Six Ways to Honor a Deceased Loved One at Your Wedding

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You’re planning your wedding reception and looking forward to being surrounded by everyone you love, but what if there’s someone who can’t be there – maybe your father or a beloved aunt – because they’ve passed away? You want them to be a part of your special day, but you’re not sure how to do that – either publicly for your guests to share or privately for you alone. You want to acknowledge the importance of that person in your life without dampening the celebratory mood of your wedding.

While nothing can compare to having all of your loved ones by your side physically, honoring a deceased loved one in a way that feels true to your relationship allows that person to be there in spirit.

Hot Trends for Your 2016 Spring Wedding

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You began planning your spring wedding several months ago, but you’ve still got decisions to make. You may not want to have an “offbeat” wedding, but you do want your day to be distinctive and memorable. Here are some trends for 2016 that will help you to complete your plans.

Ditch the dress

Have you ever thought about walking down the aisle in something other than a wedding dress? Solange Knowles (Beyonce’s little sister) wore a cream pantsuit and cape to her recent wedding and looked stunning. Can you picture yourself in a Chantilly lace, slim-legged jumpsuit or a pearl-white trouser suit? The suits can give you swagger while being just as chic, formal and impressive as a traditional gown.

Planning For Your Bridesmaids' Dresses

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You’ve chosen and ordered your gown and now it’s time to turn your attention to your bridesmaids’ dresses. Brides generally start shopping for bridesmaid dresses about six to seven months before the wedding to allow ample time for fittings and alterations.

At first, your head may be spinning from all the options available: Should you match your bridesmaids’ dresses to your wedding dress? Is mix and match better? Which fabric looks best? Colors? Styles? It can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Start with the basics:



Creative Ideas for Your Winter Wedding!

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Winter. It’s the season for freezing temperatures, bulky clothing, treacherous driving conditions, short days, long nights…and weddings. Weddings? Really? Of course! Don’t forgot, it’s also the season of cozy evenings in front of a roaring fire with your favorite drink in hand and the person of your dreams snuggled in beside you. In short, it’s a time for romance, so why wouldn’t it be the ideal time for a wedding? Think about all of the possibilities:

Unique venues

In addition to a traditional church wedding that many brides prefer, there are other venues that lend themselves to a winter wedding:

Planning Your Wedding During a Holiday Weekend? Consider This…

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So, you’ve decided that your wedding will be held on the same weekend as a major holiday. Good for you! There are advantages to doing that, not the least of which is you have given yourself a built-in theme around which to plan it—if you choose to go in that direction. Another plus is that your working guests will probably have a day off from their jobs, which means extra time for them to travel or one more day to recover from the celebration.

Five Ideas to Make Your Wedding Unique

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You’re engaged. Congratulations! Now the fun begins…planning your wedding! You’ve already been to your share of run-of-the-mill weddings, and you want to avoid treading that familiar ground. No worries. There are certain elements that are common to most weddings, but who says you can’t shake things up a bit and add a special touch to your event? Her are five ideas:

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Transportation on Your Wedding Day

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One of the frequently missed details of a wedding is transportation for the wedding party. It isn’t as fun as picking out your dress or the cake, but it is an important part of your wedding.

Before you even think about picking a vehicle, here are a few questions you need to ask yourself:

Is planning your Wedding Stressing you out? Event planners to the rescue!

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Here are 3 facts about weddings:

  1. Weddings can be expensive
  2. They can be stressful
  3. There are many details to consider

It’s for the first reason – the expense - that many couples decide to forgo the expense of a wedding planner, and it’s for the second and third reason that we encourage you to reconsider that decision.  Hiring a wedding planner may seem like an unnecessary expense. But ask yourself this: “How many weddings have I planned?”

Your Guide to the Perfect Proposal

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Are you searching for the perfect way to propose to that special someone? We all know that the right proposal is romantic, tender, personal, and expressive, but all of that is easier said than done. A recent survey revealed what women really want in a proposal, taking the guesswork out of it. Guys, here's how to nail that proposal.

1. Use the Element of Surprise

Everyone loves to be pleasantly surprised, and never more so than on their engagement day. Keep your plan a surprise and watch the joy on your honey's face as you get down one knee. Only four percent of women surveyed said that the "surprise factor" wasn't important, and 90% said they wanted nothing to do with the engagement planning.

2 Things you Don’t Want to Scrimp on for your Wedding

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Most of us don’t have a wedding budget like Prince William and Kate Middleton, who reportedly spent $34 million on their wedding – including a whopping $800,000 on flowers, $150,000 on food, and $60,000 on champagne. Your budget may be just a wee bit tighter than that, so while you’re planning the wedding, you’ll probably find yourself setting priorities, making choices, and looking for ways to save money.


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