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: whimsical details or a rustic setting! From a hot air balloon engagement photo session to an enchanted wedding in the Redwood Forest, take a peek at the best wedding blogs:

A talented photographer and a cool setting are all you really need for a great engagement photo session. Add in some hot air balloons and it becomes great and fun! This photo shoot is a playful example of how to show off your youthful personality as a couple. —POPSUGAR

We love how this couple embraced their earthy Napa Valley wedding venue by incorporating rustic details like olive leaves and a birch chuppah. It's wonderfully classic and simple with a woodsy edge. —Brides

Groomswear is a great canvas for working in some whimsical wedding details. Case in point: These photos of shirts, suits, ties and boutonnieres. Check out the cute sequined heart pin and the polka-dotted shirt! —Brooklyn Bride

While not traditionally "whimsical," this punk rock-themed bridal shower is bold, bright, and fun nonetheless. The wall of paper flowers and star-shaped confetti are great for a wedding, too! —Ruffled

Nothing is more fanciful than the classic ballet Swan Lake. This styled shoot is so pretty and romantic, we wouldn't be surprised if it launches the next bridal trend. —100 Layer Cake

Set in the magic Redwood Forest, this wedding is the epitome of rustic. It includes wheat boutonnieres and bouquets of lavender — need we say more? —Green Wedding Shoes

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A Wedding Trend You (and Your Guests) Will Love: Interactive Bars

If you're looking for a way to get wedding guests mixing and mingling, we love the idea of setting up a station offering tasty make-it-yourself treats or interactive activities that will get everyone involved and having fun. It's also a way to surprise your guests and put a personal stamp on the wedding festivities. To help you get inspired, here are some of our favorite creative interactive bar ideas to incorporate into your ceremony or reception.

Biscuits (above): Invite your guests to help themselves to freshly-baked buttermilk biscuits and all the fixings.

Mimosas: A make-your-own mimosa bar brimming with a variety of fruit, juices, and champagne is perfect for a brunch or lunch reception.

Pickles: Surprise your guests during cocktail hour with a bar fully stocked with crunchy pickles of all kinds, from sweet and sour to dill and spicy, along with other pickled veggies like green beans and beets.

Candy Apples: A make-your-own caramel apple bar is such a fun idea for a fall wedding.

Popcorn: Offer fresh-popped popcorn with an array of sweet-and-salty seasonings for guests to enjoy throughout the wedding festivities.

Fresh Herbs: Instead of rice, invite guests to fill a paper cone with fresh herbs like sage, rosemary, and lavender to toss during the recessional.

Confetti: Alternatively, have an interactive confetti bar with jars of colorful glitter and sequins for guests to toss during the recessional or later on the dance floor.

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Ashlee Simpson & Evan Ross Are Soaking Up the Sun on Their Honeymoon in Bali

Goodbye Greenwich, hello Bali! Ashlee Simpson and new husband Evan Ross seem to be loving married life — they're currently lounging in the tropical locale of Bali for their honeymoon.

This past Sunday the new Mr. and Mrs. were spotted soaking up the sun in the famed Indonesian island (which even made its way onto our list of top honeymoon destinations!). Us Weekly published photos of Ashlee sweetly posing for her man in a flaming red cutout one-piece, oversized straw hat, and leopard-print cover up. Ross plays the part of honeymooner well, too, with his matching hat and blue tropical-print suit.

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Ross also posted an Instagram from the trip, a selfie in a car with the two of them dressed to go out, with the caption: "This love is so goooood!!!"

It's clear they're having the time of their lives in Bali — the perfect conclusion to their fairytale wedding at mother-in-law Diana Ross's Greenwich, Connecticut estate on August 30. "The wedding went perfectly," the iconic signer said of her son's wedding. "We had a beautiful rainbow surrounding us, loving family and friends, great music, and great speeches from loving and caring friends, and joyful children dancing the night away."

And, despite a rainy morning, Simpson too seemed to have a magical big day wearing a stunning Houghton crop top and high-low lace skirt ensemble with delicate pearl details and then rocking a wide-leg-pant-crop-top-combo for the reception.

It's clear from both their enchanted wedding and exotic honeymoon that this couple is in complete marital bliss!

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Dos and Don'ts for the Groom's Speech

This one's for the grooms! These days, much of the wedding planning comes down to the bride — wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, flowers, all of these are largely her domain. One tradition that is still largely a groom's responsibility, though, is the toast. It usually occurs during the reception or at the rehearsal dinner; at the reception, it comes after the best man and both sets of parents make their remarks. Even if you doesn't have stage fright, it can be daunting to say something meaningful in front of a room of people! With the adrenaline of the wedding day, an unfamiliar microphone, and perhaps a glass of champagne or two down the gullet, it can be downright scary. That shouldn't be a complete deterrent, though. Here are some dos and don'ts for making the toast a smashing success!

Do: Prepare ahead of time. Unless you're a stand-up comedian or a politician, don't try to wing it. Jot down a few notes in the days or weeks before the wedding, memorize them, and practice them. Remember that it's totally fine to read the speech when you give it, too!

Don't: Go on and on. Long speeches are deadly, particularly after a long, emotional day of celebrating.

Do: Be sincere; let your true feelings come through.

Don't: Forget to thank everyone for coming; be sure to thank your parents (including the bride's) for their love and support.

Do: Tell brief personal stories of moving experiences shared with your bride, but...

Don't: Make your guests suffer through a year-by-year litany of youthful indiscretions or drunken high jinks — you may simply end up embarrassing someone, including yourself.

Do: Turn to your bride and look her in the eye. Tell her how proud you are to be her husband, how happy you are on this special day, and how much you love her.

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A Timeless Mountain Wedding at Crooked Willow Farms in Larkspur, Colorado

Sarah Finley and Taylor Widmann's relationship is a classic case of boy-chases-girl. "We met in 2009," says Sarah, "and a few years later Taylor decided he didn't want to be friends with me anymore!" Taylor declared his feelings for Sarah and finally won her over. "I gave in to my heart, and haven't looked back," she says.

After winning Sarah over in such a dramatic fashion, Taylor had to find the perfect way to propose. So while in Aspen for New Year's Eve, he stuck the ring in his pocket and scoured for the right location. "It was absolutely freezing that weekend," he says. "Luckily, we found a fire pit on our way to dinner." The pair stopped by the fire to warm up, and Taylor popped the question. "The next night, the entire town shot off fireworks in our honor," says Taylor. "At least, that's what I told Sarah."

The couple chose Crooked Willow Farms as the venue for their June 21st, 2014 wedding, mixing soft tones with natural details for a vintage, romantic 'do planned by Paisley Kay Event Design and photographed by Jessica Christie Photography.

As a petite bride, Sarah was careful to choose a dress that wouldn't overwhelm her small frame. "This fit-and-flare Rivini gown made me feel like a bride," she says. Sarah worked with a tailor to add romantic off-the-shoulder straps. For a night of dancing, she chose rose gold sandals from Stuart Weitzman.

"I love flower crowns," says Sarah, "but it didn't really go with my look. Our flower girl was the perfect candidate to wear something sweet and whimsical!"

The ring bearer carried the rings in a handmade box engraved with Sarah and Taylor's initials and filled with moss. The ceremony took place outdoors, with breathtaking views of the nearby peaks.

Sarah walked herself down the aisle to "Falling Slowly" from the musical Once. During the ceremony, she had a moment of Italian superstition. "A bird...did it's business on my arm and my dress!" she laughs. "Thankfully, we're Italian and we think this is good luck!"

The bridesmaids wore muted silver-and-nude lace dresses by Jenny Yoo. "I really wanted something they could wear to other formal occasions, since wedding dresses can be expensive," she says.

Vintage furniture and soft fabrics helped set the scene for the reception. Guests' escort cards were tied to candles in vintage-looking tins, and Taylor and Sarah replaced a traditional guest book with a table set with typewriters, where guests could write messages and seal them with gold wax.

The reception took place in the farm's restored barn, where tall windows let in beautiful natural light. Lush flowers, included hydrangeas and garden roses, topped the tables and marked the bride and groom's chairs. "We mixed wooden, mercury glass, and crystal vessels," says Sarah. "Everything was candlelit and so romantic."

Guests were treated to a six-course Italian meal, including crispy smoked duck and English pea agnolotti. For dessert, Taylor and Sarah cut into a three-tiered cake frosted in buttercream and piped with an intricate floral pattern. "The night was running long, so Taylor and I snuck away to cut the cake alone," Sarah remembers. "It was a wonderful moment just the two of us."

The pair got away to Moorea and Bora Bora for their honeymoon. "There's nothing quite like jumping off your private dock into the ocean," says Sarah.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Crooked Willow Farms || Wedding Planner: Paisley Kay Event Design || Bride's Wedding Dress: Rivini || Shoes: Stuart Weitzman || Hair & Makeup: Four Seasons Hotel Denver Spa || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo || Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label || Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Wedding Bands: Midas Touch Jewelry, Fifth Avenue Designs || Florist: The Perfect Petal || Invitations & Paper Goods: Pulp & Ink, Harmony Design || Music: ceremony - Brent Joyce Music, Soul-X || Catering: Biscuits & Berries || Cake: Das Meyer || Rentals: Chairished Vintage, Event Rents || Favors: Himalayan Handmade Candles || Videography: Bella Luce Films || Photography: Jessica Christie Photography

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5 Questions for Buddy Valastro of Carlo's Bakery!

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Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo's Bakery in New Jersey and the titular star of TLC's Cake Boss, knows a thing or two about wedding cakes. Not only has he been baking them for as long as he can remember, but in between running his wildly popular bakeries, judging TV cake competitions, creating the Brides Live Wedding cake, and constantly interacting with fans of his delicious confections, he's the guy you want to go to with any and all of your wedding cake questions!

Luckily, he participated in a Facebook chat on our page yesterday to help solve his fans' most pressing issues and even shared a picture of his own wedding cake, which he baked! In case you missed it, we found the five most helpful pieces of advice and answers he gave during the chat. Read on and prepare for your stomach to rumble.

Q: What are the biggest wedding cake trends coming up for 2015?
A: I'm seeing a lot more rustic design requests from our brides we work with at Carlo's Bakery. A lot of nature-inspired requests and naked cakes. I think it pulls from the overall rustic wedding trend that's really becoming more popular, especially with Fall coming up.

Q: What is the most popular filling for wedding cakes?
A: Most brides go with vanilla cake with french cream and fresh strawberries, but the grooms always ask for chocolate!

Q: Which details on a cake tend to be the most costly? What should you avoid if you're on a budget?
A: When you get into heavy customization is where the price starts to climb. Most bakeries have a few signature designs to choose from and when you start to change the sugar flowers, add more, add a custom topper, get into metallic colors, that's when things can get expensive. Simple color changes and subtle redesign shouldn't break the bank.

Q: What should I look for in the person I get to make my wedding cake?
A: That's a great question. You need to make sure you're working with a reputable and reliable baker and decorator. Check reviews, but also ask questions when you're in the cake consultation. Ask about how they deliver their cakes. Do they use a refrigerated truck? How far in advance do they bake their wedding cakes before delivery? How long will the cake sit in the walk-in before going out on delivery? Do they use fresh or canned fruit for fruit fillings? Make sure you feel comfortable with your baker.

Q: For an outdoor summer wedding, what kind of frosting and cake style do you recommend to withstand the environments? I'm not a huge fan of fondant, and many blogs recommend that is the best cake solution.
A: Honestly, fondant is the best option. Buttercream will go bad sitting out in the sun. I recommend trying out a few different types of fondant to see which you like best.

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Lindsay Ellingson Is the New Face of La Sposa! See the Stunning Campaign

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If our October/November cover and her wedding proved anything, it's that Lindsay Ellingson knows how to work a wedding dress. Need further evidence? The stunning Victoria's Secret Angel was just named the face of Pronovias's La Sposa Spring 2015 campaign and the photos are too beautiful.

For their Spring 2015 collection, La Sposa focused on texture and volume with skirts featuring layers of tulle, ruffles, and cascading details. In addition to the extra movement, the design house utilized draped fabrics, bustiers, and belts to help emphasize a bride's silhouette. For an extra-special touch, the gowns also feature dainty pearl-embellishments and various floral embroideries.

See more: Spring 2015 Wedding Dress Trends

In a very Kate Moss-like snap, above, our cover girl rocks a ruffled lace La Sposa number with a group of adorable flower girls surrounding her. The whole bohemian spread is set the green flower-dotted gardens and rooms of a classic 16th century country building blurred in the background.

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The next photo, shot in black and white, takes a regal turn with its crystal-studded sweetheart bodice and voluminous tulle skirt.

Both of the looks Ellison is modeling are a pretty far departure from her sleek V-neck Vera Wang sheath on the front of our latest issue, Angel Sanchez cutout mini on our special flip cover, and, of course, her romantic Sophie Theallet custom-creation with a unique bow-tied back that she wore for her very own big day. Despite the differences, one thing's for sure: We can't get enough of Ellingson in wedding dresses!

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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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Get to Know Zola: A New Take on Wedding Registries

It's no secret that creating a registry is one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding. After all, it's one of the few times in your life where asking for presents isn't just okay — it's expected. But wandering the aisle with a scanner gun and navigating traditional registry lifts can cause serious headaches. And what happens if you're already cohabitating, just don't need another set of dishes, or have taste that's a little more niche than your local department store? Enter Zola.

Zola, of course, offers the registry essentials, but it also caters to couples' tastes. You'll find items that reflect your interests from food and wine to travel and home décor. Plus, you can encourage guests to contribute to your honeymoon fund, give cash gifts to help pay for the down payment on your house, or donate to your favorite charity — all in one place.

Jess Levin, the founder of Carats & Cake (a wedding blog that has a crazy-helpful vendor listing database), put together her dream Zola registry, and then brought all of her must-have picks offline for a gorgeous lifestyle shoot, photographed by Ira Lippke. The girls from Bobby and the Bride were there to make sure everyone looked gorgeous. Get inspired for your own registry by checking out Jess's favorite finds below!

We're loving metallic right now, and so is Jess. How beautiful is this rose gold flatware from Kate Spade? And rosé looks even better in a copper wine chiller, like this one by Old Dutch.

Slates and cheeseboards are a must-have for a ladies' lunch.

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End-of-summer bounty looks its best with this chic combination of natural materials and metallic accents.

Ready to create a registry of your own? Head over to Zola and get started!

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4 Things You Should Never DIY If You're Throwing a Destination Wedding

With the crazy popularity of the do-it-yourself trend sweeping the wedding world, it's important to keep in mind that there are some things you should not DIY if you are having a destination wedding.

Wedding Cake
It's just a bad idea. Your better, more cost-effective bet for getting the wedding cake you actually want is to spend the money on the professional pastry chef your wedding planner or venue recommends. If you DIY the cake or cupcakes, you not only have to ship down all of the little details things you need for decorating and some ingredients, but you have to make sure your accommodations actually have an oven that keeps temperature and will fit your cake pans.

See More: 10 Destination Wedding Planning Tips from a Bride Who's Been There

Flowers
While it's possible to have your flowers shipped in from a wholesaler, what are you going to do with them? Do you have a cold room and fridge space for everything? You'll also have to bring clippers, knives, scissors, strippers, tape, wire, water tubes, ribbon, fabric scissors, flower food and buckets to put the blooms in until the big day. Don't forget about all the vases if you're doing centerpieces. And once this is all assembled, where are you storing it? Nightmare! And it's a mess wherever you're assembling the bouquets and centerpieces.

Music
A good DJ will take the playlist you provide and execute it the way you want it done. If you insist on a specific list of songs in a specific order, he or will do it, but you will kill your party. The DJ needs to be able to judge the audience. If the dance floor is full of people boogying, that's not the time to switch to a slow ballad. You can have a "do not play" list and you can decide whether your guests may make requests — but remember that the music is often what gets the party started and keeps the party going.

See More: Bridesmaid Dresses For Destination Weddings

Edible Goodies
While your mom's famous chocolate chip cookies sound fabulous in your welcome bags, in practicality, it's a hot mess. Literally. Chocolate melts. So do lots of other things. Likewise, hand-making edible reception favors and shipping them intact is a risky business.

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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Time to Party! Listen to This Playlist of Wedding Reception Entrance Songs

When you and your brand-new husband enter your wedding reception, it's the first time you'll be introduced as husband and wife. Pretty exciting, right?! Not to mention, your guests will be cheering you on as they get a good look at you as newlyweds, exuberantly joining the party. The song you choose to play for that big moment should be upbeat, energetic, and feature lyrics and a message centered on love. Because it's the moment between your bridal party's entrance and your first dance, the song doesn't have to be terribly long or emotional. That's why a lot of couples have fun and get creative with it!

We love the classics, like "Happy Together" by The Turtles and "For Once in My Life" by Stevie Wonder because they capture a universal kind of joy that couples have reveled in for decades. More modern tunes like Rihanna's "Umbrella" or Pharrell Williams' "Happy" are sweet ways to show off what a hip and fun bride and groom you are. And then, of course, there are some standard, more tongue-in-cheek selections that display some good humor on your part (think "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen) and general pump-up tunes like "Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolf and Lil Wayne.

We compiled these, and plenty of other favorites, into a "Reception Entrance Songs" Spotify playlist that you can listen to below. It's got some classics and some other fun takes on this traditional moment in every wedding. Sit back, listen, and enjoy!

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5 Photo Editing Apps That Will Transform Your Wedding Instagrams

In the era of the wedding hashtag, many brides want to make sure that their social media photos look just as beautiful and polished as the ones they're getting from their wedding photographer. Well, there's an app (or rather, many apps) for that. Below we picked our top five photo editing tools that can turn your personal photos into professional quality ones — all with just a few clicks!

VSCOCam
A favorite among professional photographers, VSCOCam's preset filters give your photos a richness that mimics the look of film. The filters offer a gamut of effects, from moody and vintage to bright and saturated, and each filter can be fine tuned to achieve an exact level of intensity. It even has a few different options for black-and-white so you can turn that iPhone selfie into a classic portrait.

Afterlight
This app boasts 59 different types of filters for your photos, but where it really stands out is its collection of textures and frames. The different "light leak" textures are great for achieving the look of dreamy romantic photos and give the effect of a natural lens flare. The extensive library of frames also allows you to present your photo in a variety of ways, from silhouettes and shapes to script and letters.

PS Express
Straight from the pros, PS Express is the mobile editing app from Adobe Photoshop. Like the powerhouse computer tool your photographer uses to edit professional photos, this app lets you adjust clarity, sharpness, contrast, highlights, shadows, temperature, noise, and vibrancy. The app also includes red eye correction in humans and pets as well as offers easy blemish removal. The best feature, however, is the auto-enhance, which brightens skin, adjusts lighting, contrast, and color all with one tap.

See More: Genius Instagram Tips from Wedding Photographer Jose Villa

SKRWT
This app doesn't come with any filters, but it's indispensible for getting the perfect shot. SKRWT allows users to adjust perspective and fix lens distortions on their photos. In other words, if you ever notice that lines (of buildings, tables, walls, etc) in your picture don't look straight in relation to your image plane, the app can adjust that from all angles.

Camera+
Like many other editing apps, Camera+ comes with a suite of filters that allow you to achieve a variety of looks. But what makes this app stand out is actually it's shooting mode. In addition to the ability to control focus and exposure, the versatile camera also has a stabilizer to help you get the sharpest images, and turns your flash into a flashlight so you can get the best lighting without effects like red eye or haze. And best of all, the camera app comes with a built-in grid, so your shots of the tabletop can be perfectly straight and composed.

Read more: 5 Photo Editing Apps That Will Transform Your Wedding Instagrams

A Few Things to Know About Wedding Shower Gifts

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Unless culture and custom rule that bridal shower gifts should be the equivalent of wedding presents, gifts given to the bride at a shower should not be elaborate. Shower gifts should be appropriate to the shower theme (if it has one), like kitchen, lingerie, or bar. If not, they can be handmade, useful household items, or something meaningful to the bride. Since these guidelines are still quite vague, we looked for more specific questions related to shower presents and found helpful etiquette answers for everyone!

If a guest can't attend, must she send a gift?
It's definitely not a must. Sometimes, close friends or relatives wish to, however, which is fine. If a nonattending invitee does send a gift, she should send it directly to the shower hostess, and not from the store directly to the bride. The gift should be accompanied by a card to let the guest of honor know the name of the donor.

Is it appropriate to have a gift shower for an encore bride?
It's totally acceptable to do so. For couples who may already have the basic necessities, food showers, garden showers, and ticket (to some entertainment) showers may be more appropriate than traditional kitchen or linen showers.

I don't want guests to feel a financial burden from giving a shower gift in addition to a wedding gift. How do I go about this?
Couples and shower hosts often choose a clever low-cost themed event such as a recipe shower or a best-wishes shower (think wishing wells, etc.) They're fun and so common that it won't be totally obvious as to why you chose to plan it that way, though guests will certainly appreciate it nonetheless.

Read more: A Few Things to Know About Wedding Shower Gifts

10 Ways to Guarantee You Actually Have Sex on Your Wedding Night

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How's this for scary? Only about half of newlyweds' first nights as husbands and wives end with a bang (no pun intended), according to experts. From indulging in one too many drinks to expending all your energy on the dance floor, many couples retire to their room post-reception simply to sleep. "There is so much excitement that it can be over-stimulating to the nervous system," explains Dr. Brandy Engler, psychologist and author. "Sexual arousal thrives in a more relaxed state."

But never fear. We've asked those same ladies to dish on how to make sure you'll get it on during your wedding night. Here are their tips:

1. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink on your wedding day.
Agree to a maximum number you'll both enjoy during the reception, suggests sex coach Nikki Ransom-Alfred. "This will prevent you from becoming too intoxicated for sex," she says.

2. Don't head straight for the bedroom.
Instead, take a half-hour or so to process the day together. "Go find a place to be alone, take a walk, sit outside under a tree, whatever, and just take some time together to breathe and debrief, so your minds and bodies have a space to calm down," Engler suggests.

3. If one of you're randy and the other is not, give your spouse some space.
"Think relaxation — a warm bath, a massage, soft music.," says Engler. "This may be a better strategy than expecting passion." He may still come around!

4. And if you're not in the mood, try slipping into the bathroom.
"A woman can also have a ritual for herself," suggest Engler. "Bathe, use perfume, listen to music, and take the time to put something on and just get her mind prepared for sex."

5. Delegate end-of-the-evening tasks to someone else.
"Couples should make arrangements for someone to tend to the details of the wedding — someone to transfer their gifts from the reception to their home, someone to care for their children, etc., so as much stress as possible is taken away from them and they can concentrate on each other," Ransom-Alfred says.

See More: Why Is Sex So Vital to a Happy Marriage?

6. Don't host your bachelorette or bachelor party the night before the wedding day.
"The bride and groom should be in bed and getting a full eight to 10 hours worth of sleep to be well-rested for the big day — and night!" says Ransom-Alfred.

7. Don't let minor irritations and stress turn into a fight.
"Allow it to roll off your back and enjoy your day," Ransom-Alfred says. "Nothing is worth being angry at your spouse on the day of your marriage and then having a crappy wedding night."

8. Don't become distracted from your spouse on your wedding day.
"Stay focused on each other," Dunn says. "Don't worry about how all the guests are doing or how the event is going — that's what wedding planners are for. Stay focused on why you love him or are attracted to him — that will increase desire and decrease anxiety."

9. Talk dirty before the big night.
"Talk about what types of sexual activities you want to participate in," Ransom-Alfred says. "Perhaps you two want to role play or try something new." Talking about what you'll do will amp up your excitement for the actual deed.

10. Come prepared.
"Bring naughty lingerie and most importantly, an open mind, to make sure you two are being adventurous and fun on your wedding night," Ransom-Alfred suggests.

Read more: 10 Ways to Guarantee You Actually Have Sex on Your Wedding Night

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— Beyoncé Lite (@BeyonceLite) September 6, 2014

Unannounced wedding guests can be a total pain, except when it's powerhouse couple Beyoncé and Jay Z, of course! While on vacation in Portofino, Italy, Blue Ivy's parents accidentally stumbled upon a quiet, seaside wedding.

In honor of Beyoncé's 33rd birthday, the couple planned to take a tour of the Divo Martino, a local church, last Saturday. Little did they know, a wedding was already underway. Queen Bey graciously stopped to congratulate the couple and posed for photos (seen above and below) with the happy bride who was rocking a flower crown.

A source tells E! News that the bride "was so happy Beyoncé stopped." (Um, who wouldn't be?!)

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— Beyoncé Lite (@BeyonceLite) September 6, 2014

While the superstar duo certainly make for an incredible big-day surprise, they're not the only celebs to take on the role of wedding crasher.

Just last week, Snoop Dogg surprised newlyweds Joseph Scheller and Neesha Ghadiali at their Hard Rock Hotel, Chicago wedding.

In June, tennis pro Serena Williams — clad in a leopard print bathing suit! — joined Ruth and Sam Kormoi at their Miami Beach nuptials. "I told my friend Eddie, 'Eddie, go and see if she wouldn't mind taking a picture.' So Eddie went and asked. He said she was ecstatic and would be happy to. She was even asking, 'Let me take a picture with the bride and groom!," the groom told People.

In 2012, Taylor Swift and then-boyfriend Conor Kennedy crashed the wedding of Liam Kerr and Kyle Kennedy. Unfortunately, their appearance was not a welcome one, and the bride ultimately asked the pair to leave. In April, though, Swift surprised a fan at her bridal shower, with a KitchenAid mixer in hand, and the bride-to-be was delighted.

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3 Things Every Bride Can Learn From This Vibrant Wedding in New Jersey

It took a serious twist of fate — and a heavy dose of confidence in a close friend — to bring Hannah-Lynn and Jason together during the summer of 2010. Especially because, when the two first met, they were technically 1,000 miles apart! Hannah-Lynn was living in Morristown, New Jersey, and Jason was in Tallahassee, Florida, when a mutual friend from church introduced them by phone. Though they hadn't met in person yet, the pair hit it off, building a long-distance relationship as friends for two years before getting serious in August of 2012. Just seven months after they "officially" started dating, Hannah-Lynn and Jason were engaged—and five months later, they were married! Sometimes, when you know, you know.

For their August 25, 2013 wedding in South Orange, New Jersey, the couple played up the already beautiful outdoor setting at Orange Lawn Tennis Club by decorating with bright flowers, lots of light, and crisp white chairs for their 120 guests. Check out Jac&Jules Photography's photos below to see a few of our favorite ideas from this fun, family-friendly wedding.

Match your bouquet to your bridesmaids' dresses: Hannah-Lynn wanted her bridesmaids to be able to customize their looks, so she selected short periwinkle dresses by Von Vonni. To tie the whole look together, she included hydrangeas in the same hue in her bouquet of white roses, calla lilies, and orchids.

Borrow jewels from someone you love: For Hannah-Lynn, pearls were the perfect "something borrowed." She complemented the simple strapless neckline of her Gia Lamothe gown with her stepmother's necklace and earrings.

Change for the getaway: There's no need to wear white all night. As a nod to their Jamaican heritage, Hannah-Lynn slipped into a festive tribal print dress before she and Jason left the reception. Guests cheered on the happy couple and lined the exit with hot pink sparklers that perfectly matched the dress!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Orange Lawn Tennis Club || Wedding Planner: McEmsara Quesada & Carina Moreno of Luxe Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Gia Lamothe || Hair: Mia-Shanelle Thomas|| Makeup: Marilyn Figuereo || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Von Vonni || Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein || Florist: Maricela Bermudez of Décor Galore || Photography: Jac&Jules Photography

Read more: 3 Things Every Bride Can Learn From This Vibrant Wedding in New Jersey

How to Plan the Perfect Engagement Party


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The engagement party officially kicks off the wedding festivities and starts the wedding-day countdown. Throw a flawless one by following our nine easy steps.

1. Decide who's hosting.
Traditionally, the bride's parents host the couple's engagement party. However, like many etiquette rules, this one has changed over the years and these days, pretty much anyone close to the couple is welcome to plan and pay for the engagement party. However, the bride's parents should still get the first chance to throw it. Also, it's perfectly fine to not have an engagement party at all, or to have two — perhaps in the bride's and groom's hometowns. If the groom's parents would like to plan a party as well, they should check with the bride's parents regarding dates, as their celebration should occur after the bride's parents' party.

2. Pick a date.
Engagement parties are usually held soon after the couple becomes engaged, while the news is still fresh. You might even decide to announce your engagement at the party! But many couples decide to share their happy news on social media soon after the proposal happens.

3. Create the guest list.
Anyone invited to an engagement party must also be invited to the wedding, so the party host needs to work with the couple to compile the engagement-party guest list. And if you aren't sure of the size of your wedding just yet, it's better to limit the invites to those you are certain you will also invite to the wedding.

4. Decide on a venue.
Think about the type of party atmosphere you want: If you like the idea of having everyone in the same room, you might want to rent out a private room at a local restaurant. For something more low-key, a family member's house, backyard, or clubhouse might be a better choice.

See More: How to Throw a Celeb-Worthy Engagement Party on a Budget

5. Register for gifts (or not).
Some guests may inquire about a gift registry, so figure out if you want to register or not. If you decide to do so, select items in the low to middle price range (don't forget, the wedding is still to come). If not, include a note in the invitation kindly requesting no gifts.

6. Send the invitations.
Keep the invitations simple — hand-write them yourselves or send the invite via email. If you decide to go the printed-card route, choose a clean, classic design; don't worry about color palettes or other details — your engagement party invitations don't have to match the rest of your wedding stationery.

7. Plan the menu.
There's no need to plan a five-course meal with a four-hour open bar. Anything from passed appetizers to a simple buffet or a casual cookout will work. You can also get creative and serve dishes with special meaning to you.

8. Set the scene.
If you want, choose a theme that reflects you as a couple or something that reflects your two families. The real trick here is that you don't want to upstage the wedding — the point is to celebrate your engagement. If the budget allows, include a few small floral arrangements to perk up the space (it's also a great way to try out a potential florist for the wedding).

9. Decide what to wear.
Choose attire that complements your party setting, but keep it simple. A pretty sundress is great for an outdoor celebration; if your venue is a little fancier, a little white dress is a safe bet. As for your fiancé, while he doesn't have to don a suit and tie (and definitely not a tux!), his outfit should nicely complement yours.

Read more: How to Plan the Perfect Engagement Party

Look Back at Some Amazing Vintage Brides Covers In Honor of Our 80th Anniversary!

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Our 80th anniversary issue of Brides starring newlywed and Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson officially hits newsstands today! And the October/November issue is brimming with useful wedding advice from the moment you say "yes" to "I do."

Along with featuring exclusive photos from Lindsay's South Carolina wedding to Sean Clayton, we're also counting down the 33 most iconic brides ("Eight Decades of Unforgettable Brides," page 128) of all time. And for the bride-to-be who needs some sage planning tips, we compiled a complete list of our best advice ever ("80 Years of Great Advice from Brides," page 374).

Plus, we included a flip side, which features our ultimate beauty guide, including week-by-week countdowns to help you get perfectly glam before your big day ("Beauty Countdown," flip, page 4).

But before you dive into our 80th anniversary issue, take a trip down memory lane and look back at a few vintage Brides covers to celebrate our major milestone!

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In the fall of 1934, our first ever issue, seen above, hit newsstands under the name So You're Going to Be Married, before quickly being renamed The Bride's Magazine.

Brides 1952 Issue

Photo: Matt Jones

Our spring 1952 issue features an illustration of a classic bride, complete in a ball gown with a sheer high neckline. What's old is new again, with this trend becoming a huge hit on the latest bridal runways!

Brides 1955 Issue

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In autumn 1955, our cover starred a groom, who was helping the blushing bride cut their wedding cake.

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Photo: Matt Jones

The winter 1958 edition is one of our favorites. The sleek black backdrop and colorful balloons look modern enough to sit on the newsstands now!

For even more wedding-day inspiration, fashion-forward advice, and helpful planning tips, be sure to pick up our October/November issue, available on newsstands today and for digital download here!

Read more: Look Back at Some Amazing Vintage Brides Covers In Honor of Our 80th Anniversary!

The Bachelor in Paradise Finale: One Couple Gets Engaged and Another Starts Talking Marriage!

Though the month in Mexico ended in heartbreak for some of the summer spinoff series Bachelor in Paradise castoffs, others left with the love of his or her life during last night's season finale.

First things first: We heard a few months ago that Marcus, a finalist on Andi Dorfman's recent season of The Bachelorette, and Lacy, who competed on Juan Pablo's season of The Bachelor, got engaged on their last day in paradise, and it turns out that the rumors were true!

"Being around you and holding you and kissing you and feeling truly cared about and loved by you has been some of the most memorable times of my life, and I want to continue that with you forever," Marcus said before handing out his final rose to Lacy, dropping to one knee and pulling an engagement ring out of his pocket. "So, Lacy, will you marry me?"

Obviously, she said yes. Go-to Bachelor jeweler Neil Lane provided the bling, a diamond set in a platinum pavé band featuring 161 small round brilliant-cut stones, totaling 3.68 carats of sparkle, according to People.

As they enjoy their now-public engagement, the duo is making wedding plans. Marcus told People they want to "wait a year" to tie the knot.

See more: Reality Romance! 12 Couples That Found Love on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette

Lacy agreed, saying, "We've talked about it and I've been on Pinterest a lot. He sends me bridal magazines, so he wants it to be on my mind. He's coming to see my home, and I'm going to see his home, so we're going to decide after that where we're going to live together."

While many other couples on the finale split, unlikely duo Michelle Money and Cody Sattler not only left together, but they're getting very serious. Cody is planning to move from Iowa, to Salt Lake City to be with Michelle and her daughter! Naturally, it's a sign of another yet to come. "I wouldn't be moving to Salt Lake City if I didn't see [marriage] in the future," he told Us Weekly. "I can't wait to call this woman my wife. I want to get married, and I can't think of a better person to spend my life with than Michelle."

Lest it seem like the love is one-sided, Michelle also told Us that she sees a Bachelor-style televised wedding in their future. "We just talked about this!" she said. "It's so cool that people watched us fall in love, so I don't see why we wouldn't do something so people can continue the journey with us. I think it would be fun."

Read more: The Bachelor in Paradise Finale: One Couple Gets Engaged and Another Starts Talking Marriage!

Ashley Tisdale Is Married! See a Photo of Her Wedding Dress

Goodbye high school, hello marriage! High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale wed fiancé of a little more than a year, musician Christopher French, yesterday, the actresses's rep confirms to People.

The former Disney sweetheart also shared the news with fans on her Instagram. Posting an adorable picture and her new hubby, arm and arm, she wrote: "Best day of my life! Introducing Mr and Mrs French Sept 8, 2014 Shot by @corbingurkin."

From the photo we can see that Tisdale chose a lace cap-sleeve sheath with a tulle overskirt (one of our favorite runway trends!).

See more: Which Celebrity Couple Will Get Married Next?

Her bohemian bouquet featured plenty of pastels, including mint, seafoam greenery, white, and what looks like a little sprig of lavender. She topped off her looked with another popular wedding-day accessory: a flower crown! It truly tied the whole ethereal-meets-classic-bride look together, and complemented French's sleek suit (and tie bar!) very well.

No further details have emerged from the big day, but we can bet there were a handful of High School Musical co-stars in attendance. Tisdale regularly posts pictures alongside her former castmates, from Zac Efron helping her complete the Ice Bucket Challenge to a recent impromptu reunion. She's also super close to Disney buddy Vanessa Hudgens, who was included in her bachelorette festivities in Miami this past May.

"Ashley's bachelorette party will be my first one," Hudgens told People back in May. "It's so crazy, because I just think of us as having fun and being silly and the fact that she is getting married, my mind is kind of exploding."

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Kim Kardashian Reveals How Many Kids She Wants to Have on Ellen!

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Ellen DeGeneres hosted an action-packed season 12 premiere of her popular daytime talk show earlier today, full of newlywed celebs who couldn't stop dishing about their relationships. One major highlight? Kim Kardashian let slip how many kids she plans to have with hubby Kanye West right before completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

While Kim previously said she wants to have many many kids, stepping in for pregnant sis Kourtney, may have changed her mind. "I just went to San Diego and to give my pregnant sister [Kourtney] a break," North's mom said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today. "I took care of my niece, nephew and my daughter. To bathe them, all three, feed them, get them in the pajamas and down for bed, I was literally like crying. It was so hard."

Despite the challenging babysitting job, she's still bent on giving North siblings. "I don't know how my mom did it with six," Kim added. "So it was really, really hard. So I'll go for two, but then again, I have so many siblings and I love it. They're my best friends. I would want that for my kids. So I'm going to do two and see how it is."

The final tally? "I don't think six," she said. "Three ... maybe four. I go back and forth."

See more: Pregnant and Engaged Celebs

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Kimmie wasn't the only newlywed to grace Ellen's season 12 stage. Adam Levine stopped by and couldn't stop gushing about new wife Behati Prinsloo.

"I abuse that word right now a lot," the Maroon 5 frontman quipped. "Like I will say it for no reason. I will just say, 'where's my wife?" and she'll like be right there. Wife wife wife wife wife. I love it. I love that term. I even changed the number on my phone to 'wife.'"

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Ellen herself rounded out the married celebrity moments with another one of her famous jabs at the tabloids' incessant divorce rumors. "I had a great summer, I went on a trip with Portia, my beautiful wife, who I am happily married to, but thank you for your heartfelt concerns tabloids," the talk show host joked.

Read more: Kim Kardashian Reveals How Many Kids She Wants to Have on Ellen!

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Happy Monday! The week is off to a beautiful start, thanks to these gorgeous Katya Katya Shehurina wedding dresses. The Feather bridal collection features ethereal gowns adorned with romantic lace accents,  with polka dot tulle adding a touch of whimsy.

We adore the 2-in-1 wedding gowns, including the Patrizia gown with 3/4 sleeve scalloped lace bodice, shown above and below. These dresses consist of a sheer outer lace dress and a colored slip dress, which comes in white, ivory or delicious pastel shades such as pink, mint green and lemon.

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What to Do When You Hate His Best Man

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You're getting married and everything is planned. You got almost everything you wanted — except that, unfortunately, a shark did not eat the best man during your future husband's bachelor-party weekend in Mexico. Okay, so you hate the best man (who happens to be your fiancé's BFF or brother or some other close relative), and he's got a major role in your wedding. What can you do to make sure that his presence at the altar (and making toasts and on the dance floor and at the bar) doesn't take anything away from the biggest day in your new life?

1. Be honest with yourself about why you hate the best man.
Is it because of his ever-present seat on your couch during football and basketball seasons? Or because he drags your fiancé to places he wouldn't go on his own without you? Are you being petty and jealous, or are your concerns legitimate? Only you can answer this one. And if the answer seems to be that you are the one with the problem, you might want to stop right here and get your own head on straight before the wedding.

2. Assuming your concerns are fair and legitimate, talk to your fiancé about your misgivings.
Try not to call his BFF names or point out all of his transgressions. Explain, calmly and rationally, why you are worried about his behavior at your own wedding and ask your fiancé what he thinks about it.

See More: How to Avoid Losing Your Wedding Ring (and What to Do If it Happens)

3. If the best man has no idea that you hate him, talk to him directly about your worries.
Declare a "date night" for the two of you, buy him dinner, and tell him that you know he's the most important guy in your fiancé's life and you don't want to come between them. That said, there are a couple of things you'd like to compromise on for the big day. His penchant for sexist comments or stealing the microphone to belt out inappropriate songs are a good place to start.

4. Call in back up.
If the best man is part of your fiancé's crew, talk to one of the guys you are closer to and ask for his help in keeping the troublemaker in line during actual wedding events.

5. Accept that despite all the things you're doing to prevent his stupidity, the best man may still do something irritating.
Promise yourself that you will not react — or even acknowledge it. Don't let it ruin your big day.

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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8 Things Not to Do the Night Before Your Wedding

Some brides spend so much time stressing out about all the things they need to do before their big day that they often forget (or are blissfully unaware of) all the things they should not. From the obvious to the not so obvious at all, here are 10 things you'll want to avoid doing at all costs the night before you walk down the aisle.

1. Don't sweat the small stuff.
It's not worth it. "At the end of the day, you've got to take a step back and realize you've done all that you can to plan and prepare," points out event designer Veronica Cole. "Tomorrow is a big day and what ever happens, happens. You can't control everything." And hey, that's alright.

2. Don't try to finish DIY projects.
For the sanity of yourself and those around you, do not wait until the very last minute to assemble all of your DIY projects, warns celebrity wedding and event specialist Donnie Brown. "Try to delegate responsibilities to your family or bridal party if you need some assistance well in advance."

3. Don't write your own vows.
If you plan on writing your own vows or giving a speech at the wedding, Shawn Rabideau, president of Shawn Rabideau Events & Design, strongly suggests not picking up a pen for the first time the night before. Or worse, staying up all night just to make your words sound perfect! "You'll be too stressed out and emotional," he notes. "Try doing it several weeks, or at the very least several days, prior to your wedding."

4. Don't finalize the seating chart.
According to Rabideau, your seating chart should be finalized at least two weeks in advance. Of course, unforeseen circumstances may arise requiring you to make last-minute adjustments, but otherwise there's no excuse for putting it off.

5. Don't party too hard at the rehearsal dinner.
"Alcohol can make you feel bloated and tired," cautions Sunny Ravanbach, president of White Lilac Events. "If you do decide to drink, however, be sure to drink equal amounts of water. Also, make sure you get plenty of beauty sleep so you wake up feeling refreshed the following day," she advises.

See More: 10 Foods to Avoid Before Your Wedding

6. Don't sunbathe.
Unless you want to look like a burnt lobster or could care less about crazy tan lines, it's probably best to avoid soaking up too much sun the day before you get hitched (especially if you're having a destination wedding). "Most of my brides are from up north and don't realize how powerful the sun's rays are here in the tropics so they burn easily," explains Florida Keys wedding planner Lynn D'Ascanio of D'Asigner Events. "I tell them no more than 30 minutes total the day before." As for spray tans, those are a no-no the day prior as well.

7. Don't change your skincare routine.
Breakouts and allergic reactions on your big day? No thanks! While some brides think getting a facial or chemical peel the day before will help them achieve that bridal glow, the truth is these procedures often take a couple weeks to a month to yield results, points out Kristen Ley, owner of Something New for I Do. "If you don't give it enough time, your skin will be irritated, peeling and most likely broken out as you're purifying it of the buildup and toxins."

8. Don't try new foods.
"Your wedding day is definitely not the time to have major digestive issues after consuming something that doesn't agree with you," warns Greg Jenkins, founder of Bravo Productions.

Read more: 8 Things Not to Do the Night Before Your Wedding

Katya Katya Shehurina Wedding Dresses

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Happy Monday! The week is off to a beautiful start, thanks to these gorgeous Katya Katya Shehurina wedding dresses. The Feather bridal collection features ethereal gowns adorned with romantic lace accents,  with polka dot tulle adding a touch of whimsy.

We adore the 2-in-1 wedding gowns, including the Patrizia gown with 3/4 sleeve scalloped lace bodice, shown above and below. These dresses consist of a sheer outer lace dress and a colored slip dress, which comes in white, ivory or delicious pastel shades such as pink, mint green and lemon.

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16 Top Photographers Reveal What Makes a Great Wedding Photo

Your wedding day won't last forever but, your photos will. So, to help you capture the most important snaps on your big day, we reached out to 16 of our favorite wedding photographers and asked them to answer one question: What makes a great wedding photo?

To start, our experts say you need to hire the right photographer. After narrowing down candidates, they recommend meeting with the photographer in person or over Skype. After all, you and your groom will spending one of the most important days of your lives with this person. Another way to test drive your frontrunner is by asking him or her to shoot your engagement portraits.

See More: The Secret to Getting Great Wedding Photos

Then, once you hire a photographer, there are a few tips and tricks to remember: First, take your group shots and portraits outside in the morning or just before sunset — it's the best natural lighting. Also, before the reception gets going, make sure to point out the major players to your photographer. (You want to make sure they're shooting the people you really care about, not your sorority sister's plus one all night!)

And contrary to popular belief, sometimes the most picture-perfect moments are in fact planned — asking guests to toss confetti or rose petals when you make your grand exit will make for one fabulous shot.

Click here to see the complete list of expert tips and to see our favorite photographers' best wedding shots!

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How to Pull Off an Orange & Sunshine Yellow Wedding Color Palette

Orange and Yellow Wedding Color Palette

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Who says bold wedding color palettes are just for summer? Although the warmest months may be behind us, things are still heating up in the wedding world. Case in point: This peppy palette of orange and sunshine yellow.

While it may be the ideal fit for a sunny, outdoor affair, there's no reason couples can't work these two bright tones into their wedding day. With a few adjustments, this palette can work for just about any wedding style or season. To make it work for you, pair these colors with lots of white, cream, or beige — anything neutral will help balance out the bold hues.

See More: 40 Bright and Beautiful Wedding Bouquets

Believe it or not, it's easy to incorporate these bright hues into your ceremony and reception. To help you execute this color combo effortlessly, we rounded up some of our favorite ways to add pops of the citrus colors into your wedding: Sunny bridesmaid dresses pair beautifully with warm, orange blooms, and your 'maids will appreciate the break from traditional wedding hues in their closets. Dress up your tables with fun, polka dot dinnerware, like this chic option from C. Wonder. And graphic details on your invitations keep the bright colors looking sleek — not overwhelming.

Shop our favorite orange-and-yellow wedding finds below!

Above: 1. Petit Fours, from $3 each, Duane Park Patisserie; 2. Sandals, $128, Ann Taylor; 3. Plates, price upon request, C. Wonder; 4. Invitation, "Citrus Palms Suite", from $900 for 100, Alissa Bell Press; 5. Bridesmaids' Dress, $358, Lauren Gabrielson; 6. Bouquet, $100, Seaport Flowers

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See Jessa Duggar's Engagement Ring! Plus, Get More Details on Her Wedding to Ben Seewald

Talk about a whirlwind engagement! Ben Seewald proposed to 19 Kids and Counting's Jessa Duggar a mere three weeks ago, yet the couple has already started making big plans for their November 1 wedding.

"We have most of our planning done," Seewald tells People. "When you're planning a wedding, you can make it complicated or make it simple, and we are trying to make ours simple. There are some things that have to be done right before the wedding, but for the most part, we're ready."

In fact, the bride has already figured out what she's going to wear down the aisle. "I picked out my wedding dress a couple of days ago," Duggar says. "I went with the second dress I tried on — I love it."

See More: Jessa Duggar Shows Off Her Engagement Ring! Plus, Details on Jill Duggar's Pregnancy

They've also selected their bridal party (which we assume includes most the Duggar clan!) and the bridesmaid dresses, plus their wedding color palette.

The couple isn't sharing any specific details, but we do know that planning their wedding — which is less than two months away! — is much easier now that Seewald has moved into the Duggar home. "When he is doing his studies at night, I sit on my laptop beside him, planning the wedding," Duggar says.

Duggar did offer a closer look at one important aspect of the wedding: her engagement ring. She shared a video of her ring, seen above, on Instagram, writing, "My beautiful engagement ring! .75 carat diamond —18 karat gold band. Gorgeous!"

Read more: See Jessa Duggar's Engagement Ring! Plus, Get More Details on Her Wedding to Ben Seewald

Exactly Where Everyone Should Sit During Your Ceremony

You, your future husband and your bridal party will be standing for your wedding ceremony, but in most cases, everyone else will be seated. Whether you're setting out bales of hay for a rustic ceremony or figuring out what kind of chairs will look best on the beach, it's important to know just where everyone should sit for the duration. We found a few common questions and sourced etiquette expert-approved answers for your ceremony seating needs.

In general, where do parents of the bride and groom sit?
The parents of the bride sit in the first pew on the left (all of the bride's guests sit on the left), facing the chancel; the groom's parents, in the first pew on the right. If the ceremony space has two aisles, her parents sit on the left of the aisle (as they enter from the back), and his parents sit on the left of the right aisle. This way, they are both seated in the center section.

Where does the rest of my immediate family sit?
Behind the front pews, several pews on either side of the center aisle are reserved for the immediate families of the couple. The people who are to sit there may have been sent pew cards to show the usher, or the usher may keep a list of guests to be seated in the first few pews.

My mom's a widow. What's the appropriate seating arrangement if she doesn't want to sit alone?
She should not necessarily be expected to sit in lonely splendor at her child's wedding. If she prefers to have someone by her side during the ceremony, it is perfectly correct to do so. Her guest does not have to participate in any way, however, such as standing in the receiving line — unless the two are engaged or the guest is helping to host the reception. Every effort should be made to treat the companion as an honored guest.

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Fran Drescher Is Married!

Surprise!!!!! We got married! pic.twitter.com/2PBG1fzz6V

— Fran Drescher (@frandrescher) September 8, 2014

She may be the star of TV Land's Happily Divorced, but Fran Drescher is now happily married!

According to People, the former Nanny frontwoman, wed her love of more than a year, Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, at their beach home in front of a very small and close group of family and friends. For the ceremony, Drescher wore a Badgley Mischka dress, while Ayyadurai stuck to American classic Ralph Lauren.

The two met just a little more than a year ago when Ayyadurai, who holds the patent for creating email, gave a talk at an event hosted by Deepak Chopra which Drescher attended. As they say, the rest was history.

"Fran heard my talk and we fell in love, and we've been together since that talk," Ayyadurai told Huffington Post in a previous interview. "Every day is a celebration with Fran. Every day is almost a romantic hangout with her. We're always laughing , always enjoying ourselves."

See more: Which Celebrity Couple is Getting Married Next?

For her part, Drescher has also been one to share their connection with the world, recently posting a photo to Twitter of the two of them with the caption: "Be happy b well. Be loving." She's also posted proud tweets supporting her boyfriend's work, and pictures from fun Labor Day celebrations.

Signing for now dolls. Be happy b well. B loving pic.twitter.com/ccZAhdBtxN

— Fran Drescher (@frandrescher) August 28, 2014

This is Drescher's second marriage, she was previously married to Peter Marc Jacobson for 21 years and divorced him in 1999. Her ex is her current producing partner, and post-divorce he actually came out as being gay.

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Your Weekly Wedding Horoscope: September 8, 2014

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Love is definitely in the air this week! Whether you just got engaged or are already well into the planning process, consider yourself lucky because so much is going on right now in the astrological world to support relationships and marriage. Astrologer Ally Mead from SassyPsychic.com, author of Searching for Sassy: An L.A. Phone Psychic's Tales of Life, Lust & Love, is here to help you make sense of it all. Below, her wedding planning horoscopes for the week ahead.

Aries (March 21 - April 19)
With Uranus retrograde in your sign for another few months, it's key to revisit what's worked, as well as what hasn't, in the whole wedding planning process. You're being called to express your unique personality a little more, as opposed to sticking to the traditional formula. Try not to let your temper flare when things don't go your way. Kinder aspects are coming along to facilitate easier planning.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Thanks to Saturn opposing your Sun now, you may be drawn to the more traditional elements of weddings, and seek to find ways to incorporate family members, both present and departed, into your ceremony. Sharing family stories during your reception is one way to keep these people close on your special day.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
With Jupiter currently forming a fortunate aspect to your sign, your luck is at an all-time high! The vendor with the mile-long waiting list suddenly opens up a spot for you. Your budget is also under control for the moment. Just don't let your natural Gemini exuberance get too crazy with the spending. Have fun, but don't dig yourself a debt hole too deep to climb out of later.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Loving planet Venus forms a supportive aspect with your sign now, bringing affection not just from your husband-to-be, but also those around you. Choosing bridesmaids can be stressful, however, with this planet you're surrounded by caring, attentive females who want to make your big day even better. Don't worry about asking for small favors. Your girls have got your back.

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

Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Generally speaking, you're a big fan of the grand gesture. From a sweeping proposal to a substantial rock, you've got the life many would envy. When it comes to honeymoon planning, think about ways to express your devotion to your future spouse. Writing little notes to keep the fires of love burning during your wedding planning may be a little hotter in French, no?

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Your sign sometimes gets the unfair rap of being a control freak. Can you help it if you just want things to go well? Of all the signs, yours is the one that could use some help from a calming, qualified wedding planner. Learning to delegate may not always be easy, given your perfectionist nature, but it may alleviate stress before your big day.

Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Your sign is fond of the sweet stuff, ruled as you are by the planet Venus. So as you taste all those amazing wedding cakes, remember moderation is the key to happiness. Stress eating may lead to crashes and mood swings, and nobody likes a bridezilla. You're pretty darn sweet yourself when you're not under pressure.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Saturn's transit through your sign has taught you a thing or two about life's more meaningful ceremonies. Now that you're planning your own wedding, learning how to be yourself and still adhere to the more beautiful aspects of coupling interests you. You can have your cake and eat it to, so to speak, by allowing your emotions to lead.

See More: 30 Amazing Ceremony Structures

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Though your sign is well known for its adventurous ways (getting married while skydiving, anyone?) Venus in Virgo is appealing to you to be a little more practical these days. You may want your wedding to be flashy and memorable. But what's the harm in paring the festivities back slightly, and putting some cash away for your first home together?

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
You've been a powerhouse ever since Pluto started moving through your sign, and with the Sun and Venus supporting your efforts, nothing can stop you now. A challenge arises? Consider it conquered. Photographer cancels last minute? Already taken care of. So much is changing for you now that it may only become clear after the vows have been read and the last song plays.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Your sign is renowned for its braininess and futuristic outlook as much as your need to express yourself. With communicative Mercury in fellow air sign Libra now, you're speaking your needs in a way that comes straight from the heart. Writing your own vows? This aspect gives you that perfect balance of romance, humor and heart.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Your ruling planet Neptune is currently moving through your sign, making it easy to lose yourself in romance (check, it's a wedding, after all). But it can also make you want to wear those rose-colored glasses a little too much. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. From invitations to limo rentals and gorgeous Tahitian timeshares, make sure you double-check everything before putting down a deposit.

Read more: Your Weekly Wedding Horoscope: September 8, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Marry In Italy! See Their First Wedding Photo

Guess what? @DavidBurtka and I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup, we put the 'n' and 'd' in 'husband'. pic.twitter.com/R09ibF41rt

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) September 8, 2014

It's finally happened — Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are married!

The couple of 10 years, who have a twin daughter and son, tied the knot in Italy, one of the most popular destination wedding locations in the world.

"We happily confirm that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were married in Italy in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their close friends and family," Harris's representative told People this morning.

As if that wasn't confirmation enough, Harris himself shared the hilarious and clever Tweet and photo seen above. Though you can't tell in the picture, it's been confirmed that both Harris and Burtka wore custom Tom Ford tuxedoes. Barney Stinson, Harris's "suit up"-happy character on How I Met Your Mother, would be proud. Another HIMYM connection? Pam Fryman, the longtime director of the popular CBS series, officiated the ceremony.

See More: Which Celebrity Couple Is Getting Married Next?

Other personal touches include the presence of their 3 1/2-year-old children, Harper and Gideon, as well as a performance by Sir Elton John, a close friend of the couple.

The happy couple officially announced their engagement in 2011, after New York legalized gay marriage.

"It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!!" Harris Tweeted at the time. "David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago! We've been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date."

The good news is that, now that they're married, they'll likely stick it out for the long haul. "Honeymoon phases end. They just do," Harris sagely told Glamour earlier this year. "I think you have to find new elements that turn you on, and not only sexually. Having kids was one of those great moments for me. Watching David become another level of person, mastering this other domain, made me look at him with a whole other set of appreciative eyes. That sort of made me re-fall in love with him."

Read more: Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Marry In Italy! See Their First Wedding Photo

Oh, Baby! Prince William & Kate Middleton Are Expecting Their Second Child!

Prince William Kate Middleton Second Baby

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Just one year and two months after the birth of their son Prince George, Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting another baby! This morning, the royal family released a statement sharing the happy news.

"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child," the statement from Kensington Palace reads. "The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news."

Will also confirmed the happy news, telling the Daily Mail, "She's feeling okay. It's been a tricky few days — week or so — but obviously we're basically thrilled, it's great news, and early days. We're hoping things settle down and she feels a bit better."

According to People, Kate is rumored to be fewer than three months pregnant, meaning she's due in mid to late spring.

Ever since the birth of Prince George last July, royal watchers have been buzzing about the birth of a second heir. After all, Princes William and Harry were born just over two years apart.

See More: Prince William and Kate Middleton's Relationship: A Timeline of Their Royal Love Story

Kate's second pregnancy is starting off much in the same way as her first, with the Palace announcing the news in conjunction with word that the Duchess is once again experiencing acute morning sickness.

"As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum," the statement adds. "The Duchess of Cambridge is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace."

While there's no word on the sex of the baby, that hasn't stopped speculators from considering the newest royal name. According to The Guardian, British betting house Paddy Power is calling Elizabeth and Henry as expected front-runners, followed by Victoria and Charlotte for a girl and Arthur and William for a boy.

Read more: Oh, Baby! Prince William & Kate Middleton Are Expecting Their Second Child!

In Season Now: 8 Ways to Use Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium orchids are a favorite among brides for good reason — the blossoms are bright and colorful, with an elegant-yet-tropical feel. They're also quite hardy, which makes them a great choice for summer celebrations and destination weddings since they'll stand up to the heat. Cymbidiums are usually available year-round but are especially plentiful right now (most are grown in New Zealand this time of year), so they're a great choice if you're planning on a summer wedding. Cymbidium orchids are available in a wide variety of colors: white (with a variety of different colored centers), green, pink, yellow, orange, and burgundy, so it's very likely these orchids will work with the color palette you've chosen. To help get you inspired, we've gathered together some of the prettiest arrangements we found that feature these elegant cymbidium orchids.

Pale-Pink Bridal Bouquet (above): This lush bouquet by San Francisco-based florist Nancy Liu Chin Designs features pale-pink cymbidium orchids mixed with garden roses, sweet peas, lisianthuses, and dusty miller.

Bright-Pink Bridal Bouquet: This vibrant arrangement is perfect for brides who want a bright pop of pink and features pink and burgundy cymbidium orchids, along with mokara orchids, garden roses, standard roses, and mini calla lilies. A jeweled brooch added to the bouquet handle adds a touch of sparkle.

Orange Bridal Bouquet: If you're wedding style is more casual and organic, opt for a loose and lush bouquet, like this fall-inspired one with cymbidiums and greenery.

Flower Crown: Boho brides might love this pretty floral crown featuring cymbidium orchids, yarrow, and proteas.

Boutonniere: Your groom will look so sharp sporting a single cymbidium on his lapel.

place setting with orchid

Photo: Colin Miller

Place Setting: For a sweet surprise, place a single cymbidium orchid at each guest's place setting for them to enjoy once they take their seats.

wedding cake with sugar orchids

Photo: Bobbette & Belle

Wedding Cake: This pretty confection by Bobbette & Belle in decorated in soft shades of pink and sugar cymbidium orchids.

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: 8 Ways to Use Cymbidium Orchids

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

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Your engagement ring is glistening, your heart exploding, and your purse strings trembling — you're about to go wedding dress shopping. Before you hit the pavement in search of "the one," consider these tips from bridal fashion expert, Kleinfeld's Fashion Director Terry Hall, on three key things to bring to your appointment.

1. The Proper Undergarments
To experience the best fit possible, "having the proper foundational undergarments is key. I would bring a really good strapless bra, maybe even a bra that fits a bit longer with a corset, and regardless of your shape and size you still may want to consider bringing Spanx. Not only will you feel tighter, but it helps the gowns to go on and off much more easily," Hall says.

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2. Shoes You Love
According to Hall, shoes are hugely important. "First of all, shoes are only second to the gown and sometimes are forefront! Shoes really give a bride a chance to express her individuality and can add of element of whimsy and unique interest," he adds. They also make you feel good. "You have to be confident when bridal gown shopping and often times that confidence is strongest in a great pair of heels!"

Logistically speaking, try to bring pair that's close to the height you intend to wear on your wedding day so you can see where the dress will hit. Even better? The actual shoes you'll wear while walking down the aisle.

3. An Open Mind
The final thing you should bring along? An adventurous attitude. "Don't be afraid to trust the consultant to pull maybe one or two dresses that are out of the box, just to see. I say that because more times than not the bride is pleasantly surprised. The way a dress looks on a hanger, or the way you think a particular style will look on you, is often very different from what it actually looks like when you get it on your body," Hall suggests.

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

One Couple's Italian-Inspired Vineyard Wedding in Napa Valley

Brittanie Budinger, 32, and Mark Howard, 37, met completely by chance. "A friend of mine, who was one of Mark's clients, invited us both to happy hour, expecting one of us to cancel," says Brittanie. "We both ended up showing up, and I'm so glad we did!" Their joint happy hour turned into plans to see each other again. "I was young and without cable TV, so I invited myself over to his place the next day to watch basketball and eat Indian food," Brittanie says. "The rest is history."

In 2012, Mark was split between his job in New York City and time with Brittanie in San Francisco, flying back and forth every weekend, and the pair finally made the decision to move to the Big Apple. Before they moved, he surprised Brittanie at the front door of their apartment and asked her to marry him. "Getting engaged in our home was incredibly meaningful to us," she says. "It's where we had our first date and spent countless nights watching movies and eating popcorn &emdash; it's our first home, which we were about to pack up to start a new journey in New York."

Though the couple planted new roots on the East Coast, their big day took place back home, in California's Napa Valley at The Terraces at Quarry Vineyard on July 20, 2013. After enlisting Janice Javier of Amy Nichols Special Events and Leah McCormick, Brittanie and Mark were able to turn their West Coast wedding into an Italian-inspired getaway.

Brittanie loved the hint of sexy her Monique Lhuillier gown exuded. "Crystals along each layer sparkled in the sunlight &emdash; it was perfect for me," she says. Sprawling loose wild greens and sprigs of lavender added texture and an organic feel to her white peony bouquet. She finished her look with metallic wedge Jimmy Choo heels.

Brittanie and Mark's goddaughters wore handmade olive branch and lavender headpieces, representing peace, strength, and victory. "They're traditional in Latvian culture," says Brittanie. "The hand-woven ribbons were sent over from Latvia."

Brittanie asked her bridesmaids to wear dresses of their choosing in a shade of gray. "They each have different personalities and I wanted them to be happy," she says. Her bridesmaids carried white-and-blush bouquets of lisianthus and roses.

Though both Mark and Brittanie originally wanted an exotic destination wedding, being surrounded by friends and family trumped a getaway. "We knew it would be tough for everyone to make it, so we opted for Napa instead," Brittanie says. "It still felt like a destination to us now that we're living in New York City." To the couple, the vineyard, with its rustic stone walls and rolling hills, felt as historic and vibrant as Italy.

Mark opted for a minimal Hugo Boss suit in light gray, which he paired with a sleek black tie to contrast the green sprigs and pale gold accents of his boutonniere.

Brittanie's mother and aunt crafted a cork heart that stood as a centerpiece during the ceremony. "We collected the corks throughout the year from various friends, family members and local wine shops," says the bride.

A birch chuppah, wrapped in olive branches and greens, served as the backdrop for the ceremony. The ceremony and vows were a mix of Mark's Jewish culture and Brittanie's spiritual beliefs. At the end of the ceremony, the couple drank from a Kiddish cup given to them by Mark's family.

To suit their rustic, Old Italian vision, Brittanie and Mark covered long tables with white tablecloths, gray napkins and clear glassware. "Other than hanging lanterns, bistro lighting and flowers, we didn't need to add much decoration," she says. "The space was so naturally beautiful and we didn't want to take away from that."

Arrangements of white, green, and purple flowers were interspersed with candles. The couple sat at a sweetheart table, where they indulged on summery Italian dishes. Main entrees, including seared halibut, flank steak and ricotta gnocchi, were served family style so each guest could try a bit of everything. Later that night, a taco truck drove up to the reception space to serve street-style snacks.

To shake up a traditional guest book, the couple asked guests to take instant Polaroid pictures and paste them in an album. "It was so fun to go back after the wedding and see all the snapshots," Brittanie says.

Instead of a signature cocktail, guests toasted with local vino. An open bar and wine-tasting station poured varieties directly from the vineyard. "It felt extra special, and almost a bit nostalgic, to be drink wine from the vines we had just been married in," Brittanie says.

Down the street from their former San Francisco apartment is a local bakery that the couple loves. "We knew our cake should be from SusieCakes," Brittanie says. The three layers each offered a different flavor including the couple's favorite, red velvet with cream cheese frosting, plus celebration cake with buttercream and chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.

"My father's speech led to him picking up an acoustic guitar and singing a tune he had personally written, 'Save Me a Dance Tonight,'" Brittanie remembers. "There wasn't a dry eye in the audience." After that, the DJ picked things up with the couple's first dance to Etta James's "At Last," followed by party hits that kept the dance floor packed throughout the evening. "Our guests would have danced all night if we didn't shut it down," she says.

The couple cherished the entire evening, but their time alone was especially important. "We had permanent smiles on our faces all night," Brittanie says. "But we made sure to take a 15-minute break from the buzz and enjoy only one another's company. It was amazing to see everyone there to celebrate us. That rare moment alone was so important, and we highly recommend that all couples do the same."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Terraces at Quarry Vineyard || Wedding Coordinator: Amy Nichols Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Bride's Veil: Wee Scotty || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Salon Miel || Makeup: Erika Shelburne || Flower Girls' Dresses: Macy's || Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss || Florist: Spiral Hand Design || Invitations & Paper Goods: Amanda Day Rose || Music: Mix Different Entertainment || Catering: The Girl and the Fig Caters! || Cake: SusieCakes || Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals || Transportation: California Wine Tours || Videography: The Sunday Saloon || Photography: Photography by Leah

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How Not to Become a Bridezilla

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Sherry Amatenstein is a New York City-based marriage therapist and author. Here she shares her top tips on how to avoid becoming the dreaded B-word.

Of course you're a kind, loving, emotionally generous person. But you're also an engaged woman. That means you are susceptible to succumbing to the temporary but extremely toxic (for others) condition called 'Bridezilla.'

*Lynn Adams puts it this way, "Before my wedding two years ago I remember thinking to myself I never wanted to be that bridezilla. Then, one day, working on invites with my sister I heard myself bossing her around, demanding she keep getting up to fetch me things because I was all that — totally not caring that she was recovering from foot surgery. I suddenly realized, 'OMG — I am a bridezilla!'"

As anyone who has been through it can attest, wedding planning is one of the most stressful endeavors known to womankind. You and/or your parents are spending thousands of dollars on an event that will last a few hours yet live on in photos, videos, and your memories forever. You want every detail to be perfect from the flowers to the seating arrangements to of course, your appearance.

Important proviso: It is okay to assert yourself to ensure that your opinions and desires are heard above the chatter of well-meaning friends and family, as well as sometimes pushy vendors. Women should be allowed to be loud and angry (though not disrespectful of others) on occasion when dealing with an external stressor without being called a bridezilla.

That said, you are being a B-word when you lose perspective entirely and treat others like chattel. So here's how to avoid becoming one:

Plan a Manageable Budget.
Few things cause more angst (a pre-bridezilla condition) than going into debt. So, when wedding planning, have a list of items-you-must-have and items-you-would-love-to-have-if possible. As you lop items off list number two, remind yourself that even if you get the $2,000 dress versus the $12,000 dress, your day isn't any less special. It's important not to start your marriage in debt.

See More: Wedding Planners Tell All: 11 Things They Wish Brides-to-Be Knew

Remember It's Okay to Ask for Help.
Doing it all by yourself is a stress-inducer. Get support. Delegate. Your friends and family are there to help you. Ask then what roles they would be interested in playing. Your groom of course should be involved as well. And consider hiring a wedding planner who can help with all the mind-boggling options that throwing a wedding entails.

Ask someone you love and trust if you are verging on Bridezilla-esque Behavior.
That is what *Jennifer Hill did when she starting noticing and disliking how she was acting. "My best friend was kind enough to be honest and to say yes, I was obsessing. After that wakeup call I was careful not to step over the line as I didn't want to drive everyone around me nuts."

Reconsider Your Priorities.
Lynn stepped back from the brink after spending a weekend away with her fiancé. Their one rule: Wedding planning could not be discussed. She came away revitalized. "I did a 180. Why was I wasting my energy being a maniac about what curlicues were on a wedding invitation? In the end the important part was that my husband and I would be sharing our joy with people we loved."

Lynn's first order of business after returning from the romantic getaway: "Sending a bouquet of yellow roses to my sister with a note apologizing for how I'd treated her!"

As Ruth Nemzoff, Ed.D. points out, "The license to marry is not a license to be a spoiled brat!"

*Name has been changed

Read more: How Not to Become a Bridezilla

6 Things Every Bride-to-Be Wishes She Could Say Out Loud

Things Every Wants to Say While Wedding Planning

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The last thing any engaged girl wants is to be labeled a bridezilla. Thus, you probably go to extreme lengths to be super sweet, put a smile on your face and bite your tongue when necessary. After all, you've got enough wedding-related stress as it is and you certainly don't need to add to it with more drama. With that said though, here are six things every engaged girl has secretly thought at one point in the planning process or another.

1. "It's my wedding, not yours!"
Overly involved mother-in-laws, super-opinionated bridesmaids and even well meaning family and friends can consciously or subconsciously put a damper on your big day. Don't you just wish you could tell them to butt out already?

See More: 3 Ways to Make Sure Your Bridesmaids Won't Hate You

2. "I really love you, but I hate that idea."
Despite the best intentions, there are some people who literally won't stop giving you "great" ideas for your wedding that are well, so not you at all. Grin and bare it and be thankful someone cares enough about you and your engagement to help you brainstorm in the first place (even if it is a little annoying).

3. "OMG, that is so tacky."
Whether it's a gaudy wedding dress your BFF begged you to try on or a picture of a bright pink-themed wedding reception your fiancé's sister just couldn't wait to show you, we guarantee at some point during the whole wedding planning process the thought, "OMG, that is so tacky" will cross your mind. Probably more than once. Okay, probably a lot.

4. "Wait, that's what you're wearing?"
Sure, you have complete control over your bridesmaids' wedding attire, but unfortunately you can't approve of every single guest's outfit before your big day. So even if you're not a huge fan of your mother-in-law's chosen dress, this is one instance where it's probably best just to keep your mouth shut.

See More: It's Not All Roses: How Real Brides Handled Wedding-Planning Tough Spots

5. "Do we really have to invite [insert name(s) here]?"
There's always that that one guest (or two or ten) you'd rather not invite to your wedding, yet you're pretty much obligated to because a) your fiancé likes them b) they're in his family or c) someone else is footing the wedding bill and you don't really have a choice in the matter.

6. "Thanks, but I don't believe I asked you for your opinion."
Once you get engaged, unsolicited wedding advice literally start rolling in from everywhere and about everything. When to get married. Where to get married. What type of dress to wear. What type of dress not to wear. The color scheme. The pros and cons of writing your own vows. Why hiring a DJ is so much better than a band. And it's like, whoa, five minutes ago you only wanted to know my wedding date and now you're making me feel guilty about booking a band?

Read more: 6 Things Every Bride-to-Be Wishes She Could Say Out Loud

36 Flower Crowns the Boho and Classic Bride Will Love

Boho brides aren't the only girls clamoring for flower crowns on their wedding day. The pretty pieces are so versatile that any bride — from ultra-traditional to completely modern — are rocking the bohemian-inspired wedding accessory on their big day.

Long gone are the days of simply adding a pretty flower behind your ear or twisted into a sleek bun (though we're still a fan of those ideas, too!). A halo of colorful flowers looks so effortless paired with soft, romantic waves, as well as a low chignon or cool braid.

Since a flower crown is simply an addition to your bridal hairstyle, you can go sans crown for a more classic look during your ceremony, and then add the stylish topper to your look for the reception.

But if you do choose to wear a flower crown from the time you exchange vows to the end of the night, there are a few things to keep in mind. Choose hardy flowers that will hold up without wilting, especially if you're marrying in a warm-weather climate. And be sure to coordinate these decorative blooms with your bouquet! You don't have to select a perfect match, but do remember they'll be photographed together, so complementary colors are a must.

Love the idea of a flower crown for your wedding day? Check out the below link!

Click through to see the 36 of the prettiest wedding hairstyles with flower crowns in the full slideshow!

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Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova Got Engaged At the U.S. Open!

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If you're going to get engaged, why not go big? Tennis legend Martina Navratilova did just that when she proposed to her girlfriend between the U.S.Open men's semifinals on the big screen of Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday. She popped the question to Julia Lemigova in the Tennis Channel Suite, which sparked a huge cheer from the crowd.

"I was very nervous", Navratilova told the AP about her big moment. She continued, "It came off. She said yes. It was kind of an out-of-body experience. You've seen people propose at sporting events before, in movies, in real life. Here it was happening to me. It was like I was watching myself do it."

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Initially, someone had suggested that Navratilova propose during the changeover in the first match between Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic, but she was concerned with disturbing the players. She also attempted to get the start of her Champions double match with Java Novotna against Tracy Austin and Gigi Fernandez postponed for fear the men's match would go five sets, but luckily for Navratilova, it ended in just four and the proposal went off without a hitch. She then went on to win the doubles match, so the day was filled with victory.

As for the wedding, Navratilova and Lemigova have stated that they would like to get married in Florida, where they both reside. In August, a federal judge ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, but officials in Florida are now appealing that ruling.

Congrats to the happy couple!

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Wedding Beauty Survival Guide: Dos & Don'ts for Your Hair and Makeup Trial

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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 going to share 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 talks about the oh-so-important, but often overlooked, beauty trial.

Besides your dream dress, your hair and makeup are the second most important part of your wedding-day look! You want to look fabulous in your pictures, because, of course, they will live on forever. You don't want to have to say to yourself in 10 years: "Why did I wear purple eyeliner?" or "Why did I put paper butterflies in my hair?"

Being a co-host on VH1's The Gossip Table I'm used to getting the glam treatment on a daily basis, but most of my girlfriends don't know which eyeshadow shades wash them out or which length of false eyelashes is their fave (yes, there's more than one). That's why I urge every bride-to-be to have a bridal beauty trial before your big day! In my opinion, it's more important than your food tasting and you'd be surprised at how many brides don't have one.

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I enlisted my glam squad, celebrity make up artist Julie Tussey and celebrity hair stylist, Leah De Ment, to help give you our top dos and don'ts when it comes to your beauty trial and wedding-day hair and makeup. Be sure to read them before heading to the salon or makeup counter!

When it comes to crafting your most romantic wedding-day hairstyle:

Chloe says do "Bring any clip-in hair extensions, jeweled headpieces, and anything else you're planning on pinning in your locks to the trial so you aren't springing it on your hairstylist the day of!"

Leah says don't "Attempt three different hair styles for your wedding day to ensure the perfect style for your dress."

Chloe says do "Look through wedding magazines and Pinterest to get ideas. Once you're inspired you should then bring your favorite photos with you to your trial!"

Leah says don't "Change your cut or color in the two months before your big day."

Chloe says do "Find your hair and makeup artist six months before your wedding date, you'll need the time to test out looks!"

Leah says don't "Condition your hair the morning of your wedding."

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As for achieving that ultra-glam, fresh-faced, or smoky makeup look you've dreamed up:

Chloe says do "Make sure that you exfoliate before your wedding day... everywhere. You don't want to be flakey, especially if you're using a foundation you've never tried before. You want to get several facials in the two months leading up to your wedding. I promise your makeup will look so much better on smooth, clear skin!"

Julie says don't "Let anyone in your bridal party wear red lipstick! I have seen in some cases [bridesmaids] try to subconsciously upstage the bride and they often do it through their makeup. One sure shot is for them to pull out that red lipstick. Instead, have them wear a soft variation of a pink or peach. Red lipstick is reserved for the bride only!"

Chloe says do "Bring your specific lipstick or eyeshadow of choice (if you have one) to your trial and again on your big day. Make sure that your makeup artist writes down or photographs the products she uses on you during your trial so that you're not trying to remember 'that pretty pink lipstick' that you tried on four months prior."

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Julie says don't "Be too tan! No orange spray tans or sunburns! If you really want a little natural sun, please wear the appropriate SPF and bathing suit, so that you don't have tan lines!"

Julie says do "Make sure to get a mani and pedi. Choose a nice pretty blush or neutral nail so it looks clean and not harsh. You don't want to take away from your pretty dress!"

Julie says don't "Don't try to cover up a tattoo with makeup! If you don't want to show it then please choose a dress that doesn't expose it. Keep in mind a tattoo can be retouched by your photographer after."

Read more: Wedding Beauty Survival Guide: Dos & Don'ts for Your Hair and Makeup Trial

Figuring Out Finger Foods: What to Serve and When

Food — like drinks, music, and the cake — is one of the the most essential elements to a wedding reception. Whether you have a seated dinner or not, canapés, also known as hors d'oeuvres or even finger foods, are a fun way to feed hungry guests. Here, a few guidelines before passing around these petite bites.

What types of finger foods to serve at a wedding: Anything, really! Whether you want to serve bacon-stuffed figs, spicy chicken satays, a mini cup of ceviche, or good 'ol cheeseburger sliders, the menu is up to you and your caterer. Be warned, though: You should choose foods that are neat and easy to pick up and eat — no one likes to mess themselves up during a party. Whatever you do decide, they should be small enough to be devoured in one bite and clean enough to not stain your friends and family's wedding-ready attire.

When to serve finger foods: Canap&233;s are more commonly served as appetizers during the cocktail hour, before guests take a seat at their assigned tables. They should be served by waiters or waitresses on trays so your friends and family can move around easily and keep the conversation going.

On a tight budget? Consider hosting a cocktail party-style reception so you can serve finger foods as the main course — but make sure keep the bites coming so guests don't start chasing down waiters for an extra slider or sushi roll. Consult your caterer to come up with endlessly delicious ideas!

Read more: Figuring Out Finger Foods: What to Serve and When

Eugenia Couture Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

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Give us a gorgeous gown and our day is made. And today’s collection just so happens to pack the prettiest designs in lace and tulle. The Spring 2015 Eugenia Couture bridal collection features stunning wedding dresses, all exquisitely embellished with delicate laces and crystal beads.

“Holding the prestige of being one of the few remaining bridal houses that create and manufactures all designs in the United States, Eugenia Couture’s Spring 2015 collection is in keeping with the brand’s established reputation of providing beautifully embellished and unique gowns. Featuring exquisite back details and luxe finishes incorporated on lace and tulle materials, this collection marries the romantic elements the bride has in mind for her special day with the superior quality and accuracy noted on each fit and finish of a Eugenia Couture gown.”

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Rembo Styling 2015 Wedding Dresses

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We are super excited to share the gorgeous new 2015 collection by Rembo Styling. The Belgian bridal company has been around for a few decades and they are well-known in Europe for their timeless, elegant designs. Rembo Styling consists of a team of designers, each with a strong signature style. The 2015 collection is effortlessly chic and feminine, with light layering and delicate laces playing a central role in all of the designs. Here are some of the stunning gowns from the collection:

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Photos courtesy of Rembo Styling. Rembo Styling is available in select stores around the world. For store listing and other details, visit Rembo Styling.


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Trending Now: Sophisticated Separates

Subtle Crop Top Trend

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If you've been keeping an eye on the ready-to-wear runways the past few seasons, than you know that crop tops are a major thing. They're such a big style must these days, that they've even made their way onto a few bridal runways last season. For Spring 2015, the striking style continued to evolve from less midriff-baring pieces to more sophisticated separates.

A modern silhouette, crop tops are less bralettes these days and more like a cool-new layered look. From shimmering scalloped T-shirts worn over billowing A-line skirts, to a lacy gown covers, most of these designs show no skin at all. And if they do, it's a subtle sliver rather than a full-on belly-baring piece.

These upgraded separates are a great way to stay current, but still remain wedding-appropriate. Here, a few of our favorite most recent crop tops from the bridal runways!

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Mira Zwillinger: Zwillinger's crop tops this past season were so subtle, it was hard to tell that the top was even cropped! Covered in embellishments, these layers hit just right below the waistline, making it an ethereal, modern, and most of romantic option for brides who want to stay on-trend but aren't ready to bare all.

"Daria" two-piece silk and lace A-line wedding dress with an illusion high neckline, cap sleeves, and bare midriff; "Aria" silk chiffon A-line wedding dress with an illusion high neckline and cap sleeves, embroidered bodice, and high front slit, Mira Zwillinger

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Houghton: We love Houghton's cropped looks because they do a really great job of contrasting loose tops with a slim-fitting skirt. Whether it's a sequined long-sleeve shirt showing a sliver of skin or the chopped sheath on the right that shows no skin but is completely layered, these are both well-executed takes on a new silhouette.

Wedding dresses by Houghton

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Monique Lhuillier: Sure, this look is not exactly what comes to mind when you think "crop top" but this layered lace cape-let does exactly what a crop top does — it adds an extra dimension to your gown. Plus, it hits right above the hip. An added piece like this is the perfect solution for the girls who don't want to buy separates but still want something that looks layered.

"Elsa" strapless pistachio embroidered tulle A-line wedding dress with a matching embroidered illusion coverlet, Monique Lhuillier

Read more: Trending Now: Sophisticated Separates

A Celeb-Approved Wedding Trend: Naked Cakes!

It's what's on the inside that counts — particularly when it comes to your wedding cake! A relatively new wedding trend, the naked cake, proves that many couples care more about their tasty filling than layers of buttercream and fondant — celebrities included. Both Ashlee Simpson and Angelina Jolie served a naked cake at their recent weddings!

Instead of covering the outside of the cake with layers upon layers of frosting, bakers are increasing the filling between tiers and leaving layers exposed.

Naked cakes gained popularity in 2013, but some couples weren't fans of the "unfinished" look of these confections. But as more and more bakers began to offer these creative cakes, the style has been refined and elevated to a look that is so deserving of a place on your wedding dessert table.

Whether you're just not a fan of sweet frosting or love the rustic vibe of a bare confection, a naked cake allows you to offer your friends and family a modern dessert that will still fall under the "classic" mold. And since these cakes are just as customizable as the traditional, fully-frosted dessert, you can select a style and flavors that reflect your wedding's vibe.

One major perk of gong nude with your wedding cake? Your baker will ensure it's freshly baked on the morning of your wedding since these desserts lack the barrier of buttercream and fondant that keep traditional cakes from drying out.

Click through to see 20 beautiful unfrosted cakes that you're sure to love!

Read more: A Celeb-Approved Wedding Trend: Naked Cakes!

Will Amal Alamuddin Wear Alexander McQueen for Her Wedding?

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Amal Alamuddin and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, might have something in common quite soon — their wedding dress designer, that is. The future Mrs. George Clooney is rumored to be wearing a Sarah Burton-designed Alexander McQueen gown to her nuptials, which are happening in just a few weeks.

Alamuddin was spotted at McQueen's London headquarters on Wednesday, where she even stopped to exchange kisses with a seamstress outside, according to People, possibly alluding to a goodbye after a successful fitting. People contacted the brand for confirmation, but received no comment. During the visit, the international lawyer showcased her amazing personal style in a one-shoulder floral print and stripe maxi dress. Alamuddin also visited the Michael John Salon with her mother, Baria.

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This goes against rumors that the bride would wear Oscar de la Renta for the ceremony, due to the influence of Anna Wintour, who will be attending the wedding. Page Six reported that "she [Wintour] and Oscar are such good friends and [she'd] want to give him some attention." At this point, it seems, only time will tell who will design the lucky lady's bridal gown!

As far as what the groom will be wearing, WWD reported that a team from Giorgio Armani was flown to Lake Como for a fitting for Clooney and his male attendants. From the looks of it, the wedding will be incredibly chic.

Meanwhile, Clooney and Alamuddin obtained their marriage license in August, so the happy couple is more or less ready to go, outfits aside. The pair will be wed in Italy — not a surprise to anyone as Clooney has a storied estate on Lake Como where both he and his fiancée spent a great deal of time this summer.

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Your Last-Minute, Pre-Wedding Vendor Checklist

You've found the man, picked the venue, bought the dress, and tasted the cakes, but while all of the big-ticket wedding planning to-dos may be done, there's plenty of last-minute nitty-gritty items to complete. From guest changes, coordinating vendor drop-offs and parking, and even figuring out how to remove all of the garbage once the party's over, here's everything you need to confirm close to your wedding.

If guests have changed, you'll need to inform the hotel, florist, and caterers: That way they can adjust the seating set-up, change the number of centerpieces they create if it's a dramatic change, and prepare less food if need be!

Confirm all timing: You're most likely going to have a lot of different vendors milling about on the day of, so make sure they're clear on the event's itinerary, where they should be and when to prevent any unecessary anxiety.

See more: Keep Track of Your Wedding Planning To-Dos With Our Checklist!

If you're borrowing props from your florist, let her know when she can retrieve them: From baskets, to pedastals, and any other supplies they'll want to get back, make sure to coordinate a post-wedding pick-up time with your florist.

Access routes and parking for vendors: If they're bringing in tables, structures, flowers, even five-tier cakes, your vendors will most likely unload all of your ceremony and reception's décor from a large truck. Check that there's an access route and parking available at all party spaces to ensure a speedy and stress-free setup!

Getting rid of the garbage: Delineate who will take out the trash once the party's over, be it the hotel, planner, florist, etc.

Don't forget the shot list: Make sure you talk to your photographer pre "I do" about what type of snaps you'd like to savor for years to come.

Ensure your cake has a stand: Don't forget to double-check with your baker who will be delivering and assembling your wedding-day confection. Also, whether or not the baker provides it, don't forget about the cake stand and knife for cutting it!

Read more: Your Last-Minute, Pre-Wedding Vendor Checklist

Olivia Palermo Dishes on Her Wedding-Day Look, Second Ceremony and Changing Her Name

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Fashion icon and new wife (not to mention our June/July 2014 cover girl!) Olivia Palermo knows a thing or two about bridal style. When she married husband Johannes Huebl in an intimate ceremony in Bedford, New York in June, the fashion-forward bride wore a custom-made Carolina Herrera ensemble, which featured a sweater, shorts, and tulle overskirt.

Her unexpected choice wasn't surprising given Olivia regularly pushes fashion boundaries in her day-to-day life. "Getting ready for a special event, like your wedding day, you have to feel like yourself and dress for your environment," Olivia tells the New York Post of her bridal outfit. "I really wanted to dress like me."

And it looks like her nontraditional bridal style may have inspired other celebs — like Ashlee Simpson who recently married in not one, but two different two-piece ensembles.

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And for fans of the fashion-maven's enviable bridal style, we have some great news: You'll likely get to see it all over again. Late last month, Olivia spoke with the Daily Mail Australia and revealed she and Johannes are planning to host another celebration for family and friends who were unable to attend their intimate nuptials.

"You know it was a nice, small quiet day for family and as some point we will do something a little bit bigger," Olivia said.

Whether or not she and Johannes do plan that second reception, don't plan on calling her Mrs. Huebl. Olivia told Hello! Fashion Monthly that she has no intention of changing her name. "I love Palermo and Johannes understands that," Olivia said in an interview. "I can be Mrs. Huebl at home."

Read more: Olivia Palermo Dishes on Her Wedding-Day Look, Second Ceremony and Changing Her Name

4 Ways to Tell You're with the Guy You'll Marry

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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've outlined four ways to know if your man is sure about marriage.

One of the most stressful times for a woman is that limbo period between "Things are getting serious" and "Will you marry me?" At least we assume so. The most stressful time for us is the time between breakfast and lunch. Will it ever be sandwich o'clock? While we count down to our next meal, let's take a minute to review a few ways to know your man knows you're the one.

You Actually Talk About the Future
And he actually listens! And talks back! This is known as understanding where each other are coming from and being on the same page about wanting more than a casual thing. If you know he's committed, you know almost everything you need to. Bonus points if you've already named your future children and he hasn't run screaming for the hills.

You've Delivered the Ultimatum
Perhaps not the way you wanted to confirm how he feels about you, but the old "Marry Me Or Move Out" speech certainly leaves little room for doubt. Generally, you'd rather not go this route. Your man doesn't want to feel backed into a corner and you don't want to start things on a sour note by feeling like you forced him to marry you against his will. However, if you can nudge him in the right direction, or even just get the conversation moving forward, a gentle reminder won't necessarily hurt. Just keep it respectful and sincere, and try as hard as you can to avoid the phrase, "Or else."

See More: The 5 Biggest Mistakes Grooms Make While Wedding Planning

He's Putting It Off
We realize this doesn't make a ton of sense and yes, he may just be too scared to even consider it in the first place, but think about it for a second: Proposing is one of the scariest things a man will ever do. Ergo, when he's realized you're the one he wants to marry, he'll irrationally shy away from the terrifying big step he must take to actually do so.

You Just Fit
As men, we have a tendency to let our eyes and minds wander from time to time, but we're also realistic. We know we're never going to have the luxury of being able to go Clooneying around the world, bedding supermodels from port to port (most of us, anyway). So rather than obsess over you being the "single, one-in-a-billion, only person out there that's truly meant for me and me alone," we consider whether, now that we've found you, you're the right fit for us. If it feels like you're a great fit, don't sweat it. He'll come around — we all do.

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: 4 Ways to Tell You're with the Guy You'll Marry

The Best Supermodel Bridal Beauty Looks of the Week

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In honor of our newest cover girl Lindsay Ellingson (and New York Fashion Week!) we've rounded up bridal beauty inspiration from our favorite models. Here, our favorite looks this week.

Cara Delevingne at the GQ Men of the Year Awards (above): Getting married in the fall? Try Cara's deep berry lips, which she paired with a touch of pink blush and shimmery, rose-gold eye shadow. Her deep, side-swept waves are mussed just enough to add a modern, effortless appeal.

See more: Celebrity-Approved Beauty Inspiration for Every Mother of the Bride

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Alessandra Ambrosio at the Venice Film Festival: If your go-to hairstyle is a glossy blowout, by all means, keep it that way for your wedding! Alessandra, after all, leaves no doubt that sleek hair can work beautifully with an evening gown. For her makeup, she put the focus on her eyes, piling lots of liner and mascara on her top lash lines, and adding a little shimmer underneath to create a bright, doe-eyed effect. Bronze-y cheeks and glossy pink lips finished the look.

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Candice Swanepoel at a press conference in Mexico City: Candice's tight, sleek chignon is genius. (And pretty much guaranteed to stay put from ceremony to last dance!) With her hair off her face, all attention is on that gorgeous, bronzed complexion. A flick of liquid eyeliner brings out her baby blues, while highlighter on the cheeks and neutral lipstick emphasize her natural beauty.

Read more: The Best Supermodel Bridal Beauty Looks of the Week

The New Classic: Cool, Modern Pearls for Your Wedding Day

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Pearls are making a comeback and they're anything but old fashioned. The newest styles are modern and edgy when combined with architectural metals and stones — making them perfect for the bride who wants an update on a classic style. These definitely aren't your grandmother's pearls ...

1. Bracelet
For the bride who likes to keep her jewelry simple, this hinge bracelet from BaubleBar is just right. The pearls give the slim gold bracelet an unexpected twist. The affordable price tag also makes it a great bridesmaids gift. Pearl Hinge Bangle, $34, BaubleBar

2. Ring
While your left hand should be reserved for your engagement ring and wedding band, you can have a little fun with the cocktail rings on your right hand. This layered ring from Jennifer Zeuner, is simple enough not to steal the show, but interesting enough for your wedding day. "Camilla" Pearl Ring, $264, Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry

3. Headband
Besides being beautiful, these Deepa Gurnani headbands are comfortable with their soft cloth backing and adjustable strap. The design makes the pearls look they are woven into your hair with gold strands. The headband will add an ethereal accent to a soft up-do or half-up hairstyle. Jeweled headband, $84, Deepa Gurnai

See More: Bling It On! 7 Hair Accessories That Will Add Serious Sparkle to Your Wedding Day Look

4. Earrings
Let your earrings do the talking with these chandelier stunners from Alexis Bittar. The pearls are classic, while the angular rhinestone setting are totally fresh. When choosing a statement piece like this, keep the rest of your accessories simple or wear them alone. Mother of Pearl Doublet and Crystal Chandelier Earrings, $245, Alexis Bittar

5. Necklace
The Chrysler Building of necklaces, the baguette stones of this Ben Amun necklace give it a deco feel. It's made for a Gatsby-inspired look or any bride who likes to make a statement. This pairs well with a simple satin slip dress or, for the more daring bride, mix it with a bejeweled flapper style gown for a formal affair. Baguette and Pearl Pendant Necklace, $535, Ben Amun

Read more: The New Classic: Cool, Modern Pearls for Your Wedding Day

Eugenia Couture Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

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Give us a gorgeous gown and our day is made. And today’s collection just so happens to pack the prettiest designs in lace and tulle. The Spring 2015 Eugenia Couture bridal collection features stunning wedding dresses, all exquisitely embellished with delicate laces and crystal beads.

“Holding the prestige of being one of the few remaining bridal houses that create and manufactures all designs in the United States, Eugenia Couture’s Spring 2015 collection is in keeping with the brand’s established reputation of providing beautifully embellished and unique gowns. Featuring exquisite back details and luxe finishes incorporated on lace and tulle materials, this collection marries the romantic elements the bride has in mind for her special day with the superior quality and accuracy noted on each fit and finish of a Eugenia Couture gown.”

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Rembo Styling 2015 Wedding Dresses

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We are super excited to share the gorgeous new 2015 collection by Rembo Styling. The Belgian bridal company has been around for a few decades and they are well-known in Europe for their timeless, elegant designs. Rembo Styling consists of a team of designers, each with a strong signature style. The 2015 collection is effortlessly chic and feminine, with light layering and delicate laces playing a central role in all of the designs. Here are some of the stunning gowns from the collection:

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Photos courtesy of Rembo Styling. Rembo Styling is available in select stores around the world. For store listing and other details, visit Rembo Styling.


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Mess-Free Snacks to Munch on While You & Your Bridesmaids Get Glam

One of the biggest mistakes brides make on their wedding day? Forgetting to eat! With all of the nerves and excitement in the air, we can't really blame brides for passing up on the platters of mini muffins and passing around the champagne instead. However, if you don't want you or your BFFs to pass out at the altar (yes, it's happened before), we suggest you get some food in your bellies, even if it is only in the form of snacks.

1. Bite-Sized Everything
Well, almost! "Think mini desserts, mini quiches and teeny tiny sandwiches that can be popped into your mouth in one bite, no plastic ware or plates needed," says Texas-based makeup artist Jennifer Trotter, who specializes in weddings. "Avoid anything that has to be cut up or eaten with a fork and knife." Other no-no's include red wine, berries, cupcakes with brightly colored frosting, hard candy (which can stain your teeth and tongue) and foods like Cheetos and Doritos that tend to coat your fingers in that dreaded orange dust, ugh.

See More: 10 Foods That Will Stain Your Teeth Before the Wedding

2. Unsalted Nuts
For a quick energy boost sans the mess and bloat, you really can't go wrong with unsalted nuts. You'll get the protein you need for the day. Plus, you won't wipe any lingering salt on your dress ...

3. A Fruit Tray
While you probably won't want to sink your chompers into a gigantic piece of watermelon, small pieces of cut fruit (nothing too juicy) on skewers are great. Fruit, like bananas, which don't require forks or touching with your fingers, are smart options too, adds Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, owner of Nutrition Starring You.

4. Cheese & Crackers
An oldie but a goody! Yes, crackers and pre-cut cheese cubes on toothpicks are completely expected but that's because they work — it's filling and mess-free.

5. Protein Bars
"The day of the wedding, it's important for brides and bridesmaids to balance their blood sugar and sustain their energy levels with nutritious snacks that contain protein, carbs and healthy fat," advises Harris-Pincus. Look for ones that aren't loaded with sugar.

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Tom Brady Does What to Get Wife Gisele B

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You may think Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen have the perfect relationship, but being married to a the world's highest paid (and probably busiest) supermodel isn't always easy.

In an interview with Man of the World magazine, the NFL superstar says he often has to result to childish measures to grab Gisele's focus. "I like attention from her, so when I'm not getting it I let her know in immature ways, like a young, immature child would," he told the magazine. "You throw fits and you pout and you whine until you get what you want."

Unfortunately, after five years together and two children, she's started to catch onto his ways. "She's on to me, she knows all of my tricks," he adds. "So now I have to learn new tricks."

See more: Which Celebrity Couple Is Getting Married Next?

Contrary to popular belief, Gisele isn't perfect either. Tom even goes as far as describing her as a bit of a nag! "I'm a guy, what doesn't she get on me for?" he jokes. "That's just what wives do."

At the end of the day, though, the New England Patriots quarterback really admires his Brazilian beauty (we don't blame him!). "My wife speaks five languages," he explains. "I always tell her I speak two: English and football."

We love how frank and self-aware Tom is about their relationship quirks — it somehow makes them even cuter! Plus, it's pretty reassuring to see that such a gorgeous couple has a marriage just like most people.

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Stylish Wedding Menus That Will Definitely Impress Your Guests

How you present your wedding menu is nearly as important as what dishes are actually on it. After all, we eat with our eyes first, so offering guests a gorgeous display from which to choose their meal is an important part of the reception experience. Whether you're planning a formal, sit-down meal or a more casual buffet-style reception, spending some time picking the right wedding menu is essential. Not only will it inform guests of their dining options for the evening, but the right piece of stationery or display can help transform your reception space! To help get you inspired, we found four creative and stylish wedding menus.

The Placemat Menu
If creating a personalized experience is an important part of your wedding planning, consider custom-made menus at each seat. Above, calligraphed kraft paper placemats replace a classic menu card. For an even more luxe version of this trend, skip escort cards and have each guests name written on their placemat. Love this look but need it to work on a budget? Order an online template that you can print and cut at home to save big.

The Table Card
For a family-style meal, decorate with one or two menu cards per table, depending on size. Since all options will be placed directly in front of guests, they'll really use the menu as a point of reference as they plate their own meal. This pretty calligraphed option is simple yet still elegant, and by utilizing colors that complement the glitzy tablecloth, the entire vibe is finished and refined.

The Oversize Menu
If you're having a buffet dinner or hosting a smaller reception with just a handful of guests, an oversize chalkboard menu is an ideal option. Place the hand-written sign at the beginning of the buffet line near flatware and plates so guests can review their choices before reaching each station. For an intimate reception, place the sign on a pretty easel where all guests can read it.

The Individual Menu
For a formal, seated meal, a printed menu at each place setting is ideal. Since guests will be ordering from your servers, it's important to have the options directly in front of them. Plus, this classic navy option with neat white type helps balance the more simple dinnerware.

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Scarlett Johansson Gives Birth to a Baby Girl!

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Scarlett Johansson has a lot to celebrate these days! She's not only been engaged to hunky French journalist Romain Dauriac since September, the lovestruck couple also welcomed their first child together yesterday!

Johansson's daughter was born in New York City and named Rose Dorothy. Adorably, the baby girl's middle name is after Johansson's grandmother, who, the Lucy star warmly recalled earlier this year, was "the first Francophone in my family."

The news was officially confirmed by the actress's publicist who told the Associated Press in a statement that "Mother and daughter are doing well."

See more: Which Celebrity Couple Will Get Married Next?

Six months before the pregnancy was announced, Johansson happily accepted Dauriac's proposal (which, FYI, included an amazing Art Deco-inspired engagement ring). And while she kept a relatively low-profile as an expectant bride-to-be, she did step out a few times to debut a seriously cute baby bump.

Now all that's left for these new parents is a wedding! Despite previous reports that they'd wed in August, we're not too surprised Johansson decided to wait and focus on her little Rose — for now, at least.

When the time comes, though, we expect the affair to be intimate, held in France, and low-key. After all, this past March the new mom told Access Hollywood, "I'm terrible at planning. Yeah, I'm not gonna plan anything — I like to wing it!"

Whether she "wings it" or not, we hope that they'll wait long enough for little Rose to act as flower girl!

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How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet

Many brides's most beloved aspect of their wedding is their bouquet. Some brides love it so much that they want to keep it forever. The good news is that many can! With various preservation techniques, there's no reason you can't keep your most memorable blooms forever. Here, a few different ways to preserve your wedding bouquet so that you can look back at it in places other than your wedding album.

When it comes to preserving a wedding bouquet, brides have a few options: They can press and frame the flowers (if not all, then some), they can dry the bouquet as a whole and have it covered in glass, or, the last and most difficult option is to dry out the bouquet yourself.

Unsurprisingly, the first route is the easiest. Simply press the flowers and get them framed — it's a sweet and sentimental way to remember your big day! Another option is to enlist the help of a florist to preserve the bouquet as a whole. Of course, though, this service may come at an extra cost so take that into consideration as well.

Last but not least, you can make preserving your bouquet a little DIY project. The most important tool in maintaining your big-day blooms? Silica gels, which absorb water content. They also happen to preserve the color of each petal, too, as they're drying them out. First, you'll need to grind the crystals down into a fine powder. Then use a dry, clean, soft paintbrush to brush the power each and every inch of the bunch. Place all of the contents into an airtight container, filling the remaining space up with the leftover silica gel powder. Leave it in a warm place for a week, remove carefully, and spray with either artist's fixative spray or hairspray. Once done, allow it to dry and carefully place somewhere out of harms way — we'd suggest a glass box.

No matter which option you choose, act fast! When it comes to preserving flowers, the sooner you do so the better.

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We Asked, You Told: Creative Ways Our Facebook Followers Personalized Their Wedding Cakes!

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Photos (clockwise from top left): Courtesy of Nancy Reid Minervini, Lindsey Zaleta Rimassa, Bethany O'Toole, Jill Stafford

You can personalize everything in your wedding, from your ceremony to your wedding dress to your favors. One of our favorite ways to turn your nuptials into a totally unique affair? Adding personal touches to your wedding cake! Whether you're into a traditional tiered confection or you favor alternate options like cupcakes and donut towers, it's so easy to say "This is us!" through dessert. Given how inventive our Facebook followers are with every detail, we had to ask what kind of personal elements they included in their wedding cakes. The result? Cute toppers, awesome groom's cakes, and colors and designs galore. It was hard, but we narrowed down our four favorites, seen above, for their amazing attention to detail and lovely stories behind them.

The Power of a Cake Topper: The three-tiered white cake (top left) is a perfect example of how to make a subtle addition that speaks volumes about your personality. Though the white roses and blue hydrangeas are a nice touch, it's the cake topper that puts it over the edge — the figurines are of Star Wars characters! Bride Nancy Reid Minervini and her groom got to embrace their nerdy side with this sweet addition.

A Meaningful Groom's Cake: We've seen a lot of groom's cakes in our day, but few have been as well-executed as this one, as shared by bride Lindsey Zaleta Rimassa (top right). The cake is an exact copy of her husband's FDNY helmet. It's a perfect way to show pride and personality, and we're sure her groom loved it.

See More: The Prettiest Naked Cakes!

A Thematic Cake: Hosting an afternoon tea-style wedding doesn't mean dessert must be limited to petit-fours and crumpets. Bride Bethany O'Toole shared a photo of her delightful, Alice in Wonderland-esque wedding cake (bottom right), which she served at her afternoon nuptials. Equal parts whimsical and romantic, it's a perfect centerpiece.

An Update on a Classic: Personalizing your cake doesn't mean it has to shout out all of your interests or your wedding theme. Sometimes, the best ones are simply cute takes on a classic design. Bride Jill Stafford, for example, served a Rice Krispies Treat wedding cake for her outdoor wedding (bottom left). What's more, her aunt and uncle created the puzzle piece topper. Sweet, simple and creative, just the way we like it.

Read more: We Asked, You Told: Creative Ways Our Facebook Followers Personalized Their Wedding Cakes!

More Details Emerge on Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg's Wedding!

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It turns out Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg's August 31 wedding at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois was just as romantic and beautiful as we could have imagined.

Us Weekly recently released the couple's wedding album, giving us a glimpse into their big day. The photos show a red rose-encrusted ceremony, with the crimson flowers creating their altar, filling the aisle arrangements, showing up in boutonnieres, and in McCarthy's bouquet. White candles and pale green chairs completed the lush space, where 90 guests witnessed the couple of one year say "I do."

See more: Our Favorite Celebrity Engagement Rings

The reception space had equal amounts of red rose accents, from the centerpieces to the menu cards. As for the funny woman's bridal ensemble, we got a closer look at her custom strapless Ines di Santo wedding dress, as well as her unbelievable jewelry. Wahlberg gave her a diamond band to go with her 10-carat yellow sapphire engagement ring, which nicely complemented her chandelier earrings and bracelet.

A slightly less glamorous, but far more meaningful, part of the album is the photo of McCarthy's son Evan getting ready with his future stepfather. "He said to me, 'I have the most important job at the wedding,'" McCarthy gushed to Us about Evan, who walked her down the aisle. "He was perfect."

Other highlights include images of McCarthy posing with her husband's New Kids On The Block bandmate groomsmen, and the newlyweds sharing their first dance to The Sound of Music's "Edelweiss."

"I won the lottery," Wahlberg, who currently stars on Blue Bloods, told Us. McCarthy added: "We are ready to live happily ever after."

Mr & Mrs Wahlberg, checking in from heaven. Thank you for all of your well wishes. #happy pic.twitter.com/47rvOlLztL

— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) September 3, 2014

And if Wahlberg's tweet, above, is any indication, they already are!

Read more: More Details Emerge on Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg's Wedding!

How to Cure a Post-Wedding Hangover

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It's your party and you can drink if you want to! But be prepared, because sometimes even the most well-intentioned brides can't avoid overindulging when the champagne keeps flowing all night (hey, no judgment here). From tried-and-true methods to the borderline bizarre, here's how to help ease the pain of a post-wedding hangover so you can get your glow back stat.

1. Pop Some Advil
Advil and other over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can certainly help relieve some of the symptoms associated with a post-wedding hangover, like a splitting headache, for example. Take a couple with a big glass of water as soon as you wake up. You'll be feeling better in no time.

2. Hair of the Dog
While not a cure, there's definitely no denying the fact that a good Bloody Mary with breakfast can put you on the fast track to feeling fine again after a long night of boozing, says bar and hospitality consultant Anneliese Place, author of Hair of the Dog: Hangover Remedies That Work. The downside? Once that drink wears off, you might feel even worse than you did before, but hey, it's worth a shot. (No, not literally.)

See More: 6 Festive Champagne Cocktail Ideas Your Guests Will Adore

3. Sip on Some Lemon Water
Or instead of a cocktail, fill up your cup with some soothing lemon water to help balance blood sugar and correct your body's PH level, suggests Place. "Simply squeeze the juice of half of a fresh lemon into 8 oz. of warm water and enjoy. If it's hard to swallow on this particular morning, stir in a teaspoon or two of raw honey."

4. Create Your Own Eucalyptus Steam Shower
No time or cash to hit the spa? No problem. Bring the spa to you at home or in your hotel room by wetting a washcloth with hot water and placing about 15 to 20 drops of eucalyptus oil (found at any Whole Foods or natural store) on it. Let the washcloth hang in the shower while it runs, and hop in to detox once you begin to smell the eucalyptus.

6. Take a Wasabi or Mustard Bath
We swear it's not as gross as it sounds! According to celebrity health coach Maria Marlowe, "a soak in warm wasabi water or a mustard bath helps stimulates blood circulation and promotes oxygenation of the cells, which speeds up waste removal. Simply add 2 to 4 tbs. mustard powder or wasabi paste/ powder to hot bath water and soak for 15 minutes," she instructs. "Get out of the bath, and wrap yourself up in warm towels for further sweating and detoxification afterward. Be sure to drink plenty of water or coconut water throughout too."

7. Add Baking Soda to Water
One of the worst parts about a wedding hangover is by far an upset tummy, but luckily, there's a cure for that. To help quell the queasy feeling, Marlowe recommends adding about a teaspoon of aluminum free baking soda to a glass of water and drinking it. "The salt will also speed up your rehydration, helping to mitigate a parched mouth, headache and dizziness more quickly."

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10 Minutes with Bridal Designer Amsale Aberra

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Bridal designer Amsale Aberra, known for confident, understated elegance (you won't find heavy embellishments on Amsale's gowns), has created gorgeous bridal collections for over 25 years from the New York City headquarters of her eponymous label. We love her affinity for clean lines and luxe fabrics, and we sat down with the designer to discuss her design process, her top styling tips for brides, and her thoughts on wedding day beauty.

The designer has a classic process of finding inspiration for her collections.
"When designing a new collection, as we are right now, I find that the inspiration often comes as a continuous flow of the previous season," explained the designer, when asked about how she finds inspiration. "I begin with a mood board to create a feeling, and of course, fabrics play an important role inspiring my designs."

The Amsale bride is a fan of "understated luxury."
"She likes clean lines and simple silhouettes in exquisite fabrics, and her bridal gown reflects her daily style, but makes her feel like a bride."

An Amsale runway is always on point.
"When styling our runway shows, my goal is to make sure that the makeup looks young and current," said the designer. "I like to keep hair, makeup and accessories simple, so that it is all about the dress."

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The designer loves to use beautiful lace and refined Italian tulle and silk organza when designing.
When asked about her favorite fabrics to use in creating her gowns, the designer said, "I can't say that I have a favorite fabric necessarily, but rather it depends on the feel I want to create. For Amsale, I am focused on using soft layering, so I am sourcing soft tulle and silk organza from Italy. Lace is still very important for our collections, and I use Lyon and Alecon lace from France, layered with colored silk chiffon."

Amsale's top styling tips for brides? Mind the veil and make one bold statement.
"A bride must always make sure that her hairstyle will work with or without a veil. Plan for both, and work around it with your beauty look. For jewelry, I always suggest to keep it minimal, however, if you love jewelry, make one bold statement. Try a statement earring, necklace, or bracelet, but not all three at once!" A final tip from the designer, "Make sure to try on a veil. I find it's the one accessory some brides shy away from, but it's such a unique accessory that you can only really wear for a wedding."

Read more: 10 Minutes with Bridal Designer Amsale Aberra

Trending Now: Pastel Wedding Accessories

Pastel Wedding Accessories

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Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you have to put away pretty pastel details — especially when it comes to your wedding-day look! No, we don't mean you have to purchase a pale-hued wedding dress in order to be on trend (though we do have quite a few favorites!). Rather, fashion-forward brides are selecting wedding-ready accessories in ultra-soft hues for a chic pop of color to an otherwise all-white look.

Luckily for the bride-to-be who wants to add a pastel accessory to her look, there's no shortage of pretty choices! Designers practically flooded their fall runways with pale pink, mint green, and yellow options that are the perfect addition to your bridal wardrobe.

See More: 71 Engagement Rings with Colorful Stones

Some of our favorites statement-making pieces included barely-there-hued shoes and jewelry. A petal-pink leather sandal would be a gorgeous complement to a trendy tea-length wedding dress. Offset your engagement ring with a colorful bauble, like a white gold-and-amethyst stunner. Prefer your jewelry to be more understated? We loved a yellow-sapphire ring with just the right hint of color and sparkle.

So pick one (or two!) of these pastel accessories for a trendy bridal look any time of the year!

Above: 1. Clutch, mint alligator bag with crystal quartz, price upon request, Marchesa; 2. Bracelet, ombre pink-sapphire bracelet, price upon request, Paolo Costagli; 3. Ring, yellow-sapphire and diamond ring set in 18-karat yellow gold, price upon request, Irina Ferry; 4. Ring, amethyst and white-sapphire ring set in 18-karat white gold, price upon request, Kalan by Suzanne Kalan; 5. Ring, pink-tourmaline ring with diamonds, price upon request, Carelle; 6. Heels, pink leather sandal, $515, Alexander Wang

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Get the Party Started with These Killer Rehearsal Dinner Dresses

Rehearsal Dinner Dresses

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Sure, the word "rehearsal" is in the name, but your rehearsal dinner dress should be anything but a practice round. Just like your wedding dress, the ensemble you choose to rock on the eve of your big day should make an impact. It is, after all, the first time any of your friends and family will see you in an official bride capacity that weekend — make it count!

The good news is that unlike your wedding dress, which, may have to be a bit more traditional because of the ceremony space, venue of choice, or even your mom, you can really experiment with a rehearsal dinner look — be it with a menswear-inspired shift from ABS or oversized ruffles on an ASOS dress.

That doesn't mean you can't go the more classic bridal route, though. From ivory lace knee-length shifts from Ruche to a sweet satin Alfred Sung bow-tied numbers and girly Kate Spade A-line dresses, your rehearsal dinner look should reflect you, your style, and of course, the overall tone of your wedding.

We searched high and low for some of the chicest rehearsal dinner dresses in the market. The best part? We found looks that work for a wide range of price points and styles. So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

Click through our complete slideshow to see all of our favorite rehearsal dinner dresses!

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A Bride's Guide to E-mail Etiquette

We're all about digital weddings, from live-streaming your vows to having a cute wedding hashtag. But when it comes to e-mail, even if it slashes your budget, things get a little dicier. Just because you can send an e-mail doesn't mean you always should. For instance, it's never a good idea to e-mail a wedding invitation or a thank-you note. On the other hand, it's a very acceptable option for other circumstances. We found some etiquette expert-approved situations in which you should by all means start messaging your guests.

I want to save money on some part of my wedding stationery. Can I e-mail my save-the-dates?
Absolutely. Many couples, once they've pinned down their wedding day, choose to send out an early informal note alerting friends and family to put that date aside. It's perfectly fine to e-mail this note.

Is it ok to e-mail lodging information later on if my hotel can't confirm a block of rooms until closer to the wedding date?
Yes, and this is also a good way to avoid overloading the mailing even if you know about your hotel block in advance. Also, feel free to e-mail information on restaurants and points of interest. For those of your guests who prefer web communication, a group e-mail is ideal for this purpose.

Thoughts on including an e-mail address on my invitations for RSVPs?
It's perfectly acceptable to give your guests the option of e-mailing their responses to you. Just make sure that it's an option. Simply add a printed sentence at the bottom of your printed response card saying, "You may also reply by way of our e-mail address, which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." This is especially appropriate in the case of a last-minute wedding, if you are planning a relatively informal wedding, or if you're already in regular e-mail contact with many of your invited guests.

Read more: A Bride's Guide to E-mail Etiquette

Former Entourage Star Perrey Reeves Is Engaged!

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Sorry Ari! She may have played the hilarious Entourage character's wife on the small screen, but soon Perrey Reeves will be wed to someone else in real life: tennis instructor and founder of Grips, Aaron Fox.

And unlike Ari's many marriage flubs, Fox seems to be quite the romantic. He reportedly pulled out all of the stops when it came to popping the big question to the Covert Affairs actress. "Aaron surprised Perrey with a room filled with roses and candles in a suite at New York City's Ace Hotel," a source told Us Weekly. "He took her to ABC Kitchen, her favorite restaurant in NYC and asked her to marry him in front of his mom and family."

See more: The Best Movie Proposals Ever

Apparently, Fox is also a stickler for tradition. "He had asked my mom in advance for her blessing," Reeves told Us Weekly. "Aaron is so sweet and romantic."

From the looks of the photo, above, which was taken last night at HBO's Boardwalk Empire season premiere party, Reeves's ring is a large pear-cut solitaire with a pavé halo surrounding it. It also looks like the sparkler might be yellow. If that's the case, though, she would be one of many celebs to rock a colorful engagement ring.

No further word on their pending wedding yet, but Us reports that they love attending concerts together and recently took a vacation to Mexico, so we're sure the big day will be a good time. Congrats to the happy couple!

Read more: Former Entourage Star Perrey Reeves Is Engaged!

4 Wedding-Ready Alternatives to a Smoky Eye

Smoky Eye Alternatives

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A subtle smoky eye is a no-fail choice for your wedding-night makeup look, but it's not the only choice. Instead of going over to the dark side, try these fresh (and simple!) alternatives from New York City makeup artist Quinn Murphy.

Classic Lines: Clean, glamorous, and always-flattering, a cat eye is the easiest way to get black-tie ready without piling on tons of shadow. To get your best swoop, Quinn suggests using two black eyeliners: First, draw the shape with a pencil (removing mistakes with a Q-tip as you go), then going over the line with a liquid eyeliner to minimize smudging. To accentuate your cat eye, apply volumizing mascara, swept up and out, or add false lashes just at the outer corners.
Try: Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner, $24, available at Sephora

Lots of Lashes: Start by brushing a pale shade of gold, champagne, or shell pink eyeshadow across your lids. Next, dot black eyeliner in between each lash to make your lashes look extra-lush, then layer on individual false lashes, placing the longer ones in the middle and the smaller ones at the inner and outer corners. Finish with plenty of waterproof mascara on both your top and bottom lashes and a swipe of soft pink on your lips. The result? Bambi eyes that stun the moment you lift your veil.
Try: L'OReal HiP Studio Secrets Eye Shadow Duo in Precious, $7, available at Amazon; Ardel Duralash Naturals Individual Lashes, $11, available at Amazon

See More: How to Get Brighter Eyes For Your Wedding

Sparkle and Shine: A twinkling metallic shadow will catch the light beautifully in photos — but be sure to choose a shade that complements your skin tone. For fair-skinned brides, that means champagne or rose-gold, olive-skinned brides should look for gold or bronze, and dark-skinned brides will look amazing in shimmery chocolate or onyx. Sweep it across your lids for a simple wash of sparkle, or combine it with a lighter shade on the inner corners of your lid, then finish with brown or black liner.
Try: Bobbi Brown Sand Eye Palette, $65, available at Sephora

Strip Down: A barely-there eye doesn't have to look minimal. The trick to making nude shadows look glam enough for your wedding day is choosing a satin-finish or cream eyeshadow with flecks of gold. This will flatter all eye colors and makes them look bright in photos, Quinn says. If you have fair skin, go for taupe or beige shadows, if you have a medium to dark complexion, look for browns. Finish with brown eyeliner traced as close to your lash line as possible.
Try: RMS Cream Eye Polish in Seduce, $28, RMSBeauty.com

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

Wedding Hairstyle 101: How to DIY This Braided Updo

Wedding Braided Updo

Last week we gave you step-by-step instructions on how to create an effortless side ponytail wedding day hairstyle right in your very own home. But since we know that many brides favor a traditional look with a modern twist, we worked on another bridal hairstyle that you can recreate without having to book an appointment at the salon: a braided bun. It's the perfect way to wear your hair up on your wedding day without looking too formal.

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A soft and sophisticated look like this would pair well with any kind of wedding — whether you're hosting a beachside destination celebration, a cool, boho bash or a rustic-chic affair. The low bun keeps this wedding hairstyle feeling classic, while the trendy braids give it a fun and unexpected edge.

And since this look can be achieved in 7 simple steps, it's the perfect option for the DIY bride or bridesmaid.

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

1. Prep dry hair with texturizing spray or dry shampoo.
2. Create two face-framing braids.
3. Leaving out the braids, roll two sections of hair into a low ponytail, securing at the nape of the neck with bobby pins.
4. Turn the ponytail into a loose braid.
5. Wrap the braid into a chignon and secure with bobby pins.
6. Pin back the two face-framing braids.
7. Finish with a gorgeous hair pin!

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

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Every Single Question You Need to Ask Your Wedding DJ or Bandleader

Your wedding music, whether you decide to book a DJ or band, will be a major component to your reception. Not only will the music set the right tone and create the atmosphere you're going for, but the DJ or bandleader will also help to gracefully keep the evening's events flowing smoothly from one moment to the next. The best DJs and bands are booked well in advance, so be sure to act quickly. To get you started, we've put together this list of questions that will help you evaluate a DJ, band, or other entertainer. Also, note that in some cases, you may deal with an entertainment agency or representative working on behalf of the musician.

Tip: We recommend printing out this list of questions and bringing it with you to your meetings!

The Basics + Background Information
• Is my wedding date available?
• How long have you been in business?
• How long have you been performing together (if you're interviewing a band)?
• How many weddings have you done? How many weddings do you do in an average weekend?
• Do you perform at more than one event in a day?
• Will you be the DJ/bandleader at our wedding?
• Have you done events at my wedding venue?
• What sets you apart from your competition?
• Are there any other services that you provide, such as lighting design or a photobooth?
• Can you provide me with recent couples that I can contact for references?

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The Music
• Do you have a CD of your music or a video from a prior wedding where you performed?
• Can you assist me in choosing the music for my processional, recessional, father-daughter dance, etc.?
• How extensive is your music library or song list? What genres can you cover?
• How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?
• Are we guaranteed to have the perfomer(s) of our choice at our event?
• If the DJ or one of the band members scheduled for my event is unable to perform for some reason, do you have a backup replacement ready to go?
• Do you take any breaks? What music will be provided during the breaks?
• How many band members will perform that day?
• Do you act as the "emcee" and make all of the announcements?
• How would you define your "style" when making announcements?
• What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?
• Do you take requests from our guests?
• Can we submit a "Do Not Play" list?

Pricing and Payment:
• What is included in the cost of my event?
• Does this include setup and breakdown between ceremony and reception locations?
• How much would you charge for overtime?
• Are there any additional fees that could accrue that I am not taking into account, like travel expenses or charges for special musical requests?
• When will I receive a written contract?
• How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? Do you offer a payment plan?
• What is your refund/cancellation policy?
• How far in advance do I need to book you?
• What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
• Are you insured?

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Logistics:
• Can you provide wireless mics for the ceremony?
• Does any of your equipment require special electrical outlets that I need to inform my wedding site about?
• Do you bring backup equipment?
• What kind of space or stage do you require for the DJ or band? If my site doesn't provide what you need, will you make arrangements for the stage or am I responsible for renting it?
• Do you set up a sign or banner with your equipment?
• How much time will you need for setup, sound check and breakdown on the day of the event?
• What time will you arrive at the site?
• Will we meet again before the wedding?
• When do we need to submit our music requests and event details?
• What will you wear to our wedding?
• Do you (and each band member, if you're booking a band) require a meal?
• What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during the wedding?

Read more: Every Single Question You Need to Ask Your Wedding DJ or Bandleader

EXCLUSIVE: Find Out Who Inspired Ashlee Simpson's Wedding Reception Look!

Ahslee Simpson Evan Ross Houghton Wedding Sketch

Photo: Courtesy of Houghton Bride

When Ashlee Simpson married Evan Ross last Sunday at the groom's family estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, the boho bride wore not one, but two custom looks from Houghton Bride.

Earlier this week, we caught a glimpse of Ashlee's two-piece, crop-top wedding look (complete with a high-low hemline and custom beaded pearl details!), seen in the sketch below, but the bride did a surprising quick change for her reception. Instead of slipping into another skirt or dress, Ashlee opted for a pair of ivory sequin "Faye" wide-leg trousers and a matching "Nadja" crop top.

"Ashlee is the quintessential Houghton bride," the fashion house's designer Katharine Polk exclusively tells Brides. "The Houghton collection is inspired by Katharine Hepburn and Ashlee's reception look has elements of the icon's timeless yet modern style."

Evan also swapped his ceremony ensemble (a velvet tux) for a custom Houghton look: a suit, made of ivory silk and burnout velvet, which featured a tailored smoking jacket, cuffed harem trousers, an ivory silk georgette shirt with oversized cuffs, and a loose necktie. The pair's reception looks can be seen in the above sketch.

See More: See Photos from Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross's Engagement Party!

Ahslee Simpson Houghton Sketch Wedding-Dress

Photo: Courtesy of Houghton Bride

"This has been such a fun experience," the designer says of working with the newlyweds. "Ashlee and Evan are the epitome of a Houghton Couple. I love that they are involved with each other's look and I've been able to work so closely with them to make sure every look exudes their personal style."

We love that the newlyweds weren't afraid to push style boundaries — even on their wedding day!

Read more: EXCLUSIVE: Find Out Who Inspired Ashlee Simpson's Wedding Reception Look!

Newlywed Jessica Simpson Reveals She's Happier Than Ever

Jessica Simpson has had a whirlwind summer. Not only did she finally wed longtime fiancé Eric Johnson over July 4th in California, she was also a bridesmaid at sister Ashlee's bohemian blowout this past weekend. Amongst of all the recent milestones, she says she's happier than ever.

In a letter to Glamour, the new Mrs. Johnson dishes her secret to a successful relationship, overcoming her deepest insecurities, and learning to lean on her those closest to her.

Jessica opens up about Eric's undying support and love. "Eric has seen me at every size, and he loves me no matter what," she writes in the letter. "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," she continues.

As for her very public weight battles, Jessica says it's important to still indulge in the things you love — even when you're trying to fit into the wedding dress of your dreams: "I didn't want to deprive myself or give up the foods (and cocktails!) I love in order to feel beautiful on my wedding day," the Weight Watchers spokesperson writes. "I gave myself plenty of time to get my body where I wanted it to be, and I learned to make balanced choices during the process. The moment I put on my gown, I was proud that I had let myself celebrate along the way."

Last but not least, it's clear from both Jessica and Ashlee's wedding that family means everything. The pop-star-turned-fashion-designer's words about them, only reaffirmed our suspicians.

"My family has been by my side in every way imaginable — through the highest highs and the lowest lows. I believe that because I've nurtured and cherished these relationships, my marriage and the relationship I have with myself are strengthened daily."

Read more: Newlywed Jessica Simpson Reveals She's Happier Than Ever

5 Bridal Moments You Shouldn't Share on Social Media

Wedding Moments Not to Share on Social Media

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In an era of wedding hashtags and ceremony live tweeting, the line between sentimental and inappropriate social media posts can get a little gray. If you ever catch yourself wondering whether your upload crosses the line, consider these suggestions for five strictly offline bridal moments.

1. The Planning Frustrations
Whether it's gripes with the mother of the groom, annoyance with vendors, or budget resentment, every bride encounters a few hair-pulling moments when wedding planning. While we strongly suggest airing out these issues over a glass of wine with friends, your social media accounts are not the place to broadcast planning problems. Not only do these posts have the potential to hurt feelings, they're also, just, unflattering. Trust us.

2. The Dress Fittings
We know, you're in a wedding dress, you feel magical, your grandma's grinning and you're so happy your insides are probably filled with glitter. That said, do not post pictures of your wedding dress — or contenders — on social media ... in any form. You may think this is harsh but we've heard far too many horror stories of "private posts" being shared beyond their intent and the last thing you want to do is deflate your big entrance with a poorly-lit smartphone photo.

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3. The Registry Details
Just because you're really, really excited about that china you registered for at Bloomingdale's does not mean you should Instagram it. Err on the side of discretion and keep any mentions of your registry off social media. If someone happens to ask you a question about your registry online, kindly direct them to your wedding website (where you can divulge all the registry details you'd like) or contact them privately.

4. The Bathroom
You know that photo of all the bridesmaids holding up the bride's dress as she pees? It's been done ... and it never looks graceful. Ditch the cliché and find your own quirky moments to capture. Preferably ones that don't include toilets.

5. The Wedding Night
Once you and your groom exit the reception, turn all social media off and enjoy your private time, um, privately, for everyone's sake. We know, you're excited to share your newlywed bliss, but save the selfies for the honeymoon, lovebirds.

Read more: 5 Bridal Moments You Shouldn't Share on Social Media

Coincidence? Angelina Jolie's Ex Just Got Married

Angelina Jolie at the 2014 Oscars

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With so much celebrity wedding news making headlines over Labor Day Weekend, it was easy to miss this interesting turn of events: Newlywed Angelina Jolie's ex-girlfriend, actress and model Jenny Shimizu, also got married!

Though her official wedding date has yet to be confirmed, photos of Shimizu and her bride, socialite Michelle Harper, were released on Wednesday according to Us Weekly. The couple tied the knot in New York, wearing amazingly dramatic outfits, with Harper in a voluminous white wedding dress (and a one-of-a-kind bobbed haircut) and Shimizu in a formal black suit.

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Shimizu met her future wife in 2012, and recently recounted the story to The New York Times. "I didn't believe it myself until I saw it. It's like so many things about her. There are these misconceptions and generalizations that don't fit this person who is full of spirit and down-to-earthiness."

Her initial feelings of love match how Jolie once described feeling the first time she laid eyes on Shimizu. "I would probably have married Jenny Shimizu if I hadn't married my husband," she told Girlfriends magazine in 1997. "I fell in love with her the first second I saw her."

Jolie and Shimizu met on the set of their 1996 film Foxfire. At the time, the now Mrs. Pitt was married to her first husband, Jonny Lee Miller. She's been open about her surprising relationship with a woman, but since then she's now very publicly settled-down with a man.

"[I was] surprised when I suddenly found myself having these feelings I always had for men, but for a woman," Jolie told Barbara Walters in a 20/20 interview years after her relationship with Shimizu ended. "And wanting to kiss her and wanting to touch her."

They'll always have their relationship — and, potentially, identical wedding dates!

Read more: Coincidence? Angelina Jolie's Ex Just Got Married

This Couple Returned to the Site of the Proposal for a Rustic-Elegant Wedding

Though Jeff Nolan and Dana Cohen were the same year at Vanderbilt, lived in neighboring sorority and fraternity houses, took classes together, and had a number of friends in common, the pair didn't meet until after they'd graduated and both moved to Atlanta. "My cousin started talking to Jeff at a bat mitzvah they were both at," says Dana. "He found me on Facebook, and we finally met a few months later (after going to the same Halloween party a few weeks earlier and totally missing each other!)."

Four and a half years later, in May of 2013, Jeff pulled of a proposal that Dana did not see coming. A full year in advance, he asked for her father's permission to propose. Then, that fateful weekend, Jeff and Dana headed to Hilton Head, South Carolina, to see his family. They headed to the beach for a picnic, and Jeff got down on one knee as the sun set. After she said yes, he and Dana headed back into the house to call her family — and were greeted by a welcoming committee that included both of their families and their group of friends from Atlanta! "I dropped everything I was holding and burst into tears," says Dana.

Less than a year later, on April 26th, 2014, the couple returned to Hilton Head (with 350 guest!) for their wedding at the Westin Hilton Head Island, photographed by Shawna Herring Photography.

Though Dana walked into the bridal salon with a vision of an all-lace beige dress with a fitted silhouette, the gown she chose was the complete opposite: an a-line Romona Keveza design with a lace-edged skirt. She kept her jewelry in the family. "I borrowed the diamonds from my aunt," says Dana. "My cousin, sister, and I all wore the same jewelry on our wedding days!"

Jeff wore a classic black tuxedo with the same light blue Vineyard Vines tie as the groomsmen.

Jeff's boutonniere featured a white ranunculus and a rose, tied with satin ribbon.

"I gave my florist free rein," says Dana. "The flowers were gorgeous!" She carried a bouquet of white stock, ranunculus, hydrangeas, and roses, perfect for the seaside wedding.

Dana and Jeff's chuppah, built out of driftwood, was decorated with branches and white blooms. The couple had a traditional Jewish ceremony, and recessed to "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles.

Escort cards were displayed on a wall of moss. "We wanted to add an organic feel," says the bride. The room was decorated in shades of white, ivory, and gold, casting a soft glow over the room. Centerpieces featured soft white flowers in a mix of tall and low arrangements.

After a dinner of local red snapper, guests were treated to the couple's carrot and pound cake wedding cake, as well as a cookie cake and roast-your-own s'mores. "The after party was a blast," says Dana.

After two weeks in Greece and Turkey, the couple returned to Atlanta. "It feels the same as before," says Dana, "which is a good thing!"

Her advice to engaged couples is to take a moment to take everything in. "We took a moment at the top of the terrace to look down and see everyone who was there," she says. "I'm glad we did it—it goes by way too fast!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Westin Hilton Head Island || Wedding Planner: Spencer Special Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza || Hair: Todd Lowery of Salon Ravinia || Makeup: Wendy of Trish McEvoy in Atlanta || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Bridesmaids' Hair & Makeup: All About Me || Groom's Attire: Trussini || Groom & Groomsmen's Accessories: Vineyard Vines || Florist: A Floral Affair || Invitations & Paper Goods: Jenny's Paper Ink || Save the Dates: Message In A Bottle || Music: ceremony - Alyssa Jae, reception - The Heather Hayes Experience, after party - JLK Events || Catering: Westin Hilton Head Island || Cake: Minette Rushing Custom Cakes || Videography: Hart to Heart Media || Photography: Shawna Herring Photography

Read more: This Couple Returned to the Site of the Proposal for a Rustic-Elegant Wedding

Lessons in Love: Observations After 10 Years of Marriage

Sandy Malone Observations Advice After 10 Years of Marriage

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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. Along with being a pro-planner, Sandy has been happily married for 10 years to Bill Malone, who is also her business partner. In fact, today, marks the couple's 10th anniversary! In honor of their milestone, Sandy is looking back at the most important things she's learned about married life over the past decade — engaged couples should take note!

1. Marriage doesn't change you as a couple — it just makes you better. Where one of you is weak, the other is strong. Together you can become unbeatable. The expression "power couple" doesn't only apply to celebrities and politicians.

2. The annoying things your fiancé does before you get married, he or she will probably still be doing 10 years later as your husband or wife. I still put my shirts in the hamper inside out. Bill still forgets to turn off the alarm when he walks the dog in the morning.

3. Our teamwork gets better every year. Our silent eye signals and private language have expanded 10-fold and now he can understand me when I speak in pronouns.

4. We all age. Some more gracefully than others, but it's inevitable. Appreciating each other's growth and maturity makes getting older a beautiful thing. Learning to joke about it makes it tolerable.

5. Family doesn't go away, it grows. Now we have six grandchildren (from his previous marriage) and every one of them is a blessing.

6. Friends come and go. Your spouse is always there. No matter what. If one of you has to cut somebody loose, the other one holds the scissors to cut that cord.

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7. Your husband or wife will always take your side — even when you're wrong. That doesn't mean you don't have to listen to him or her later when you talk privately about the issue.

8. Your spouse's health will become more important to you than your own — which is why you both have to feel that way. You are each other's best and only advocate when the chips are down.

9. Respect grows over the years in a successful marriage. You brag more about your spouse's successes than your own, and you suffer his or her failures as if they were your own. When your husband or wife hurts, you hurt. When you grieve, you grieve together.

10. I fall more in love with my husband every single day of our lives. Every day he does something wonderful and amazing that I don't always take the time to appreciate with words. But I should.

Read more: Lessons in Love: Observations After 10 Years of Marriage

Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson Is Our New Cover Star!

Lindsay Ellingson Brides October November 2014 Cover

Photo: Matt Jones

Brides turns 80 years old this month! And to celebrate our milestone, just-married Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson is covering our October/November issue.

The Angel models two separate cover looks: a plunging V-neck Vera Wang gown slip dress and a short Angel Sanchez number with back cut-outs.

Inside our brand-new special issue, Lindsay (who has walked the catwalk for designers like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, and Valentino) rocks more wedding-ready looks including a chic white jumpsuit from Monique Lhuillier's Ready to Wed collection (below).

Lindsay Ellingson Brides Photoshoot

Photo: Matt Jones

In addition to sporting several bridal looks, Lindsay also gives readers an inside look at her own wedding dress (below). The newlywed shares never-before-seen photos from her intimate July wedding in South Carolina to longtime love Sean Clayton. "Sean and I locked eyes as I walked down the aisle," Lindsay tells Brides of her ceremony. "It felt like we were the only ones there."

Lindsay Ellingson Sean Clayton Wedding

Photo: Perry Vaile

Lindsay was every bit the blushing bride in a stunning V-neck Sophie Theallet sheath complemented with a classic chignon hairstyle, while her bridesmaids wore pale pink Joanna August dresses (below). On her custom wedding dress, Lindsay says: "It's so special to wear a gown no one else will have. Sophie knows how to make a woman feel beautiful."

Lindsay Ellingson Wedding and BridesmaidsLindsay Ellingson Wedding Dress Back

Photo: Perry Vaile

Along with dishing wedding-day details, Lindsay opens up about her husband, who is a medical sales rep. "I turned around and saw tall, dark, and handsome," she says of their initial meeting at an album-launch party for Jay Z and Kanye West in 2011. The next day, she ended up running into him in New York's Union Square, and from that moment she said, "I knew it was fate."

Yes, their romance is as amazing as it sounds. "Sean is everything I ever looked for," Lindsay adds. "I never thought I'd be so lucky."

For more on Lindsay's storybook romance and photos from her Southern wedding, be sure to pick up our October/November issue on newsstands Tuesday, September 9! And stay tuned for an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the Victoria's Secret Angel's wedding-dress fitting with fashion designer Sophie Theallet.

Read more: Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson Is Our New Cover Star!

The 50 Most Common Wedding Planning Mistakes, Revealed!

Wedding Planning Mistakes

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Planning a wedding is a lot more difficult than most brides think. After all, this is likely your first time planning such a large scale event, so juggling several different vendors, managing your budget and timeline, and keeping track of the pesky organizational details can be more difficult than you ever imagined. Not to mention you likely have other priorities (like jobs or family) that you can't put on hold to become a full-time wedding maven.

Even if you make a dozen Excel sheets, carefully craft your budget, and are diligent about those RSVPs, there are still countless other mistakes you might end up making. In an effort to help keep your planning on track and your sanity in check, we compiled an extensive list of the 50 most common mistakes brides make.

From the big questions you've most likely thought about (like whether or not you should get a wedding planner) to the seemingly insignificant ones that may never cross your mind (like how many people you should let offer a toast at the reception), we covered every single topic you need from engagement to the moment you say "I do."

So while you're spending hours on Pinterest, trying on your dream wedding dress, sniffing flowers, choosing invitations, sampling cake selections, scouting venues, and booking your honeymoon, you'll want to keep this list handy!

Click through to find out the 50 most common wedding planning mistakes brides-to-be make in the full slideshow!

Read more: The 50 Most Common Wedding Planning Mistakes, Revealed!

Find Out What Diana Ross Said About Son Evan Ross's Wedding to Ashlee Simpson

Diana Ross, Evan Ross, and Ashlee Simpson

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We must admit we're pretty impressed with Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross's wedding. After all, she wore an on-trend crop-top wedding dress by Houghton, used a horse-drawn carriage and dream catchers to create a bohemian-meets-vintage aesthetic, carried a gorgeous cascading bouquet with a ton of greenery, and outfitted each of her bridesmaids in unique white dresses and mismatched stunning sparkly headpieces.

And it turns out, Ashlee's brand-new mother-in-law, Diana Ross, gives the couple's wedding her stamp of approval too! In a recent interview with Us Weekly, the proud mom of Ashlee's hubby, Evan, could not stop gushing about the affair, which was held at her Greenwich, Connecticut estate this past Sunday.

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"The wedding went perfectly," the soulful songstress said of Sunday's 200-guest event. "We had a beautiful rainbow surrounding us, loving family and friends, great music, and great speeches from loving and caring friends, and joyful children dancing the night away."

"I thank everyone who supported us on the spectacular day and our neighbors who were kind enough to let us have fun. We had great friends that traveled from Norway, London, Switzerland, and from all over the world. Wishing Evan and Ashlee congratulations," she added. "I want only love, happiness, and joy for my son and his bride."

It's the newlywed couple that should be thanking her, though! The legendary music icon and former Supremes lead not only hosted the lovebird's big day, she also officiated the ceremony and sang her famed hit, "Endless Love," at the reception. Talk about an extra special day!

Read more: Find Out What Diana Ross Said About Son Evan Ross's Wedding to Ashlee Simpson

10 Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster Before Your Wedding

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Growing out your hair for your wedding? With all of you impatient brides in mind, we spoke to New York dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum, who set the record straight on what really works.

1. Drink green tea.
"It promotes the growth of hair follicles to boost hair production," Nussbaum says. Shoot for three cups a day.

2. Stay hydrated.
"Water regulates the circulatory system, which feeds the hair follicles, which stimulates hair growth," she says. Aim for the good old rule of eight glasses per day and try flavoring it with sliced fruit if you crave more flavor.

3. Indulge in scalp massages.
Twice per week, give yourself a gentle, 10-minute head massage when you're in the shower. "It increases blood flow and circulation to promote hair growth," Nussbaum says.

4. Deep condition your locks.
If life without heat tools and hair dye is simply out of the question, apply a deep-conditioning treatment once or twice a week in the shower or even overnight to repair the damage. Try Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask.

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5. Eat salmon a few times each week.
It contains a trifecta of healthy-hair helpers: Vitamin D and protein, which are key for strong, shiny hair, and omega-3 fatty acids, which keep your scalp healthy, Nussbaum says.

6. Don't over wash your hair.
Those with thick or curly hair can cleanse their hair a few times per week, while those with fine hair can wash it daily. "Shampooing too often with the wrong products can weaken the hair," says Nussbaum, who recommends choosing shampoos and conditioners that are free of sulfates, parabens, and sodium chloride. Her pick: Aviva Botanical HydraCreme Shampoo and Conditioner.

7. Be gentle with your brush.
Brushing pulls hair out of the follicles and weakens strands, so use it carefully — and sparingly. "Don't brush your hair until it's at least halfway dry, since hair follicles are more delicate when wet," Nussbaum says. "You really should only brush your hair to style it."

8. Ditch your signature topknot. (Sorry.)
Over time, wearing your hair in a tight bun or ponytail can weaken follicles, Nussbaum says. Use fabric hair ties and switch things up with softer styles like a low, loose braid.

See more: Instant Chignon Upgrades Inspired by the Red Carpet

9. Sleep on a satin pillowcase.
"Hair can break when strands get caught in the fibers of cotton pillowcases," she says. "Satin prevents this and retains your hair's moisture by not sapping the scalp's natural oils like cotton."

10. Don't stress over trims.
Getting rid of split ends will help reduce breakage and make hair look way healthier. That said, cutting off the ends doesn't affect the follicles in your scalp, which determines how fast and how much your hair grows, Nussbaum says. If you feel like you need something, ask your stylist for a "dusting" — a mini trim which takes off only the most damaged tippy-tips of your hair, leaving your length intact.

Read more: 10 Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Faster Before Your Wedding

No Passport Required: U.S. Honeymoons for Beach-Bum Couples

Beach Honeymoons in the US

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Most couple's dream of a relaxing, post-wedding retreat filled with lots of sun, sand, and great cocktails. Can you blame them? After the stress of wedding planning, you and your new husband deserve a luxe escape filled with endless white sands and clear water to romp around in. But a beach honeymoon doesn't have to break the bank, either! We found incredible U.S. beach retreats that you can reach without ever having to present your passport!

If you want major beach time, head to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Soft white sands? Check. Turquoise waters as far as the eye can see? Check. Potent cocktails made with local rum? Check, check, and check. This may be a U.S. territory (bring your dollar bills, y'all), but its spirit is Caribbean through and through.

Take your pick of three isles: St. Thomas, a cruise-ship hub with killer duty-free shopping; laid-back St. Croix, with a rum distillery dating back to 1760; and sleepy St. John, seen above, most of which is a national park. Explore its hiking trails and white-sand beaches from the 96-room Westin St. John (doubles from $299, Westin Resort St. John), which just underwent a facelift, or Caneel Bay (doubles from $459, Caneel Bay), the legendary romantic resort founded by Laurence Rockefeller, which just opened two new restaurants. Who says you need a passport to travel to paradise?

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If you want to island hop, try the Florida Keys.
Just 50 miles from Miami, many of these coral islands are linked by the 127-mile Overseas Highway, so you don't even need a boat to hit isles like Marathon and Islamorada — plus tons of islets you've never heard of along the way. (You might, however, want to charter a skipper to take full advantage of the area's killer fishing.)

Everyone eventually ends up on the southernmost outpost of Key West, a party spot with a quirky artist's soul and legendary sunsets. Do it up on bar-dotted Duval Street, then retreat to Casa Marina (doubles from $219, Casa Marina), a hushed resort with an 1,100-foot-long stand. The next day, if you overdid it on the mojitos, put on your sunglasses, toss a towel on your beach chaise, and let the staff ply you with popsicles and frozen cucumbers — great for depuffing partied-out eyes.

Want to add a little excitement to your beach honeymoon? Consider hitting the waves at one these surprising surf spots!

Seaside, Oregon: Pacific Northwest surfers go nuts for the breaks off this beach town, just two hours outside Portland. Cleanline Surf offers lessons every Saturday.

St. Joseph, Michigan: Who knew you could hand ten in the Great Lakes? The small summer swells are great for beginners. Let Third Coast Surf Shop show you the ropes.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Best known for charming towns and wild beaches, the Cape has gnarly waves too. Sugar Surf teaches you how to ride them like a pro.

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina : This is the place to surf in the South. Honeymoon here in summer and you can jump into a surf lesson at Surf Camp.

Cocoa Beach, Florida: The epi-center of Floridian surfing is also a sweet spot for honeymooners. Ron Jon Surf School will help you get your feet wet.

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Would You Ever Propose to Your Boyfriend?

Tips For Woman Proposing to Man

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Ready to put a ring on it, but he hasn't dropped to one knee yet? Who says you have to wait? Women are breaking down cultural taboos across all platforms — from where we work to what we're paid and how we can dress — so it should come as no surprise that more ladies are taking matters into their own hands by popping the big question to their boyfriends (um, remember Monica and Chandler?). So if you're pondering the path less proposed, consider these tips from Michele Velazquez, owner of The Heart Bandits, a company that helps men and women plan their proposals (She's helped two female clients successfully ask their men to marry them.)

1. Make sure you're doing it for the rights reasons. If you're madly in love and ready to take the next step — and feels he is, too — then by all means, move forward. "If you don't think he's ready to propose and you just take matters into your own hands, that's a bad reason," says Velazquez. "If he's not ready, he's not ready."

See More: Why Your Boyfriend Isn't Proposing

2. If your man is traditional or conventional, the idea of being on the receiving end of a proposal could be off-putting rather than romantic. "Some men really do value the traditional and would find it weird if the woman took on that role," says Velazquez. "So just make sure he is the type who can handle it first."

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3. Can you a handle a no? If not, popping the question may not be for you. "Just as a man has to be prepared for that, a woman should also be prepared for the fact that her man may say no," Velazquez reasons. "In this case, he may say no because he wants to be the one to ask."

4. If you do get a yes, don't reach for your phone. Instead, let him announce the big news. "He may need time to digest that you popped the question on him," Velazquez says. "Let him be the one to figure out how we wants to announce the big news."

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How Cute! Lance Bass Re-Proposed to His Fianc

Lance Bass Michael Turchin re-engaged

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Lance Bass is nothing if not a romantic. Case in point: The singer decided to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his proposal to fiancé Michael Turchin not by making dinner or giving a gift, but by proposing all over again — new engagement ring and all!

An ecstatic Turchin shared a photo of the brand-new ring on Instagram (above) with the caption, "Who gets proposed to a second time on the first anniversary of the first proposal?? This guy!!!"

See more: 36 Men's Wedding Bands He'll Love

The gold-and-black band is a nice complement to the David Yurman ring that Bass gave Turchin when he popped the question in New Orleans last September.

And with their romance as alive as ever, could it finally be time for them to tie the knot? "I literally called Michael last night and said, 'Babe, we have to plan something. I'm tired of telling everyone we haven't done anything yet!'" Bass told People of his long engagement in June. Turns out, the answer is "almost." A source recently confirmed to People that the couple now plans to marry in early 2015.

Whenever they do make it down the aisle, there will be no doubt that the former *NSYNC-er will be over the moon with joy. "He is going to be a great husband and the best thing is...he is going to be such a great dad," Bass said just after he announced their engagement. "I am a traditionalist, I'm from Mississippi...I called [his] parents to ask permission before I proposed yesterday...[and] I told my parents, and they're all really, really happy."

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Dear Dad: How Our Readers Involved Their Fathers in Their Weddings

So much is made about mothers of the engaged couple, but beyond writing checks, plus giving a speech and taking part in one dance, you'd think that dads take a back seat in the traditional wedding ceremony. But our Facebook readers shared stories proving that's not the case. Read some of the sweet ways real brides got their fathers involved in your nuptial celebrations.

"My father was my officiant (he's an Episcopal priest)! Also, he and my stepmom kept asking how they could help financially, so we asked them to plan the lunchtime reception. I gave them some special dietary requests and set 'em loose. My papa is an exceptional cook and my stepmom plans massive conventions for her job, so we knew the two of them would find something delicious, and they did. My friends still compliment the food, four years later." — Heather Y.

"A month before my wedding my dad was in a terrible quad accident, and I am just so glad he survived. He broke multiple bones and was unable to walk. On my wedding day, he was so determined to walk me down the aisle, he got up out if his wheelchair and grabbed his walker. He fought through the pain just so we could have that special moment." — Megan R.

"I put him to work on my invitations!" — Teresita S.

"My dad came up with the idea to do a flash mob for our father-daughter dance. It started out like a normal, slow father-daughter dance, then the music switched and a bunch of family and friends joined in for "Gangnam Style", followed by a conga line. It was a blast and the video is hilarious!" — Brianna W.

"My wedding is next year, but my stepfather will be walking me down the aisle. My father-in-law will be doing some emcee stuff, and I'll have a little photo of my dad on my bouquet so he can come down the aisle with me too, as he is only there in spirit." — Ebony M.

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"My parents decided to pay for the whole wedding, which was more than generous. My dad wanted there to be an open bar, and because of that, he wanted transportation to and from the hotel and reception site so no one had to drink and drive. He set the whole thing up. He helped us with favors, too. He home-brewed beer to give to our guests at the end of the night!" — Aubrey K.

"My dad was there when I picked out my wedding dress. I would look over at him every time I would try on a dress. And when I found the one, it was the expression on his face that sealed it." — Krystie C.

"He was our DJ!" — Emilia S.

Read more sweet stories on our Facebook page!

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

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Fashion Emergency! How to Solve (or Avoid) Wedding Dress Disasters

There is so much beauty in a wedding dress, but it, like everything else, can get a little dirty on the big day. Anything can go wrong with clothes — zippers stick, trains get stepped on, veils blow away, dresses get spotted and shrink mysteriously. Any of these fashion emergencies can seem like the end of the world, but fear not! You can easily avoid them or, at the very least, do some quick damage control if need be. We consulted some etiquette expert answers to wedding dress emergencies so you can shine on without a care in the world.

What should I do about a rip or tear in my dress?
Bring safety pins, needle, thread, tape, and glue in your wedding day emergency kit to the ceremony site for last-minute repairs. Hold the bridal bouquet in a position that hides a spot or tear if there's still a little damage showing, if possible.

I'm worried that a Tide to Go pen or something like that will seriously damage my wedding dress. How can I find out other ways to do emergency stain removal?
Ask your bridal salon in advance fro emergency cleaning tips. The consultant there should be able to give you suggestions for your particular fabric when you buy the gown. Also, if you have a wedding planner, this is their jam! Planners are used to spills and stains and should be well-versed in what to use to remove them, no matter the fabric.

Is there such a thing as "practicing" wearing a wedding dress? I'm not used to such a big skirt or train and I can totally see myself tripping over it or ripping it.
Absolutely! Try on your wedding clothes one week before the date and practice standing, rising, walking, and sitting in them. Most women aren't used to walking in a long dress or negotiating a train and veil, after all. Also, show your honor attendant how to arrange your train so that it doesn't get wrinkled as you stand at the altar, and so that your father or groom won't trip over it and rip it. Be sure she knows how to bustle your train, too, so you can maneuver at the reception.

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Princess Diana's Iconic Wedding Dress Has Found a New Home

Princess Diana Wedding Dress

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One very famous wedding dress is about to make its way back to two deserving young men! On September 15, Princess Diana's iconic white gown will be transferred to her sons, Prince William and Harry, in honor of the latter royal's 30th birthday.

According to the New York Daily News, Princess Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, has kept her David and Elizabeth Emanuel dress from her wedding to Prince Charles since her death in 1997. But, as stipulated in her will, the dress, along with other personal items from the former royal, was to be passed on to her sons when Harry turned 30. The two princes will also inherit their mother's diamond tiaras, family paintings, letters, home movies, and the original score and lyrics to the special version of "Candle in the Wind" that Elton John wrote in honor of the late princess.

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Diana's dress, an incredible silk-and-taffeta lace gown, was adorned with thousands of pearls and included a statement-making 25-foot train. But her wedding day wasn't the only time the public got a glimpse the dress: According to Today, the gown is displayed twice a year at the family's Althorp estate in Northampton, England as part of the exhibit, "Diana: A Celebration."

But now the famed ivory wedding dress will be returned to her two sons, who have famously cherished mementos of their mother since her untimely passing. Most recently, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mom's own sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring.

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4 Things Every Bride Can Learn from This Early Fall Rhode Island Wedding

In college, when a room opened up in her guy friends' off-campus house, Corie couldn't believe someone she didn't know was moving in. But she gave the new guy a chance and, after meeting Ryan the day he arrived, the two started dating almost immediately! Years later, on July 1, 2012, after a tour of Napa Valley's Chateau Montelena during a friend's wedding, Corie was feeding the vineyard's ducks when she turned around to find Ryan down on one knee. "Looking back," says Corie, "Ryan probably didn't love waiting on those ducks!"

For their October 12, 2013 wedding, the couple decided to head back to Rhode Island's Block Island, the beach town where Corie worked during college summers and where Ryan and his family have vacationed for years. "We love the water but we didn't want the traditional beach wedding," Corie says. "No shells or nets, please!" Rather than go all-out nautical, they decided on the red-roofed Spring House Hotel, with Victorian architecture and beautiful island views, and chose a navy and white palette to keep with their theme.

Check out Kitty Maer Photography's images from this preppy fall bash below.

Take advantage of your talents
As the Public Relations manager at Henri Bendel, Corie is no stranger to throwing over-the-top parties. So she enlisted Danielle Dziok, the venue's day-of coordinator, but tackled the majority of the wedding planning on her own, ordering monkey knots from Mystic Knotwork and working with Mimosa Digital to customize invitations, table numbers, and escort cards with navy stripes for a tasteful nautical look.

It's okay to be a control freak — even during the ceremony! The glass for the traditional Jewish breaking of the glass was supposed to be hidden in the flowerbed next to the chuppah, but when Corie got down the aisle, she panicked. "I looked behind the groomsmen, and it wasn't there!" she says. Luckily, the justice of the peace caught on and passed a message down the line of groomsmen, sending Corie's brother back inside to get the glass and save the day. The lesson: When you know something is wrong (even in the midst of your I do's), don't be afraid to speak up — but still keep your cool.

Work with your dress
While she loved her Rosa Clará fit-and-flare gown (the third dress she tried on!) from the start, this fashionista knew she had to make it her own. She worked with Jaehee Bridal Atelier to add a slight sweetheart neckline to the strapless dress and created a custom horsehair belt with Robrode lace. "The end result was very soft and romantic," she says.

Do double-duty with your DIY projects
Corie filled wooden trays with sand (fresh from Block Island, of course!) and used them to hold escort cards at the reception. After the striped cards were all taken up by guests, match books customized with couple's wedding date, names, and two Adirondack chairs were displayed inside the three vintage trays.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Spring House Hotel || Day-of Coordinator: Danielle Dziok of Spring House Hotel || Bride's Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara, from Jaehee Bridal Atelier || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Lynda Williams of Formal Hair Design || Makeup: Jennifer Hodge of Spectrum Makeup Artistry || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale, from Bella Bridesmaids || Groom's Attire: DKNY || Groomsmen's Attire: Michael Kors, J. Crew || Florist: La Bella Rose || Invitations & Paper Goods: Mimosa Digital || Favors: American Bridal || Photography: Kitty Maer Photography

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Brides-to-Be Will Love Pippa Middleton's Latest Look

Pippa Middleton Get the Look

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Her bridesmaid dress at the royal wedding in 2011 nearly garnered more attention than the Duchess's wedding dress itself, so it's safe to say Pippa Middleton knows a thing or two about bridal wear. In fact, Kate's sister looked wedding-ready at the British 2014 GQ Men of the Year Awards on Tuesday night in London in a dress straight off of BOSS's Fall 2014 runway. The shimmery pink palliate number is perfect for a pre-wedding event like your rehearsal dinner, or it could even work well for a big-day look. After all, the blush hue, high neck, and glistening exterior are all bridal-gown musts.

Want to look like a royal on your big day? Here's how to channel Pippa.

Pippa Middleton Get the Look - Jenny Packham

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Jenny Packham: Jenny Packham must be in the equation if we're talking about the Middleton's. One of Kate's favorite designers, this floor-length, beaded sheath is like the longer version of Pippa's blush ensemble. It features similarly shiny embellishments, a modest high-neck, and a cinched waistline.

Wedding dress by Jenny Packham

Pippa Middleton Get the Look - Mira Zwillinger

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Mira Zwillinger: Although it's short sleeve and only features a sparkly bodice, this Mira Zwillinger-twosome offers geometric sequins and beading like Pippa's, creating a modern-meets-elegant finished look.

"Anya" satin sheath wedding dress with a sheer beaded bodice, high neckline, and short sleeves, Mira Zwillinger

Pippa Middleton Get the Look - Pronovias

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Pronovias: Again, the bling on this Pronovias only belongs to the bodice, but it's similarly striped to Pippa's. Plus, how gorgeous is this take on the high-neckline and defined waistline?

"Yamel" sleeveless crepe sheath wedding dress with a beaded blouse bodice and bateau neckline, Pronovias

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

You'd never plan your wedding at work (cough, cough) — but your lunch break is a whole other story! For your #WeddingWednesday lunchtime, we rounded up gorgeous real weddings, pretty style details, and helpful tips from across the web. Our favorite recent wedding blogs have one of two things in common: a vintage-inspired theme or rustic wood details! From a speakeasy bash to a glorious elopement on the beach, take a peek at the best wedding blogs:

When you pick a 1920s-style theme, why not go all in with a speakeasy influence? This awesome real wedding does just that, with classic cocktails, authentic casino table games, and more. —POPSUGAR

When most people think "vintage wedding," The Great Gatsby probably comes to mind. It certainly did for Gloriana singer Tom Gossin and his bride Jaimie, who selected a Gatsby-tinged wedding with Prohibition-like details (think wooden bowties and bottles of Jameson). —Brides

Furs, jeweled headbands, and an outdoor ceremony in autumn are surefire ways to make any wedding feel extra special. The same-sex couple bridges the gap between rustic and vintage, inhabiting that lovely, romantic spot that's come to be one of our favorite styles of weddings. —100 Layer Cake

This barn wedding is heavy on country living — pigs, twine, and wildflowers are all welcome — and there's plenty of bold, colorful elements too. We love how the wooden barn creates a warm backdrop for the entire affair. —Ruffled

Elopements don't have to be quick dashes to city hall. This couple decided to downsize their 200-something-guest wedding and instead exchange vows in front of a handful of guests on the beach. With a wooden "smooch booth" and a dreamy waterfront table setup, the whole event looks like a romantic shipwreck. —Green Wedding Shoes

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3 Family Members Who Might Cause Trouble While Wedding Planning (and How to Deal with Them)

Dealing With Difficult Family During Wedding Planning

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Weddings can bring out the best — and the worst — in people. There are some people who simply mean to be helpful, but can be a little too helpful — and no, we're not talking about mothers of the bride or groom. Rather, there are three other family members who may be potentially troublesome.

His sister
Your man's sister can be your best ally — or your worst nightmare according to April Masini, relationship expert and columnist at AskApril.com. Like your mother-in-law, she's known your fiancé longer than you have and will always be a part of his life. "She's here to stay," says Masini, "and if she chooses to leverage her power, you will have a worthy challenge in front of you! My advice is to diffuse any problems you may have with her. If the fight is about details, let it go. Let her win. Keep the big picture in mind, that is, you're marrying the man of your dreams." Alisa Ruby Bash, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Beverly Hills suggests talking to your fiancé and asking him to intervene if he feels comfortable doing so.

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Your sister
Sometimes, no matter how much sisters love each other, they may feel competitive with one another despite their best efforts not to. If you feel that your sis may be envious of you, which is causing her to act out, be gentle. Bash advises: "Realize that this may be something that's triggering her insecurities and she just can't help herself. Try to be compassionate. In a quiet moment alone, ask her if anything's bothering her that she might want to talk about and allow her to express what she needs to."

Your (or His) Grandmother
Grandmothers get special dispensation: They've experienced a lot and earned a position of respect in the family. Always hear her out, smile, and say yes — then quietly do what is right for you and your fiancé. It may be worth it for the relationship to take her suggestion. If not, realize that it's just never going to be worth it to get into a confrontation with Granny. More than likely, she'll be so taken with the moment that she won't notice you didn't take her suggestion. If she hasn't forgotten, apologize politely and simply say, "We couldn't make it work out."

No matter who you are dealing with, remember that you will have to compromise some, says Bash. Look at each demand, she advises, then decide whether you can live with it or if it will ruin your day. Realize that it's ultimately about you and your husband-to-be — not everyone else.

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

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How Often Do Married Women Really Have Sex?

Married Women Sex Study

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"It's been at least two months since we've done the deed," a happily-married woman told us when asked the last time she and her husband had sex.

"Doing it once a week is a good week for us," another new Mrs. admitted. "In fact, I think I'm happy if we hit the twice-a-month mark."

While these findings may seem surprising (after all, aren't newlyweds supposed to be all over each other all the time?), research from The Kinsey Institute makes these ladies' sex lives downright normal. The study suggests that nearly half of married couples have sex just a few times per month. Almost 10 percent, according to the institute, have sex just once a month.

"Married women who say they are totally fine with sex once a week or twice a month aren't that unusual," admits Los Angeles-based psychologist Yvonne Thomas. Stress, feeling tired and dodging life's curveballs — think an unplanned expense or untimely illness — all get in the way of a couple's desire to get it on. "Complacency and taking each other for granted also frequently and unknowingly set in, making things feel too predictable and even boring," Thomas adds. "Sometimes it feels like the thrill, the challenge and the mystery are gone once a couple gets married."

If you find yourself unhappily in this situation (or don't want to end up once you tie the knot), here are four things you can try:

1. Engage all your senses.
Different things turn different people on, Thomas explains, so consider slipping on sexy lingerie, lighting candles and playing sensual music on your iPod simultaneously to stimulate multiple senses at once.

See More: 7 Happy-Marriage Secrets Every Newlywed Should Know

2. Pop in a romantic movie and watch it together.
"This can be a great prelude to making the couple want to personally engage in some romance and lust together after — or maybe even during! — the movie," Thomas says.

3. Institute a weekly date night.
It doesn't need to be expensive. The important thing is for you to spend quality, one-on-one time with one another, Thomas explains. Switch up the day of the week that you hold your dates to avoid it feeling too routine.

4. Give your spouse a compliment every day.
"This helps prevent mood-deflators like complacency and taking each other for granted," Thomas says. "When people feel more valued and connected to their significant others, they are more able to share their love with their spouse through sex."

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5 Wedding Dress Shopping Blunders to Avoid

If you're like us, you've probably spent one too many Friday nights watching TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress" marathons with a glass of wine and a fistful of tissues. Thousands of brides — approximately 17,000 a year, to get specific — strut through Kleinfeld's doors in search of their perfect dress, which is why when had a few questions about potential shopping pitfalls, we took them straight to Kleinfeld's Fashion Director Terry Hall. Here is his expert take on what not to do on your wedding dress journey.

1. Don't Shop Before You've Set the Date
"Whenever a bride comes in and she doesn't have the date and the venue, we really don't know where to begin because we don't know what the time frame is, and it really is all about the time frame," Hall says. "Many designers take four to even eight months to make a gown," he elaborates, so if you're not sure what timeline you're working with, consultants won't know what dresses to show you.

See More: 17 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Your Wedding Dress

2. Don't Bring Too Many People
"More people equals more opinions and most of the time you're not always going to agree so it's really important that the bride chooses only those whose opinions she really values," Hall suggests.

3. Don't Forget to Factor Alterations Into Your Budget
To keep expectations in check, be sure to set a budget that includes alteration costs. "Alterations can be several hundred dollars and if there are any changes that need to be made to the dress, those all have costs involved and really can significantly add to the budget," Hall explains.

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4. Don't Forsake Trendy Dresses
"Oftentimes I hear brides say, 'I love this dress, but I know it's kind of a hot trend right now so I think I should wear something a bit more classic because what am I going to say about this picture in 20 years?' What I say to that is: 'You're not getting married 20 years from now, you're getting married right now.' It's not about whether or not that dress is timeless or not, it's about that day, and that picture should be frozen in time," Hall notes.

5. Don't Get Camera Happy
"I understand brides want to take pictures of their dress, and a lot of times family members or friends can't make it to the appointment. But I always discourage them from taking photos, mainly because most of the photos today are taken with a cell phone and oftentimes the way the dress photographs, isn't the way it really looks in person. So the person that's receiving the photo on the other end is seeing something different than what the bride is seeing, and she may not get the answer that she wants. Also, I've seen emailed pictures of the dress accidentally be posted, or shared with people that weren't supposed to see it," Hall warns. "When it's absolutely necessary, I encourage them to either Facetime or Skype in real time, because you can actually speak to any of the differences, and those images aren't going to be saved."

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Snoop Dogg Crashed a Wedding in Chicago, and the Story Behind It Is Incredible

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Turns out, when you get married at Chicago's Hard Rock Hotel, you can expect some music royalty to show up. Newlyweds Joseph Scheller and Neesha Ghadiali learned that in the most exciting way during their wedding on Sunday when none other than rap icon Snoop Dogg, who was in town for the North Coast Music Festival, rolled up outside the iconic hotel in a limo.

Chris Seibel, a photographer for Allusion Photography who shot Scheller and Ghadiali's nuptials spotted the distinct-looking rapper, according to the photo studio's president, Sherry Hagerman.

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The groom's mother, Mary Rose Frank, told the photographer "she was Snoop's biggest fan," and the photographer convinced Snoop Dogg's entourage to make the introduction, Hagerman said. What happened next probably made the mother of the groom happier than her son actually getting married — Snoop Dogg made his way into the hotel and found the couple!

"They had a great conversation and a ton of laughs inside the bar," Hagerman told ABC News. "Snoop was a blast to be around."

By all accounts, Snoop himself had a blast, too. "He took his phone out of his pocket and was like, 'Hey dog, can you take a couple of photos for me?'" Seibel told NBC Chicago. The rapper later shared the snapshot, above, on his Twitter and Instagram accounts with the caption, "Jus got married."

And that's how Snoop became our favorite wedding crasher.

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What to Know About Wedding Guest Transportation

You may have your vintage wedding reception getaway car booked and ready to go, but have you thought about how your guests will get around? If your ceremony and reception are in two different locations, you should consider providing some sort of transportation to aid their comfort. Many couples also choose to give guests a way to get back to their hotel at the end of the reception, as well. If you're concerned about the logistics or how to fit this into your budget, fear not! We have some etiquette questions and answers to help you plan.

When is it absolutely necessary to provide transportation for guests?
Give serious consideration to providing transportation to guests if you're planning a destination wedding. They're already going to a great expense to attend your wedding, so don't give them the added burden of paying for a 20-dollar cab ride to the wedding site. Also, definitely think about offering transportation if you have a high percentage of out-of-towners or if the wedding is taking place in a city where parking is difficult to find or expensive, especially if the ceremony and reception are taking place in two different locations. Guests shouldn't have to worry about parking or hailing a cab twice.

I'm providing a bus for guests to get from my ceremony to reception. Is there an easy way to help them keep the energy up during the trip?
If you have a wedding playlist or just a list of tunes you love, give it to the driver! That'll get everyone into just the kind of celebratory mood you have in mind. To that end, think about some tunes to play in your car, as well.

My wedding budget is super tight and I really can't afford buses. Is there any other alternative?
If there's simply no way to work it into your budget, then ask your reception site to have taxis waiting at the end of the evening. It's much easier to convince a tipsy guest to take a taxi if it's already there. Arranging this may seem like another bothersome task, but it's thoughtful and guests will appreciate it. Guests should also be informed in advance that they'll have to get themselves from the ceremony to the reception, if they're in separate locations. Provide directions on one of the invitation inserts.

Read more: What to Know About Wedding Guest Transportation

What We're Pinning: Drop-Dead Gorgeous Wedding Dresses!

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We like to think of Pinterest as a virtual wedding dress store, but better. Not only can you browse through and pin your favorite gowns by silhouette, designer, or style, but you can get inspiration from places you may not have considered. Whether you stumble upon an unexpectedly exciting vintage wedding dress you love, or you spot a photo of a bride with your exact body type rocking your new dream dress, it's the best jumping-off point for the great bridal gown hunt.

As with every other wedding detail, we're constantly filling our "Wedding Dresses" Pinterest board with gowns hot off the runway, real brides' big-day looks, and ideas for finding your perfect dress. We found a few of our all-time favorite pins to help you narrow down your search. Read about them below and don't forget to follow us on Pinterest for more wedding ideas of all kinds!

There's nothing like seeing how a dress looks off the rack and on a bride. This Monique Lhuillier gown has a simple mermaid silhouette, but with the bride's chic jewelry and formal, chapel-length veil, it's a match made in Old Hollywood wedding heaven. It's proof that seeing a dress in an actual setting can help you view it in a whole new light!

Best wedding dress pictures on Pinterest Reem Acra

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

Bridal Fashion Week is so exciting because it gives a sneak peek at what's to come in the wedding world. Gowns like this ethereal Reem Acra are proof that dreamy, off-the-shoulder styles will be part of the next wave of bridal trends. If you're looking for a contemporary gown, then the runway shots like this one on Pinterest are just the ticket.

Best rehearsal dinner dresses

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If nothing else, Pinterest is perfect for tips and advice. That's why we love pinning images like this one, which are a gateway to finding the best dress for your big day and beyond. We pay attention to all aspects of the process (from the bridal shower to the rehearsal dinner), and you can too, by checking out the other cute dresses we have on our board.

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

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See Photos from Her Big Day: Ashlee Simpson's Wedding Dress, Revealed!

EXCLUSIVE: Ashlee Simpson looks lovely in lace for her wedding to Evan Ross http://t.co/N5t7nlkFDD pic.twitter.com/LqCP98pAST

— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) September 2, 2014

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross's wedding this past weekend was a full-fledged family affair. And while we know the details about who, what, when, and where, we've finally filled in a few more blanks.

Thanks to some recently leaked photos on E! News and Daily Mail, we have a better look at what exactly the bride wore. While we knew that Ashlee's dress boasted a bohemian flair, it also incorporated an of-the-moment trend: a crop top! The midriff-baring top featured a sheer, long-sleeve lace bodice and a white bralette underneath. She paired it with a full lace skirt (check it out above). A gold feathery tiara atop her tousled waves and glam sandals finished off her vintage-cool look.

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Each of the bridesmaids (which included sister Jessica Simpson's BFF CaCee Cobb and Evan's half-sister Tracee Ellis Ross) wore varying white gowns (some were lace, while others were silk) and unique headpieces. Ashlee's maid-of-honor, who not surprisingly was her sis Jessica, wore a plunging white V-neck dress.

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— Ashlee Simpson Fan (@AshSimpsonorg) September 2, 2014

The bouquets were made up of boho blooms with cascading greenery and a fresh mix of white flowers.

Groom Evan looked sauve in his velvet tux and a black fedora. His groomsmen — including Jessica's hubby Eric Johnson and CaCee's husband Donald Fiason — stuck to white jackets and shirts punctuated with black bowties. Evan's famed mother, Diana Ross, wore a shimmering green-and-purple gown for the joyous occasion, which she both officiated and performed at (you can see her look here).

From what we can see, it looks like Ashlee's vintage-inspired affair turned out to be extremely elegant.

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Wedding Favors Your Guests Won't Leave on the Table: 10 Sip-able Ideas

Sending guests home with something delicious to drink is a wedding favor everyone will appreciate. Plus, with so many creative beverage options out there, you'll have no problem choosing a drink that perfectly complements your wedding theme or season (perhaps something icy cold if you're marrying in the summertime, or a to-go cup filled with hot cocoa for a winter wedding). These 10 sip-able wedding favor ideas are delicious, easy, and very memorable.

Mini Flasks of Tea and Lemonade (& Vodka!) (above): Give guests a personalized glass flask filled with tea and lemonade (and vodka upon request!).

Champagne (in a can!): How festive are these mini cans of sparkling wine?

Limoncello: Up for a DIY project? Whip up some homemade limoncello and send guests home with a bottle — they'll remember your wedding when they're sipping it at home.

Homemade Moonshine: Bottle up some flavored hooch and display the labeled bottles near the reception exit for guests to grab as they depart from the reception.

Herbal Elixir: This Portland couple made batches of their homemade herbal elixir (ingredients included local botanicals, apples, black currants, maple, and orange peel) to give to friends and family.

Milk and Cookies: A carton of milk + a package of homemade cookies = the perfect take-home treat.

Home-Brewed Beer: This couple gave out bottles of home-brewed beer that the groom and his cousin crafted and bottled in their kitchen.

Bourbon: Mini bottles of brown-sugar bourbon with hand-calligraphed tags doubled as wedding favors and escort cards.

Vodka: This Texas couple passed out miniature bottles of locally made vodka paired with recipe cards of their favorite cocktails for their guests to enjoy at home.

Maker's Mark and Coke: Pass out miniature bottles of your favorite cocktail ingredients, like Coca-Cola and Maker's Mark (with a package of peanuts, of course), as a personalized wedding favor.

Read more: Wedding Favors Your Guests Won't Leave on the Table: 10 Sip-able Ideas

Go Inside Lauren Conrad's Ultra-Girly Bridal Shower

While a slew of celebrities were busy getting married this Labor Day weekend, Lauren Conrad was celebrating her bridal shower. And it was exactly what you'd expect the reality-star-turned-lifestyle-guru's bridal shower to look like: Pinterest-worthy, feminine and floral details.

According to E! News, the girly affair, which was held this past Sunday, was hosted at LC's house. Apparently, each attendee was asked to bring a personal recipe card to the bridal bash.

See more: Lauren Conrad Went to a Wedding This Weekend (and No, It Wasn't Hers)

Friends seemed to really enjoy the festivities, posting plenty of snaps onto Instagram. Managing Editor of LaurenConrad.com, Amy Norton, uploaded a photo of her and the bride-to-be in front of a wall adorned with oversized, three-dimensional tissue-paper flowers. "Best bridal shower for the best bride," Norton captioned the photo.

LC also captured a few dainty details from her sweet shindig. "Thank you to my amazing friends and family for the best shower ever! #tellmeyouloveme," she wrote alongside a photo of a gray napkin with rose-gold lettering that read "Almost Mrs. Tell."

Conrad also showed off her shower's china, gold engraved silverware with rose-patterned plates.

LaurenConrad.com posted the super-cute china as well, in addition to two bowls of cream-and-pink flowers and an orange cocktail with a heart-tipped straw. And from all of these pretty posts, it's clear Conrad's wedding hashtag is already set: #tellmeyouloveme.

We'll be keeping our eyes on that hashtag for further wedding details.

Read more: Go Inside Lauren Conrad's Ultra-Girly Bridal Shower

10 Things a Bride Should Never Do According to a Wedding Planner

Things Never to Do According to Wedding Planner

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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 breaks down the top 10 things she'd advise her clients never to do.

Wouldn't it be nice if all my brides and grooms took all of the advice that they pay me to give them and actually followed it? But they don't. That said, there are some things that I tell all of my clients not to do and it's always interesting to see who listens.

1. Don't invite more guests that you can actually afford to have accept your invitation.

2. Don't pad your invitation list to get more gifts — that's called a "gift grab" and is easily recognizable and frequently snarked about. Send announcements instead.

See More: 10 Things You Should Never Say to a Bride on Her Wedding Day

3. If you're using a wedding planner, don't start interviewing and hiring vendors on your own first. Most planners have preferred vendors they'll ask you to consider.

4. Don't designate your daughter, friend or anybody else as a "go between" for you and the planner because you are too busy.

5. Don't shop with abandon for your welcome bags, favors and décor whenever you see something you like. That stuff adds up fast — and often, it doesn't match the theme or décor you eventually choose.

6. Don't let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses. Give them guidance to ensure all of them look cohesive in photos: Choose a color in a certain designer's line of dresses and let them choose their own style. Give input about the neckline and length, too.

7. Don't give your wedding party gifts that they have to use or wear for your actual wedding. That's called "accessorizing" your wedding party, not thanking them.

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8. Don't skip registering for gifts. Some brides and grooms skip it in hopes of getting cash gifts — and nobody is fooled. It's extremely bad etiquette. If they wish to give you a money-based gift certificate, they will. If you don't want gifts at all, put something snappy like, "Your presence is present enough!" on your wedding website.

9. Don't invite the same wedding guests to more than one bridal shower, unless they're immediate family or wedding party. Again, it looks like a gift grab and your guests will feel overburdened.

10. Don't put off all the things your wedding planner told you to get done in the first three months of planning. It's easy to tell yourself you have a year to write your DJ playlist, choose your ceremony music and write your vows and then procrastinate. But when you're three months out from your wedding date and trying to keep up with thank-you notes, showers and bachelorette parties, and get ready for the actual big day, those things you were supposed to do six months before will come back to haunt you.

Read more: 10 Things a Bride Should Never Do According to a Wedding Planner

You'll Never Believe Who Helped Design Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress

Congratulations Angelina Jolie! You look sensational in my creation for your special day! Lots of love, DV pic.twitter.com/l0GafaxsAz

— Versace (@Versace) September 2, 2014

The more we hear about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's wedding, the more we fall in love with how they planned their family-oriented affair. The newlyweds sold their wedding photos to People and Hello! giving us and the world a close look at all of their details — and at Jolie's unbelievably unique, custom Versace wedding dress!

Her white silk-satin bridal gown perfectly accentuated her famous figure by featuring gathering at the bust. The A-line skirt and elongated train made for a classic silhouette that reportedly made Pitt gasp when he saw it. "Angelina has it all. Beauty, class and brains," Donatella Versace told Us Weekly of her A-list client. "I wish the best for her and her wonderful family."

Love: Angelina Jolie let her kids decorate her wedding dress http://t.co/UwqNCh6uQ7 pic.twitter.com/G1Ye4hdt1t

— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) September 2, 2014

As lovely as it was, the clean, simple design had a little something extra that put it way over the top. Luigi Massi, the master tailor at Atelier Versace, sewed dozens of designs from all six of her children's drawings into the dress and veil. The result was a fun, colorful addition to the crisp dress, and it delightfully embodied the maternal figure we've come to associate with Jolie.

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"Luigi is like family to me and I couldn't imagine anyone else making this dress," Jolie told People. "He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together."

That design element makes total sense, given her outward devotion toward her children and their close involvement in the wedding. Reportedly, Maddox, 10, and Pax, 8, (who also baked the wedding cake!) walked Jolie down the aisle while Zahara, 7, and Vivienne, 3, stood in as flower girls and Shiloh, 5, and Knox, 3, served as ring bearers. All of the Pitt-Jolie youngsters also chose looks that reflected their individual personalities. As a source told E! News, "The boys all wore tiny matching cream linen suits which were just like Brad's [tux] while the girls had each chosen a dress to match their own individual style and they had them specially made."

That, plus the the fact that she carried a locket that belonged to her mother, proves one thing — this may have been a wedding of two Hollywood superstars, but it couldn't have been more down to earth.

Read more: You'll Never Believe Who Helped Design Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress

A Quintessentially New York Wedding Beneath the 59th Street Bridge

Marietta McEvilly, 31, and James Cowan, 36, knew they had something special from the beginning. And it's a good thing, too, because right after the pair met in December of 2010, Marietta headed to Thailand—for two months! A year later, on the morning of New Year's Eve, Jim brought his sisters to the yoga class Marietta was teaching. "He managed to sneak our family in to the studio, then he proposed at the end of class," she says.

The bride grew up hoping she could get married at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral, and she and her fiancé were thrilled to be able to say "I do" there. For the reception, they headed east to Guastavino's, beneath the 59th Street Bridge. "It's everything we love about New York," says Marietta.

Keep reading to see the couple's elegant, old New York wedding on March 9th, 2013, photographed by Ashley Therese Photography.

The Big Apple lent itself perfectly to the couple's graphic invitations, featuring a photograph of the Chrysler Building.

Marietta chose her Pnina Tornai dress with tradition in mind. "I always imagined myself in a classic lace gown," she says, "and wanted a silhouette I could imagine my grandmothers wearing, but that I could also pass down to future generations." Her beaded lace gown with appliqued straps fit the bill perfectly.

Marietta paired her gown with metallic Jimmy Choo sandals and a sculptural bouquet combining white roses, ranunculus, and green and purple succulents. "It was slightly less traditional, but I was thrilled with it," she says.

The bride walked down the aisle hand-in-hand with her mother before wedding Jim during a full Catholic mass.

Instead of using numbers, each table at Jim and Marietta's reception was named after a New York landmark, like the Empire State Building or Grand Central Station

"We wanted the architecture of the venue to stand out," says Marietta, "so we kept the décor simple and used mostly greenery." Uplighting highlighted the arched ceiling, and strands of lights hung over the dance floor.

Centerpieces of leaves, vines, and orchids were simple enough to not distract from the incredible menu, featuring wild mushroom ravioli, filet of beef with roasted potatoes, and halibut with tomato and onion confit. Guests sipped on the signature Guastavini, a glass of champagne mixed with pomegranate juice.

The simple wedding cake featured layers of chocolate cake with salted caramel filling, all frosted in chocolate buttercream. A fondant outline of the New York skyline was wrapped around the middle tier.

After dancing 'til late to the Chris Michaels Band, the couple took a mini-moon to Niagara Falls. A few months later, they headed to South Africa for their honeymoon.

Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick's Cathedral || Reception Venue: Guastavino's || Day-of Coordinator: Marissa Mortimer of Lavish Occasions || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Pnina Tornai || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Tuula Pera || Makeup: Giggar Makeup Artistry || Wedding Bands: Razz Jewelers || Florist: Clarks House of Flowers || Invitations & Paper Goods: Bella Figura || Music: Chris Michaels Band || Catering: Guastavino's || Cake: Baked || Photography: Ashley Therese Photography

Read more: A Quintessentially New York Wedding Beneath the 59th Street Bridge

3 Bridesmaid Dress Rental Sites That Will Make Your Life a Lot Easier

Rent the Runway Bridesmaid Dress

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Choosing your wedding dress is tough enough, but finding a bridesmaid dress that every single one of your girls loves might be even harder. But luckily a few dress rental websites are making the choice for bridal-party wear very simple. They have an extensive selection in every silhouette and shade. Plus, the cost is significantly cheaper than purchasing the designer look outright. To help you find a rentable dress you and your girls will approve of, we rounded up a few of our favorite dress rental sites.

Rent the Runway
RTR really changed the game when it came to online dress rental and the site has expanded to include a robust bridal selection, including gowns for bridesmaids. The process is simple: The bride and bridal party search for their selection of dresses and make a decision on which they would like; the designs are booked for four or eight day rentals; you wear the dress and then return it in its pre-paid envelope — dry cleaning included. The brand also has a brick-and-mortar store in New York City and Las Vegas, so ladies can test drive dresses ahead of time.

See More: 10 Minutes with Bridal Designer Joanna August

Vow to be Chic
Vow to be Chic promises to make sure that the price of your bridesmaids dresses are affordable, with designs starting at just $50 from labels like Nicole Miller, Theia, Tadashi Shoji and Jill Jill Stuart. Once your ladies submit their measurements, the site will send along the most-loved dresses in two sizes to be tried on at home. The bridal party can then send back the dresses they don't want in the pre-paid packaging provided, and return the ones worn after the festivities are over. (Bonus for brides: The site just launched rentable little white dresses — perfect for your all of your pre-wedding parties!)

Weddington Way
Weddington Way has very cool social features, which allow brides to compare and share their experiences. First, the bride registers, then adds any gowns she likes to her list of favorites. Once she's gathered all of her picks, she can compare the designs side-by-side and then add the members of her bridal party to the site. The 'maids vote on their faves and the bride can add the highest-ranked dress to her girls' shopping carts. To try on the dresses before purchasing, bridesmaids can visit Weddington Way's brick-and-mortar store in the San Francisco Bay area or enroll in the site's "Try Before You Buy" program.

Read more: 3 Bridesmaid Dress Rental Sites That Will Make Your Life a Lot Easier

Your Weekly Wedding Horoscope: September 2, 2014

Wedding Horoscope

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As summer comes to a close, the pressure is really on to get things done, make key decisions and move fearlessly ahead with all your wedding plans. Luckily, astrologer Lisa Barretta, author of The Book of Transformation, gives us a sneak peek into the future; read on if you could use some guidance.

Aries (March 21 - April 19)
This week, finances may be getting a little out of hand and starting to overshadow the meaningfulness of the day. Don't be influenced by what others think you should or should not have at your wedding because it may cause you to go over budget big time. Put your Aries "will" into action, reclaim your power and get creative so that you stay within your means.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You may face some resistance from a family member if you attempt to squeeze out the truth as to why they have been a little removed. You instinctively know that they may be feeling a little melancholy as you begin the next phase of your life and soon your wedding photos will be joining the collection of framed childhood memories.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
You have successfully managed to coordinate all of the wedding-day essentials, and now it's time to move on to what you really like, which is organizing the entertainment. Jupiter transiting your third house of short trips entices you to club hop as you try to decide between a band, sultry singer or DJ for your reception. Whose rendition of the song "At Last" do you like best?

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
The planets Mars and Saturn are close together in your fifth house of fun and festivities. Your bachelorette party may get a little wild. Hot bartenders pouring shots of tequila could give way to impulsiveness. But don't worry; one glance at that rock on your finger will snap you back to reality fast and have you wanting to behave.

Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Venus is still in your sign, making this the perfect time to experiment with wedding day hairstyles and makeup. Be daring and try out that gold eye shadow. Will it be ethereal goddess or aristocratic elegance? Regal Leo gals have a knack for pulling off the most unique looks.

See More: 30 Amazing Ceremony Structures

Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
You may be busy with correspondences this week as you sort out everything from the guest list to the honeymoon. Your ruling planet, Mercury, is right at home in the sign of Virgo and helps to give you clarity, focus and discernment when it comes to making practical wedding day decisions.

Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Retrograde Uranus is still moving backwards in your seventh house of relationships so keep your cool this week if your partner seems a little cranky. He may not want to discuss flowers and the menu for the cocktail hour especially since football is back in season. Pick what you want and have him sign off on your choices during halftime.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Mars and Saturn cursing through your sign may make you feel that you are at a perpetual crossroads when it comes to the "who, what and where" of your wedding day. One minute an impulsive, quick ceremony in front of a Justice of the Peace seems like the way to go and the next minute the traditional planet, Saturn, wants all the bells and whistles of a wedding day event. Scorpios prefer to get right on to the honeymoon.

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
The week starts off with the Moon in your sign, which stimulates your intuition to pick up on any wedding drama. You had a feeling that there was a problem brewing between a couple of bridesmaids so suggest a girls' night out to settle any differences. After a few dirty martinis all is well. Cab anyone?

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
You may have to do some damage control since a few guests figured out that they were on your "B" list. Pluto transiting your sign has a way of dredging up a few uncomfortable situations. Use diplomacy to solve them and things will be alright.

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Crazy glitches are likely with Uranus moving backwards through your third house of communication and correspondences. Make sure you put the stamps on your invites before you put them in the mail. Double check all dress orders for you and your bridesmaids too, as you wouldn't want to order the wrong color and/or sizes.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
This week you're feeling a little over sensitive, and it won't take much to "flip your switch" and cause you to have a meltdown. Details concerning seating arrangements will leave you mentally exhausted. But don't fret; you'll feel much better as we move on toward the Full Moon next week.

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