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Never considered a wedding band? This UK company may just change your mind

UK couples: if you're thinking that DJs are the only option for your wedding soundtrack, then I need to let you in on a little secret. Wedding bands are totally a thing, can fit within your budget, and you don't have to do any work at all to find a band who fits your wedding theme. How the heck can this be? It's time you met Entertainment Nation.

A most "strange and unusual" Beetlejuice wedding (officiated by Miss Argentina!)

We had a Beetlejuice themed wedding! It's a movie we both love and enjoyed growing up (my family used to call me Beetlejuice!) and when we got engaged, we both knew we wanted to do something different since Ryan's a musician and graphic designer, and I love to cosplay and make teeth for a living. In with the theme of Beetlejuice, we got Ryan a burgundy suit, his groompeople's outfits were inspired by Otho, while my scouts (I am a HUGE Sailor Moon fan) wore black and white dresses with accents of red…

D&D, costumes, & epic music at this heavy metal wedding in Utah

Our wedding theme was Dungeons & Dragons! It's not just a game to us, it's a lifestyle. I have been playing since I was 12 — my dad Dungeon Mastered a group for me and my best girlfriends. Later, I met my husband through D&D. I have developed the most amazing friendships and family relationships through D&D and it only made sense to make it our wedding theme. We even picked character classes for the event. I was a Paladin and Henry was a Wizard…

Why I'm putting down the wedding clickbait

It's not too long now until the love of my life and I get married and promise to tolerate one another until one of us dies, and I have reached the conclusion that I need to stop reading wedding clickbait. They're making anything other than a courthouse wedding seem ill-advised. You know that I wasn't ready for?

"What's your wedding hashtag going to be?"

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Two brides, air plants, and Dr. Seuss at this modern boho wedding on Lake Michigan

Marta and Christine celebrated their wedding with an intimate gathering of friends and family at Camp Blodgett on Lake Michigan. The day was characterized by opposites coming together: boho meets Ikea, with fun color details and a simple, modern look. The ceremony revolved around Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and was written by Marta and Christine. Instead of a first dance, they led their their guests in a sing-along.

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This edgy wedding inspiration had a crochet dress AND a mirrored dress

This edgy wedding inspiration is like something out of an industrial dream. The softness of the bride's black and white crochet dress highlighted her amazing ink, but then the second mirrored dress? DIVINE. Plus, everything had a very organic meets geometric vibe that I just loved. Don't miss the three geometric cakes (one which mimics the angles of the mirror dress!), the air plant bouquet and greenery, and the beauty of the wedding party.

Hearts are full after seeing the family candy jar ceremony at this Paris vow renewal

This was the vow renewal dream come true for Mehek and Lokesh who, seven years earlier, had a very traditional Indian wedding. They said they felt like they were living their own Bollywood dream by renewing their vows in Paris. You'll definitely want to see the bright pink details and a fabulously detailed bouquet. They toasted with rosé champagne and ate cake on the Champ de Mars after the ceremony.

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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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.

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A most "strange and unusual" Beetlejuice wedding (officiated by Miss Argentina!)

We had a Beetlejuice themed wedding! It's a movie we both love and enjoyed growing up (my family used to call me Beetlejuice!) and when we got engaged, we both knew we wanted to do something different since Ryan's a musician and graphic designer, and I love to cosplay and make teeth for a living. In with the theme of Beetlejuice, we got Ryan a burgundy suit, his groompeople's outfits were inspired by Otho, while my scouts (I am a HUGE Sailor Moon fan) wore black and white dresses with accents of red…

D&D, costumes, & epic music at this heavy metal wedding in Utah

Our wedding theme was Dungeons & Dragons! It's not just a game to us, it's a lifestyle. I have been playing since I was 12 — my dad Dungeon Mastered a group for me and my best girlfriends. Later, I met my husband through D&D. I have developed the most amazing friendships and family relationships through D&D and it only made sense to make it our wedding theme. We even picked character classes for the event. I was a Paladin and Henry was a Wizard…

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Two brides, air plants, and Dr. Seuss at this modern boho wedding on Lake Michigan

Marta and Christine celebrated their wedding with an intimate gathering of friends and family at Camp Blodgett on Lake Michigan. The day was characterized by opposites coming together: boho meets Ikea, with fun color details and a simple, modern look. The ceremony revolved around Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and was written by Marta and Christine. Instead of a first dance, they led their their guests in a sing-along.

Venus flytraps and forever love at this haunting inspiration wedding

This haunting inspiration wedding is truly a dark and glam look at goth weddings (and Halloween, if you're planning one for 2019!). The floral pieces on the table and bouquet were designed out of silk flowers, which are ideal for repurposing, preserving as a keepsake, or turned into a family heirloom. Did you notice the Venus Flytraps in the bouquet and centerpiece?!

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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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Never considered a wedding band? This UK company may just change your mind

UK couples: if you're thinking that DJs are the only option for your wedding soundtrack, then I need to let you in on a little secret. Wedding bands are totally a thing, can fit within your budget, and you don't have to do any work at all to find a band who fits your wedding theme. How the heck can this be? It's time you met Entertainment Nation.

Chicago couples: want a rad music venue with award winning food? Lincoln Hall is the ONE

As a Chicagoan myself, I know the north side's Lincoln Hall as a city classic that's one of the best music venues in the city. Lincoln Hall has also been placed in the top 20 best music venues in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine, and previously voted #1 music venue in Chicago by TimeOut Chicago Magazine. It also has award winning food and one of the most impressive spaces to host a wedding I've ever seen.

Shop small this weekend and score BIG with your wedding vendors

his coming weekend (you know, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Hangover Tuesday, Back in the Game Wednesday, etc.) may not seem like the time to snag discounts from wedding vendors, but it actually really is. Not only can you find the obvious stuff like decor items or gifts, but you can get discounts from photographers, coordinators, venues, dress makers, and more. Every little bit helps when it comes to your wedding budget, so snag those deals when you can.

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Now is the time to grab a STEAL on chic & affordable wedding dresses (including the rainbow dress of your dreams!)

You might not think of the post-Thanksgiving weekend as the time to score deals on a wedding dress (or bridesmaids dresses, accessories, etc.), but it actually really is. In particular, we've got a huge promotion from dress makers Coco Melody that I couldn't wait to share. Let's see a few of them AND find out how you can save mad cash in your wedding budget (and maybe even a RAINBOW one!)…

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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