After lunch, the couple and their wedding party boarded the Cloister Belle, a vintage yacht, and took an hour-long sail through the marshes. "It was so special to have that time to share with our closest friends," says the bride.

Elizabeth's eight bridesmaids, including her sister and friends she's collected throughout her life, wore pale pink capsleeve dresses by Joanna August and carried soft bouquets of garden roses.

After an afternoon nap and a costume change, Elizabeth and Chris rejoined their guests for an 8 p.m. celebration in the Cloister Ballroom. "We reused a lot of the greenery and arrangements from the luncheon to create an old Hollywood feel," says Elizabeth. A shrimp-and-grits bar and peaches and cream wedding cake (topped with sugar flowers inspired by Elizabeth's dress) fueled the party. Elizabeth donned a custom metallic lace dress by Jes Wade, a friend of the bride's. "I wanted a dress that was bridal, but that I could wear again," says Elizabeth. "I loved that the shape and the neckline were similar to my wedding dress."

The night ended with a fireworks send-off, then the newlyweds spent a month savoring being married before heading to their honeymoon in Rome, Caserta, and Ravello. "We needed a rest after our whirlwind weekend," says Elizabeth.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Cloister at Sea Island || Wedding Planner: Maren White and Melissa Ippensen of The Cloister at Sea Island || Bride's Wedding Dress: ceremony & luncheon - Elie Saab, reception - Jes Wade || Shoes: Dior || Hair: Kimberly's Back Porch Salon & Spa || Makeup: Kimtasha || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August || Groom's Attire: Stevie Fellig for Martin Greenfield || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: McTeigue & McClelland || Florist: The Vine Garden Market || Invitations & Paper Goods: The Printery || Music: ceremony - Music by Pegge, reception - The Powerhouse Group || Catering & Cake: Sea Island Resports || Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals & Design || Photography: Shawn Connell for Christian Oth Studio

Read more: An Elegant, Garden-Party Wedding in Sea Island, Georgia

Rico-A-Mona Demure Bridal Collection

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We’re starting off the week with some really pretty gowns courtesy of Rico-A-Mona latest bridal collection, “Demure”. For this collection, the Singapore-based boutique presents timeless silhouettes that are adorn with exquisite lace detailing and delicate beading. The looks alternate between sophisticated sheaths and mermaids, and romantic, princess-worthy ball gowns, like this one with 3/4 illusion sleeves and neckline.

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Photos courtesy of Rico-A-Mona. For details, visit Rico-A-Mona.


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5 Things a Bridesmaid Should Never Do

Things a Bridesmaid Should Not Do

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Being asked to be a bridesmaid in your friend or relative's wedding is an honor. When you accept the invitation, you take on a certain amount of responsibility along with it. If you don't have the time, can't afford it, or don't want to make the commitment to your friend, you shouldn't. It's okay to beg off, as long as you do it gracefully.

It's far worse to promise you'll be a bridesmaid and then do a bad job of it. The bride is counting on you. And bad bridesmaids do exist at more weddings than you would realize. Behave badly enough and it could affect your friendship with the bride afterwards. On the flip side, being a helpful and supportive member of the wedding party will help create lifelong happy memories for your friend.

There are five things bridesmaids absolutely, positively should not do:

1. Don't be difficult about the bride's selection of the dress you'll be wearing on her big day. It's only one day. If you hate it, you never have to wear it again. And don't complain to the other bridesmaids — some of them probably have the same opinion but they're keeping it to themselves.

2. Don't put off going to the bridal shop for your fittings — missing the deadline can result in the bride absorbing rush charges for all of the dresses. Most shops order all the bridesmaid gowns together so that they're cut from the same dye lot and there's no variation in color. If one bridesmaid misses the dress-ordering deadline, rush fees will apply to everybody's dresses individually. Most considerate brides will end up paying for your mistake.

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3. Don't miss any of the pre-wedding events unless you live out of town, in which case you should probably choose one party you can afford to attend and let the bride know that's your plan. She might have a preference — for example, wanting you there to attend her bachelorette party more than a bridal shower to stock her kitchen.

4. Don't ignore the bride. Respond to all the bride's questions promptly — messages asking, for example, do you want a hair appointment and have you made your hotel reservation yet? Taking your sweet time makes her life harder as she makes her wedding arrangements.

5. Don't let yourself get "over-served" at the wedding events. As a bridesmaid, you're supposed to be on hand to help, not be a nuisance because you're acting goofy after six pre-dressing mimosas. You'll also be featured in a lot of formal wedding pictures, and drunk does show. If you're not careful, you'll go down as that girl in the candids and videos that end up on social media.

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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Winnie Couture Wedding Dresses

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What do you get when you combine the prettiest embellishments with the most elegant silhouettes in tulle and lace? A swoonworthy collection with to-die-for details.

The 2014 Diamond Label bridal collection by Winnie Couture is so incredibly dreamy, we’re convinced there’s a bit of magic involved in designing the gowns! There’s a gorgeous mermaid gown with ruffled organza and lace applique skirt (Brealynn, below), a beautiful strapless dress which features a removable lace cape and delicate Swarovski beaded belt (love!), and the ultra sophisticated Vanessa (pictured above), a cap sleeve Alencon lace mermaid gown with layered organza skirt. Ladies, prepare to fall in love…

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Photos courtesy of Winnie Couture. Winnie Couture Diamond Label wedding dresses are priced between $3,600 and $7,000. For more details, visit Winnie Couture.


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Lauren Conrad Is Married! Get All the Details

The rumors were true: Lauren Conrad officially tied the knot yesterday in Santa Ynez, California! LC and fiancé William Tell wed in an intimate ceremony with just close friends and family along California's coast, Conrad's rep confirmed to Us Weekly.

"What a perfect way to start our lives together; surrounded by the people we love most," Conrad and Tell told Us of their special day.

The details are still scant, but People reports she had nine bridesmaids, including on-screen BFF Lo Bosworth, all of whom wore mismatched Paper Crown dresses designed by the bride herself — no surprise there!

The pair were setup on a blind date on Valentine's Day by mutual friends in 2012 and their love blossomed from that moment on. Just four months after they started dating, Conrad said "My family loves him, so they love when we come to visit. We spend a lot of weekends there hanging out by the pool and doing nothing."

It wasn't more than another four months before the Laguna Beach and The Hills star had to start planning their wedding. In October 2013, Conrad revealed that Tell had proposed with a round cut diamond engagement ring that he picked out himself. She was overflowing with emotion, stating "I am very excited to share with you guys that William and I got engaged over the weekend. I am beyond thrilled!"

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The duo documented special moments in their life over the next few months on Instagram, celebrating her 28th birthday, two year anniversary, and Tell's graduation from USC Law School, all together.

Three months ago, the fashion designer and author took off to Mexico with her closest girlfriends for a four-day bachelorette party. The group had loads of fun, worked on their tans, and had a few cocktails, using the Instagram hashtag #donttellmrtell. Cute, no?

Just two weeks ago a chic bridal shower was thrown for Conrad at her home in Los Angeles over the Labor Day Weekend.

We'll be sure to keep you posted as more details flood in, including her highly anticipated wedding dress, reception set-up and more. Congrats to the happy couple!

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Why Do You Wear an Engagement Ring? A Brief History Behind Precious Stones

Engagement Ring History

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Presenting an engagement ring during a proposal — be it a diamond, gemstone, or totally unique metal band — has been a custom for so many generations that no one really knows why we even do it. Thanks to our etiquette experts, we've uncovered some fun facts about that oh-so-special piece of jewelry. Here, a basic history of the engagement ring.

Engagement rings have been credited all the way back to Ancient Egypt, but instances of exchanging rings goes back to Ancient Greece and Rome, too.
In ancient Greece married couples weren't the only people who gifted each other gold jewels for their fingers — lovers did too (but with the inclination that they'd tie the knot soon enough)! In Ancient Egypt, men wore rings to symbolize their wealth, hence sharing one with their wife to represent the joint ownership of riches. Ancient Rome took the exchange one step further by having a betrothed couple's parents exchange tokens too.

In the 11th century, the church sanctified the importance of rings.
And then in the mid-16th century, it was incorporated in the wedding ceremony to take on a crucial role.

Way back when, only kings and queens wore precious stones.
There were even legends created about the gems!

Colorful birthstones as engagement rings have been popular since the Middle Ages.
Sorry celebs. But these vibrantly-hued gems really gained traction during the Victorian era.

Diamonds were only discovered in the mid-1800s and were worn by the social elite.
Unsurprisingly, betweeen World War I and the Depression, people stopped toting around diamonds as much. By the late 1940s, though, they became a permanent fixture in engagement rings again once De Beers created one of the most lucrative ad campaigns in history with the catchphrase "A Diamond Is Forever."

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Get Ready for Fall with These Amazing Autumn-Inspired Cakes!

With the the first day of fall rapidly approaching (this year it lands on September 22!), it's time to put away our favorite summer wedding details and jump straight into harvest-inspired accents. From your dress to your décor, there are endless ways to incorporate aspects of the cool season into your wedding day. But our absolutely favorite place to start adding autumnal details into your wedding day is the tastiest one: your wedding cake!

If you're tying the knot between September 22 and December 20, serve a cake that's bursting with autumnal flavors, like sweet apple or comforting pumpkin. Your guests will love these tasty picks, and your baker will be able to use completely fresh ingredients to achieve the flavor. If you prefer a more classic cake, consider having your baker adorn your dessert with fall details, like burnt orange and red leafs, fresh fruits, or seasonal flowers, like mums and asters.

We tapped bakers from across the country to find the prettiest fall-inspired cakes. Whether you're hosting the traditional fall wedding or looking to add just a few seasonal touches to your day, you'll love these confections.

Click through to see all of our favorite fall wedding cakes in the full slideshow!

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49 Stylish Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses You Can Buy Right Now

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Calling all moms! With your daughter or son's wedding day quickly approaching, it's time for you to set out to find the perfect dress for the special occasion. Sure, you'll need to let the bride have her moment to shine, but that doesn't mean you can't arrive in style, wearing a dress that's fashionable and flattering.

To aid you in your search, we found 49 incredibly chic options that you can purchase right now. From trendy two-piece ensembles and formal mermaid gowns to those with sequins, lace, and cool metallic details, there's no shortage of stylish looks for you to wear on your child's big day. We also included tons of classic looks from the more traditional MOB include looks with long-sleeve lace peplums and ruches sheaths.

While we do suggest you choose a look that complements your son or daughter's wedding aesthetic, you should buy a dress that reflects your own personal style and makes you feel great. After all, you'll be looking at these photos for years to come, and the best way to ensure you're exuding sheer happiness in every single shot is by starting with an outfit that will make you feel flawless.

Shop all of our favorite mother-of-the-bride looks below!

Click through to see 49 gorgeous mother-of-the-bride dress you can buy right now in the full slideshow.

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Is Lauren Conrad Getting Married Today?

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It looks like Lauren Conrad might finally get her happy ending — and sooner than we thought! It's rumored that the blonde beauty will make it official with her lawyer love today. In honor of their highly-anticipated pending nuptials, we're taking a look back at their steamy and sweet relationship.

LC has been through her share of disappointment and heartache when it comes to love, especially during her time as one of the stars of Laguna Beach and The Hills. But with her fiancé William Tell, the lifestyle and fashion guru has finally found her Prince Charming!

Like Conrad, Tell also hails from Orange County, California and one of the best parts of their relationship is that he truly understands her lifestyle. Last Summer, Conrad told Marie Claire, "It's the first time I'm with someone and I'm not explaining things. He also has experience in the entertainment industry, so he understands a lot of things that people don't always get."

The happy couple are both extremely busy, so they have to make a real effort to spend quality time together. Intimate dinner parties with friends and relaxed date nights have allowed them to keep the romance alive.

"We haven't been to a club together in a very, very long time. If ever," the reality star told People. She continued, "We probably entertain more than we go out, to be honest."

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Tell proposed to Conrad last October, with a classic solitaire ring that he picked out on his own. LC told Cosmopolitan magazine, "He didn't even ask my friends, which was a bold move. He said, 'I know you, and I know what you like.' And I love it. It's perfect."

Until this point, Conrad had been very private about her relationships, but with Tell, she can't help but show off their love on Instagram and share their wonderful moments together, including anniversaries and her engagement shoot. Her road to the altar has been well documented, too, with a flurry of pictures recording her Mexican bachelorette, and personalized bridal shower goods.

It's been a long journey, but we are happy to see Conrad embark on her new life with the man of her dreams! And, if they are getting hitched to day, we can't wait to see all of the gorgeous details her wedding will hold.

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Major Registry Faux Pas to Avoid, Plus Other Wedding Gift Tips

Registry Etiquette Mistakes

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Registering for your wedding can get stressful — not only are there a plethora of viable houseware, entertainment, and bedding options, you may have been living with your husband-to-be for years and think you already have all that you need. Which is where we come in: From figuring out how to tactfully ask for money (short answer: you probably shouldn't) to how to go about exchanges, we're dropping some registry etiquette expertise right here.

First and foremost, you cannot really ask for money.
These days, it's common for couples to shack up long before they say "I do." And therefore, from the many housewarming parties or dreaded trips to Ikea, you may already have the typical registry items newlyweds need. Unfortunately, even if you think of everthing, you can't ask for money. The only exceptions? Your close relatives (we're talking parents here) can help with other needs, say, with the total cost of the wedding, or you can ask guests to partake in a honeymoon registry (free trip, woo!).

Yes, you can exchange, but do so with care. Traditional wedding etiquette deems you should inform guests of your returns or exchanges. While that's the appropriate route, do what you think is right. We'd say this rule really only applies to close relatives who will be over your house and notice their gift's obvious absence.

Remember: Register right before you send out invitations.
Sure, you're an early bird, but you want to make sure the items that catch your eye are still in stock come when your friends and family start shopping. The registry sweet spot is definitely close to when you're planning on sending out invites.

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Winnie Couture Wedding Dresses

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What do you get when you combine the prettiest embellishments with the most elegant silhouettes in tulle and lace? A swoonworthy collection with to-die-for details.

The 2014 Diamond Label bridal collection by Winnie Couture is so incredibly dreamy, we’re convinced there’s a bit of magic involved in designing the gowns! There’s a gorgeous mermaid gown with ruffled organza and lace applique skirt (Brealynn, below), a beautiful strapless dress which features a removable lace cape and delicate Swarovski beaded belt (love!), and the ultra sophisticated Vanessa (pictured above), a cap sleeve Alencon lace mermaid gown with layered organza skirt. Ladies, prepare to fall in love…

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Photos courtesy of Winnie Couture. Winnie Couture Diamond Label wedding dresses are priced between $3,600 and $7,000. For more details, visit Winnie Couture.


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This Is What Happens When Your Wedding Is Mistaken for George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin's

George Clooney Amal Alamuddin

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If you've ever wanted to feel like a VIP, get married in a location that's rumored to be hosting George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's high-profile nuptials. At least, that's what one English couple did, and upon their exit from their civil ceremony they were met by 200 anxious fans and paparazzi.

Newlyweds Rebecca and Martin English, of Surrey, England, were mistaken earlier today for the notorious bride and groom thanks to a rumor that Clooney and Alamuddin would be tying the knot at the Chelsea Town Hall in London. Despite a notice, below, emphasizing that the famous fiancés were not to be wed in the government building, a large crowd began to gather waiting to catch a glimpse of the would-be Clooneys. The statement reads (in bold):

"We are NOT conducting the wedding of Mr Clooney at this office today (Friday 12th September) and a film cre and press photographers would only cause possible disruption to other couples getting married on this day."

The English's, though, seem lighthearted enough about the situation. "We didn't have any idea about this," Mrs. English told People. "When I came in this morning, I just saw this mass of people and started thinking, 'What on earth is that?' Now I know how it feels to be famous!"

See more: Which Celebrity Couple Will Get Married Next?

As for Clooney, he's already made it clear that he'll be getting married in Italy — Venice to be exact — in a few weeks. He even announced it publicly while at the Celebrity Fight Night in Tuscany, Italy, earlier this week.

"I met my lovely bride-to-be here in Italy, whom I will be marrying, in a couple of weeks, in Venice, of all places," he said on stage. After dishing the location and date, he finished with a super-sweet sentiment: "I would just like to say to my bride to me, Amal, that I love you very much and I can't wait to be your husband."

Well, while we congratulate the Englishs, we're now looking forward to Clooney's wedding even more!

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6 Ways to Throw a Memorable Wedding According to a Guy

Every week, we give our readers a glimpse inside the mindset of a guy's brain on weddings with the help of the hilarious and smart editors at The Plunge. For their latest installment, they're sharing all the ways you can impress male guests at your wedding.

We men may not care all that much about floral arrangements, color schemes, or the way the cake decorations subtly reflect the ruching of the bride's dress — alright, let's just say it, we don't care at all — but there are plenty of things we do notice and stash away in the "that would be really cool for my wedding" file. If you want to make a lasting impression on your male guests, start taking notes.

Open the Bar
Not unique by any stretch by oh so vital. Most wedding guests will want to tie one on, but men are especially drawn to the bar. We all have our favorites and we want the top shelf to be open. Why else did we get all dressed up?

Feed the Beast
Another obvious one and maybe not unique to impressing guys, but men will remember your wedding if the food is plentiful and delicious. Most of them are there solely to enjoy your cocktail hour, so include as many unique, crowd-pleasing selections as your caterer offers and your budget allows. Pro tip: sliders and cocktail weenies — keep 'em coming.

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Cater to Tastes
A specialty whiskey bar or craft beer station offering the groom's favorite libation (or even just the availability of these options) is a great way to share a bit of his personality with guests. It's also guaranteed to score the bride some cool points with all the men in attendance. Bonus points if she partakes with the groom's fraternity bros. Just save the streaking for another occasion.

Smoke 'Em if You Got 'Em
It's hard not to feel badass when smoking a cigar. Some places will actually trot out the live cigar roller, which is definitely cool, but even a few boxes and cutters nicely displayed will draw a crowd of classy gentlemen over for a celebratory puff.

Be Sweet
A specialty cocktail is nice, but a personalized dessert is far more likely to be remembered by your male guests. One, because the only thing guys love to do more than drink is eat, and two, because with all the attention paid to the bride, a groom's cake is the one time the guy can say, "This one's all mine." Plus, so many wedding cakes are so similar, that when a bride takes the time to design a perfectly fitting groom's cake — and the baker nails that scale model of Fenway Park with the two of you in your season seats wearing rally caps — it's guaranteed to stand out and be remembered. Special dessert options like a sundae or candy bar, or the tried and true Viennese table, are also definite guy pleasers. Seriously, don't underestimate our sweet tooth.

Leave Them Wanting More
Actually, screw that, leave them taking more. What the hell happens to all that delicious food after the cocktail hour ends, anyway? Have your caterer pack up the leftovers in to-go boxes and hand them out to guests taking the late-night bus to the after party. Congratulations, you are now a legend.

Even if they don't seem super involved in the wedding-planning process, grooms are going through the same life-changing experience as their brides-to-be. Enter: The Plunge. The site helps the engaged guy navigate his wedding from a man's point of view.

Read more: 6 Ways to Throw a Memorable Wedding According to a Guy

We Asked, You Told: The Cutest Bridesmaid Pics from Instagram!

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Photos (clockwise from left): Courtesy of Jeremy Chou Photography, Caitlin Ryan Beauvilain, Alexis Ang, Quyen Chang

Along with Pinterest, Instagram has become our favorite social media platform for discovering amazing wedding photos. Whenever we share a snapshot from, for example, an event, our fashion closet, or a real wedding, we ask our followers to show us their own pictures. Recently, we tasked them with using the hashtag #BridesAndMaids so we could see their coolest, most creative photos of their bridesmaids. After all, it's the best way to get new ideas for must-take photos and to see what's hot in bridesmaid dress style! We loved the tagged photos so much that we carefully chose the four best ones to showcase here. Read on to see just what it is that we love so much about these gowns!

A playful pose goes a long way: Wedding photographer Jeremy Chou shared the photo on the left, which is one of the most fun ones we've seen in a while! Sure, the floor-length blush gowns are a marvel in and of themselves, but the cute way the bridesmaids are showing off their gorgeous bouquets really put it over the top! We love how it puts the pretty details front and center; and it shows off the gals' goofy personalities.

Laughter is the best medicine for a staged photo: Taking wedding pictures can be the most tiring part of an already-exhausting day. That's why it's so important to get a photographer you like and surround yourself with a bridal party you love! Bride Caitlin Ryan Beauvilain shared a photo (top right) that proves how a laugh can transform an otherwise standard bride and bridesmaids photo. Not only are the mint green J. Crew dresses wedding perfection (those flower girls are pretty adorable, too), but the genuine smiles look candid and spontaneous.

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When in doubt, add sparkle: Some brides want to be the center of attention, others want to lavish the spotlight on their 'maids! Bride Alexis Ang shared a picture (middle right) of her show-stopping bridesmaids' ensembles. The gold sequined skirts play off of her feathered one perfectly, and are eye-catching and totally awesome. Hey, they look pretty happy to be wearing them, too!

Don't forget to snap a casual shot: The photo at bottom right, shared by bride Quyen Chang, is sweet for how happy and relaxed everyone looks. Though not taken by the wedding photographer, it's just as special — the purple dresses look great, the bride looks excited, and everyone's got those stunning bouquets.

Read more: We Asked, You Told: The Cutest Bridesmaid Pics from Instagram!

4 Save-the-Date Cards for Every Type of Couple

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Searching for wedding stationery that expresses your unique wedding style? We're here to help! With the recent launch of Brides Stationery Shop, created in partner with wedding stationery-and-supply experts Gartner Studios, you can now purchase everything from save-the-dates and invitations to thank-you notes right here on Brides.com. Even better? All of our pieces are entirely customizable, so you can pick the template you like and turn your final piece of stationery into something that reflects you and your wedding's style.

This week, we're highlighting our favorite save-the-date cards for four different types of couples — all of which you can buy right now in our shop!

Classic: Above, at left, we found the perfect save-the-date for couples hosting a classic, formal wedding. The "To Love and To Cherish" save the date is available in three colors — black and white, shown above, peach and white, or blue and white — but we love this traditional look paired with formal fonts for a truly elegant bash.

Romantic: Consider yourself a more romantic couple? Consider the "Benevolent Romance" save the date, which comes in blush or purple and allows you to showcase one of your engagement session photos.

Brides Stationery Shop Save the Date Cards

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Modern: For the modern couple, a colorful, graphic save-the-date card is a must-have piece of stationery. We love our "Handsome Hemmingway" save the date in gray and yellow for a contemporary wedding.

Boho: Last but not least, offbeat, bohemian couples will love the "Blushing Bride" save the date. Complete with a trendy watercolor design and sleek type, this is a look you and your groom can both get behind.

You can select one of these great styles or browse our countless other options over at our Stationery Shop. And don't forget, nearly every look has a corresponding invitation, RSVP card, and thank-you note, so you can create your entire stationery suite without ever having to leave Brides.com.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Soccer Player Alex Morgan Dishes on Her Wedding Plans

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Soccer star Alex Morgan is no stranger to bling. At only 23 years old, she scored the game-winning goal that secured the United States' victory over Canada at the 2012 London Olympics and earned her and her teammates Olympic gold medals. A year and a half later, Alex added something a little more sparkly to her collection: an emerald-cut engagement ring!

In early December of 2013, Alex's now-fiancé Servando Carrasco — who she's been dating since their years at the University of California, Berkeley — brought her down to the water in Manhattan Beach, California, to watch a fireworks show. "He asked me to stand up, then got down on one knee," she remembers. "It was so sweet. Everyone around us was watching the fireworks, so no one had any idea what was going on. It was so intimate."

While she's keeping her dress under wraps, Alex agreed to give us a few details. "I wanted a shape that would work with my body, so I started out trying on pretty much everything: sleeves, strapless, low backs, full skirts, you name it," she says. "A trumpet shape really flattered me the best, so we went from there." Expect lace and a modern, classy feel with a little bit of a sexy twist.

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To go with her mystery gown, Alex, who is a spokesperson for ChapStick, is well into her pre-wedding beauty regimen. The athlete is focusing on skincare (she swears by the brand's Hydration Lock products) and never forgets to wear SPF — especially while on the field!

The couple, who are getting married this winter, started planning with the sea in mind. "We're both from southern California," says Alex, "so we knew we wanted the wedding to be outdoors by the water." Because both the bride and groom are juggling soccer schedules, training, and endorsements that bring them all over the country (she's a forward for the Portland Thorns FC, he's a midfielder for the Houston Dynamo), they're relying heavily on their wedding planner, as well as their families. "My sister and her boyfriend went to the menu tasting for us, and my mother-in-law has been a huge help, as well," says Alex. They're keeping the day natural, with ivory, blush, and pear tones and touches of burlap and lace. "We'll also be incorporating our cultures," says Alex, including a Latin-infused menu and a reading in Spanish during the ceremony. It's a good thing Alex has all that help, since while she's planning her wedding, she's also gearing up for the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada in 2015!

"I haven't really been too stressed, thanks to our planner," says Alex. "But I've been having nightmares that Servando wasn't there or that things went wrong. I told my best friend, who just got married, and instead of calming me down she said 'Don't worry, they'll get worse!'" But with such a stellar team lined up, we're sure Alex and Servando's wedding will go off without a hitch.

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What Happened to Jackie Kennedy's Dress Just One Week Before Her Wedding to JFK?

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On September 12, 1953, John F. Kennedy and Jackie Bouvier Kennedy wed in Newport, Rhode Island — long before the pair became the president and first lady, the beloved couple was making a splash as a budding young politician and a debutante tastemaker. 61 years to the day after their iconic wedding (JFK and Jackie married in front of 700 guests!), it's clear that one standout detail of their society wedding almost didn't make it down the aisle: the dress!

According to TIME, Jackie's traditional ball gown wedding dress, designed by Ann Lowe, complete with a portrait neckline, and a wide bouffant skirt with wax flowers, wasn't the bride-to-be's first pick. In fact, she had hoped to wear something entirely different on her wedding day. "She has wanted a simple dress with sleek, straight lines, but bowed to family pressure to wear something more traditional, despite thinking it looked like a lampshade," TIME reports.

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And one week before their vows were to take place, Jackie's gown and her bridesmaids' pink taffeta dresses were all ruined when a pipe burst in the designer's New York showroom. Lowe and her staff worked around the clock to reproduce the dresses — a feat that had initially taken eight weeks to create — and finished just in time for Jackie to don the dress for her walk to the altar.

She ultimately paired the off-the-shoulder wedding dress with a modern cascading bouquet, her trademark pearl necklace, and a long veil.

Despite Jackie's feeling that it overwhelmed her small frame, her classic wedding dress stands out as one of the most memorable gowns in our history. Its regal yet timeless appeal has stood the test of time — and is remembered fondly by brides across so many generations.

Read more: What Happened to Jackie Kennedy's Dress Just One Week Before Her Wedding to JFK?

Add an Edge to Your Wedding Registry with Serpent Details

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Call us crazy, but we've been noticing a certain serpentine trend recently, slithering its way into the market and thus your registry. And you know what? We like it. From opulent to playful, the snake lends a funkiness to what might otherwise be normal registry picks. If you don't have ophiophobia, read on so you can be ahead of the serpent trend.

If you want pieces that aren't obviously snake-y at first glance, we love these West Elm candle holders and Nate Berkus for Target bowl. Both have modern designs that lend well to the structure of a coiled up snake.

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Looking for something with a more traditional design but still want to incorporate serpents? Check out Williams-Sonoma's silver knives and L'Objet's letter opener (because even in the age of email, everyone needs stylish desk accessories!).

For a more opulent way to try the trend, add the Pampaloni cake stand to your registry — a serious splurge that makes a serious statement! But if you want something more understated, Jonathan Adler's venom coasters can stay safely tucked away on your coffee table as a conversation piece when friends come over for drinks.

The takeaway — don't take your registry too seriously! Add a little whimsy to your list and have fun with trends that will show your individuality. Shop all of our favorite serpent-inspired picks below.

Above: 1. Snake Candleholder, $12, West Elm; 2. Snake Knives, 2 for $19.95, Williams Sonoma; 3. Venom Coasters, 4 for $78, Jonathan Adler; 4. Serpent Bowl, $19.99, Nate Berkus for Target; 5. Letter Opener, $135, L'object; 6. "Pampaloni" Snake Plate Stand, $1,440, Barneys;

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WATCH: This Little Kid Breaking It Down on the Dance Floor Is the Cutest Thing Ever

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Imagine this, brides: You're enjoying your wedding reception, happily mingling with your new husband and guests, when you notice a crowd forming around the dance floor and all eyes are suddenly anywhere but on you. But when you have an adorable guest under the age of 10, these kinds of things tend to happen, particularly when they are able to bust out some incredible dance moves.

We've seen lots of well-planned wedding flash mobs and plenty of thoughtful choreographed dances created for the bride or groom, but when a young guest takes to the dance floor, seemingly unimpressed by the moves of those around him, we can't help but smile.

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The video above, which was posted to YouTube by user Blake Weir on September 6, has been capturing hearts across the country for days. Disregarding the background tune of "Sweet Caroline" and, instead, dancing to what we can only imagine is his own internal beat, this adorable little guest is totally upstaging the remaining party-goers trying to nab a spot on that coveted dance floor.

Not only is this little revel-rouser executing some of his best moves (um, how many kids do you know who can go up on pointe, nail an exaggerated pirouette, and convincingly snap to the beat like the men from West Side Story all in fluid succession?), he's also garnering attention from other guests across the room — not to mention stealing the heart of an adorable little girl who is clearly looking to join in for a partner dance! But this little guy wants none of that!

All in all, we think most brides and grooms would agree: If you're going to be upstaged at your own wedding reception, it better be by a guest with this much spunk!

Tweet us what you think of this adorable wedding video @BRIDES!

Read more: WATCH: This Little Kid Breaking It Down on the Dance Floor Is the Cutest Thing Ever

How to Figure Out the Best Seating Chart Possible

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One part of wedding planning couples most likely dread most (after setting their budget, of course) is figuring out where to seat everyone during the reception. From single guests, to argumentative relatives, and way too many friends from college, designating who will party with who is tedious! Never fear, we've outlined some key points that will hopefully streamline your seat charting process.

No matter what, keep age groups together!
You may be tempted to mix and match, but most likely, keeping younger people with younger people and older people with older people will make each table happier. Also, let's face it: If you stick to age groups, guests are more likely to share interests.

Which brings us to our next point: Group guests by what they like.
Do you have two diehard football fans? How about reality TV fanatics? Stick them at the same table — it'll ease any awkward silences when they can excitedly talk about the latest drama on The Real Housewives.

Never stick all of your single friends together.
One surefire way to make your single guests mad? Treating them all like leftovers. Think of your friends who fly solo first, grouping them with both couples and individuals who you think they'd hit it off with — not just dumping them all at the same table and hoping two hit it off.

Each table should have a chatty Cathy.
That's right: stick one extroverted couple or person to a table to bring out the friendly conversations in everyone!

Out of respect, keep close relatives and older guests closest to the head table.
It'll mean a lot to them!

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Ashley Tisdale on Her Marriage to Christopher French: "When You Know You Know!"

Ashley Tisdale and brand-new hubby Christopher French built a solid foundation long before they became romantically involved — they were actually friends for awhile before they began dating!

"I knew him for a long time and we had always had a connection," Tisdale tells People. "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 adds about their relationship. "It just happens. It's magical."

She's feeling the love bug so much that leading up to her wedding the former High School Musical star helped produce a web short called It Started With Hello to promote Lindt chocolate's new line of chocolates called Hello. The series features a few romantic comedy-esque story lines, and along the way, viewers can vote what happens to the love story.

"It's all about that first connection with each other," says Tisdale of the new web series.

The romantic at heart wed the lead singer of Annie Automatic this past Monday, September 8th. She announced the newly-minted nuptials through Instagram, with a sunny picture of the happy couple (and her gorgeous dress) and the message: "Best day of my life! Introducing Mr and Mrs French Sept 8, 2014 Shot by @corbingurkin."

Since then, the upcoming star of TBS's Buzzy's shared a few more shots from her big day, including her and her bridesmaids (one of which was Vanessa Hudgens) and the reception setup, full of elegant wooden details and lush greenery.

Whatever they did before making it official, seems to have worked.

Read more: Ashley Tisdale on Her Marriage to Christopher French: "When You Know You Know!"

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

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In the whirlwind that was New York Fashion Week, we saw so many beautiful hair and makeup ideas. Here are four that would be gorgeous on your wedding day.

Naeem Khan: This red-carpet designer always sends a flurry of glamorous, beaded confections down the runway. This time, he offset the sparkle with a nonchalant, Lauren Bacall-inspired type of beauty. We love it all: the loose, center-parted waves, the glossy, bronze eyelids, the tawny cheeks, and the stained, plum lips. It's the perfect medium between no-makeup makeup and totally done.

Carolina Herrera: Ok, so an origami-esque hairstyle paired with bold lips isn't for everyone, but if you're the type of bride who wants to make a serious statement, this is it. So, what makes a dramatic style like this work? First, keep the rest of your makeup minimal — a wash of taupe eye shadow here and a coat of lengthening mascara there. Secondly, wear it with a classic gown — the personality of this look is all in the hair and makeup.

See more: Four Wedding-Ready Alternatives to a Smoky Eye

Oscar de la Renta: The best way to pull off a seriously sophisticated gown? Clean skin, bold brows, retro cat eyes — done. It's polished but still youthful, with the perfect amount of glamour. P.S.: Try pulling your hair into a sleek chignon. It's exactly the hairstyle needed to show off major earrings.

Delpozo: Notice anything different about this makeup? It's hard to see, but that flash of bright eye makeup actually contains the thinnest swipe of neon green eyeliner. Sounds scary, yes, but the effect is fresh, whimsical, and surprisingly, more subtle than black eyeliner. Pair it with rosy cheeks and lips, and a glossy low ponytail. This is how the cool girls will be doing bridal next spring — we're calling it now.

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

10 NYFW Looks You Could Wear on Your Wedding Day

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Photos: Top row, from left to right: Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, Altuzzara, Nonoo, and Sophie Theallet; Bottom row, from left to right: Courtesy of Wes Gordon, Monique Lhuillier, Novis, Adam Lippes, and Sally LaPointe

The Spring/Summer 2015 shows at New York Fashion Week debuted plenty of chic inspiration for spring brides. Trends we're seeing this season? Lots of lace, a return to simplicity, and plenty of white. From minimal to flirty, we're sharing our favorite bridal looks from New York Fashion Week.

Oscar de la Renta: This ivory silk organza peplum bustier and skirt from Oscar's latest ready-to-wear collection is certainly ready to wed.

Naeem Khan: Love prints? Naeem Khan's strapless gown offers a subtle way to work muted florals into your wedding dress.

Altuzzara: Joseph Altuzzara closed his show with three gowns that channeled the brocade silk gowns of the 18th century; a sexy reinvention for today. This romantic gown with a deep V-neckline would shine for a European countryside wedding.

Nonoo: Minimalist brides (like our June/July cover girl, Olivia Palermo!) can channel their classic style in Nonoo's crepe silk tee and pant pairing for a pre-wedding event.

Sophie Theallet: The designer behind our cover girl Lindsay Elligson's wedding dress created a spectacular bias-cut halter dress in pale silver that is refined romance at its best.

Wes Gordon: Timeless and casual at once, Wes Gordon's strapless crepe split-front gown in beautiful white is perfect for a summer wedding.

Monique Lhuillier: The bridal veteran's ready-to-wear collection also included amazing ideas for spring brides, like this column gown with dramatic bell sleeves — picture it in ivory, incredible!

Novis: For the daring minimalist, emerging Novis designer Jordana Warmflash has the gown for you: a beautifully simple silk column.

Adam Lippes: This blush colored gown is at once simple and opulent; the plissé skirt creates incredible movement when the wearer walks, noted the designer at his preview early in the week.

Sally LaPointe: We love this look featuring a boatneck top and midi-length fluted skirt for a confident city bride. Plus, it's an edgy take on the bridal sash.

Which NYFW look is your favorite? Tweet us @BRIDES!

Read more: 10 NYFW Looks You Could Wear on Your Wedding Day

23 Signs You're Completely Obsessed with Your Wedding

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Most newly-engaged girls get pretty giddy about their big day. And that's perfectly fine, normal even, to be expected. It is a super exciting time in your life and you should absolutely celebrate. However, there is such a thing as getting too wrapped up your wedding, so much so that your own friends and family start avoiding you. Yikes! Here's how to know you need to tone it down a notch or uh, 10.

1. The only banner ads that pop up anymore when you surf the web are wedding related.

2. It would take at least an hour, if not more, just to scroll to the bottom of your wedding Pinterest board.

3. People are actually starting to confuse your Facebook wall for your wedding Pinterest board.

4. You've become a full-blown insomniac — you just can't stop thinking about your wedding!

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5. You recently quit your full-time job for a better one: wedding planning!

6. Except your only client now is yourself. Oops.

7. Your new life goal? To be on Say Yes To The Dress.

8. Or Four Weddings.

9. Or Something Borrowed, Something New.

10. But definitely not Bridezillas because you are so not a bridezilla.

11. Heidi Klum and Seal ain't got nothing on the yearly vow renewals you've been dreaming up.

12. Trying on over 100 dresses not only excites you, it also sounds totally normal.

13. In fact, you've already been there, done that ... twice!

14. You've got a real knack for turning any and every conversation into one about wedding planning. After all, your wedding can relate to just about anything: food, fashion, family, fitness, makeup, music, money, relationships, design, you name it.

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15. And you can talk about it for hours on end too.

16. So much so that all your friends have suddenly become super busy. Weird?

17. But that's okay because right now your weekends are packed to the brim with planning the wedding anyway.

18. Truth be told, you probably spend more time talking to your wedding planner than you do your fiancé.

19. And you text/call/email him or her multiple times a day.

20. The only pleasure reading you've been doing lately? Bridal books and magazines. Hey, knowledge is power, right?

21. Whenever you think about the day after your wedding, you start to feel physically sick to your stomach.

22. Because then you don't have your wedding to plan anymore.

23. And being in someone else's wedding (or helping plan it) just isn't the same.

Read more: 23 Signs You're Completely Obsessed with Your Wedding

Watch: A Bride Shares a Heart-Wrenching Dance with Her Ailing Father at His Bedside

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Aside from the "I dos" and the couple's first joyous kiss, the father-daughter dance is one of the most anticipated moments of any wedding. Unfortunately, for a multitude of reasons, some brides don't have the opportunity to share a quiet moment with their father on their wedding day. When California bride Lisa Wilson realized that her father, who was critically ill with a rare form of cancer, might not make it to her wedding day, she and her fiancé, Robert Pantoja, moved their wedding date up a week.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Lisa and Robert hosted a bedside wedding at UCI Medical Center in Orange, California so the bride's beloved father, David Wilson, would be able to give his daughter away and share that all-too-important father-daughter dance.

David shared the video above on his Facebook page the very same night as the couple's impromptu wedding. After Lisa and Robert are pronounced husband and wife, David offers his congratulations to both the bride and groom before receiving a request from his daughter.

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"I asked him, 'I said daddy I want to do my father-daughter dance with you.' He said, 'I can't dance and I said you don't have to. I want to dance with your hands,'" Lisa told CBS2.

In the background, the song "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston plays while the father and daughter share an emotional dance from his bedside.

David unfortunately passed away on September 2, only 10 days after his daughter's wedding. But the proud father left his new son-in-law with a heart-wrenching piece of wisdom. In a private moment with Robert, David said, "Rob, you're the lucky one. You won the lottery: You got my baby girl."

Read more: Watch: A Bride Shares a Heart-Wrenching Dance with Her Ailing Father at His Bedside

5 Pretty Ways to Decorate Your Bride & Groom Wedding Chairs

Whether you're planning to sit at a sweetheart table or amongst your bridesmaids and groomsmen, decorative chair backs are a must-have for your reception seats. Not only do these pretty decorations designate the bride and groom's chosen spots, they're also a great way to dress up your space without busting your budget. (Plus, they make for perfect reception photos, and what couple doesn't want that?) The options are endless when it comes to these décor accents, but we found five pretty (and simple!) ways to make a statement at your dinner table.

Painted Wooden Signs (above)
Calligraphed wooden signs are an understated addition to your reception space. Here, they work with a formal reception table, but they would look great in a more casual setting, too. This is also a great DIY project for the bride who wants to leave her own personal stamp on her big day, but doesn't want to tackle a major project.

Framed Chalkboard Signs
An ornate gold frame elevates the classic chalkboard sign. With the use of chalk-markers, create your own signs and attach to the back of chairs. To tone down the formality of the look, this couple used gauzy burlap ribbon and greenery garlands.

Printed Signs
Your chair backs don't have to be overly ornate, either. Here, a couple opts for simple black-and-white printed signs with colorful details to complement their whimsy reception.

Twisted Metal Sign
Every bride loves a wedding dress metal hanger that has been twisted to reflect her new married name, right? Extend the idea to your dinner table! This adorable display reads, "Better Together" and literally joins the bride and groom's chairs.

Floral Garlands
Your chairs don't have to read "Mr." and "Mrs." — flowers are fun decorations too. Floral garlands work especially well when you're having a sweetheart table since it's inherently implied that the bride and groom will be dining there.

Read more: 5 Pretty Ways to Decorate Your Bride & Groom Wedding Chairs

How to Solve 3 Big Bridesmaid Dilemmas

Here at BRIDES, we're equally committed to making sure bridesmaids have as enjoyable of an experience at a wedding as the bride and and groom! Though a bride's happiness and satisfaction with her wedding is of utmost importance, it's easy to fall into a Bridezilla role and make bridesmaids' lives not so fun. Even if your friend is relaxed about her wedding, there are still difficult scenarios that arise. If you're a 'maid who's dealing with a demanding bride or are stuck in a hard place, it's hard to find a way to diplomatically raise questions and concerns. In that light we found etiquette expert-approved solutions to some tricky situations so that brides and their gals can all have a happy day.

My friend asked me to be her bridesmaid, but I'm on a strict budget and I'm sure she'll select expensive dresses for us to wear. Can I hint that I'm on a limited income, or should I simply turn her down and tell her why?
Tell her truthfully that you cannot realistically afford an expensive dress, and that even though you would love to be a bridesmaid, it is simply out of the question economically. That way, you give her the choice of finding someone else or selecting a less expensive dress. If you are really close, the bride may decide that her wedding wouldn't be complete without you and offer discreetly to buy the dress for you herself.

I'm going to be my friend's bridesmaid, but she's making all her attendants crazy with her instructions — giving us lists of color and brand of lipstick, eye shadow, and nail polish we need, telling us we need to have our hair done at an expensive salon, even asking one bridesmaid to get her ears pierced and another to get her hair highlighted! Is this normal? What can we do?
You and the other attendants should meet with the bride now and talk about your issues. Be as kind as you can (she may not realize her instructions are excessive), but let her know that you are united. Explain your objections clearly and rationally. Look for compromises. You'll be glad to discuss makeup and hairstyles, but the final choice is up to each of you. You might bring up costs, but don't make it your main issue; if the bride says she'll pay, you will be back to square one. Remember to give her a few compliments in addition to voicing concerns; these will go a long way. If she still insists on having her way, you have two choices: Go along graciously or get out. Should you choose to resign, avoid blaming or saying anything that could end your friendship. She is stressed, and that can turn the best person into a bit of a nightmare!

My friend, for whom I'm a bridesmaid, mentioned that she wants us all to wear the same jewelry. Should I buy it or will she?
If she expects you all to wear matching jewelry, she should provide it, perhaps as the bridesmaids' gifts. If she's not willing to do so, then she can't expect you to comply.

Read more: How to Solve 3 Big Bridesmaid Dilemmas

No Passport Required: U.S. Honeymoons for Adventure-Loving Couples

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Not all couples want to spend their honeymoon lounging poolside. In fact, many couples are forgoing traditional beach honeymoons in favor of something different. From scaling mountains to exploring dense forests, newlyweds are on the hunt for an adventurous honeymoon that will take them outside of their comfort zone. We found three adrenaline-inducing honeymoon destinations right here in the U.S.

If you're into desert drama, do Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.
Two of the most stunning natural places on earth landed just 80 miles apart in southern Utah: Bryce Canyon, with red-rock spires that become even more otherworldly at sunrise and sunset, and Zion, which cuts a half mile down through shale and sandstone into a wonderland of slot canyons and waterfalls. Go comfy-rustic in a cabin at Zion Lodge, the only hotel in the park (doubles from $197), or sleek and chic at the glass-and-wood Amangiri (doubles from $1,200), 15 minutes from Lake Powell and 95 miles from Zion — worth the splurge for the spa's floatation-therapy pavilion alone.

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If you want to perfect you drop-in, try Maui.
Humpback whales cruise by en route to breeding grounds, by they're not the only mammals drawn to the warm Maui waters. Legendary waves like the rights of Hookipa and the bowls of Honolua Bay lure beginners and hard-core surfers alike. Rather spend your days on the beach than on a board? The sun, sand, and emerald-carpeted volcanoes will keep you happy. Get the best of all worlds at Travaasa Hana (doubles from $350), where you can master the art of hula dancing and mai tai sipping in between session of surf school on Hamoa Beach.

If you want to go wild, do Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Bigger than Switzerland, one of the largest protected swaths of land in the world lays claim to sky-high peaks, dense forests, and glacial ice fields. Much of this Alaskan park is inaccessible — unless, that is, you have use of a bush place. At Ultima Thule (all-inclusive doubles and bush flights from $3,400), an upscale lodge in the heart of the wilderness, pilot and owner Paul Claus will fly you to hard-to-get spots, like a hidden river where bears gather to catch breakfast or the biggest ice field outside the poles — the perfect spot for a picnic. Bonus: Instead of a subzero tent, you'll nest each night in a riverside cabin with a king-size feather bed. The middle of nowhere never looked so good.

Read more: No Passport Required: U.S. Honeymoons for Adventure-Loving Couples

Wedding Hairstyle 101: How to DIY This Sleek Side Bun

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Last week we gave you the step-by-step instructions on how to create a trendy, braided updo wedding day hairstyle right in your very own home. But if you're looking for something more classic and understated on your wedding day, you'll love this sleek side bun.

This chic 'do is formal and elegant, and would be the perfect style for a bride wearing an embellished wedding dress or high neckline. For a super glam look, dress the style up with a glitzy headband or statement-making earrings.

We broke down how to make this look your own right in your own home, so you can test drive it before your big day — it would be a perfect for your engagement party or bridal shower!

Follow our step-by-step instructions to master this sleek side bun and watch the look come to life in the video below!

1. Side-part hair and, using a 2-inch barrel curling iron, curl sections of hair.
2. Leaving out the face-framing section, tie hair into a low, half-up, half-down hairstyle.
3. Use a comb to gently brush out curls and tease the crown to give your hair a bit of lift.
4. Wrap the ponytail into a low chignon and secure with bobby pins.
5. Wrap the rest of your hair around the chignon and secure with bobby pins.
6. Gently pull back the face-framing section of hair so that it reaches the chignon. Secure with bobby pins.

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Read more: Wedding Hairstyle 101: How to DIY This Sleek Side Bun

Lea Michele & Her Boyfriend Are Living Together — Is an Engagement Next?

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Lea Michele's had a few brushes with marriage on Glee, but it looks like she might be hearing wedding bells in real life soon, too! Matthew Paetz, the actress and singer's boyfriend of four months, just moved into her Hollywood Hills home.

"They are really happy and they make a great team," a source told People of the couple. A little more than a year after her ex-boyfriend Cory Monteith passed away, we're thrilled to hear that Michele is in love again! We have a feeling that the recent big step in their relationship is a precursor to an engagement.

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After all, the two have plenty in common. They met on the set of her music video for her single "On My Way" in April, and since then, have been spotted hiking, traveling and attending concerts together. "They were super sweet and affectionate, taking selfies together and hanging out with a group of friends," an onlooker told People of their cuddly behavior at a recent Justin Timberlake concert.

Plus, the hot romance appears to be a healthy one for Michele. "It just made sense for them to move in cause they spend so much time with one another," a source told E! News. "He treats her like a queen."

We certainly hope this means there's a happily ever after in store for Michele; it was just too sad to see her broken engagement to Finn on Glee! We'll have to keep an eye on her left ring finger for the time being.

Read more: Lea Michele & Her Boyfriend Are Living Together — Is an Engagement Next?

4 Mistakes Every Newlywed Couple Makes

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No marriage is perfect — not even newlyweds Brangelina. "I don't believe in 'perfect' relationships or perfect anything," says Andrea Syrtash, relationship expert and author of Cheat on Your Husband (With Your Husband).

So with that out of the way, let's get into the nitty-gritty. We went to the experts to find out the four most common mistakes every newlywed faces, and how you can void them:

1. Talking about everything — except the important stuff.
"It's a good idea to put potential issues on the table right away so you can find solutions that work for both," says Syrtash. Think about setting up family boundaries before you wed, for example, rather than waiting until your first Thanksgiving, confused and fighting over who will cook the turkey. Also tackle talks on debt, kids and career plans, as uncomfortable as they may be.

2. Thinking that happily-ever-after exists with one person, under one roof.
"If you depend on one person to sustain you until death do you part, that's a ticket to divorce," says Iris Krasnow, author of The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes To Stay Married. "A marriage that runs on multiple tracks makes for a happier wife who gets to have it both ways — a committed marriage and adventures in uncharted territory." So even though you'll be tempted to soak up as much time with your new spouse as possible, don't let your hobbies go to the wayside.

See More: Why More Engaged Couples Are Attending Pre-Marital Counseling

3. Letting date nights die away.
"Part of the work of relationships is keeping the play alive," Syrtash says. Make an effort to get out of your home once a week for a date-night adventure. It doesn't need to be expensive or fancy, but simply something to break you out of complacency. Take turns planning nights out so neither one of you becomes overwhelmed by the responsibility each week.

4. Forgetting about your girlfriends.
"The wives with the highest marital satisfaction have a tight circle of warm women friends with whom to regale in girls nights outs," Krasnow says. "Girlfriends infuse our lives with confidence, laughter and a clearer sense of self, helping us become the best partners possible in our intimate relationships. Our girlfriends also provide the escape hatch when the inevitable hurdles arise in a new marriages, as honeymoon perfection turns into the grind of everyday life, dealing with bills, snoopy in-laws, cranky moods after long days at work."

And remember, even if you read this and still find yourself in the middle of these mistakes, that's normal. "Mistakes are a good opportunity to learn more about your partner and your partnership," Syrtash says. "It's a big life step to merge lives with someone, so inevitably, you're going to hit a few bumps along the way."

Read more: 4 Mistakes Every Newlywed Couple Makes

8 Surprising Ways You're Wrecking Your Skin

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Ever feel like you're faithfully abiding by every skincare commandment you've ever learned, but your skin is still acting up? We've got the lowdown from New York City dermatologist Julie Russak on what you're doing wrong — and how to do it right in plenty of time for your wedding day.

1. Minor food sensitivities
You don't always have to have a major reaction to have a food intolerance. Gluten allergies and sensitivities can manifest themselves in breakouts and redness, Russak says, adding that food with a high trans fat content can increase oil production and cause dandruff. Hormones in milk can aggravate acne, while processed meat and tomato sauce can cause perioral dermatitis, a red, bumpy rash around the mouth. If you're having an issue, try eliminating suspect foods from your diet for a few weeks and then slowly reintroduce them one at a time to identify the culprit.

2. Silicone
It's the superstar ingredient in most makeup primers, but breakout-prone women have to be careful. "They wreck havoc on your skin, resulting in product build up and acne," Russak says. Breaking out near your hairline? Silicone in your hair products might be to blame, so keep them away from your face.

See more: Say Goodbye to Sun Damage Before Your Wedding

3. Expired products
Just because that blush has lasted since college doesn't mean you should still use it. "Using expired products can cause serious allergic reactions because the chemical makeup has changed," Russak says. (Not to mention the potential build-up of bacteria that can cause major acne.)

4. Environmental pollution
Ever notice that when you're vacationing in the fresh air your skin just looks better? It's not only because you're relaxed. Environmental pollution is at an all-time high and those living in cities bear the brunt of it. "Our skin is a breathable organ that absorbs the good and the bad," Russak says. "The best plan of action is to protect it." She recommends using antioxidant serum every morning, like SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, $159, topped with an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.

See more: Five Makeup Mistakes to Stop Making Before Your Wedding Day

5. Binging on sugar (real and fake)
Sugar highs and inevitable lows cause inflammation, which can lead to acne and wrinkles. And sorry, diet soda lovers: Your body recognizes both real and artificial sweeteners as sugar and responds accordingly, Russak says. Have a sweet tooth? Swap Skittles for dark chocolate — at least 70 percent — since it has anti-inflammatory benefits and will satisfy your craving.

6. An incorrect anti-aging regimen
While it's great that you're taking preventative measures, be sure your anti-aging regiment is age-appropriate. Heavy oils or rich creams intended for your mother, for instance, can clog your pores, Russak says. A can't-miss anti-aging combo: sunscreen in the daytime and retinoids, which fights acne and wrinkles, at night.

See more: Five Hair Mistakes to Stop Making Before Your Wedding Day

7. Being unfaithful
To your skin-care routine, that is! Constantly changing the products you're using can shock the skin, causing inflammation, acne, and a host of other problems, Russak says. Give products at least eight weeks to work before switching things up.

8. Using unfiltered water
Hard water (water containing high levels of iron, magnesium and calcium) can lead to dry skin, Russak says. A buildup of minerals in the water can also clog pores and make soap difficult to fully wash off. "This creates a film on the skin and prevents moisturizer from absorbing, further contributing to irritated skin." Try T3 Source Showerhead Filter, $130, which will give you both shiny hair and soft skin.

Read more: 8 Surprising Ways You're Wrecking Your Skin

See Photos from Gabrielle & Dwyane Wade's Epic Honeymoon!

Their star-studded wedding came and went, but Gabrielle Union and brand-new hubby Dwyane Wade aren't done celebrating their recently-minted marriage. The two lovebirds have been off enjoying an exotic honeymoon!

Just today, both Mr. and Mrs. Wade took to Instagram to share sweet snaps from their time away. To start, the pair traveled to the Maldives. Union posted a collage of her and Wade swimming in the Indian Ocean, playing around on the docks, and jet-skiing. "About last week... Maldives on our deserted island ish... Great start to an epic adventure #irefusedtowearclothes #NebraskaCapAdventures #ChevalBlanc #OurLifeOurWay," Union wrote as a caption to the photo, above.

Joking she refused to wear clothes, Union also posted a photo of her in a white bikini swimming around with the note: "When the Indian Ocean is ya swimming pool... You dive in! But first... Play that @beyonce baby #nebraskacapadventures #chevalblanc #Maldives #1stLeg"

See more: Watch Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade's Adorable Holiday Photo Shoot

For the second half of the honeymoon, the NBA star and Think Like a Man Too actress headed to the Tanzania and took a safari through the Serengeti Desert.

"Pure joy! Life on the Serengeti... #Tanzania #Masai #2ndLeg ... I �� the photographer #BrianFellows," Gabrielle wrote alongside the photo, above.

The Miami Heat point guard also posted photos of Union on the beach, and a hilarious photo of his Safari outfit. "Since I'm on my honeymoon and I'm missing fashion week in NY. I thought i would show you guys how I dress to go on a safari," Wade wrote. "It's never a dull moment when @lawfullady is your stylist. #dopeselfie #manimfeelingmyself #imbestdressonthissafari #illmarrymetoo @zmalannewyork"

And of course, no honeymoon would be complete without a few appropriate — and adorable — selfies (above).

It seems like the Wades are had the time of their life — the perfect conclusion to their glam, family-focused affair.

Read more: See Photos from Gabrielle & Dwyane Wade's Epic Honeymoon!

An Enchanted Hawaiian Wedding at Haiku Mill in Maui

When Nancy Wong, 29, and Eric Matsumura, 31, got engaged in California in December of 2012, they immediately set their sights west. "We knew we wanted to have a destination wedding," says Nancy, "and Hawaii was an easy choice." They invited just over 50 guests to Haiku Mill in Maui. "It was love at first sight," Nancy says. "We loved the magical look of ivy climbing the walls and moss between the bricks." So on March 2, 2014, the pair exchanged vows in their little slice of paradise. The ever-talented Jana Morgan was there to photograph all the garden-inspired details.

Nancy was immediately drawn to her mermaid-style Modeca gown. "I loved the sweetheart neckline, sheer panels, and keyhole back," she says. "It was the perfect amount of coverage." Nancy didn't actually see her dress in ivory until it came in for her fittings. "The salon only had the dress in black, but I loved it so much that I went for it. Thank goodness I loved it in ivory just as much!"

The bride wore a pearl necklace wrapped around her wrist as a bracelet, and accented her twisted updo with a gold mesh flower.

Eric chose a medium grey suit and light grey shirt, which he brightened up with a purple tie and polka-dot socks. During the ceremony he donned a leaf lei to honor Hawaiian ritual. Both his boutonniere and Nancy's bouquet featured a mix of lavender, blush lisianthus, ivory garden and spray roses, and ferns wrapped in grey ribbon.

Bridesmaids were given free reign over their dresses with one requirement: to choose a shade of purple, Nancy's favorite color. Eric's groomsmen wore grey suits and paired them with violet patterned ties and argyle socks.

To show off the natural beauty of the space, the couple kept the ceremony décor simple, with floating candles inside clear hurricane vases and soft pink rose petals along the stone steps, and strands of crystals tucked between the ivy hanging from the trellis above. "We loved being outdoors, surrounded by trees and lush greenery," Nancy says.

Crystal chandeliers hung over each table, casting a warm glow over the open-air space as the sun set.

Classic silver Chiavari chairs and framed table numbers added elegance to the rustic outdoor space while garden-bloom arrangements of hydrangea and freesia made each centerpiece feel hand-picked and unique.

The simple, two-tiered cake was frosted with buttercream icing and garnished with roses and lisianthus. The bottom tier of coconut cake was filled with raspberry while the top round's rose petal cake was layered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

A ukulele player serenaded guests during cocktail hour, then '90s pop and R&B played during dinner. For their first dance, the new Mr. and Mrs. took a spin to "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

After their Hawaiian celebration, the couple honeymooned to India and the Maldive Islands. Her parting words for brides-to-be? "Be ready for a fast wedding day," she says. "Treasure the small moments that buzz by in a flash!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Haiku Mill || Wedding Coordinator: Lindsay Miller || Bride's Wedding Dress: Modeca || Shoes: Etsy || Hair & Makeup: Liz Javelosa || Wedding Bands: Royal Designs at San Francisco Gift Center || Florist: Bella Grace Flowers || Catering: Maui Executive Catering || Cake: Ghiselani Designer Wedding Cakes || Photography: Jana Morgan

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Further Proof that David Beckham Is the Most Adorable Husband Ever

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If one thing is true about the Beckhams, it's that they're extremely stylish. Thanks to Victoria's design chops and David's unbelievable physique (did you see those H&M ads?), these two never fail to achieve sartorial success. Another thing that's very true about the long-lasting lovebirds? They have one of the strongest relationships in Hollywood. Married for 15 years now, Mr. and Mrs. Beckham are constantly spotted supporting each other (just look at their aww-inducing Ice Bucket Challenge!). This year was no different, with David and Brooklyn Bechkam seated front row and Victoria's New York Fashion Week show.

As we'd expect, Becks's style-setting wife has a say when it comes to his wardrobe. "She has opinions to what I wear," he confessed to People. "I'm my own person so I think if something looks good then I'll wear it but ... When you're in a relationship, when you are married, you trust their judgement and she's got a pretty good eye."

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And while he surely appreciates her sound fashion advice, he can't stop gushing about her career achievements. "I'm very proud of what she's achieved, what she's done. To go from being a Spice Girl [in] the biggest girl band in history then to being respected in the fashion industry that's something that doesn't happen overnight, so to see the scale of what she's achieved and what she's created is special." Our hearts just burst.

Becks, too, mentioned how proud son Brooklyn is of his mom: "He's very proud of what his mum's achieved as well and I think Victoria is even more proud to have him sat in the front row watching the show."

So it's settled: The Beckham's are the sweetest family ever. Their endless support in each other's endeavors is definitely something to strive for!

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The 10 Types of Guests You'll Find at Every Wedding

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Whether it's a black-tie affair or a backyard BBQ, every wedding seems to have ten distinct guests. While some are more endearing than others, in totality they make for one, unforgettable affair.

1. The Selfie Snapper
Dance floor selfie, bathroom selfie, ceremony selfie — every setting is a backdrop for this snap-happy (and vaguely narcissistic?) guest.

2. The Group-Dance Starter
Whether it's the Macarena, the electric slide or one aggressive dance circle, this individual knows how to get the masses moving.

3. The Over-Indulger
There is always (at least) one guest that gets a bit too ... hydrated. If it's a young gentleman you can usually find him swaying in close proximity to the bridesmaids.

4. The Couple-Hogger
Yes, a wedding greeting line is the perfect setting for you to tell me about the intricacies of your knee surgery, Aunt Margaret.

5. The Last Minuter
Whether they're concerned about dietary restrictions, plus one requests or flower allergies, this guest doesn't quite grasp the fact that wedding planning is done in advance of the wedding, not the morning of.

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6. The Incorrectly Dressed
Whether it's a white dress, Las Vegas-appropriate neckline, or worse, there is always one in the crowd. We're looking at you, sequined mini skirt.

7. The Aspiring Photographer
You know the guest that's that front and center during the first dance, snapping away from various angles with a look of intensity on their face? Despite the professional photographer across the dance floor, the couple's future wedding album depends on their iPhone snaps, you guys.

8. The Wedding Judge
It is this guest's noble duty to share her opinions on every little detail of your wedding. "I really can't believe they a didn't go with traditional wedding cake." "Did you see those napkin rings? So cliché."

9. The Inappropriate Elder
It was all fun and games until Grandma Ethel started twerking on the groomsmen.

10. The Cute Factor
Whether it's a puppy in a tux, or a toddler twirling on the dance floor, every wedding has its guest that makes you say "aw" all night long.

Read more: The 10 Types of Guests You'll Find at Every Wedding

Martina Navratilova Opens Up About Her Romantic Proposal!

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Now that the immediate excitement surrounding tennis legend Martina Navratilova's proposal at the U.S. Open on Saturday has died down, she's opening up about her decision to pop the question in such a public manner.

"Originally it wasn't the idea to do it at the U.S. Open, on the Jumbotron and all that, but then it was, 'Why not? I've seen it in movies!'" Navratilova told People of the moment, which was telecast live during the tennis championships at New York's Arthur Ashe stadium. "And it all came off, everything worked out perfectly!"

Not only did her longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova accept her proposal, but they've been riding a wave of joy ever since. "What's been amazing is the outpouring of support from everywhere, including when I was walking through the stadium afterwards with people saying, 'Congratulations,' people on the street saying, 'Congratulations,' and the Twitter outpouring has been unbelievably supportive," Navratilova added.

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"The changes in people's attitudes [on gay marriage] is amazing," she said. "You put it out to the world and it already feels like we're married because the whole world knows."

For Navratilova and Lemigova, a former Miss USSR, the proposal capped off a joyous time in the place where Navratilova has won plenty of games. And the tennis pro is happy to gush about her newly-minted fiancée. "She's just a special human being inside and out. [I love] her dimples when she smiles. She's got a honey voice and a honey personality. We've come from similar backgrounds and experiences in life and we've both overcome a lot. We both dreamt big and we both made it, so it's pretty cool!"

The couple hopes to marry in their home state of Florida, where gay marriage may soon be legal.

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4 Celebrity-Inspired Mother-of-the-Bride Hairstyles

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Calling all mothers of the bride (or groom!)! Looking for a new hairstyle for your child's wedding day? Take some style cues from the the red carpet. We rounded up the best of the season's celebrity looks, from short crops to long waves. Read, print, and bring to your hair trial ASAP, moms!

Julie Bowen: To infuse an everyday bob with a healthy dose of Old-Hollywood glam like Bowne's, prep your hair with a shine serum, then twist small sections around a one-inch curling iron. Once you're done, run your fingers through the curls to break them up and give them a more carefree feel, then add a few spritzes of light hold hairspray. Try: Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Lightweight Hold Hairspray, $4.29, available at Amazon

Anna Gunn: For soft waves like Gunn's, prep wet hair with a leave-in conditioner before blow-drying with a round brush, then finish with a drop of smoothing serum. This style also looks pretty with a side part, which will be flattering on all face shapes. Try: Verb Ghost Oil, $14, available at verbproducts.com, Spornette Porcupine Rounding Brush, $16, available at Birchbox

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Robin Wright: For a polished pixie style like Robin's, keep every hair in place with a light-hold texturizing cream: Smooth a dime-sized amount through wet strands, then brush hair into place, and let it do its thing. Try: Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Pixie Play Craft Cream, $4, available at Drugstore.com

Angela Bassett: Hey, curly-haired MOBs: There's no need to break out the flatiron for the big day. Natural curls like Bassett's are perfectly appropriate — and perfectly gorgeous — for a formal occasion. And the look is easy to pull off: Prep wet hair with a frizz-controlling spray, then work a touch of smoothing oil or serum through your hair. Let hair air-dry (or use a blow-dryer with the diffuser attached), and make sure to keep your hands out of your curls all night. Too much touching just encourages frizz! Try: Smooth and Silky No-Frizz Spray, TRESsemmé, available at Walgreens, Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil, $38, available at Sephora

Read more: 4 Celebrity-Inspired Mother-of-the-Bride Hairstyles

Weddings by Funjet + RIU Palace Jamaica Destination Wedding Giveaway

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You know what’s both exciting and romantic? A destination wedding at an exotic locale. Want to know what’s not? Planning said wedding without actually being there. Thankfully, concierge services like Weddings by Funjet are here to take the stress out of planning your dream destination wedding.

Weddings by Funjet Concierge Service

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A wedding is essentially a celebration of love. One of the most important things about your nuptials is the quality time with you get to spend with your loved ones. Ideally, you would want the wedding planning and coordination work to be as stress-free as possible. This usually involves a bit of help from the bridal party and/or hiring a wedding planner.

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A destination wedding comes with its unique set of challenges, including the biggie — flight and hotel arrangements. This is where Weddings by Funjet concierge service can help. Think of them as your travel coordinator cum wedding planner AND personal assistant. From save-the-date through the honeymoon, Weddings by Funjet will help you manage the details, leaving nothing but an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

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Riu Palace Jamaica

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Riu Palace Jamaica is perfect for couples looking for a luxurious, all-inclusive, adults-only venue with a laid-back atmosphere. Located in Montego Bay, in the northwest of Jamaica, Riu Palace Jamaica offers sparkling pools, a quiet beach and clear waters.

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Luxury services at Riu Palace Jamaica include 24 hour room service, concierge service and RENOVA spa treatments. Couples and their guests can savor a delightful selection of gastronomic options, and enjoy a host of water activities including windsurfing, sailing, catamaran and kayaking.

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When it comes to entertainment, the party never ends at RIU Palace Jamaica. During the day you and your guests can enjoy the daily entertainment program, and by night there is live music, and a disco where you can groove to the best rhythms of Jamaica.

Giveaway: Win a Destination Wedding

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If you’re excited about holding a stress-free wedding at the fabulous Riu Palace Jamaica, we’ve got great news for you! Weddings by Funjet and Riu Palace Jamaica are giving away a destination wedding to one lucky couple! Whether you want to elope with just the two of you or bring your family and friends along with you, this is a wonderful opportunity for brides and grooms! ! To enter, you need to sign up via the giveaway entry form below and follow Weddings by Funjet on Pinterest.

Here’s what you stand to win:

  • Seven night stay for two at Riu Palace Jamaica
  • Round trip airfare for two
  • Round trip transportation between Jamaica airport and Riu Palace Jamaica
  • Your very own Weddings by Funjet Concierge to help you with all of the details
  • Riu Wedding Services, which are the perfect balance between simplicity and extravagance:
    • Decoration set up for the ceremony location
    • Bridal Bouquet and Matching Boutonniere
    • Music during the ceremony
    • Semi-private dinner at a specialty restaurant
    • Wedding Cake and Sparkling wine
    • Wedding Decorations in the couples rooms
    • Minister/Judge Services
    • Romantic breakfast in bed for the wedding couple the morning after the wedding

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Remember, for a chance to win a destination wedding of your dream from Weddings by Funjet and Riu Resorts, simply follow Weddings by Funjet  on Pinterest through the giveaway entry form. You can increase your chance to win this amazing destination wedding by creating your own Weddings by Funjet Inspired Pinterest board. Good luck!

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Annasul Y. 2015 Wedding Dresses

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The 2015 Annasul Y. bridal collection is simply breathtaking! The romantic, vintage-inspired looks feature unexpected accents —  a split sleeve here, a keyhole detail there — making each dress oh-so-special. We’re in love with the scalloped lace edging that adorns the necklines and sleeves of most of the gowns. Paired with bows and crystal embellishments, this detail adds an incredibly feminine touch to the elegant silhouettes.

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Friday Night Lights Alum Adrianne Palicki Is Engaged!

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2014 has been a big year for Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki! She co-starred in G.I. Joe 2 as Lady Jaye, plays a lead love interest on NBC's About a Boy, and has upcoming role in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, the actress can add another role to her lengthy resumé: bride-to-be! Palicki is engaged to stuntman boyfriend Jackson Spidell.

According to Us Weekly, the 31-year-old Toldeo, Ohio native met her gutsy guy on the set of their upcoming film, John Wick. In the movie, due out October 24, Palicki plays a villain alongside Keanu Reeves, for whom Spidell performs the stunt work.

The two fit stars (Spidell played a tribute from District 10 in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) appear to be a perfect match. But during a 2009 interview with Men's Health, Paliki revealed that she didn't have a set list of qualities a man must have to win her over.

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"None of my ex-boyfriends have anything in common," Paliki said. " I don't really worry about whether a guy's a certain type, as long as there's a connection... We're going to grow old, we're going to get fat, but laughter lasts."

It looks like her open outlook on dating has paid off! While there's no word yet on the proposal details or Palicki's engagement ring, we're sure this adventurous couple has an exciting future ahead of them.

Read more: Friday Night Lights Alum Adrianne Palicki Is Engaged!