– 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 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?  […]

– 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 Cheryl – How Do I Host a Post-Wedding Virtual Bridal Shower?

December 22, 2020

Smaller weddings and virtual showers have become the “new normal” for many 2020 couples. But these modified celebrations can still be a wonderful way to shower the happy couples with love and best wishes while staying socially distant. What are some tips for hosting a successful virtual shower? Who should be included on the shower […]

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 […]

– 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 […]

All Your “Minimony” Questions Answered

October 6, 2020

Weddings don’t have to be cancelled — discover how real couples are keeping things intimate with our tips for throwing your own “minimony”. What is a minimony? Pretty much exactly what it sounds like, a minimony is a small wedding ceremony involving an intimate guest list, typically around 10 – 25 people in an outdoor […]

– 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 […]

Personalized Gifts for Your Bridal Party

September 1, 2020

Show each individual in your bridal party just how much you appreciate them with a personalized gift before the wedding. There is nothing accidental about a bridal party. Each individual bridesmaid and groomsman holds a special place in your lives as a couple — whether they’re childhood friends, siblings, or college buddies — and they’ve […]

– Wedding Traditions – Which Ones to Keep and Which Ones to Toss

August 18, 2020

Everyone loves weddings, and we all look forward to the time-honored traditions of the ceremony and reception. But are there some traditions that are better left behind in the past? I turned to my family and friends to ask their opinions on the most common wedding traditions, and used my favorite social media platform–Instagram–to collect […]

– Ask Cheryl – Wedding Faux Pas Couples Should Avoid (Top 6 DO’s & DON’Ts)

August 11, 2020

When planning a wedding, brides (and grooms!) dream of their perfect wedding day. A day that celebrates their love and who they are as a couple. One goal is to host a memorable event that leaves a lasting impression on your guests. However, no newlywed couple wants their guests whispering “Can you believe they did […]

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