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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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#SMPWedding101 – Choosing the Perfect Photography + Cinematography Team

While you put thought and care into selecting each one of your wedding vendors, did you also think about how well they'd all work together? Of all these relationships, your photographer and cinematographer are pretty key - they're the gatekeepers to those post-vows very important items. So who better to get insight on this important partnership than Love by Serena and...

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Could You Afford These Iconic Movie Weddings?

Whether you're the Bride and Groom, a member of the bridal party, or just a guest, weddings are expensive — there's no way around that. And Hollywood weddings? Well, they're really expensive, even...

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#SMPWedding101 – 10 Questions to Ask a Band Before Hiring Them

Future hubby? Check. Sparkly ring? Check. Date and venue? Check and check. Great wedding band? Don't sign along that dotted line just yet! Finding just the right band for your big day can be a bit overwhelming and before you put that deposit down, there are essential questions to cover. Boston Common Band has the 411 on what needs to be discussed before you start planning that first dance! 1. How would...

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Dear Brides: Don’t Fall Into The Wedding Comparison Trap

It's said that comparison is the thief of joy, and that couldn't ring more true when it comes to planning a wedding. Between Pinterest, Instagram, magazines, blogs (Style Me Pretty, included) plus that friend of a friend of a friend's wedding hashtag you've been secretly stalking, it's all too easy to judge YOUR day against someone else's, but take heart. Real bride and blogger behind...

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Easton Events Shares Their Must-Know Wedding Day Timeline

Your wedding is a whirlwind of activity and emotion, and to prevent essential details from falling through the cracks, we're big fans of creating a timeline to guide you through the chaos. And while you may have all the major milestones (vows, first dance) already on there, the ladies of Easton Events are filling us in on their 10, easily forgotten but oh so important, items to include on that timeline of yours! 10 Things Not To...

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Why You Need a Vintage Engagement Ring + 5 Secrets to Find the Perfect One

One of the biggest trends in engagement rings this season is the resurgence of romantic vintage-inspired details and antique rings. And when it comes to authentic, one-of-a-kind engagement rings with a rich history and timeless style, there's no better place to look than...

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Wedding Dress Secrets from Hollywood’s Hottest Celebrity Stylist

Lupita Nyong'o. Michelle Dockery. Olivia Munn. Besides being gorgeous Hollywood stars, the one thing these women all have in common is being styled by the one and only Micaela Erlanger. She's responsible for some of the most iconic red carpet looks of the past few years (...

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#SMPWedding101 – Secrets Your Planner Wants You to Know

In the throes of wedding planning, it may seem like you're fighting an uphill battle, that every vendor is out for more money, pushing their own agenda. But it's not true! Step out of the madness and read these wise, kind words from Bluebird Productions, an event planning crew that's here for YOU. We all need a breath of fresh air every once in awhile and these little reminders from the pros will do just the trick. 1. You’ll catch a...

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Going to a Summer Wedding? Here’s the Outfit Inspiration You Need

Pop the Champagne, it's time to celebrate our favorite time of year: wedding season, of course! And with...

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The $2 Hack Every Wedding Guest Needs to Know

With wedding season comes new outfits to fit the dress code. And with those new outfits probably comes a new pair or two of shoes. The problem? Most of us wait until the day-of to first break in those pretty new heels and the risk of a slip on a staircase or an unexpected skid of the dance floor is totally real. We care about your safety (and obviously your style) so head to the local...

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#SMPWedding101 – Surviving the Heat this Summer Wedding Season

Summertime is for lemonade, flip flops and fabulous weddings but let's not let that sun go to our heads. We've all been there, sweating our lovely dresses off as we watch our friends say "I do"... so how do we survive and thrive this summer wedding season? Sarah Hall of Joel Catering and Special Events knows the 411 to "beat the heat" so we all can enjoy and not sweat our stilettos off! Circulate It’s amazing what a little shade and a fan...

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