Wedding Roundup #027

The Ultimate Maid of Honor Toast Writing Guide

I’ve been a maid of honor twice. I’ve thrown two decently decadent bachelorette parties, and I’ve attempted, but ultimately failed, to bustle two gorgeous wedding gowns. My real talent shined when it came to writing two unforgettable maid of honor wedding toasts. As a professional wedding toast-writer, I know how to capture what’s in your heart and wordsmith it into a speech that will get the audience to laugh and cry at just the right moments, while the bride feels the love well past the last dance.

With the holidays just around the corner, there’s a good chance your best friend will become engaged sometime between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Prepare yourself. For many MOHs, writing the toast is the most dreaded bridal party ...

The Every Girl

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The #1 Best Wedding Trend Is The Freedom to Not Follow Trends

We are in a sweet spot for nuptials.  Every one of us has the opportunity to not know what we are supposed to do when we get hitched.  Just as same sex couples have done for decades, we can all—yes, straight people too—create our own events, rituals, and celebrations, completely on our own terms.  Exciting, right? I have even written a book on this phenomenon, “Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other NonTraditional, Twenty-First Century Weddings,” (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014 Hardcover; 2017 Paperback) which is now out in audiobook form, narrated by me.  And yet, many of the questions I am asked—by the media, but also in life (mostly by straight people)—are about same sex wedding “etiquette.” ...

HuffPost

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The Expert’s Guide To Hosting A Surprise Wedding

We think we can all agree that weddings are joyous occasions. They’re celebrations of love, commitment, romance and hope, and there’s usually a swish open bar and the chance to do the Macarena with minimal public ridicule.

But that being said—weddings might be fun, but not everyone is down for the pre-wedding kerfuffle. You know: elaborate invites! Hen’s nights! Rehearsal dinners! Bridal party spats! Every single person you meet asking you whether you’re planning to serve chicken or fish (as if that matters)!

And—we get it—every single big life event involves some type of uncomfortable build-up aspect—it’s fairly unescapable, and weddings are no different. But, if you’re really not into the fuss and fretting, and you’re more on the ‘low-key bride’ side of the tracks, why not consider a surprise wedding?

Elle Australia

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Wedding Roundup #026

World’s first wedding retail department store to open in London

A permanent wedding retail, planning and inspiration destination is set to launch in London, featuring a bespoke jewellery offering.

Located within one of the capital’s most lauded wedding and events venues, One Marylebone, the wedding department store looks to provide an end-to-end wedding planning experience, curated by leading industry experts.

Named The Wedding Gallery, the store aims to guide brides and grooms through the entire wedding planning process in one space – saving the time and money visiting a variety of stores in different towns and cities.

Tthe retail space will double as an exclusive member’s club for the wedding industry offering meeting rooms, a multitude of event spaces, a café/bar and library as well as playing host to regular trunk shows and networking activities.

By appointment only, consumers will have access to the collections of up to 200 brands. Overall ...

Professional Jeweller

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The Prettiest Wedding Dessert Sign Trend You Have to See

Wedding signs are an important part of your ceremony and reception décor—they can be used to warmly welcome guests, point them to the various festivities, clue them in on the cocktail bar and dinner menus, and guide them to their dinner table.

Another sign that you shouldn’t overlook? Wedding dessert signage, to let guests know what tasty treats are on offer. And we especially love when these signs are illustrated—they become a visual guide to the dessert menu. If you love the casual, rustic look of chalkboard, display a chalkboard sign featuring illustrations of all the sweet treats you’ll be serving. Another fun idea? Create a drawing of your wedding cake and then list the various cake flavors featured within each tier.

Brides.com

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Wedding budgeting: Your ultimate guide in the build up to the big day

Your wedding should be a day to remember, for all the right reasons. But that doesn’t mean it should cost a fortune. Here are some savvy tips to help you cut costs – and stay within budget – while still having your dream day.

1. Set yourself a budget

Before you fork out any money, set up a budget planner (here’s a handy one to get you started). You can tweak it to include all the various items you’ll be spending money on – just make sure that you include everything, including ‘cheap’ things such as confetti. It all adds up!

2. Have a weekday wedding

The date of your big day is the first thing to consider – and the first opportunity for you to save a considerable amount of money. Remember, any service provided on the weekend, and for a wedding, will carry a premium. So, instead of the usual Saturday or Sunday, why not get married on a Monday – it’ll slash the cost of the venue and will delay everyone’s back-to-work blues by another day.

3. Swap gifts for favours

If you’ve been living together for year ...

Closer Online

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Wedding Roundup #025

5 Tips to Capture Wedding Photos Professionally

Photographs are amazing if you want to embed a great moment in your life not just in your mind, but also tangibly in front of you. And now with the creation of cameras which can give absolutely amazing results, people are attracted more and more to hiring professional photographers who can cover each moment of this special period in a couple’s life.

If you plan on becoming a wedding photographer who can make this period unforgettable for the two individuals involved, you need to be aware of some important tips to capture extremely professional wedding photographs.

Understanding of Backgrounds

Professional wedding photographs have this law ...

TG Daily

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Everything a Bride Needs to Know About Hosting a Daytime Wedding

While the most popular time for a wedding is a Saturday evening, there’s no rule saying you can’t get married at other times of day. In fact, considering alternative times can actually save you a good amount of money and give you some flexibility when it comes to the type of event you’d like to have. So why not kick off a weekend of celebration with a daytime wedding instead of waiting until 6 p.m.? We’ve rounded up the most common questions surrounding a midday wedding and turned to our experts for the answers.

What should our timeline look like?

The biggest difference between a daytime and ...

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Brides.com

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Your Guide to Bridal Bouquets

Choose flowers that suit your taste, and your budget.

Like brides, bouquets come in all shapes and sizes. The “rules” for choosing a bridal bouquet have loosened quite a bit in recent years, with brides carrying everything from large cascades to humble sunflowers tied with a simple ribbon. Though it’s important to choose flowers that suit your taste and your budget, you should know how to “speak the language” when you visit florists for consultations or estimates. Here’s a quick crash course in bridal bouquet styles.

Hand- Tied

A favorite among Bohemian brides, this loosely arranged bouquet is tied with ribbon by the stems. This style is ideal for outdoor venues or in rustic environments ...

Westchester Magazine

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Wedding Roundup #024

Back to School for Brides: Wedding Planning Guide for Teachers

It’s officially back-to-school time (in case your social media hasn’t been flooded with adorable photos of backpack-clad kiddos heading off to school)! As teachers across the country are readjusting to before-dawn alarm clocks and bells dictating their daily schedules, there are additional challenges that arise for teacher brides-to-be.

Do you have to get married in the summer months? How can you have a bachelorette party in the middle of the year? When will you find the time to wedding plan in between lesson planning, grading, and working full time? Relax, we’re here to help...

Brides.com

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Bridal beauty bootcamp: A guide to the perfect wedding brows

There's a lot of truth in the cliché that your brows frame and define the rest of your face, so on your wedding day it's perfectly normal to want them, and the rest of your make-up, to look their best. To help you tick one more thing off your wedding to-do list, we spoke to the experts to find out when and what you need to do to get a happily-ever-after for your brows.

5 months to go:

"Stop everything. Literally everything – no plucking, no threading, in fact no brow hair removal ...

BAZAAR

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Bridal beauty bootcamp: A guide to the perfect manicure

There's more to nailing the perfect wedding manicure than choosing between gel or regular polish. Our top tips from the nail experts covers everything from the perfect shade selection to what to do in a nail-related emergency

Choosing your wedding day nail colour

Sophie Harris-Greenslade...

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Bazaar

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Wedding Roundup #023

Guide For The Perfect Marriage Proposal This Fall

Proposing to your woman is always a serious, thrilling step, and good preparation is the key to making this day memorable for both of you. Moreover, autumn is coming – a traditional season of proposals. So, no more doubts and delays! Let’s plan the ideal marriage proposal together! We have collected some expert tips and unbeatable proposal ideas that will help you not only elicit the desired “YES” from your bride-to-be, but also to make the event truly unique and fascinating.

The Ring Is the Clue

Those who don’t know what to start with – start with the ring. That’s an indispensable accessory without which a proposal won’t make sense. It is simply not done this way! So, to make sure that you are fully equipped for the proposal, undertake these steps...

NewsBlaze

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How to Get Wedding Guests Drunk Without Spending a Fortune

Sure, weddings are cheery celebrations of undying love and steadfast commitment. But they’re also parades of unpleasant budgetary decisions that constantly force you to ask, should I splurge on this or save on that? It’s stressful and it sucks. For that very valid reason, we completely understand the temptation of a cash bar. After all, booze can be a hefty line item on your wedding budget—according to Bridal Guide magazine, an open bar could cost up to 20 percent of your overall wedding budget. But not if your guests foot the bill for their own drinks! And without free-flowing alcohol, there won’t be any embarrassing drunk uncle incidents! Everybody wins, right?

Here’s the problem: Of the four wedding experts we interviewed for this story...

bon appetit

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If You're Thinking About Eloping, Here's What You Should Know

It's expensive and time-consuming to host 150 people for a sit-down dinner, no matter how many cost-saving measures you employ for your wedding. Maybe you'd rather spend your wedding money on a downpayment for a house.Or hike a big mountain and say your vows in seclusion. For a number of reasons, it's no wonder more and more people are tempted to elope.
Jennifer MacFarlane, a wedding photographer in Bushwick, Brooklyn, who cofounded the company Eloping Is Fun, told The New York Times that the couples she works with "want something more laid-back, and there's this very punk-rock feeling about being married like this in New York City."
Or anywhere else, for that matter. Elopements aren't what they used to be: clandestine, quick, quite possibly in Vegas. These days, couples are ...

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Refirnery29

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Wedding Roundup #022

10 Telltale Signs A Marriage Won’t Last, According To Wedding Planners

Wedding planners aren’t just experts at wrangling vendors and securing the perfect venue. They’re also pretty adept at telling which marriages are made to last ― and which are about as stable as a five-tier cake being hauled down a back country road.

 Below, wedding planners from across the country share 10 signs a couple is all but fated to divorce.

1. She’s a total bridezilla (Or he’s a groomzilla.)

“Some people give new meaning to the term bridezilla. I’ve seen brides call their fiancés despicable, expletive-filled names. You name it, I’ve heard it. When I see that happen, I have to fight every urge not to lunge over my desk and give the other person a big hug. In my opinion, when the bride-to-be is borderline verbally abusive (and in public nonetheless), it’s a sign of some serious disrespect and disdain. Obviously, it’s probably not a good idea to get married.”― Jenny Orsini, owner and creative director at Jenny Orsini Events, Inc. based in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey ...

HuffPost

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Top 10 Best Black & White Wedding Dresses

Black and white wedding dresses aren’t new to the bridal world, but they’re also not the norm. Reserved for brides who want something a bit different, black and white dresses bridge the gap between the dark, dramatic, sophistication offered from a black gown, and the bright bridal white that so many brides prefer.

This classic contrast can be accomplished in so many ways. We’ve included gowns that offer bold prints, simple and classic blocks of color, and even black and white embellishments that add texture and visual interest to a gown. Many of these gowns can’t be found in your typical bridal store, but are fit for a bride, nonetheless.

Ranging in price from $40 – $10,000, shop our top picks for black and white bridal gowns below...

Heavy.com

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28 of the best wedding gifts to give this year

Find the perfect wedding gift can be tiresome and stressful, but with our guide to best wedding gifts to give this year you can rest easy knowing the thank you card was sent with sincerity.

These wedding gifts are stylish and practical too, with cute trinkets to remind the couple of their special day as well as gadgets to help them through their married life together.

An excellent idea is a gift experience, as it gives the happy the couple the chance to take a day for themselves after the wedding and enjoy each other's company, things like a day at the races or a wine vineyard tour and tasting, could make the perfect present for them to enjoy after the madness of the wedding and planning...

The Fuss

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Wedding Roundup #021

6 Reasons to Plan a Destination Wedding on Maui

Hawaii is one of those destination-wedding locales that never disappoint. And when it comes to a Maui destination wedding, you can be certain both you and your guests will have the time of their lives when you say "I do." Why is that? Take a look at the top six reasons to plan your Hawaiian nuptials on the island of Maui—then you decide.

1. It's easy to get to (and in the U.S.).

A number of major airlines offer nonstop flights to Maui from nearly 20 cities in the mainland United States. So whether your guests are coming from midwestern cities...

Brides.com

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5 high-tech ways to help guide the modern digital wedding

Need a way to collect all of your wedding photos? How do you keep your guests’ phones charged so they can take photos and video all night long? Today, the average couple spends 10-15 hours a week planning their wedding, but some of the most important elements of a wedding can be easily overlooked. Here are five high-tech ways to guide today’s digital wedding:

Viewing it live

According to Google search results, there were 27 million hits from people who tried to watch Pippa Middleton’s wedding via ...

WebWire

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5 Tips to remember on your wedding day

With your wedding day being the most important 24 hours of your life, sometimes brides and grooms let the stresses of the day overtake and often forget some important factors. Aside from the obvious tips of not being hungover and getting up too late, we’ve put together the top five things to remember on your wedding day.

Eat a good breakfast

On the morning of your wedding day, you should ensure that you do what it takes to keep your energy levels high throughout the day. Brides can potentially go for long periods of time without food on their wedding day, therefore a breakfast full of protein is key ...

WeddingNews

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Wedding Roundup #020

Ten Worst Wedding Mistakes

From dressing like the bridesmaid, or worse still, the bride! The most annoying and offensive wedding behaviours have been listed. Check out the top 10 worst wedding mistakes of all time.

1. In TOP position is of course - The best man's speech. Cringe worthy speeches about ex-girlfriends and stories that should well and truly only stay between close friends, should not go anywhere near that best man's speech! They should also not go on for days on end. Five minutes is more than long enough. Got it guys? OK, Let's move on...

2. Inappropriate outfit choices - This is mostly one for the women now. Wearing a white dress as a wedding guest is a definite no no. Everyone knows it's the number one rule for 'things not to wear as a wedding guest'. Then there's the whole, going dressed in the same colour dress as the bridesmaids situation..

HuffPost

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Trending Color Combinations for Fall and Winter Weddings

Rich reds, lavish purples and palatial blues combine with peachy oranges, succulent greens and shimmery metallics to create magical color combinations for fall and winter weddings.

Trending fall color palettes recognized by vendors like Elegant Wedding Invites and magnetStreet pair cranberry with orange and ivory, or green with gold and burgundy. Winter weddings will sparkle with variations of eggplant, blue and white; or, on the warmer side of the color scale, strawberry and ivory trimmed with navy and silver...

Carolina Weddings Magazine

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A quick guide to bridal lingerie

What goes on behind the ‘visible’ is just as important during a wedding. Wearing the right lingerie is not just important for when it is going to be visible on your wedding night. Through the wedding, you need to ensure you’re wearing the right kind of lingerie, which is comfortable for you and doesn’t allow for any visible straps, lumps, or lines.

Basic 101s
Ensure you choose nude-coloured lingerie so it isn’t visible though any of your dresses. If you’re wearing white, then wear white lingerie. Ensure that the blouse has strap holders on the shoulders to keep the bra straps in place. Any underwear you wear has to be seamless...

Femina

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Wedding Roundup #019

Ultimate Guide to Surviving Wedding Planning for Guys

As a groom, your wedding day is one of the biggest moments of your life. After all, you’re landing the woman of your dreams and settling down to a new list of responsibilities. While this emotional day has historically been centered on the bride, modern grooms are becoming more involved in the process than ever before...

The Good Men Project

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The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dress Shopping

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for since you were a little girl (or at least the third date): wedding dress shopping. Whether you know exactly what style you want or you have no clue where to begin, the experience doesn't have to be daunting. Follow these steps to easily find “the one”—and have fun along the way ...

Brides.com

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Inspiring Movie Quotes For Your Wedding Vow

Do you worry about the words that you should utter in front of your fiancé? Wedding vow is by far one of the most crucial components of the wedding ceremony, and you certainly want it to sound impressive as you are going to tie the knot with the person you love. The composition of a wedding vow may take days and even weeks. What if you have no idea about what to write and how to express your feelings? Is there any helping hand ready to save you from the embarrassment? Of course, there is! Love movie quotes are always useful when it comes to creating a memorable speech...

Times Square Chronicles

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Wedding Roundup #018

How To Pull Off The Ultimate Best Man's Speech

The most fragile of wedding day rituals, more often than not a best man's speech is considered a success as long as it's not a total, flaming, marquee-silencing catastrophe that pays homage to every excruciating detail of the groom's past and ends with that "Bangor" honeymoon joke...

You know the one.

But what if - and bear with us here...

Esquire

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Guide to Outdoor Ceremonies

Keep your guests comfortable on the big day.

An outdoor ceremony or reception can be a romantic setting for your wedding.

A stunning sunset can light your photos with brilliant hues, while a calming blanket of glittering stars gives your big day an amorous backdrop—that is, until the mosquitos come out, the bees start buzzing, the heat makes your guests dehydrated or a sudden rain storm leaves you in a dampened mood.

“People will say, ‘It was nice last year,’ ...

Columbus Monthly

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The pregnant woman's guide to the perfect wedding

Whether you’ve put the horse before the carriage or the carriage before the horse, it makes no difference: wedding planning can make even the most hardened of SAS soldiers weep.

The following tips will help you get to the finish line in style – sanity intact.

Consider your timing

Although many brides want to...

9Honey News

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