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Is Anyone Doing A Honeymoon Anymore? A Simple (But Complete) Guide

Growing up, honeymoon used to be the dream of every teen's wedding plans. It was as the saying goes, the icing on the cake. The prospect of riding into the sunset with the Love of your Life, and after the conclusion of your wedding, was a moment just too good to not fantasize about. 


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The Essential Guide To Buying Wedding Gifts For Couples

A really simple way to choose a gift would be to pick something from their registry if they have one. A wedding or bridal registry is a service offered by stores to help make gifting easier for the guests and the recipients by having the bride and groom make a list of the gifts they’d like to receive along with an approximate price so the person buying the gift can keep on track with their budget. 


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The 11 Best Apps Engaged Couples Should Have On Their Phones Or Download Now

These apps will help you create a budget, keep track of spending, apply for credit cards, act as a mobile wallet and more to help couples make the most of their finances and keep everything within their limits. Having everything organized in one place is a blessing. Getting your finances on track ahead of time is a big help in planning a stress-free wedding.



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Here's The Secret To Using Pegboards In Your Wedding

Building a pegboard for your wedding is a creative wedding reception idea that’s sure to be a big hit with guests. There are a number of ways you can incorporate a pegboard into your wedding ideas. They’re unique and eye-catching; bound to capture everyone’s attention. You can coordinate your pegboard to match your wedding colors to fit into the overall theme of your reception.




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Top Tips On Incorporating Wooden Pallets In Your Wedding

From decoration to comfort, there are several ways to utilize wooden pallets. There are companies offering pieces of pallets and constructing pallets to whatever you decide to use them for. The trend doesn’t seem to be fading anytime soon, so here are some ways to use wooden pallets at your wedding. Why not start using pallets today, incorporate them into your wedding?




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These 11 Tips Will Get You A WOW Summer Wedding

Having an event during the Summer is the ideal time for enjoying the weather, have lakeside picnics, go on beach vacations and let’s not forget… cocktails. If you are a bride-to-be who is planning on tying the knot in the summer, here a few tips to keep in mind. These tips will have you prepared and organized for your big day and your guests will really appreciate this, too.



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Wedding Etiquette - RSVP: When A Guest Asks For A Plus One

The awkward “Plus 1” question comes up and you’re not sure how to respond. Should you allow guests to bring a date, or politely decline the request to bring an uninvited guest? This is an individual decision that will have an impact on your wedding planning in one way or another. Here are a few suggestions on what to say to keep the situation from becoming awkward




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Wedding Day Emergency Items You Probably Have Forgotten

As you’d expect, the last fourteen days before your wedding can be a total blurrrrrrrr! Between your own personal nervousness and all the seemingly countless details to deal with, you might wonder if you’re actually going to make it. #weddingday


Don’t worry, we are here to make sure you make to your big day. Here are some cheat sheets to make sure you don’t get caught in a last-minute panic. #protip



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Wedding- Day Tipping Checklist- See Who To Pay

Wedding workers usually get a gratuity if you’re happy with their services. Tips are generally given at the end of the wedding; you might want to designate someone to be in charge of handing them over. Before you start liberally giving out cash, however, check the bill - particularly the catering bill - to see if a gratuity is included. And, if you’re unsure of the tipping policy at your reception site, talk to the manager for suggestions. 




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Why These 4 WOW Factors Should Be In Your Wedding Budget Planning

What’s the one thing you want your guests to remember about your wedding? If you have a limited budget and stressed out over not being able to get that perfect look, here’s how you can do that on your budget. Pick an area that you want to be the focal point and splurge there. Everything else will look impressive under your selection. 



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The 10 Ways You Can Respectfully Break Away From Wedding Traditions And Still Look Classic

Couples in the past used the traditional vows repeated by the Minister conducting the ceremony but this is an old rule and something can and should be updated to reflect the modern wedding ceremonies. Much of the language in the old vows tend to sound like “ownership” that many brides do not agree with. You have to remember that in some countries, marriage was a contract or a legal agreement between the two parties and not necessarily the expression of love that it was intended to be.



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Try Using Backdrops to Wow your Wedding Guests

Before the coming of the green screen and CGI, Hollywood created its rolling plains, intergalactic battles, and daring mountain ranges with the use of ... yes! backings otherwise known as backdrops. These were large painted scenery on canvas which served as the background of certain scenes in historic Hollywood. Nowadays, they’re rare and are basically the forgotten art of Hollywood. Some iconic films that made use of backings include ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (1939), and the famous ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984). Some contemporary shows use backings too, but almost everyone has gone digital.


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How To Plan Your Rehearsal Dinner Without Stressing

One of the main purposes of the rehearsal dinner is for the two families to get to know each other better and enjoy each other’s company. So, whatever you and your groom can do to help with that, the better. Consider strategically planned seating with place cards or name tags with brief descriptions like “Mary Jones, Bride’s College Roommate,” and any other needed introductions. The rehearsal dinner is also an ideal time to give your attendants their gifts.




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5 Reasons Why You Should Not Always DIY

Yes, everyone carries a camera in their pocket, and we think nothing of taking pics and posting them. But for your wedding day, a professional photographer is not only a technical master but also an artist in the truest sense. Unlike social media pics, a professional photographer has an eye for the shot and the editing tools to bring photos to their greatest potential.





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How Can You Make Your Wedding Day Memorable?

Your wedding should tell a story... your STORY, not a trend or an idea you found on Pinterest. We are not knocking Pinterest or anything like that, we are just saying if you want to make your wedding memorable, copying something you found there is not really how you make your wedding memorable. Being original is how you do it.





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Why You Really Need A Wedding Timeline

Most of the time planning your wedding requires more than just booking the church, hiring the minster, and inviting the guests. These are the broader goals. First, you have to look for the venue, make a list of the top 5 and go look at each one. You will have to find ministers who can perform the ceremony in your area and find out if they can use the location you choose. There are many steps and many things to consider when planning a wedding and being organized helps this process.



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How To Make Your Reception Memorable 

A focal point is what you want your guests to remember most about an event? So, let's say your focal point is the tables. But, due to your budget, you can't upgrade from the standard white linens, glassware, utensils or napkins that come with the package to something more elegant. This is where chargers can be useful in bringing your table-scape to life.



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Are You About To Make These Wedding Timeline Mistakes?

We know that wedding timelines can be hard to keep up with, however, it’s there to help you through every step of your planning. You may think you have everything all covered, but, is it really?? So, having an idea of how you want your day to unfold is key. And, a wedding timeline will really help you have the wedding of your dreams. Read these mistakes below and try and prevent them from happening to you on your wedding day.




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Why Wedding Rules Don't Exist

This is another rule that pertained to a long-gone era. If a bride wore white she was perceived to be pure and chaste, in other words, a virgin. That was highly sought by men in those days. But, times have changed and women are owning their own power and sexuality so she is not expected to uphold this outdated practice. Plus, some people are on their second or third marriages and it’s no longer relevant. Wear white if you like the look , or change it up and blaze a trail in chiffon green . This is the day you have been dreaming of so you get to wear what you want.



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Are You Stuck...? Discover When to Purchase Your Spouse-to-be Wedding Band?

Getting engaged is an exciting moment in any person’s life - once you have the engagement ring on your finger, thoughts about future wedding plans start racing through your head almost immediately. Though it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, a big moment in your engagement is buying your spouse-to-be’s wedding band. But the question is, when’s the best time to purchase it?




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5 Ways To Make Your Guests Feel Special And Welcome

Your wedding day is a special occasion that you will remember long after the day has passed. Making it fun for everyone can sometimes be a challenge, especially when it comes to getting guests to join in and participate. We’ve come up with some creative wedding ideas to incorporate into your reception plans. Read on to discover how to encourage guests to let their hair down and have some fun.




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Planning With Your Dog In Mind: What To Do With Your Dog On Your Wedding Day

If you want to spend your big day with your dog, there are many ways to keep them involved. In fact, it's said that nowadays dogs are more involved in wedding ceremonies than ever before! No matter how your dog gets involved, it is a great idea to make sure that someone else is responsible for them so you can focus on your wedding. 



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How To Rock Your Glasses And Not Ditch Them On Your Wedding Day

You may be experiencing some hesitation about wearing your glasses on your wedding day. If you wear glasses every day, then it stands to reason that you should keep them on during your wedding. Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day and this is the perfect opportunity to express yourself and your signature style. Make them a part of your wedding coordination ideas by choosing a pair that goes great with your dress.





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Why You Most Definitely Need To Have A Wedding Goal Checklist - Pre-Wedding 

Your budget is the driving factor for almost all your wedding-related decisions, so it should be the first thing to be considered. When it comes to budgeting, you need to create a reality checklist as several couples don’t realize the range of costs involved. As soon as you can make an estimate, stick to it. 



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10 Things You Should Avoid Doing On Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day should be one of the most memorable days of your life, but as hard as it might be to believe, the best thing you can do on this day is to be yourself. Yeah, it does sound crazy, but this is one sage piece of advice. It's handed down by generations of blissful brides and suggests that the best way to ensure that the big day is successful and get past all the stress is to act as though it is any other day. Well, kind of. You may have many things planned out that you will do on that day - crazy, crazy things you have never done in your life. But hold on. Here are ten things you should not do on your wedding day.





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13 Real Questions To Ask Your Photographer & Videographer

Since photographers and videographers work together quite closely, you probably want to hire these professionals at about the same time. And because the photographer you choose is going to capture your day minute by minute, you will want to feel comfortable with this person. You may ask your photographer, (whom you should hire first) for a referral.




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When To Set Up Your Wedding Registry 

As much as the gift registry is meant to help the new couple, it also makes it easier for the wedding guests to know what gifts the couple would like and what they need. Buying a gift for someone can be very daunting if you do not know the person intimately, such as their favorite colors, scents, movies, etc. It’s as much meant or convenient as for need. Here are a few reasons why you should make one and when and how to go about setting one up.



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Want The Best Wedding? See This 10 Step Guide To A Spring Fling

A spring wedding can be an incredible opportunity to theme your big day around florals, pastels, and fresh air- all things spring is known for bringing back! The light, sweet days of April showers and May flowers are a great time to host your wedding celebration because of the many different ways you can tie in the season to your wedding festivities.





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Why Wedding Mood Boards Will Change Your Life!

“A mood board (or inspiration board) is a physical or digital collage of ideas that’s commonly used in fields like interior design, fashion, and graphic design. It can include just about anything — photography, designs or illustrations, color palettes, textures, descriptive words — anything that helps you define the direction of your project.” 




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Here's Why You Should Eat On Your Wedding Day

You may be concerned that having a full stomach will make you feel bloated or uncomfortable, but not to worry. Eat small amounts and spread your meals out over the course of the day and you shouldn’t have any intestinal issues. You need food to keep you energized and balanced on a day that may feel overwhelming with so many things to be in charge of. Don’t neglect to feed yourself because you think you don’t have the time to spare.




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What Are The Simplest + Best Ways TO Have A Memorable Wedding

Ultimately you want your loved ones to leave saying, “That was an awesome wedding [Jenny + Leel]!” past bride. To that end, “think of the things in your life that scream that to your friends.” If you’re record collectors, throw one of your favorites in every welcome bag. Travel aficionados might consider a destination wedding and include a luggage tag at each place setting. And if you or your partner is the go-to party starter of the group, have custom slippers made so everyone can kick off their dress shoes and dance blissfully all night.



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Wedding Ceremony Planning Guide

We start with the ceremony because it is your wedding. For some, a favorite family officiant or house of worship drives all the choices regarding the ceremony. 

For others, it’s built around a beloved location. Be aware in advance that if you want a religious service, there are rules involved - not just about where the ceremony takes place and how it’s structured, but also about the works, music, people and rituals involved. 



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Looking Ahead: 10 Big Trends To Watch For 2021

Many couples might be finding themselves planning more of a budget wedding due to COVID-related financial issues, so reusing or upcycling old materials into classy and elegant wedding decorations will likely be a popular trend. We’re also expecting many couples to take into consideration the eco-friendliness of their ceremonies and receptions this year. 





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Trendy Tropicals For Spring And Summer Of 2021

The best and brightest colors of 2021 have a lot to offer brides and grooms as they look to plan their upcoming nuptials. From botanical pastels to soothing teals and terra-cottas, incorporating these trendy wedding colors will definitely be something that sets your wedding apart from the crowd in 2021.




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7 Things To Do The Week Of Your Wedding

After all that planning you deserve a break—and glowing skin from head to toe. Kick off the seven-day countdown with a relaxing massage to stimulate the lymph system and add on a body treatment, like a body scrub or wrap, to bring out your skin's glow (#TreatYourself). Use the massage to get a good stretch in, too, because we all know those wedding-planning muscles need some loosening up.


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