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#SMPWedding101 – Unexpected Elements Guests Love

We plan for every single essential and wedding must-do but what about when Mother Nature decides to arrive with a storm? Or how about the fear of dehydrated guests? Planning for these little details is what Katie Dunn of Events By La Fete does and she's gathered up some of her favorite unexpected elements that are guaranteed to make your guests fall even more in love with your wedding celebration. 1. Sweat Proof: Mother nature can...

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The Only Timeline You Need to Plan Your Perfect Wedding

Congratulations, you're engaged! Once the newly-engaged bliss starts to wear off, panic may start to set in. After all, there's a lot of information and inspiration out there when it comes to planning a wedding, and it's easy to get...

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10 Bridal Shower Essentials For Planning A Pretty Party

I've planned and attended my fair share of bridal showers the past few years so it's safe to say I have some advice to share with any newbies out there. From cute cocktails to decor that shines (but not brighter than the bride-to-be), here's our SMP checklist for all bridal shower essentials. 1. Theme + Decor: First and foremost, to get the planning started, you need a style, and when deciding on this theme, it should reflect the bride-to-be and her personal passions and preferences. Does...

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#SMPWedding101: Branding Your Wedding

Every single bride wants her wedding to be unique, to really represent her and her hubby to a tee. But with all the ideas and inspiration out there, how do you capture "you"? That's when Edna Dratch-Parker, the "Wedding Brander™" of EFD Creative - Event Planning & Design comes in to save the day. She guides couples through the journey of branding their wedding, pulling in different layers of details to tell the whole story...

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Before You Sign the Venue Contract, Ask These Questions!

Choosing a venue was, without a doubt, the most stressful part of wedding planning for me and my now-husband. We looked all over and when we finally settled on a spot, there were never-ending questions and confusions for us to tackle. Very few newly engaged couples are used to confusing contracts and policies, so before you sign that precious paper yourself, make sure you cover all of these topics - in writing - so you can proceed with the planning feeling confident and excited about what's...

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What to Do When You Love the Man But Hate the Ring

I'd all like to think that when the perfect man gets down on one knee and asks me to be his forever, I won't care what the ring looks like. But, if I'm going to be wearing one ring for the rest of my life, I should love it, like really love it, right? Yes, you're marrying the man (or woman) and not the ring, but...

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#SMPwedding101: Secrets Your Wedding Photographer Wants You to Know

We fret over dresses and first dance slip-ups but as brides-to-be, we all sometimes need to take a little step back and breathe. Because let's not lose focus on why we're actually busy with all these DIYs and our never-ending to-do list. Anna of Bianco Photography is here to remind us of that. As a wedding photographer she's seen her fair share of celebrations and knows a thing or two about what's important on your special day -...

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10 Tips for Drama Free Seating Assignments

Oh, the task of assigning where your guests will sit as you wine and dine after your vows. Aunt Mary can't be near Uncle Frank, but Uncle Frank must be by cousin Ben; the "rules" and requests could go on forever. But we're all about making wedding planning fun, not stressful, and that includes removing the drama from the dreaded seating chart creation. Here's our top 10 tips for making it easy as can be! 1. Be Organized: As with all wedding planning tasks, it helps to be organized from the...

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#SMPWedding101 – Reserving a Hotel Room Block

Reserving hotel room blocks for our guests was one of the most frustrating tasks of wedding planning. From negotiating rates to reviewing confusing contracts, it was overwhelming. Oh, how I wish I had known about Jetaport! This streamlined (and FREE) solution to quickly and easily book room blocks takes care of sourcing the best rates - and today...

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Wedding 101: The New Rules of Engagement Ring Etiquette

It's 2016, and the world is (thankfully) more modern than ever. But there are still some notions stuck in the past—like, the rules of engagement rings. Thankfully, our friends at Who What Wear are dispelling the outdated myths and giving them a much-needed update...

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How to Plan Your Wedding at Work + Keep Your Full Time Job

Congrats! You have a new special sparkler on your finger and one major party to plan ahead of you...but news flash, you still need to wake up and go to your day job, and you know, make the moola to pay for it all. So how do you get all those fun, fabulous plans in place but continue to keep the boss happy? We've got the inside scoop for being productive in both roles that you're rocking these days straight ahead! BE ORGANIZED Plan Ahead: Approach each work day knowing what you hope...

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15 Wedding Trends You Won’t Regret

Trends come and go, but wedding images? They last forever. And while we always love to forecast what brides will be loving in the coming year, we know that timeless design is worth its weigh in gold. Think neutral palettes, elegant draping and romantic calligraphy - just to name a few. Here are 15 current wedding trends we guarantee you won't regret...even decades down the road.

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Unique Ways to Announce You’re Engaged on Instagram

There's the special peeps that deserve phone calls and in-person visits to announce the new sparkler on that ring finger of yours, but for everyone else, let's get real. We live in the golden age of social media after all so why not get a bit creative! Whether it's a spur of the moment smooch or a posed pic, a picture is worth a thousands words, so we dove into our #smpringselfie Instagram pics and all you...

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SMPwedding101: When to Toss or Tidy Your Makeup

From crumbling eyeshadows, to long gone lipsticks, it's time to clean up, refresh, and renew. That's right, today we're overhauling that hefty bag of makeup madness into something a little more polished and pretty. Which is why we've enlisted the talented Lisette Bugeja to help us clean house. Read on for her tips below on why (and when) you should say bye-bye and toss that tinted concealer and beyond, below! Mascara Lifespan:...

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Find Your Dream Dress: 35 Secrets From Real Brides

You've got the man of your dreams, a show-stopping sparkler, and now it's time to hit the streets to find the gown you've always imagined. It's a process that we want you to be prepared for, which is why we've asked...

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Quiz: Discover Your Wedding Style!

Congratulations, all you newly engaged Brides-to-be! You've got the man, you've got the ring, and now the fun part begins: wedding planning! But before you go try on gorgeous gowns and pick out the...

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10 Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

After the big question has been asked and the champagne poured, it'll eventually come time for "The Talk." The budget talk, that is. Whether the sky is the limit or you've got limited dollars to spare, I think we can all agree saving money along the way is a win. Let me not-so-subtly recommend you go ahead and bookmark this page for safe keeping!

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#SMPWedding101 – Wedding Hashtags

Happy Friday all! As Style Me Pretty's Social Media Manager, I live and breathe hashtags every single day - but what do I love more than any ol' #mrmrssmith? An adorable, punny wedding #hashtag. But not just any word combo will do; you want your hashtag to be as memorable as your dress and as easy to remember as the rings. Here's my tips for how to get just that! 1. Be unique. Search any hashtags you're considering on Instagram and Twitter to make sure no one else has used them yet. If...

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#SMPwedding101: 6 Reasons to Hire a Calligrapher

Complete with elegant flourishes and delicate curves, we're deeming calligraphy as cursive gone chic. A centuries-old art that has seen a resurgence in the world of weddings, this hand lettering process is a treasure we truly behold. From elegantly address envelopes, to...

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#SMPwedding101: Personalizing Your Wedding Favors

Looking for a creative way to add some personality to those wedding favors? Well, look no further - because we've asked Navy and Lavender to share a few of their favorite tips. From edible treats to sentimental keepsakes, when it comes to your wedding favors we're all about adding a personal touch. Read on and see how other Brides have personalized...

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