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4 myths about being an older bride (aka where's my Life Alert registry gift?!)

By the time I get married, 40 will be staring me in the face. This isn't very old when it comes to first marriages, but it is older than the average in the U.S. I anticipated that it would be a little different getting married later in life (what with the Ensure cocktails and shuffle board reception), but it is taking some surprising turns. Here are some myths about being an older bride that I have discovered…

The Iron Throne and flowers for days at this romantic enchanted wedding in Texas

Jennifer and Dylan carefully crafted a romantic enchanted wedding in Texas that will steal your hearts. Scroll to see the delicate and decadent tablescapes, glossy agate slices, and a head table dripping in the most beautiful blooms you could imagine. It was truly a fairytale-style soiree that made us swoon. Don't miss the fab Game of Thrones cake, sparkly tennis shoes, and one of the best first look groom reactions we've ever seen.

A totally luxe New Jersey Indian wedding that took our breath away

Deep and Avi had a luxe New Jersey Indian wedding over two days that left us dewy eyed. Whatever you do, don't miss the groom's entrance on horseback, the intricately gorgeous dress changes, and the many dance performances. And don't stop scrolling until you see what awaits you at the reception. The desserts! The dancing! The smoke machines! The decor! It's wild and will blow your mind…

It's vintage love at this quirky thrift shop engagement shoot

We dreaded the idea of a lovey-dovey shoot with butterfly kisses, so we agreed to just not have engagement photos done. BUT then we were granted this really awesome opportunity to shoot our engagement session with an awesome photographer who loves out-of-the-norm wedding photos, and we had the idea to shoot at Goodwill.

It was like a giant closet to play in for the day…

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It's vintage love at this quirky thrift shop engagement shoot

We dreaded the idea of a lovey-dovey shoot with butterfly kisses, so we agreed to just not have engagement photos done. BUT then we were granted this really awesome opportunity to shoot our engagement session with an awesome photographer who loves out-of-the-norm wedding photos, and we had the idea to shoot at Goodwill.

It was like a giant closet to play in for the day…

17 winter wedding headpieces & veils to transform you into a snow queen

Winter weddings are, in my opinion, the unsung heroes of the wedding world, especially when it comes to fashion. I mean, is there anything more lovely than a wedding portrait in the snow?! So gorg. And when you're hauling your butt out into said snow, you might want a matching winter wedding headpiece, veil, crown, or even a woolly hat to match. I did some digging to find snowflakes, crystals, juniper, and more in hats, crowns, headpieces, and veils to adorn your wintry noggin.

It's a color explosion of papel picado & flowers at this Dia De Los Muertos wedding

Look, I love Halloween week, but when I see some super colorful Dia de los Muertos wedding inspiration, I know I'm in for a spectacular show. And in this case, that show is bright papel picado strung up in trees, rainbow ribbons, multicolored bouquets, a sexy glam wedding dress, a hot AF couple how rock that ink, and a gorgeous matte black meets colorful flowers cake.

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The Iron Throne and flowers for days at this romantic enchanted wedding in Texas

Jennifer and Dylan carefully crafted a romantic enchanted wedding in Texas that will steal your hearts. Scroll to see the delicate and decadent tablescapes, glossy agate slices, and a head table dripping in the most beautiful blooms you could imagine. It was truly a fairytale-style soiree that made us swoon. Don't miss the fab Game of Thrones cake, sparkly tennis shoes, and one of the best first look groom reactions we've ever seen.

A totally luxe New Jersey Indian wedding that took our breath away

Deep and Avi had a luxe New Jersey Indian wedding over two days that left us dewy eyed. Whatever you do, don't miss the groom's entrance on horseback, the intricately gorgeous dress changes, and the many dance performances. And don't stop scrolling until you see what awaits you at the reception. The desserts! The dancing! The smoke machines! The decor! It's wild and will blow your mind…

Old Hollywood glittery glam reigns at this retro theater wedding

We featured Dara and Michael's vintage-styled drive-in theater engagement photos that were the bee's knees. This week we are super lucky to be able to feature their whole wedding including even more vintage style, theater flair, and a couple of super cute and customized Funko figures as cake toppers. Don't miss the movie theater candy favors, Dara's Gatsby-inspired headpiece (it was like 1950s meets 1920s!), and Old Hollywood glam decor…

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You'll need to fan yourself from the pink suit & striped dress at this romantic brunch wedding

We just wanted a small, relaxed, morning brunch wedding where people could go about their day afterwards and not where people got wasted and stayed until 1am — that is my nightmare wedding. It's great for some, but the opposite of what I envisioned. Thankfully it all came together and it was over by 2:30pm, leaving people to enjoy the rest of their day. Instead of a dance floor, people milled around talking and eating and enjoying custom drinks. It was great!

It poured at this rainy Iceland wedding and we wouldn't want it any other way

Sarah and Matt embraced the Iceland outdoors and had a (VERY rainy) 10 hour adventure wedding for their 20+ guests and they LOVED it. They firmly believed that the weather only made the day story even better.

Let's pretend we're running through the rain at the end of a movie so we can fully immerse ourselves in this misty, romantic, maybe a little muddy, and overall amazing Iceland wedding…

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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…

7 fur-tastic ways to include your pet in the wedding day

Like all of us who follow famous animals on Instagram, I love seeing your ring dogs, cat save-the-dates, and guinea pig cake toppers. But are there MORE ways to include your pet in the wedding day? I decided to see what was new in the realm of wedding pets. And there was! I saw so many adorable ways to add some pet fur to your day (without wigging them out, of course).

Let's get to the honorable wedding puppers and kittehs (and whatever other animals y'all love!)…

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I am planning a pre-invitation survey to get a guest list headcount. Will this work?

I have been scouring all the posts and comments threads about RSVPs and guest lists, and haven't seen an answer to a tricky question. How do you deal with guest list ambiguity when you live in an extremely expensive area, 2/3 of your desired invites are from out of town, and venues require guaranteed minimums on catering?

Is it over okay to make a survey for your friends and family to gauge best-guesses for will they/won't theys for a wedding a year and a half or two years away?

Be blown away by this wine country destination wedding itinerary (Part 2!)

I'm continuing the lineup of amazing wedding events you can plan for a destination wine country wedding in Sonoma County, California. If you missed part one, it's here! Here are some of the highlights that I got to experience including some farm and winery tours, a pit stop for some soft serve, an outdoor boudoir session, cheese tastings, and of course, the main wedding event.

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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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Geekiness, diversity, & authenticity: why offbeat couples are my happy place

So it was ten years ago that I was planning my own offbeat lite wedding and my husband-then-fiance had a panic attack at a dance lesson to help us figure out what to do for first dance. I Googled “alternatives to first dance” and found Offbeat Bride.

I felt heard. I felt understood. I felt like I found a community that would support me and my spouse…

We scoured the galaxy for one of the most nerd-friendly photographers and WE FOUND HER

It's been a minute since we caught up with one of our favorite offbeat and geeky wedding-loving photographers, Sharma Shari. Like me (and probably like you!), Sharma is a geek through and through and will absolutely wig out when you share your own geeky wedding ideas with her. She also has a soft spot for offbeat and creative weddings in general, be they geeky or otherwise. So if you don't already know this wizard of wedding photography, it's time you met her…

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From costume chic to goth glam: these Halloween wedding dresses are spooktacular

When it comes to Halloween, there's a lot to see: spooky decor, smoky unity ceremonies, horror movie themes, and dry ice on the dance floor. But my favorite part? The stunning Halloween wedding dresses we get to see every year. From a hint of purple to shades of goth to full-on costumes, Halloween wedding dresses run the gamut from sweet to scary and I LOVE IT.

13 stunning & spooky Halloween wedding rings

It's that spookiest of times where the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest: Halloweeeeen! And if you're ring taste matches your taste in holidays, then this Halloween wedding ring roundup is for you.

Skulls, black diamonds, coffin shaped moonstones(!), and sleek goth styles abound…

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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