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Tons of dazzling colored gemstone rings for every kind of couple

Diamonds may have been a girl's best friend, but we're branching out in all kinds of colorful ways these days. While it's all good if you want to snag a diamond ring, you also don't have to feel locked in to it AT ALL. One of our fave jewelry artisan partners, Metalicious, specializes in all things alternative when it comes to gemstones so I went down the rabbit hole to see what stunning sparklies we could find in colored gemstones, diamond alternatives, and even snazzy alternative metals for wedding bands.

A DIYed darkly romantic wedding with pagan details & vegan fare

Megan and Nick planned an ultra gorgeous pagan meets vegan wedding, most of which was completely DIYed. They have a super strong community of family and friends and the entire day was relaxed and romantic. You won't believe how much love and care went in to all the details of the day. This darkly romantic wedding was a DIY dream and I can't wait for you to see it.

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You'll swoon at this vintage Muslim wedding at the South Georgia Botanical Gardens

Nadia and Jonathan met working as freelance journalists in New York City. Nadia, originally from Statesboro, GA, really wanted her wedding to be in her hometown so they made it happen. Nadia and Jonathan are both Muslim and had never kissed each other before the wedding day, so their portraits are particularly sweet and romantic. Don't miss the DIY centerpieces and decor, Jonathan's suit that was handmade by his mother(!), and a poignant reminder of who wasn't able to make it that day and why…

Pronouns & assumptions: Gay wedding etiquette rules every guest should follow

Maybe you're a seasoned pro at attending same-sex weddings or maybe they're a new concept for you, and you don't want to be responsible for any awkwardness on someone's wedding day. It's easy to fall prey to a faux pas when it comes to saying the right things. Understand that the basics, love and respect, remain the same for both straight and LGBTQ weddings.

Here are six gay wedding etiquette rules that will make you the couple's favorite…

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Love totally wins at this sparkly camp-chic unicorn interfaith queer wedding

We are a queer interfaith clergy couple. Our wedding party consisted of a spiritual and supportive “Femme Crew” and “Butch Crew.” We call ourselves TEAM UNICORN because we love rainbows and sparkles and magic and don’t subscribe to socially constructed ideas of gender. We celebrated our wedding at a stunning camp site in North Georgia all weekend with a Shabbat prayer service, a 12-step recovery meeting, swimming and boating options, hikes to waterfalls, a bonfire, and yoga on the dock.

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This holographic mermaid wedding dress is blowing my mind (and giving me fins!)

Researching dresses can yield fab rewards. Such was the case when I spied this mermaid fantasy of a gown from KMKDesigns. I love a dress that can be re-worn in general, but when it can be reworn as a costume, for a super glam ball, or any fancy dress party, it's a win. It's made of holographic vinyl and pearlescent organza with approximately one zillion hand-sewn iridescent sequins and pearls.

A little tropical, a little glam: this Cuban wedding inspiration is pure romance in 1940s Havana

Set in the Evergreen Brick Works, a historic heritage site in the Don River Valley Park of Toronto, this Havana wedding inspiration pays homage to the elegance and splendor of 1940s Cuba. We're loving the brick backdrop paired with a little bit of a tropical color palette and island-inspired florals and greenery. This whole shoot was warm, inviting, a little bit tropical, a little bit urban, and a whole lot of vintage gorgeousness.

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These ready-to-bloom floral wedding dresses let you be your own bouquet

"Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking." We know, Meryl, but actually, florals for Spring is always on trend and especially now. I'm living for it! Whether it's a multicolored floral print dress, flowers made of silk or chiffon, floral embroidery overlays, or a chic floral suit (you don't have to wear a dress!), I found a whole bunch of ways to be your own bouquet on your wedding day. Let's get our flower power on…

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The sexiest lace boots ever inspired this Valentine elopement shoot

Sometimes a pair of the sexiest red boots can spawn a whole theme. This was definitely the case with this Valentine elopement shoot covered in red, lace, hearts, and rosé. Don't miss the killer crop top red wedding dress, the large gold mirror covered in song lyrics, the intricately die-cut invitations, the pear shaped ring, and the elaborate ombre cake(!) that took our breath away. Even if you hate Valentine's Day, it's easy to love these heart candies, red touches, and loving looks of this couple. Let's take Valentine's Day from kitschy to glam…

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A DIYed darkly romantic wedding with pagan details & vegan fare

Megan and Nick planned an ultra gorgeous pagan meets vegan wedding, most of which was completely DIYed. They have a super strong community of family and friends and the entire day was relaxed and romantic. You won't believe how much love and care went in to all the details of the day. This darkly romantic wedding was a DIY dream and I can't wait for you to see it.

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You'll swoon at this vintage Muslim wedding at the South Georgia Botanical Gardens

Nadia and Jonathan met working as freelance journalists in New York City. Nadia, originally from Statesboro, GA, really wanted her wedding to be in her hometown so they made it happen. Nadia and Jonathan are both Muslim and had never kissed each other before the wedding day, so their portraits are particularly sweet and romantic. Don't miss the DIY centerpieces and decor, Jonathan's suit that was handmade by his mother(!), and a poignant reminder of who wasn't able to make it that day and why…

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Love totally wins at this sparkly camp-chic unicorn interfaith queer wedding

We are a queer interfaith clergy couple. Our wedding party consisted of a spiritual and supportive “Femme Crew” and “Butch Crew.” We call ourselves TEAM UNICORN because we love rainbows and sparkles and magic and don’t subscribe to socially constructed ideas of gender. We celebrated our wedding at a stunning camp site in North Georgia all weekend with a Shabbat prayer service, a 12-step recovery meeting, swimming and boating options, hikes to waterfalls, a bonfire, and yoga on the dock.

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A dark & chic Horseshoe Bend elopement at the edge of the world

Jill and Bryan drove with Jill's two young children 28 hours from Chicago to Arizona to elope at Horseshoe Bend. Before the ceremony, the whole family hiked a slot canyon in their wedding attire, just to have the amazing experience and see the scenery. Jill opted to wear a beautiful black dress, and the whole family dressed to match in black with dark brown accents.

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Pronouns & assumptions: Gay wedding etiquette rules every guest should follow

Maybe you're a seasoned pro at attending same-sex weddings or maybe they're a new concept for you, and you don't want to be responsible for any awkwardness on someone's wedding day. It's easy to fall prey to a faux pas when it comes to saying the right things. Understand that the basics, love and respect, remain the same for both straight and LGBTQ weddings.

Here are six gay wedding etiquette rules that will make you the couple's favorite…

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How to plan a more ethical wedding (including an edible bouquet!)

When I was preparing for my own wedding I started thinking: how could we do this more ethically? The very nature of a wedding being a one day event, and in many cases an extravaganza of guests and details and expense, means that inevitably there are waste issues, or worries about whether certain things are "worth it." So, how can we do things more ethically? What should we look for in an ethical supplier? How do we do the very best that we can do?

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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.

How to avoid your email save-the-date going to spam

My partner and I decided to send out email save-the-dates instead of a physical card. I do, however, have a warning for you if you are planning on going the green route with your save-the-date by sending out electronic ones. If you send an email with an image, you may hit your guests' spam folders. Here are some pros and cons of going green with your save-the-dates and how you can avoid your save-the-date going to spam…

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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™…

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.

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Tons of dazzling colored gemstone rings for every kind of couple

Diamonds may have been a girl's best friend, but we're branching out in all kinds of colorful ways these days. While it's all good if you want to snag a diamond ring, you also don't have to feel locked in to it AT ALL. One of our fave jewelry artisan partners, Metalicious, specializes in all things alternative when it comes to gemstones so I went down the rabbit hole to see what stunning sparklies we could find in colored gemstones, diamond alternatives, and even snazzy alternative metals for wedding bands.

Heart eyes for the lace, statement sleeves, and fringe of this dreamy bohemian dress collection (& a pop-up shop event in NYC!)

The last time we featured some of the fabulous wedding gowns from our partner CocoMelody, y'all went wild. Their collections of ready-to-wear and custom styles (made to fit YOU!) are colorful, diverse, super well-made, and available in extensive sizes. It's that super rare dress source that actually gets offbeat readers. Let's peek at their Bohemian Nomad Collection which is making me swoon with romance meets modern meets laid-back meets gorgeous dress bliss.

This mega-skilled photography team gives you "how did we look that good?" level wedding photography all over the U.S.

If there's ever been a wedding photography team who connects with our readers, it's Atlanta-based Gemini and The Bear. The husband and wife team of Ryan and Jenevieve come with a substantial amount of experience in both photography AND wedding planning and production, so they're the moooost prepared to handle anything that comes their way — your wedding included! Let's meet the creative pair and see why they'll make your love story come to life in ways you've never imagined it could…

Sharing the wealth of my window shopping for fun wedding shoe clips

I ended up having a bit of trouble finding wedding shoes that I loved. It then dawned on me that I'd been touting the merits of shoe clips for ages and forgot that they might just be the ticket for adding some fun to my wedding flats.

Grab your favorite pair of shoes (flats, heels, loafers, boots… all can rock clips!) and get to accessorizing your feet…

Rainbows & gender unicorns: how LGBTQ couples are changing wedding ring rules

When it comes to buying rings for weddings, LGBTQ couples are throwing out the traditions that bind them to form their own paths in ringdom. Whether you propose to each other, have matching bands, eschew rings altogether in favor of another kind of jewelry, the options for rings that represent your identity are quite literally endless. I spoke with one of our favorite custom ring creators, Joseph Jewelry, to see what trends and ideas they've been seeing in wedding jewelry that allows for more expression of who you love, what your gender is, and how you want to communicate that to world.

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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.

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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