– 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 […]

Tips + Outfit Inspo for Your Winter Engagement Photo Shoot

December 3, 2020

When I got engaged, my first priority was nailing down a wedding date. The second priority? Figuring out our engagement photos. From the location to the time of day to the outfits, everything had to be perfect — and I know I was no exception as a modern bride. These days, an engagement photo session […]

Our Favorite Proposals on Social Media

October 1, 2020

When I was a teenager, I LOVED watching a show on TLC called A Wedding Story. I loved hearing all about the featured couple in each episode: how they met, how they fell in love, how he proposed, and of course, watching them say “I do” in the end. It was like watching real-life fairy […]

– Ask a Real Bride – What should Brides do for their own Bridal Shower?

February 27, 2020

Everything the bride needs to know to glow at her bridal shower. Google “Bridal showers” and you’ll find tons of ideas for hostesses and attendees: themes, menus, and gifts. But what about advice for the guest of honor? While you may host and attend many bridal showers throughout your lifetime, you only get to be […]

Say “YES” to an Engagement Shoot

January 21, 2020

I think an engagement shoot is totally worth it for every bride and groom—no matter how camera-shy you are or how tight your budget is! Years ago, newly engaged couples would head to the nearest Olan Mills, have a formal portrait taken, and submit it to the local newspaper for an engagement announcement. Those days […]

The Cutest Ways to Ask Your Bridesmaids

December 26, 2019

Tis the season for a little (or a lot) of bling! Every holiday season, a few new engagement rings and a lot of wedding plans scroll past on my social media timelines. When I asked my 2 best girlfriends if they would be my bridesmaids, I accompanied the card with a mini bottle of champagne! […]

Tips For Sharing Your Engagement On Social Media

December 12, 2019

In today’s social media world, it’s normal to assume you’ll be sharing your engagement with the World Wide Web sooner than later. Before my own engagement, I was reasonably convinced that I’d keep the news between myself and my fiancé, and that we would share our excitement personally with select friends and family—and that was […]

What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos

December 13, 2018

So you’ve decided to go for an engagement photo shoot—great choice! Your engagement photos are the perfect opportunity to feel comfortable with your photographer before the big day and capture your love story. Once you book the shoot, the next big decision is your wardrobe: what should you and your fiancé wear for this super […]

Top 5 Engagement Ring Styles for 2015

January 16, 2015

Rings have been worn for millennia. Egyptians from 2300 B.C. were found buried with a silver or gold wire around their ring finger. They believed this finger was directly connected to the heart by the “vena amoris” – the vein of love. The tradition of the diamond engagement ring is thought to date back over […]

Top Tips for Newly Engaged Couples

January 2, 2015

Congratulations! You just got engaged! So what do you do now? Here are my top 10 tips that will help you successfully navigate—and truly enjoy—this exciting time in your life. Don’t post on social media first! Wait until you have personally told the people you care about most. Make those phone calls—first to your parents, […]

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