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…

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Our wedding dresses were on fire, but that wasn't the most dangerous part

I just had my wedding two weeks ago. It was a pretty standard, boring wedding thing, except for one dangerous thing. Both my wife and I are fire performers and decided to burn our dresses for an amazing shot. Together we worked on and got an amazing photo that could have resulted in major injury or death and still could if done again. Come to find out, it was a dangerous photo, but not because of the fire…

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Some of the best alternative wedding Instagram accounts we could find

We love the wedding community on Instagram and how it's grown to be a place to find vendors, like-minded couples, and endless inspiration… even for us offbeat and alternative types! There are WAY too many amazing accounts to list here, but I decided to go digging to see who's still rockin' it, who's new and hypable, and share some of the best alternative wedding Instagram accounts we could find.

Challenging "normal" wedding planning when I lost my mother while engaged

I considered myself to be an "ordinary bride," that is until my mother died, and then I discovered that the definition of normalcy is what you deem appropriate, especially when it comes to wedding planning.

For the first few months after she died, it was only natural that my upcoming nuptials were the furthest thing from my mind. Then, as the year of my wedding date began to approach, suddenly friends and family became concerned that I wasn't living up to being a "traditional bride." It begs the question: what's traditional?

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These quotes about marriage will get you thinking about life after the wedding

Getting married is a big deal, and not only because it’s a ceremony to plan. If you start to think bigger than the actual day and what the price tag on your wedding will be, marriage is always the most important part. Before you jump into getting married or even if you’re already engaged, it’s a good idea to read some enlightening quotes about marriage and meditate on what they mean to you and your partner. Though they may not all apply to you and your situation, they’ll likely make your view of marriage just a little bit more informed, which will help you decide if it’s right for you or not…