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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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15 Fabulous Outfits to Wear to Any Wedding This Fall

Everyone loves Fall for its crisp air, changing leaves and snuggly sweaters. But the layers of sweaters, jackets and booties you love in your everyday life don't really work when you're a guest at an autumn wedding. So, how do you dress for the changing seasons...

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10 Things No Mother-of-the-Bride Should Ever Do

Wedding planning can bring out the crazy in anyone — whether it's the bride, groom, bridesmaid, or the mother-of-the-bride. We've all heard stories of MOBs trying to live vicariously through their daughter to create their dream wedding, or...

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15 Things NOT to Do as a Bridesmaid

Ladies, beware of the bridesmaidzilla. Like Kristen Wiig and Rose Byrnes' characters in "Bridesmaids," bridesmaidzillas are pretty much every bride's worst nightmare, taking the stress of planning a wedding and multiplying it times infinity.  Whether you're a first-time 'maid, or...

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#SMPWedding101 – Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Stationery

Pretty paper is my weakness and super personal pieces? Even better. So when I came upon Sara Fitz and her too-lovely-for-words creations, I not only added her site to my list of Favorited Bookmarks, but I had to know more. How does she tap into each couple to really personalize their Big Day invites and more? Read on for all her ideas and see all the adorable examples in our slideshow below! Venue A fabulous way to...

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Unique Ideas to Help Choose Your Wedding Colors

Once the excitement of the proposal settles in and you’re ready to start wedding planning, one of the first decisions you have to make will be choosing wedding colors. Choosing the perfect palette may seem like an easy task but knowing which direction to go can be more complicated than expected! The variety of colors to choose from is endless, making finding the right shades to pair together a bit of an obstacle. I'm...

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#SMPWedding101 – How to Ensure A Successful Outdoor Event

Outdoor celebrations can be tough. While full of customization opportunities and the pure beauty of becoming Mr. and Mrs. among the great outdoors, they also run the risk of bad weather, lighting issues and more. But that doesn't mean we're giving up on them any time soon (one look through our Vault and you can be sure outdoor weddings are here to stay).

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The 100 Most Romantic Love + Marriage Quotes of All Time

Is there anything more romantic than a love letter? Whether it's your wedding day, anniversary, or just because, there's nothing like receiving a heartfelt, handwritten note to make your heart flutter. So if you...

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Fresh + Beautiful Color Palettes for Fall Weddings

Deciding on a color palette is one of the first steps in designing the wedding of your dreams. And if you're planning a fall wedding, chances are you've seen lots of inspiration in shades of...

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#SMPWedding101 – Unique Wedding Heirlooms

I'm a sentimental person and that affection extended into my own wedding. I strived to create unique keepsakes from my big day that I'll continue to treasure for years to come and I love whenever SMP discovers new ideas - and we got a whole bunch of them for you ladies today! The Garter Girl is here to share her favorite ways to keep those memories alive; which ones do you plan on recreating?! BOUQUET WRAP You have your mother’s (or...

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Desiree Hartsock Is Helping You Find The Right Dress For Your Figure

Hi, Brides! It's Desiree back again for more wedding fashion talk. Today we're breaking down dress fit, because a perfectly fitted gown makes all of the difference! I've seen it all when it comes to different shapes and sizes of women and I've come to know which details and styles work best for each shape. It’s important to understand and know your shape...

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#SMPWedding101 – Invitation Language Etiquette

While there's no denying how fun it is to find your perfect invites, the proper wording can be a bit confusing. Proclaiming "I do" in a church or outside? How to introduce the reception that follows? Fret no longer friends, we have Mrs. John L. Strong here to help; with 85+ years of experience, they know a thing or two on the do's and don'ts of the oh so important invitation language! 1. What is the appropriate wording for getting married in...

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8 Things Never to Wear to a Wedding

When it comes to being a wedding guest, there can be some gray area. How much should you really spend on their wedding gift? What does black tie optional actually mean? And, of course, what on earth should you wear?...

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#SMPWedding101 – Why You Should Have Hair + Makeup Done For Your Engagement Shoot

I love my engagement pics. They were fun and fabulous and a great way to get comfy in front of the camera before our big day. Only regret? I wish I'd had someone spruce up my hair and makeup. It would have been the little touch that made all the difference. If only I'd heard makeup artist Carly Pribich's wise words beforehand; as a proponent of having your makeup...

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Be A Kick Butt Bridesmaid Without Going Totally Broke

Being a bridesmaid is infamous for one major thing – dreading the dress and spending way more than you'd like. Whether it’s a couple hundred dollars for that bridesmaid frock or a thousand dollars for all your travel expenses, taking on this role of a lifetime could put you in debt for what feels like a lifetime. But it doesn’t have to.

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10 Wedding Trends Everyone is SO Over (And What to Try Instead)

Let me preface this by saying we've seen a lot of beautiful weddings with the 10 trends below, and when they're done well, they're done well. That said, their popularity means we've seen them in a lot of weddings. So, if you really want to wow your guests and have...

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How I Stuck To My Wedding Budget (Spreadsheets And All!)

You might remember Jenna of Visions of Vogue as the bride with the dress we're still obsessing over. And today she's back to share how in the world she pulled off that dream wedding and actually stuck to a budget.

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Wedding Planners Reveal the Most Unbelievable Bridezilla Moments Ever

I'm not going to lie, I've seen most episodes of WE TV's Bridezillas — watching the weekly train wrecks made me feel better about my own life (plus, let's be real, it was totally entertaining). Yes, the brides were terrible, but the individuals below make those women look like angels.

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10 Things Every Woman Should Do Before She Gets Married

I'm a firm believer that before you can commit to someone else, you need to commit to yourself. To your happiness, to your health, to your passions, to your dreams — to everything that makes you who you are. Yes, marriage is wonderful and amazing, but so is taking a little "Me" time. Before you head down the aisle, take a little time to mark these 10 tasks...

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How to Match Your Signature Cocktail to Your Wedding Style

Every wedding guest loves an open bar. But before the bartenders break out the shot glasses, it's nice to ease into the evening with a signature cocktail (or two) that reflects both you as a couple and your vision for the big day. So pop the bubbly, because now that you've determined your wedding style, we've determined the perfect signature drink for the big day. Cheers, dears! How Not to Screw...

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