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This Isn’t Your Grandma’s China…

Think registering for china is passé? We dare you to think a bit differently! With today's fresh, fabulous designs, wedding china gets a major update and we're loving it. And don't think you need to save it for those (rare) super special occasions only! Decadent dinner parties and ladies brunches? Pull those pretty pieces out! The ideas - and designs - are endless and these are some of our current favs! Adding to...

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#SMPWedding101 – Choosing Your Wedding Jewelry

My grandmother wore a beautiful little ring on her pinky finger when she got married, and my mom wore the same one. So when it came time for me to walk down the aisle, it was a given, and as I slipped that petite piece on my finger, I felt the specialness wash over me. The jewelry you don on your wedding day instantly sparkles a bit more and Lauren Hartman of Trousseau Style couldn't agree more - and she's here sharing more tips and ideas for making those...

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#SMPWedding101 – How to Maximize Your Time With Your Wedding Photographer

You may be married for years and years but when it comes to capturing that special moment when it all begins, you have just that one day with your wedding photographer. You don't want to waste even a minute of your time together so we tapped into Jonathan Hanson's expertise on how to make the absolute most of your time on that special day. From prepping and planning ahead of time, to getting your nearest and dearest to help, here's the inside scoop!

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The Wedding Trends You’ll See Everywhere in 2017

Trends come and go, but your wedding photos will last forever. Thankfully, the 2017 wedding trends predicted by top planners are not only gorgeous, but...

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12 Crowning Glory Moments To Inspire Your Inner Princess

You should feel like nothing less than a queen when your special day arrives, so why not wear the crown to show it? Plus, all eyes will be on you when you walk down the aisle which will finally give you the chance to have your Mia Thermopolis moment. Take some style notes from these beautiful brides who rocked tiaras when they tied the knot. I mean, if the crown fits…wear it! More Big Day Beauty Inspiration

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The Prettiest + Most Dazzling Engagement Rings of the Year

It's that time of the year again — the time when your Instagram feed is flooded with #RingSelfies and announcements of "We're Engaged!" That's right, it's proposal season. So, we're celebrating the most wonderful time of the year with the most beautiful sparklers of the year! From classic...

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Best Engagement Sessions of 2016

We may be known for weddings around here but weddings don't happen without engagements and we're big fans of celebrating every stylish step down the wedding planning aisle. And while plenty of engagement shoots may come our way, it's the unique, chic and love-filled fests that hit the home runs. Here are our favorites from 2016 - may they inspire all you...

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Best Invitations of 2016

Before I even entered the wedding world, stationery was my special friend, and as you can expect, this passion only grew (exponentially) with all the amazing invitations I encounter every day at SMP. Need some fresh ideas for your own 2017 nuptials? We happily rounded up the best of the best from this past year - and let's just say we got some gems...

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#SMPWedding101 – Style Ideas for Winter Brides

I'll be honest, I was never a huge fan of winter weddings, they seemed chilly and full of Christmas cliches, but how I was wrong! They are some of the most intimate, romantic, cozy celebrations I've ever seen in my time with SMP and they bring a sense of love and light that's extra special for the season. Snow and low temps call for creativity though and...

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The Best Wedding Dresses of 2016

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, but it's all about the dress. Lace, beading, off-the-shoulder, sweetheart, ballgown, fit-and-flare — there are...

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The Best + Biggest Celebrity Weddings of 2016

Watching any bride walk down the aisle is a big deal, but watching my favorite stars tie the knot (via their social media accounts, of course) is always an even bigger deal. From Gold Medalist Olympian, Michael Phelps to...

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#SMPWedding101 – Your Guide to Authentic Engagement Photos

Most of us have never been in front of a professional camera, so when it comes time to smile away for those engagement pics, how do you ensure success and avoid any awkwardness? Fret not my friends, we have Still55 Photography on hand to share their insight on making sure those engagement photos capture the true you, as authentic as can be and let's get real... make sure they're mantle worthy! Gel With Your Photographer This is the most important...

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How to Incorporate 2017’s Hottest Color Into Your Wedding

Drumroll, please. The color gods have spoken and Pantone's 2017 color of the year is Greenery! We thought it couldn't get any better than last year's Rose Quartz and Serenity — soft, romantic and pretty, but...

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The 15 Best Holiday Gifts for All Your Bridesmaids + Besties

After all the time they've spent celebrating you, your bridesmaids deserve a special gift that shows them how much you appreciate their love and support. Here's one less thing to stress about this holiday season, a roundup of gorgeous goodies perfect for your girls to pamper, to party, and to love. The...

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It’s Time To Deck The Halls – Are You Ready!?

It's that time of year! I've begun to deck our halls with festive flair, and I continue to get giddy as I unwrap all the seasonal decor that's been stowed away for months. My favorites? The special pieces we received as newlyweds, the "First Year Together" ornaments, the holiday platters, and more! They may make a brief appearance only once a year, but these items shine bright so don't forget to add them to your wedding registries! Need...

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#SMPWedding101 – Vendor Etiquette

Any former bride would agree: it takes a village to put together a wedding. Every vendor plays a fundamental role in helping it all come together, so you, the bride-to-be, can do what you're supposed to do: enjoy! To ensure everyone has a pleasant and productive experience, Marisa Nicole Events is sharing their insight on dealing with vendors and making the most of the planning process! Getting Started Three words… plan in advance! Before you even...

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Essentials For a Perfectly Cozy Weekend

Let me take a guess... you're settled in on the couch, covered in blankets and barely moving. Still stuffed from all that turkey (and potatoes and pie), this is the sort of situation that cozy weekends at home were made for. Take advantage of all this solid sofa time and add all the snuggly and cozy must-haves to your wedding registry list - you'll be wanting these items for winters to come. PS. We've included a recipe for...

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10 Registry Items Worth the $$$

Spoons and shakers may be no big deal but pots, pans and many other registry items get pricey pretty quickly. And if you're like us, you're familiar with that feeling of guilt adding those essentials (?) to your wedding registry. But enough with that. We're diving in and discovering the goods that are really worth the high price tag. If you'll use it every day and/or have for the...

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#SMPWedding101 – Choosing Your Calligraphy Style

Handwriting is super personal; you can often tell who the writer is with just a quick glance. And weddings - and their invitations - should be just as personal! Calligraphy is a beautiful way to add that intimate touch to such a special document, and Tim Blair of Well Written Calligraphy knows that all too well. Lucky for us, he's here to help us figure out which fonts are the best fit for every wedding out there! And since a majority...

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Holiday Entertaining Is About To Ramp Up!

Well, there's no denying it now that it's November; holiday season is upon us. Let's fight off any potential stress and let's start planning ahead! And we've got Food52 on board! From their classic pewter servingware to their entertaining essentials, they have every piece to make your Thanksgiving table complete - are you ready to go, too!?

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