– Ask a Real Bride – How to Plan a Bachelorette Weekend, Not a Guilt Trip

June 23, 2022

If you’re a bride currently planning her bachelorette weekend, this is your sign to step back, take a deep breath, and honestly ask yourself: am I planning a girls’ trip or a guilt trip? Since I’ve been writing about weddings for nearly 8 years, people love to tell me their wedding stories–and I love hearing […]

Why I Loved Registering at Bed Bath and Beyond

June 21, 2022

Why I Loved Registering at Bed Bath and Beyond So, I’ve officially come to realize that one of the best parts of wedding planning is getting to register!! Basically, my fiancé and I get to pick out a bunch of presents for ourselves, and our friends and family buy them for us?! Whoever established this […]

Finding the Perfect Bridesmaid Gifts

June 7, 2022

After you say “YES” to your perfect partner, you get to choose the besties that will stand by your side as you say “I do”! Each of these ladies is, without a doubt, so important to you and adds her own unique element to your life. When you thank them for being a huge part […]

How to Write the Perfect Couple Story for Your Wedding Website

May 31, 2022

Your wedding website is a great place to direct your wedding guests for so much helpful information. From venue details to local recommendations for food and lodging, crafting your site can save you tons of time as you get closer to your big day. One element that every wedding website needs is a couple story […]

11 Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

May 19, 2022

Wedding favors are usually small in size but can become a big part of your budget! I am a firm believer that wedding favors should be something that your guests can eat or actually use. If not, your favor will end up getting tossed by your guest! Favors show guests your appreciation for taking time […]

Finding the Perfect Mother-of-the-Bride (or Groom) Dress

April 21, 2022

Every mother dreams of the day her son or daughter will say, “I do.” We moms imagine every detail of our child’s wedding day, from the flowers to the wedding dress, but our imaginations don’t always include a vision of ourselves (moms are kind of used to putting ourselves last, aren’t we?) And while no […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Are Wedding Programs Worth It, or a Waste?

March 17, 2022

Is a wedding program worth the time and cost, or should couples save by skipping them? Our real brides help you decide! Wedding blogs, Instagram accounts, and Pinterest pages are filled with “must have” items to achieve the perfect wedding, but all of those great ideas can quickly become overwhelming for brides-to-be. It’s a challenge […]

8 Steps to Throwing Your First Bridal Shower

March 15, 2022

Hosting a bridal shower for the first time? Ace the celebration by following these eight easy steps! So, you’ve been tasked with throwing your very first bridal shower. While it might seem daunting, consider it a vote of confidence and accept the challenge. As the maid/matron of honor or a close family member/friend of the […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Should We Give a Speech at our Wedding?

February 17, 2022

When you think through your reception timeline, you’re probably carving out time for speeches by the father of the bride, the best man, and maid of honor. But recently, I’ve noticed that more and more couples seem to be hopping on the mic themselves! Is the bride and groom speech something you should consider for […]

7 Tips for Designing Your Save the Dates

February 1, 2022

With hundreds of customizable designs to choose from, VistaPrint is your one-stop-shop shop for all your wedding printing needs! Once you’ve decided on a wedding date and locked in your venue, it’s time to let your guests know what to expect with a save the date. A save the date isn’t an actual wedding invitation […]

9 At-Home Workout Moves to Get You Wedding-Ready (Plus a Bonus 30-Minute Full Body Workout!)

January 21, 2022

You’re engaged — congratulations! As brides, we tend to hone in on the details as we curate our perfect wedding. From the color scheme and cocktails to the first dance and table settings, there’s nothing we don’t obsess over (at least a little). If you’re like the majority of brides, your wedding planning checklist also […]

Getting FIT for your Wedding

January 19, 2022

Your engagement was everything you dreamed of: the romantic proposal, the beautiful ring shining on your finger and the excitement your friends and family shared as you told them the good news. But now that the thrill has worn off, you’re starting to feel sheer panic. How will you be able to do everything that […]

– AskCheryl – If Paying for the Wedding, Should Parents-of-the-Bride Have a Role in the Planning?

December 28, 2021

Today’s question is from a newly minted Mother-of-the-Bride. She and her husband are paying for their daughter’s wedding and want to know their role in wedding planning. Dear Cheryl,My husband and I are paying for our daughter’s wedding. We are trying to help them find a venue, but they don’t want us to be involved. […]

– Ask a Real Bride – How Should I Choose My Bridesmaids?

December 23, 2021

My 7-year-old daughter recently looked lost in thought. When I asked her what she was thinking about, she said, with a great deal of concern, “Mom. Who do you think my bridesmaids will be?” Even the littlest girls understand that choosing your bridal party is like solidifying your inner circle: whether we admit it or […]

12 Wedding Registry Dos and Don’ts

December 7, 2021

When you’re planning a wedding, there’s a lot to keep in mind. Here are some tips for building a stress-free wedding registry. If you’re getting married for the first time, there’s a good chance you don’t know much about building your wedding registry — aside from the fact that you get a personal scanner to […]

– Ask a Real Bride – How to Avoid a Wedding Rehearsal Meltdown

November 18, 2021

The wedding countdown is down to one: your out-of-town guests have begun to arrive, you’ve finished the last-minute errands and pickups, and there’s just one thing left to do: rehearse! The wedding rehearsal is meant to ensure that your ceremony runs smoothly. But this practice session has become a notorious venue for meltdowns, misunderstandings, and […]

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