The beach party films and TV shows of the '60s featured lots of bikinis, beach locales, musical numbers, and girlie retro style — so we couldn't think of a better bridal shower theme than one inspired by the beach party trend of the era. Think Tiki bars, pool lounging, and Mad Men-esque attire. Check out retro beach inspiration for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or just Summer soiree now!
Whether you're a first-time bridesmaid this wedding season or have 27 dresses hanging up in the back of your closet, it's good to keep in mind bridal party faux pas. So we chatted with real brides to find out their pet peeves. Here are 10 things you didn't realize were annoying the bride in your life, plus practical tips for avoiding these mistakes.
Wedding season brings the ultimate girl-bonding events: bridal showers and bachelorette parties. And depending on if you're the bride-to-be, a bridesmaid, the sister of the bride, or just the party planner in your group of girlfriends, you may be brainstorming bridal party theme ideas this season. Well, we're here to help! We've scoured our favorite big-day blogs for 50 of the most fun, creative, and pretty party themes, perfect for a bridal shower or bachelorette party. Check them out now!
DIY Ceremony Programs Your Guests Will Love!
Honeycomb ceremony fans are a fun twist on the traditional wedding program that you can make yourself. Why not turn your programs into a beautiful and memorable decoration that guests can also keep cool with? Get the step-by-step details from Kelly Lanza of Studio DIY in this episode of Wedding DIY. And be sure to check out POPSUGAR's new Girls' Guide channel on YouTube.
Bachelorette parties are known to get a little wild, and celebrating the last single hurrah for a bride-to-be naturally lends itself to a sexy theme. So it's no surprise that E.L. James's erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey makes the perfect bach-party inspiration. Handcuffs, masks, whips, and steamy games are just a few of the elements that, used creatively, will have partygoers giggling while celebrating the soon-to-be Mrs. (Christian Grey). Nipple-clamp cookies, anyone? Click on for more Fifty Shades of Grey bachelorette-party ideas!
Rolling vineyards, cobblestone streets, fresh lavender — the South of France offers the perfect setting for a charming, rustic wedding. Sure, there's something to be said for Parisian romance, but with the Cannes Film Festival taking place, we're shining a spotlight on beautiful wedding details inspired by the South of France. To bring some French country flair to your big day no matter where you say "I do," take a look at these gorgeous ideas from real weddings!
There are various wedding guest genealogy chart options on Etsy. They will group your guest list into categories like childhood friends, immediate family, cousins, colleagues, or college friends. The turnaround is about four to six weeks. Or you could make a skeleton version yourself and ask guests to fill in their names under the appropriate category — like a pseudo guest book. Click through to see what's out there.
Video: Festive DIY Confetti Party Poppers
Party poppers can be an elegant and fun way for wedding guests to celebrate a new couple. And you can even make the festive table decoration yourself. Just watch now to get the step-by-step details from Kelly Lanza of Studio DIY in this episode of Wedding DIY. And be sure to check out POPSUGAR's new Girls' Guide channel on YouTube.
The modern bridal party dates back all the way to Roman times, according to legend, when the law required 10 witnesses at a marriage. Some time down the line, the legal requirement turned into an optional tradition that now includes elaborate bachelorette parties and matching dresses on the day of. Over the past century, the styles have evolved, with accessories like matching gloves and hats going out of style. Still, the specialness of having the support of your closest friends and family members has remained constant. Take a look now at vintage bridal parties. While you likely won't envy the shoulder pads, you might get some inspiration from the more glamourous styles of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.
If your guy isn't quite sure how to get involved in the wedding planning, consider this his simple idea cheat sheet. With a range of options related to style, creative projects, and the nitty-gritty to-dos, we've rounded up a variety of fun ways for him to add his touch to the big day. Share these tips with your husband-to-be to help him find ways to contribute — and take a few things off your list!
If you and your husband-to-be have been glued to your screens to keep up with the Stanley Cup playoffs, these sporty details offer a fun, playful nod to hockey. With ideas for your engagement shoot, your decor, and your reception, we've rounded up some of the best, most creative ideas to help you score a wedding-style hat trick. Hoping to channel your favorite icy sport when you say "I do"? Take a look at these unique ways to bring your love for hockey to your big day!
5 Mistakes Every Bridesmaid Should Avoid
Being a bridesmaid is a huge honor, but it can also come with a lot of pressure. To make your life easier this wedding season, we polled real brides to find out their biggest wedding-party pet peeves. If you avoid these five common mistakes, you'll be on your way to being the ideal bridesmaid. Watch now. And brides, tell us if you have any more to add!
There's much more to being a bridesmaid than slipping on a dress and standing in line, so it's important to learn the dos and don'ts of the special role. If your engaged pal has asked you to be part of her wedding party, don't take it lightly — she's asking for you to support her through one of the most incredible times of her life. Think you know what it takes to be the best bridesmaid? Some of these pointers may surprise you. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, you'll want to follow these 11 must-know tips to become the ultimate bridesmaid.
Whether you're a comic-book fiend, Potter head, novelist, or just love reading, books are easy props to show your personality in an engagement photo shoot. As it's National Library Week, we're especially partial to shoots that take place amongst the stacks, but local bookstores, secondhand shops, or comic-book stores also make quaint literary locations to take your pre-"I do" pictures. Just grab your preferred page-turners, find a cozy spot with your honey, and let the photographer do the rest. If you're in need of some inspiration, check out these too-cute e-shoots for bookworms!
The wedding ceremony can be overshadowed by the dancing, booze, and food of the reception, but ceremonies truly hold the heart of the big day: it's when the couple officially begins the rest of their lives as spouses. The "I dos" are led by the officiant, and selecting the person responsible for that moment should not be taken lightly. And more and more couples are choosing loved ones for this meaningful duty over clergymen. "In the past few years, we've seen a big surge in the number of couples asking a friend or family member to officiate their wedding," San Francisco wedding planner Jubilee Lau of Jubilee Lau Events told us. "It seems as if the consensus for such a decision is to bring in another layer of personalization to the ceremony." If you're planning on having someone you know officiate your wedding, Jubilee shared five tips.
Bridezilla? Who? Me? Of course, most brides want to avoid being high-maintenance. But with all the pressure of planning a wedding, you're bound to take some of it out on your bridesmaids or simply let things fall through the cracks. In order to be the best bride and friend you can be, we asked former bridesmaids to share their subtle — and sometimes obvious — wedding pet peeves. Here are eight things you didn't realize were annoying your bridesmaids, plus practical tips for avoiding these mistakes.
Lasso up your pals and pull on your cowboy boots, we've got all the inspiration you need to throw a bridal shower with country and western flair. If this is your first rodeo as a bride-to-be or a maid-of-honor planning a bridal shower (or bachelorette party), have no fear, we've got you covered from the barn-worthy activities to the country-chic decor and dress code. And don't forget to set the mood with these country wedding songs. Now let's have a little less talk and get this boot-scootin'-boogie bridal shower going!
Bridesmaids' Pet Peeves
No bride considers herself a bridezilla, but they can all unknowingly do things that annoy their bridesmaids. To make your life easier this wedding season, we polled real bridesmaids to find out their biggest pet peeves. Because after all, a happy bridal party makes for a happy big day. Watch now. And if you're a bridesmaid, let us know if you have more tips to add!
When the bride-to-be is hoping for a bachelorette party that takes place anywhere but Sin City, there are plenty of fun, Vegas-free options to choose from. Travel isn't always an option, but wedding planners Paige Appel and Kelly Harris of Bash Please told us why they love destination parties. "A weekend with your friends is so much better than just a night out with your friends, because that kind of feels just like girls' night — same old bars. But if you go away for the weekend, it's really more of a labor of love together." With their advice in mind, we've rounded up a variety of getaway options, plus great ideas for staying close to home. Whether she's a fitness buff, a pop culture nut, or in search of something more low-key, take a look at these fun bachelorette party options for every type of bride.
Even if you aren't a fan of weddings, there is one event of wedding season that we all love: bachelorette parties! The bachelorette party is the final shebang of singlehood for the bride-to-be, and the girls' night out is traditionally filled with alcohol, phallic-shaped accessories, and shirtless men. But whether the event is a mild wine tasting or involves stripper poles, there are some etiquette rules to keep in mind as a bridesmaid or bridal partygoer. To get our point across, we're illustrating these bachelorette party dos and don'ts with GIFs from movies like Magic Mike, Bridesmaids, and Bachelorette, along with TV shows like SNL and The Bachelor. So before you wake up on your girlfriend's couch with an empty bottle of vodka in your hand and a glitter smeared in questionable areas on your body, let's go over the rules of a successful bachelorette party.
Influenced by the revolutionary 1960s, the '70s had its fair share of hippies and free love. But the decade also has its own defining spirit that includes disco, bell-bottoms, and bright colors and prints. With psychedelic save the dates or all-natural long wavy hair to pair with your flowing peasant dress, you can let the 1970s inspire your big day in 2012. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Planning a wedding these days can be overwhelming, with more resources than you know what to do with at your fingertips. And if you're busy pulling ideas from Pinterest, wedding blogs, and bridal mags, then it can be easy to leave out the most important element of your big day: making it about you and your partner. I recently spoke with celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss about ways add some personality to your big day, and she shared a bit of her expert advice on how to make your wedding unmistakeably "you."
Teenage romance doesn't always last past graduation, but for high school sweethearts Kendall and Dustin a friendship sparked in yearbook class led to their "I dos." The pair met when Dustin was a high school senior and Kendall was a sophomore, and they dated for four years before they got engaged. A year later, they tied the knot at a local winery in Morgan Hill, CA.
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We wanted to share ways you can incorporate these whimsical wavers in your big day. Flags are definitely one of the hot wedding trends this season, and they have been spotted in all kinds of unexpected ways, from bunting garlands to ceremony props to cake toppers. And while you can always keep them in your big day's color scheme, you can also get patriotic by using American flags. The sky's the limit! We've gathered together 37 inspiring photos of flags in weddings, so check them out now!
Julie was the first of all her high school and college friends to get married. And both she and her fiancé, Jason, were the first of their generation in their families to tie the knot. Julie recalls, "The excitement and enthusiasm that surrounded our wedding was incredible and made the entire day far better than we could have ever imagined." But before we get to their November Seattle wedding, let's go back to a few Summers before, when they met.
Some of the most emotionally charged moments — aside from those between the bride and groom, of course — include the father/daughter dance and the giving away of the bride by her father in the ceremony. The father/daughter dance is also a way for the dad to give away his daughter and to say his goodbyes as her husband becomes the new main man in her life. Feel the love with these inspiring father/daughter wedding moments caught on camera.
If you're planning an outdoor wedding, then having it at a Summer camp could be an affordable and fun option. The natural setting — be it redwood trees or a glistening lake — requires little more than some handpicked wildflowers to make it wedding-ready. But really, the sky's the limit. So check out these rustic camp ideas for your big day, and don't forget your canoe and binoculars!
Paige wasn't looking for love when she took a hostess job at a restaurant down the street from her house in Kelowna, British Columbia, but love found her anyway when she met and fell for the "cute bartender" Kelvin. "We clicked immediately, but I wasn't looking for a relationship and kept turning him down," Paige says. "He was persistent, though, and we couldn't seem to stay away from each other!" Only a year after dating, Kelvin proposed, and then they took nine months to plan the big day.
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When you strip down your wedding day to its bare-bones core, it's really a big party to celebrate you and your love, as well as the people who've made you who you are today. So what makes your wedding "you" are the personal details that allude to your relationship, the ways you honor your loved ones, and those special moments you and your guests take long after it's over. In this fourth post of our Sugar Bride Guide, past brides and brides-to-be from Sugar share the ways they personalized their weddings and made their big days memorable. Check them out now!
Choosing to write your own wedding vows can make for a special, personalized ceremony — but it can also mean late nights spent agonizing over each and every line. Your wedding vows are some of the most meaningful words you'll ever say, so it's important to take your time and consider all the possibilities. To make things a bit easier for you, we've come up with a few simple, helpful ideas that will streamline the process.
It was all about the flawless, quintessential white wedding throughout the '50s: extravagant ceremonies, pristine formal attire, and happy, upbeat music. Crooners like Frank Sinatra stole the scene early on, while Elvis Presley and rock and roll took over the radio spots later in the decade. Onscreen, Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe made pin-up girls the ultimate male fantasy, while TV programs like I Love Lucy and Leave It to Beaver stuck to a cookie-cutter mold. Hoping to channel the jukebox era for your own wedding? From striped straws to retro color schemes, here are 35 creative ways to carry '50s charm into your big day.
Tessa and Tyrell met as staff members at Camp Firwood in Bellingham, WA, and they tried unsuccessfully to keep the relationship from getting too serious due to all the family ties at the camp. Tessa says, "Since we both have lots of family that has worked at Firwood, our first conversation was about how we could never get married — otherwise all of the Camp Firwood staff would be related!" But just a year later, they began their two-year dating relationship. They were engaged for six months before tying the knot.
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When you're planning your big day, some of the best tips along the way come from the women who've been there. So to help you out, we've been sharing first-hand wedding experiences from recent brides and brides-to-be in our office with our Sugar Bride Guide. Our ladies dished on their sweet proposal stories, their personal song selections, their traditional and nontraditional details, and the ways they added a personal touch to their "I dos." Now we wrap things up with their final words of advice for engaged ladies on how to make both the planning process and the big day memorable and fun — no bridezilla moments allowed!
Weddings of the military-minded 1940s involved men in uniform, simple gowns, big band entertainment, and plenty of romantic details. It was the decade of film noir, Casablanca, "Rosie the Riveter," and the introduction of classic pin-up girls — plus the royal wedding of then-Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947. Hoping to channel a bit of vintage flair on your big day? Consider adding patriotic accents, military-inspired decor, or nautical details. From rosy red bouquets to glamorous Old Hollywood hairstyles, here are 33 creative ideas to help you plan a '40s-inspired wedding.
Whether you're a bride-to-be, a maid of honor, or just a party planner, we've come up with some creative and fun ways to incorporate The Hunger Games in your wedding celebrations. The book series may be dark, but it is filled with romance. And for hardcore fans of the series, there's always a way to add just a touch of the series and its themes in your big day and especially the parties leading up to it. Be inspired by Katniss, Peeta, mockingjays, and more with these wedding and bridal party ideas. Check out the big day inspiration now, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
If you're a bride this wedding season, you know that as soon as you have the ring on your finger, it's time to start thinking about the dress you'll wear on the big day. But do you know how today's bridal fashion traditions came about? From cultural and religious influences to color symbolism, walk with us through the history of the wedding gown.
Between engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and all the day-of festivities, it can be difficult to know who exactly needs to be invited to each wedding event. The rehearsal dinner can be an especially gray area — who should host? Who should be invited? Traditionally, the groom's parents take care of the rehearsal dinner, but the two sets of parents can also split the cost, or the bride and groom can opt to pay themselves. Not sure who to invite? We're clearing things up with answers to the most common guest list questions.
You don't have to be engaged to relate to the relationship ups and downs Tom and Violet (played by Jason Segel and Emily Blunt) go through over the course of The Five-Year Engagement as they struggle to make it to the altar. But if you are taking part in this wedding season either as one half of a betrothed couple, as a bridesmaid, or as a family member to a bride-to-be, there are some tips to glean from the rom-com. Check out these proposal and engagement dos and don'ts from The Five-Year Engagement now!
When it comes to planning a wedding these days, there are an endless number of resources for getting advice and inspiration. But sometimes the best tips and tricks come not from the experts, but from the brides who've been there. Over here at our very women-friendly POPSUGAR offices, we've got a whole lot of recent brides and current brides-to-be to help with everything from etiquette questions to first-dance songs. After all, they know from experience how tricky it can be to plan a big day. So we're kicking off a new Sugar Bride Guide series featuring an inside look at the weddings of our own editors. First up, feel the love with their romantic proposal stories!
Wedding season is all around us, and we share plenty of tips here on POPSUGAR Sex & Culture for how to be a modern bride and bridesmaid. But sometimes we like to take a look back at what it was like to walk down the aisle back in the day. Looking through these vintage wedding ads, I gather that the best way to secure a husband and have the wedding of your dreams involved a lot of soap, silverware, and toasters. Check out these retro ads now, and see how the advertisers of the Mad Men era caught the attention of brides and brides-to-be!
You've decided to hire a wedding planner — but how do you know which person is right for you and your big day? Thanks to a growing industry and what seems like a million different wedding blogs, it's not always easy to sift through the hundreds of event coordinators out there. Not sure where to start? Ask yourself these nine important questions as you search for the perfect wedding planner.
My wedding was all about the love, and we really took that theme to heart when it came to the decor. We had heart balloons, pillows, favor tags, and more incorporated in the big day, and whatever I couldn't find I made. So for our table seating assignments I made little red heart magnets that would not only display the table assignments on a magnetic board, the guests could take them as favors. But you don't have to be a bride-to-be to try this DIY project out, this setup would also be super cute for a Valentine's Day party. See how to make it now!
Photo by Michele M. Waite
While we all know the bride and groom are the center of attention at the wedding (and in some cases, just the bride), most couples would agree if it was truly just about them, they would elope. When you throw a big wedding bash, you're essentially throwing your guests a party, so you want it to be fun and memorable. From the entertaining to the interactive, here are some creative ways beyond the dance floor to get your family and friends out of their seats and having a ball.
In the midst of post-World War I prosperity, the Roaring '20s were all about new technologies, jazz music, speakeasies, and a flippant attitude. For fashion, this meant simple elegance: feathers, pearls, boas, flapper dresses, bucket hats, and brooches. Weddings were much more informal than in earlier eras — gone were the corsets, tossed aside in favor of drop-waist dresses that showed a bit of leg. Brides danced everything from the Foxtrot to the Charleston, and most preferred platinum or white gold wedding rings over traditional yellow gold. Hoping to channel a bit of Jazz Age pizzazz on your big day? Here are 31 gorgeous photos to help you carry 1920s charm into your wedding celebration.
Some of the toughest decisions you have to make when planning a wedding revolve around the music. First, you have to decide if you're going with a band or a DJ; then you have to choose the songs for the guests' arrival, the reception, and the cocktail hour; and most importantly, you have to pick the songs for the processional, recessional, grand entrance, first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, and exit. It can get overwhelming! So to help you out, we went to our fellow brides and brides-to-be at Sugar HQ to find out what songs they used or are planning to use on their big days. In this second post of our Sugar Bride Guide series — be sure to check out the first one with proposal stories — we get the inside scoop from Sugar brides on what songs they chose and why they are so special to them.
I've seen a good amount of traditional tie-the-knot ceremonies, and they are all wonderful in their own way, don't get me wrong. But for some reason whenever I come across an elopement, I get all misty-eyed in a way I just don't with run-of-the-mill big days. Elopements stand out as more romantic, personal, and sentimental than over-the-top ceremonies because they are really all about the couple. And modern-day elopements now incorporate many of the perks a traditional wedding has — cakes, professional photography, a reception/party later on — making it a sort of best-of-both-worlds hybrid event. To see what I'm talking about, I've rounded up some of my favorite elopements for a show-and-tell on the beauty of an unwedding.
Make every detail count at your wedding with personal flair that shows how much you appreciate your loved ones. Whether it's honoring late family members or continuing traditions passed down, here are some real examples of how to use everything from your decor to your venue to pay tribute to the important people in your life.
We asked what traditions you'd skip (here and on Facebook and Twitter) and got some great stories about your own weddings along with advice from wedding pros on why some traditions should be tossed with the garter. Speaking of garter toss, this seemed to be the No. 1 tradition to nix. See what the others are now!
At the San Francisco Wedding Fair, attendees were wowed by a room filled with pop-star-inspired tables designed by wedding and event planning company Floramor. The glitzy table setups each drew inspiration from the musical style and personality of a different female singer, including Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga. So if you want your big day to pop, get some ideas from these glamorous tablescapes!
I've rounded up a bunch of traditions, including some unpopular ones. Check them out and vote: "I do" if you'd keep it in your wedding, or "I don't" if you would ditch it. Then we should have a consensus on which traditions should be retired and which should be revived!
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In the history of wedding traditions, save the dates are relatively new. But since invitations are typically mailed just six weeks before the big day and guests need to make travel arrangements, these wedding date reminders come in handy, mailed at least six months prior. Plus, they're a good excuse to do something clever and fun amid the sometimes boring, often stressful wedding hubbub. Here are some nontraditional ways to save the date.
Forget cupids with arrows and saccharine red on pink color palettes, having a Valentine's Day-inspired engagement shoot or wedding can be whimsically romantic when done creatively and with a sense of humor. With just the right amount of sweet and some big, red hearts tossed in the mix, these inspiring wedding and engagement pics will have you in the mood for love in no time.
Wedding expert Abby Larson, editor and founder of Style Me Pretty, is well-versed in all things bridal. And she's sharing her expertise with us this wedding season with a series of articles on tips and tricks for your big day! First, she helped us out with advice on recycling your wedding, and now she's back with ideas for sentimental wedding favors that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. Abby says, "Whether it's a token of gratitude chosen to represent who you are as a couple, a nod to your family roots, or it's something that truly gives back to the world, the gifts given with meaning will always be treasured the most." We couldn't agree more! Here are nine fun favors that give back, straight from Abby.
We love movie-inspired engagement photos, so I found even more gorgeous film-spiration for your wedding or e-shoot. From sweet animated flicks like Lady and the Tramp and Tangled to a couple of my personal faves, 500 Days of Summer and Amélie, there's something for all types of theater-goers. If you and your beloved share a love for the big screen, here are some of my favorite movie-themed big day and engagement shoots.
I had a chance to chat with Southern California-based wedding planning duo Ashlyn Carter and Heather Cook of Carter & Cook Event Co., so I asked them some of your big-day dilemmas, and they were happy to share their expertise. From groom duties to wedding planner etiquette, see your questions answered now!
Photos by Bonnie Tsang
The Edwardian period, also referred to as the Gilded Age, was an era of newfound wealth, the start of industrialization, and peace before the first World War — it's also known for the sinking of the RMS Titanic — and for weddings, this meant rich, extravagant occasions. Several wedding traditions first began during the Edwardian period, including the bridesmaid-then-bride processional, the afternoon ceremony time, and the importance placed upon beautiful wedding gowns. Gold and pastels color schemes were the most popular, while brooches, hats, gloves, and embellished accessories stayed in style. Considering a bit of romantic Downtown Abbey-esque flair for your big day? Here are our favorite picks to help you channel the gorgeous Edwardian style.
After the flurry of the wedding prep is done, the big day has come and gone, and you've made it safely home from the honeymoon with your new hubby, you may be feeling a little sad that it's all over. It's normal to have the blues once the excitement of being a bride-to-be has passed, but don't forget, you have a lifetime with your love to look forward to! Here are some tips for keeping the honeymoon high as you move on to this new chapter of married life.
We're all about green beer, shamrocks, and leprechauns, but there's a lot more to Irish tradition than the commercialized side of St. Patrick's Day — especially when it comes to Irish wedding traditions. You don't have to be an Irish bride-to-be to appreciate these sentimental Irish and Celtic traditions, which have inspired some of our most well-known big phrases like "tying the knot" and "honeymoon." See how you can add a little luck o' the Irish to your wedding now!
I asked a handful of my long-time married and freshly hitched friends, as well as our faithful Facebook fans, what the best wedding gift you received was. From the splurge-y to the sentimental, you all shared the gifts that made the greatest impact on you. Some were experience gifts, some were just registry items that get used on a daily basis, and some were boudoir-related — always appreciated by newlyweds. Besides the always practical but not-too-exciting monetary gift, which a lot of our Facebook fans seemed to love the most, here are the top wedding presents our friends and readers received. And be sure to take notes for the next time you receive a save the date!
Each month we sift through the best new titles for our monthly must reads. Since there is no shortage of books about weddings, I thought a wedding season version of our must reads would help out brides, bridesmaids, mother of the brides, and anyone else dealing with wedding planning. I asked my POPSUGAR co-workers, as well as my happily married friends, for their personal recommendations and came up with this list of books that will save you much time and many headaches. Check it out, and add any other recommendations at the end!
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Renewing your vows can be a way to celebrate a milestone like your anniversary, a chance to do a big wedding if your first one was small, or just an intimate moment with your beloved to remember the promises you made to each other on your wedding day. If you're considering walking the aisle again, be it on the beach or in your backyard, here are five diverse vow renewals for inspiration.
Corey Newman used the Sunday Washington Post crossword puzzle to propose to his girlfriend, Marlowe Epstein. It was a sweet proposal that managed to be a sentimental private moment, while still being a public grand gesture. Newman is the latest fella to use word nerd-ery for asking "Will you marry me?", but he definitely wasn't the first. Let's look back at some of the other crossword puzzle proposals that have made headlines.
Somewhere between 1960 and 2000, weddings went from modest, afternoon gatherings to glitzy parties into the night. Like prom for adults! After exploring each decade, we thought it would be fun to visualize the evolution all at once. See how the colors, clothes, and styles change in these photos of brides and grooms in the 20th century's final 40 years.
We still have a ways until our current presidential dad, Barack Obama, walks each of his daughters down the aisle, but past commanders in chief have played the role of father of the bride. In 2008, then first twin Jenna Bush, who is expecting a baby this Spring with her husband, married Henry Hager at the Bush ranch in Crawford, TX. Unlike Lyndon Johnson's daughters or Tricia Nixon, Jenna decided against a White House wedding. Later in 2010, America was buzzing over Chelsea Clinton's marriage to Marc Mezvinsky, offering the most recent example of first-daughter wedding mania. After all, these events are the closest thing we have to royal weddings.
We know being a bridesmaid is a lot of work, but some women say yes and never really rise to the occasion. Whether it's because they had a little, or a lot, too much to drink or just don't want to be there, here are five movie bridesmaids who'd make any bride question her choice.
Taking a cue from celebrities tying the knot this year, I've put together some of their nontraditional wedding picks that could end up being this year's unexpected big-day trends. Read through and let me know if you'd walk the trend down the aisle or leave it at the altar.
Being a wedding guest doesn't guarantee you'll have suitors falling over you left and right, a lá Kristen Bell in When in Rome. But there's a reason wedding hookups are a common movie plot: they are a prime place to get real-life action. It's no mystery why. 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.
The rice toss originated as a way to wish the newlywed couple a good harvest, but there are so many creative, fun, and bird-friendly ways to revamp the tradition. Here are 10 sweet, sentimental, and silly ideas for your guests to send you off after you and your new spouse say "I do." And share your rice toss alternatives in the comments!
Each engagement story is unique, from the location to the ring to the level of creativity, but when is a proposal too little or too much of a good thing? Well, let's look to Hollywood for answers, because if anyone knows how to do a proposal, then it's the masterminds behind romantic comedies, right? Or no? I'll let you decide. I've rounded up 10 proposal ideas from flicks funny, sweet, and sentimental, so tell me: are these down-on-one-knee moments worthy of the real world, or just the "reel" world?
Planning a wedding can turn even the calmest of friends into an anxious, worked up wreck, but offering a bit of support to your bride-to-be pal can keep her from venturing into bridezilla territory. Whether she's outright unpleasant or just internalizing the stress, there are a few easy ways to help her stay sane. Have a pal who's struggling through the planning process? Follow these tips to keep your friend — and everyone around her — more at ease.
Graveyards, skulls, and jack-o'-lanterns aren't typically associated with a wedding, but if you're brave enough to go a little dark on your big day, a Halloween-themed bash is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Get in the spirit of All Hallows' Eve with these hauntingly fun and beautiful Halloween weddings!
No matter how beautiful and romantic weddings are, they are still a legal contract. Many of the wedding traditions we've come to associate love, friendship, and fun have very practical, and horrifying, roots. Find out what came from where now.
French photographer Béatrice de Guigné had the fun and hilarious idea to shoot Barbie and Ken's wedding in the same way she'd shoot a wedding between two people. So the same setups we've seen on our favorite wedding blogs are re-created here in plastic. Way to go Barbie (and Béatrice)! Now let's look at the happy couple's wedding album.
Here's an easy way to never forget your wedding anniversary. Get married on 11/11/11. Today thousands of couples, who probably had pretty cool save the dates, said "I do." Some made it official at 11 o'clock, while others shared the altar with 10 other couples. Get it? — 11 couples on 11/11/11! Last year, fiancés married on 10/10/10, and next year I'm sure we'll see some mass weddings on 12/12/12. If you want to get in on the catchy wedding date trend, you better get moving. There's no 13/13/13. See photos from today's weddings around the world.
Nowadays there are a lot of resources out there for planning brides-to-be, so we're taking out some of the guesswork by narrowing it down to the best, most creative books available. Sites like Style Me Pretty and Green Wedding Shoes offer all kinds of fresh, original inspiration, but it's nice for brides to have a material reference on hand, too. From traditional etiquette guides to unorthodox planning manuals, here are seven books for those preparing to say "I do."
Wedding dress shopping when you're the bride is definitely stressful, but being the friend that accompanies the bride-to-be carries its own stresses and responsibilities. If you're a bridesmaid or just close friend of the bride this wedding season, I've got some helpful tips for surviving dress shopping.
From planning parties to buying gifts, your bridal party invests a lot of time, energy, and money to prepare for your wedding, so a nice way to thank them is with a small gift. You don't have to spend a ton of money — it just needs to be something meaningful, which shows you appreciate these lovely ladies and are happy they're involved in this special day. Here are five great bridal gift ideas.
One of the trickiest elements of wedding etiquette is the plus-one problem: who gets a date, who doesn't, and how do you know one way or the other? Invitation wording should make it crystal clear, but not everyone is familiar with the common wedding protocol. If you're confused about the "and guest" arrangement, we have the answers to the most common plus-one questions.
While brides are the gals in the spotlight, wearing the crowns at the bachelorette parties and registering for gifts galore, they certainly aren't the only ones enjoying the perks of this nuptial season. In fact, it's a lot less stressful being a guest — and you don't need a plus one to take advantage of a friend or family member's big day. With the help of our Facebook friends, here are nine reasons to love wedding season when you're single and ready to mingle!
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School's back in session for some pencil pushers this week, and we're feeling nostalgic for the scent of library books and the days of reading textbooks in coffee shops. We're not ashamed to admit we have a nerdy side, and we think book- and library-inspired details would make any engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding that much more of a page-turner. So if you're a bookworm like us, dive into these ideas for adding literary charm to your big-day celebrations.
Even if you're bucking most of the traditions, wedding etiquette can't be ignored — especially when it comes to the invitations. With the potential for hurt feelings, unintended insults, and misunderstandings, what should be a joyous celebration can turn into a high-heel-trafficked minefield. But that doesn't mean you have to be all Emily Post about it. I've rounded up some of the essential invite-related advice from Emily Post's wedding etiquette and offered my take.
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I've gathered eight tips on putting together a wedding that takes a less-is-more approach, but is still big on the important things that can get shoved aside in the wedding-planning process — like that whole spending the rest of your life with the person you love part.
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Bachelorette parties can be a blast, but a large, random group, poorly planned festivities, or an unhappy bride-to-be can turn a fun night into a total disaster. One of the easiest ways to ensure a great time? Think ahead. Learn these common bachelorette party mistakes so that your next round of festivities is all smiles and smooth sailing.
If you're a bride-to-be who's bored with the typical American wedding traditions, why not make your "something borrowed" a wedding custom from another culture? Every country has its own twist on matrimony, from the engagement to the ceremony to the bride and groom's exit, so I've rounded up 10 traditions from around the world that are worth stealing.
Champagne toasts, kissing, glitz, glam, and dancing — a New Year's Eve celebration has all the elements of a great wedding, so why not use the holiday as inspiration for your big day? Whether you're saying "I do" on the kickoff to a new year or you just want it to feel like it, these New Year's Eve elements will take your wedding into party mode! Get the sparkly, celebratory inspiration now!
We've seen some incredibly beautiful seasonal weddings lately, from big days inspired by Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year's Eve. It never ceases to amaze us how creative the planning teams behind real weddings and inspiration shoots use holidays to add a personal and sentimental touch to the big-day setup. If you're saying your "I dos" on a holiday take a cue from these weddings, which incorporate touches without losing their "wedding" quality. From Halloween to St. Patrick's Day, see some of our favorite holiday-inspired weddings.
Wedding rings have been around so long that we rarely question why or how they came about. Their history extends about as far back as civilization itself, so see what you know — or can guess — about the origin of the wedding ring.
Maybe it's because the wedding day celebrates elegance, the bachelorette party revels in debauchery. Sometimes tacky is funny, and sometimes it's just tacky, so tell us what these bachelorette party traditions, favors, and activities are. Assorted penis-shaped items ahead — consider yourself warned!
Wedding expert Abby Larson, editor and founder of Style Me Pretty, has seen her fair share of big days over the years. And she's sharing her expertise with us this wedding season with a series of articles on tips and tricks for your big day! First up is something all brides should keep in mind: how to recycle your wedding. When the dust settles on your wedding day, the last thing you want to do is deal with all the stuff you've accumulated since wedding planning began. So start sorting out what you'll reuse, recycle, and give away now, so that your first weeks as a newlywed are as stress- and clutter-free as possible. Plus, you'll be able to spread the love to your friends, family, and wedding planners who helped make your day special by gifting them some of the sentimental goods from the occasion. Here are 10 ways to get second life from the pieces of your wedding day, straight from Abby!
Bridesmaids and twins under the age of 10 must be some of the only people expected to dress alike on special occasions. Maybe it's time to kick the matching-satin habit and let your attendants choose their own attire for your big day. Here are seven reasons to at least consider it for your wedding.
Prince William and Kate Middleton may have won the Internet when their royal wedding garnered the most live streams for a single event, but William's grandma has them beat on the pop culture front. Queen Elizabeth II has been portrayed on screen and on stage more than any other living monarch. The Guinness Book of World Records does a good job of keeping track of two things that go well together: royals and weddings. Keep reading to find out who is the reigning record holder in categories like longest serving queen, fastest wedding chapel, and tallest married couple.
Messy ex situations, terrible bridesmaid dresses, awkward altar moments — needless to say, movie weddings can serve up more than a little drama. Although the scripted situations (hopefully) won't happen to you, these onscreen ceremonies can certainly teach you a lesson or two. Currently planning a wedding of your own? Check out these bridal dos and don'ts inspired by weddings in film to make sure that your big day goes as smoothly as possible.
If you're tying the knot soon, you might ask close friends or family to be in your wedding. And while you probably know how to be a good friend, sister, cousin, or whatever, when it comes to wedding planning, your relationships, and the potential drama, can quickly shoot to the next level. I've identified some common areas of concern with bridesmaids and offered some commonsense ways to approach them.
Whether it's gift etiquette, cold feet, crazy future mother-in-laws, bachelor party fears, guest list dilemmas, or bridezilla freakouts, our readers have been through many of the common road bumps on the way to the altar, and have sought advice from other women in our anonymous Group Therapy forum. So take a look at some reader dilemmas on everything from the proposal to the big day, and click through each inquiry to see the advice from other readers.
With its combination of romance, fun, and glamour, Breakfast at Tiffany's makes for perfect wedding inspiration. It's one thing to use the classic film for your engagement shoot theme, but now see how you can incorporate everything from the fashion to the best movie moments into your big day!
Once you're invited to an engagement party, you may be facing a gift conundrum. Chances are, the happy couple hasn't yet registered, and even if they have, you may want to save those offerings for the actual big day. Engagement parties are the perfect chance to go with something more thoughtful and personal, whether that be an experience gift or a small, inexpensive present with sentimental value. Here are some ideas!
With their prominence, extravagance, and cultural significance, royal weddings tend to be record-breaking events. But will Prince William and Kate's top these Guinness World Record winners? Check out these over-the-top nuptials, and find out what records they hold!
You might not want 2 billion people watching you walk down the aisle like the newly titled Duchess of Cambridge, or a guest list of reality stars like Kim Kardashian, but there are plenty of tricks and trends to borrow from celebrities on your big day. Take a look at some now.
There are plenty of brides taking advantage of the crisp and nostalgic Fall months for their big day. And if you're having a wedding around Thanksgiving, there are some creative ways to give it some of the holiday's magic without getting cheesy. Here are five festive ways to incorporate Thanksgiving in your wedding!
When you think back on your honeymoon, you hope it's memorable for the love-filled moments with your new husband. But our Facebook fans had some honeymoon horror stories that put the "worse" in for better or worse. Here are five honeymoon disasters to watch out for on your postwedding trip.
The Talk cohost Sara Gilbert announced her engagement to Linda Perry today on the show. Linda — a singer, songwriter, and producer — orchestrated a proposal picnic complete with a surprise musical performance of their song (The Cure's "Love Song") and T-shirts with the question printed on them, which Sara called "the most amazing proposal ever." Jesse joins other gay celebrities who are engaged or married to their partners, including Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson who announced his engagement to Justin Mikita last Fall. Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni wanted to wait until same-sex marriage was legal in New York to get married, and after having their wish granted in 2011 they married in May. Another celebrity to take advantage of the legalization of gay marriage in New York was Michael Kors, who married his longtime partner, Lance LePere in 2011. See some of our other favorite engaged and married gay celebrities now!
Everyone rushes to the altar in Spring and Summer, but there is something about a Winter wedding that's so inviting. It's cozy and romantic, less trendy and more classic. So before you set a date, consider these eight reasons — beyond the basics — why Winter weddings are wonderlands.
Making your guest list can go from convivial to contentious with the cross of a pen. You can feel the invite pressure from your parents and his, your friends, and yourself. But if obligations start adding stress — emotional or financial — then it's time to make some cuts. Here are five areas where the guest list can get hectic.
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From Kim Kardashian's failed reality wedding to Will and Kate's royal wedding, there was lots of bridal inspiration for viewers, and dress retailers have been paying attention. Take a look at the replica dresses and vote: would you wear them?
Brides who want to borrow the good cheer of the holiday season only need to have a Winter wedding. If you're planning to marry during the most wonderful time of the year, there are plenty of ways to incorporate the festive spirit without turning your wedding memories into an overdone green and red mess. From romantic wreaths to a one-horse open sleigh, follow these tips to have a very merry matrimony.
You may be surprised to find that when you get engaged, people want to throw you parties. Often, it's friends of your parents, who want to return some long-lost favor, or friends who love any excuse to celebrate. For five reasons why this tradition makes sense (and one reason it doesn't), keep reading.
We asked our Facebook fans what you'd like to receive as an experience gift in lieu of a traditional wedding registry gift, and you gave some great ideas. While the gift of "eternal happiness" may be out of reach (although nice idea, Sarah!), we can at least provide newlyweds with some momentary romantic bliss with these presents that are more about making memories than making dinner in the kitchen. With our Facebook fans' help we came up with these tips for experience wedding gifts.
Whether they are young or old, have been dating for years or months, have children or are planning to, we're happy to see love in the air! We all love a love story with a happy ending, so let's look at how these couples came to this special moment in their lives.
If you're going to do a holiday wedding on the Fourth of July, it's gotta have fireworks! But the bursting brights make a wedding extra special no matter what time of year it is. See some of our favorite explosive big days featuring fireworks that light up the night with their patriotic and romantic beauty.
French photographer Béatrice de Guigné is sharing the "trash the dress" photo shoot she did for happy couple Barbie and Ken! We loved the cheeky photos Béatrice shared of Barbie and Ken's wedding in 2011, and these Winter wonderland six-month anniversary pics are just as fun. The plastic pair are participating in a newlywed tradition that's been especially popular in the last decade. A "trash the dress" photo shoot usually involves a couple taking fashion magazine-style photos some time after the wedding without worrying about getting the wedding dress dirty or destroyed (like in this case, frolicking in the snow). Check out the Barbie and Ken's anniversary photos now!
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Traditionally, each year a couple celebrates an anniversary, there is a different type of gift presented. These include materials such as wood, copper, and leather that may sound simple but can result in some creative and romantic presents. From year one to 10, do you know which gift is for which wedded year? Test your knowledge and get some gift ideas with my quiz.
Thinking about eloping? Your family might not approve, but these celebrities have your back. Janet Jackson and her billionaire beau, Wissam Al Mana, are the latest pair to marry in secret, as we found out this week when they confirmed they married in a "private and beautiful" ceremony — last year! With their every move constantly in the public eye, stars having undercover weddings seems unexpected if not impossible. But there are celebrities who have managed to escape the spotlight with their one and only to elope in private, intimate weddings. Elements of surprise and impulse can mean more passion and romance. If you're engaged and longing to elope, take a look back with us now at some of the celebrity couples who've secretly wed.
Miley Cyrus is engaged to Liam Hemsworth! The 19-year-old singer and actress has been with the 22-year-old Australian Hunger Games hottie for three years, after they met on the set of The Last Song. While Miley and Liam have been together for some time, 19 is much younger than the average age of American brides, which is 26. But if Miley has a short engagement, she'll join a group of other celebrities who said "I do" before their 20th birthdays. Here's a list of other celebrities who got married as teenagers.
I attended the San Francisco Wedding Fair at the Four Seasons and was able to chat with a variety of wedding biz pros about what's trending in the world of I dos. Professionals involved in everything from wedding planning to invitations to cupcakes to dress designing gave their insight on what's going to be hot this wedding season. So if you're planning your big day or helping out someone who is, we've got the scoop on 2012's big wedding trends!
We've rounded up a wide range of creative, eco-friendly gifts for your bridesmaids. Whether you're looking for an affordable, smaller pick — like candles — or something a bit more extravagant, there's a smart, recycled option for everyone. Hoping to go green with your bridesmaids' gifts? From monogrammed stacking rings to charming mason jar tumblers, here are 24 eco-friendly picks.
From cash bars to cash-only gifts, everyone has an opinion about what is and is not appropriate at weddings. It's a question of taste, so I'm putting it to you. Are these wedding protocols tacky or tasteful — or, at least, tasteful enough?
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On her wedding day a bride traditionally wears something old (to represent her past), something new (to represent her new family), something borrowed (hopefully from someone with good luck!), and something blue (to represent purity and fidelity). Now you know the symbolism behind the rhyme that dates back to Victorian times. But what's behind all those other bridal traditions? See if you can guess with this quiz. Even if you're not planning your own wedding, the trivia will help you impress fellow guests next time you go to one!
Whether you're just starting your wedding planning or you've been engaged for months, some of the first big to dos on your wedding checklist include taking your engagement photos and sending out save-the-dates. So why not combine the two? There are endless possibilities when it comes to incorporating your wedding date into your e-shoot, so to get you inspired here are 20 of the most creative ones out there!
Not in a serious relationship and stressing about the looming RSVP date on that wedding invite? Have no fear. Just follow this guide to find out who you'll be forced to babysit versus who will help you celebrate.
Who knew an episode of Gossip Girl would deliver a fascinating lesson in Russian wedding traditions? Before Dorota and Vanya's wedding ceremony, Cyrus explains that "in Russian tradition, before a groom can marry his bride, the wedding party gathers and demands that he answers a series of questions about his beloved. If he's unable to answer these questions to the satisfaction of the crowd, the wedding cannot proceed."
This sounds like a fun tradition, but given that I learned about it on a fictional TV show, I did a little research. Turns out, it's a real tradition, and it's just the beginning. To learn more about Russian wedding traditions and to see a cute clip of Vanya answering one of the questions, read more.
Once you've found out a friend has been engaged, the first thing you want to ask them is, "Can I see the ring?" But is that being presumptuous? And if you're the one who said yes to a proposal, how do you approach those inevitable inquiries on Facebook? Is it OK to put photos up online? And then there's always the issue of what you should do if the engagement is called off. I have these and more ring etiquette scenarios that you may face as either a bride-to-be or an acquaintance of one, and I want to know if you think they are tacky or tasteful.
Unless you plan on having a record-breaking number of bridesmaids, chances are you won't be able to include all your family and friends in your bridal party. But that's only one way you can get the gang in on the celebration. Including your loved ones in different aspects of the big day can be mutually beneficial: they will take pride in contributing to your wedding, and you can cut costs and stress with their help crossing off your to-dos. Just be sure you're taking their talents and interests into consideration and not just treating them as hired help. And maybe plan a fun postwedding get-together as a thank-you for the volunteers who made your wedding day possible. Here are some suggestions for ways to include your friends and family in your wedding.
"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" — it's a wedding tradition that began in the Victorian era along with several other practices that continue today. While "something old" should have once belonged to a happily married woman, "something new" is usually the bridal apparel. To guarantee good fortune, "something old" must be gold, and "something blue" symbolizes the heavens and true love. Rooted in the Victorian age are a number of classic customs, including the throwing of the rice, dove symbols, ringing church bells, and even the superstition of wearing white. Hoping to channel a bit of historical tradition on your big day? From lace accents to silhouette portraits, here are 40 Victorian-inspired wedding details that convey another time.
Just like other lifetime lovers, same-sex couples incorporate many well-loved traditions, and the heart of the big day is the same: two people in love dedicating the rest of their lives to each other. We've picked some of our favorite gay weddings to share with you that are paving the way for the union of "man and man" or "woman and woman" to be the traditional weddings of the future.
A wedding brings together two people with their own unique cultural backgrounds, and the big day is made even more special when it incorporates these two worlds. Whether you're taking into account religious beliefs or traditions from your home country, here are 10 weddings to inspire you with their cultural diversity. From Hawaii to India to our own backyard, see the many ways a wedding can envelop where you and yours have come from.
I attended the San Francisco Wedding Fair at the Four Seasons and gathered some great insight from the professionals on this year's hottest wedding trends. But it didn't end there! These wedding experts were also bursting at the seams with tips and tricks for bride-to-bes planning their big days, and I can't wait to share their helpful advice with you. So get their wedding words of wisdom now!
We asked whether you'd want a long or short engagement, and you gave us some great responses on the site and on our Facebook page. So far long engagements have the upper hand but not by a lot! While some say it depends on the situation, many of you had reasons for why you'd go with one over the other. So here are some of your reasons (and it looks like the short-engagement voters even like short, to-the-point responses!).
Our society has hundreds of wedding traditions to choose from, but that doesn't mean you have to follow them. Instead, why not pick and choose your favorites or borrow some from other cultures? Better yet, the traditions you and your betrothed choose to skip say a lot about who you are as a couple. Here's how to express yourself by bucking traditions.
It's an honor to stand up in a friend's wedding, and along with that recognition comes a range of responsibilities — but just how far do those responsibilities stretch? Where's the line between helpful and overbearing, between celebrating and insulting? When it comes to wedding dos and don'ts, the boundaries aren't always clear. If you plan to be a bridesmaid any time soon, avoid these common blunders to maintain your integrity and make sure your friend feels supported on her big day.
As soon as that ring's on your finger, the big-day countdown begins, and it's overwhelming to say the least! There are so many to-do lists, people to call, and appointments to be made, it's enough to turn a sane bride-to-be into a basket-case. I know how scary it can be. Just days after the proposal I logged in to The Knot to see 100 things I was behind on already and 200-plus things I needed to do. So how 'bout we take a big breath together, and start small? I asked Ashlyn Carter of event planning and design company Carter & Cook Event Co. what she would start off with, and she had some helpful advice. With our combined efforts, here are the first five must dos for a bride-to-be.
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We all have numbers that are significant to us — anniversaries, birthdays, lucky numbers — so why not include these numbers at your wedding? If you're looking for a way to add more personal touches to your big day, including some of these numbers is a fun way to do it. Keep clicking to see some creative ways to do it!
I went to a wedding a couple of weeks ago and the bride did not wear white. Her choice had nothing to do with her virginity. Her family's from Afghanistan, so she chose to wear a rich, green traditional outfit. In America today it might be unusual to see a bride wearing something colorful, but a white dress did not become popular until Queen Victoria wore one to her wedding in 1840. Can you can guess what colors brides around the world traditionally wear?
If you're planning an engagement shoot, you probably want to set a romantic mood, and what better way than with a theme from a movie? From the sexy Notebook and Atonement shoots to the too-cute Up-inspired shoot to the sweet Alice in Wonderland one to the girly Breakfast at Tiffany's one, you can go all out with the theme or just use it as a guide. I love how dead-on The Notebook-inspired one was, but to see the rest, keep reading.
Wedding expert Abby Larson, editor and founder of Style Me Pretty, knows the ins and outs of what makes a fabulous big day. And she's sharing her expertise with us this wedding season with a series of articles on tips and tricks for tying the knot. First, she helped us out with advice on recycling your wedding, and then last week she gave ideas for wedding favors that give back. Now Abby shares projects to get your bridesmaids in on the DIY fun minus the stress. "Tedious tasks give being a bridesmaid a bad rap, so I thought of a few ways to make those to-dos a bit more fabulous," says Abby. "Think bubbly, PJs, and lots of inside jokes — with a few DIYs that will dazzle on the side." Check out her bonding project ideas now!
Once you take care of early must dos after your engagement, it's time to start the wedding dress hunt! I thought I'd share with you the words of wisdom I gleaned from my married and soon-to-be-married friends when I was searching for "the one." So, from friend to friend, here are dress shopping tips from my wonderfully helpful and sweet gal pals.
While it's one thing to have pretty engagement photos, it's even more romantic to have that emotional moment of saying yes always captured by camera — especially when it's all such a blur! My own fiancé had one of my closest friends hiding with a camera in hand when he popped the question, and I'm so happy I can see it all again. See some other heartfelt proposals snapped by paparazzi-like photographers now!
We're unashamed to admit we have a serious obsession with the '90s, especially when it comes to all the things that make us nostalgic about being a girl back in the decade of jellies, neon, and Lisa Frank. If you and your friends are anything like us, you'd die over a '90s-themed party. So with wedding season around the corner, we've come up with creative ideas for throwing the most bomb.com bachelorette party or bridal shower we could dream up, complete with the girlie trinkets, rad fashion, and phat pop culture icons of the 1990s. And a lot of these ideas would work for a birthday bash as well! Now get ready to party like it's 1999!
When it comes to planning a wedding, the process can certainly be a challenge — and although it isn't always the case, brides tend to be just a bit more enthusiastic about the task than their future husbands. Still, by making just a few simple tweaks to your planning routine, it is possible to make the job more fun for your groom. Wish he could get more involved? Check out these seven easy ways to make the planning process a little more groom-friendly.
Throughout the wedding planning process, engaged couples are constantly faced with standard traditions they must decide to either include or exclude from their big day. Will you get married in a church? Will your bridesmaids wear matching dresses? Will you use the traditional vows or write your own? Will you have a bouquet toss? And while you may feel the pressure from everyone from your mom to your planners to follow the traditional path, nowadays pretty much anything goes when it comes to which wedding traditions you keep vs. the ones you nix. The day is all about you and your soon-to-be spouse, after all, so it's up to whether you go the traditional or nontraditional route. Just take a look at what our own gals did (or are going to do) on their wedding days with the third post in our Sugar Bride Guide series. We shared our sweet proposal stories, our sentimental song selections, and now we've got the scoop on wedding traditions. Check out which traditions our Sugar brides and brides-to-be kept and skipped now!
Why not show your sexy side to your significant other with a boudoir session? Lingerie, dim lighting, and sex kitten beauty prep make for an ultrasultry surprise for that special person in your life. An album full of the sensual shots can make an intimate present for your boyfriend, partner, husband, or fiancé. Nervous about stripping down in front of the camera? It's OK; the pics can be as wild or tame as you're comfortable with. Check out these inspiring boudoir photos that range from leaving much to the imagination to verging on blush-worthy. You'll be ready for your close-up in no time!
If you and your husband-to-be are fans of the all-American sport, there is a plethora of fun ways to incorporate baseball in your engagement shoot, bridal parties, and wedding day. From the location to the decor to the food, here are some creative ideas for adding a little game day spirit to your big day!
If you're trying to find the perfect presents for your bridesmaids, don't be afraid to think outside the jewelry box. Sure, a simple necklace or bracelet can be a great way to show your thanks, but there are plenty of other options, too. Why not pick different gifts for each girl based on her favorite interests? Whether she's a die-hard design nut or a total foodie, we've come up with some thoughtful, creative ideas to suit all sorts of personalities. Click through to see 24 picks that are sure to please your closest pals.
In the wake of the conservative, buttoned-up 1950s came the flower power counterculture of the '60s: civil rights, the sexual revolution, and the women's liberation movement. While marriage held the utmost importance in the '50s, the role of women and wives began to change in the following decade. Along with Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique came the rise of feminism, which questioned women's position in society. Meanwhile, legendary musicians were at the top of the Billboard charts: The Beatles, The Supremes, Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan. Men started adopting the mop-top hairstyle, while women wore everything from beehives to Twiggy-inspired pixie cuts. Hoping to channel the '60s for your big day? From mod styles to daisy accents, these creative ideas will kick-start your inspiration.
With two big blockbusters based on Snow White last year and now both Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella films in the works, fairy tales are making a comeback. It's clear the modern masses continue to be drawn to storybook tales of fair maidens and prince charmings. So if you are looking for some dreamy, whimsical, and outright magical wedding ideas, then take a journey through our favorite fairy-tale-inspired weddings.
After a nine-month engagement, Kaitlin and Aaron invited friends and family to celebrate their wedding in Paris, France. Kaitlin says, "We were first married legally in Kenya — just the two of us and our two witnesses. Our second wedding in Paris was an intimate celebration of life and love. We wanted simplicity. Good food, good wine, and great company in a magical city. A fabulous celebration with people we loved." The ceremony took place at the iconic Hôtel de Crillon located at Place de la Concorde in the French capital.
While it's not a divorce, the process — not to mention the decision — of ending your engagement can be stressful, shameful, emotional, and melodramatic. But remember: breakups are never easy, and just because it's hard doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. You certainly won't be the first bride to turn around on her way down the aisle, and if you know a relationship isn't meant to be, better to admit it before you say "I do." Here's how to call off a wedding as smoothly as possible.
The quickest way to a blah reception is an empty dance floor, but with a few simple steps, you can make sure your wedding music creates a fun, energetic atmosphere. Your venue, your DJ, and your guest list are key factors in throwing an unforgettable party, but during The One wedding event at Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, Niall Stevenson of Four Leaf Entertainment shared five tips every couple can follow to improve the vibe.
In search of an easy-to-get-to but super-romantic destination — no passport required? You don't need to fly halfway around the world to check into a glamorous resort. We teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuoso to rank the USA's top sexy hideaways. Start packing!
I recently attended the San Francisco Wedding Fair to check out what's going to be hot in the world of "I dos" this year, and we predict a lot of sparkle, innovative technology, and outside-the-box ways to have your guests saying "wow!" throughout your big day. So if you're hoping to throw a one-of-a-kind wedding in 2013, then you're in luck. We're giving you the coolest, wackiest wedding ideas we saw at the exhibition, along with the photos we shared on POPSUGAR Sex & Culture Instagram. Check them out now!
It seems it's been all about the Brits. We had the royal wedding and the Olympics in the country that brought us The Beatles, the Spice Girls, Harry Potter, and Twiggy. We've rounded up some wedding ideas inspired by the traditions, monuments, and pop culture of the UK, so don a fascinator and take a trip across the pond with us now!
Who wouldn't want a wedding worthy of the cover of a magazine? For many of celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss's clients, it's a reality. The party planner to the stars already gave us tips for personalizing your wedding, and who better to dish on how to make your big day a red carpet affair than a woman who has worked with celebrities like Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia Rossi, and Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale? From VIP treatment of your guests to going glam on a budget, get the insider scoop on making your wedding an on-trend, star-worthy event now!
We attended several wedding events where we talked to professionals in the wedding industry about both the advantages and the perils of Pinterest wedding planning. Straight from the experts, with some of our personal advice thrown in, here are Pinterest wedding planning dos and don'ts. And be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more wedding tips and inspiration.
If you want to add some excitement to your wedding, then all you have to do is make it a destination. Your globetrotting guests will get a double whammy with a faraway big day — a wedding and a vacation — and there's less pressure to go all out with decorations when what makes the event special is the location. But where to go? You could pick a spot that's sentimental to you and your future spouse, a place that honors your heritage, or just a locale you've always wanted to visit. If you need some inspiration, then check out these beautiful weddings set everywhere from Palm Springs to Provence.
After two seasons of will they or won't they, the answer came out as an "I do" for Matthew and Mary Crawley on the season three opener of Downton Abbey. The eldest Crawley daughter and her (very) distant cousin Matthew finally tied the knot in the long-awaited episode, after a few bumps along the way — including a fight on the eve of their wedding that threatened their impending nuptials. But despite all odds, the stubborn pair made it official in a grandiose early-'20s-style affair fit for the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Grantham. See the beautiful photos from Matthew and Mary's wedding — from the Crawley ladies getting ready to Robert walking Mary down the aisle — now!
Long before your wedding date, guests will get their first impression of the event through your paper goods, so you want to be sure that your save the dates and invitations are right in line with your vision. Still, with so many creative, out-of-the-box ideas highlighted on Pinterest and wedding blogs, trying to find your original style for paper goods can feel intimidating — especially when you're trying to stick to a budget. Read on for answers to the most common questions related to paper goods, plus expert tips on style, trends, and logistics.
There is something romantic about a season spent snuggling up by the fire with a warm drink, watching the leaves change color, and soaking in spicy scents like pumpkin and cinnamon. So if you're looking to capture the coziness of Fall in your wedding while keeping your guests (and groom!) comfortable and happy, here are 30 ideas for a warm and dry Autumn wedding.
If you and your groom are all about football, you can carry that passion into your wedding day without having to sacrifice style. We're taking a look at couples who brought football-inspired touches to their nuptials in a creative, thoughtful way — no cheesy pigskins in sight. Hoping to celebrate your love of the game with a few special details? Huddle up with your honey to see football-inspired venues, flowers, paper goods, and more!
If you're engaged, then félicitations! (That means congrats in French.) For your big day, have your guests saying "oh, la la" with chic French details. Cartes postales, lavender, French signs, and, of course, Champagne will do the trick. Here are more ideas for your wedding.
Following the free love of the '70s was the playful culture of the 1980s — a decade filled with neon shades, big hair, and pop music. WIth Nintendo, Pac-Man, the Brat Pack, New Kids on the Block, and the boombox, the '80s were all about bright colors and punchy energy. Hoping to bring some retro fun to your big day, or maybe your bachelorette party? From music-inspired accents to bold, bright decor, here are some unique ideas to spark your creativity.
With gay marriage legal in several states already, we've seen the "I do" industry become more welcoming for gay and lesbian couples. A part of this inclusion includes wedding-planning books, which historically have catered to hetero couples but are now tackling the common questions and hurdles gay partners face leading up to their big day. If you're planning same-sex nuptials or know someone who is, then check out these handy wedding planning books for LGBT lovebirds!
Over the years we've seen some crazy proposals, since the most over-the-top public proposals usually end up going viral on social media and YouTube. While some go a bit too far (like the guy faking his death) and some fall flat (like that mall song fiasco), we've found the sweetest, most creative examples of groom hopefuls asking for their girlfriend's hand in marriage. From a movie trailer to a board game, check out our favorite proposals that we don't think any woman would turn down!
Filled with glamorous resorts, Old Hollywood history, and beautiful desert backdrops, Palm Springs is a go-to wedding destination for West Coast couples. We're highlighting some of the most standout wedding inspiration from the desert hot spot. Retro styling, vintage accents, old-school glam — these brides brought a variety of styles to the sunny city. Take a look at these 37 fresh, creative wedding ideas as inspiration for your own big day!
These Dutch, Brunei, or Luxembourgian royals make up some of the lesser-known but just as regal royals of the world. And just like the Brits, they know how to throw opulent weddings for members of their families. From the wedding for the future emperor of Japan in 1924 to Grace Kelly's Monaco spectacular in 1956 to Will and Kate's big day in April 2011, here is a guide to the world's royal weddings over the years.
If you and your spouse-to-be are devoted academics, high school sweethearts, or just nostalgic about your No. 2-pencil days, give your big day some scholastic charm with these creative ideas. Bookish accents, cheeky apple details, and library-themed decor will help you channel that academic vibe. Other gold star picks include chalkboard backdrops, fancy bulletin boards, and paper airplane details. Hoping to use school as your main inspiration? Learn how with these 34 bright ideas.
We're highlighting some of the most stunning weddings from the sunny Florida city of South Beach. With an emphasis on sand, sun, color, and wildly glamorous details, these nuptials prove that you can create a variety of moods in the same setting. Some couples went with vintage-inspired looks while others chose Old Hollywood designs or bright, tropical themes, so take a look at these gorgeous South Beach weddings to gather ideas for your own big day!
If you need any convincing that Spring is the season of love, then look no further than these très dreamy and affectionate engagement shoots. Glean inspiration for your own springtime prewedding photo session with these sunny snaps complete with cherry blossoms, canoe rides, floral crowns, and park picnics.
During their nine-month engagement, Tara planned their November Southern California wedding. She mixed girlie elements — like pink, hearts, and sparkles — into the industrial setting of Culver City's SmogShoppe. Tara didn't shy away from DIY projects, making glittery table numbers and personalized photo cards for each guest's seating assignment. Although uninvited, rain showed up on their big day, but Tara and Ryker didn't mind. Tara tells brides to "remember what the day is really about: celebrating the commitment you're making to your partner with your loved ones."
Photo by Michèle M. Waite
Looking for your something borrowed? Just look to A-list brides like Blake Lively, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Drew Barrymore, or Natalie Portman, who all tied the knot this year and set a fresh batch of celebrity wedding trends. In 2012, weddings were all about natural elements and a sense of romance. Several couples opted for outdoor ceremonies, and brides kept things simple with long, loose hair and white flowers. Many of this year's brides weren't afraid to stand out, either, choosing colorful gowns, elaborate headpieces, and destination weddings where family and friends flew out to celebrate. On top of style and location choices, we also noticed that celebrity weddings reflect a growing societal trend: couples are getting married after they have children. We saw lots of little ones running around at celebrity weddings!
As brides search for the perfect gift to give their grooms, it's important to look for something that carries a special meaning. We've come up with creative, heartfelt present options that are perfect for major music fans, all-out romantics, and more. Struggling to find a thoughtful gift for your soon-to-be husband? Here are original ideas that are sure to convey your affection.
Summer is a popular season for weddings thanks to its sunny days and warm evenings. But while you may be happy to pick a hot wedding day for pretty photo ops — not to mention less chance of rain — there's nothing worse than melting your guests by being unprepared for the high temps of the season. You'll have a grumpy bunch of family and friends on your big day if you don't keep in mind ways to keep them cooled off. In addition to scheduling your day smart (like not having long periods of time when they are stuck outside in the direct sun), here are some fun and creative ways to cool off your wedding guests this Summer!
Wedding inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources, as we saw at this year's San Francisco Wedding Fair, which featured several pop-star-inspired tablescapes designed by wedding- and event-planning company Floramor Studios. From edgy to sweet, these extravagant tables take on the personalities and musical styles of female singers like Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. Find your own star-worthy inspiration for your big day with these rockin' ideas!
I spoke with wedding planners Paige Appel and Kelly Harris of Bash, Please and authors of The New-Fashioned Wedding about how to give your wedding a unique edge. With their fingers on the pulse of what's next in weddings, Paige and Kelly shared with me fresh trends that can make each element of your big day come together into an unforgettable experience for your guests.
Love was truly in the air in Scotland this Valentine's Day as numerous couples tied the knot at one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world: Gretna Green Blacksmiths Shop. People have been getting hitched at Gretna Green since the 18th century, and more than 5,000 weddings take place in the area every year. See what the Scottish wedding tradition looks like in modern times — kilts, bagpipes, and all — with pictures of today's Gretna Green nuptials now!
We've been showing you how to add some history to your wedding with our weddings through the decades, beginning with the Victorian period of lace and silhouette portraits and ending with the era of neon, big hair, and mixtapes — the '80s. And then in the middle, we've got ideas for fans of Downton Abbey, Mad Men, and The Great Gatsby. If you're looking for some ways to incorporate the traditions, trends, and fashions of the past century, then check out these weddings through the decades!