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Everything You Need to Know About Curating Your Wedding Style

As a Creative Director turned real bride, it dawned on me pretty early in the process that planning a wedding isn’t so different from the branding work I do every day. In the branding world, we’re trying to ensure that there’s a certain level of visual cohesiveness at every touchpoint - or a visual strategy if you will. Today I'm going...

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The #1 Mistake Couples Make Before Marriage

Saying "I do" is so much more than the wedding day. More than pretty flowers or a gorgeous dress. It's about entering into a lifelong commitment with the one you love, and according to relationship expert, Dr. Deborah Sandella, getting married for the right reasons is the most critical component. "The biggest mistake people make is deciding to get married because “It’s time,” "I want to have the security of marriage,” or “I’m afraid I won’t find someone else.” Deciding to marry...

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4 Ways to Include Every Kind of Mom in Wedding Planning

“I think you need a grand five tier cake.” I sat staring, open-mouthed, at my usually laid-back mom. This was the same woman who, through the florist and caterer meeting had stayed largely silent, saying “whatever you like!” The baker did the math on a napkin for us – the cake my mother was suggesting was 450 pieces of cake to our 120 guests. Rest assured, we ultimately found a cake compromise. I was surprised, but maybe I should have seen this coming – my mom is French and I know...

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How to Please Your Bridesmaids When Everyone’s Got an Opinion

Deciding on my bridesmaids was very special. In a way, it was like a walk down memory lane. Together, my eight bridesmaids represented the different parts of my life, from my school years to my stint on The Bachelor. Of course, the thought of juggling eight different opinions, styles, and personalities was intimidating - but that...

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When the Wedding Planner Becomes the Bride!

Wedding planners see it all, from the early prep to the day of delights - who better to know how to keep brides-to-be happy as can be than these planning extraordinaires?! So when Maria Sila of Tie the Knot in Santorini said "I do" herself, it was time for her to follow all her own advice! We shared...

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The Wedding Etiquette Mistake You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Manners matter, especially on the most important day of your life! But how do you deal with those sticky situations that will inevitably come up along the way? With the help of etiquette expert Myka Meier, founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette. From dealing with too many cooks in the kitchen to how to handle someone's uninvited plus one, Myka has all the answers! Need...

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#SMPWedding101 – What to Know Before You Plan Your At-Home Wedding

There are some undeniably amazing venues to get married at around the globe but sometimes the best and brightest is right in your own backyard. At home weddings have a certain sentimental flair but just because the "venue" is free, doesn't mean planning is as easy as pie. Gather Together Events is here to share their insider knowledge so you can have an elegant AND organized at-home celebration! It will cost more than a traditional venue...

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Real Brides Reveal “The Worst Wedding Planning Advice I Received”

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes...opinions pouring in from everyone and anyone you know. While most unsolicited advice comes from a good place, it can be tough for a couple to stay true to their own wedding vision with constant input. Take it from these real brides who kindly took every bad piece of advice with a grain of salt and planned their best day ever. "The...

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5 Brilliant Tricks That’ll Save Every Bride Time, Money + Headaches

I’m about to hug my three-year anniversary of being a hired bridesmaid for strangers hello. It might sound like the strangest job you’ve ever heard of, within the wedding industry or just within the world, but I’ve had the pleasure of working with close to 65 clients and have learned so many important...

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Brides Get Real About Their Biggest Wedding Regrets

When all is said and done, your wedding day is going to be one of the best days of your life — you've got the man (or woman), you've got the dress, and you've got every little detail planned to perfection. And because you don't want to look back on the big day with any regrets, we're sharing the advice of real brides and grooms who took to ...

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#SMPWedding101 – Mardi Gras Wedding Inspiration

With music, treats and dancing galore, could there be any better inspiration for your own wedding than the festive Mardi Gras celebrations of New Orleans (we think not!)? Sarah Hall of Joel Event Catering is sharing creative ways to infuse a little of that free-spirited fun into your own special day, from colorful cuisine to the best brass bands around! Color (or “Cullah” as we like to say!) The traditional colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green and...

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#SMPWedding101 – Winter Gifts for Your Bridesmaids

The best gifts are those that are purposeful AND pretty - bridesmaids' gifts included. You want your ladies to remember this special time fondly and thank them properly, and when you say "I do" in the winter, it's the perfect opportunity to go completely cozy and chic. Royal Scout and Co. is here sharing their picks for the best snowy season gifts out there! Warm Bridesmaids are Happy Bridesmaids: ● Keep their freshly manicured hands toasty...

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Why Wedding Videos Are Always Worth It

Imagine this scenario - you're cozied up in the getaway car with your love, soaking up the unbelievable joy of the day that just unfolded. The big moments, the little moments, the unexpected moments, the love. It's the kind of day you'll want to re-live over and over again, and that's where a wedding videographer comes in. The incredible Julie of Elysium Productions is here to answer your most pressing questions about hiring a videographer...

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#SMPWedding101 – Engagement Shoot Style Advice

You get engaged and the questions start coming; it's easy to lose yourself in the flurry of it all. But we can't say it enough: savor this special time and make any opportunity a fun one, including your engagement pics! It's the perfect time to practice those picture perfect smiles and show off your own style. But it can also be a bit daunting when deciding what to don so we...

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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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What NOT to Do When Your BFF Gets Engaged

Whether it’s over FaceTime, in-person, or writing in an all-caps text message, there are few phrases more exciting than hearing “OMG, I’m engaged" from your BFF seconds after the question (and hopefully a bottle of champagne) has been popped. Chances are you’ll feel like you just got engaged too, finding yourself shedding happy tears, jumping up and down in pure excitement, and perhaps even wondering what you should plan first for the upcoming wedding. As a professional...

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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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