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10 Tips to Pulling Off Mismatched ‘Maids Without Looking Like a Hot Mess

Long gone are the days when every bridesmaid had to be in the same dress in the same color with the same accessories and the same beauty look — thank goodness!  Now, it's all about that mismatched look. But how do you pull off mix 'n match bridesmaids without your bridal party looking like a hot mess? Kelsey Doorey, founder and CEO of...

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Do You Really *Have* to Invite Them to Your Wedding?

One of the first steps in planning a wedding is making your guest list. After all, the number of guests you invite will determine multiple big-day decisions, including your venue. Your parents, siblings, grandparents and BFFs are obviously the first to make the list, but what about your freshman year roommate? Or your work wife? Finalizing your guest list is no easy task, but we're here to help with a list...

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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 First 5 Things to Do Once You’re Engaged!

YOU'RE ENGAGED!! Pop the bubbly, let the excitement sink in, and let's talk about what's next. Wedding planning extraordinaires, Aleah and Nick of Valley & Company Events are here to help spell out those very first steps so you can fully enjoy the early days of your journey down the aisle. Grab a seat and let's get started! Soak it In Before you do any actual planning, take a breath! This is one of the most exciting times in...

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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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#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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#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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#SMPWedding101 – Planning a Destination Elopement

Destination elopements are the ultimate in intimacy and romance but just because you don't have a crowd doesn't mean it can't be a bit tricky to arrange! It still takes plenty of planning but where to begin? We have Santorini Glam Weddings here, who knows a thing or two about planning special days, giving guidance on ensuring your private party is everything you dreamed of and more! Choose the Right Location Elopements usually go hand...

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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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10 Times You Might Lose It While Wedding Planing

If you're deep in the throes of wedding planning, feeling like your sanity is hanging on by a thread, listen carefully: put down the glue gun, step away from the spreadsheets and take a nice DEEP breath. There's no doubt planning this day comes with a dose of stress, but remember you're not alone. We're sharing 12 of the most common reasons brides-to-be (understandably) lose their cool leading up to the wedding.

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#SMPWedding101 – Photo Album Tips + Trends

I just received my own wedding album (!!!!) so I fully appreciate the time and talent that went into creating something that I'll treasure for the rest of my life. But I'm also aware that when beginning the album process, well, it can be a bit overwhelming. The Album Room is here to help all you brides (and newlyweds) out there so you're better informed and prepared. After all, your album is the last piece of the puzzle and deserves just as much attention as...

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Inexpensive Wedding Details That Make a Big Impact

Designing your dream wedding on a budget is easier said than done. Especially when you want a celebration that your guests will be talking about long after the last dance. But fear not, savvy brides, because our editors are sharing inexpensive details that can make a serious impact. Trust us, you'll want to...

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#SMPWedding101 – Calligraphy Pricing Decoded

We've stumbled upon some confusion when it comes to calligraphy styles and pricing but thankfully Carla Hagan is here to help sort it all out. You see, not all calligraphied envelopes and escort cards cost the same - it depends on the style you're choosing for your big day. Carla Hagan Designs recently conducted a survey and her results (below!) helps it all make more sense - because we all know, mixups...

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#SMPWedding101 – Wedding Day Stain Removal

I believe that a dirty wedding dress at the end of the night is a sign of a perfect party success but what is that mess occurs before your last dance? Not so great. But fear not dear friends, we have J. Scheer & Co. here to advise on all wedding dress stain stresses. From what to have on hand to what to do to ensure you never see that wine spill again, read on...

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#SMPWedding101 – Sourcing Wedding Decor Online

When planning my wedding, I loved searching for just the right pieces of decor to deck our tables and bring my vision to life. But finding those missing pieces of your pretty puzzle isn't always easy. Design studio and online shop esselle SF is here to help with advice on sourcing those stylish add-ons for your special day - read on and check out...

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#SMPWedding101 – What To Consider When Choosing Where to Get Ready

I'm pretty confident in saying that I thought of almost everything when planning my wedding. Except when it came to where I'd get dressed. I assumed I'd primp and prep where I stayed all weekend but it wasn't until that morning, with my makeup artist setting up shop and family and friends running about that I realized a different space might've been a good idea. Still55 Photography is here to save all you brides-to-be from this mistake - read on for...

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#SMPWedding101 – Negotiating Room Blocks with Hotels

I remember those days of calling hotels for our wedding guests, leaving messages, following up on cutoff dates and more. It was never ending. Enter Roomblocker: Roomblocker takes care of all that stuff and more - so you can busy yourself with more important things. They even request specific hotel contract terms that give you the most flexibility, and monitor those contracts so no one (aka you) is at risk for...

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5 Wedding Day Gifts Your Groom Will Love Almost as Much as You

Whether for their birthday, celebratory occasions, or the holidays, men are notoriously difficult to buy presents for. So, what are you supposed to get him for the wedding? From sweet and sentimental to tried and true, these five gift ideas are guaranteed to make him a very happy husband.

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#SMPWedding101 – Why You Should Take Dance Lessons Before You Say ‘I Do’

In the spirit of honesty, here we go: my hubby and I were downright nervous about our first dance. All 200+ people were watching and we froze up a bit. While we can laugh at it now, looking back, dance lessons may have been a wise choice. More likely than not, dancing will be a big part of your big day and when you kick it off with your first dance, you want to make your mark. Why so important?

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