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11 Crazy Characters You'll Encounter While Wedding Planning

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 08.04.2014 | Weddings
Alessandra Macaluso

Weddings are beautiful and wonderful -- the most exciting time of your life. But let's be serious: they also tend to conjure up the crazy in many people.

3 Reasons for Lag-Time Between Your Wedding Ceremony and Reception; 3 Reasons It's a Bad Idea

Sandy Malone | Posted 08.01.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

The question of whether or not it's okay to have a break in the action between your wedding ceremony and reception festivities comes up a lot in wedding planning.

6 Wedding Tips for Parents of the Happy Couple

Reflective Bride | Posted 07.18.2014 | Weddings
Reflective Bride

Planning a wedding, though wonderful and romantic, can be a very straining process and there are some small things you as a parent can do to make things a little bit easier on the bride and groom.

Big Wedding, Big Problems?

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 07.01.2014 | Weddings
Alessandra Macaluso

My mother thinks I'm crazy. So much, that she can't stand when I talk to my newly-engaged sister, for fear that I am "negatively influencing her." And all I did was get married.

10 Old, New, Borrowed And Blue Accessories For The Modern Bride

Zoey Gulmi | Posted 08.12.2014 | Weddings
Zoey Gulmi

While you've probably already chosen the perfect venue, a photographer to capture your most precious moments, and a wedding dress that's sure to make your groom's heart skip a beat, you may have overlooked one important tradition.

The One Question You Should Ask Your Wedding Photographer

G.E. Masana | Posted 07.23.2014 | Weddings
G.E. Masana

If you're a wedding couple looking for more significant photos with meaning, then here's what to do when you interview photographers.

DIY Ideas for Incorporating Children into Second Weddings

Rachel Sherman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Weddings
Rachel Sherman

A second marriage is different. It starts with a second wedding. This wedding is also different. First of all, you are an old hat. Second of all, much of the weight is (hopefully) lifted.

11 Things Wedding Planners Can't Say To Your Face

Posted 05.12.2014 | Weddings

By Elizabeth Mitchell for Brides Your planner is there to help you bring your dream wedding to life. That said, a wedding planner is not your perso...

Your Wedding, Your Way: Wedding Planning and Design Tips

Clane Gessel | Posted 06.28.2014 | Weddings
Clane Gessel

Personality is the keyword here. A wedding's style should be a reflection of the couple's personality; it should tell a unique story about the bride and groom and define the feeling of the event.

8 Ways To Survive Wedding Season Without Breaking The Bank

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Weddings
Diane Gottsman

Weddings are joyful occasions, but they can also be stressful for guests who must make decisions on finances, shower and wedding gifts, time off from work and attire.

The Perpetually Panicked Bride (PPB) Is the Ultimate Wedding Planner Nightmare

Sandy Malone | Posted 06.07.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

I'm your wedding planner, not your friend. Talk to me about your logistical wedding problems, call a bridesmaid about the rest of it.

Wedding Hairstyles: Choosing the Right Hairstyle for You

Clane Gessel | Posted 06.04.2014 | Weddings
Clane Gessel

For all the brides out there, who, like me, are having a hard time committing to a hairdo, here's some helpful advice from past Martha Stewart master hairstylist Anthony Sorensen who now works at Juut Salonspa in Edina, Minn.

5 Wedding Trends That Have to Go: A Wedding Planner's Rant

Sandy Malone | Posted 05.27.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

I am JUST the wedding planner. That means I help brides and grooms choose venues, vendors and arrange logistics. The bride (and sometimes groom) choose the colors, the theme and the general spirit of the décor.

Bridesmaids Can Be Total Slobs -- How to Minimize the Damage to the Bridal Suite

Sandy Malone | Posted 05.24.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Don't let your bridal party behave like teenage slobs in your honeymoon suite on your wedding night, or you'll have memories you really didn't want.

3 Tips for Talking Wedding Budget

Maureen R. Goldman | Posted 05.20.2014 | Weddings
Maureen R. Goldman

When you are planning your own wedding (and likely even if you're not) it has to be done and done well. Don't be scared -- with these three fool-proof tips, you can do it!

Being a Bridezilla Can Destroy Your Whole Wedding Planning Experience -- Tips for Behaving Yourself

Sandy Malone | Posted 05.18.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

A little bit of honey goes a long way...

10 Things You Should Never Do After Getting Engaged

Sandy Malone | Posted 05.09.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Don't let the stress of wedding planning ruin the fun of being engaged. Try to be your normal selves and bask in the glow of the shiny diamond. And remember to keep your nails pretty.

Do's and Don'ts for the Key Members of the Wedding Party

Sandy Malone | Posted 04.23.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

I've seen the bride's grandfather pop the FoB in the nose at the reception. And I've seen bridesmaids who didn't like each other get into actual physical altercations.

How To (Gracefully) Exclude Someone From Your Bridal Party

Sonali Lamba | Posted 04.22.2014 | Weddings
Sonali Lamba

If you traded places and numbers weren't an issue, would you have expected to be in this bridal party?

You Only Get to Plan the Wedding Once Unless You Want to Pay to Plan It Over and Over Again

Sandy Malone | Posted 04.12.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Remember what they told you in school about standardized tests? Your first instinct is usually correct. If you're unsure, don't mess with it. When it doubt, pick "C." Same rules go for wedding planning.

You're Engaged...Now What?

Claudia Maittlen-Harris | Posted 03.25.2014 | Weddings
Claudia Maittlen-Harris

Whether you've posted a picture of the engagement ring on Facebook or Instagram, bought a ton of wedding planning books, or are just glowing from the joy of finding someone you want to spend the rest of you life with, you're on your way! But be prepared for some dizzying, unexpected things.

5 Lies The Wedding Industry Is Selling (But We're Not Buying)

Anne Almasy | Posted 03.23.2014 | Weddings
Anne Almasy

I love weddings. Weddings are the soul of my work as a photographer. But they're also the foundation of a multi-billion dollar industry rife with questionable traditions and irrational expenses. Before you dive into wedding planning, here are five myths you need to identify -- and dismiss! -- the moment they show their ugly faces.

How to Start Planning Your Wedding

Whitney Pizale | Posted 03.11.2014 | Weddings
Whitney Pizale

Hopefully, these tips will help ease the pressure and get you going on planning your dream wedding.

The Worst Question A Wedding Vendor Can Ask A Bride-To-Be

Posted 01.25.2014 | Weddings

Every bride-to-be should understand the importance of keeping a balanced budget, but it's easy to get taken advantage of when your caterer, florist an...

The Rules of Engagement: Surviving Your Wedding Planning

Sandy Malone | Posted 03.01.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Congratulations! You got engaged! Woohoo! One of life's major events and now it's behind you -- well, not exactly.