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

January 7, 2020

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 […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Planning Your Wedding Guest List

December 30, 2019

Deciding who to invite to your wedding can be more complicated than you think — here’s a step-by-step guide with helpful tips from real brides who have been there! When I got engaged, I just about instantly began planning my wedding: the venue, the atmosphere, the music, and of course, the guests. Little did I […]

Best DIY Wedding Ideas

December 19, 2019

Every bride dreams of having a beautiful wedding that is special for all in attendance. In my case, I had 8 weeks and a tight budget to make that vision come true! This meant I had to dive in to the DIY wedding world and create something that was our style without looking cheap. With […]

– Ask Cheryl – What’s the Rule About Inviting Co-Workers to Your Wedding?

December 10, 2019

Planning a wedding can be exciting and stressful all at the same time. This is especially true when it comes to creating (and editing) the guest list. How do you decide which co-workers to invite?   Dear Cheryl- I’m getting married next summer and need your help with my guestlist. I own a small business […]

The Meanings Behind 10 of Your Favorite Wedding Traditions Explained!

October 24, 2019

Take a look back to learn why we do the things we do on our wedding days.   There are some wedding traditions that have stood the test of time—so much time, in fact, that their original meaning is often lost on the modern marriage. Ever wonder why we throw rice on the happy couple, […]

– Encore Wedding – Planning a Wedding the Second Time Around

October 17, 2019

A fresh start. A second chance at love and happiness. Finally finding your soulmate. There are many things about an encore wedding that are new, romantic and exciting. But when it comes to the details of planning how you will celebrate the special day, it can become overwhelming and very stressful. This past June, I […]

– Always With Us – Honoring Lost Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day

October 10, 2019

They may not be with you any longer, but they’ll always have a place in your heart—celebrate them in your own special way on your wedding day. Your wedding day is one that you get to celebrate surrounded by your favorite people as you put a spotlight on the love between you and your partner. […]

Who Gets a Gift from the Bride and Groom?

August 29, 2019

Aside from receiving gifts on your wedding day, proper wedding etiquette suggests  that you give a few gifts, too. You may already be aware of the fact that the bride and groom generally give gifts to members of their wedding party as a thank you. But, by only giving gifts to your wedding party, you […]

Dresses Your Bridesmaids Will Actually Wear Again

August 6, 2019

You’ve been there before…your best friend just asked you to be in her wedding. You’re thrilled you get to stand with her on her big day. Thrilled that is, until you remember that you have to wear a bridesmaids dress. Fast forward a bit. Now it’s your big day and you’ve asked your closest girlfriends […]

How to Be the Perfect Mother of the Bride (MOB) or Mother of the Groom (MOG)

August 1, 2019

Every wedding year comes with a classic list of “dos” and “donts,” and the Mother of the Bride (MOB) and Mother of the Groom (MOG) have their own, too. If you’re not sure how to handle the wedding year of your soon-to-be-wed son or daughter, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. We’ve even tapped our resident […]

Smartphone Etiquette and Unplugged Weddings

July 9, 2019

When I was planning my wedding last year, I didn’t expect many of the decisions I ultimately faced. Sure, there were the typical, unavoidable tasks of selecting dinner plates, chairs, floral arrangements, and lip color. But when it came time to consider whether to allow our guests’ phone usage during the ceremony, I thought it […]

How to Be the Perfect Bridesmaid or Groomsman

June 4, 2019

Being part of someone’s wedding is definitely an honor. But it’s also a big responsibility. Don’t know what to do when you’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid or groomsmen? Follow our guide below and find out how to be the best one yet. As a general rule… Be a good friend: This might be […]

5 Meaningful Gifts to Give the Bride on Her Wedding Day

May 21, 2019

One of the sweetest gifts of my early 20s has been watching my best friends fall in love.  It’s been such a joy to be there as they’ve met, fallen in love with and become engaged to the men of their dreams. What has made that gift even sweeter has been being a part of […]

Embracing the Unexpected on Your Wedding Day

May 16, 2019

You can plan for almost anything on your wedding day—almost. Here’s why you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. I spent the final weeks leading up to my wedding tweaking, adjusting, re-tweaking, and readjusting logistics from the important to the trivial. It was a time that I felt both crazy and in-control, prepared and utterly lost, […]

Wedding Guest Welcome Bags in 5 Easy Steps

May 2, 2019

When Jon and I got married in South Florida four years ago, we were blessed enough to have a bunch of our out-of-town family and friends join us for the celebration. Jon and I met at college in Ohio. He’s originally from Michigan and I have family spread across the globe from Canada to Jamaica […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Wedding Reception Timelines and Tips

April 16, 2019

We’ve all been to those wedding receptions that seem to drag on and on: a cocktail hour that lasts for two, speeches that seem to never end, and other delays that cause guests to yawn before the cake is even cut. So how can you make sure your guests enjoy the celebration and don’t spend […]

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