– Ask a Real Bride – How To Decode the Wedding Dress Code

May 27, 2021

Week after week, our inbox is filled with questions regarding what to wear to weddings. While black tie, formal, and semiformal have always been common dress codes, some couples are getting more unique and specific, in effect requesting that their guests’ attire become an extension of the wedding theme. So what’s a guest to wear? […]

Plan a Patriotic Baby Shower

May 20, 2021

We all love red, white, and blue…and babies too! Summer is the perfect time to throw an All-American baby shower, with lots of patriotic holidays filling the calendar, and the warm weather calling for casual, outdoor events. A patriotic theme is perfect for any crowd, whether it’s a coed shower or a traditional one, and […]

Belk’s Top Bridal Registry Gifts

April 27, 2021

If you’re just starting to create your wedding registry, chances are you have a lot of questions. I can totally relate, because right after I got engaged, I was suddenly extremely curious about things I had never wondered about: things like stainless steel vs. nonstick cookware, and down comforters vs. quilts. I often wished I […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Should I Send a Save the Date?

April 22, 2021

Brides tell me all the time that they feel their to-do list is never-ending. From the guest list to the song list, brides seem overwhelmed with planning the details of their big day, which leads me to wonder: is there anything couples can skip? Save the Dates: Send or Skip? When I was engaged, I […]

Best Sibling Gifts

April 1, 2021

A new baby changes everything, especially for newly promoted big sisters and brothers. No matter how old they are, siblings will have to adjust to sharing the spotlight with the newest family member. One sure-fire way to make this transition go a little more smoothly: a gift! My three daughters Chloe, Elle, and Kate! My […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Can I Register for Whatever I Want?

March 18, 2021

Fishing poles, office supplies, board games, a $700 massage chair: what do these items have in common? I’ve seen them all included on wedding registries of friends and family within the last few months! Why are these non-traditional items popping up on wedding registries? I can think of two reasons: Online shopping makes it possible […]

– Ask a Real Mom – Must-Have Baby Registry Items

February 25, 2021

Confession: when I registered for my first child, I had a meltdown in the stroller department. I felt so overwhelmed, confused, and intimidated by the products stacked to the ceiling of the store that my husband had to take me to a coffee shop next door so I could regroup! Moms and dads-to-be, registering for […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Ideas for Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, & Something Blue

February 18, 2021

Ask a Real Bride: Ideas for Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue Meta: Real brides share their ideas for incorporating this traditional poem into your wedding ensemble! Even as wedding traditions change and sometimes disappear, one quirky tradition holds strong. Though most brides aren’t sure why they do it, most (83% of […]

– Ask a Real Mom – The Best Inclusive Books to Add to Your Baby Registry

January 28, 2021

Creating your baby’s registry can be an overwhelming experience: who knew such a tiny human would need so. many. products! While we’ve always got you covered with the best products and gear you’ll need to add to your baby’s registry, today we’re talking about a category that often gets overlooked: your little one’s library! My […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Favorite Wedding Planning Tools

January 21, 2021

When I got engaged, my older sister presented me with a stack of thick, glossy bridal magazines, filled with gorgeous images from real weddings, hundreds of wedding dress ads, and advice from wedding industry experts. I remember feeling so excited as I turned the pages of those magazines, dog-earring the pages with my favorite dresses […]

A Bride’s Guide to Bridesmaids

January 7, 2021

Making Sure Your Bridesmaids Are Still Your Friends After the Big Day Dear Bride, Congratulations! We know you’ve always dreamed of your wedding day, and part of that dream is having your best friends stand by your side as you marry the love of your life! I’m here to make sure that those best friends […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Four Ways to Thank Your Vendors

December 29, 2020

You researched them, interviewed them, compared them to the other options, and finally, made your choice: I’m not talking about your fiance, I’m talking about your vendors! From the florist to the coordinator, the photographer to the DJ, you’ve got a dedicated team working behind the scenes to make your wedding vision come to life. […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Should I Try a Wedding DIY?

November 24, 2020

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of an engagement ring must also be in want of a Pinterest-perfect wedding. And since limitless budgets are but a fantasy, many brides quickly pivot from browsing Pinterest for inspiration to clicking through the site’s many, many DIY tutorials for everything from favors to […]

Five Winter Wedding Shower Themes You’ll Love!

November 19, 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—for a bridal shower! Why add, “host a bridal shower” to your already packed December to-do list? I’ve got a few reasons: Your house is already decked out for the season Cooling temperatures create the perfect cozy environment for indoor gatherings Inspiration abounds! Pinterest and blogs are filled […]

– Ask a Real Bride – What Makes a Great Wedding Gift?

October 20, 2020

Is it just me, or does anyone else do a little happy dance by the mailbox when they receive a gorgeously addressed envelope with a wedding invitation inside? There’s nothing I love more than a beautiful wedding invitation and the anticipation of a joyful celebration! Like any good wedding guest, I know my responsibilities: first, […]

– Ask a Real Bride – What if My Dad Isn’t Here?

September 24, 2020

Growing up, my cousins and I used to watch our VHS of Father of the Bride at every sleepover, and it’s remained a favorite for good reason. While a wedding is all about the bride and groom, the father of the bride gets a lot of time in the spotlight: dads get to escort their […]

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