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21 modern poems that make swoon-worthy wedding readings

Finding the right wedding readings for your ceremony can be a bear if you don't know where to look. This is especially so if you're diverting from traditional and/or religious readings and want something more modern, secular, funny, or all of the above. I wanted to see what was cooking in modern poetry to see if there were some new poems that would make amazing wedding readings that we hadn't seen before. Spoiler alert: there were!

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Bend the knee for this epic, snowy Game of Thrones wedding inspiration

If you're half as excited about the final season of Game of Thrones as I am, you're probably peeing yourself. If you watched last night's season eight premiere, you'll be all ready to deep dive into the gorgeousness of this Game of Thrones wedding inspiration that seriously channels some of our favorite characters.

Imbibe in style with these snazzy signature cocktail & mocktail recipes

We featured Brant and Erik's super romantic, candlelit love story a couple of weeks back and it bowled us over with it's fabulousness. But absolutely not to be missed were their inspired signature cocktails and mocktails. I had to find out what was in these clearly delicious libations and was thrilled when I was able to snag the recipes for them, all created by the mixologist artists at Maine-based The Bar Association.

Old gears and metal parts go chic at this wedding day redo for two grooms in love

Kyle and Blake were married two years ago but their photos were accidentally deleted. This awesome team of vendors wanted to give them an amazing vow renewal-style redo with a high style industrial vibe.

Let's see how this adorable pair re-celebrated their nuptials and got some amazing photos to remember the day. Don't miss the adorable gear cupcakes!

Chinese culture meets Toronto style at this Eastern & Western fusion wedding inspiration

Lee's Restaurant is an amazing backdrop for fusing traditional Chinese cooking techniques with fun twists from Western and European flavors. Plus, it's full of bold colors and textures that just look rad in general. So you're going to go full heart eyes for this modern meets edgy wedding inspiration. Keep an eye out for the silver dollars in the table settings and the green jade jewelry in the bride's hair.

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If you love color, THIS wedding is going to blow your mind

Jay and Kacy got married on their shared birthday, July 28th with their dog Marbie and nine-month-old son, Milo, as the guests of honor. They decorated with bright, colorful paperie that they had collected for the entire length of their relationship.

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21 modern poems that make swoon-worthy wedding readings

Finding the right wedding readings for your ceremony can be a bear if you don't know where to look. This is especially so if you're diverting from traditional and/or religious readings and want something more modern, secular, funny, or all of the above. I wanted to see what was cooking in modern poetry to see if there were some new poems that would make amazing wedding readings that we hadn't seen before. Spoiler alert: there were!

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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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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.

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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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Our obsession with raw diamonds intensifies with these edgy & chic rings

If there's one type of engagement ring that always gives me the lusties, it's a raw diamond ring. So whenever I end up down the rabbit hole of the shinies and pretties at The Raw Stone, I get all giddy. Let's deep dive into the stunning world of raw diamonds and if we can find on that tickles your fancy…

Offbeat Cinderella vibes: glass slippers + colorful socks = wedding shoe bliss

I know the Kardashians are bringing back a wave of clear shoes, but that's not really our jam. Clear shoe vibes themselves, though, is pretty awesome… mostly for it's potential for showcasing amazing socks and tights. Plus, socks do wonders for keeping your feet comfy throughout the wedding day.

Here are a few ways I'd match up clear "glass slippers" and colorful socks and tights for a wedding LEWK…

Behind the lens with love story wizard, Atlanta-based photographer YouAreRaven

If you've been a reader for a while, I'll bet you either already know about Atlanta-based photographer Raven Shutley of YouAreRaven or have seen her work on the site. She's been a mainstay of the offbeat community for so long and is one of our most trusted partners. So I decided to see what it was that really separates Raven from all the others. What makes her tick, how her totally warm personality will make you feel instantly comfortable in front of the camera, what mad skills she brings to the table, and why it all means that you'll be floored by the photos you'll get.

The other kind of "shower": wedding umbrellas that make rain on your wedding day super whimsical

It's like raaaaain on your wedding day… except super cute with amazing photos. If you're planning on a few outdoor shots on any wedding day, having a whimsical and fun wedding umbrella is always a solid idea. And even if it doesn't rain, you can still whip out your brolly for some cool shots.

Here are a few of my favorite wedding umbrellas for the perfectly soaking photo that will soon become your favorite…

Butterflies, cats, & dragons: These custom animal rings will bring out your inner fantastic beast

A Hufflepuff badger ring? A butterfly amid vines on the band? A fox patronus ring? A subtle snake print on a masculine wedding band? If you're wondering how these come to be, it's a no-brainer for us. We work with our long-time custom jewelry partners at Joseph Jewelry. You can pick one of their gorgeous existing rings, of course, but why stop there when you can dream up a nerdy, goth, or nature-based animal ring to channel your inner familiar?

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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.

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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