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A galaxy themed tiny zoo wedding with tons of DIY

Our wedding was a mix of us wanting to keep it below a very certain budget and wanting to make it the most fun we could. The theme was sci-fi and we had fun with it. For starters, all of our centerpieces were hand-made by us, each being a scene from a TV show or movie we loved. These included Doctor Who, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Fifth Element, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. We also hid some dragons and unicorns in there as a reference to our favorite fantasy animals.

This aquarium wedding was perfect for a mermaid-haired bride named after a mermaid

My mother named me Madison after the mermaid in the movie Splash, so it only seemed fitting that the wedding take place in an aquarium. We took our first look photos in the "wetlands" area of the Florida Aquarium, and the ceremony was in front of the Coral Reef Gallery.

My favorite part of the venue were the sharks that appeared in our photos. The soft blue lighting throughout the aquarium was beautiful, and the venue was really fun.

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Boho meets glam with these shrugs, capes, toppers, & wraps from BHLDN

Fall weddings, cold weather weddings, vintage glam weddings, or a modest church ceremony — there are TONS of reasons to be in the market for a chic and glamorous wedding cover-up. We went a-hunting at reader fave BHLDN to see what they had in store for shrugs, capes, toppers, and wraps. They had a fair few (or, you know, a ton!) to choose from. From faux fur to sequins to maribou to full-on feathers… these are wedding wraps from BHLDN that will make your day.

Let's get to the window shopping…

This surprise Doctor Who scavenger hunt proposal would blow the mind of any Time Lord

This is the story of how my boyfriend proposed at the end of a surprise, Seattle-wide, Doctor Who scavenger hunt proposal. He spent months preparing for this, and his efforts really paid off! Weeks earlier, he'd told me to block out that day in my calendar for a surprise. I'm like a cat (curiosity "kills" me), so when the day finally arrived, I was eager to know what his plans were. Little did I know, they were EPIC.

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Fancy socks + heels: let's get this to be a vintage-inspired THING

Socks and heels definitely aren't new (cuffed ankle socks and t-straps are vintage gold!), but I wouldn't say they're common at weddings. I've been seeing some really gorgeous and glam socks that could take your wedding shoe game up a notch. The real secret, though, is that they'll likely make your heels (or flats, oxfords, platforms, whateva) way more comfortable. I found a kick-ass selection of bedazzled, sequined, shiny, and totally formal (and not-so-formal) styles to pair with your wedding shoes.

So many offbeat rings and trinkets for Valentine's Day gifts and proposals

It's almost Valentine's Day, which for most of us means we're running around trying to find something meaningful to give to our partners. Thankfully, we've got tons of vendor partners producing some of the most stunning and offbeat rings and trinkets and sparklies (oh my!) that we've seen. We've rounded up some of our favorites to inspire you to give the gift of purty bling to your special someone. Or maybe as bridesmaids/family gifts. And especially as a gift to yourself. Oh, and bonus: a few of these folks have discounts going on…

20 light-up wedding signs & marquees for spectacular photo ops (and home decor!)

Lightbox style signs are super trendy right now and we've been spotting them all over wedding receptions with good reason: they look rad AF! Plus, they light up which means they can point out your candy buffet, favor table, ice cream bar, whatever… in the dark. But the secret reason I want to snag some of these light-up wedding signs is that they can turn into some of the most epic home decor after the wedding. It's all a big scheme to reuse everything later on.

Find your favorite LED sign, customize it to your names, your wedding hashtag, your motto, your subversive "eff you," etc. and light up the night…

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A galaxy themed tiny zoo wedding with tons of DIY

Our wedding was a mix of us wanting to keep it below a very certain budget and wanting to make it the most fun we could. The theme was sci-fi and we had fun with it. For starters, all of our centerpieces were hand-made by us, each being a scene from a TV show or movie we loved. These included Doctor Who, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Fifth Element, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. We also hid some dragons and unicorns in there as a reference to our favorite fantasy animals.

This aquarium wedding was perfect for a mermaid-haired bride named after a mermaid

My mother named me Madison after the mermaid in the movie Splash, so it only seemed fitting that the wedding take place in an aquarium. We took our first look photos in the "wetlands" area of the Florida Aquarium, and the ceremony was in front of the Coral Reef Gallery.

My favorite part of the venue were the sharks that appeared in our photos. The soft blue lighting throughout the aquarium was beautiful, and the venue was really fun.

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Sort yourself into your new Harry Potter house with this sorting hat ceremony

Sera and John's Brooklyn meets Hogwarts wedding had soooo much to love: pink hair, chocolate frogs, Honeydukes lollipops, Bertie Botts every flavor beans, A Daily Prophet program, wands for all guests, handmade potion bottle vases, a bouquet made out of Harry Potter books and charms, golden snitch cake pops, and more. It was a wild ride.

But our favorite part was their unity ceremony. You have to see it…

Are you having an "East Coast Style" reception with dancing FIRST?

A lot of American wedding receptions follow this formula: a grand entrance followed by a meal, speeches, and finally dancing. But in what's been dubbed an "East Coast Style" reception, dancing happens right away with intermittent boogie-ing down between meal courses, too! It sounds pretty rad to me and gets everyone out of their seats and into mingle and mix mode right away.

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Wedding venue search tips from the wedding ninjas: wedding planners

Newly engaged folks: have you started your wedding venue search yet? Are you ready to pull your hair out or just the beginnings of a breakdown? Either you're in a town with so few offbeat options or you're in a big city with WAY too many options and no way to narrow it all down or find the perfect weird and wonderful venue for you between all the banquet halls. I decided to reach out to some of our favorite wedding coordinators to see what sage venue search wisdom they could impart on us to make the arduous search easier.

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So many offbeat & fun engagement photo ideas to inspire yours

There's more to fun engagement photo ideas than gazing into each others' eyes in a park. You can do, well, anything! We put out the call for some alternative ideas for engagement shoot ideas and our vendors came through with some winners. We're talking movie and TV references, arcade gaming, dinosaur cameos, lightsabers, wands, and dance parties anywhere.

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Give your guests vintage valentine favors at your Valentine's Day wedding (free printables!)

When it comes to free printables, there's little more prolific as vintage Valentines (which I love!). Give all of the guests at your Valentine's Day wedding a little slice of nostalgia that they can keep forever in scrapbooks and memory boxes. Plus, these are free printables so they'll only cost you the price of the paper! What a steal.

Here are some of my favorite vintage valentine favors to save, print, and gift to your guests…

Ride the rosé trend with these rosé signature cocktails

If you're excited that rosé is having its day in the sun then you're in my camp. I love a pretty pink and sweet drink. I'm a cliché, what can I say?

Let's be cliché together and add one of these pretty (and delicious!) rosé signature cocktails to our wedding drink repertoire, shall we?

How to make a kick-ass vegan s'mores station for your wedding

Since we had a butt-ton of vegans at our wedding, we made sure that they could have one awesome wedding s'mores station experience.

What I learned is that vegan s'mores are just as yummy and sometimes even better in some ways. Here's everything you'll need for your s'mores station…

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Live out all your corseted fantasies with a wedding at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival

As a lifelong Ren Fest nut myself, I can't stop ogling weddings that feature armor, weapons (peace-tied, natch!), dragons, corsets, and a whole royal court at the ready. It's so immersive and whimsical and I get giddy just imagining what new Medieval and Renaissance-inspired weddings will come our way out of Scarborough. The best part? YOUR WEDDING CAN BE THERE, TOO!

Here's what you can expect by booking an all-inclusive (and ultimate TBT!) wedding at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival…

Here's a goldmine of rose gold home goods to add to your wedding registry

Everyone is putting on the pressure to add a bunch of gifts to your wedding registry, right? You know they do. Thankfully, you can create a wedding registry at places like Amazon which will make filling it up super easy. And if you're into the rose gold trend, this is the registry roundup for you. We're talking ALL kinds of rose gold home decor and rose gold home decor to add some shine and pinky glow to your home. Let's get to the registering, shall we?

How you can get personalized, stellar wedding photography all while doing some good in the world

Sometimes you just feel at home with a vendor before you even meet them. Sometimes they just give you that vibe and you know you'll totally get along. And getting along is pretty important when it comes to being comfortable in front of a camera. That's why we are always down to talk shop with DIWAS Photography, the dynamic duo who has been one of our favorite skilled photography teams for so long now.

Let's say hello to Sadie and Diwas, see how they can make your wedding day super chill and natural, and how you can help contribute back to the world by hiring them. Oh, and I think I mentioned a super special promotion somewhere in there, too?

#TimewarpTuesday: why we COVET throwback style with luxe vintage engagement rings

I never tire of seeing couples embrace the past with vintage engagement rings. And I just keep losing my mind over the beautiful vintage-inspired recreations I've seen made by artisans like our long-time jewelry partner, Joseph Jewelry. Let's get into what vintage and antique rings even are, from what styles you can model your ring, and of course, some of my very favorites that I wish were sparkling on my fingers right now…

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Wedding venue search tips from the wedding ninjas: wedding planners

Newly engaged folks: have you started your wedding venue search yet? Are you ready to pull your hair out or just the beginnings of a breakdown? Either you're in a town with so few offbeat options or you're in a big city with WAY too many options and no way to narrow it all down or find the perfect weird and wonderful venue for you between all the banquet halls. I decided to reach out to some of our favorite wedding coordinators to see what sage venue search wisdom they could impart on us to make the arduous search easier.

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Your cheatsheet for what to include on wedding invitation

When it comes to invitation wording, we've got you covered. But what if you just need a cheatsheet for what to include on wedding invitation? What do you HAVE to include and what's just a nice-to-have? Here's a recap of all the information you'll want on there, what bonus information helps, and what you can totally offshore to a wedding website. Let's get to cheatsheeting!

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How to create your bridal shop moment with your online bought dress

It's way easier to buy online than it ever has been before. This online shopping convenience comes with a tiny cost, though: you don't have that bridal store moment where you let your crew see you in the dress/outfit and ooh and ahh. The remedy? Create that shit yourself!

Here are my tips to create your bridal shop moment with your online purchased dress…

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What the heck is a microwedding (and could it be the perfect wedding for you?)

If you've seen the word "microwedding" around the internet, your brain may jump straight to eloping, right? But a microwedding is a tiny wedding of under 50ish people, usually planned in a similar fashion to larger weddings but on a smaller scale.

If you can get over the hurdle of convincing your ultra nearest and dearest that it's okay to only have them at the wedding, you're in the clear to plan your own microwedding. Ready to see if a microwedding will be your jam? Here are the reasons teeny tiny weddings kick serious ass…

7 things to keep in mind when booking entertainment for your wedding

If you'll be needing entertainment to enhance the atmosphere of your wedding, it can be a challenge. Nothing can bring together both sides of the aisle together like some killer music (whether for dancing all night or background for your tabletop gaming).

Here are some tips for booking entertainment to keep your wedding guests chill and having a blast.

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