Whether you've been a blissful bride-to-be or raged through a few bridezilla moments, there's a good chance you've had a group of bridesmaids standing by to help, advise, or pick up the pieces. Show your appreciation with a token that both belies how grateful you are and can serve as a souvenir for the entire experience.
Remember the wedding you've been dreaming of since you were a little girl? The one filled with romantic details and pinks and pearls here and there? Well, here are some desserts that are just the, err, icing on the cake. These 25 feminine creations are romantic, whimsical, and dainty all at once, whether it's because of their heart designs or their pastel hues. In other words: they're just downright beautiful. Click on to check 'em out.
Being a wedding guest doesn't guarantee you'll have suitors falling over you left and right, but there's a reason wedding hookups are a stereotype. Receptions tend to be full of young, single people — mostly friends and friends of friends — who have romance on the brain and a dance floor nearby. Here are 10 rules to help you succeed at a quickie courtship and ensure you don't embarrass yourself in the process.
- Show up single. Even if your invitation welcomes a plus one, showing up without a date — even a friend date — makes it more likely you'll go home with one.
- Ask for help. Nudge in-the-know members of the wedding party to point out potential paramours or, better yet, seat you next to them.
- Be focused. Figure out who's single (one advantage of the dreaded singles table) and center your efforts on the one who strikes your fancy. Nothing says gauche like a girl flirting with every guy on the dance floor.
- Speaking of the dance floor, go there. You'll have more opportunity to mingle than if you park yourself by the food table, and even if you don't meet someone, at least you'll have fun.
- Know when to back off. If your flirtation isn't reciprocated, let it go. Being pushy is even more off-putting with a roomful of people watching.
- Get tipsy, but don't get drunk. If it loosens you up to knock back some bubbly, fine, but don't set yourself up for slurred speech and wardrobe malfunctions.
- Confirm single status. Before bedding down with anyone, please, confirm that he or she is single. This rule is essential when your pool of potential hookups includes the friends and family of the bride and groom.
- Get a room, or something. Even if the entire reception has watched you flirt doesn't mean they have to witness your PDA too. Keep it classy.
- Don't show up to the wedding brunch in your dress from the night before. Enough said.
- Also, save the kissing and telling for later. If you want to dish with your friends about your conquest, save it for after the wedding-related festivities.
Share your tips (and your juicy wedding hookup stories) below.
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Facebook has changed the way you plan your wedding. Here are five common social mishaps and how to avoid them from the moment you say "yes."
1. Someone in your family found out on Facebook.
As soon as you change your status (woot!), there's a family member or friend who's mad they didn't get the announcement via phone.
Our advice: Before you officially change your Facebook status, call your immediate family and closest friends with the news. Other friends and not-so-close relatives might appreciate a heartfelt email with the good news and your engagement story.
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2. A so-called friend left a snarky comment on your Facebook wall about your ring photos.
Those ring photos that you posted in post engagement bliss? Apparently, a sapphire is "just not their style."
Our advice: Take the high road and ignore the comment. This would be the perfect time to clean closet and hide this person from your feed. (PS: We think sapphires are stunning.)
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3. People assume they're invited to your wedding because you're Facebook friends.
For some, it's hard to draw the line between friend and Facebook friend. Those who aren't invited will inevitably post on your wall about their wedding invitation that's lost in the mail.
Our advice: Refrain from sharing every detail of your wedding on Facebook. If (and when) you get the self-invited guest post on your wall, let them know that your venue and budget can only allow for a certain number of guests. (Hint: It's not them.)
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4. Some think that Facebook is the new RSVP card.
It's hard to believe but we've heard of more than one couple who's received a casual, "We'll be there. And so will our four-plus guests," Facebook message.
Our advice: Respond by asking them to return their card (that one with the stamp). This would also be the perfect time to politely inform them that you've reserved two seats in their honor and can't wait to party together on your wedding day.
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5. Facebook has made prewedding party privacy a thing of the past.
The bridal shower photos that were posted by your maid of honor might have a third cousin peeved because she didn't get an invite. And those bachelorette pics from your not-so-innocent Vegas trip gave everyone from your office a good laugh.
Our advice: Everyone loves sharing photos from wedding events — you'll have tons of fun ones throughout your engagement. Create a wedding group on Facebook from the beginning to avoid hurt feelings and oversharing.
— The Editors of TheKnot.com
Smartphones at a wedding, and the ability to instantly capture memories and share them with others, can be both a blessing and a curse. When the emotions are high and the champagne flutes are flowing, err on the side of caution before publicly postings certain photos, which could potentially upset the bride and groom (maybe they want to be the first to share photos of the food on Facebook!). Since you're an invited guest, maintain good tech etiquette with our seven-rule guide:
- Ask first: Before you start snapping and sharing away, ask the bride and groom if it's OK or if there is anything they would prefer you don't capture. While many people actively engage in social sharing, some prefer a private and intimate affair.
- Don't circulate dress photos before the ceremony: As tempting as it is to tweet a photo of the bride's gown before the ceremony, never ever do it! It spoils the surprise for the groom and guests.
- Be courteous and cautious: The vibrating buzz from your cell phone is distracting, so keep the attention on the bride and groom by turning your cell phone off, putting it in airplane mode, or silencing the vibrator during the ceremony.
- Capture big moments when appropriate: The bride and groom are busy greeting their guests throughout the reception. Don't follow them around like paparazzi, but do snap big moments like toasts, first dances, and the cake cutting. The bride will appreciate seeing your photos before the photographer's come in.
Weddings are just as big a deal on celluloid as they are in real life. In fact, if you look on IMDB right now, there are over 3,400 nuptial-related titles listed. There's a long Hollywood tradition of gorgeous brides on film, but not all weddings are created equal. We've curated 25 of the most beautiful, memorable brides from the movies, from Princess Amidala to Princess Jasmine.
—Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel
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