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THIS is what happens when you get married at a Fairyland amusement park

Peggy and Bill's playful wedding took place at Children's Fairyland in Oakland, California and seriously captured the fairy tale spirit of the venue. The fairy tale theme carried over through all of their details, with nods to Alice in Wonderland, keys to unlock the story though the park, and spell books on the tables with moss and fairy lights. I can totally see how they would all feel transported to a magical place. Let's get to the magical fairyland wedding…

Ornaments, eucalyptus, and doorknobs?! 13 stunning & unusual wedding bouquets

When it comes to floral trends, not a lot changes over time: bouquets are usually lush florals that are timeless and classic for the most part. But there's no reason you can't rock something personalized, timeless, and totally YOU at the same time. From dried flowers to ornaments to felted balls to brooches and even doorknobs(!), bouquets can be as diverse as anyone.

Here are a few new trends I ran into that I couldn't help sharing…

Two brides, a mountain view wedding, and cotton candy skies

They shared a love for the mountains of Colorado, so it was only natural that when plans to hold a big wedding bash in Kentucky fell through, they decided to live out another dream of having an intimate wedding with some serious Sound of Music scenery. Waking up to rainy dawn in Estes Park, Ali and Rachel began a slow morning of wedding prep. They did what we wish every couple would do, enjoyed their day and lived their moments. There was Elk watching, breakfast, hiking, and attempts to stave off the rain with "Isn't it Ironic" lyrics.

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An intimate bucket list wedding planned in two weeks after a cancer diagnosis

Due to circumstances beyond our control, our wedding plans changed in a major way. Ben and I had been together for 5½ years when he was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage IV melanoma in the fall of 2016. Ben’s illness put a lot of things in perspective for both of us and we got engaged a month after his diagnosis. We had a simple, non-religious ceremony on the beach. Our friends graciously offered their family cabin near Seattle, WA (in Quilcene, WA if you want to get specific) for the occasion and we had the entire beach to ourselves…

Recent Wedding Porn

Ornaments, eucalyptus, and doorknobs?! 13 stunning & unusual wedding bouquets

When it comes to floral trends, not a lot changes over time: bouquets are usually lush florals that are timeless and classic for the most part. But there's no reason you can't rock something personalized, timeless, and totally YOU at the same time. From dried flowers to ornaments to felted balls to brooches and even doorknobs(!), bouquets can be as diverse as anyone.

Here are a few new trends I ran into that I couldn't help sharing…

First comes baby then comes marriage: our favorite parent couples who got hitched

"I got divorced a couple of years back and am partnered again planning a wedding for Halloween 2020. However, we decided to do the whole kid thing beforehand and will hopefully have a little one at our wedding by then. I'm looking for advice/examples of bad-ass families who married post-baby. I'm having a hard time finding anything." Hell yes we have examples! Come and see…

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Soft, moody, & romantic: gray wedding dresses are our JAM

We've been seeing gray wedding dresses trickle in for quite a while now so we know it's on the horizon as ultra perfect for upcoming fall and winter weddings. You can layer gray under white tulle, embroider it with beads, add black for a dark and moody touch… it's just one of our favorite colors du jour.

Chime in with your favorite, or even better, if YOU'LL be rocking' a gray dress yourself!

10 ways wedding string lights can make photo magic

Outdoor wedding that needs lighting? Cafe lights. Indoor wedding that needs some glow? String lights. Ceremony backdrop that needs style? Hanging vertical lights. Photo booth that needs flattering lighting? ALL OF THE ABOVE. Wedding string lights are nothing new, this we know, but when you're going for simple style without a ton of fuss, string lights and cafe lights can make the decor.

Here are some of my favorite times wedding string lights made photo magic…

Recent Real Weddings

THIS is what happens when you get married at a Fairyland amusement park

Peggy and Bill's playful wedding took place at Children's Fairyland in Oakland, California and seriously captured the fairy tale spirit of the venue. The fairy tale theme carried over through all of their details, with nods to Alice in Wonderland, keys to unlock the story though the park, and spell books on the tables with moss and fairy lights. I can totally see how they would all feel transported to a magical place. Let's get to the magical fairyland wedding…

Two brides, a mountain view wedding, and cotton candy skies

They shared a love for the mountains of Colorado, so it was only natural that when plans to hold a big wedding bash in Kentucky fell through, they decided to live out another dream of having an intimate wedding with some serious Sound of Music scenery. Waking up to rainy dawn in Estes Park, Ali and Rachel began a slow morning of wedding prep. They did what we wish every couple would do, enjoyed their day and lived their moments. There was Elk watching, breakfast, hiking, and attempts to stave off the rain with "Isn't it Ironic" lyrics.

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An intimate bucket list wedding planned in two weeks after a cancer diagnosis

Due to circumstances beyond our control, our wedding plans changed in a major way. Ben and I had been together for 5½ years when he was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage IV melanoma in the fall of 2016. Ben’s illness put a lot of things in perspective for both of us and we got engaged a month after his diagnosis. We had a simple, non-religious ceremony on the beach. Our friends graciously offered their family cabin near Seattle, WA (in Quilcene, WA if you want to get specific) for the occasion and we had the entire beach to ourselves…

With golden dinos and The Simpsons, these two major cuties get wedded

Simpsons cufflinks (from the episode with Lisa's wedding!), DIYed golden dinosaurs, "love" balloons, and a first look ass grab: it's the adorable wedding of our dreams! When it came to why Emily and Bill had golden dinos, their answer was “Dinosaurs are the best, so just calm down.” And it's true, Dinosaurs ARE the best. Bonus points when they're glitzy.

Let's see the rest of this cute AF wedding in Ontario…

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Planning tools 101: hotel block comparison chart

We launched a comprehensive and totally customizable document of wedding planning spreadsheets in Google Drive if you're the type to get down with spreadsheets like I am. Now we're sharing a chart that will help you compare hotel blocks if you're planning to provide that option to your guests. Hotel blocks allow you to block out some rooms and room rates to help guests grab a good deal on a hotel room.

Avoiding wedding fights: how to plan your wedding planning

Your engagement should be a joyful time. You have a lifetime ahead of you with the person you love. What could be better than to celebrate that love surrounded by friends and family? And yet, somehow things go awry. Conflicts flare. And the time that should be so happy — the build-up to your wedding — is fraught with possibilities for strife.

The good news is you can avoid most of the problems by planning your wedding planning. That's right. Plan how you're going to plan.

How I used Google Sheets to lay out my wedding floorplan

I readily admit that the hardest thing about my wedding day will be letting go of control of the entire thing. I wanted to have a hand in the layout of the rooms, even if I can't physically be there for the set up. I harnessed Google Sheets wedding planning: I made an approximate map of our venue and placed every table, chair, and decoration where I want it to be, setting the boxes up as squares and using a legend of 1 foot squared = 1 box. See how it was done!

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Reclaiming traditions: you CAN love a taffeta wedding dress

"I'm going through the traumatic process that is wedding dress shopping, and I'm really open-minded about what I'll consider (you have to be when white isn't in the plans). But I didn't expect to fall in love with a taffeta dress online… Taffeta?!"

If taffeta (or any other traditional fabric) sounds too traditional for you, think again. We've come a long way since our rebel "fuck taffeta" days. Let's take a look…

Recent DIY

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…

In case of dementor attack, you'll need this Harry Potter wedding favor

If you're a Potterphile, you know that chocolate bars have their own powers of soothing you after a dementor attack. So at a wedding with Harry Potter details (where a dementor could prey, naturally!), why not offer up some DIY Harry Potter wedding favors that will do the job nicely. Plus, it only takes some inexpensive chocolate bars, some printer paper, and a printable chocolate bar wrapper.

DIY this super easy ping pong ball light garland

DIY weddings are more popular than ever since DIY projects can save you beaucoup bucks in the process. So if you need some seriously pretty mood lighting for your DIY decor, this easy ping pong ball light garland is your go-to DIY wedding project. Plus, they function as garland/bunting for a ceremony backdrop of for stringing along the ceiling in your venue.

They're cheap, easy to make, and they look gorgeous lighting the rest of your decor (and photo ops!). The ping pong balls give off a warm, soft glow, perfect for setting the mood.

Here's how to make these killer lights…

Recent Stuff we love

Here's how professionally edited wedding video can be super affordable (& win your own FREE wedding video!)

Whenever we hear a couple's biggest regrets about their wedding, not having wedding videography is almost always included. It's really one of the best ways to truly capture how everything went down on a day where time flies. But it's also one of the more expensive aspects and some of us just can't afford it (no shame in the budget game). Actually, you totally can with our amazing partner, WeddingMix.

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Angling for the most stunning geometric engagement rings we could find

We posted a delicious geometric engagement ring set over on Instagram the other day and could not stop talking about it. It cast a spell on us all and I couldn't stop myself from deep diving into looking up more like it. From hexagonal diamonds to kite-shaped gemstones to intricate and bold angular settings, there's a ring here that will stop your heart.

From Bauhaus-inspired to Art Deco to the Mines of Moria, these geometric-inspired rings are angling to be on your finger…

Why this behind-the-scenes ninja & logistical badass is the wedding planner of your offbeat dreams

Sometimes an offbeat vendor just melts into our mindset so well that they've felt like they were always a part of us. That's exactly how I felt when listening to Meigh McNamee-Mahaffey, wedding planner extraordinaire, from Lula Mae Special Events. From month-of coordination to full-on event planning, this behind-the-scenes ninja and logistical badass is absolutely the right fit for offbeat couples…

Recent Wedding 101

Planning tools 101: hotel block comparison chart

We launched a comprehensive and totally customizable document of wedding planning spreadsheets in Google Drive if you're the type to get down with spreadsheets like I am. Now we're sharing a chart that will help you compare hotel blocks if you're planning to provide that option to your guests. Hotel blocks allow you to block out some rooms and room rates to help guests grab a good deal on a hotel room.

Avoiding wedding fights: how to plan your wedding planning

Your engagement should be a joyful time. You have a lifetime ahead of you with the person you love. What could be better than to celebrate that love surrounded by friends and family? And yet, somehow things go awry. Conflicts flare. And the time that should be so happy — the build-up to your wedding — is fraught with possibilities for strife.

The good news is you can avoid most of the problems by planning your wedding planning. That's right. Plan how you're going to plan.

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I bought a colored wedding dress and now everyone's mad! What should I do?

I come from a family of strict traditionalists when it comes to everything, especially weddings. I recently bought a peach wedding dress with no sleeves and expressed I wanted light blue hair and Converse to go with it. As you can imagine, things didn't go over well. When I try to stand up for my wedding choices, I'm shamed for it.

Please help!

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Wedding dates to avoid in 2018, 2019, and beyond

I'm compiling this list of wedding dates to avoid in 2018, 2019, and 2020 in case you want to avoid holidays where family and friends might have conflicting events, holidays where vendors might be especially busy and/or expensive (think Valentine's Day for florists), or religious holidays where places might be closed or guests might have other plans.

Does this mean you CAN'T book your wedding for one of these days? Hell no!

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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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