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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 team of editors is sharing inexpensive details that can make a serious impact. Trust us, you'll...

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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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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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