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An Irish castle wedding with Victorian flair & a stunning red dress

Daphne and David rocked a signature elegant meets offbeat style at their Irish castle wedding at Kinnity Castle in County Offaly. We're talking a sleek wine red dress, top hats, dapper coats, a romantic first look, ivy-covered walls, greenery arches, and toasts all night long. Oh, and there was an amazing table quiz with trivia questions about Spice Girls, Shakespeare, Canada, and Ireland.

Don't miss the tree planting ceremony!

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How one international adoptee bride reclaimed her identity through her wedding

I am an international adoptee from India. Many times in transracial and/or international adoption, the adoptee loses a sense of identity when they are raised outside of their race and culture. I know for myself, I was raised in a predominantly white town by a white family, so I lost my identity as an Indian. As a bride, I decided to reclaim my identity. I am a "hybrid", both Indian and Anglo-American…

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6 brides, 6 styles: there's no one way to be a bride

Y'all know we've never taken the stance that there's one kind of bride or one way to be a bride. There's enough pressure to fit into a mold (emotionally AND physically!), and so much pressure not to be a certain way (pushy, a "bridezilla," a pushover, whatever). So when we spied this shoot showcasing six real brides rocking their own styles from traditional and whimsical to tattooed to sporting a dapper suit, we were SO in.

The venue at this black & white pop art-themed wedding inspiration is SO FUN

What’s black, white and red all over? This amazing pop art-themed wedding inspiration at the Joshua Vides Chapel installation at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Using his signature black and white sketch motif, Vides converted 800 square feet of the Palms into this fun interactive art space he titled, "Til Death Do Us Part." Guests are welcome to participate in multiple ways including everything from taking photos for their social media to actually getting married in the space.

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An Irish castle wedding with Victorian flair & a stunning red dress

Daphne and David rocked a signature elegant meets offbeat style at their Irish castle wedding at Kinnity Castle in County Offaly. We're talking a sleek wine red dress, top hats, dapper coats, a romantic first look, ivy-covered walls, greenery arches, and toasts all night long. Oh, and there was an amazing table quiz with trivia questions about Spice Girls, Shakespeare, Canada, and Ireland.

Don't miss the tree planting ceremony!

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Authentic, realistic wedding vows recognizing the shadow self

"I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labour has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you…"

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Mission to not plan my wedding: Success

Maybe you are one of the dreamy people who has looked forward to your wedding your whole life, knowing exactly what you'd look like and how'd you feel on the most special of your days. It is safe to say that you are most likely not like me, because I think I broke the record for most laid-back bride, and the time I spent planning the wedding was barely, if at all, more time than the duration of the wedding itself. Here's how I did it…

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I bought my wedding dress on Etsy! Here are my tips for buying a custom dress online

One element of my wedding with which I was fairly obsessed was finding a fun dress. I'm not a white gown kinda gal, so I was on the hunt for something colorful. I decided to test the waters in customizing a dress online. There are lots of stores that do that theses days, but I knew I wanted something from an independent seller who could really personalize the look itself. I'm already an avid Etsy window shopper, so it was all just a matter of narrowing down the search to a reputable designer who made dresses I liked. Easier said than done? Actually, it was pretty easy…

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Eat 'em or take 'em: these s'mores wedding favors are a gooey gift guests will devour

S'mores are a staple of outdoor weddings in any season, but especially in the fall when the weather gets chilly and a bonfire is apropos. You're cooking them up over a bonfire, adding them to your sweets table, and even making them into cakes! But a perfect way to provide a dessert AND a takeaway gift is an easy-to-make s'mores wedding favor.

Here's how to make them super easily with a few staples from Michael's Weddings™…

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Lush florals go ring-shaped with this DIY floral hoop backdrop

I love a good hoop bouquet, but those handy floral hoops can be used for more than just a great alternative bouquet. I've created a series of hoops flowing with greenery and flora that can be used a wedding ceremony backdrop, reception decor, or even a place card holder.

With this DIY floral hoop backdrop, you can add as many floral picks as you like to make it as lush as you can imagine. Artificial flowers let you create a backdrop that can go from wedding to living room permanently. It's the beauty of realistic artificial flowers!

Here are the steps to go from a simple hoop to intricate backdrop in no time…

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These chic wooden wedding rings are our newest obsession & totally budget-friendly

If you're into a natural, rustic, or boho look that fits both your style and especially your budget, you're going to flip when you see these rings from Wooden Rings. They've got that gorgeous organic feel that we ADORE and you can make them totally your own. And that rainbow layered wood is calling someone's name, I just know it. Let's see a few of our favorites and learn how you can snag 10% off of their already super affordable pricing…

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I bought my wedding dress on Etsy! Here are my tips for buying a custom dress online

One element of my wedding with which I was fairly obsessed was finding a fun dress. I'm not a white gown kinda gal, so I was on the hunt for something colorful. I decided to test the waters in customizing a dress online. There are lots of stores that do that theses days, but I knew I wanted something from an independent seller who could really personalize the look itself. I'm already an avid Etsy window shopper, so it was all just a matter of narrowing down the search to a reputable designer who made dresses I liked. Easier said than done? Actually, it was pretty easy…

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9 hidden benefits of hiring a day-of coordinator (that I learned at my wedding!)

You're in the thick of wedding planning and it's starting to get hairy. Maybe you've hired an event planner, maybe a day-of coordinator, maybe a friend willing to lend a hand, or maybe you're going hard at it by yourself. If you're in the latter two camps, you may be thinking, "do I need to hire a day-of coordinator?"

Here are a few of the benefits, hidden and otherwise, that I discovered when I hired a day-of coordinator for my wedding…

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5 ways to save the planet (& your wallet!) while wedding planning

Trying to find sustainable solutions for an eco-friendly wedding isn't always easy, especially when you're on a budget and trying not to over-complicate things. But hosting an eco-conscious event doesn't have to be impossible. And making sustainable choices isn't just for tree-huggers.

Here are five Earth-friendly ideas that won't put any additional burden on your wallet or your special day…

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6 tips for making your wedding website useful AND stylish

Are you engaged? YAY! I have a feeling that a lot of you are thinking about wedding hashtags and websites and social media, oh my. Weddings are way more high tech these days and a wedding website is pretty standard fare now. When I got engaged in 2018, I went on a hunt for a really slick wedding website and have a few quick hit tips to share to make your wedding website both ultra useful and seriously captivating.

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