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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.

It's a PowerHockey love story with vintage details & some Nightmare Before Christmas

Selena and Josh first met during a PowerHockey tournament in Detroit. For those unfamiliar with the sport, PowerHockey is similar to floor hockey, but all the players play in power wheelchairs. Josh was one of the players, and Selena was an assistant to one of his teammates. When Selena and Josh met, they immediately clicked and shared a lot of laughs.They eventually reconnected a while later, this time for good.

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We are making serious eyes at these swank & colorful engagement rings

Sure, diamond engagement rings are classic and timeless, but maybe not totally you? That's where gemstones come in. The world is truly your rainbow when it comes to colorful engagement rings. Our partners at BBBGem specialize in custom jewelry and a massive selection of engagement rings and wedding bands. The best part? It's all seriously affordable.

A hurricane threatened this lovely waterfront wedding but it prevailed (luckily for us!)

Doreen and Diane's lovely waterfront wedding in Annapolis took place on a September day at a picturesque Southern Colonial home. A hurricane was supposed to hit the venue hard that day, but somehow it never even rained! Just wait until you see the ceremony space!

Both of these ladies are talented business women and their wedding reflected their love in all its sweetness. You'll love these two…

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Vivid colors meet goth chic at this moody & quirky wedding inspiration

One of my favorite combinations of styles is vivid color meets dark goth glam. And this dark & moody wedding inspiration has both in abundance. With florals ranging from purple scabiosa to black willows, a sweets table full of candy apples and a tower of macarons, and two brides rocking gold antlers, turquoise hair, and coordinating (but not matchy-matchy!) whie and gray gowns, it's a gorgeous display with an eerie and chic vibe.

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Vivid colors meet goth chic at this moody & quirky wedding inspiration

One of my favorite combinations of styles is vivid color meets dark goth glam. And this dark & moody wedding inspiration has both in abundance. With florals ranging from purple scabiosa to black willows, a sweets table full of candy apples and a tower of macarons, and two brides rocking gold antlers, turquoise hair, and coordinating (but not matchy-matchy!) whie and gray gowns, it's a gorgeous display with an eerie and chic vibe.

Industrial chic vibes at this vintage-inspired two-groom wedding inspiration

Manhattan-based couple George and Matt were the stars of this vintage-inspired two-groom wedding inspiration. It was all Art Decor glamour of the Gatsby era brought into modern times. You'll definitely want to see the champagne tower of antique glasses, glittering macarons, and magnificent six-tiered wedding cake (nearly as tall as the grooms!), frosted and gilded in icing reminiscent of Erté, with beads cascading down the sides.

Holidays gone ultra chic: moody & dark Christmas wedding inspiration

We've got some stunning dark Christmas wedding inspiration, but it's probably not what you're thinking. There are luminous fairy lights, a holiday-colored macaron tower(!), festive and fizzy drinks, pops of crimson flowers and drapery over lush and dark greenery and pomegranates, modern deep red sculptural cakes, and energy mist favors. This definitely isn't your usual Christmas wedding decor!

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It's a PowerHockey love story with vintage details & some Nightmare Before Christmas

Selena and Josh first met during a PowerHockey tournament in Detroit. For those unfamiliar with the sport, PowerHockey is similar to floor hockey, but all the players play in power wheelchairs. Josh was one of the players, and Selena was an assistant to one of his teammates. When Selena and Josh met, they immediately clicked and shared a lot of laughs.They eventually reconnected a while later, this time for good.

A hurricane threatened this lovely waterfront wedding but it prevailed (luckily for us!)

Doreen and Diane's lovely waterfront wedding in Annapolis took place on a September day at a picturesque Southern Colonial home. A hurricane was supposed to hit the venue hard that day, but somehow it never even rained! Just wait until you see the ceremony space!

Both of these ladies are talented business women and their wedding reflected their love in all its sweetness. You'll love these two…

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Jewel tones & sweet music tones at this flower-filled brewery wedding in Philly

Without a doubt, we knew we wanted our wedding to be colorful. I've always been drawn to bohemian decor and rich hues, so it was a no-brainer that we would tie in jewel tones and gold for our small touches. I gave each of my bridesmaids a color and let them go to town. It was fun to see them each choose a dress that fit their individual styles. (Don't miss all the amazing song choices in this one, y'all!)

Peacock feathers, a faux hawk, & a starry vibe at this Madonna Inn wedding in California

The Madonna Inn is known for it's kitschy flavor that matched Chris and Steph's peacock feathers and LED wedding featuring feather boutonnieres, a paisley groom suit, light-up shoes, copper lanterns, a wooden ceremony arch, and starry theme. The couple met at an electronic music festival in California and wanted that same electric vibe infused into their wedding. The rocked feathers, bold colors, and lights to create a super fun yet glam

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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…

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?

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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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We are making serious eyes at these swank & colorful engagement rings

Sure, diamond engagement rings are classic and timeless, but maybe not totally you? That's where gemstones come in. The world is truly your rainbow when it comes to colorful engagement rings. Our partners at BBBGem specialize in custom jewelry and a massive selection of engagement rings and wedding bands. The best part? It's all seriously affordable.

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Have you seen these hand-painted Disney heels yet?!

I spied this luxe pair of heels and noticed that the soles are hand-painted with imagery from Beauty and the Beast! The artist who will custom pain your heels is Ashton Atelier and you can have your soles adorned with Disney faves like Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and more.

The bottoms of your feet can be just as stunning as the tops!

The scoop on having a NYC elopement (and the BEST photographer to capture yours!)

Today I wanted to introduce you to one of the most talented photographers in the NYC area: JC Lemon Photography. Jon Lemon runs an award-winning New York City wedding photography studio that captures love in a modern way without being stuffy, without being cliche, and while totally embracing who you are and what memories you actually want to remember.

All your Gatsby and Downton wedding dreams become reality with these vintage-inspired dresses

Fellow Downton Abbey fans: are you as wetting-your-pants excited about the upcoming movie as I am? If that's up your alley, then this dress shop will thrill every bone in your vintage-loving body. This dress shop recalls all of the glamour of the 1920s with intricate embroidery and beading, Golden Age glam, Art Deco influences, and so much glitz you'll have to stop yourself from shimmying everywhere you walk.

Colorado couples: there's a new game in town who will make your wedding photography POP

Y'all might already know about Shandi Wallace Photography and her mad skills and laid-back style, but there's NEWS. Shandi has recently relocated to Colorado Springs and is ready, willing, and way more than able to capture moments all over Colorado. So if you're in the area, now is totally the time to secure a spot on her calendar. Oh, and we maaay have a killer discount for readers that you'll want to know about.

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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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