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Real Wedding Vows That Will Make You Laugh and Cry

I’ll never forget writing my wedding vows, aka the moment when I realized I had no idea how to write wedding vows in the first place. It was two days before our wedding and I had just gotten into a huge fight with my mom over something stupid like earrings that wasn’t really about earrings at all. (Weddings, man, they make you do crazy things.) I was exhausted, emotionally wrecked, and in no place to spend my time writing wedding vows. But, since I had procrastinated on the task, there I sat, at two in the morning, holed up in my little brother’s bedroom, crying into football-printed sheets and racking my brain for inspiration, while one of my bridesmaids slept in the bed across the room.

In my heightened emotional state, what flowed from my fingers onto my computer screen ended up being near perfect. Those marriage vows brought down the house and made more than a few grown men cry. I remember being more proud of that than any other part of the wedding. Forget the good food, the venue, the dress. If we’d made people understand why they were there in the first place, then I felt like we did our job well.

If I pulled together a holistic sum of all of the weddings I’ve ever attended, I would say unequivocally that the wedding vows are what set the stage for the whole damn thing.  And that’s not to say that they even have to be hand-written marriage vows, you just have to mean them. Read more

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7 Things the Mother of the Bride of Groom Shouldn’t be Doing

Even though it’s all out of the goodness of their hearts, the mother of the brideand the mother of the groom can get a little too involved with the wedding. Here are a few things that they definitely shouldn’t be doing – where you know they’ve crossed a line…


Obviously, with their child getting married, both sets of mothers are bound to get excited. Your diaries will be filling up with lunch dates with you and your mother, or you and your groom’s mum where every single thing you could possibly talk about when it comes to weddingswill be mentioned.

At Wedding Ideas, we love to see brides accepting help from others so they get a bit of stress relief, but don’t let that mean that no part or no detail of your wedding is planned by you. It’s not uncommon to see that motherly tendency of ‘taking over’ – whether subtle or slightly more aggressive – so be warned. If you want something done in that way, don’t let your mother’s words sway you. Your day, your way – and that’s that. Read more

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What’s Happening To The Traditional White Wedding?

It looks like modern bride and grooms are tearing up the wedding etiquette book!

The traditional British wedding is on the verge of extinction as brides and grooms opt instead for ultra-modern refinements to their big day in 2015, new national research has revealed.

The modern innovations start from the initial wedding invitation, as 22% are now issued via Facebook or other social network rather than the traditional card, sent through the post.

What’s more, one in every 20 wedding invites is dispatched by email, with a further 12% being sent by textmessage, according to the study by leading hotel bookers Read more

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How to Pull Off a Seasonal Wedding Without Overdoing It

Whether you handpicked your wedding date or went with whatever was available at your venue of choice, the time of year you host your nuptials can play a role in some key decisions. But the month you get married shouldn’t fully dictate the look and feel of your big day. We asked some pros for their advice on how to keep your wedding seasonal without going overboard.

Don’t Over Do It

The trick is to use seasonal décor sparingly, says Audrey Isaac of 100 Candles. “The goal should be to give a nod to the season without it completely overshadowing your theme,” she adds. So you can skip the decorated fir trees and wreaths around the holidays. Simply pair lanterns and LED lights with a few pinecones and touches of evergreen. And get creative with glass vessels. You can fill them with seasonal fruits like cranberries floating in water. Read more

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Your Last-Minute Wedding-Day Checklist

Although these wedding details may be at the end of your list, you won’t want to forget them.

1. Check in with your vendors.

“Confirm arrangements with your pros and make sure they all have exact directions and a contact person’s cell phone number,” advises Julie Pryor of Pryor Events in Los Angeles.

2. Prepare final payments.

“Pay your vendors ahead of time,” says Emilie Duncan of Emilie Duncan Event Planning in Columbus, Ohio. “Then you don’t have to try to remember what is owed to whom on your wedding day.” Read more

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10 Tips for Planning the Perfect Marriage Proposal

Ready to pop the question but you aren’t sure how to make your proposal extra special? Coming up with the right way to ask those four little words (“Will you marry me?”) can be a challenge even for guys who are romantic on an everyday basis. You’re probably thinking it has to be a BIG proposal  — something she’ll never forget. It should also be personalized to your relationship. Whew, that’s a lot of pressure.

But don’t worry, we have some fabulous ideas to help make your proposal even more unforgettable. Plus, check out our tips for reliving this magical moment throughout your “happily ever after!”

1. Select a sentimental location.
For example, it could be the restaurant where you had your first date, the rooftop bar where you shared your first kiss, or the spot where you first said “I love you.” Going back to that locale now as the setting for your proposal signifies that your relationship has come full circle. Read more

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10 Must Know Money-Saving Wedding Tips


What facets of your wedding are most important to you? Focus on areas that make your heart go pitter-patter, and you’ll feel OK about skimping on the rest. As for what guests tend to remember, according to a survey conducted by St. Louis Bride and Groom magazine, 81 percent of guests say the entertainment is the most memorable part of a wedding.


Think of it as cost-free outsourcing. Gather your inner circle, play to their strengths (e.g., assign lettering to the friend with the most beautiful handwriting), and turn the prep into a party.

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Top 10 Tips For Navigating Your Wedding Invites

You’ve heard it before but it really is true: Your invites set the tone for your wedding and it sets the expectations as well. They are the first glimpse your guests will receive of this special day that you and your betrothed are slaving over to create a perfect reflection of your love and commitment. Don’t skimp out on the most important preview of this spectacular day.

The world of paper and invitation etiquette is vast and varied, traditions and trends certainly change, but my custom invitation boutique, Lion in the Sun, coordinates invitations for hundreds of couples each year, so I’ve compiled a list of some common miscalculations and my favorite secret stationer tips to help guide you through the process.

1. Be sure to send an invite if you’ve sent a save the date: The save the date is a courteous heads-up about your wedding date, but it is not an invitation. Keep careful track of who you send save the dates to and make sure they all receive an invitation. I have heard a lot couples tell me that their invitation quantity is going down after they receive responses to the save the date, because some people can’t attend. Nothing is more confusing or heartbreaking than receiving a save the date and then never receiving an official invitation. Also, make sure to send an invitation to guests that cannot attend. Not sending an invitation implies the guest is no longer invited.

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I’m sure I don’t have to tell you just how overwhelming wedding planning can be at times (and you DEFINITELY don’t have to tell me! LOL). While it can be way too easy to feel like things are spinning a bit out of control at some point throughout the wedding process, there are a few wedding tips, tricks, and hacks you can use to make the process that much easier (and enjoyable). I’ve also listed them in order of when you might use them throughout the planning process or your day-of wedding timeline.

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite ways to save your time, sanity, and pocketbook, below. Do you have a wedding tip, trick, or hack you want to share? Let us know in the comments section!

1. Create a wedding-specific email address


Setting up a unique e-mail address (IE: might be one of those “Duh” wedding tips, but a lot of brides still need reminding! This should be the first thing you do as soon as you start anything wedding-planning related. That way all your important wedding vendor emails will be all in one place, and you won’t have to accidently send your boss a message intended for your caterer. (This totally happens).

2. Get a credit card with perks


This could be yours for 5 nights…with points

So many credit cards have perks these day…from airline miles to hotel points, the more wedding-related items you can charge on a credit card with bonus points, the better. A lot of cards also offer miles or points just for signing up, which means you can score a free flight or hotel room with the first few charges. I have an SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) card from American Express and try to save up enough points each year for a free week-long stay in a great hotel. I also use the Citibank AAdvantage card to get miles for upgrades (vs. using them for flights). If you’re going to be spending a lot of money on this wedding, then damnit you should be getting as many free things as possible for it!

3. Get a personalized address stamp


Custom address stamp via Etsy seller HelloWorldStamps

This was one of the best investments I made in terms of DIY wedding stuff. I ordered an address stamp from Etsy (they have so many to choose from) and went to town with it. I used it for our thank you cards, wedding invitations, and later that year our holiday cards. I now use one for pretty much every letter or bill I send out. Even if you know you’re moving soon I still think you should get one…I view mine has a memento from our old apartment AND our wedding day (it also helps when I totally forget what our old address was).

4. Use a glue stick or sponge on your wedding envelopes


Vintage airmail envelopes via Etsy seller PocketsofFilm

I thought about that Seinfeld episode where George Constanza’s fiancee Susan died from licking her wedding envelopes MULTIPLE times throughout the wedding planning process (mostly because it’s so funny), and also because you realize after you’ve licked a couple envelopes just how gross they are. I highly recommend using a glue stick (or you can cut a small piece from a sponge and wet it) to seal your envelopes. It’ll make your life way easier (and your mouth not taste so weird).

5. Create a shared google doc for the seating plan

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The Green Building in Brooklyn. Photo by Zorz Studios

Chances are your parents and future in-laws have a few (or a lot) of guests to invite to your wedding. But figuring out where to put them can feel like a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. While you can use a fancy wedding seating chart tool, a google doc (like this one) will also help you organize your wedding tables AND let you share it with family members, who can make their own changes or additions. Note: The linked Google doc looks a little confusing (at least to me) at first, but once you figure out a) you replace the word “family” with a guest and b) each table goes down and not across it makes sense. Instead of a Google Sheet you can also just use a Google Doc and list out the tables like this (which looks painfully simple but works, especially since your parents can easily delete or add names that way without screwing anything up):

Table 1:

6. Wear your wedding shoes around the house before your wedding


Breaking in your shoes on your wedding day does not sound like the most comfortable idea, nor does slipping down the aisle in your un-scuffed heels. Try wearing your wedding shoes once a day around the house in the weeks leading up to your wedding to get them ready for the big day.

7. But also bring a pair of flats


Photo by Love Days Photography

I seriously cannot begin to express just how sore my feet were by 2 a.m. on our wedding night. I even thought for a moment that I broke or sprained one of both of them, they hurt so much. If I were a smarter person I would have brought a cute pair of wedding flats to wear once the dancing began. It’s also smart to think about buying some inexpensive flip-flops to offer to guests as wedding favors.

8. Wear a button-down shirt

risky business shirt

Depending on where you get your wedding hair and makeup done, you’ll want to wear either a button-down shirt or robe that allows you to easily change out of it and into your wedding dress without messing up your gorgeous wedding hairstyle and perfectly shined lips. Wedding Idea: Think about wearing a men’s button-down shirt along with your bridesmaids (instead of the classic robes) for a fun photo op. You can even get them monogrammed with each of your bridesmaids initials for a unique bridesmaid gift.

9. Avoid drinking early in the day


Photo by Elizabeth Burgi Photography

I love champagne as much as the next person, but too much of it before wedding photos and your ceremony might have you tired, glassy-eyed, and dehydrated. Save the champagne with your bridesmaids photo-op until 30 minutes or so before the ceremony, which will leave you feeling juuuuust right.


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12 Unique Wedding Dress Ideas

Want to show off your sense of style on your wedding? Ditch the big white dress and get inspired with these alternatives.

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