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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.

  1. Graphic Lace


We pulled our jewelry trend report for 2017 from And while some of these trends might seem a little out-there for bridal — believe it! Oversized earrings, forehead bands and chokers are going to be making an appearance down wedding ceremony aisles before you know it. Here, our 2017 jewelry report, originally written and reported by Jennifer Hirshlag for

The biannual bridal shows don’t just give us a sneak peek at the gowns brides will be wearing in the months to come — they also give us ideas for the latest ways to accessorize them. Read more

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Classy Couple

Amy and Terry are one classy couple.   From start to finish, their wedding was like watching a scene from a movie…. Our chapel limousine slowly pulled up in front of the building, their driver, Lorenzo gracefully walked around the car and opened the limo door and extended his arm to the bride to help her out of the car. Amy’s gown was a reflection of her personality: elegant and refined.  Lorenzo then handed the bride over to the groom and the couple made their way up the staircase to the chapel. They were so sophisticated, and I could sense how amazing they felt, as if they were royalty.  

They had a very romantic, simple ceremony.  Their eyes twinkled every time they spoke to each other.  The only thing missing was the red carpet.  Via’s photos showcased the bride’s dress beautifully, and you can see in their photos that they were very comfortable working with Via.  

I truly hope they had a memorable experience with Downtown Vegas Chapel.

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Calling all brides! 10 must-try wedding trends for 2017

1. Metallic dresses

Say goodbye to your classic white princess dress!

It’s time to give wedding dresses some extra sparkle with shiny, sparkly metallic gowns. A shimmery dress makes for a bold, yet sophisticated wedding look for a black-tie affair.

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Ooo, sparkly!

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8 Top Wedding Planners Predict 2017’s Biggest Trends

Trends and weddings usually don’t go together. Why? No bride wants to look back at her wedding pictures five years later and regret that bubble-hemmed gown. But once trend-related mistakes are avoided, there’s something to be said for embracing the spirit of the new—and having an affair that feels cutting edge. So as wedding planning revs up for many brides-to-be, we reached out to eight top event planners to hear their predictions for 2017. A return of color, and greenery especially, in lieu of the all-white wedding was noted virtually across the board. But to hear the experts elaborate further, and to learn a few more hypotheses, read the below.

“Guest don’t need to wait until midnight for the traditional rice-toss or sparkler moment. Brides and grooms are looking for the celebration to begin with the first kiss. Whether that is followed by a confetti blast, fireworks, or marching band, the celebration is starting at the ceremony. The other big one is large scale installations. For example, filling a ceiling with drapery, flowers or even floating orbs will add a sense of wonder, creating a beautiful and long-lasting memory.” —Bryan Rafanelli

“I think vivid and high-tech lighting techniques will become even more affordable weddings and therefore will be more utilized by designers. I also think more lounge seating will added around dance floors and on outer edges of the room to encourage guests not being stuck only at dinner tables.” —Marcy Blum

“Brides and grooms will recognize more that their ceremony is the sacred part of their celebration, but that the reception afterwards is a party. And like any party, it can be fun, theatrical, expressive, and whimsical. Traditions can be altered, personalized, or ignored altogether. Yes, many couples will still want to cut the cake, while others will opt to serve ice cream sundaes from a cart.” —Bronson van Wyck

“Trees! We’re seeing a huge interest in trees of all kinds—from olive to citrus, cypress to birch. I love the impact of their scale in a space, and whether rented or purchased and planted in the ground after the wedding, trees are a wonderful antidote to disposable wedding décor.

I also think we’ll see after-party transformations. It used to be that an after-party consisted of a DJ coming on to replace the band at the end of the night for an hour or two and ‘the young people’ would dance on. But 2017 will see fully developed after-party themes that stem directly from couples’ personal loves. Electronic music festivals? Your favorite cabaret hot spot in Paris? A beach party in Mykonos? This is the time for everyone to let loose in a new environment that has become a full-on focal point of the wedding night for the entire crowd.” —David Starkhttp

“People are moving away from stereotypical ‘wedding venues’ in exchange for locations that more special and rare. Think an alfresco meal at a long dinner table in front of a historic mansion, or tents on top of a cliff overlooking the ocean in Big Sur. These are the types of immersive experiences people now want their guests to have. It isn’t just about having a wedding, it’s about transporting guests to something magical, and allowing them to experience to something once in a lifetime.” —Alison Laesser-Keck and Bryan Keck

“We’re going to see a lot more greenery in place of abundant wedding flowers. Flowers will certainly never go out of style, but this year they may have to move over for bright and beautiful leaves. It doesn’t hurt that Pantone supported this movement by electing Greenery as the Color of the Year. Also, hiring an expert mixologist to make unforgettable artisanal cocktails for you and your guests will be the experiential cocktail hour every wedding in 2017 requires.” —Colin Cowie

“Nighttime ceremonies. So long to sunsets and welcome dusk. This means lighting and candles can become the focal décor element and not necessarily the florals.” —Yifat Oren

“As much as we love neutrals, a big splash of color is exactly what we’ve been wishing for the past few years. We’re very excited to be incorporating more color in every element of our weddings in 2017.” —Virginia Edelson