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Crowns, pink flowers, & the cosmos at this Space Center wedding

Jay and Rick described their Chabot Space Center wedding style as modern, edgy, and glam and I couldn't love it more. Jay wanted to include a few nontraditional elements to capture who they are like her flower ring instead of a bouquet and a bad-ass crown made by her friend. The ceremony was also very customized and included the Quaker tradition of sitting in silence and waiting to be moved to speak. Don't miss AMAZING fashion (featuring epic ink), ceremony space to die for, and pops of pinks and reds that make everything have warm vibes…

Get ahead for your costume & Halloween weddings with these Disney princess gowns

Halloween couples: you're probably finding all kinds of ways to incorporate your love of spook into your wedding day and that might include costumes. And if so? Hell yes! If you're thinking about rocking a gown-type of dress at your ceremony and/or reception, a Disney princess gown is always a super fun and recognizable look. Let's wish upon a star for the loveliest of dresses to woo the princes and princesses (and otherwise) of our hearts…

Wild beauty and rock star babes at this greenery wedding in Connecticut

Hayley and Nichole are stunning creatures who rocked their greenery meets succulents meets intimate romance meets rock star wedding in Connecticut. They brought nature and whimsy inside with succulents and doorknobs as table indicators. There was sweet and subtle decor as well as block leather jackets and killer style.

Don't miss the matching "wifey" jackets and Hayley's ring with a gorgeous black stone.

Eloping in Westeros: a Northern Irish castle elopement near Game of Thrones locations

Veregene and Brian traveled from America to elope on the Irish coastline in front of the magical Dunluce Castle. Their ceremony was held in a local farmer's field with amazing views. Veregene was even taken to the ceremony and back on the farmer's tractor! Now that's a good way to travel in the countryside. As avid Game of Thrones fans they were able to journey around Northern Ireland's famous Game of Thrones locations and take photos in front of stunning locations such as the Dark Hedges aka The Road to Kings Landing. It's a dream location for any GoT fan.

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Two brides, a scrapbook proposal, & their sun-drenched nautical Maine wedding

Emily and Kim instantly bonded over photos of their adorable all black dogs and decided to make it official in a beautiful, nautical-style wedding in York, Maine. We're talking navy blue and mint green details, buoys, a gorgeous venue with an oceanside view, and a stunning ombre blue cake.

Get your sea legs for this beautiful two-bride wedding in Maine…

Recent Wedding Porn

Marriage! At the Disco: a disco-inspired wedding shoot

I've always loved classic disco music, despite the haters. It's quintessential dance music and always finds a new audience in every generation (especially during today's drag renaissance). So when we spied this disco-inspired wedding shoot, we were in glittery love.

Keep an eye out for the disco ball gown, the chic silk jumpsuit, black, four-tier glitter cake, all of the red details, the floral screen dripping with color and texture, the rainbow heels, the red vinyl sweetheart booth (with a shark!).

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Mike & Eleven's Stranger Things wedding of our Eggo, Upside Down imaginations

If you're a fan of Netflix's Stranger Things, you'll know that season 3 starts tonight and should be lots of retro horror fun. The idea for this Stranger Things wedding inspiration came after photographer Julie Floro saw Mike and Eleven kiss at the Snow Ball and couldn't stop imagining their fictional future marriage, complete with Eggo waffle bar, Upside Down-inspired florals (with red lilies reminiscent of the Demogorgon's mouth!), and outfits inspired by the show including the Snow Ball.

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We fell in love with this non-binary couple & their urban botanical-style romance

Lane and Ned are a non-binary couple deeply in love and celebrating their third anniversary on the day of this photo shoot. The Parkside Hotel in Downtown Victoria, BC was the perfect backdrop for lovey dovey looks, stellar fashion, and some greenery-filled decor that took our breath away. Plus, it's just an honor to be able to feature this beautiful non-binary couple during the month of Pride.

Celebrating the anniversary of Ziggy Stardust with this glam rock David Bowie-inspired wedding inspiration

David Bowie's iconic concept album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” was released 47(!) year ago on June 16, 1972, so it was more than fitting to showcase this amazing glam rock wedding inspiration right around the anniversary. The bride, groom, and their best crew were all in a band so they rocked their amazing outfits with metallics, velvet, fringe, tassels, faux fur, and tinsel.

Don't miss the epic florals, star-shaped EVERYTHING, velvet suits, the bride's jumpsuit, and the cake that any Bowie fan would love…

We're obsessing over fancy-pants metallic & foil invitations and save the dates

Minted now has new foil colors like ice blue, bronze, and black and are seriously spectacular for wedding invites and save the dates. I'm also fully obsessed with the glittery foils that come in gold and silver and give off major rainbow sparkly unicorn vibes. You'll see I chose to show a few of those in the save the date section. SO PRETTY.

Let's do some shopping for some sparkly, shiny, and now extra colorful foil wedding invitations and save the dates from one of our faves, Minted

Recent Real Weddings

Crowns, pink flowers, & the cosmos at this Space Center wedding

Jay and Rick described their Chabot Space Center wedding style as modern, edgy, and glam and I couldn't love it more. Jay wanted to include a few nontraditional elements to capture who they are like her flower ring instead of a bouquet and a bad-ass crown made by her friend. The ceremony was also very customized and included the Quaker tradition of sitting in silence and waiting to be moved to speak. Don't miss AMAZING fashion (featuring epic ink), ceremony space to die for, and pops of pinks and reds that make everything have warm vibes…

Wild beauty and rock star babes at this greenery wedding in Connecticut

Hayley and Nichole are stunning creatures who rocked their greenery meets succulents meets intimate romance meets rock star wedding in Connecticut. They brought nature and whimsy inside with succulents and doorknobs as table indicators. There was sweet and subtle decor as well as block leather jackets and killer style.

Don't miss the matching "wifey" jackets and Hayley's ring with a gorgeous black stone.

Eloping in Westeros: a Northern Irish castle elopement near Game of Thrones locations

Veregene and Brian traveled from America to elope on the Irish coastline in front of the magical Dunluce Castle. Their ceremony was held in a local farmer's field with amazing views. Veregene was even taken to the ceremony and back on the farmer's tractor! Now that's a good way to travel in the countryside. As avid Game of Thrones fans they were able to journey around Northern Ireland's famous Game of Thrones locations and take photos in front of stunning locations such as the Dark Hedges aka The Road to Kings Landing. It's a dream location for any GoT fan.

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Two brides, a scrapbook proposal, & their sun-drenched nautical Maine wedding

Emily and Kim instantly bonded over photos of their adorable all black dogs and decided to make it official in a beautiful, nautical-style wedding in York, Maine. We're talking navy blue and mint green details, buoys, a gorgeous venue with an oceanside view, and a stunning ombre blue cake.

Get your sea legs for this beautiful two-bride wedding in Maine…

All aboard this gorgeous steam train wedding with a museum party in Manchester, UK

A ceremony on the platform and a wedding breakfast on an original steam train through East Lancashire in Manchester, UK. Are you kidding me with this amazingness? They danced the night away in a transport museum to top off the theme. Unconventional spaces are some of the most interesting ways to make your wedding something different and Katie and Paul ROCKED it.

Don't miss their choice to have everyone rock in Mancunian style to an all-woman acoustic string group.

Recent Advice

"Is it okay to email my wedding invites?" Yep, and here's why it's awesome

The time to hem and haw about whether it's okay to email your wedding invitations is over. It's totally okay! Couples are aiming for more eco-friendly wedding choices and even your older relatives are probably even rocking smartphones or at least have internet access. The benefits of digital invitations are huge and you don't have to feel bad taking advantage of them.

Here are six reasons why online wedding invitations are awesome…

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I never wanted a big wedding: here's why I wish I'd gone with my gut & eloped

Not everyone has dreamed of a big wedding. So when you're confronted with the planning of one, there might be some lessons learned the hard way: "If you want to have a gorgeous and huge wedding with all the trimmings, go for it! But if you're more like me, who never really thought hard about a wedding until you were with your life partner, and you love the outdoors, more intimate ceremonies, and really just can't wait to marry the love of your life without all the trappings of a more traditional wedding, I've got your back…"

If you're an online-ordained officiant in Tennessee, you may not be anymore

If you're an officiant in Tennessee who was ordained online, you may not legally be able to officiate weddings anymore. Here's the scoop: as of July 1, 2019, the Tennessee Legislature has put forth HB0213 which will strip the rights of online-ordained officiants from performing weddings. But fear not, one of our amazing vendor partners, American Marriage Ministries (AMM), is going on a tour of six Tennessee cities and towns to re-ordain their ministers.

7 questions to ask to make your wedding more accessible for your disabled guests

I've attended events where I had trouble accessing information, or was entirely excluded, because of my blindness, auditory processing disorder, or food intolerances. I want to ensure our friends and family are included and accommodated at our wedding in the ways that work for them. How do we make it accessible for everyone? And not just for mobility issues, but for social anxiety, food intolerances, varied budgets, and more. Here are the questions I asked to make my own wedding accessible for myself and my guests…

Recent DIY

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…

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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.

Recent Stuff we love

Get ahead for your costume & Halloween weddings with these Disney princess gowns

Halloween couples: you're probably finding all kinds of ways to incorporate your love of spook into your wedding day and that might include costumes. And if so? Hell yes! If you're thinking about rocking a gown-type of dress at your ceremony and/or reception, a Disney princess gown is always a super fun and recognizable look. Let's wish upon a star for the loveliest of dresses to woo the princes and princesses (and otherwise) of our hearts…

Channel the setting sun with these breathtaking sunset gradient gowns from Wai-Ching

Wai-Ching's colorful, eco-friendly, custom wedding dresses and attire have been a mainstay to our readers for lo these many, many years. Wai-Ching dresses and attire are so beautiful and customizable that we are endlessly surprised and delighted by the dresses we feature on the blog.

Here's why we especially love the Wai-Ching process and result and some of our favorites in the sunset gradient style, perfect for both summer and fall weddings with their rich reds, pinks, umbers, and purples. OH! And don't miss the discount we've got especially for readers…

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You've got to see NYC's first and only after-hours walk-in wedding chapel (like Vegas without the Elvis!)

Y'all know we love a fun and campy Vegas elopement. But if you're elsewhere, say, on the East Coast or in New York City, it's a long haul over to Vegas for that amazing elopement. But fear not! One of our most fabulous and charismatic wedding officiants, DonnaMarie SanSevero aka The Reverend D, has created the perfect New York after-hours walk-in wedding chapel. And it's amazing…

When capturing real meaning is your goal, this Connecticut wedding photographer is the key

Warm, authentic, and candid: these are three words that totally match our super talented photographer partner, Allie Dearie Photography. Allie is based in New London, Connecticut and captures everything that we love about offbeat weddings. So whether your wedding is big or small, on a warm beach far away or right at home in New England, Allie will deliver the true love story of your day with a narrative eye and attention to all of the elements that you want preserved in your memory. Shall we meet her?

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15 of the most extra and RAD engagement rings we've ever seen

If you're a regular around here, you've probably already seen some of the truly unique and dazzling rings that our partners at Joseph Jewelry have custom created for readers. They're wizards of translating your weirdest, wildest, or most personal ring concepts into reality. So we LOVE featuring new custom engagement rings that they've dreamed up with their clients to inspire you. Here are a few of the MOST rad we've seen…

Recent Wedding 101

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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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