What to Do When You Hate Wedding Planning

What to Do When You Hate Wedding Planning

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Let's be real: Wedding planning can be a pain. And for some brides with busy lives and an aversion to organization, that pain can quickly turn to stress and, yes, even hatred. "I've found that brides are very overwhelmed at the very beginning of the planning process," explains Melissa Samek, owner of Clementine Custom Events. "Because they haven't done this before, they don't know the first thing to do when planning a wedding."

So what's a problem-planning bride to do to get ready for "I do?" Focus on what you find fun. "For those brides who aren't into the planning process, I like to find out what part of the wedding they are most excited about—music, food, décor—and we'll start the planning there," says Samek. If you don't have a planner, start with your own list, topping your to-dos with the tasks you'll find most enjoyable. It's easier to get excited about any project when you're interesting in what you're doing.

Then, commit to wedding planning like you do date nights — regularly, but with specific days and times in mind. Brides who don't relish in the planning process should avoid binge planning sessions. "I like to ensure we take our time with the planning process so that it does not get to be overwhelming," Samek says. "Be sure to take a break from the wedding talk and do something fun with your future hubby or plan a girls' night out."

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And don't be afraid to delegate. Being in the company of bridesmaids can make assembling welcome bags and favor bags so much more fun. "Planning a wedding is too much for one person," Samek says. "Get close ones involved, and it will make the process more tolerable."

Still gritting your teeth when it comes to wedding planning? Then consider these two extra tips from Samek:

— Stay organized. "There are a lot of moving parts to a wedding and the more organized you are during the planning process, the less stressed you will be in the end," she says. "Keep things organized by vendor category and make checklists so you don't forget anything!"

— Don't sweat the small stuff. "It's perfectly normal to worry about every single detail of the wedding, but you have to remember what your wedding day is all about," Samek says. "Enjoy every minute of it and don't worry if something goes wrong — no one will know!"

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House of Mooshki Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

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In the market for a short wedding dress? Your day is about to get a whole lot sweeter! House of Mooshki just shared these amazing images from their Spring 2015 bridal collection, and to describe these gowns as “pretty” would be a serious understatement. We are head over heels in love with the lovely tea length Poppy gown, shown above and below. From the blush color to the full silhouette and lace accents, this gown is just perfection! Love it, love it, love it! *pause to regain composure*

Okay, let’s continue with the eye candy, shall we (psst, the full length gowns are incredible too!)?

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Photos courtesy of House of Mooshki. US brides, take note! This UK based label will be holding a trunk show in New York on October 14th-18th. For details, visit House of Mooshki.


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Orkalia Couture Fall 2014 Collection

orkalia fall 2014 couture long sleeve wedding dress

We got a sneak peek at Orkalia Fall 2014 couture collection and the verdict is in… it’s Gorgeous with a capital G! Orchid Ganji, creative director of the Dubai-based brand, revealed that the pieces in this collection were designed to reflect “a modern woman with a diverse outlook on fashion and life”, and can be adapted to suit both bridal and other formal occasions. 

One of our favorite looks is this fit and flare gown with illusion long sleeves, shown above and below. This dress features peek-a-boo sections framed with beads and crystals and the details are just divine!

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More Orkalia Couture gowns on the next page.



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Blumarine Wedding Dresses 2015

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Did someone say “I want more!” to our Blumarine post last week? You got your wish! Here’s more eye candy from the Blumarine’s 2015 bridal collection. This set features wedding dresses with soft watercolor effect (above), splendid lace overskirt (below) and more. Simply stunning!

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blumarine sposa 2015 drop waist ball gown bow accent

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Photos courtesy of Blumarine. For details, visit Blumarine.


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Blumarine Bridal 2015 Wedding Dresses

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It’s Friday o’clock at Wedding Inspirasi HQ, and amidst a lively discussion about Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress (last we read she had worn her mother’s frock on her nuptials to Brad Pitt in France earlier this week), we’d taken numerous pauses to ooh and aah at a particular collection.

The collection in question is Blumarine’s beautiful 2015 bridal collection. Chantilly lace,  macramé, rebrodé  lace adorn tulle and organza in shades of champagne and white. The looks are soft and feminine; the mood, light and romantic. Some of the pieces that stopped us in our tracks: a strapless gown with lace peplum bodice, above, and a sweet knee-length dress with 3//4 illusion sleeves, below.

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Photos courtesy of Blumarine. For details, visit Blumarine.


Read more: Blumarine Bridal 2015 Wedding Dresses

Francesca Miranda Fall 2014 Wedding Dresses

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Few things make us happier than seeing a pretty lace wedding dress. We’re feeling extra peppy today because we have images of these amazing creations by Francesca Miranda to share with you! How gorgeous is the Fall 2014 bridal collection? The gowns feature stunning laces and unique back detailing, each look being every bit as dreamy as the next. Simply breathtaking!

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francesca miranda bridal fall 2014 strapless wedding dress allure back

francesca miranda bridal fall 2014 camille sleeveless high neck wedding dress

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francesca miranda bridal fall 2014 clement strapless wedding dress

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francesca miranda bridal fall 2014 dominique strapless wedding dress

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francesca miranda bridal fall 2014 jolie strapless mermaid wedding dress

francesca miranda bridal fall 2014 jolie strapless mermaid wedding dress back view

francesca miranda bridal fall 2014 lauren sleeveless sheath wedding dress

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francesca miranda bridal fall 2014 madelaine strapless wedding dress

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francesca miranda bridal fall 2014 marcelle strapless wedding dress

francesca miranda bridal fall 2014 pauline strapless wedding dress

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francesca miranda bridal fall 2014 roxanne wedding dress illusion neckline

francesca miranda bridal fall 2014 roxanne wedding dress illusion neckline back view

Photos courtesy of Francesca Miranda. For details, visit Francesca Miranda.


Read more: Francesca Miranda Fall 2014 Wedding Dresses

Riki Dalal Wedding Dresses

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Riki Dalal’s latest bridal collection features unique laces and stunning silhouettes designed to make heads turn. Inspired by Provence, these gowns are romantic with a vintage touch, with handmade crocheted lace and pearl accents. In contrast to the sensual sophistication of the previous seasons, a lighter, playful aesthetic is introduced for this collection. This updated tone is reflected beautifully in a chic laser cut crop top + draped skirt ensemble (shown above and below). This look summarizes the carefree, bohemian spirit and feminine elegance of the collection perfectly.

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Photos courtesy of Riki Dalal. For worldwide boutique, trunk shows and other details, visit Riki Dalal.


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Rani Zakhem Fall 2014 Couture Collection

rani zakhem couture wedding dress fall winter 2014 2015

Rani Zakhem doesn’t shy away from experimenting with textures (see Rani Zakhem Spring 2014 bridal collection). For his Fall/Winter 2014-2015 couture collection, the designer presented a range of sophisticated looks that feature a multitude of beautiful textures, including sequins, feathers and handmade embroideries. The designs run the gamut, from light and airy gowns ornamented with delicate blossoms, to darker, glamorous pieces which feature heavier, metallic embellishments.

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rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 1 short dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 2 short dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 3 strapless gown

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 4 one shoulder long sleeve gown

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 6 one shoulder red lace dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 8 red long sleeve dress sheer skirt

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 9 strapless short wedding dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 9 strapless short wedding dress close up

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 10 short halter neck lace bodice dress black skirt

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 10 short halter neck lace bodice dress black skirt close up

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 11 strapless sheath dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 13 strapless gold flecked dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 15 strapless sheath dress black overlay

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 16 strapless copper gown

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 17 sleeveless halter neckline gown with slit keyhole

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 18 strapless red gown nude underlay slit

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 19 sleeveless red gown straps

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 20 high to low sleeveless raspberry dress plunging neckline

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 21 sleeveless gown with illusion neckline

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 23 sleeveless halter neck red black ball gown

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 24 sleeveless halter neck gold playsuit

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 24 sleeveless halter neck gold playsuit close up

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 25 sleeveless embellished gown with high neckline

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 26 sleeveless sheath dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 26 sleeveless sheath dress close up

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 27 sleeveless silver sequin dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 27 sleeveless silver sequin dress close up

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 28 sleeveless heavily embellished sheath dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 28 sleeveless heavily embellished sheath dress close up

Photos courtesy of Rani Zakhem. Rani Zakhem collections are available in select boutiques in the US, Europe and the Middle East. For details, visit Rani Zakhem.


Read more: Rani Zakhem Fall 2014 Couture Collection

Anne Barge Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

anne barge spring 2015 charmed strapless ball gown wedding dress tiered skirt

Vintage couture — two words that make our hearts sing. For the Spring 2015 season, Anne Barge puts a modern spin to vintage couture designs throughout history, and inevitably got us falling dizzily in love with her elegant blend of classic and contemporary styles.

A panoply of textures adorn each gown — bodices are decked with Alencon lace appliques, or heavily embellished with beads; skirts feature generous pleating or soft pick-ups.

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anne barge bridal spring 2015 cherish strapless wedding dress beaded bodice pickup skirt

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anne barge bridal spring 2015 divine fit and flare wedding dress beaded bodice

anne barge bridal spring 2015 divine fit and flare wedding dress beaded bodice close up

anne barge bridal spring 2015 devoted bateau neckline sleeveless wedding dress alencon lace

anne barge bridal spring 2015 enchanted strapless wedding dress pick up skirt

anne barge bridal spring 2015 mystique sleeveless ball gown wedding dress

anne barge bridal spring 2015 promis fit flare wedding dress godet skirt

anne barge bridal spring 2015 whisper draped tulle mermaid wedding dress off shoulder sleeves

anne barge spring 2015 adore strapless wedding dress

anne barge spring 2015 amour strapless wedding dress

anne barge spring 2015 bethrothed strapless alencon lace wedding dress

Photos courtesy of Anne Barge. For details, visit Anne Barge.


Read more: Anne Barge Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

BridalPulse + Cuisinart Awesome Summer Giveaway!

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Download the BridalPulse app and register for a chance to win ALL these Cuisinart products:
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Wait, what’s BridalPulse?

Okay, let’s back up a little bit for those of you who missed our feature last month. BridalPulse is a FREE app that allows you to discover the latest and most popular wedding trends. If you just got engaged this is the perfect app to start off with your wedding planning.

With BridalPulse you can read your favorite bridal blogger’s content (ahem, like Wedding Inspirasi) in a digital magazine on your iPhone. The content is organized into popular wedding categories such as “fashion” and “destinations” so it’s really easy to find new inspiration and share ideas with your friends.

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Summer Giveaway Sponsored by Cuisinart

If that’s not reason enough to download this app, like, right NOW, one lucky reader gets to win a package of 5 fabulous products sponsored by Cuisinart. To enter, you’ll need to download the BridalPulse app and register. These 5 products are great for use in the summer or as gifts but you’ll have to hurry… Giveaway ends on August 25th, and winner will be announced on September 2nd.

Go ahead, download the BridalPulse app and register to win! Happy planning and good luck!

Terms and conditions apply. See details in BridalPulse.


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Flora Bridal 2014 Wedding Dresses

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Today’s beautiful inspiration is courtesy of Flora Bridal. Flora Bridal’s designer Rinat Asher gets her inspiration from the Roaring 1920s. The 2014 collection is glamorous yet very feminine, with an emphasis on sophisticated designs in soft, flowing fabrics. Each gown also features unique beading and exquisite handmade embroidery and laces.

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flora bridal 2014 madeline sleeveless beaded bodice wedding dress

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flora bridal 2014 sleeveless sheath wedding dress isabelle

flora bridal 2014 strapless sequin sheath wedding dress jane

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flora bridal 2014 vivian beaded fringe wedding dress with straps

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More Flora Bridal gowns on the next page.



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Rani Zakhem Fall 2014 Couture Collection

rani zakhem couture wedding dress fall winter 2014 2015

Rani Zakhem doesn’t shy away from experimenting with textures (see Rani Zakhem Spring 2014 bridal collection). For his Fall/Winter 2014-2015 couture collection, the designer presented a range of sophisticated looks that feature a multitude of beautiful textures, including sequins, feathers and handmade embroideries. The designs run the gamut, from light and airy gowns ornamented with delicate blossoms, to darker, glamorous pieces which feature heavier, metallic embellishments.

rani zakhem couture wedding dress fall winter 2014 2015 close up

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 1 short dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 2 short dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 3 strapless gown

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 4 one shoulder long sleeve gown

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 6 one shoulder red lace dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 8 red long sleeve dress sheer skirt

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 9 strapless short wedding dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 9 strapless short wedding dress close up

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 10 short halter neck lace bodice dress black skirt

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 10 short halter neck lace bodice dress black skirt close up

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 11 strapless sheath dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 13 strapless gold flecked dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 15 strapless sheath dress black overlay

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 16 strapless copper gown

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 17 sleeveless halter neckline gown with slit keyhole

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 18 strapless red gown nude underlay slit

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 19 sleeveless red gown straps

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 20 high to low sleeveless raspberry dress plunging neckline

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 21 sleeveless gown with illusion neckline

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 23 sleeveless halter neck red black ball gown

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 24 sleeveless halter neck gold playsuit

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 24 sleeveless halter neck gold playsuit close up

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 25 sleeveless embellished gown with high neckline

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 26 sleeveless sheath dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 26 sleeveless sheath dress close up

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 27 sleeveless silver sequin dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 27 sleeveless silver sequin dress close up

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 28 sleeveless heavily embellished sheath dress

rani zakhem couture fall 2014 look 28 sleeveless heavily embellished sheath dress close up

Photos courtesy of Rani Zakhem. Rani Zakhem collections are available in select boutiques in the US, Europe and the Middle East. For details, visit Rani Zakhem.


Read more: Rani Zakhem Fall 2014 Couture Collection

Anne Barge Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

anne barge spring 2015 charmed strapless ball gown wedding dress tiered skirt

Vintage couture — two words that make our hearts sing. For the Spring 2015 season, Anne Barge puts a modern spin to vintage couture designs throughout history, and inevitably got us falling dizzily in love with her elegant blend of classic and contemporary styles.

A panoply of textures adorn each gown — bodices are decked with Alencon lace appliques, or heavily embellished with beads; skirts feature generous pleating or soft pick-ups.

anne barge spring 2015 charmed strapless ball gown wedding dress tiered skirt close up

anne barge bridal spring 2015 star bateau neckline sleeveless ball gown wedding dress beaded bodice

anne barge bridal spring 2015 star bateau neckline sleeveless ball gown wedding dress beaded bodice close up

anne barge bridal spring 2015 cherish strapless wedding dress beaded bodice pickup skirt

anne barge bridal spring 2015 cherish strapless wedding dress beaded bodice pickup skirt close up

anne barge bridal spring 2015 divine fit and flare wedding dress beaded bodice

anne barge bridal spring 2015 divine fit and flare wedding dress beaded bodice close up

anne barge bridal spring 2015 devoted bateau neckline sleeveless wedding dress alencon lace

anne barge bridal spring 2015 enchanted strapless wedding dress pick up skirt

anne barge bridal spring 2015 mystique sleeveless ball gown wedding dress

anne barge bridal spring 2015 promis fit flare wedding dress godet skirt

anne barge bridal spring 2015 whisper draped tulle mermaid wedding dress off shoulder sleeves

anne barge spring 2015 adore strapless wedding dress

anne barge spring 2015 amour strapless wedding dress

anne barge spring 2015 bethrothed strapless alencon lace wedding dress

Photos courtesy of Anne Barge. For details, visit Anne Barge.


Read more: Anne Barge Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

BridalPulse + Cuisinart Awesome Summer Giveaway!

Cuisinart Giveaway blender griddle waffle ice cream beverge maker

Download the BridalPulse app and register for a chance to win ALL these Cuisinart products:
Belgian Waffle Maker | Griddler | Sparkling Beverage Maker | Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker | Blender & Food Processor

Wait, what’s BridalPulse?

Okay, let’s back up a little bit for those of you who missed our feature last month. BridalPulse is a FREE app that allows you to discover the latest and most popular wedding trends. If you just got engaged this is the perfect app to start off with your wedding planning.

With BridalPulse you can read your favorite bridal blogger’s content (ahem, like Wedding Inspirasi) in a digital magazine on your iPhone. The content is organized into popular wedding categories such as “fashion” and “destinations” so it’s really easy to find new inspiration and share ideas with your friends.

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Summer Giveaway Sponsored by Cuisinart

If that’s not reason enough to download this app, like, right NOW, one lucky reader gets to win a package of 5 fabulous products sponsored by Cuisinart. To enter, you’ll need to download the BridalPulse app and register. These 5 products are great for use in the summer or as gifts but you’ll have to hurry… Giveaway ends on August 25th, and winner will be announced on September 2nd.

Go ahead, download the BridalPulse app and register to win! Happy planning and good luck!

Terms and conditions apply. See details in BridalPulse.


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Flora Bridal 2014 Wedding Dresses

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Today’s beautiful inspiration is courtesy of Flora Bridal. Flora Bridal’s designer Rinat Asher gets her inspiration from the Roaring 1920s. The 2014 collection is glamorous yet very feminine, with an emphasis on sophisticated designs in soft, flowing fabrics. Each gown also features unique beading and exquisite handmade embroidery and laces.

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House of Mooshki Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

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In the market for a short wedding dress? Your day is about to get a whole lot sweeter! House of Mooshki just shared these amazing images from their Spring 2015 bridal collection, and to describe these gowns as “pretty” would be a serious understatement. We are head over heels in love with the lovely tea length Poppy gown, shown above and below. From the blush color to the full silhouette and lace accents, this gown is just perfection! Love it, love it, love it! *pause to regain composure*

Okay, let’s continue with the eye candy, shall we (psst, the full length gowns are incredible too!)?

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Photos courtesy of House of Mooshki. US brides, take note! This UK based label will be holding a trunk show in New York on October 14th-18th. For details, visit House of Mooshki.


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Orkalia Couture Fall 2014 Collection

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We got a sneak peek at Orkalia Fall 2014 couture collection and the verdict is in… it’s Gorgeous with a capital G! Orchid Ganji, creative director of the Dubai-based brand, revealed that the pieces in this collection were designed to reflect “a modern woman with a diverse outlook on fashion and life”, and can be adapted to suit both bridal and other formal occasions. 

One of our favorite looks is this fit and flare gown with illusion long sleeves, shown above and below. This dress features peek-a-boo sections framed with beads and crystals and the details are just divine!

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Blumarine Wedding Dresses 2015

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Did someone say “I want more!” to our Blumarine post last week? You got your wish! Here’s more eye candy from the Blumarine’s 2015 bridal collection. This set features wedding dresses with soft watercolor effect (above), splendid lace overskirt (below) and more. Simply stunning!

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Blumarine Bridal 2015 Wedding Dresses

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It’s Friday o’clock at Wedding Inspirasi HQ, and amidst a lively discussion about Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress (last we read she had worn her mother’s frock on her nuptials to Brad Pitt in France earlier this week), we’d taken numerous pauses to ooh and aah at a particular collection.

The collection in question is Blumarine’s beautiful 2015 bridal collection. Chantilly lace,  macramé, rebrodé  lace adorn tulle and organza in shades of champagne and white. The looks are soft and feminine; the mood, light and romantic. Some of the pieces that stopped us in our tracks: a strapless gown with lace peplum bodice, above, and a sweet knee-length dress with 3//4 illusion sleeves, below.

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Francesca Miranda Fall 2014 Wedding Dresses

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Few things make us happier than seeing a pretty lace wedding dress. We’re feeling extra peppy today because we have images of these amazing creations by Francesca Miranda to share with you! How gorgeous is the Fall 2014 bridal collection? The gowns feature stunning laces and unique back detailing, each look being every bit as dreamy as the next. Simply breathtaking!

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Photos courtesy of Francesca Miranda. For details, visit Francesca Miranda.


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Riki Dalal Wedding Dresses

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Riki Dalal’s latest bridal collection features unique laces and stunning silhouettes designed to make heads turn. Inspired by Provence, these gowns are romantic with a vintage touch, with handmade crocheted lace and pearl accents. In contrast to the sensual sophistication of the previous seasons, a lighter, playful aesthetic is introduced for this collection. This updated tone is reflected beautifully in a chic laser cut crop top + draped skirt ensemble (shown above and below). This look summarizes the carefree, bohemian spirit and feminine elegance of the collection perfectly.

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Photos courtesy of Riki Dalal. For worldwide boutique, trunk shows and other details, visit Riki Dalal.


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WATCH: A Flash Mob Surprises Newlyweds with an Incredible Rendition of Rent's "Seasons Of Love"

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When Conor and Claire Flynn sat down for their wedding reception at Ferrycarrig Hotel in Wexford, Ireland, they probably assumed their wedding party and family would start the celebration with a round of toasts. But 18 of their incredibly thoughtful guests shocked the newlyweds with a very special gift the newlyweds never expected.

In full flash mob style, wedding guests from around the room, including the groom's two brothers, stood up to serenade the happy newlyweds with their own rendition of "Seasons Of Love" from the hit Broadway musical Rent.

In the video posted to YouTube, the guests show they have some serious vocal chops. Aside from hitting incredibly hard high-notes, their timing, passion, and choreographed moves make this touching tribute even more special. According to the Gorey Guardian, an Irish publication, Conor's twin brother Michael, the best man, planned the impressive feat.

Organizing a flash mob of this caliber would be understandably difficult under even the best of circumstances, but the publication reports that, because guests were traveling from across Ireland, there was not a single rehearsal in advance. "No one else knew it was happening," Michael said. "Claire and Conor certainly did not have a clue."

To pull off the performance, Michael enlisted his and Conor's older brother, Dave, to hit the high notes for the male solo, while Jane Kent, performed the main female role. Other guests were asked to practice the song on their own, and were prepared to join in on their cue.

See More: Watch This Groom Surprise His Bride with a Special One Direction Dance!

Towards the end of the video, the camera finally pans around to the happy couple, where they appear completely awestruck and are smiling from ear to ear.

We can hardly believe that this incredibly talented group of guests performed such a challenging song with so little practice, but hats off for a job very well done!

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Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg Are Officially Hitched! Find Out Why Mark Wahlberg Missed the Wedding

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It seems like only yesterday Jenny McCarthy was helping people find love on MTV's Singled Out, and Donnie Wahlberg was singing about it with New Kids on the Block — and now they've found love in each other! The happy couple got married at Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois on Sunday according to Us Weekly, which is right outside of McCarthy's hometown of Chicago.

The couple clearly couldn't wait to make it official, as Wahlberg proposed only four months ago in April with a sparkling yellow sapphire engagement ring.

McCarthy walked down the aisle wearing a strapless, trumpet gown, which she bought from the bridal salon in Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. The second-time bride completed her wedding-day look with a long veil, romantic waves and a deep red bouquet.

The small, intimate ceremony lasted only 20 minutes and famous guests like Sherri Shepherd and fellow NKOTB members Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight were in attendance.

Wahlberg's brother and Wahlburgers co-star Paul Wahlberg was also on hand, though Mark Wahlberg was not. After rumors swirled the actor missed his brother's wedding because he's not a fan of the bride, Mark posted a heartfelt video on Instagram of his entire family congratulating the newlyweds and explaining the real reasoning for his absence: It was the same day as his daughter Ella's 11th birthday! (Watch the video below.) Mark also took to Twitter to express the sweet sentiment.

Congrats to the happy couple!

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11 Things You Must Do After He Pops the Question!

It's no secret that holiday weekends — particularly summer holiday weekends — are popular times for your guy proposes. With Labor Day weekend well underway, we have a sneaking suspicion some of your guys got down on one knee (or are planning to!) with a gorgeous sparkler. So, in an effort to start your engagement off on the right foot, we created an all-encompassing list of the 11 things you absolutely must do after getting engaged.

From the fun details (like DIYing that perfect, engagement ring-highlighting manicure) to the nitty-gritty (figuring out your wedding budget), we're breaking down all of your must-dos. Though some of the details might seem obvious — we hope you knew to call your closest friends and family before updating your Facebook status! — the excitement of that one moment can understandably leave you in a blur.

Once you've notified your friends and family, you'll likely be in uncharted territory. Did you know to get your engagement ring insured as soon as possible? Trust us, this is one task you don't want to put off. Then it comes time for the planning details. Change that hidden Pinterest board to public and sit down with your future hubby to compare your dream wedding details and start nailing down the logistics, like venue and vendors.

But before you get that far, do yourself a favor and follow our fourth tip very closely: Enjoy the moment! Take some well-deserved time to savor this romantic time before you really dive into planning.

Click through to see our entire guide for what to do after getting engaged!

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Ashlee Simpson &amp Evan Ross Are Married!

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross

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It's a big weekend in celebrity weddings! After Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade married on Saturday, Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross followed in their footsteps by tying the knot on Sunday.

The songstress and The Hunger Games actor were wed at the Greenwich, Connecticut estate of Ross's iconic mother, Diana Ross, as confirmed by People. The legendary singer also serenaded the guests at the ceremony.

Friends and family shared the special moment with the couple including Simpson's son, Bronx, who led her down the aisle, and her older sister, Jessica Simpson, who was her matron of honor. Jessica's children also had important roles in the wedding as her two year-old daughter Maxwell served as the flower girl, while her 14 month-old son Ace was the ceremony's ring bearer. The night's emcee was Ross's older sister, Tracee Ellis Ross, and the bridesmaids' looks were anchored with shoes from Jessica Simpson's eponymous collection.

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

The bride wore a long-sleeve wedding dress with pearl embellishments, plus $750,000 worth of Neil Lane jewelry including rubies, diamonds and a tiara. (This continued her love for the famed designer as he created her engagement ring.) Loose waves completed the bride's ensemble. The groom opted for a black velvet tuxedo with white silk trim. The couple injected their signature boho style into the décor with a mix-and-match palette and dream catchers.

Simpson and Ross announced their engagement on Twitter back in January after almost a year of dating. Of the unforgettable moment, Ross tweeted, "The love of my life said YES!!!!!!", while Simpson posted, "My baby love and I are ENGAGED!!! Hallelujah Hawaii!!!"

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10 Genius Wedding Ideas That Don't Cost a Penny

Personal touches are everything when it come to your wedding day. Whether your groom spends days curating that perfect reception playlist featuring every single one of your favorite songs or you mix up a signature cocktail that is as delicious as it is meaningful, the smallest details can make the biggest difference.

But often times, even the littlest elements can be pretty expensive — especially in the world of weddings. To help you turn up the personality and turn down the price tag, we asked some of our favorite florists, planners and bloggers to share unique and creative wedding ideas that are free — yes, free!

With wedding freebies like printable drink straws, escort cards from the paint store, and wildflower confetti, it's totally possible to save cash without sacrificing style. To see all the creative ideas from our favorite wedding pros, check out our complete slideshow in the link below.

Click here to read our entire list of 10 genius wedding ideas that don't cost a penny!

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Pretty in Pink! Our Favorite Pink Wedding Bouquets

Pretty pink hues — everything from blush to bold magenta — are perennially popular picks when it comes to wedding colors. While the paler shades, like blush and petal pink, may seem like the most obvious pinks thanks to their neutral yet pretty style, engaged girls should feel free to think beyond these light colors. Richer, warm colors are just as easy to incorporate into your wedding.

While there are lots of places to add pops of pink, the most obvious is through your wedding flowers. Namely, your bridal bouquet. Since your bouquet will be photographed from the time you're getting ready until the very end of the reception, it's important to pick standout blooms that complement your décor and wedding dress.

Whether you're a winter bride or a beach girl, there are tons of pink blooms for you to carry on your big day. Consider garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and lilies, or mix and match your favorite blossoms to create a lush and unexpected arrangement. Another inspired idea? Use neutral, rosy tones as a base color to anchor bold, seasonal colors. If you're tying the knot in the fall or winter, try mixing in deep reds. Spring and summer brides should consider bright yellow accents to play off the warm-weather months.

To help you get inspired when creating your own arrangement, we found 20 beautiful pink bouquets! Click here to check them out!

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Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade Are Married! See Photos of Her Wedding Dress & Get All of the Details

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade have officially tied the knot! The actress and championship-winning basketball player were wed yesterday at the Chateau Artisan in Miami, Florida.

The power couple stuck to the classic color of black and white for the occasion where the beautiful bride wore a custom-made Dennis Basso wedding dress from Kleinfeld Bridal. Wade sported a custom-made Dsquared2 ensemble with a Wedding Collection bowtie he personally designed with The Tie Bar and a boutonniére by Floral Fix.

The gown featured a sweetheart neckline and a plunging, bow-adorned back. "Dennis Basso was the perfect choice for my wedding day," Union tells WWD. "He is a classic American designer, and knew perfectly how to harness both my inner Grace Kelly coupled with a touch of sensuality through his designs." The actress and designer were introduced by Union's stylish Jason Bolden.

Naturally, the ceremony was star-studded with such notable celebrities in attendance including newly-engaged actor Kevin Hart, fellow Heat team member Chris Bosh and his wife Adrienne, LaLa and Carmelo Anthony, and reality TV star Jonathan Cheban.

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The guests were asked to wear formal white looks and were serenaded by John Legend. A 1930's era juke joint was recreated for the party where Vanilla Puddin' chardonnay was served as the wedding's official white wine, as reported by People.

Before the big day, the couple held their rehearsal dinner at posh steakhouse Prime 112 where only an intimate group of 30 friends and family were invited. The dinner's menu was decided by the couple, where they dined in one of the restaurant's private rooms, a source tells Us Weekly. The lady of the evening skewed sultry in a black halter jumpsuit with cutout detailing, while her soon-to-be husband wore a simple white collared shirt and black trousers. They drove up to the venue in a black Ferrari and finished their night, partying at Miami hotspot LIV.

After four years of dating, Wade proposed to Union in December 2013 with an 8.5-carat cushion-cut diamond stunner. This is the second marriage for both Wade and Union, as he was previously married to his high-school sweetheart Siohvaughn Funches from 2002 to 2007 and she was married to NFL player Chris Howard from 2001 to 2005.

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade have officially tied the knot! The actress and championship-winning basketball player were wed yesterday at the Chateau Artisan in Miami, Florida.

The power couple stuck to the classic color of black and white for the occasion where the beautiful bride wore a custom-made Dennis Basso wedding dress from Kleinfeld Bridal. Wade sported a custom-made Dsquared2 ensemble with a Wedding Collection bowtie he personally designed with The Tie Bar and a boutonniére by Floral Fix.

The gown featured a sweetheart neckline and a plunging, bow-adorned back. "Dennis Basso was the perfect choice for my wedding day," Union tells WWD. "He is a classic American designer, and knew perfectly how to harness both my inner Grace Kelly coupled with a touch of sensuality through his designs." The actress and designer were introduced by Union's stylish Jason Bolden.

Naturally, the ceremony was star-studded with such notable celebrities in attendance including newly-engaged actor Kevin Hart, fellow Heat team member Chris Bosh and his wife Adrienne, LaLa and Carmelo Anthony, and reality TV star Jonathan Cheban.

See More: Which Celebrity Couple Will Get Married Next?

The guests were asked to wear formal white looks and were serenaded by John Legend. A 1930's era juke joint was recreated for the party where Vanilla Puddin' chardonnay was served as the wedding's official white wine, as reported by People.

Before the big day, the couple held their rehearsal dinner at posh steakhouse Prime 112 where only an intimate group of 30 friends and family were invited. The dinner's menu was decided by the couple, where they dined in one of the restaurant's private rooms, a source tells Us Weekly. The lady of the evening skewed sultry in a black halter jumpsuit with cutout detailing, while her soon-to-be husband wore a simple white collared shirt and black trousers. They drove up to the venue in a black Ferrari and finished their night, partying at Miami hotspot LIV.

After four years of dating, Wade proposed to Union in December 2013 with an 8.5-carat cushion-cut diamond stunner. This is the second marriage for both Wade and Union, as he was previously married to his high-school sweetheart Siohvaughn Funches from 2002 to 2007 and she was married to NFL player Chris Howard from 2001 to 2005.

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Just as much as it's important to have every wedding detail set — from the flowers, to the cake, to the reception lighting — it's also important to time your big day just right. You don't want to get guests all excited during your ceremony, and have them lose energy and interest with a four hour-long break between your "I do" and the reception. It's key to have a good momentum going. That being said, a break between ceremony and reception is also necessary for taking pictures and setting up your venue. To do so well, our etiquette experts are here to help you nail the perfect timing so you can keep the party going!

Can I have a pre-reception break?
A short break between the wedding ceremony and reception is probably helpful to you (you can take your formal pictures then and still make it to your cocktail hour). And two hours of downtime shouldn't upset your guests. (It's pretty common, actually, especially for Catholic church weddings.) Your local guests can probably just head back home and cool their heels before the evening festivities begin. As for the out-of-town guests, be sure to provide a little something for them. Maybe offer a few light snacks and drinks in a hospitality suite at the hotel where they're staying. Or, ask a friend or family member to invite the out-of-towners to their house for iced tea and cookies.

What's the approp 1ff8 riate amount of time between the ceremony and reception?
Having your reception start immediately after the ceremony is ideal, which is possible if you're holding both at the same place. If not, don't let guests languish for more than an hour between events. Try to choose venues that are no more than half an hour's drive apart, and take as many formal photos before the ceremony as possible, suggests Holly Tripp, a wedding consultant and owner of Holly Tripp Event Design in Dallas, Texas. "You could even have the receiving line at the reception [during the cocktail hour], so guests can start enjoying drinks and hors d'oeuvres once you greet them," says Tripp. If, however, a long wait is truly unavoidable, "arrange to have a hospitality suite with refreshments at a nearby hotel, or ask a family member or close friend who lives in the vicinity to host a pre-party," she says.

I'd like the wedding ceremony to be small and intimate — can I invite most guests to the reception, only?
Yes, it is certainly acceptable to extend an invitation to only the reception. More and more couples are going this route, choosing to have an intimate, private ceremony with just family and closest friends, followed by a larger reception with everyone else. (However, it's never acceptable to extend an invitation only to the ceremony if you're also having a reception.)

Just keep in mind that some guests may feel a bit bummed about missing out on the poignant part of your wedding day. To make sure everyone is aware and comfortable with the decision, it's important to announce it in advance; otherwise, you may risk some hurt feelings from guests who had hoped to witness the ceremony. First off, you will need to print two sets of invitations. The first set should list both the ceremony and the reception information, while the second should invite guests to the reception, only. Once the RSVPs start trickling in, stick to your guns: Some guests may try to pressure you into inviting them to the ceremony also. But if you make one exception, you'll invariably have to make another one. So stay strong and don't go back on your original decision. Just be sure to convey how excited you are to party with them at the reception.

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Bridal sashes are a wedding dress standard. And while cinching your waist is a surefire way to flaunt your curves, there are more options than just the classic ribbon-tied sashes. This season, designers took it one step further by showing more structured and statement-making waist-cinchers. Whether it was an ultra-sleek and modern silver metallic belt or just a thicker cut of fabric, these belts are totally fashion forward. Whether you're looking for a figure-flattering accessory, or you want added embellishments, consider trying this fashionable wedding dress trend.

Here, a few looks from recent bridal runways that feature of-the-moment belts!

Belt Trend Romona Keveza

Photo: Courtesy of Romona Keveza Collection

Romona Keveza Collection: This season, Keveza was the biggest belt proponent, with design after design walking down her Spring 2015 runway featuring a thick metallic band. These mid-waist additions are so eye-catching that they even come off as futuristic! In the best possible way, of course.

Wedding dresses by Romona Keveza Collection

Belt Trend Monique Lhuillier

Photo: John Aquino and Steve Eichner

Monique Lhuillier: We've already compared this look to a piece of chic outerwear, so it's no surprise that the tulle overskirt's band is a thick piece of fabric that resembles a belt.

"Fabienne" long sleeve embellished sheath wedding dress with a front slit, tulle overskirt, and keyhole illusion neckline, Monique Lhuillier

Belt Trend Reem Acra

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

Reem Acra: Offsetting the design's inherently ethereal feel, the severity of this thicker white band adds drama and contrast to an otherwise soft and romantic silhouette.

Embroidered chiffon A-line wedding dress with a v-neckline and short sleeves, Reem Acra

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Whether your guy is looking for a dreamy spot to pop the question or you're planning a a romantic dinner for two, it can be hard to find a truly special place with great food and atmosphere. Luckily, Top Chef host and tableware designer (find her new line at Bloomingdale's!) Padma Lakshmi knows a thing or two about romance and food. Here, she offers up her top three favorite romantic restaurants in the U.S.

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August in New Orleans
Rated as one of the top tables for two by Afar, this intimate restaurant, located in a cozy French-Creole building in New Orlean's Central Business District, boasts an extensive menu and incredible interior.

Why Padma loves it: "It's old-fashioned and perfect for proposing. New Orleans food can be heavy, but John Besh has a light touch. It's traditional, but elevated."

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Photo: Courtesy of Má Pêche

Má Pêche in New York
Located in the heart of midtown, New York beneath the Chambers Hotel, this restaurant features bare wood tables, cozy lighting, and a menu that encourages sharing.

Why Padma loves it: "I love all of David Chang's restaurants, but here you can get all of his yummy foods in an environment that's romantic and discreet."

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Photo: Courtesy of Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare

Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare in Las Vegas
Right in the heart of Sin City, the Barlotta Ristorante is a four-star eatery located in the Wynn Las Vegas. With house-made pasta and over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish daily, this Mediteranian and Italian-inspired restaurant is one you shouldn't miss.

Why Padma loves it: "The seafood is insane. Paul Bartolotta's on his cell phone at 10 at night talking to fishermen in Italy. So luxurious."

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From choosing the officiant you want (whether or not your parents approve), using ceremonial symbols from a religion you don't belong to, and having bridesmaids who aren't your religion partake in your religious ceremony, faith and weddings can get tricky. Lucky for you, our wedding etiquette experts are here to help solve your biggest religion etiquette problems!

Does a bridesmaid who's Jewish have to go through the motions of our Christian service?
Her participation depends on her beliefs and the dogma of your religion. She can kneel or stand when the rest of the congregation does, and should answer "I will" or "I do" when the officiant asks if those assembled will support you and your fiancé. However, she doesn't have to say any prayers or sing hymns if she'd prefer not to. As for Communion, different beliefs have different rules. Often, people who are not receiving Communion can still approach the altar and by crossing their arms over their chest, signify that they would like a blessing, rather than the bread and wine. Talk to your officiant about the convention in your house of worship, and tell your bridesmaid. It's also a good idea to print the information in your wedding program so that guests who belong to different religions or denominations will know what their options are. Each person can then decide for herself what will make her feel most comfortable.

Our parish priest has always struck me as a bore, but my father wants him to officiate. What can I do?
It's important to tell your dad how you feel. Give him specific reasons why you find the priest less than heavenly. Granted, religion is a touchy subject, but if you stay calm and talk honestly with your father, you're likely to have an enlightening discussion. Are you open to having another priest from your church officiate? Tell your father that's what you'd like to do. If that's not the case, you must tread even more gently and fully explain why you and your fiancé have chosen to go in a different direction.

We're not Jewish, but we love the significance and look of a chuppah. Can we still use one at the ceremony?
Of course! Just call it a canopy instead of a chuppah. Wedding canopies are especially popular for outdoor wedding ceremonies, where they can help define the altar area. According to Jewish wedding custom, four attendants hold or stand by the poles, and a prayer shawl is draped over the top. Obviously, you'd omit these s 1ff8 pecific elements, but feel free to get creative with other details and embellishments.

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President and First Lady Obama do not attend weddings very often, but they will be on hand for the nuptials of White House chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner today in Tarrytown (a town in Westchester, New York).

The ceremony will take place at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills — a Rockefeller-owned Center for Food & Agriculture. This is the first time the POTUS has visited the venue, but FLOTUS attended a fundraiser at the location in 2012.

A minor side effect of having a wedding in which the first family will be in attendance? Being vetted by the secret service! The guests of the Kass-and-Wagner wedding, along with another Labor Day ceremony, are being checked out due to Obamas staying in the area for the weekend. Sources have told the New York Post's Page Six that the president's entourage has blocked off 50 rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

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Journalist, author, and fellow MSNBC commentator Richard Wolffe introduced Wagner to Kass. Reportedly, the chef was instantly smitten with the host — so much so that he asked Wolffe to take him to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner after-party for another chance to interact with Wagner. The two then had drinks at the Monkey Bar in New York City and upon learning that they both were Washington Nationals fans, Kass had the stadium opened in the off-season so he and Wagner could play catch. (How romantic, right?)

Kass has been a longtime family friend of the Obama's and has acted as their personal chef since 2005 according to The New York Times. In addition to running the White House's kitchen, the Chicago-native is the president's senior adviser for nutrition policy and is the executive director of FLOTUS's "Let's Move" campaign, which promotes healthy eating and exercising.

]]> http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/president-obama-michelle-obama-to-attend-kass-wagner-wedding.html http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/president-obama-michelle-obama-to-attend-kass-wagner-wedding.html Celebrity Celebrity Weddings News Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500 Sea-Green-Blue-Palette.jpg

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Whether you're hosting a seaside wedding or simply feel most at home by the ocean, a pretty mix of sea green and blue shades is the perfect color palette for a beach-loving bride. Plus, it's versatile enough to transition from season to season, meaning you can make this look work all year-round.

To perfect the combo, start with your base tone — we suggest blue for winter or fall and sea green for summer and spring. Then, highlight with the alternative shade to add pops of complementary color. A sleek invitation, like our pick from Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence, sticks with a mostly-blue motif and incorporates bright splashes of green along with some metallic accents.

See More: America's Most Romantic Wedding Venues

Pale blue dresses are perennially popular with bridesmaids since the cool shade works well with many skin tones. We love a strapless option for the summer or a trendy illusion-bateau neckline for cooler months. Get creative with your accessories, like a bold shoe or colorful necklace. It's an easy way to add that "something blue."

As for your dessert, go for a modern wedding cake. We love this confection from Lulu Cake Boutique, which features a geometric pattern in sea green and blue with pops of blingy gold.

Check out all of our favorite sea green-and-blue wedding finds above, and shop them below.

Above: 1. Necklace, $950, Cele and Clio; 2. Cake, $15 per slice (serves 75), Lulu Cake Boutique; 3. Invitation, "Prairie", from $381 for 100, Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence; 4. Shoes, $1,195, Manolo Blahnik; 5. Bouquet, $250, Seaport Flowers 6. Bridesmaid Dress, $330, Shoshanna

]]> http://www.brides.com/blogs 1ff8 /aisle-say/2014/08/sea-green-blue-wedding-color-palette.html http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/sea-green-blue-wedding-color-palette.html Wedding Style & Decor Brides Magazine August/September 2014 Wedding Color Schemes Wedding Style Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500 Popular Wedding Band Styles

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Although the engagement ring bling usually takes center stage, finding the right wedding band is equally as important. Depending on your preferences, your band can either highlight your existing sparkler or be a statement-making piece of its own. To help you get started with finding your perfect band, we turned to Julie Yoakum, Chief Merchandising Officer for Blue Nile and Hollie Bonneville Barden, Head Designer at De Beers, to demystify the shopping process and explain the most popular styles.

Metal Band
A classic metal band with no gemstones, usually crafted from platinum, 18k, 14k white, yellow or rose gold. Alternative metals include titanium and stainless steel. "Platinum is the most popular in this style," says Yoakum. "Not only is it the shiniest metal, it also develops a beautiful patina with age, which can be buffed away to its original shine without rubbing down the metal, if desired."

Matches with: Any style engagement ring or to layer with other bands.

Best for: The super active bride who doesn't want to take off her wedding band and doesn't want to worry about diamond or prong damage.

Pavé Band
An encrusted band where the diamonds are "set into the metal. It could be in any pattern," explains Bonneville Barden.

Matches with: Engagement rings that have a pavé band or a cushion cut solitaire with a pavé halo setting.

Best for: The bride who likes the sparkle of a diamond band without the look of prongs.

See More: Our Favorite Celebrity Engagement Rings

Eternity Band
A specific type of band, "characterized by identically sized diamonds that go around the entire ring as a symbol of eternity," says Bonneville Barden.

Two common styles of eternity bands are shared prong setting and channel setting. In a shared prong set band, "the two stones that sit next to each other share a prong and from the side, the prongs form the shape of the letter 'u.' The diamond is exposed from the top and the sides which gives this style a lot of sparkle," says Yoakum.

In a channel set eternity band, the diamonds lay side by side within a metal channel, which make up the sides of the ring.

While a shared prong and channel set eternity band are two of the more popular styles, you have plenty of options. "Eternity bands can be set in a number of ways — any cut of diamond that you can get in an engagement ring — from round brilliant to cushion to emerald — can also be done in an eternity band," says Yoakum.

Matches with: A shared prong set eternity band pairs best with classic engagement rings and adds extra shine to the look. A channel set eternity band has a more modern feel and pairs best with channel set engagement rings.

Best for: With so many options, the eternity band truly has something for everyone. It's also a particularly good choice for brides who want to wear their wedding band alone without their engagement ring. "You can have an eternity band with under one carat of total diamond weight to 10-plus carats," says Yoakum. "It can definitely make a statement on its own."

Anniversary Band
Similar to an eternity band but the diamonds go halfway around the ring.

Matches with: Any type of engagement ring — the trick is to make sure the settings are the same to give the set a cohesive feel.

Best for: Brides who like the timeless look of an eternity band, but don't want to bulkiness of having diamonds between their fingers and on the inside of the hand.

]]> http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/guide-to-popular-wedding-band-style-hers.html http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/guide-to-popular-wedding-band-style-hers.html Engagement Rings Wedding Rings Wedding Rings for Women Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500 Live-Streaming Wedding Tips

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Receiving a "with regrets" wedding RSVP from a beloved friend or family member makes your heart sink. But sharing your big day no longer requires an in-person presence. Since the rise in the availability of Wi-Fi and 4G networks, live-streaming technology has made viewing nuptials in real time a possibility for all guests.

Philip Ly, CEO of I Do Stream LLC, is a pioneer in the wedding streaming field, having helped over 2,000 couples broadcast their ceremonies since 2008. Ly strongly suggests everyone — from the couples using his services to those who choose a free webcasting site like Ustream, Skype Premium or Livestream — look out for preventable glitches before walking down the aisle.

"The nu 1ff8 mber one thing to think about is making sure everything works before your wedding," Ly says. "The biggest issue we encounter is couples who don't try to get going until the day of the wedding, and the problem usually ends up happening because they don't have essential equipment, something that can be easily fixed a few days prior. Do a test stream at some point."

But wrong cables and missing software aren't the only problems live-streamers may encounter: The etiquette surrounding virtual weddings raises its own issues.

"You really want to focus on not offending people by having an 'A team' and a 'B team' — invited to your actual wedding versus online wedding," says digital lifestyle expert David Ryan Polgar.

See More: The 3 Times It's Okay to Say "No" to Your Wedding Guests

Polgar finds wedding webcasts are most successful in situations where the couple is accommodating guests who can't otherwise attend. (For example, friends who are unable to afford the trip for a destination wedding.) "If you're using a live-streaming wedding for an accommodation as opposed to a posterity reason, then it makes more sense," he says.

Of course, there's one other potentially sticky question raised for online-only guests: Do they still give the couple a gift?

"My personal feeling about it is you are part of the wedding," says Ly. "Even though you weren't there physically, you witnessed the exchanging of vows in real-time. So if you get invited, a small gift is appropriate."

]]> http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/live-streaming-wedding-ceremony.html http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/live-streaming-wedding-ceremony.html Ceremony & Vows Planning Tips Wedding Ceremonies Wedding Ideas Wedding Planning Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500 Paralyzed bride Rachelle Friedman

Photo: Rachelle Friedman via Facebook

Rachelle Friedman, known around world as the "paralyzed bride," has a major reason to celebrate this Labor Day weekend: She's expecting her first child via surrogate!

Friedman was just another bride-to-be at her bachelorette party four years ago when a lighthearted moment changed the course of her life forever. One of her bridesmaids, her best friend, pushed her into a pool. Instead of splashing in, she hit the bottom of the pool headfirst, breaking her neck and causing a severe spinal cord injury. The freak accident paralyzed her from the chest down, and she suddenly became known as the "paralyzed bride."

She and her fiancé Chris Chapman had to postpone their wedding, but they managed to tie the knot a year later. Though she didn't let her injury get her down — she was surfing and playing wheelchair rugby within 13 weeks of the incident — she did worry about how her condition would affect her ability to have children.

See more: This Bride Went Above & Beyond to Ensure Her Father Could Walk Her Down the Aisle

"I knew it was bad because I remember looking down and not being able to feel the coldness on my legs," Friedman, now a motivational speaker and blogger for several national websites, tells People of her initial reaction to the freak accident. "It was very scary," she says. "I knew I was paralyzed and the first thing I asked the paramedics was whether I could have kids. I was ecstatic when they said yes."

Her joy turned to sorrow soon after, though, when doctors told her the medicine she takes to keep her blood pressure up could be dangerous to a fetus. It was Laurel Humes, a college friend they hadn't spoken to in nearly a decade, that would change their hopes once again.

Humes reached out to the couple immediately after reading one of Friedman's blog posts, in which she detailed her need for a surrogate. "My husband was a sperm donor for some of our friends, a same-sex couple, and that inspired me to think about surrogacy," Humes told People. That encouragement facilitated Friedman and Chapman's dream to become parents.

"We're just so excited," Friedman says of their impending parenthood (Chapman is six months pregnant). We can only imagine!

]]> http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/paralyzed-bride-rachelle-friedman-having-a-baby.html http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/paralyzed-bride-rachelle-friedman-having-a-baby.html Celebrity Celebrity Weddings News Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500 Wedding guest etiquette RSVPs

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Ah, the guest list. Often one of the biggest sources of wedding-planning contention, it's a numbers game that every bride and groom has to play. Most wedding venues have some sort of guest capacity, not to mention that couples often have a general size of wedding in mind when coordinating their nuptials. So how do you find that magic number? And what do they do about people who can't come? Here are some common etiquette questions and answers for figuring it out!

What is a "B" list when it comes to wedding guests? Is this generally considered to be offensive?
B-lists are commonly the second round of potential invitees that couples don't have the room or budget to accommodate but would love to have at the wedding. Brides and grooms usually put friends and coworkers on their B-lists, thinking that they'll be more amenable to older guests than receiving last-minute invites after the no's from the primary guest list start trickling in. No one wants to be relegated to the B-list, of course, no matter how distant the relative or tenuous the friend. The best way to approach this is to only send save-the-dates to the "must-invite" list, and see what kind of advance notice you get from these. Within a few weeks, you'll have a better idea of numbers and can send save-the-dates to the B-listers.

How many "nos" should I expect from people I send invitations to?
Generally, expect about 10% wiggle room. If your venue can fit 200 guests, for example, invite 220 people. If it's a destination wedding, or if more than half your invitees live far enough away that they need to book a flight to attend, you can go 20 percent over.

How do I cut down a guest list that I know is too long?
If you're on the fence about someone and can't decide whether or not to invite them in this case, try imagining bumping into them on the street after the wedding. Think about how you'd feel if you didn't invite them. Do you feel terrible or only a tiny pang of guilt? Let your reaction guide your decision. Also consider estranged family members you were inviting out of courtesy, an ex, or someone who really might cause a (bad) ruckus. In the end, listen to your heart rather than convention, but remember that perceived wedding invitation injustices can last a lifetime.

]]> http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/how-to-make-a-wedding-guest-list-etiquette.html http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/how-to-make-a-wedding-guest-list-etiquette.html Etiquette Wedding Etiquette Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500 Tutulle Louboutin Nail Polish

Photos: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

The only thing better than wearing Christian Louboutin heels for your wedding day? Wearing Christian Louboutin heels and Christian Louboutin nail polish for your wedding day. Christian Louboutin Beauté, which officially launches on Sunday, encompasses three collections: The Pops (bright colors), The Noirs (dark tones) and The Nudes (your new go-tos for classic big-day shades). At $50 a bottle, they might be a bit pricey, but the bottles are practically works of art themselves: At eight inches, they're as tall as the tallest heel he ever created.

Here, we've put together five shoe-and-nail polish pairings that brides-to-be will love.

Nude Nail Polish + Laser Cut-Out Pumps = Classic Wedding with a Modern Twist (above)
Neutral, glossy nail polish? Check. Pretty white heels? Check. Everything about this has the makings of a traditional bridal look, except for one detail: the shoe's cutouts. Whether you go for a classic ball gown, sophisticated sheath, or short dress, this heel-and-nail pairing will fit in perfectly. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Tutulle, $50, Sephora, and pumps, Christian Louboutin, 888-856-8247.

Lady Page Louboutin Nail Polish

Photos: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

Berry Nail Polish + Red Satin Pumps = Black-Tie Wedding
You don't always have to pair a neutral with a color; we love mixing it up with complementary palettes. For a glamorous wedding, berry and deep red is one of our favorite combos. Just imagine how elegant you'll look when a bit of satin red slippers peak out from underneath your gown. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Lady Page, $50, Sephora, and pumps, $625, Net-A-Porter.

Bianca Louboutin Nail Polish

Photos: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

Shimmery Navy Nail Polish + Black Lace Pumps = City Wedding
Cool city brides will love this take on something blue. After all, there's no rule that it has to be light blue, right? We won't blame you if you can't help but take this pairing for before the wedding. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Bianca, $50, Sephora, and pumps, $795, Neiman Marcus.

Very Prive Louboutin Nail Polish

Photos: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

Red Wine Nail Polish + Gold Stilettos = Holiday Wedding 1ff8
Nothing says festive quite like red and gold. And don't you kind of love how the red nail polish coordinates with the red sole? It's matchy matchy in the best way possible. We'd keep the rest of this wedding-day look subtle, so these glitter heels can be the stars. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Very Prive, $50, Sephora, and stilettos, $900, 888-856-8247.

Batignolles Louboutin Nail Polish

Photos: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

Mint Green Nail Polish + Silver Sandals = Destination Wedding
When you're on the beach, pastels are always in season. We love these chic sandals that we're positive Jackie O. would've traded for her standard Jack Rogers for evening dinners in Capri. Plus, you can wear them on your honeymoon — and forever after. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Batignolles, $50, Sephora, and sandals, $795, Christian Louboutin.

]]> http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/christian-louboutin-nail-polish-shoes.html http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/christian-louboutin-nail-polish-shoes.html Hair & Beauty Jewelry & Accessories Wedding Beauty Wedding Shoes Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Back of wedding dress pictures keyhole

Photo: Courtesy of Deena Decker

For many wedding dresses these days, they are often better from the back! Whether you choose a gown with a statement back or just happen to like its buttons or skin-baring neckline, giving your guests something to look at while you recite your vows at the altar is never a bad idea. We see so many gorgeous dresses from all different angles, but we thought it would be extra fun to reach out to our Facebook followers to see what kind of photos you had captured from the flip side! Here are four of our favorites:

We loved bride Deena Decker's gown, seen above. The keyhole back is having a big moment right now, and this is total evidence why. Especially striking is the way the scalloped lace trimming her veil accents the back. It's romantic and daring at the same time.

Back of wedding dress pictures bow

Photo: Courtesy of Courtney Gabelbauer

Bride Courtney Gabelbauer's wedding dress is the epitome of ladylike — Audrey Hepburn would absolutely approve! Brides planning a sophisticated, uptown affair with retro touches should consider a similar bow-adorned look.

Back of wedding dress pictures

Photo: Courtesy of Jessi Dodson

We're utterly obsessed with bride Jessi Dodson's boho look. Her low-backed lace look was completed with a simple bow and a trendy flower crown.

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Photo: Courtesy of Danielle Joy Cole

Maybe we're just taken with this sweet photo, but bride Danielle Joy Cole's dress couldn't be more lovely. The back of it benefits from the way the graphic lace straps frame her shoulders.

]]> http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/back-of-wedding-dress-pictures.html http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/back-of-wedding-dress-pictures.html Wedding Dresses Wedding Dresses Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500 Wedding Dress Designer Joanna August Interview

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Joanna August was inspired to create her bridal brand by her own 2008 wedding planning experience. Like many brides before her, August was frustrated by the bridesmaids dresses available, and set out to create looks that her friends would love to wear not only to her wedding, but to any occasion in the future. It's been nothing but beautiful style since then in the world of Joanna August, and we sat down with the designer to discuss her upcoming collection, her top styling tips for brides and her philosophy on embracing color.

Wedding Bridesmaid Dress Designer Joanna August

Photo: Courtesy of Joanna August

August's upcoming bridesmaids collection is still focused on her classic chiffon silhouettes, but this season she's upping the sex appeal.
"I am very exci 1ff8 ted about this collection! I am sticking with chiffon (my signature fabric!) but this season, the look is a bit more streamlined than past collections. I really focused on clean lines, more fitted silhouettes and a little added sex appeal, such as a back cut outs and side slits in some of the skirts. Nothing over the top — just a subtle, sleek and sophisticated look."

August's top three style tips for brides? Stay true to your own style, go bold with your dress and choose complementing bridesmaid dresses.
When asked to share her top styling tips for brides, August brought all of her expertise dressing both brides and bridesmaids to the table. "For a bride on her wedding day, the goal should be to look like the most elevated version of herself, but not a different person entirely!" Elaborating on this, August continued, "Stay true to your style, but go for it with your dress! Now, that doesn't mean you have to wear a gown with a huge fairy princess skirt if you are more of a simple chiffon sheath-kind of girl. But whether it is custom made, home-made or off the rack, this is a day when it is absolutely okay to be the center of attention, so don't be afraid to amp it up! I am also not opposed to straying from classic white if that is where your heart takes you."

The bridesmaids specialist's final tip: Create a cohesive wedding party that is a complement to your wedding style. "If you have a wedding party, consider choosing a color or a color palette, and letting them pick their style. Remember, your bridesmaids, like your flowers and your table settings and your hair and makeup, are not a distraction from you, but just another opportunity to express yourself and achieve your desired overall aesthetic."

See More: See More of Joanna August's Bridesmaid Dress Designs

For wedding dresses, August embraces the color trend!
"I personally love the trend of dresses with a pop of color, and we have Vera Wang to thank for leading the way with her black and red collections in the past several years. Not to mention Gwen Stefani's amazing Dior dip-dyed pink wedding gown! While brides always have the option to order any of our dresses in all white, I think showing wedding dresses with some color is just another way of saying that it is okay to use fashion to express your personality — that is very important message to me!"

When it comes to celebrity inspiration, the designer loves Nicole Richie's versatile style.
When asked about her dream celebrity client, August was quick to answer with a smile. "I don't even have to think hard about this one! Nicole Richie. My team and I are huge fans of Nicole's. I think she has amazing style and is able to be a real chameleon; crowned style queen of the red carpet one day, and the queen of Coachella the next — all with purple hair! Nicole really uses clothing and fashion to express her personality and her mood, which is exactly the reason that I started my line in the first place — so that women could have a voice, and be able to convey their own style even within the confines of a wedding ceremony."

]]> http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/joanna-august-bridal-designer-interview.html http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/08/joanna-august-bridal-designer-interview.html Bridesmaids 10 Minutes With Wedding Dresses Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500 Pottery Barn Wedding Registry Items

Photo: Courtesy of Pottery Barn; Illustration by: Christina Park

The first word that probably comes to your mind when you think of the word "registry" is the kitchen. But nowadays, registries are so much more versatile than they used to be. Aside from cookware essentials or upgrades on the classics, think of all the other areas of your first home that could use some registry love. Enter: Pottery Barn. It's a great place to register because they specialize in products that will give your newlywed nest a polished and sophisticated look.

For example, adding this new lighting fixture to your list of must-haves will completely transform a space. Plus, it's not something that comes with every home, or something you rush to purchase, so it makes a great registry pick. Consider adding other décor accents, like these nesting tables, to your registry as well.

Pottery Barn also has monogram designs to fit every couples taste, making it a fantastic place to register for personalized items such as luxurious sheets or this deco-inspired tray.

See More: How to Decorate a His-and-Hers Bedroom Without Sacrificing Style

Ready to registry? The store's program can be created and managed both online and in stores. We also recommend taking advantage of their specialists, who will help guide you through the process. Another sweet perk is that you get a 10 percent completion discount for six months after the wedding and gift cards are redeemable at any of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. brands (Williams-Sonoma, West Elm, Mark and Graham, Rejuvenation).

Shop all of our favorite Pottery Barn registry finds below!

Above: 1. Grand Embroidered 280-Thread-Count Sheet Set, starts at $28; 2. Cambria Dinnerware - Mint, starts at $32; 3. Pantry Glassware Storage Basket, $47.99; 4. Tanner Nesting Side Tables, $239; 5. PB Classic Pendant - Ribbed Glass, starts at $104.99; 6. Speakeasy Tray, $49.50

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Navigating That Time Between the Ceremony & Reception

Just as much as it's important to have every wedding detail set — from the flowers, to the cake, to the reception lighting — it's also important to time your big day just right. You don't want to get guests all excited during your ceremony, and have them lose energy and interest with a four hour-long break between your "I do" and the reception. It's key to have a good momentum going. That being said, a break between ceremony and reception is also necessary for taking pictures and setting up your venue. To do so well, our etiquette experts are here to help you nail the perfect timing so you can keep the party going!

Can I have a pre-reception break?
A short break between the wedding ceremony and reception is probably helpful to you (you can take your formal pictures then and still make it to your cocktail hour). And two hours of downtime shouldn't upset your guests. (It's pretty common, actually, especially for Catholic church weddings.) Your local guests can probably just head back home and cool their heels before the evening festivities begin. As for the out-of-town guests, be sure to provide a little something for them. Maybe offer a few light snacks and drinks in a hospitality suite at the hotel where they're staying. Or, ask a friend or family member to invite the out-of-towners to their house for iced tea and cookies.

What's the appropriate amount of time between the ceremony and reception?
Having your reception start immediately after the ceremony is ideal, which is possible if you're holding both at the same place. If not, don't let guests languish for more than an hour between events. Try to choose venues that are no more than half an hour's drive apart, and take as many formal photos before the ceremony as possible, suggests Holly Tripp, a wedding consultant and owner of Holly Tripp Event Design in Dallas, Texas. "You could even have the receiving line at the reception [during the cocktail hour], so guests can start enjoying drinks and hors d'oeuvres once you greet them," says Tripp. If, however, a long wait is truly unavoidable, "arrange to have a hospitality suite with refreshments at a nearby hotel, or ask a family member or close friend who lives in the vicinity to host a pre-party," she says.

I'd like the wedding ceremony to be small and intimate — can I invite most guests to the reception, only?
Yes, it is certainly acceptable to extend an invitation to only the reception. More and more couples are going this route, choosing to have an intimate, private ceremony with just family and closest friends, followed by a larger reception with everyone else. (However, it's never acceptable to extend an invitation only to the ceremony if you're also having a reception.)

Just keep in mind that some guests may feel a bit bummed about missing out on the poignant part of your wedding day. To make sure everyone is aware and comfortable with the decision, it's important to announce it in advance; otherwise, you may risk some hurt feelings from guests who had hoped to witness the ceremony. First off, you will need to print two sets of invitations. The first set should list both the ceremony and the reception information, while the second should invite guests to the reception, only. Once the RSVPs start trickling in, stick to your guns: Some guests may try to pressure you into inviting them to the ceremony also. But if you make one exception, you'll invariably have to make another one. So stay strong and don't go back on your original decision. Just be sure to convey how excited you are to party with them at the reception.

Read more: Navigating That Time Between the Ceremony & Reception

Trending Now: Wedding Dresses with Modern Belts

Belt Wedding Dress Trend

Photos (from left to right): John Aquino and Steve Eichner; Courtesy of Romona Keveza Collection; Thomas Iannaccone

Bridal sashes are a wedding dress standard. And while cinching your waist is a surefire way to flaunt your curves, there are more options than just the classic ribbon-tied sashes. This season, designers took it one step further by showing more structured and statement-making waist-cinchers. Whether it was an ultra-sleek and modern silver metallic belt or just a thicker cut of fabric, these belts are totally fashion forward. Whether you're looking for a figure-flattering accessory, or you want added embellishments, consider trying this fashionable wedding dress trend.

Here, a few looks from recent bridal runways that feature of-the-moment belts!

Belt Trend Romona Keveza

Photo: Courtesy of Romona Keveza Collection

Romona Keveza Collection: This season, Keveza was the biggest belt proponent, with design after design walking down her Spring 2015 runway featuring a thick metallic band. These mid-waist additions are so eye-catching that they even come off as futuristic! In the best possible way, of course.

Wedding dresses by Romona Keveza Collection

Belt Trend Monique Lhuillier

Photo: John Aquino and Steve Eichner

Monique Lhuillier: We've already compared this look to a piece of chic outerwear, so it's no surprise that the tulle overskirt's band is a thick piece of fabric that resembles a belt.

"Fabienne" long sleeve embellished sheath wedding dress with a front slit, tulle overskirt, and keyhole illusion neckline, Monique Lhuillier

Belt Trend Reem Acra

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

Reem Acra: Offsetting the design's inherently ethereal feel, the severity of this thicker white band adds drama and contrast to an otherwise soft and romantic silhouette.

Embroidered chiffon A-line wedding dress with a v-neckline and short sleeves, Reem Acra

Read more: Trending Now: Wedding Dresses with Modern Belts

Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi Reveals the Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.

Padma Lakshmi Most Romantic Restuarants

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Whether your guy is looking for a dreamy spot to pop the question or you're planning a a romantic dinner for two, it can be hard to find a truly special place with great food and atmosphere. Luckily, Top Chef host and tableware designer (find her new line at Bloomingdale's!) Padma Lakshmi knows a thing or two about romance and food. Here, she offers up her top three favorite romantic restaurants in the U.S.

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Photo: Courtesy of Besh Restaurant Group

August in New Orleans
Rated as one of the top tables for two by Afar, this intimate restaurant, located in a cozy French-Creole building in New Orlean's Central Business District, boasts an extensive menu and incredible interior.

Why Padma loves it: "It's old-fashioned and perfect for proposing. New Orleans food can be heavy, but John Besh has a light touch. It's traditional, but elevated."

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Photo: Courtesy of Má Pêche

Má Pêche in New York
Located in the heart of midtown, New York beneath the Chambers Hotel, this restaurant features bare wood tables, cozy lighting, and a menu that encourages sharing.

Why Padma loves it: "I love all of David Chang's restaurants, but here you can get all of his yummy foods in an environment that's romantic and discreet."

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Photo: Courtesy of Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare

Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare in Las Vegas
Right in the heart of Sin City, the Barlotta Ristorante is a four-star eatery located in the Wynn Las Vegas. With house-made pasta and over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish daily, this Mediteranian and Italian-inspired restaurant is one you shouldn't miss.

Why Padma loves it: "The seafood is insane. Paul Bartolotta's on his cell phone at 10 at night talking to fishermen in Italy. So luxurious."

Read more: Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi Reveals the Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.

The Obamas Are Attending a Big Wedding This Weekend! Get All The Details

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President and First Lady Obama do not attend weddings very often, but they will be on hand for the nuptials of White House chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner today in Tarrytown (a town in Westchester, New York).

The ceremony will take place at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills — a Rockefeller-owned Center for Food & Agriculture. This is the first time the POTUS has visited the venue, but FLOTUS attended a fundraiser at the location in 2012.

A minor side effect of having a wedding in which the first family will be in attendance? Being vetted by the secret service! The guests of the Kass-and-Wagner wedding, along with another Labor Day ceremony, are being checked out due to Obamas staying in the area for the weekend. Sources have told the New York Post's Page Six that the president's entourage has blocked off 50 rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

See More: Celebrities in Wedding-Worthy White Dresses: Michelle Obama, Rooney Mara, and Katy Perry

Journalist, author, and fellow MSNBC commentator Richard Wolffe introduced Wagner to Kass. Reportedly, the chef was instantly smitten with the host — so much so that he asked Wolffe to take him to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner after-party for another chance to interact with Wagner. The two then had drinks at the Monkey Bar in New York City and upon learning that they both were Washington Nationals fans, Kass had the stadium opened in the off-season so he and Wagner could play catch. (How romantic, right?)

Kass has been a longtime family friend of the Obama's and has acted as their personal chef since 2005 according to The New York Times. In addition to running the White House's kitchen, the Chicago-native is the president's senior adviser for nutrition policy and is the executive director of FLOTUS's "Let's Move" campaign, which promotes healthy eating and exercising.

Read more: The Obamas Are Attending a Big Wedding This Weekend! Get All The Details

All of Your Tricky Religion Etiquette Problems, Solved!

From choosing the officiant you want (whether or not your parents approve), using ceremonial symbols from a religion you don't belong to, and having bridesmaids who aren't your religion partake in your religious ceremony, faith and weddings can get tricky. Lucky for you, our wedding etiquette experts are here to help solve your biggest religion etiquette problems!

Does a bridesmaid who's Jewish have to go through the motions of our Christian service?
Her participation depends on her beliefs and the dogma of your religion. She can kneel or stand when the rest of the congregation does, and should answer "I will" or "I do" when the officiant asks if those assembled will support you and your fiancé. However, she doesn't have to say any prayers or sing hymns if she'd prefer not to. As for Communion, different beliefs have different rules. Often, people who are not receiving Communion can still approach the altar and by crossing their arms over their chest, signify that they would like a blessing, rather than the bread and wine. Talk to your officiant about the convention in your house of worship, and tell your bridesmaid. It's also a good idea to print the information in your wedding program so that guests who belong to different religions or denominations will know what their options are. Each person can then decide for herself what will make her feel most comfortable.

Our parish priest has always struck me as a bore, but my father wants him to officiate. What can I do?
It's important to tell your dad how you feel. Give him specific reasons why you find the priest less than heavenly. Granted, religion is a touchy subject, but if you stay calm and talk honestly with your father, you're likely to have an enlightening discussion. Are you open to having another priest from your church officiate? Tell your father that's what you'd like to do. If that's not the case, you must tread even more gently and fully explain why you and your fiancé have chosen to go in a different direction.

We're not Jewish, but we love the significance and look of a chuppah. Can we still use one at the ceremony?
Of course! Just call it a canopy instead of a chuppah. Wedding canopies are especially popular for outdoor wedding ceremonies, where they can help define the altar area. According to Jewish wedding custom, four attendants hold or stand by the poles, and a prayer shawl is draped over the top. Obviously, you'd omit these specific elements, but feel free to get creative with other details and embellishments.

Read more: All of Your Tricky Religion Etiquette Problems, Solved!

For the Beach Bride: A Sea Green & Blue Color Palette

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Whether you're hosting a seaside wedding or simply feel most at home by the ocean, a pretty mix of sea green and blue shades is the perfect color palette for a beach-loving bride. Plus, it's versatile enough to transition from season to season, meaning you can make this look work all year-round.

To perfect the combo, start with your base tone — we suggest blue for winter or fall and sea green for summer and spring. Then, highlight with the alternative shade to add pops of complementary color. A sleek invitation, like our pick from Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence, sticks with a mostly-blue motif and incorporates bright splashes of green along with some metallic accents.

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Pale blue dresses are perennially popular with bridesmaids since the cool shade works well with many skin tones. We love a strapless option for the summer or a trendy illusion-bateau neckline for cooler months. Get creative with your accessories, like a bold shoe or colorful necklace. It's an easy way to add that "something blue."

As for your dessert, go for a modern wedding cake. We love this confection from Lulu Cake Boutique, which features a geometric pattern in sea green and blue with pops of blingy gold.

Check out all of our favorite sea green-and-blue wedding finds above, and shop them below.

Above: 1. Necklace, $950, Cele and Clio; 2. Cake, $15 per slice (serves 75), Lulu Cake Boutique; 3. Invitation, "Prairie", from $381 for 100, Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence; 4. Shoes, $1,195, Manolo Blahnik; 5. Bouquet, $250, Seaport Flowers 6. Bridesmaid Dress, $330, Shoshanna

Read more: For the Beach Bride: A Sea Green & Blue Color Palette

A Quick Guide to Popular Wedding Band Styles

Popular Wedding Band Styles

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Although the engagement ring bling usually takes center stage, finding the right wedding band is equally as important. Depending on your preferences, your band can either highlight your existing sparkler or be a statement-making piece of its own. To help you get started with finding your perfect band, we turned to Julie Yoakum, Chief Merchandising Officer for Blue Nile and Hollie Bonneville Barden, Head Designer at De Beers, to demystify the shopping process and explain the most popular styles.

Metal Band
A classic metal band with no gemstones, usually crafted from platinum, 18k, 14k white, yellow or rose gold. Alternative metals include titanium and stainless steel. "Platinum is the most popular in this style," says Yoakum. "Not only is it the shiniest metal, it also develops a beautiful patina with age, which can be buffed away to its original shine without rubbing down the metal, if desired."

Matches with: Any style engagement ring or to layer with other bands.

Best for: The super active bride who doesn't want to take off her wedding band and doesn't want to worry about diamond or prong damage.

Pavé Band
An encrusted band where the diamonds are "set into the metal. It could be in any pattern," explains Bonneville Barden.

Matches with: Engagement rings that have a pavé band or a cushion cut solitaire with a pavé halo setting.

Best for: The bride who likes the sparkle of a diamond band without the look of prongs.

See More: Our Favorite Celebrity Engagement Rings

Eternity Band
A specific type of band, "characterized by identically sized diamonds that go around the entire ring as a symbol of eternity," says Bonneville Barden.

Two common styles of eternity bands are shared prong setting and channel setting. In a shared prong set band, "the two stones that sit next to each other share a prong and from the side, the prongs form the shape of the letter 'u.' The diamond is exposed from the top and the sides which gives this style a lot of sparkle," says Yoakum.

In a channel set eternity band, the diamonds lay side by side within a metal channel, which make up the sides of the ring.

While a shared prong and channel set eternity band are two of the more popular styles, you have plenty of options. "Eternity bands can be set in a number of ways — any cut of diamond that you can get in an engagement ring — from round brilliant to cushion to emerald — can also be done in an eternity band," says Yoakum.

Matches with: A shared prong set eternity band pairs best with classic engagement rings and adds extra shine to the look. A channel set eternity band has a more modern feel and pairs best with channel set engagement rings.

Best for: With so many options, the eternity band truly has something for everyone. It's also a particularly good choice for brides who want to wear their wedding band alone without their engagement ring. "You can have an eternity band with under one carat of total diamond weight to 10-plus carats," says Yoakum. "It can definitely make a statement on its own."

Anniversary Band
Similar to an eternity band but the diamonds go halfway around the ring.

Matches with: Any type of engagement ring — the trick is to make sure the settings are the same to give the set a cohesive feel.

Best for: Brides who like the timeless look of an eternity band, but don't want to bulkiness of having diamonds between their fingers and on the inside of the hand.

Read more: A Quick Guide to Popular Wedding Band Styles

Virtual Vows: Would You Live-Stream Your Wedding?

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Receiving a "with regrets" wedding RSVP from a beloved friend or family member makes your heart sink. But sharing your big day no longer requires an in-person presence. Since the rise in the availability of Wi-Fi and 4G networks, live-streaming technology has made viewing nuptials in real time a possibility for all guests.

Philip Ly, CEO of I Do Stream LLC, is a pioneer in the wedding streaming field, having helped over 2,000 couples broadcast their ceremonies since 2008. Ly strongly suggests everyone — from the couples using his services to those who choose a free webcasting site like Ustream, Skype Premium or Livestream — look out for preventable glitches before walking down the aisle.

"The number one thing to think about is making sure everything works before your wedding," Ly says. "The biggest issue we encounter is couples who don't try to get going until the day of the wedding, and the problem usually ends up happening because they don't have essential equipment, something that can be easily fixed a few days prior. Do a test stream at some point."

But wrong cables and missing software aren't the only problems live-streamers may encounter: The etiquette surrounding virtual weddings raises its own issues.

"You really want to focus on not offending people by having an 'A team' and a 'B team' — invited to your actual wedding versus online wedding," says digital lifestyle expert David Ryan Polgar.

See More: The 3 Times It's Okay to Say "No" to Your Wedding Guests

Polgar finds wedding webcasts are most successful in situations where the couple is accommodating guests who can't otherwise attend. (For example, friends who are unable to afford the trip for a destination wedding.) "If you're using a live-streaming wedding for an accommodation as opposed to a posterity reason, then it makes more sense," he says.

Of course, there's one other potentially sticky question raised for online-only guests: Do they still give the couple a gift?

"My personal feeling about it is you are part of the wedding," says Ly. "Even though you weren't there physically, you witnessed the exchanging of vows in real-time. So if you get invited, a small gift is appropriate."

Read more: Virtual Vows: Would You Live-Stream Your Wedding?

How 'Paralyzed Bride' Rachelle Friedman Is Now Expecting a Baby

Rachelle Friedman, known around world as the "paralyzed bride," has a major reason to celebrate this Labor Day weekend: She's expecting her first child via surrogate!

Friedman was just another bride-to-be at her bachelorette party four years ago when a lighthearted moment changed the course of her life forever. One of her bridesmaids, her best friend, pushed her into a pool. Instead of splashing in, she hit the bottom of the pool headfirst, breaking her neck and causing a severe spinal cord injury. The freak accident paralyzed her from the chest down, and she suddenly became known as the "paralyzed bride."

She and her fiancé Chris Chapman had to postpone their wedding, but they managed to tie the knot a year later. Though she didn't let her injury get her down — she was surfing and playing wheelchair rugby within 13 weeks of the incident — she did worry about how her condition would affect her ability to have children.

See more: This Bride Went Above & Beyond to Ensure Her Father Could Walk Her Down the Aisle

"I knew it was bad because I remember looking down and not being able to feel the coldness on my legs," Friedman, now a motivational speaker and blogger for several national websites, tells People of her initial reaction to the freak accident. "It was very scary," she says. "I knew I was paralyzed and the first thing I asked the paramedics was whether I could have kids. I was ecstatic when they said yes."

Her joy turned to sorrow soon after, though, when doctors told her the medicine she takes to keep her blood pressure up could be dangerous to a fetus. It was Laurel Humes, a college friend they hadn't spoken to in nearly a decade, that would change their hopes once again.

Humes reached out to the couple immediately after reading one of Friedman's blog posts, in which she detailed her need for a surrogate. "My husband was a sperm donor for some of our friends, a same-sex couple, and that inspired me to think about surrogacy," Humes told People. That encouragement facilitated Friedman and Chapman's dream to become parents.

"We're just so excited," Friedman says of their impending parenthood (Chapman is six months pregnant). We can only imagine!

Read more: How 'Paralyzed Bride' Rachelle Friedman Is Now Expecting a Baby

To Invite or Not to Invite? Answers to Common Wedding Guest List Questions

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Ah, the guest list. Often one of the biggest sources of wedding-planning contention, it's a numbers game that every bride and groom has to play. Most wedding venues have some sort of guest capacity, not to mention that couples often have a general size of wedding in mind when coordinating their nuptials. So how do you find that magic number? And what do they do about people who can't come? Here are some common etiquette questions and answers for figuring it out!

What is a "B" list when it comes to wedding guests? Is this generally considered to be offensive?
B-lists are commonly the second round of potential invitees that couples don't have the room or budget to accommodate but would love to have at the wedding. Brides and grooms usually put friends and coworkers on their B-lists, thinking that they'll be more amenable to older guests than receiving last-minute invites after the no's from the primary guest list start trickling in. No one wants to be relegated to the B-list, of course, no matter how distant the relative or tenuous the friend. The best way to approach this is to only send save-the-dates to the "must-invite" list, and see what kind of advance notice you get from these. Within a few weeks, you'll have a better idea of numbers and can send save-the-dates to the B-listers.

How many "nos" should I expect from people I send invitations to?
Generally, expect about 10% wiggle room. If your venue can fit 200 guests, for example, invite 220 people. If it's a destination wedding, or if more than half your invitees live far enough away that they need to book a flight to attend, you can go 20 percent over.

How do I cut down a guest list that I know is too long?
If you're on the fence about someone and can't decide whether or not to invite them in this case, try imagining bumping into them on the street after the wedding. Think about how you'd feel if you didn't invite them. Do you feel terrible or only a tiny pang of guilt? Let your reaction guide your decision. Also consider estranged family members you were inviting out of courtesy, an ex, or someone who really might cause a (bad) ruckus. In the end, listen to your heart rather than convention, but remember that perceived wedding invitation injustices can last a lifetime.

Read more: To Invite or Not to Invite? Answers to Common Wedding Guest List Questions

5 Christian Louboutin Shoe-and-Nail Polish Pairings Perfect for Brides

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The only thing better than wearing Christian Louboutin heels for your wedding day? Wearing Christian Louboutin heels and Christian Louboutin nail polish for your wedding day. Christian Louboutin Beauté, which officially launches on Sunday, encompasses three collections: The Pops (bright colors), The Noirs (dark tones) and The Nudes (your new go-tos for classic big-day shades). At $50 a bottle, they might be a bit pricey, but the bottles are practically works of art themselves: At eight inches, they're as tall as the tallest heel he ever created.

Here, we've put together five shoe-and-nail polish pairings that brides-to-be will love.

Nude Nail Polish + Laser Cut-Out Pumps = Classic Wedding with a Modern Twist (above)
Neutral, glossy nail polish? Check. Pretty white heels? Check. Everything about this has the makings of a traditional bridal look, except for one detail: the shoe's cutouts. Whether you go for a classic ball gown, sophisticated sheath, or short dress, this heel-and-nail pairing will fit in perfectly. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Tutulle, $50, Sephora, and pumps, Christian Louboutin, 888-856-8247.

Lady Page Louboutin Nail Polish

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Berry Nail Polish + Red Satin Pumps = Black-Tie Wedding
You don't always have to pair a neutral with a color; we love mixing it up with complementary palettes. For a glamorous wedding, berry and deep red is one of our favorite combos. Just imagine how elegant you'll look when a bit of satin red slippers peak out from underneath your gown. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Lady Page, $50, Sephora, and pumps, $625, Net-A-Porter.

Bianca Louboutin Nail Polish

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Shimmery Navy Nail Polish + Black Lace Pumps = City Wedding
Cool city brides will love this take on something blue. After all, there's no rule that it has to be light blue, right? We won't blame you if you can't help but take this pairing for before the wedding. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Bianca, $50, Sephora, and pumps, $795, Neiman Marcus.

Very Prive Louboutin Nail Polish

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Red Wine Nail Polish + Gold Stilettos = Holiday Wedding
Nothing says festive quite like red and gold. And don't you kind of love how the red nail polish coordinates with the red sole? It's matchy matchy in the best way possible. We'd keep the rest of this wedding-day look subtle, so these glitter heels can be the stars. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Very Prive, $50, Sephora, and stilettos, $900, 888-856-8247.

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Mint Green Nail Polish + Silver Sandals = Destination Wedding
When you're on the beach, pastels are always in season. We love these chic sandals that we're positive Jackie O. would've traded for her standard Jack Rogers for evening dinners in Capri. Plus, you can wear them on your honeymoon — and forever after. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Batignolles, $50, Sephora, and sandals, $795, Christian Louboutin.

Read more: 5 Christian Louboutin Shoe-and-Nail Polish Pairings Perfect for Brides

10 Minutes with Bridal Designer Joanna August

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Joanna August was inspired to create her bridal brand by her own 2008 wedding planning experience. Like many brides before her, August was frustrated by the bridesmaids dresses available, and set out to create looks that her friends would love to wear not only to her wedding, but to any occasion in the future. It's been nothing but beautiful style since then in the world of Joanna August, and we sat down with the designer to discuss her upcoming collection, her top styling tips for brides and her philosophy on embracing color.

Wedding Bridesmaid Dress Designer Joanna August

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August's upcoming bridesmaids collection is still focused on her classic chiffon silhouettes, but this season she's upping the sex appeal.
"I am very excited about this collection! I am sticking with chiffon (my signature fabric!) but this season, the look is a bit more streamlined than past collections. I really focused on clean lines, more fitted silhouettes and a little added sex appeal, such as a back cut outs and side slits in some of the skirts. Nothing over the top — just a subtle, sleek and sophisticated look."

August's top three style tips for brides? Stay true to your own style, go bold with your dress and choose complementing bridesmaid dresses.
When asked to share her top styling tips for brides, August brought all of her expertise dressing both brides and bridesmaids to the table. "For a bride on her wedding day, the goal should be to look like the most elevated version of herself, but not a different person entirely!" Elaborating on this, August continued, "Stay true to your style, but go for it with your dress! Now, that doesn't mean you have to wear a gown with a huge fairy princess skirt if you are more of a simple chiffon sheath-kind of girl. But whether it is custom made, home-made or off the rack, this is a day when it is absolutely okay to be the center of attention, so don't be afraid to amp it up! I am also not opposed to straying from classic white if that is where your heart takes you."

The bridesmaids specialist's final tip: Create a cohesive wedding party that is a complement to your wedding style. "If you have a wedding party, consider choosing a color or a color palette, and letting them pick their style. Remember, your bridesmaids, like your flowers and your table settings and your hair and makeup, are not a distraction from you, but just another opportunity to express yourself and achieve your desired overall aesthetic."

See More: See More of Joanna August's Bridesmaid Dress Designs

For wedding dresses, August embraces the color trend!
"I personally love the trend of dresses with a pop of color, and we have Vera Wang to thank for leading the way with her black and red collections in the past several years. Not to mention Gwen Stefani's amazing Dior dip-dyed pink wedding gown! While brides always have the option to order any of our dresses in all white, I think showing wedding dresses with some color is just another way of saying that it is okay to use fashion to express your personality — that is very important message to me!"

When it comes to celebrity inspiration, the designer loves Nicole Richie's versatile style.
When asked about her dream celebrity client, August was quick to answer with a smile. "I don't even have to think hard about this one! Nicole Richie. My team and I are huge fans of Nicole's. I think she has amazing style and is able to be a real chameleon; crowned style queen of the red carpet one day, and the queen of Coachella the next — all with purple hair! Nicole really uses clothing and fashion to express her personality and her mood, which is exactly the reason that I started my line in the first place — so that women could have a voice, and be able to convey their own style even within the confines of a wedding ceremony."

Read more: 10 Minutes with Bridal Designer Joanna August

We Asked, You Told: 4 Readers' Wedding Dresses That Are Better from the Back

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For many wedding dresses these days, they are often better from the back! Whether you choose a gown with a statement back or just happen to like its buttons or skin-baring neckline, giving your guests something to look at while you recite your vows at the altar is never a bad idea. We see so many gorgeous dresses from all different angles, but we thought it would be extra fun to reach out to our Facebook followers to see what kind of photos you had captured from the flip side! Here are four of our favorites:

We loved bride Deena Decker's gown, seen above. The keyhole back is having a big moment right now, and this is total evidence why. Especially striking is the way the scalloped lace trimming her veil accents the back. It's romantic and daring at the same time.

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Bride Courtney Gabelbauer's wedding dress is the epitome of ladylike — Audrey Hepburn would absolutely approve! Brides planning a sophisticated, uptown affair with retro touches should consider a similar bow-adorned look.

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We're utterly obsessed with bride Jessi Dodson's boho look. Her low-backed lace look was completed with a simple bow and a trendy flower crown.

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Maybe we're just taken with this sweet photo, but bride Danielle Joy Cole's dress couldn't be more lovely. The back of it benefits from the way the graphic lace straps frame her shoulders.

Read more: We Asked, You Told: 4 Readers' Wedding Dresses That Are Better from the Back

Shop the Store: Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn Wedding Registry Items

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The first word that probably comes to your mind when you think of the word "registry" is the kitchen. But nowadays, registries are so much more versatile than they used to be. Aside from cookware essentials or upgrades on the classics, think of all the other areas of your first home that could use some registry love. Enter: Pottery Barn. It's a great place to register because they specialize in products that will give your newlywed nest a polished and sophisticated look.

For example, adding this new lighting fixture to your list of must-haves will completely transform a space. Plus, it's not something that comes with every home, or something you rush to purchase, so it makes a great registry pick. Consider adding other décor accents, like these nesting tables, to your registry as well.

Pottery Barn also has monogram designs to fit every couples taste, making it a fantastic place to register for personalized items such as luxurious sheets or this deco-inspired tray.

See More: How to Decorate a His-and-Hers Bedroom Without Sacrificing Style

Ready to registry? The store's program can be created and managed both online and in stores. We also recommend taking advantage of their specialists, who will help guide you through the process. Another sweet perk is that you get a 10 percent completion discount for six months after the wedding and gift cards are redeemable at any of the Williams-Sonoma Inc. brands (Williams-Sonoma, West Elm, Mark and Graham, Rejuvenation).

Shop all of our favorite Pottery Barn registry finds below!

Above: 1. Grand Embroidered 280-Thread-Count Sheet Set, starts at $28; 2. Cambria Dinnerware - Mint, starts at $32; 3. Pantry Glassware Storage Basket, $47.99; 4. Tanner Nesting Side Tables, $239; 5. PB Classic Pendant - Ribbed Glass, starts at $104.99; 6. Speakeasy Tray, $49.50

Read more: Shop the Store: Pottery Barn

You Won't Believe What Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade Are Having Wedding Guests Do

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It doesn't seem likely that there will be any whispers or rumors about Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union's wedding this weekend. The couple is set to say "I do" on August 30 in Miami, Florida, in what's sure to be a blowout of a formal wedding (they informed guests on their invitations that men must wear all black and women should wear all white).

But it will be as private as it will be opulent. TMZ obtained a copy of the confidentiality agreement that Wade and Union's relatives, guests, vendors and caterers will have to sign before setting foot in the wedding. The document states that anything seen or heard at the pair's nuptials is confidential information that must be kept secret, including any personal information or financial details. Any violators will pay a large fine for unspecified damages.

See more: Watch Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union's Adorable Video Save-the-Date

Well, that's one way of keeping everything under-the-radar! Another? Banning cell phones. The duo also used their invite to let guests know that cell phones and personal cameras won't be permitted at their reception. Wade and Union set aside a noticeable amount of time, as noted on their invitations, for guests to get screened through tight security before the ceremony and the reception. (Good luck, wedding crashers.) Not only will guests have to pass a security screening, but they're also required to present a photo ID prior to entry.

Needless to say, this sounds like a national security event in addition to the wedding! Granted, there will probably be a ton of big names attending, including Wade's former Miami Heat teammate Lebron James. But could the strict regulations also indicate some sort of big musical event happening at the reception? Hopefully, time (and a verified publication with authorized photos) will tell!

Read more: You Won't Believe What Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade Are Having Wedding Guests Do

5 Ways to Make Wedding Planning More Enjoyable

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Your wedding day is easily one of the most important days in your life. And while many brides have been dreaming of the occasion since childhood, those dreams do not always come to fruition when the groom's wishes are taken into account, as well as the flexibility needed when it comes to your date and location. Emotions will be on high, thus compromising will not be easy, but we tapped the expert advice of planner-to-the-stars Bryan Rafanelli for a few ways you can make the process enjoyable if you need to be flexible with some of your wishes.

Have a few dates and locations in mind while planning.
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket," advises Rafanelli. It's hard to stay flexible if you have been planning your dream day in your head even before you met your dream man, but your wedding is more likely to go off without a hitch if you are open to a few options and possibilities.

Expect to book your location a year in advance,
Almost every great venue books up quickly, so give yourselves a year in order to get your favorite location. Not to fret, though, says Rafanelli: "Don't let this get you down if you're eager to get married in a shorter timeframe. Six months out is when the venue holds are released and unfortunately, but fortunate for you the cancellations roll in."

August and September are the most popular months for weddings, so you should consider other times of year for more availability.
If you're looking to book a wedding for late summer/early fall, your thinking is the same as a slew of other couples all over the country. It's unexpected, but Rafanelli suggests tying the knot in January. "We're excited for an upcoming January wedding. We love winter weddings, think fur, fire and winter white!" Chic, no?

See More: Worst Case Wedding Scenarios Gone Right

Remember that this day is a celebration of you and your fiancé first and foremost.
"It is always important to take parents' opinions into account and try to make everyone happy," says Rafanelli. He continues, "You can make them feel included by sharing information every month or so with them i.e. design ideas, entertainment selections, speech requests, RSVPs as they start rolling in etc. Ultimately, everyone should remember this is a day about you 'the couple' and the commitment you are making to each other."

If there is a conflicting wedding within your circle: talk about it.
This is a tricky situation, but not one that any couple needs to stress over. Rafanelli suggests speaking with your fiancé about it, including these questions: "Does it make sense to change your date and how many people are affected by it? If you can make another date work then why not change the date?" Any wedding is a joyous celebration and if you can help your friends or family in any way by adjusting (as you will now know firsthand the obstacles that come with planning a wedding), it will only make the celebrations even merrier.

Read more: 5 Ways to Make Wedding Planning More Enjoyable

Emma Stone's Green Versace Gown Would Make One Amazing Wedding Dress ...

Emma Stone Get the Look

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Emma Stone continually nails it on the red carpet, but her latest look may be her best one yet. The actress stepped out for the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy yesterday wearing a gorgeous emerald green tulle Versace gown. The gauzy green creation is — you guessed it — as bridal as a red-carpet gown comes. Both ethereal and modern, this design manages to look romantic, while still bringing out Stone's slightly dark side thanks to its on-trend, ultra-plunging V-neck. And while this look is fit for the non-traditional bride who is searching for an alternative wedding day shade, it would look perfect in white or ivory too.

Here's how to get a similarly frothy-yet-fashion-forward dress for your own big day.

Emma Stone Get the Look - Kelly Faetanini

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Kelly Faetanini: While it's constructed from organza instead of tulle, this V-neck, A-line gown is equally airy.

"Ula" sleeveless silk organza ball gown wedding dress with a raw-edged layered bodice and a cascading full skirt, Kelly Faetanini

Emma Stone Get the Look - Hayley Paige

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Hayley Paige: With the flirty ruffle details on the skirt, this Hayley Paige number picks up the draped portions of Stone's bodice and interprets them with some added bling.

Style 6450, "Luca" silk A-line wedding dress with a layered netting soft flounce skirt, v-neckline, and beaded spaghetti straps, Hayley Paige

Emma Stone Get the Look - Jim Hjelm

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Jim Hjelm: Another organza adaptation, this V-neck A-line gown also boasts some beading at the waistline for brides who are looking for subtle shimmer.

Style 8455, sleeveless silk satin faced organza ball gown wedding dress with a v-neckline and embroidered bodice, Jim Hjelm

Emma Stone Get the Look - Monique Lhuillier

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Monique Lhuillier: Sure this gown has a sweetheart neckline and a huge bow, but this voluminous tulle stunner falls in the green spectrum with its mint hue.

"Oceana" strapless mint tulle ball gown wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, draped bodice, and tiered skirt, Monique Lhuillier

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

Stress Free Wedding Weight Loss Tips

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Is the idea of squeezing into your ivory wedding dress driving you to the nearest donut shop in angst? Who could blame you. Losing weight is difficult when you're not doing it under wedding-day-perfection pressure. Add in the hours and stress spent planning your big day — the endless to-do lists, phone calls and money spent — and it makes perfect sense that you'd find comfort in a delicious, sugary confection and not inside a gym.

The point is, you're not the only bride who has set a wedding-day weight goal and is struggling to achieve it. "Often times, when people dive into a new fitness regime, they try to do everything all at once and either become mildly obsessive, overwhelmed, or defeated," says Rachael Frank, fitness director and lead instructor for Burn SF studios in San Francisco. "Finding efficient, easily accessible and, most importantly, enjoyable exercise and diet changes are a must in order to maintain something, even if it is short-term."

Here are the three specific things to focus on that will help you meet your goals:

1. Consistency is key.
Small changes will add up, both positive and negative. "Each week, check in with your body and schedule your workouts like you would plan meetings into your calendar," Frank says. "And yes, even if it's only 15 minutes, it's better than nothing. Some days you will feel more on top of everything and others you may need to step back and just rest. But commit to at least one healthy exercise hour, three to four times a week, spaced out to allow your body to heal and recover and then push harder when the time comes."

2. Plan your meals.
Prepare them on the weekend for the week, that way healthful snacks are on-hand and ready-to-go when you get cravings. "Be sure not to skip breakfast and keep plenty of water at your desk to stay hydrated," Frank suggests. "Organize in house healthy dinner parties for your partner and your friends, where you have the ability to make choices toward the menu."

See More: Genius (&Easy!) Ways to De-Stress Before the Wedding

3. Set small goals for yourself around your dress fittings.
"Not in order to put the focus toward only fitting into the dress, but because these are consistently progressed lengths of time that allow you to check in with how you look and feel," Frank says. "Trying to weigh yourself every day can drive you absolutely nuts, especially if the scale doesn't change. For some, it may change, some it may not even budge. However, if you feel better in your own body, both mentally and physically from the exercise and healthier eating, that says so much more than what the scale may be telling you."

And remember, "exercise and a healthy lifestyle should be fun and rewarding and never a punishment," Frank says. "Be flexible with both your planning and your body, and remember to take a moment and enjoy the journey. This is not just an important time in your life — it's a celebration of love and life, and losing that last five pounds shouldn't stop you from enjoying every wonderful moment."

Read more: Stress-Free Wedding Weight Loss Tips for the Bride Who Hates the Gym

An Unexpected Wedding Detail: Floral Bridal Corsages

Wedding Floral Corsages

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If the word "corsage" makes you cringe with the thought of high school prom, think again. Beautiful, blooming wrist corsages are earning a place in the wedding world and we understand why: Not only are they super pretty, but corsages are also a cost-effective way to make a big statement without blowing your whole budget on flowers for you and your bridesmaids.

If you're not the type of bride who can see yourself toting around a bouquet all night long, consider swapping the classic arrangement for this unexpected trend. Or you can also carry the corsage as if it were a classic posy if you still want something to carry down the aisle.

See More: Love the Idea of Floral Corsages? See More Inspiration for Your Bridesmaids!

In the photo above, you can see just how pretty these floral accessories can be. Plus, you don't even have to give up bridal-favorite flowers in order to make the trend work. Classic peonies or garden roses make for beautiful corsages. To achieve an understated, but romantic look, stick with one or two oversized blooms and fill the rest of the arrangement with greenery, small flowers, and berries.

Still not ready to party with your classic, lush wedding bouquet? Consider gifting your bridesmaids with a colorful corsage that coordinates with their dress — another wedding trend that's gaining popularity.

Would you give up your bouquet for a corsage? Tweet us @BRIDES to let us know your thoughts!

Read more: An Unexpected Wedding Detail: Floral Bridal Corsages

Was George Clooney at Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie's Wedding? Plus More Brangelina Big-Day Details

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When we heard that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's wedding was intimate, we didn't imagine it was this small. Turns out, two would-be key players were missing from the hush-hush festivities: BFF (and groom-to-be) George Clooney and Angelina Jolie's father John Voight.

After news broke, Clooney told People, "How great is that?! I'm really happy for Brad and Angie and their whole family." While his congratulations and joy seem genuine, the reactionary tone makes it seem like he wasn't present for their big day. Does this mean he'll rethink Pitt's role as best man?

As for Jolie's father, it's no secret that the two have had a contentious relationship throughout the years. And while things seemed to get better once they reconciled in 2010, he found out about the wedding when the rest of us did. According to Us Weekly, news broke to Voight while he was doing an interview with CBS's Inside Edition. When asked about the surprise nuptials, he replied he didn't even know it happened and then said "that's nice."

See more: Anna Wintour is Going to George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's Wedding

Later, though, Voight released a statement expressing his congratulations: "It seems like it was a beautiful, simple ceremony with all the kids involved," he said. "Must have been a lot of fun. I am very happy for them."

One source says that while many friends were shocked, they all send their well wishes. "This was a total surprise, but something they were obviously planning on doing when the time was right," a source told Us Weekly. "Everyone is happy for them. It was small and family and friends only, just like they wanted. I'm happy they pulled it off. We all consider them married anyway, but now it's official."

More fun details from the secret ceremony include local officials unaware of the festivities and Pitt's covert planning back in July. "No one in Correns knew a thing," an official from the French village where Brangelina wed told People. "It was a marriage which seems to have been carried out in total intimacy and absolute discretion." And it turns out that during a 10-day trip in July, Pitt sneakily visited a local florist to pick out their wedding flowers. How no one realized is beyond us!

Read more: Was George Clooney at Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie's Wedding? Plus More Brangelina Big-Day Details

Bridesmaid Dress Color of the Moment: Romantic Rose Shades

Rose Bridesmaid Dresses

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Just a dab darker than blush, rose bridesmaid dresses are all the rage at the moment. They're not only a sophisticated take on the popular light pink hue for fall, but they're also a timeless alternative to the trendy corals and peach tones of the moment.

The best part about rose is that it takes into account a wide range of deeper pink shades, from dusty rose, featuring gray or brown undertones, perfect for a fall or winter wedding to brighter, white-infused petals fit for spring or summer.

Whether you want a lace knee-length number for a bohemian or romantic bash, a silk twist sheath for a beach-front "I do" or a shimmering, satin A-line gown for more formal affairs, these dresses work for nearly any type of wedding and style. Plus, a wide range of our favorite bridesmaid dress designers offer fun, flirty and feminine rose-hued styles: David's Bridal, with its swinging asymmetrical chiffon numbers, BHLDN with its sweeping lace and illusion-necked gowns, and a large selection of Dessy styles, with silk dupioni retro-inspired dresses, sweetheart floor-length gowns and preppy satin shifts.

Whether you're throwing a fall wedding, want a fresh take on the recent insurgence of blush, or just love the romance of it, rose is a surefire bridesmaid dress success.

Click through our complete slideshow to see all of our favorite rose bridesmaid dress designs!

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3 Slices of Wedding Cake Etiquette You Should Devour

Hey, it's ok to not feel totally tied to the traditional idea of a wedding cake! With tons of alternatives, like donuts and cupcakes, becoming popular options, couples are wondering exactly how far they can wander from the standard multi-tier white cake. In that light, we sought out etiquette advice on common cake-related questions so that brides and grooms can feast on sweets to their hearts' content!

Is it ok to pass on having a cake if I'm allergic to gluten and my husband doesn't have a big sweet tooth?
It's great if couples want to do it their way — personalizing your wedding is always a good idea, after all — but don't completely bypass the cake tradition. If you're more of an ice cream girl due to your allergy, put out a dessert buffet with a sundae and cookie bar. Since the cutting of the cake is such a classic wedding photo, why not have a small, gluten-free dessert or a wheel of cheese to cut into for ceremonial purposes? Or, pick a one-tier cake that you can then designate as a kids-only cake.

I really want a chocolate cake, but I've been told it's not a great idea for a wedding. Should I just do it anyway?
The biggest risk of an all-chocolate wedding cake is getting it on your teeth during the "cake face smash" or accidentally staining your wedding dress. If you're really set on chocolate, though, stick to a light-colored layer on the bottom — that's the one you'll cut into for your photo op. Save your favorite flavor for the top layer, which you can enjoy while sitting down, away from the cameras, or on your anniversary.

It seems like serving dessert in addition to wedding cake has become custom, but I'd rather not do that. Will that look cheap?
The wedding cake is the only dessert you really need; everything else, like a Viennese table, is (pardon the pun) the icing on top. Your cake is so special and meaningful, why not let it be the star of the show? If you're concerned that having this as the only dessert will look bare, you can dress it up a bit for serving with fruit, a coulis or sauce, a scoop of sorbet or ice cream, or even a truffle or two on the side.

Read more: 3 Slices of Wedding Cake Etiquette You Should Devour

A Timeless Fall Wedding in Baltimore — That Came Together in Just 6 Months!

As the summer of 2009 came to a close, Amanda Ortel, 29, and Grady Frank, 36, were enjoying one of their last weekends in the Hamptons when a mutual friend made an introduction on the dance floor. The pair hit it off, and Grady took Amanda to dinner when they were back in Manhattan a few days later. "We got together again over Labor Day Weekend in the Hamptons, and from that point on, we were officially dating!" says Amanda.

Two and a half years later, Grady suggested that they take a "staycation" to New York's Gramercy Park Hotel. "Going into Gramercy Park had been on our to-do list," says the bride, "but you have to live on the park (or be staying in the hotel) to get a key." After dropping their bags and having brunch at Gramercy Tavern, Grady and Amanda picked up a key from the front desk and headed into the park. As they sat down on what they now refer to as "their bench," Grady got down on one knee and proposed! "The park is so special to us," Amanda says, "that we snuck back in for our engagement photos!"

The couple wanted to have an early fall wedding, but couldn't bear to wait a year and a half to tie the knot, so they kicked planning into high gear and picked a date a mere six months later!

Keep reading to see their beautifully classic wedding, photographed by Laurie Bracewell Photography.

Amanda and Grady invited their 225 guests to join them in her home state of Maryland. The bride DIY-ed the welcome boxes, filled with Old Bay popcorn (a nod to Baltimore), honey glazed pecans (for Grady's hometown of Huntsville, AL), and Tate's chocolate chip cookies (made in the Hamptons, where they met).

"I didn't start dress shopping looking for a lace dress," says Amanda, "but when I put this one on, I fell in love." She chose a strapless A-line dress by Monique Lhuillier, and tied an ivory satin sash around her waist for the ceremony.

Amanda's bridesmaids wore blush chiffon dresses also by Monique Lhuillier. Four wore a v-neck style, while the other four wore halters. They carried white bouquets of hydrangeas and roses.

Grady wore a tuxedo with a white Paul Stuart dinner jacket. "I really love how men look in tuxedos," says Amanda, "but Grady wasn't sure about requiring that all of our male guests wear them." So the pair settled on a "black tie optional" dress code. Well, optional for everyone except the wedding party!

Amanda's bouquet featured white roses, hydrangeas, and stephanotis accented with pink garden roses. The stems were wrapped with extra lace from her dress.

The flower girl, in an ivory dress with a blush sash, wore a crown of rosebuds in her hair.

The bride and her father arrived at the ceremony, at the Second Presbyterian Church, in a vintage car.

The church was decorated with arrangements of roses, hydrangeas, and vines. "The church is so elegant," says Amanda. "We loved all the natural light that pours in through the arched windows."

Grady's two-year-old nephew served as the ring bearer. "He did a great job walking down the aisle on his own," says the bride, "until he saw his dad in the front pew, tripped, and fell. Thankfully his mom was nearby to scoop him up and calm him down."

After the ceremony, the couple and their guests headed to The Elkridge Club for a tented reception. "We chose early September because we really wanted to be outside," says Amanda. "The weather was great." Guests were seated at round tables topped with textured linens and tall arrangements of white hydrangeas and pink garden roses to match the bride's bouquet.

The bride and groom shared their first dance to Ray Lamontagne's "You Are the Best Thing," then started the dance set with "Wanna Be Startin' Something" by Michael Jackson. They cut into a four-tiered cake topped with garden and polo roses.

Grady and Amanda got adventurous for their honeymoon, exploring the jungles and beaches of Bali. "We even stayed on a tiny island surrounded by monkeys, deer, and sharks!" she says.

Their advice? "Enjoy your engagement," says Amanda. "You have your whole lives to be husband and wife, but just a short window to be fiancé(e)s!"

Ceremony Venue: Second Presbyterian Church || Reception Venue: The Elkridge Club || Wedding Planner: Diana Venditto, Eventi Planning || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Oscar de la Renta || Jewelry: My Baubles || Hair & Makeup: Behind the Veil || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Groom's Attire: Paul Stuart || Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Wedding Bands: My Baubles || Florist: Wicked Willow || Invitations & Paper Goods: The Pleasure of Your Company || Music: Ceremony - Mulberry Street String Quartet, Reception - Infusion || Catering: The Elkridge Club || Cake: Sugar Bakers Cakes || Rentals: Select Event Group || Videography: Bowen Films || Photography: Laurie Bracewell Photography

Read more: A Timeless Fall Wedding in Baltimore — That Came Together in Just 6 Months!

Wedding Hairstyles 101: How to DIY This Effortless Side Ponytail

Wedding Hairstyle Side Ponytail How-To

Last week we taught you how to achieve a romantic, half-up wedding day hairstyle right in your very own home. But since we know not all brides are interested in keeping their hair mostly down on their big day, we dreamed up another bridal 'do that you can recreate without ever stepping into a salon. An effortless side ponytail is a staple style that every woman should know — and it's easier than you think to perfect this laid-back look.

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The trick to making this style work for your wedding day comes, in part, from the romantic curls. Paired with a polished front and relaxed back, an effortless ponytail looks formal and romantic in a way that will leave your guests thinking you wake up every morning looking this great. Plus, this versatile hairstyles work for just about any event — try it for your engagement photos, add a fun accessory for your bachelorette party, or dress it up with a lacey veil on your big day. The options are endless!

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

1. Prep by applying dry shampoo or texturizing spray to dry hair. Create a side part and curl sections with a one-inch barrel curling iron.
2. Brush out the curls so they don't look too perfect.
3. Secure your hair into a low side ponytail with an elastic, leaving out face-framing sections.
4. Wrap a piece of hair from the bottom of your ponytail around the elastic and secure with bobby pins.
5. Softly brush out the face-framing section of your hair, extending it so that it touches the ponytail elastic. Secure it underneath the ponytail with bobby pins.
6. You're done!

To ensure it lasts from ceremony to reception, finish with a light, flexible-hold hairspray.

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

Read more: Wedding Hairstyles 101: How to DIY This Effortless Side Ponytail

Summer Sales to Shop Right Now to Stock Up for Your Honeymoon

Summer Sales

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Planning an island getaway after your fall wedding? You can score a killer honeymoon wardrobe for a fraction of the price by shopping summer sales right now. While stores and websites are trying to get rid of warm-weather styles, honeymooners should scoop them up. Hit these five sales and get ready to jet set.

1. The Beach Bag
Made famous for their scarves, Echo naturally has some of the best summer prints. Score colorful bags like this, swimsuits and cover-ups for 50 percent off during their summer clearance event.

2. The Bikini
One of your favorite affordable websites, just got better. With over 500 new markdowns added, you can score great deals like swimsuits under $20 at Forever 21. Why stop there? You can stock up on their adorable lingerie while you're at it, a must for any honeymoon.

See More: The 10 Mistakes Couples Make When Booking Their Honeymoons

3. The Dinner Dress
BCBG is perfect for carefree, floating styles in an array of bright, saturated colors and pastels. At more than 50 percent off, take a peek at their selection of summer shoes, bags and jewelry to finish off your look for your first dinner date as a married couple.

4. The Statement Necklace
If you don't feel like buying a whole new wardrobe, update your look in an instant with jewelry. This necklace from Anthropologie packs a big statement for only $40. Shop now and earn an additional 20 percent off sale items for a limited time.

5. The Sandal
From comfortable walking shoes for site seeing to notice-me heels for nights out, Sam Edelman's sale has you covered with over 30 percent off their best styles. Gold gladiators are great for your honeymoon and will still be in style next summer. Spend over $75 and score free shipping too, so feel free to splurge on more than one pair.

Read more: Summer Sales to Shop Right Now to Stock Up for Your Honeymoon

8 Creative Escort Card Ideas We Love

You've put a lot of thought into where you want each of your wedding guests to sit, so to make sure your careful planning goes off without a hitch. It's key to have a neat arrangement of escort cards at the entrance of your reception. Complete with each guest's name and table assignment, these seemingly minor details may not feel like a place to invest a ton of time or effort, but you'll be surprised at what a major impact a lovely display can make. Not only will these important little cards get your guests to the correct table, they can also set the tone for your entire reception. To help inspire your planning, we found 8 fresh ideas that you should consider for your own seating assignments!

Classic Upgrade
There's nothing wrong with the classic, tented escort card. In fact, they can be created on nearly any budget and are easy to display. But if you're looking for an elevated take on this traditional pick, consider the options seen above. At left, calligrapher Rachel Carl transformed stark white escort cards into mini works of art. For the escort cards on the right, a crafty bridesmaid sprinkled natural cards with gold glitter for a gilded upgrade.

Edible Options
Your guests will love a tasty treat combined with their seating assignment. It's the perfect way to ensure each guest takes a favor, too! On the left, jars of olives are topped with a chalkboard painted lid, so they can snack as they find their table. For the couple that wants to kick off their party from the moment their friends and family walk in, take note of the option on the right. Colorful tags are attached to mini tequila bottles for an instant start to cocktail hour.

Color Treatments
For a creative take on escort cards, consider a trendy color treatment. A bride and her matron of honor used watercolor paint to decorate classic luggage tags, seen at left, then added romantic calligraphy for a final touch. If you prefer something more traditional, consider the antique style cards at right. Tea-stained escort cards complete with formal calligraphy are perfect for a vintage affair.

Thematic Picks
If you've worked tirelessly to plan a wedding around a specific theme, don't forget to incorporate it into your escort cards! For a garden party, we love the adorable seed packets seen at the right. Hosting a nautical bash? Antique-inspired compasses are the perfect match.

Read more: 8 Creative Escort Card Ideas We Love

What Your Groom Really Thinks of Your Bridesmaids As Told Through the Best '90s Teen Movies

What Guys Think Of Bridesmaids Girl Friends 10 Things I Hate About You

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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're revealing what they really think about your bridesmaids, as described by some of our favorite teen movie titles of the greatest decade.

10 Things I Hate About You (above): We don't hate any of your ladies, but we do have one that we love/hate. She's a great friend to you (obviously) and a great person and we get along, but there's just always something that rubs us the wrong way. We hate that our personalities differ and when she steers you wrong. We hate that she roots for our rival team and loves that stupid song. We hate that she's too involved, or not enough to call. But mostly we hate the way we don't hate her. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.

What Guys Think Of Bridesmaids Girl Friends Clueless

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Clueless: Every group of girls has one hot mess friend (Fun fact: If you can't figure out who it is in your group, it's you!) and your group of bridesmaids has one girl who just can't get with the program. She doesn't respond to your emails, flakes out on your events, loses touch, has to be reminded of things, and generally gives you more work than you should have to take on instead of taking things off your plate like a good bridesmaid should. Sorry that was way harsh, but this girl, ugh.

What Guys Think Of Bridesmaids Girl Friends Scream

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Scream: Straight up, this girl scares us. And we know you know exactly which one.

See More: Find Out How Your Favorite Rom-Coms Are Affecting Your Love Life

What Guys Think Of Bridesmaids Girl Friends She's All That

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She's All That: Bless you, Laney Boggs of bridesmaids. You've been the prom queen, the MVP all along and only we notice. You celebrate with our bride-to-be in her times of joy and talk her off the ledge in her moments of crisis. You're always connected with a quick phone call or email even if you don't live nearby and haven't seen her in ages. You offer great advice. You talk to our future mother in law about flowers and things. You do all the dirty work we'd be stuck doing otherwise. If you were a hacky sack, we'd never let you drop.

What Guys Think Of Bridesmaids Girl Friends Cruel Intentions

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Cruel Intentions: JOKING!

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: What Your Groom Really Thinks of Your Bridesmaids As Told Through the Best '90s Teen Movies

5 People Who Should Not Go Wedding Dress Shopping with You

People You Shouldn't Take Wedding Dress Shopping

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Any girl who's ever watched TLC's Say Yes To The Dress knows what a nightmare wedding dress shopping can be if you've got a crazy entourage. One bad apple can completely ruin the experience for you and everyone else. "While some brides want brutal honesty, others only want kid gloves and support," notes April Masini, relationship author and advice columnist at AskApril.com. "If you're the bride, figure out what you want first before deciding who to take dress shopping with you." In general though, you may wish to avoid the following types of folks:

1. Your Future Mother-In-Law
Some brides have super close relationships with their future mother-in-law and would feel weird not taking her shopping. Others, however, might not be completely comfortable (or comfortable at all) with the idea and that's okay. "If she makes you reach for the Benadryl every time you have to see her because she gives you anxiety, it's safe to say you shouldn't take her wedding dress shopping with you," says Masini.

2. The Drama Queen
"Drama queens will hijack your day and turn it into fodder for their chaos," warns Masini. They stir the pot and heighten tension so if you're looking for a namaste dress shopping experience, she suggests bringing your zen friends along instead. Hey, it's all about keeping the peace, right?

See More: The 3 Kinds of Friendzillas You'll Encounter While Wedding Planning

3. Any Disapproving Relatives
Whether it's someone on your side of the family or his, anyone who disapproves of your relationship for whatever reason should probably stay at home. Particularly those relatives who think he (or you!) could do better and are constantly comparing you to past partners, points out Masini.

4. Jealous Friends
They swear they're happy for you and when they make a snide comment about your partner or your wedding plans it's always followed up with a, "Oh you know, I'm just kidding!" But are they? "Jealousy is particularly ugly. If you have a sense of humor about it, these jealous people in your circle won't bother you," assures Masini. "If you're sensitive and stressed out though, you should leave out those who are jealous and tend to sabotage you, consciously or subconsciously."

5. Know-It-Alls
"These are people that think since they have watched Say Yes to the Dress they know everything there is to know about a bridal appointment and bridal gowns," says Rice. "That is false and can cause the bride to get confused. Also, those shows only portray what they want people to know and think and do not always provide the correct information," she adds.

Read more: 5 People Who Should Not Go Wedding Dress Shopping with You

Everything We Know About Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress!

Angelina Jolie at the 2014 Oscars

This morning it was confirmed that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wed in a small and intimate ceremony at Chateau Miraval in France this past weekend. But one very important detail wasn't discussed: Angelina's wedding dress!

It's safe to say we've been waiting for Jolie's walk down the aisle ever since Pitt popped the question in 2012. Thanks to a source close to the couple, we now have a very good idea of what she looked like on her big day!

Unlike the thigh-high slits of her past, Jolie kept it classic for her long-awaited wedding. The superstar's dress was apparently "very traditional, but very Angie, it was comfortable but plain white floor-length antique lace and silk," the source told E! News. No word yet on who designed it.

See more: Dream Wedding Dress Showdown! Angelina Jolie vs. Jennifer Aniston

Her something borrowed was reportedly extremely sweet: "[She] definitely wore something that once belonged to [her mother] Marcheline Bertrand," the insider continued. "A small gold locket with a photo of her mom inside it." She also had a veil, and when "Brad lifted it [he] gasped because she looked so stunning," the source recalled.

As for their six children, who played an intregral role in the ceremony, they all chose looks that reflected their individual personalities. The source explained: "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."

The source further shared that their wedding rings (which has already been spotted on Pitt), "were designed by their good friend Robert Procop."

Shortly after the wedding, it was straight back to work for the Jolie-Pitt clan. According to Us Weekly, the family of eight headed to Malta following the ceremony, where they're all staying in an eco-friendly villa as Jolie inspects the set of By the Sea, a film she wrote and is directing, which Pitt will co-star in.

Read more: Everything We Know About Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress!

Glee's Heather Morris Is Engaged!

Glee's Heather Morris Engaged

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Love is in the air among members of the Glee cast! A month after her co-star (and former on-screen girlfriend) Naya Rivera had her surprise wedding to Ryan Dorsey in Mexico, Heather Morris is reportedly engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Taylor Hubbell!

Morris, a pro dancer who still plays ditzy cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce on the FOX show as a recurring character, has yet to announce the engagement, but a source close to the star confirmed the news to Us Weekly.

After all, this union has been a long time coming. Three years ago, Morris famously told Fitness magazine of her high school sweetheart, "I want to marry Taylor and have kids with him! I love acting, but if it affects my relationship, then I won't continue."

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The latter part of her wish came true nearly a year ago; they welcomed their first child, son Elijah, last September. Shortly after she found out she was pregnant, she left her regular role on Glee to devote more time to her growing family. And now, she and Hubbell can start planning their happily ever after together!

"They're super happy together and it just made sense," Us Weekly's source says of the couple's engagement. "Heather was beaming when spotted wearing her engagement ring."

According to Star, the couple is "on cloud nine" and planning a California wedding for early next year. We know one thing for sure, though — they have an adorable ring bearer already built in!

Read more: Glee's Heather Morris Is Engaged!

3 Times Having an Animal at a Wedding Went Terribly Wrong

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, the pro planner reveals that having a pet at your wedding doesn't always go as expected.

I have nearly eight years and 500 weddings of planning experience to draw from and I'm going to tell you something straight out: having animals at your wedding isn't always a good idea. Here's proof:

— Our island has literally thousands of semi-wild horses roaming everywhere so it's not uncommon for a bride to request horses at her wedding ceremony — either to arrive or depart on, or to tie to the arbor as décor. Most wedding gowns aren't terribly horseback friendly unless you're a true equestrian, so you have to keep that in mind. Also, you can't tie horses to something covered in flowers — they will munch on them during your wedding ceremony (great blooper pictures but very distracting). Finally, horses aren't decoration. They aren't trained wedding personnel. And when one steps on your wedding veil as you're walking away into the sunset and you stand there and scream, it makes for a hilarious video but an embarrassing memory.

— Some religious traditions call for love birds (doves) to be released during the wedding ceremony. At one wedding, they fed the birds for two days at their villa and then they wouldn't fly away as they did the big release. Instead they sat in a tree above the wedding table and pooped. Then they went and sat, appropriately, right on the bride's dinner plate.

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— They may look cool, but live fish are not good centerpieces. You have to have a plan for getting them set up. Then you have to consider the guests who think you're torturing the fish — we had a waitress who kept moving the fishbowls out of the sun because she was afraid we would hurt them. (Nevermind they're fish and can survive in water when the sun is out.) Finally, what are you going to do with the fish afterwards? We had a grand plan to return them to the fish store (we didn't want our money back), but the owner got sick and the store closed down the day before the wedding. As a result, every child in my neighborhood has a fishbowl now. It was the best solution, but a huge hassle.

Read more: 3 Times Having an Animal at a Wedding Went Terribly Wrong

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Are (Finally) Married! Get the Wedding Details

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith are now Mr. and Mrs. Pitt! After nine long years and six adorable children, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally made their union official. A spokesperson for the couple confirmed to the Associated Press that the pair married at a small ceremony at their French estate, Chateau Miraval, this past Saturday.

As we would expect, Pitt and Jolie kept their wedding very intimate. ABC News reports that the pair married at a nondenominational civil ceremony in a small chapel, witnessed only by their closest friends and family. To keep their happy news quiet, the couple enlisted the California judge from whom they obtained their marriage license to conduct their ceremony in France.

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And, of course, their children played a major role in the ceremony. Reportedly, Maddox, 10, and Pax, 8, 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. We'd expect nothing less from this intensely family-oriented couple!

While there's no word on Pitt's best man (was Clooney even invited?) or what wedding dress Jolie wore (we'd imagine something understated but still elegant and sexy!), we're just thrilled to learn that these two finally made their relationship legal.

Pitt proposed in 2012 with a 16-carat table-cut diamond ring custom designed by the groom himself (with the help of jeweler Robert Procop).

Congrats to the happy couple and their growing brood!

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Jessa Duggar Dishes on Her Proposal & Accidentally Spills Big Wedding Details!

19 Kids and Counting star Jessa Duggar and her new fiancé Ben Seewald have only been engaged for 12 days, but that hasn't stopped them from jumping straight into wedding planning. Case in point: The engaged couple has already set the date!

According to The Stir, a November 1, 2014 wedding is in the works. The site figured out the date after stumbling upon a Bed, Bath, and Beyond wedding registry for Jessa Duggar and Benjamin Seewald of Arkansas. That means by the time the couple says "I do" they will have only been engaged for just under three months — talk about a short engagement.

Amongst the usual pots, pans, and kitchen electrics, we noted some interesting registry picks: The couple selected monogrammed towels, EnjoyBedding to ensure they can accommodate the large Duggar family, and plenty of Arkansas-themed items, like a doormat and cutting board.

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Ben proposed on August 15 with an elaborately laid out scavenger hunt that took Jessa from her home in Springdale, Arkansas to Eureka Springs. According to People, Ben enlisted the help of Jessa's pilot brother, John-David, to fly the bride-to-be to her first clue. In order to find Ben waiting with a ring, Jessa has to complete a series of tasks, including scoring a hole in one on a mini golf course, collecting roses from strangers, and answering quiz questions on a trolley ride. Finally, she met Ben at Thorncrown Chapel, where he was waiting for her with a .75-carat princess-cut diamond engagement ring.

Earlier this week, Jessa told People opened up about her wedding vision. "I think my wedding might be similar to Jill's in a lot of ways," Jessa said. "I don't want to spend a whole bunch of money and buy a new set of decorations. We will save that money for the honeymoon."

One thing we know for sure — if Jessa and Ben host a wedding anything like sister Jessa's 1,000-guest affair, friends and family should expect their registry to sell out fast!

Read more: Jessa Duggar Dishes on Her Proposal & Accidentally Spills Big Wedding Details!

Editor Approved: A Gentle Laser Hair Removal Treatment You Need to Try Before Your Honeymoon

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Our Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor Elizabeth Swanson test drives the latest beauty products and treatments to help bring our brides-to-be the best of the best in the skin care, makeup, and hair world. Here, she's dishing on a laser hair removal that's perfect for engaged girls in search of a gentle, but effective treatment.

One thing that would be nice to not worry about when it comes to wedding-day beauty prep? Hair removal, that tedious but non-negotiable part of our beauty routines. So when Dr. Dennis Gross's office unveiled a new form of laser hair removal, it sounded perfect for brides-to-be. It's called Syneron Candela Gentle Max Pro Laser Hair Removal (a mouthful, yes) but this is what you need to know: it's the first type of laser that can treat every skin tone. It also boasts a cooling effect that makes it very gentle for a bride (or, you know, me) who has a low threshold for pain.

What it's like: First, you have to make sure you're prepped and ready to go. I was instructed to arrive without a tan — no problem since I basically repel the sun — and without having waxed for three weeks. "Waxing pulls out the follicle," Dr. Gross' office said. "The laser targets the blood supply to the follicle in order to stop growth." Shaving the day before, however, is recommended in order to create a smooth surface.

Valentina, my aesthetician, examined my skin tone, set the laser accordingly and gave me a pair of goggles to ensure the light from the laser wouldn't irritate my eyes. She started with my right leg, noting that it's useless to laser your upper thighs, since that hair is hormonally induced and will return. She kept asking me if I was alright — I probably couldn't hide the bit of nervousness I felt — but it turns out that the "little prick," as she described it, felt just like that. Nothing worse. Could I feel it? Yes. Does a massage feel better? Yes. But it was totally and completely tolerable, even for my finicky self.

See more: Editor-Approved: A Gentle Peel That Will Leave You with a Wedding-Ready Complexion (No Downtime Required!)

My left leg was more sensitive than my right, which could be explained by a variety of reasons including hormones, allergies, or reaction to a cream, but it still wasn't anything I couldn't handle. Zapping both my legs and underarms took about half an hour. I was scooted out the door with instructions not to take a hot shower, apply lotion or deodorant for 24 hours to avoid unnecessary irritation.

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

When I got home, I noticed tiny little red bumps on my lower legs. "They should be gone within the week," Dr. Gross' office said. "But you can put topical cortisone on it if you'd like." I went the lazy route and decided to not do anything about it. Sure enough, they were gone a week later and I was left with smooth, hairless skin.

The fine print: For the best results, six treatments once a month is recommended, depending upon the person. Prices differ among dermatologists and based upon the amount of area you want to cover. At Dr. Gross' office, they start at $150 for under arms and go up to $700 for legs. (He offers a buy five sessions, get the sixth free.) Go to Syneron Candela to find a dermatologist in your area.

Our verdict: If you're ready to make an investment, this is a total game changer. (Even if you go less than six times, I say it's still worth it, since it lessens the amount of hair that grows back each time. I went in for two sessions and am still hairless, a whole month later!) Oh, and did I mention it gets rid of in-grown hair, too? Plus, if you tally all of the times you'll have to spend buying razors or getting waxed in your lifetime, well, the price might very well be comparable.

Read more: Editor Approved: A Gentle Laser Hair Removal Treatment You Need to Try Before Your Honeymoon

No Passport Required: U.S. Honeymoons for the Foodie Couple

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Do you and your husband-to-be consider yourself major foodies? Then plan a honeymoon that reflects your tastes — literally! You don't have to eat your way through Italy or escape to the south of France to enjoy a honeymoon filled with good food and wine, either. With tons of incredible eateries and even better wine right here in the U.S., you can plan a foodie's dream escape, no passport required!

If you Instagram more food pics than selfies, go to Savannah.
Dripping in Spanish moss and southern charm, this Georgia city has almost as many award-winning chefs as it does local characters. From Brian and Jennifer Huskey's brunch mecca, B. Matthew's, to Roberto Leoci's Leoci's Trattoria, Savannah knows how to do haute comfort good. And down-home fare too; don't miss the fried chicken at Mrs. Wilkes. After you've stuffed yourselves silly, check in at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, a Victorian manor with a Lalique chandelier in the lobby and multicourse feasts at the in-house restaurant, 700 Drayton, a popular wedding spot.
Doubles from $199, Mansion Forsyth Park

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If you love wine, try Sonoma.
Think Tuscany without the transatlantic commute. Just an hour outside of San Francisco, Napa's quieter cousin is all rolling hills, bucolic vineyards, and rustic farmhouses. It's also bigger than the state of Rhode Island, which means that honeymooners who comes here to sip and spa have plenty of room to roam. Some of the best wines in the world come from the 400-plus wineries, making daily tastings a must. When you need a break, there's always sunning on a seal-dotted beach, wandering the lavender-scented farmer's markets, ziplining through a redwood forest, or devouring plates of local oysters and duck at Sebastopol's French Garden Restaurant, where most ingredients are grown on the owner's organic farm. Your homestead? Farmhouse Inn, just outside Healdsburg, where you can sleep in a sumptuous, airy renovated barn.
Doubles from $595, Farm House Inn

Looking for an escape a little more off the beaten path? Be the first of your friends to visit these wine regions.

Columbia Valley, Washington: Oregon's Williamette Valley may get most of the press, but its neighbor to the north has award-winning wines and gorgeous scenery (waterfalls! rivers!) to spare. Hit Walla Walla Vintners for its big cabernet francs and lush merlots and J. Bookwalter for its red blends and outdoor seating — perfect for tastings with a view.

Hill Country, Texas: Vineyards in the Lone Star State? Believe it. And there are enough delish vintages to add a wine-tasting tour to your Texas-honeymoon to-do list. Try Bending Branch, with its award-winning cabernet sauvignons, and Becker Vineyards, with a cab and a chardonnay that have been served at the White House.

North Fork, Long Island: Just two hours outside of New York City and a quick shot from the Hamptons, this area has become a destination in its own right, and many of its wines are served in NYC's hottest eateries. Toast your trip with Paumanok's sparkling blanc de blanc, Croteaux's rosé, or Bedell's Musée, a red blend that racks up awards year after year.

Read more: No Passport Required: U.S. Honeymoons for the Foodie Couple

In Search of Wedding Invitation Inspiration? Check Out These Pretty Floral Finds!

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What's old is new again — particularly when it comes to wedding invitations. While there are lots of cool trends emerging in wedding stationery (watercolors, geometric designs, and metallic touches) a long-time bridal favorite is experiencing a resurgence: Timeless and ultra-romantic, the floral wedding invitation is back in a big way.

From custom bespoke suites to digitally-printed styles, there's a floral wedding invitation for every type of couple. Classic and romantic brides, this trend is a natural fit for you. Sweet illustrated pieces from Rifle Paper Co. or soft-and-airy watercolor designs from Julie Song Ink will easily capture your wedding's aesthetic. Also, modern girls shouldn't rule out the trend: Contemporary suites from Bliss & Bone and Up Up Creative offer a fresh take on floral details. And for that whimsy, off-beat bride who longs to avoid the expected, check out Mr. Boddington's Studio and Jolly Edition — here floral details meet playful accents for seriously cool yet elegant stationery. (Fearful your groom won't give your favorite floral pick his stamp of approval? Then incorporate some groom-approved details like cool gold foil details or graphic bold fonts.)

One thing is for sure: None of these invitations will resemble your grandma's old tablecloth or curtains.

Ready to get inspired? Click through to see 28 of our favorite floral wedding invitations in the full slideshow!

Read more: In Search of Wedding Invitation Inspiration? Check Out These Pretty Floral Finds!

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

You've probably had the common nightmare that something bad will happen to your wedding ring on your big day. Whether it gets lost or into the wrong hands, the last thing you want is an emergency related to the symbol of everlasting love and marriage. That's why we sourced some etiquette expert-approved solutions to the most common problems that arise with wedding bands!

I don't really trust my ring bearer to not misplace the ring, but he's so excited to be included! What should I do?
Sew a faux ring onto the ring bearer's pillow and ensure him that he's performing the most important task of the ceremony. Just don't make a big deal when you give the real one to the best man for safe keeping!

My maid of honor's dress doesn't have pockets. Where should she hold the ring?
Suggest that she wear the groom's ring on her thumb, which she should keep securely bent around her bouquet. Speaking of pockets, make sure the best man checks his for holes! It's best for him to not slip it onto his finger (especially if it's bigger than yours), as the ring might slip off or get stuck.

But actually, I'm really concerned a ring will get lost or forgotten. What should I do if this happens?
If the worst-case ring scenario occurs, borrow one from a parent or attendant. In a pinch, turn your engagement ring so the stone faces the inside of your hand. Later, your clergy member or officiant can bless the real wedding ring.

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

A Classic Wedding at Maryland's Strathmore Mansion

For Andrea, 30 and Ted, 40, one wedding ceremony just wasn't enough. The couple wanted the groom's cousin to officiate, so they had a civil ceremony to make it official, then invited 100 guests to the Strathmore Mansion in North Bethesda, Maryland, for their March 30, 2013 wedding. And that's not all! A few months later, in June 2013, the two headed to Taipei, Taiwan for a third ceremony—this time saying "I do" in front of 250 guests!

After searching for a venue online, Andrea and Ted's wedding planner, Courtney of A Sweet Soiree Events, took them to visit the Strathmore Mansion. It was the first venue they visited in person, and the couple fell for the classic style. "I loved we could use the mansion's different rooms," the bride says. "It made the wedding feel like a cozy dinner party." Andrea and Ted are classically trained musicians, so the mansion's art exhibitions and proximity to the Strathmore Music Center made the venue even more perfect for their stateside celebration.

Keep reading to see how this couple dressed their traditional venue with a stylish, modern twist, as captured by Michelle VanTine.

When Andrea first flipped through wedding magazines after getting engaged in February of 2012, she stopped when she saw the Henriette gown by Vera Wang. "I wanted something different from the sea of strapless dresses out there," Andrea says of the dress's high collar and cap sleeves. But after wearing the gown's beautiful lace top for the ceremony, this fashionista created a second look by removing the lace top, adding a belt, and bustling the wavy tulle skirt.

For her wedding shoes, Andrea looked to her personal style icon, Kate Middleton, and chose to wear the pair of strappy Jimmy Choo sandals that the princess frequently wears with evening gowns. The bride also wore the same nail polish as Kate, Essie's Allure, over a shade of pale pink.

With socks in his favorite color and a classic dress shoe, the groom's footwear was equally as stylish. The style of his Ferragamo shoes? The bride's name, Andrea, of course!

The bride added a brooch from her grandmother, who was too old to travel from Taiwan to the US for the wedding, to her all-white bouquet of roses and hydrangeas. For her jewelry, Andrea wore diamonds borrowed from her mother's jewelry collection.

Andrea and Ted said "I do" under hanging orchids (a nod to their Taiwanese heritage!) inspired by Lily's wedding to Bart on Gossip Girl. With the room's dark-stained wood and antique gold details, the couple let the beautiful space speak for itself. With music chosen by the groom's mother, a piano teacher, the groom's sister played the piano while her husband played the cello during the processional.

Instead of one giant centerpiece, hydrangeas, roses, phalaenopsis orchids, and calla lilies were clustered together on a mix of round and long rectangular tables in the reception area. Candles of different heights and mirrored titles were added for a romantic look.

For their three-tied wedding cake, the couple incorporated their wedding colors: pale pink, champagne, and light beige. The confection, topped with sugar flowers and a quilted pattern, featured layers of German chocolate and lemon cake.

The wedding favors were soaps handmade by the bride's mother. Andrea designed the wrapping herself and included the Chinese double happiness character.

After transforming the ceremony space for the reception and a quick dress change for the bride, the new Mr. and Mrs. took to the dance floor for their first dance to "Only Fools Rush In" by Elvis. Changing the beat on the dance floor, Andrea and her father showed off their ballroom skills to "The Tennessee Waltz." Later, the DJ spun a mix of old and contemporary Taiwanese tunes.

The couple headed to Taiwan for a wedding reception a few months later. "We were totally pampered," says Andrea. "It felt like a mini-moon!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Strathmore Mansion || Event Planner: Courtney of A Sweet Soiree || Bride's Wedding Dress: Vera Wang || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Linda of Beautiful Life Salon || Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo || Florist: Davinci Florist || Invitations & Paper Goods: DIY || Music: Brian Jones of My Dee Jay || Rentals: Davinci Florist || Cake: Sally Kwok of Cakebee || Photography: Michelle VanTine Photography

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5 Ways to Tell You're a Laid-Back Bride

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In the frenzied sea of details and etiquette and tulle (aka wedding planning) there's an illusive creature that lurks beneath the surface: the cool bride. Blessed with effortless personal style and a mellow attitude, this breed of bride is the most illusive and enviable of all. How do they do it? How do they turn a blind eye to the botched canapés while simultaneously pulling off the most stylish soirée anyone has ever been to? We investigated the phenomenon and found five uniting characteristics all laid back brides have in common.

1. You're Not Married to Tradition
Wedding planning comes laden with a lot of tradition and etiquette. So much so, that sometimes a bride can feel overloaded with all of the things she has to do, instead of the things she wants to do. Cool brides are over that. If they'd rather skip the wedding cake and pin the tail on the groomsman, they will. In their eyes, traditions are optional, not absolute, and this perspective majorly diminishes pressure.

2. You Delegate
Nobody is cool and collected when she has one million and three details to worry about the morning of her wedding. To stay calm under pressure, cool brides delegate — to their planners, day-of coordinators, bridesmaids, moms, friends, vendors, whoever — and trust them to handle details on their wedding day.

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3. You Embrace Imperfection
Have you ever noticed how many cool girl icons like Kate Moss always have one element that's slightly off in their outfit? Maybe it's an un-tucked shirt, or messy, undone strands, but they always seem to keep one ounce of nonchalance in the mix to prevent them from looking too "done." Laid-back brides also adhere to the concept of perfect imperfection, much to the benefit of their mental state. "Oh the fur blankets fell off the guest chairs onto the ground? How bohemian!" "So, the forks didn't come in on time? Matching china is passé anyways."

4. You Stick to the Budget
Nothing ruins the vibe faster than the tension of over-extended purse strings and resentment. Mellow brides know that style can be achieved within any budget. They're not afraid to pop some wildflowers into soda bottles, throw on a vinyl and embrace simplicity.

5. You Stay True to Your Style
Similar to their take on wedding traditions, cool brides realize that the best thing the dress they can wear is the one that represents their unique style. Whether that's a short shift dress, a classic ball gown or a bohemian kimono, every bride is at her coolest when she's comfortable and utterly herself.

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In Season Now: Get to Know Viburnum Berries

If you love the look of lush flower arrangements that are full of texture, ask your florist about incorporating viburnum berries, which are in season right now. These hardy berries come in a variety of colors, from bright red and orange to green and deep blue (that almost looks black). The red and orange varieties produce a large, round berry with a wonderful glossy sheen — they're perfect for weddings with a red color palette, of course, and also have a very festive holiday feel. The navy-blue varieties produce smaller-sized berries, but their deep, dark color makes a big impact in bouquets and centerpieces. Also, since navy is such a popular wedding color and there aren't many blue flowers that exist in nature, viburnum berries are the perfect solution. To help get you inspired, we've gathered together some of the prettiest arrangements we found that feature viburnum berries.

Vibrant Bridal Bouquet (above): This gorgeous bouquet by Twiggs Botanicals includes red viburnum berries, chamomile, maidenhair ferns, ranunculus, lisianthus, Juliet garden roses, and anemones.

Textured Boutonniere: We love this groom's boutonniere of viburnum berries, raspberries, ferns, and millet, tied with a textured ribbon.

Bridesmaid Bouquet: Viburnum berries also come in a deep indigo shade and look beautiful when combined with cream-colored flowers and a pale blue bridesmaid dress.

Berry-Colored Centerpiece: If you love deep berry tones, check out this beautiful, lush centerpiece combining garden roses, dark foliage, chocolate cosmos, Concord grapes, and indigo viburnum berries.

Bright-Red Centerpiece: This vibrant floral arrangements includes red viburnum berries, red and orange dahlias, dark red scabiosa, pieris, hydrangeas, and mokara orchids.

Yellow Centerpiece: Summer is coming to an end, which means fall is right around the corner. This bright-yellow centerpiece is perfect for an end-of-summer celebration, don't you think? It combines red viburnum berries with garden roses, bittersweet, euphorbia, and fresh persimmons.

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: Get to Know Viburnum Berries

Steal Laverne Cox's Shimmering Gold Lace Marchesa Dress

While we loved Laverne Cox's white Marc Bouwer Emmy Awards look, the Orange Is the New Black star wore an equally amazing gown to the after party: a gold-tinged lace stunner with an illusion neckline from bridal powerhouse Marchesa. The gilded gown is both extremely elegant and glamorous, perfect for the girl looking to make a major statement while still remaining inherently bridal. The shimmering, metallic lace would make any bride-to-be feel like an A-lister, and the illusion neckline ties in one of the most beloved modern trends.

Here's how to get a gown similar to Cox's custom Marchesa.

Laverne Cox Marchesa Emmy After Party Get the Look - Oscar de la Renta

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Oscar de la Renta: This Oscar gown offers all the same perks as Cox's Marchesa number. It's ultra-elegant, features a gilded exterior, and the popular illusion neckline. And check out the volume too that trumpet skirt — so glam!

Illusion cap-sleeve trumpet wedding dress with all-over embroidery, Oscar de la Renta

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Christos: With a warm ivory underlay, airy tulle skirt, and off-the-shoulder lace appliqué, this Christos gown is an ethereal take on Laverne Cox's magnificent Marchesa.

Corded lace sheath wedding dress with an illusion high neckline and cap sleeves, Christos

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Angel Sanchez: Modern brides will love this contemporary illusion mermaid. Still holding true to Cox's slim-fit lace mermaid, this gown serves up a flirt, sheer illusion skirt too.

Style N11009, sleeveless lace A-line wedding dress with an illusion bateau neckline and sheer leg, Angel Sanchez

Laverne Cox Marchesa Emmy After Party Get the Look - Theia

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Theia: Not a golden girl? No problem! Go for another metallic hue, like silver, to up the wow-factor. Plus, this Theia gown offers a similarly sophisticated silhouette.

"Cameron" sleeveless silver metallic lace sheath wedding dress with a sheer bateau neckline, Theia

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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: Amazing wedding music to perfectly-executed themes! From a pump-up playlist for the morning of your big day to luxe New York nuptials inspired by Truman Capote, take a peek at the best wedding blogs:

Don't let your nerves get the best of you on the morning of your wedding! This pre-wedding playlist will keep you blissfully distracted from stress and focused on love, light and fun. —POPSUGAR

And now, the music for the end of your wedding day! The last dance song should capture the joy and warmth of your wedding and get everyone onto the dance floor. Listen to this curated playlist for some classic and bright ideas. —Brides

This Wisconsin wedding was styled to look like a camp, and the bride and groom looked, appropriately, as in love as two teenagers. The best part? The bride walked down the aisle to a song the groom wrote! —100 Layer Cake

This real couple fully embraced their wedding venue, San Diego's New Children's Museum, by incorporating a chalkboard into their ceremony backdrop and bright, youthful patterns and colors into their reception. And yet, the whole thing is impeccably stylish. —Ruffled

Every detail of this antique-inspired wedding is soft, vintage, and romantic, without feeling cheesy or tacky. It's a master class in nailing down a wedding theme. —Green Wedding Shoes

The crazy-stylish couple donned designer duds and entered to Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful." Needless to say, it was like a Truman Capote party with a dash of classic New York elegance. —Brides

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

Kim Kardashian Is Officially Over Beyoncé After Wedding Snub

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Enough is enough! Kim Kardashian is reportedly no longer chasing after Beyoncé for the coveted spot of Bey's BFF after Bey and Jay Z's infamous absence from Kimye's wedding.

According to Radar Online, Kim is through with the superstar. "Kim blames Beyoncé for Jay Z skipping their wedding," a source close to Kimye says. "Kanye considered Jay family, and the last minute decision for him to not come to their wedding was extremely selfish."

Besides being regular collaborators, Yeezy holds Hova in such a high regard that he was reportedly in line to be his best man. But after Bey and Jay were spotted in the Hamptons the weekend Kimye exchanged vows in Florence, Kimmie isn't holding back when it comes to closing out the Carters. "Kim has absolutely no use for Beyoncé and Jay, and doesn't think they are worthy to be friends with Kanye," the source adds.

See more: Bey and Jay Finally Release Their Wedding Video!

The source continues: "[Kim] thinks that that Beyoncé has always been very arrogant and aloof around her. Kim always made a real effort to get to know her and Jay, but she was always left with a very cold feeling. Beyoncé made Kim feel very insecure and that isn't something that she is used to. For a very long time, Kim didn't tell Kanye how she felt, but after Jay skipped out on their wedding, she let it all come out."

The bad blood made its way to the VMAs where Queen Bey received the highest honor, the Video Vanguard award (and killed it, FYI). Apparently, the two were not even close to friendly.

Sorry Kimmie, but we completely respect Bey's decision to skip out on your circus of a wedding (she reportedly didn't want Blue filmed for Keeping Up with the Kardashians ... a very valid excuse!).

We're sure somewhere the flawless superstar is singing "D-d-d-diva" with a slight smirk.

Read more: Kim Kardashian Is Officially Over Beyoncé After Wedding Snub

What Are "Non-Bridesmaids" And Should You Have Some?

How to Include Friends in Wedding Non-Bridesmaids

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With destination weddings on the rise and for brides whose closest friends and family are scattered all across the country, the concept of having "non-bridesmaids" is becoming more and more popular. According to family and relationship expert Dr. Ruth Nemzoff, Ed.D, non-bridesmaids are people you honor in the wedding and who help you plan it but do not march down the aisle. "They can pass out the booklets, sing, read prayers, bustle your gown or just join you for dressing," she says. They may also help organize your bachelorette party or go dress shopping with you, for instance. Plus, "the role has the added bonus of not costing the person the price of a dress that they may not have chosen themselves." If you're curious about the idea, we've put together a quick list of pros and cons to help you make your final decision.

Pro: You can include more friends
Many brides get stressed out and anxious at the mere thought of having to narrow down the number of bridesmaids they have in their wedding. "Having a friend help out with certain tasks and outings allows someone that would otherwise not be involved in the wedding planning to be a part of it," notes Melia Spring Coordes, creative director and owner of WedSpring. "Many new friends want to be included even if they don't make the bridesmaid list."

Con: You might hurt some feelings
"When the wedding weekend comes along some of the friends that have helped the bride through various planning tasks and decisions may be left out of formal gatherings that are for the wedding party only," points out Coordes. Unfortunately, this can lead to hurt feelings and damaged friendships, particularly if the non-bridesmaid doesn't feel like her contributions were properly recognized or appreciated.

See More: No, You Can't Be My Bridesmaid

Pro: It's less of a financial obligation
If you're having a destination wedding and you know a particular friend isn't exactly rolling in dough at the moment, asking her to be a non-bridesmaid can help ease the financial burden for everyone. A bride can choose friends to be her "go-to" people on her wedding day. It may be assisting with making sure lunch is delivered, flowers are in water or the groomsmen are dressed appropriately," explains destination wedding planner Michelle Fage of Paradise Planning. "Having a friend in that role truly allows her to be a part of the wedding without the stress or financial obligation of being an actual bridesmaid."

Con: There are blurred lines of responsibility
For brides looking for a more casual experience with less coordination and stress, having a few official bridesmaids and several non-bridesmaids may be the way to go. However, it also blurs the lines of responsibility and which friend is responsible for what part of the wedding, warns Alex Haslam, founder of Bali Dream Day.

Pro: Non-bridesmaids aren't afraid to speak up
Not only can non-bridesmaids be a great voice of reason when the bridal party may be too close to a situation to be helpful, but they're also able to assist with wedding tasks that they would truly like to do for you without feeling any sense of obligation, says Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner.

Read more: What Are "Non-Bridesmaids" And Should You Have Some?

Prince Harry's Ex-Girlfriend Chelsy Davy Is Engaged!

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Prince Harry has had an interesting year, love-wise. After breaking things off with Cressida Bonas, the girl many thought he would marry, in April, there's another twist in his romantic world — his longtime girlfriend Chelsy Davy is reportedly engaged.

Though she's been called the love of his life (she even attended the Royal Wedding as his guest after they'd officially broken up) and many assumed they'd get back together after his split with Bonas, Davy has officially moved on with jeweler Charles Goode.

According to Vanity Fair and other sources, Davy is expected to announce her engagement to Goode, whom she's dated for more than a year, after he proposed during their vacation in Zambia, Mozambique, and Malawi.

Davy, a Zimbabwe-born lawyer who now works in London, and Goode have been traveling through Africa, Vanity Fair stated. Last week, they climbed up Malawi's Mount Mulanje, where friends believe Goode popped the question.

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

"Charles was planning to propose on holiday and everyone thinks he has now done it," a source told The Daily Mail, adding, "He is off-comms out there, so if there is an announcement it will come this week when they return home."

"Chelsy and Charles are very serious and we are all expecting a wedding to happen soon," a source said.

After dating Prince Harry on and off for more than seven years and decidedly not wanting to marry, we can assume that Davy knows this is the real deal! While her nuptials won't be a royal wedding, we're sure it will be a grand affair.

Read more: Prince Harry's Ex-Girlfriend Chelsy Davy Is Engaged!

How to Tame a Groomzilla

How to Tame a Groomzilla

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As if wedding planning weren't stressful enough, clashes with your fiancé can heighten the anxiety. You scoured the internet to find the perfect vendor for your flowers and he doesn't like any of their designs. Or maybe he's introducing elements into the wedding plan that just don't fit. Perhaps he's even being a bit of a control freak, wanting to sign off on every single detail. To sum it up: He's become a groomzilla.

If this sounds all too familiar to you, we've consulted a few relationship experts for ways to cope with planning clashes and turn disagreements into constructive ways to work together.

Communicate from the Star — and Keep Talking
Before you even start your wedding planning, dream together about what your ideal wedding would be like. The operative word here is "dream." This is is the brainstorming stage; so let the ideas flow. Don't shoot down or get too attached to any ideas now. Just let them be heard. The purpose? To find out what each of you wants from your wedding so you make informed decisions with your partner's desires in mind as your planning progresses.

Let Go of Your Fantasy Wedding
So often, brides have been planning their weddings since they were wee girls. But this can cause unrealistic expectations. Make sure you do tell your man which aspects of the ceremony are most important to you, but don't expect that he's going to fully agree with them. Remember, it's his wedding, too. Work together to incorporate details you both will love.

Be Ready to Compromise
No two people are ever going to agree 100 percent, but this doesn't mean disagreements have to be a negative. According to April Masini, relationship expert and columnist at AskApril.com, the fact that you're having an issue is less important than the opportunity it creates to resolve conflict in your relationship. Alisa Ruby Bash, Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Beverly Hills agrees: "How you deal with disagreements now is going to set the groundwork for the rest of your marriage. You're always going to have to compromise, so develop positive ways to work through arguments together."

See More: Tough Talks: Tactics for Communicating About Difficult Topics

Keep It Private
If you do have a disagreement that gets particularly hairy, don't publicize it, says Masini. The last thing you want to do is get friends, or worse, family involved. "That's a fail. Make a pact with your fiancé to keep this issue between the two of you while you work on resolving it."

Remember What You're Actually Doing
It's so easy to get bogged down by details, which can cause you to lose sight of the bigger picture. Keep coming back to the reason you're getting married in the first place. As Bash advises, "It's important to remember that you're not alone. All couples have dealt with this kind of stress. And stress and anxiety is a waste of time. Spend time nurturing each other and focus on the love. When you look back, are you going to remember the napkin rings, or the amazing time?"

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

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The Most Important Things to Know If Your Friend Is Officiating Your Wedding

Having a friend or a family member officiate your wedding is a growing trend among couples, and one that may be particularly appealing to those who are not affiliated with a church or prefer a secular ceremony. After all, getting a friend ordained to do the job is as easy as a few clicks online.

The upsides are plentiful: It's more intimate and personal than having a stranger officiate, it's much cheaper than hiring somebody, and it's a very special way to ask someone who is important to you to be involved in your big day. But the job also comes with a lot of responsibilities and some tricky rules (not the kind you can break), so before you pick up the phone to ask your bestie to do the honors, read the info below.

1. Figure out who is allowed to officiate in your area.
Each state, county, or even city has its own rules on who is allowed to legally make your union official. Check with your city's Marriage Bureau for the complete guidelines before you begin figuring out who should officiate.

Laws regarding the officiant are truly varied: in Colorado couples can solemnize their own marriage, and in parts of other states (such as Virginia) only pastors of certain churches are allowed to perform the wedding — and someone who got ordained online doesn't count. Remember, just because your friend got his uncle to perform his wedding doesn't mean it's allowed where you tie the knot.

See More: Interfaith Ceremonies: Options and Practices

2. Get your friend ordained.
Once you've figured out that your friend can officiate the wedding, the next step is to get him or her ordained. An easy way to do this is to point your browser to TheMonastery.org, where you can become a minister of the Universal Life Church. Other places that offer ordination include the Church of Spiritual Humanism, First Nation Ministry, American Fellowship Church, and the Church of Latter-Day Dude — a religion that spawned from the movie The Big Lebowski. (Yes this is legit, but once again, double check your regional laws by calling your county clerk).

3. Determine if the officiant needs to be registered.
Once your friend has been ordained, the next step in the process is to make sure all the paperwork and other legal checkboxes, if any, are checked off. Some regions require that the officiant file credentials with the local court and others do not. For example, in California, it is not necessary to register, but in New York City, not only do officiants have to register, they have to appear in person at the City Clerk's office to do so.

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4. Write the ceremony.
Many couples will want to work with their officiant to write the ceremony script, and one of the benefits of having a friend perform the wedding is the ability to highly personalize the ceremony. But don't get too carried away with the reminiscing and forget about the legal requirements. In Seattle, for example, a marriage is not recognized legally unless the couple declares during the ceremony that they take each other to be spouses. Once again, work with your local marriage-governing bureau to determine requirements for your area.

5. Sign and send in the marriage license.
After the ceremony and reception, it is your officiant's responsibility to send the completed marriage license and return it to the state within the required timeline.

Read more: The Most Important Things to Know If Your Friend Is Officiating Your Wedding

WATCH: This Might Be One of the Most Creative Wedding Videos Ever

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Kyle and Melissa King came up with an adorable alternative to your standard wedding video: a film-strip, stop motion-style video using thousands of photos.

When the pair was initially set to wed back in May, they were in need of a last-minute photographer, New York Daily News reports. Luckily for the couple, one of Kyle's groomsmen knew a commercial photographer, Steve Thackson, who happened to shoot weddings. When Thackson went to photograph the barn bash, he approached it how he would any job: with fast paced clicks and thousands of proofs.

See more: Emotional Father-of-the-Bride Photos

The newlyweds ended up with more than 3,000 photographs. Kyle, who works at a video editing studio, saw the pictures and began editing them down to share on social media with friends and family. But as he was sifting through all of the proofs, he realized they'd make for an amazing animated video.

The result, above, showcases friends, family and the wedding planner putting the final touches to their nuptials in an Atlanta suburb. Everything from the ceremony set-up to the band belting it out at the reception and the cake cutting is captured in a lively and unique way.

The best part? Stolen moments that may not as easily be highlighted in a traditional wedding video — like the mother-of-the-bride and bride pre-ceremony, the dad giving his girl away, and a quick look between bride and groom from afar — are placed front-and-center in this animated showcase. Think of it as a longer, more finessed Flipagram for friends and family to watch and share!

Read more: WATCH: This Might Be One of the Most Creative Wedding Videos Ever

The Ins and Outs of Planning a Double Wedding

When it comes to a wedding, why not double the happiness?! Sisters, close relatives, or good friends may wish to express their mutual fondness for each other by sharing their wedding day and planning a double wedding. This kind of affair, in the long run, can save both couples money. At the time, however, it can be quite an extravaganza to plan and coordinate, with twice the number of attendants, more guests, and a lavish outpouring of food and drink. And, of course, a joint reception always follows a double wedding. So what should both sets of brides and grooms keep in mind when planning one of these events? Here are some tried-and-true etiquette guidelines.

How can I differentiate myself from my fellow bride? What about our bridal parties?
Brides can wear differently styled wedding dresses with trains and veils of about the same length. Attendants of both brides dress with the same degree of formality, and in the same color or complementary shades (deep plum and pale lavender, for example). For a formal wedding, ushers all wear traditional black-and-white formalwear (with different but complementary bow ties and cummerbunds for the grooms and best men) or, for a ceremony before 6 pm, cutaways.

What's the best way to announce a double wedding on the invites?
The two brides may wish to issue a joint invitation, particularly if they are sisters or very close friends. List the elder bride's name first on an invitation for a double wedding. If the brides are twins, list their names alphabetically. It is also appropriate to send separate invitations if the brides are not sisters or simply want their own stationery suites, but insert a card informing guests about the unique situation.

Anything in specific I should keep in mind for the ceremony?
For the procession (if there is one aisle), you can split the entire bridal party (ushers, bridesmaids, honor attendant, flower girl, bride) to go one after the other for each bride, in the same way as you did for the invitations. The attendants can also walk two by two, one sister's maid of honor paired with the other's honor attendant, and so forth. At the head of the aisle, attendants usually separate so that those of the first bride are on the left, and those of the second bride are on the right. The ceremony may be divided into sections, with each couple completing each part in turn: First one couple speak their vows, then the other. However, the final blessing may be given to both at the same time. Then each pair kiss and turn to face their guests.

Read more: The Ins and Outs of Planning a Double Wedding

How to Throw a Modern, Moroccan-Inspired Wedding — No Matter Your Venue

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Marrakech, Morocco (one of our favorite surprisingly romantic cities), is home to famed markets, intoxicating spices, and boldly colorful tapestries. For the offbeat, bohemian bride, this exciting locale offers tons of unexpected inspiration for a gorgeous and exotic wedding day. Even if you're not planning to travel for your nuptials, you can capture the flavor of Morocco no matter where you tie the knot.

Create Structure
Since you're trying to transform the ordinary into something alluring, it's important to set the scene. Start with a backdrop that is equal parts pretty and unexpected. We love the look of this structure that feels so reminiscent of Moroccan palaces. To achieve it, have a minaret shape cut out of an ordinary garden trellis. Rather go the DIY route? Just paint a minaret shape onto a trellis using a neutral color.

Be Bold
To really give your guests the feeling of faraway Marrakech, consider bringing in the bold colors so reminiscent of the area. Sure, a lawn covered in purple poufs may not be for the color shy, but for the boho-bride who loves this glamorous style it's the perfect ceremony seating idea! Jewel tones — the more dramatic the better — and neutral metallic embellishments are what really make this look work.

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Include Authentic Flourishes
Hit the souk — or, you know, Etsy — for décor items. One way to welcome (and refresh!) your guests is with a Moroccan mint-tea service. Or find a way to include the refreshment as your signature cocktail. Consider other easy places to add a dash of Moroccan-flare to your wedding day. Runners, lanterns and programs with arabesque motifs and Islamic art patterns add visual interest and drive the theme home.

Read more: How to Throw a Modern, Moroccan-Inspired Wedding — No Matter Your Venue

The Surprising Lipstick Color Fall Brides Should Try

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Fall brides, take note: It's totally okay to wear coral lips after Labor Day. Whether you go for a soft wash of peach or a bright, punchy lipstick, this universally flattering shade looks amazing year-round with a soft smoky eye and dewy, glowing skin. Plus, of course, bright coral pops against any wedding gown! We rounded up the best new shades out this fall.

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Poppin' Poppy
You can't go wrong with this sheer, hydrating lip tint: a single layer yields a barely-there hint of peachy balm, while a heavier hand makes for a bolder coral lip. No matter how you choose to wear it, the buildable color means you can find the coverage that's perfect for your wedding day. $17, available at Cinique

Sisley Phyto-Lip Shine in Sheer Coral
This gorgeous, semi-sheer color does not budge. While most balms and tints fade with each sip of champagne, this formula miraculously lasts. Darker-skinned brides can swipe on a few layers for a brighter coral, and if you've got fair skin, just one layer is enough to pop. $52, available at Sisley Paris

See More: The Best Long-Wear Wedding Lipsticks

Topshop Lips in Infared
Daring brides, we found your lipstick. Pair this red-hot matte lipstick with a clingy satin sheath and killer sparkly heels, and get ready for the coolest photo-booth shots ever. $12, available at Topshop

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Coral Crush
This shea-packed stick goes on like a balm, but looks way more pigmented on your lips. Over time, the bright hue fades to a softer wash of color as it softens and moisturizes. Bonus: It smells amazing. $8, available at Pixi

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Blissful
If you steered away from gloppy, sticky lip gloss at your makeup trial, now's the time to give it a second chance. Tarte's formula isn't one bit drying, thanks to emollients like vitamin E and jojoba oil. And the shade, created from mineral pigments, steers much closer to soft peach than bright orange, making it perfect with a soft smoky eye and a romantic updo. $19, available at Ulta

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One Bride Shares the Pros and Cons of a Long Engagement

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Meet our latest real bride blogger Amber Herring, a New York City-based fitness and style editor! Over the past few weeks, Amber has chronicled every last detail of her wedding planning process — from getting into shape to accessorizing her look. Here, she's sharing how she's managing her long engagement.

It was almost 18 months ago, that my fiancé Rajiv asked me to marry him in Paris. The feeling of "so much time" to plan is gone and the big day is three weeks away. While I'm happy we chose to have a long engagement, it's ironic how time was both our enemy and our friend in the planning process. Here's some of my most notable pros and cons and how I handled it all:

Pro: You can plan the big things far in advance, then take a break.
Since vendors like the venue, photographer and music are so important and have limited availability we booked them all quickly and then decided to take a break. With the major elements set, we could relax knowing we had lots of time.

See More: Why Wedding Planning is Really Just Marriage Practice

Con: You have time to mull over decisions.
The blessing of a short engagement is you are forced to think quickly and make decisions that youcan't change. Even the most decisive person can have a hard time making choices on theme, flowers and dresses. Pretend you don't have that time. It will force you to go with your gut and trust your instinct.

Pro: You have time to DIY, if you want.
We decided to cut back on our florist budget by providing our own vases and candles. My mother and I had time to shop around for the vases and even do a project to make them all different shades of gold. But beware: DIY is not as easy as it looks. Don't over commit yourself, no matter your time restraints. Once we finished the vase project, we decided that was enough DIY for us.

Con: You feel like the possibilities are endless.
Time is your friend and your enemy in the long engagement. A bride can get lost in the black hole of Pinterest weddings and research. Give yourself a time limit and stick to it. For example, I have one week to look up centerpieces and narrow it down to my favorites. Don't get caught up in feeling like you can always find something better, it's not true.

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Pro and Con: You have lots of time to get in shape for the big day.
The long engagement is a double edge sword for a get fit plan. Don't put it off. Make a plan and allow yourself some cheats. Commit to eating healthy and working out, but accept some indulging along the way so you don't burn out. My plan was to cut carbs, dairy and sugar and work out six hours a week once I hit the six-month mark. I had some cheat meals in there, but always kept my eye on the prize ... and the scale.

Pro: You get to enjoy being engaged.
The stresses of planning a wedding can get to couples. With a long engagement, I felt like I could enjoy the planning and being someone's fianc&eaute;. It's fun to have the anticipation build between us and with our family and friends. It also keeps you mindful of how much you need to savor the day when it comes.

Read more: One Bride Shares the Pros and Cons of a Long Engagement

A Gatsby-Inspired Nashville Wedding Bash

In January of 2002, at a bar in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her roommates, Jaime Moffett spotted Tom Gossin, guitarist and lead singer of Gloriana, from across the room. "I ordered a drink, and as I turned to lean on the bar and check out the band, I saw Tom and thought 'Who is that?'" she laughs. She worked her way to the stage and requested John Mayer's "3x5," but Tom didn't know it. Luckily, the pair ran into each other again the next night, something Tom was hoping would happen. "When he drove me home at the end of the night, he pulled out his guitar and began to play," says Jaime.

Ten years later, on the roof of Jaime's apartment building in Atlanta, Tom started talking about how long they'd been together and how special Jaime is to him, then tugged on her hand. "I turned around and realized he was down on one knee," she says. "I had no idea it was coming!"

With music in their blood, the duo couldn't think of anywhere better to wed than Nashville. They gathered 178 guests at The Cannery Ballroom for a Prohibition-themed bash, planned by Kathy Best of Front Porch Farms and photographed by Phindy Studios.

In true Gatsby-era style, Jaime and Tom took their outfits very seriously. The bride donned a cap-sleeved lace gown by Claire Pettibone. "It was only the third or fourth dress I tried," she says. "I had a few other dresses in the fitting room, but the second I put this one on, I knew I was done!" To show off the gown's lace back, Jaime skipped a veil in favor of a floral headpiece. For a night of dancing, she chose vintage-inspired black lace booties by René Caovilla.

Tom did the majority of his shopping in his own closet! He paired a vintage Double RL by Ralph Lauren tuxedo jacket and shirt with J. Lindeberg pants and a Brooks Brothers vest. He and his groomsmen traded traditional bowties for wooden versions by The Two Guys Bow Ties.

The ceremony took place upstairs in the Cannery Ballroom's private event space, ONE. Wooden arches were decorated with Manzanita branches and hung with chandeliers, and the aisle was flanked with two rows of rose petals. Tom and Jaime encouraged guests to arrive early, grab a cocktail, and then take their seats. "We wanted the party to start as soon as we said 'I do,'" says the bride.

Downstairs, the stage was set for a '20s-worthy celebration. Gold and ivory linens were topped with vintage silver and cut crystal vessels and arrangements of blush and ivory roses and hydrangeas. "A lot of the vases were our own family heirlooms," says Jaime. Nearby, couches and arm chairs provided lounge seating where guests could take a break from an evening of boogieing.

Jaime and Tom's planner created two vignettes—the Carolina Rose Boudoir and Gossin's Gentlemen's Club—to continue the Prohibition theme. In the boudoir, guests signed the guest book, took photos in the photo booth, and got a peek at Jaime's mom's wedding dress. In the gentlemen's club, a table was set up for gambling. As a final surprise, the planner sourced a vintage piano and displayed the hand-written sheet music to "Carolina Rose," a song that Tom wrote for Jaime chronicling their love story.

"Tom's a musician, I'm a dancer," says Jaime. "Having a live band was a no-brainer!" The band played Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" as the couple's first dance.

Though Jaime loves sweets, the cake wasn't at the top of her list. Instead, it was the impressive dessert spread, featuring everything from miniature cupcakes and banana pudding to chocolate mousse.

Jaime swapped her wedding gown for a shorter black number so that she could really get down. "I needed to be able to shimmy!" she says. The couple made sure to prioritize as they planned, allocating funds toward the big things that meant the most instead of small details that eat up money but don't have as much of an impact. And the day of, Jaime was sure to be present and keep her focus. "I didn't notice a single thing go wrong," she says. "That's not to say it didn't happen, but I was focused on marrying Tom and celebrating with our loved ones."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Cannery Ballroom || Wedding Planner: Kathy Best of Front Porch Farms || Bride's Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone || Shoes: René Caovilla || Hair: Steven Ward Hair, Debbie Dover of John David Agency || Makeup: Danielle Blaquera || Groom's Attire: Double RL by Ralph Lauren, J. Lindeberg, Brooks Brothers, The Two Guys Bow Ties || Wedding Bands: Giador Fine Jewelry || Florist: LMA Designs || Invitations & Paper Goods: Designs in Paper || Music: Gino Speight || Catering: Chef's Market || Cake & Desserts: B. Jackson's Bakery || Rentals & Linens: Front Porch Farms, Visual Elements, Southern Events, BBJ Linens || Lighting: Nashville Audio Visual || Videography: Awaken Films || Photography: Phindy Studios

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Find Out Who Is the Next Bachelor!

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And the next Bachelor is ... Chris Soules! "Farmer Chris" (as we and Bachelor Nation like to call him) was one Andi Dorfman's final three suitors on her recent season of The Bachelorette. While Andi wasn't keen on a future in Iowa, fans fell hard for this sweet farmer with strong family values.

And though he seemed like the Bachelor front-runner from the second he was booted off Andi's season, cast-off from Emily Maynard's Bachelorette season Arie Luyendyk Jr. was battling him for the role.

Alas, Luyendyk tweeted today that he will not be the star next season, confirming Soules as Bachelor. "I'm not the Bachelor," Luyendyk tweeted. "Have fun on the farm people."

See more: Couples That Found Love on The Bachelor and Bachelorette

We're not surprised ABC chose Soules to front their franchise next season. As we mentioned, fans are obsessed with him. He's also a total class act, leaving the set of The Bachelorette with such grace after getting dumped, telling Andi that he respects her decision and hopes she finds love. Plus, his family is so lovable too (especially his mom!), that they swayed Andi to keep him around after hometown dates, when otherwise, it seemed like she would've said goodbye to him then.

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Most importantly, though: Have you seen this guy in a denim shirt or riding a tractor? As Andi emphatically pointed out on her dates with him, homeboy is h-o-t.

Read more: Find Out Who Is the Next Bachelor!

The Perfect Playlist for Your Wedding's Last Song

After you've had your first dance, the wedding cake has been cut, the bouquet has been tossed, and all the other wedding reception festivities have had their moment, it's time for the last dance. As much as you don't want your wedding to end, you do want to give your guests a happy, lasting memory of that final spin around the dance floor! And when it comes to what song to play for that moment, you have a ton of options.

Unlike the first dance or father-daughter dance, there's slightly less sentimental value for this musical number. Instead, it's more of a fun, everyone-on-their-feet-now tune to cap off what's likely been the best day of your life. To help you get in the mood for that joyous moment, we created a Spotify playlist of some great songs to end your wedding with.

For those who want to rock, we included AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" and two Queen classics, "Don't Stop Me Now" and "Bohemian Rhapsody." As for the classics, well, there's nothing like Donna Summer's "Last Dance" (probably the most popular one of all, and understandably so) and The Isley Brothers' "Shout." More modern, upbeat dance hits are also a fantastic choice; we happen to love "Feel So Close" by Calvin Harris and "The Time (Dirty Bit)" by The Black Eyed Peas.

A little bit sentimental and a whole lot of fun, these last dance song ideas are guaranteed to get you thinking about how to create the perfect musical end to your wedding. Sit back, relax, and get listening!

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How To Create a Wedding Emergency Kit

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Fingers crossed you don't encounter any wedding-day emergencies. But it's always better to be safe than sorry, which means it's a very smart idea to pack a day-of emergency kit along with your wedding dress and accessories. That way, if you accidentally chip a nail or your up-do becomes loose, you'll have a bottle of nail polish and bobby pins at the ready. Here are all our essential just-in-case items that you should have by your side on your wedding day.

Spills & Mishaps
• Mini sewing kit (with needles, thread, buttons, and safety pins)
• Fashion tape (double-stick tape for keeping clothes in place)
• Stick-on instant hemming tape
• Clear nail polish (for runs)
• White chalk (for masking stains)
• Safety pins
• Small pair of scissors
• Spot remover pen
• Static cling spray
• Superglue (for fixing broken heels)
• Scotch tape
• Lint roller

First Aid
• Aspirin (or pain reliever of choice)
• Band-Aids
• Epi-Pen (if you have allergies)

See More: 14 Miracle Products That Can Save You From a Beauty Emergency on Your Wedding Day

Snacks & Drinks
• Bottle of water
• Breath mints
• Granola bar

Beauty & Makeup
• Dental floss
• Eye drops
• Extra earring backs
• Bobby pins and ponytail rubberbands
• Face wipes
• Tampons
• Straws (to drink water without messing up lipstick)
• Tissues
• Tweezers
• Foundation
• Concealer
• Mascara
• Lipbalm
• Lipstick
• Blotting papers
• Makeup remover
• Cotton swabs
• Nail polish (in the shade you're wearing)
• Nail file
• Lotion
• Deodorant
• Comb
• Hair spray
• Small mirror
• Shoe pads (for cushion)

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Gail Simmons Shares 5 Dos (and 5 Dont's!) for Throwing Your First Dinner Party

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Gail Simmons wears a lot of hats: She's a culinary expert, food writer and editor, television personality (she's a regular judge on Top Chef and hosts its spin-off Top Chef: Just Desserts ), and, most recently, she's the latest Estancia Wine ambassador. So to say this busy lady knows a thing or two about food and entertaining may just be the understatement. Despite her packed schedule, we caught up with the culinary genius about newlywed entertaining. From what to serve, how to decorate, and ways to navigate the tricky etiquette of being a host, Simmons offers 10 smart tips for throwing your first dinner party as husband and wife.

Top 5 Dos

Be a Thoughtful Host
These days so many people have food allergies and sensitivities. As host, be mindful of your guests' needs by taking the time to ask them at least a day in advance if they have any eating requirements (nut or seafood allergy, gluten or lactose intolerance, vegetarian, etc). Don't feel obligated to cook separate meals for everyone, but knowing if there are any significant special needs allows you to tweak your menu enough to make them feel welcome and comfortable.

Strive for One Seriously Amazing Dish
When first starting to entertain at home, focus on making one spectacular main course and serving it alongside easy appetizer staples, like olives, nuts, salumi and cheese, warm bread and dips, and a bottle of great wine. Also, make a delicious, decadent dessert a day in advance so you don't have to worry about timing. Just reheat it slowly in the oven while you are enjoying the meal. A seasonal, fresh fruit cobbler or bread pudding are perfect make-ahead crowd pleasers.

Set the Mood
Decorating does not just refer to elaborate tabletop and flower arrangements. Setting the right mood can be done in so many creative ways, and easily on a budget. Take the time to make the perfect playlist, pay attention to lighting and make sure there's plenty of comfortable seating for all.

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Remember the Details
Keep a simple colored or white wax pencil in the kitchen, which you can buy at any art or office supply store. Use it to write each guest's name on their wine glasses as they arrive. This way everyone can easily keep track of which glass is theirs, even if moving from room to room or switching chairs through the evening.

Prep Your Party in Advance
When entertaining for a large group, set the table and pick out all your platters, dishware, glassware and serving bowls the day before the party. Place sticky notes on each, designating its purpose and required serving piece. This creates a mental checklist of every course and will enable you to anticipate issues with ample time to problem solve.

Top 5 Don'ts

Don't Underestimate How Much People Will Eat and Drink
It's always better to have slightly more than needed and sending people home with leftovers is appreciated. If hosting a party for more than four guests, it's helpful to buy several bottles of the same red and white wine so they don't have to worry about mixing when they want a refill. Try Estancia Monterey County Chardonnay or Estancia Monterey County Pinot Noir, which pair well with food and can be found easily at most local retailers.

Don't Over Reach with a Complicated Menu
Skip too many fussy courses and details! Of course you want to impress your guests, but you also want to enjoy their company and not spend the whole night in the kitchen.

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Don't Over Decorate
Don't clutter your dining table with overbearing centerpieces, huge bouquets or too many candles (and make sure any candles you do light are unscented so as to not interfere with the smells and flavors of the food!). Having too much on the table makes conversation difficult, passing food arduous, and accidents more likely.

Don't Turn Down Help
If your spouse or guests offer an extra hand or to bring part of the meal there is no need to be a martyr and deny them. Even allowing them to bring the wine, set the table or load the dishwasher gives you time to focus on everything else.

Don't Save Your Fancy China and Silverware
If you don't use it when entertaining now you probably never will. Be careful with family heirlooms but, if you received beautiful platters, serving pieces, tableware and glasses for your wedding there's no reason to let them gather dust. Break out the good stuff early and often.

Read more: Gail Simmons Shares 5 Dos (and 5 Dont's!) for Throwing Your First Dinner Party

Aaron Paul's Emmy's Acceptance Speech Crashed His Wife's Website!

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When Aaron Paul won the Best Supporting Actor Emmy for Breaking Bad last night, he might was well have won best supporting husband! He capped off his emotional acceptance speech with a heartfelt message to his wife, Lauren, whom he married last May, and made special mention of her charity, which almost instantly caused major results.

"...And to my wife, my god, thank you for marrying me," Aaron said while on stage. "Thank you for dedicating your life to spread kindness across the world. We all appreciate it. If you guys don't know what she does, look up 'Kind Campaign.' Do yourself and your children a favor. Kind Campaign."

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His shoutout didn't fall on deaf ears, not by a long shot. Viewers immediately began visiting the charity's website, leading it to crash for most of the night. Talk about an endorsement!

The attention, though, was certainly well-placed. Lauren and her best friend Molly Thompson founded Kind Campaign in 2009 to end girl-on-girl bullying. The organization offers in-school curriculum that teaches parents and students how to deal with and fight bullying; Lauren and Molly created an accompanying documentary, Finding Kind, in 2011 to better highlight the frightening consequences of the common occurrence and what being gracious to others can do.

Lauren recently gave USA Today the backstory of her motivation to found Kind Campaign. "My ordeal started because a boy liked me and this girl liked him. Through seventh and eighth grade, I was tortured every single day by a group of girls. Eventually, I developed an eating disorder and tried to commit suicide in the seventh grade."

"My bullying experience affected the course of my life," she further explained. "I was a floater in high school; I was friends with everybody but didn't get too close to anyone. I am thankful for going through that experience, walking those hallways in middle school. If not for that, Kind wouldn't exist. There's so much good we can do, so it all happened for a reason."

Her hard work is likely one of the things her husband appreciates the most about her — last year, he turned the Breaking Bad finale into a fundraiser for his wife's charity and ended up raising $1.3 million!

If the couple that loves and supports each other stays together, then Lauren and Aaron will be together for a very long time.

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

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Raquel Kelley, E! Fashion Police producer and the creative force behind the wedding blog, I Guess I Do, is sharing her top tips for keeping your bridesmaids happy.

Has your bridal party gone from seven to six? Have your best friends from high school and college entered into a battle royal over who's the favorite yet? Were the tequila shots and inflatable penises a recipe for disaster and drama at your Bachelorette party?

If you answered no to the questions above, then you are on the right track. If you answered yes, then let's deal with the task at hand — before they start dropping like flies.

Bridesmaid Isn't Slang for the Word 'Servant'
Often times we get caught up in the "It's My Day!" philosophy, but we mustn't forget that before these people signed up to buy some taffeta dresses and walk down the aisle next to your husband's weird cousin, they were your friends.

Realize that your friends have lives too. And just because they can't clear their schedule at the drop of a hat to help with your DIY glue gun project gone awry, doesn't mean they don't care. Don't let a relationship that has flourished for years suffer over a single day.

You Said 'Yes' to Their Dress, But They Sure Didn't
Ah, the ever-dreaded bridesmaid dress. My closet in Ohio is full of them (somehow they magically didn't make the trip back to Los Angeles). When it comes to dresses, it's impossible to please everyone, but it's also important to be conscious of body shapes and sizes when selecting.

If your bridal party has a variety of body types, then selecting a color and letting everyone choose their own style in a coordinating shade could work. There are also different companies out there that rent bridesmaid dresses. This is a sure fire way to get on your girls' good side. Which leads me to...

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Bridesmaids & Bankruptcy Should Not Be in a Monogamous Relationship
I've had many friends open separate savings accounts in order to start saving for the weddings they were in that year. Yes, you may be paying a lot per plate, but all of your guests especially your bridesmaids are shelling out a ton to be there too. Any way you could lighten their load would be greatly appreciated on their end.

If you really need them to buy that $400 dress, then you should also contemplate paying for half of it. And all of those matching accessories add up, so splurging for their shoes and jewelry could make for a great gift.

In the end, these ladies are not only your bridesmaids, they are the shoulders you've cried on, and the hands that held your hair back in college. They've sat through countless conversations over wine about you and your soon-to-be husband's relationship — from the first date, to the first kiss, to the first time he forgot your birthday.

These gals have been there for it all and are part of the reason you are with your man today. So be sure to show your appreciation and help give their bank accounts a bit of a break!

Read more: 3 Ways to Make Sure Your Bridesmaids Won't Hate You

Did Claire Danes Wear Kim Kardashian's Wedding Dress to the Emmys?

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There was no shortage of bridal-inspired dresses at the 2014 Emmy Awards last night — from Kristen Wiig's white Vera Wang number and Sofia Vergara's sexy strapless Roberto Cavalli gown to former cover girl Hayden Panettiere's shimmering silver Lorena Sarbu design and Taylor Schilling's glitzy Zuhair Murad sheath. And though Homeland star Claire Danes's Givenchy gown was red, it still felt decidedly bridal. The reason? It looked suspiciously similar to Kim Kardashian's wedding dress!

Though it's not the exact same design, Kardashian and Dane's dresses (both designed by Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci) feature many of the same elements: a high neckline, illusion waist cutouts, a thin belt and the same lace fabric. Kardashian opted for a more figure-flattering trumpet silhouette with long sleeves, while Danes stepped out in a sleeveless A-line style at the award show.

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This isn't the first time Mrs. Kanye West's wedding dress served as style inspiration for other famous faces. Last month, Glee actress Naya Rivera tied the knot in a gorgeous Monique Lhuillier creation that felt very reminiscent of Kardashian's own bridal look.

Whether it's a coincidence or not that Danes's gown looked like Kardashian's dress, we still love the bold red carpet gown!

You tell us: Who do you think wore their Givenchy gown better? Kim or Claire?Tweet us @BRIDES!

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What Your Single Friends Really Think Of Your Engagement & Wedding Plans

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Chances are, you have at least one friend who's still single — and while she's willing and able to celebrate in your engagement and wedding, there are just certain things she doesn't want you to do. We went to five single women who dished on the don'ts of being engaged.

Don't share every single teeny-tiny wedding detail with your friends.
They likely won't have an opinion on the color of your cocktail napkins. "One night, my engaged friend brought over fabric swatches and asked me if she should choose the 'artichoke' or 'asparagus' color for her tablecloths," says one single woman. "Not only could I have cared less, but the conversation just made me hungry!"

Don't apologize because you think you've offended your friend's single-gal status.
"I was happy to listen to my friend's wedding plans and hear about how happy she was — until she made a point of mentioning that 'all this wedding talk' probably made me feel even more alone," another source says. "Well, after that it certainly did. I know she was trying to be considerate of my feelings because she knew I wanted to be in a serious relationship, but the comment just made me feel worse."

Don't inundate your friends and wedding party with constant updates.
Stick to group email blasts with information that pertains to your bridesmaids and groomsmen, and nothing else. "A friend texted me every time she made an appointment, whether I needed to be there or not," says one woman. "Within a few months, I was so confused. Was I coming to the cake tasting, or did she just want me to know she'd be there?"

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Don't forget that you had a life before you got engaged.
"After [she] got engaged, that was almost all she could talk about," says a single friend. "If we went out for happy hour, we didn't talk about work or how we'd spent our weekends — it was how many weeks were left until the wedding and what flowers her florist had suggested. It got boring after awhile, and I stopped asking her to hang out."

Don't be an over-eager wing woman.
"This guy came up to us at a bar and started to talk to both of us," says another single girl. "I wasn't really into him, but my friend decided to announce that while she was engaged, I was single. I wanted to die of embarrassment, and I was stuck talking to him after that." Avoid the urge to hook-up your friends just because you're happily coupled.

What other don'ts can you offer up? Tell us at @Brides!

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Why More Engaged Couples Are Attending to Pre-Marital Counseling

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Sherry Amatenstein is a New York City-based marriage therapist and author. Here she shares how her (happily) engaged clients have benefited from pre-marital counseling.

*Lisa and Don were four months from their eagerly anticipated wedding day. They loved each other. Perhaps even more importantly they liked one another, had similar values and goals, and shared a love of puns and belly laughs. Yet they wound up on my couch.

Lisa says, "Don and I came from broken homes so neither of us had good role models for marriage. We wanted to start things off on the right foot."

The erroneous belief that pre-wedding therapy means your relationship is in deep trouble is cracking open at the seams. In fact, a survey published in the Journal of Family Psychology found that 30 percent of couples that underwent premarital education experienced higher levels of satisfaction as well as a 30 percent decline in the likelihood of divorce over five years.

During their 10 sessions, Lisa and Don learned how to truly listen to and empathize with one another's point of view without interrupting, getting defensive or assuming they knew what the other was going to say. They learned the right (calling a "time out") and wrong ways (name-calling) to handle disagreements.

They also explored myths and expectations of what marriage should and shouldn't be. For example, while certainly crucial, love is not the most important determinant of marital happiness. Nor is getting all one's needs met.

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Rather, a successful partnership revolves around each person making the relationship primary — aiming to always treat one another with respect and kindness (amazing how often we treat strangers with more courtesy than we do our loved ones!), and not expecting a spouse to be one's everything. A loving partner cannot fill a void left by a traumatic childhood. That requires self-awareness and learning to self-parent.

Before James Pillow and his wife married at age 23, they attended couples counseling sessions. Now married for close to 20 years, he explains, "We came from very different backgrounds so thought it would be helpful to address the 'unspoken beliefs' we take into marriage. For example one person thinks, 'You should do the yard work because that's how it worked in our family,' while the other is thinking, 'When I was growing up we did this as a family. Why aren't you helping?'"

Premarital counseling offers a couple a 'safe place' to discuss hot button issues such as money and religion, and guidance on how to move from being 'stuck' on differing viewpoints to crafting a compromise.

Lisa says of how premarital counseling helped her prepare for life with her now-husband, "I learned to think like a 'we,' not just 'me.'"

*Names have been changed

Read more: Why More Engaged Couples Are Attending to Pre-Marital Counseling

This Couple Is Taking Crowdsourced Weddings to the Next Level

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It's no secret that weddings require a good amount of money, and sometimes, sticking to your budget means leaving a few key items off of your wishlist. One couple, Courtney McKenzie and Jamil, won't accept that fate. They are so determined to have the wedding of their dreams that they've decided to throw a corporately-sponsored bash.

The pair dreams of eloping this December and plan on "going scuba diving, elephant trekking, and bamboo river rafting across Thailand for 11-days," the couple writes on their website, SponsorOurWedding.com. "Instead of wedding gifts, we decided to raise money for an exotic wedding and our favorite charities." Except, unlike a kickstarter wedding, or honeymoon registries, these two are looking for corporations to sponsor their big day.

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So, why corporate sponsorships? "When we first got engaged we knew we didn't want to have a big wedding," McKenzie tells Buzzfeed. "After we put it down on paper we knew we couldn't afford, either."

Turns out to get what they want, the marketing, social media, and digital media consultant thought she could garner her social followings for the wedding of her dreams. Aside from a slew of hashtags and mentions throughout their 11-day journey, Courtney and Jamil are offering up sewn-on logos on her dress and his tux, along with logos sewn onto honeymoon wear.

The plan is starting to work, too. When Courtney announced their decision on Facebook, the post got more than 40,000 likes. They also have some sponsors locked in already, too: "We have a few Fortune 500 companies who have reached out to us which is exactly what we wanted, as well as smaller companies like GlamHotlist, who are sponsoring my entire wedding and honeymoon wardrobe," McKenzie says. They also already nailed down a ring sponser, which means free wedding bands to seal the deal.

When all is said and done, it is a pretty creative idea. Plus, they're donating a portion of the proceeds to charity, which is wonderful!

Read more: This Couple Is Taking Crowdsourced Weddings to the Next Level

6 Things You Need to Know Before You Book Your Honeymoon

Honeymoon planning often takes a back seat to wedding planning, but there's a skill to planning the vacation of your lifetime. We asked honeymoon planner Katie Frederick, founder of Ever After Honeymoons, for her professional tips on how to make it a trip to remember.

1. Don't leave right after your wedding.
Wait a day or two before you leave for your honeymoon, says Frederick. "The days leading up to your wedding and your wedding day itself are all about being on a schedule. So cut yourself some slack and give yourself a day or two with no plans — except to pack that is!"

2. Make sure the first few days of your honeymoon are relaxing.
Even if you're an adventurous couple, and love exploring or being active, Frederick advises that you spend the first few days just chilling out. "You might be jetlagged or still on a high from your wedding," she explains. "Spending the first few days relaxing will give you a lot more energy to enjoy yourself later on."

3. Be aware of hidden costs.
Weddings and honeymoons are already expensive, and the last thing you want is to be caught off-guard with any last minute surprises. "Sometimes visas, and airport transfers and fees can cost upwards of $1000," warns Frederick. "Make sure you understand what is included in the cost of your bookings — for example, if you're going to a really remote island, does your hotel rate include transportation to and from the airport?"

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4. Decide on an activity each day, but don't plan too much in advance.
You're at an exotic locale with your new spouse, how could you possibly be bored? Well, it happens more often than you think, especially if you're just vegging out on the beach all day. Frederick recommends that couples decide on one activity they want to partake in every morning. "Most things like reservations for water sports or tours can be made day of or the day prior," she says. "In fact, I would recommend not scheduling too many things ahead of time, so you have the flexibility to change your mind if you want."

5. Let your hotel know of any special requests.
Even though you want to keep your schedule as flexible as possible, some things do need to be booked in advance. For example, many resorts offer just one private dinner on the beach each night, so that would need to be reserved as early as possible, advises Frederick. "Don't forget to tell the hotel that you're on your honeymoon — many places offer perks such as special turn down service or breakfast in bed. Most places offer honeymoon packages that include couples massages and other perks that you would have to pay for otherwise."

6. Think about what you like to do when thinking of where to go.
"The most common question I get from clients is 'where should we go'," says Frederick. "And I always ask my clients what they like to do during the weekends. Going to the beach or going to a European city are not the only options. I advise my more adventurous clients to go to South America, and foodies to go to Napa or Sonoma, and others to take a road trip. Be adventurous and remember that this is your chance to do what you want to do."

Read more: 6 Things You Need to Know Before You Book Your Honeymoon

Trending Now: Feather Accessories for Your Wedding Day

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Looking for the perfect piece to accompany your wedding dress? We're here to help! Chic feather accessories had a major moment on the fall fashion runways, with designers showing tons of cool, bridal-perfect details. Whether you prefer feather-shaped baubles or accessories adorned with airy plumage, we've rounded up five of our favorite ways to try the trend on your big day.

These Jimmy Choo feather-and-suede peep-toe heels are fit for a black-tie wedding. Pair them with a ball gown or a playful ankle-length dress to show them off. Skipping a veil? Rock a pretty, feather-shaped hair clip instead.

Try two trends at once by sporting these whimsy rose gold feather earrings. If you prefer a bolder accessory, we found a statement-making silver-and-crystal cuff — this option from Oscar de la Renta gives the effect of a few stacked bracelets, so you'll achieve the ever-popular chunky look in a super elegant way.

Or skip the eye-catching jewels in favor of an unexpected clutch. Jenny Packham's silk-and-feather bag is just the right size to hold of your wedding-day essentials.

Above: 1. Hair Accessory, embroidered silk clip, $158, Colette Malouf; 2. Earrings, diamond earrings set in 18-karat rose gold, price available upon request, Madyha Farooqui; 3. Bag, silk and feather clutch, $1,312, Jenny Packham; 4. Bracelet, silver and crystal cuff, $695, Oscar de la Renta; 5. Shoe, feather and sude heels, $1,850, Jimmy Choo

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55 Wedding Experts All Brides-to-Be Need to Follow on Instagram

Your maid of honor and wedding planner are a huge help while wedding planning, but there's something else that you should be relying on when prepping for the biggest party of your life: Instagram! From wedding dresses and flowers to venues and cakes, you can find major wedding inspiration with just a tap of your finger. To help get your Instagram feed flowing with big-day ideas, we rounded up over 55 experts you should follow.

Before you go wedding dress shopping, start following New York City's Kleinfeld Bridal. Also, Vera Wang has a pretty amazing Instagram feed, ranging from beautiful runway shots to tablescape inspiration for your reception. Some of our other favorite bridal designers on Instagram include Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, and Pronovias. In search of fresh and pretty bouquets and table arrangements? You'll love Amy Merrick and Lovely Details's feeds. And even though you probably already have your engagement ring, go ahead and follow Harry Winston and Tiffany & Co. for gorgeous pictures of serious sparklers.

Check out the rest of our list by clicking the below link — you might "like" your dream dress or come across the perfect photographer for your big bash!

Find out all of the wedding experts to follow on Instagram right now!

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VH1's Reality Show Dating Naked Will Air a — You Guessed It! — Naked Wedding

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We're all for a good reality-TV wedding, but this one is more over-the-top than usual. VH1's show Dating Naked, which premiered in mid-July, is set to air a naked wedding next month. Yes, you read that right. A couple will tie the knot in the buff during a wedding special premiering on September 18.

In case you missed the boat on Dating Naked entirely, the show truly lives up to its name. The network describes the show as following: "The series will play with the idea of what it really means to be naked in the search for love. There's no clothing, no jewelry, no phones and no conventions of society. Just you."

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On the show, one man and one woman meet each other, go on one naked and one clothed date, and then proceed to go on two naked dates with two additional suitors before choosing one person to continue dating. In a way, it's an exotic, Bachelor-esque reality show with much less left to the imagination.

Yet as crazy as the entire series sounds, it appears that the unconventional dating forum worked out for Ashley, an art therapist, and her soon-to-be husband Alika, a sexual healer. According to the New York Post, the couple spent their first date surfing and was "immediately smitten" with one another.

While the premise for the series certainly seems out there, it helped these two find their happily ever after.

Read more: VH1's Reality Show Dating Naked Will Air a — You Guessed It! — Naked Wedding

How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Monogram

Monograms are initials, embossed or embroidered on silver, linens, or other items to give them a personal stamp. There was a time when almost every wedding gift bore a monogram when it arrived. However, you probably won't want gifts to be monogrammed until after the wedding. This will give you time to decide if you will keep your maiden name after the marriage, or to design a contemporary monogram that includes both your husband's and your own first initials. So, what etiquette guidelines should you keep in mind as you pick a design for all of your wedding registry items? We found a few helpful ones!

What are my monogram options?
Ask your registry consultant or wedding stationery resource to help you choose an appropriate style and make suggestions. Some general options include a single initial (usually your husband's last name); your first and last initials and your husband's first and last initials; your first initial and your husband's first initial; the initial of his last name, large, at the center, with each of your first initials on either side.

Can I tell guests not to get gifts engraved?
Since most stores have a no-return policy for monogrammed items, it's totally normal to ask guests to hold off on adding their own, especially if you've created a personal monogram. Request on your Wedding Gift Registry list, "Please do not monogram."

What should I do if our joint initials spell out a word?
If your initials create a real word, like JAR, FUN, BAD, ICK, etc., choose a monogram in which the last initial is in the center, larger than the other two: jRa, fNu, bDa, iKc, etc.

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3 Things Every Bride Can Learn From This Italian-Inspired Wedding in New York City

When Ashly and Avi met at Café Greco on New York City's Upper East Side in June of 2011, Avi was on a date with another girl! Ashly was alone at the bar, so Avi struck up a conversation and the two hit it off. Avi's date headed home, while he and his future wife lingered over a bottle of wine. Their unconventional meeting led to a whirlwind romance (including a surprise weekend trip to Iceland!), and the pair moved in together just five months later. In November of 2012, Avi took Ashly back to Café Greco only to find that the windows were boarded up thanks to nearby construction. Says Ashly, "Calling ahead hasn't always been Avi's strong suit!" Despite the hiccup in Avi's plan, the two snapped a picture out front—and at a few more places around the city—before ending the night with Shake Shack burgers at Pier 45, Ashly's favorite spot in NYC, and, most importantly, a proposal with Avi's mother's engagement ring!

For their August 9, 2013 wedding and reception at New York City's TriBeca Three Sixty, the couple brightened up the modern space with colorful poppies, sunflowers and details reminiscent of the bride's time abroad in Italy. Keep reading for three Italian-inspired ideas you can use for your own wedding, photographed by Josh Wong.

Explore your dress options
A big BHLDN fan, Ashly originally wanted a Grecian-style gown with an empire waist, low neckline, and cut out sides. However, she tried on the Olivia dress by Watters at the request of her grandmother and quickly fell in love with the strapless ivory ball gown. "It was the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted," the bride says.

Be flexible about your venue
When their original wedding venue declared bankruptcy just five months before the big day, Ashly and Avi had to find a new location for their 185 guests (and keep it within their budget!). Thankfully, they found TriBeCa Three Sixty, a spot with 360-degree views overlooking the pier where the couple got engaged, and were able to secure their date. Though the room is modern, the couple used poppies, sunflowers, and lots of candles to transform it into a celebration inspired by Ashly's time abroad in Italy. "We really wanted it to feel like a big family dinner at dusk in a garden," Ashly says.

Personalize your menu
Ashly let her groom take control of the catering, inspired by the interactive menu at NYC favorite, The Meatball Shop. "We created a menu in Photoshop where our guests could mark their meal choices and customize their dining experience," says Ashly. In addition to the sit-down dinner, three food stations around the room featured fried arancini rice balls, Italian cheeses and cured meats, and gelato. And, of course, fried octopus inspired by Café Greco, the place where it all began!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: TriBeca Three Sixty || Day-of Coordinator: Stacy Levy of Planned to Perfection || Bride's Wedding Dress: Wtoo by Watters, from The Lovely Bride || Shoes: BHLDN || Hair: Alaina Terrell of Meta NYC || Makeup: Amena from MAC Cosmetics Flatiron, 212-677-6611 || Groom's Attire: J. Crew || Florist: Kimberly Sevilla of Rose Red and Lavender || Invitations & Paper Goods: DIY || Rentals: Party Rental LTD. || Catering: TriBeca Three Sixty || Photography: Josh Wong Photography

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