5 Ways to Celebrate Your Blended Family During Your Wedding Ceremony

May 13, 2021

Blended weddings bring together more than just a bride and groom; they symbolize the bringing together of two families. When one or both halves of the couple have children from a previous marriage or relationship, including them in the ceremony can help smooth the transition and make them feel like they’re part of the celebration. […]

– Ask Cheryl – How Much Should You Spend on a Wedding Gift?

May 11, 2021

One of the most common questions in our “Ask Cheryl” inbox is how much to spend on wedding and shower gifts. And while we love a hard and fast etiquette rule, this is one of those questions that doesn’t have a “one size fits all” answer. The amount a guest spends depends on their personal […]

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 […]

15 Ideas for Your Bride & Groom Gift Exchange

April 20, 2021

The bride and groom gift exchange is a wedding tradition whose origin is a little fuzzy, but it’s withstood generations of marriages and is still popular among modern couples today. It’s an opportunity for the couple to have a private moment during their wedding day (or the night before) outside of the festivities. Not sure […]

Everything You Need to Know About a Bloomingdale’s Registry

April 6, 2021

If you’re looking for a personalized experience with all the best brands, look no further than a Bloomingdale’s wedding registry. Bloomingdale’s has always been fashion forward. They pioneered the department store way back in the late 1800’s with the period’s hottest trend—hoop skirts—and today they’re still committed to selling exclusive merchandise through a personalized experience.  […]

– 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 […]

Bridal Shower Themes for Every Zodiac Sign

March 11, 2021

There are so many easy ways to personalize just about anything these days. From custom-curated experiences to monogrammed fashion, you can make anything your very own. So, when it comes to throwing a bridal shower, why should it be any different? If you’ve been handed the task of throwing a bride-to-be’s celebration, this is your […]

– Geeking Out – 12 Tech Gifts You’ll Love Adding to Your Wedding Registry

March 4, 2021

Let’s be honest: you don’t have to be a tech nerd or a total geek to love all kinds of gadgets that make life easier, keep your home clean, and are downright cool. For most people, when they think of adding tech gifts to their wedding registry, they think entertainment centers and kitchen appliances — […]

– Ask Cheryl (COVID Edition) – What is the Best Way to Share Wedding Registry Information?

February 23, 2021

Covid-19 continues to present its unique challenges in regards to wedding planning. Big events have given way to smaller ceremonies and postponed receptions. Do all of the same wedding etiquette rules apply? Can we share our wedding registry information with family and friends who may want to send a gift, even without a formal invitation […]

– 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 […]

– #TrendWatch – Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

February 11, 2021

Gone are the days when every bridesmaid was forced to wear an identical dress, no matter her size, shape, or preference. Thankfully, the latest trend for bridesmaids calls for diversity in color and style, rather than conformity to just one dress—which allows for freedom to find a frock that flatters each individual girl! Brides, listen […]

– Ask Cheryl – What is the Best Way to Plan a Small Wedding Without Offending Any Uninvited Family or Friends?

February 9, 2021

Planning the most important day of your life should be exciting, but it is not without its fair share of stress. Is it possible to make everyone happy? And if a “minimony” or an elopement is the desired path, what is the best way to share the happy news with the rest of the family?  […]

14 Perfect Items for Your Healthy Wedding Gift Registry

February 4, 2021

These days, there are so many ways to live healthy together as a couple, from lifestyle-based diets to creative fitness routines. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with indulging on occasion — life is short, after all! But for most of us, staying health-focused just feels good, and with the abundance of healthy recipes on Pinterest, there’s […]

How to Host a Virtual Bridal Shower

February 2, 2021

Don’t let social distancing stop you from throwing an exciting virtual bridal shower! With the recent outbreak and spread of COVID-19, couples have had to forgo their intended wedding dates, reschedule with vendors, and even flat-out cancel their wedding festivities. Of course, the number one concern for everyone these days is health and safety, and […]

– 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 […]

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