What’s New? Avant Garde Wedding Dresses for 2016

New Trends for Wedding DressesFor years, fluffy white dresses weren’t just the most popular form of wedding gowns; they were practically the only option available. Luckily, modern brides have their pick of numerous styles, including romantic, vintage-inspired, sexy, and extravagant, A-line’d, mermaid-tailed, and hundreds of other options. They are carefully designed to fit most every bride’s personal style, and to help her look and feel her best on her big day. But what about that bride who wants something even more out of the bridal box? There are actually a number of interesting trends and avant garde “gowns” for wedding attire, in 2016! So there’s never been a better time to let your wedding decisions reflect your one-of-a-kind personality! (more…)

From the Heart: Philanthropic Wedding Ideas

Charitable Wedding GivingThe holidays are certainly a great time to reflect on how blessed you truly are, and to remember just how much better it is to give, than receive. With that spirit in mind, there are some great ways to make your wedding an opportunity to do just that, to generously give to those in need. From donating your flowers to asking for charitable donations in lieu of traditional wedding gifts, there are a lot of ways you and your fiancé can make your big day about more than just yourselves, and that is certainly one of the greatest feelings in the world! (more…)

3 Surprising Reasons to Plan A Winter Wedding

Romantic Winter WeddingSure, most people think of spring when they think of weddings. But that doesn’t mean it’s the exclusive time-of-year for saying “I Do.” In fact, that preconceived idea that warm temperatures mean it’s nuptial season, is actually one compelling reason to consider a winter date for your wedding day. After all, if you want to truly set your wedding apart from all the rest, what better way to do so than to host one people aren’t expecting, like a warm and inviting celebration in the middle of winter. (more…)

Picking the Right Venue for a Winter Wedding

Winter Wedding VenueMay through July remain the most popular months for weddings, but they’re hardly the only time of year that can serve as a romantic timeframe to say “I Do.” If you’re leaning towards a winter wedding, you just need to take into consideration the challenges the season can bring, so that you can host your dream nuptials, whether it’s cold outside, or not. When it comes to choosing a venue, in particular, it’s important to plan for the season, so you can make sure you and your guests are comfortable and warm, whatever the weather may bring! (more…)

Wedding Menu and Cocktail Ideas for 2016

Wedding Cocktail Trends 2016Even brides on a budget know the one place you should never skimp, when it comes to wedding planning, is with the food. That’s because well-fed guests are happy guests, who will be pleased to pack the dance floor and celebrate your big day with you, late into the night. If you’re not sure what to feed your invitees, though, let the latest trends in wedding menus and cocktails serve as inspiration. Here are just a few of the big ideas for 2016 brides! (more…)

3 Tips to Avoid Prewedding Arguments

Wedding Planning Tips for Managing StressWedding planning can be stressful for even the most organized of brides. Unfortunately, that stress can also lead to a lot of fights between fiancés. But it doesn’t have to be that way. While you can’t completely eliminate stress from wedding planning, much less life, you can certainly choose to make this time an opportunity to learn to cope with stress and conflict, healthily, as a couple. So, next time you have a disagreement about the color of your cocktail napkins or which wedding venue to choose, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind. (more…)

Do You Need a Wedding Planner?

Should You Hire a Wedding Planner?You may have always dreamed of what your wedding day would be like. But once you get engaged, and start actually planning it, there are times it can feel more nightmare than fantasy. That’s because along with all the fun decisions – like what flowers to get, or what jewelry to wear – there are seemingly endless tedious choices to be made, like what time your bridesmaids need to get their hair done, or when the caterers need to have the reception hall cleared. While there are ample resources available online to help with the wedding planning process, it can still be overwhelming at times, trying to plan such a big day. So, while not every bride needs to hire a wedding planner, most can certainly benefit from their expertise, connections, and professionalism. Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you’re unsure whether you need a wedding planner or not.

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Dessert Ideas for Winter Weddings

Smores StTation for Winter WeddingsFew seasons are more romantic or cuddly than winter, so it’s no wonder many brides opt to host winter weddings. If you’ve chosen a date during the height of the coldest season, though, you will want to incorporate ideas that help keep your guests warm and cozy. And one of the absolute best places to bring in a bit more warmth is the dessert table. Since guests are likely to congregate around the cake, anyways, you might as well make the table a source of entertainment as well as refreshment! Here are some ideas how. (more…)

Awesome Party Ideas for Ringing in the New Year

Hosting a New Year's Eve PartyWhether you want to spend New Year’s Eve hosting a lavish event for all your work acquaintances, or an intimate party with only your best friends and closest family members,, it is a great time host your own party. But worried your shindig will be like all the others? It’s easier than you might think to make your party one for the ages. It just takes a little creativity, and being willing to ask guests to commit to a costume, bringing cocktails, or at the very least, embracing the candid camera click. (more…)

3 (More) Key Questions to Ask Before Booking a Venue

Questions for Your Wedding VenueWedding planning can be stressful, but it becomes much easier as you begin locking down important details, such as a date, a location, and specifically, a wedding venue. While these are some of the biggest decisions you’ll be required to make, they certainly don’t have to be difficult. In fact, many brides find that these are some of the easiest choices to make. Once you’ve fallen in love with a venue, asking questions may seem like a formality, but it is important to take their guidelines into consideration. Here are a few more great questions to ask before you book that dream venue. (more…)