Monthly Archives: January 2013

Throw a Budget-Friendly Backyard Bash

A real bride shares her clever cost-cutting strategies.
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Photo Credit: Sara Kathleen

Hailed by planners and brides alike as "the new ballroom" backyard weddings are suddenly big news. (Most memorable so far: the low-key wedding of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan in May 2012.) Here's how Kateri and Damion Waltermeyer found happiness and epic savings in their Philadelphia home sweet home. 

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How to Save on Wedding Music

From first dance to last call — budget-friendly ways to entertain your guests in high style.
By: 
Sharon Naylor
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Great entertainment can really make your wedding unforgettable. A fabulous DJ or a live band keeps your dance floor packed and the energy up. Those ultra-special moments like your first dances and your cake-cutting become even more special with a stellar introduction. And surprise live performances are sure to wow your crowd.

Entertainment can be one of the most expensive parts of the wedding budget, however, and it’s not always the easiest place to cut corners. But fear not, there’s definitely wiggle room when it comes to number crunching — and we’re here to give you the scoop. Plus, get wedding song recommendations here!

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Choosing the Perfect Wedding Cake

Want your cake to wow? Here's how to guarantee confection perfection.
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Sampling cake flavors and choosing from a rainbow of frosting colors make working with a cake designer a truly delicious task. To be sure your just as satisfied with the end result, follow these steps.  

1. Ask Around 

Begin your search for a cake designer about three to six months before the wedding—even sooner if you want an in-demand pro.  Some bakers' schedules start filling up about a year in advance. 

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Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Your Wedding

There's a ring on your finger. Now what? Read on: Perfect planning starts here.
By: 
Denise Schipani
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Getting Started

engagement photoMake the announcement: Some couples just don’t feel right if anyone knows their big news before their parents and other close family members do. If possible, tell both sets of folks in person. If your parents don’t live nearby, put in a special phone call.

Delve into dreams: Sit down with your fiancé and talk ideas. Think about the style you’d like, whether it’s a beach bash, a sit-down dinner in a ballroom or a ceremony on a mountaintop. No talk of money. Yet.

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Wedding Style: Then and Now

David Tutera, star of WEtv’s “My Fair Wedding,” muses on wedding planning yesterday….and today.
By: 
David Tutera
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What do Rita Wilson, Michael J. Fox, Ellen Barkin and Kevin Bacon have in common? They all had weddings 25 years ago! Not only have some of their marriages gone through changes, so have nuptials overall. Weddings used to be very safe and for the most part, traditional — AKA boring! Gone are the days of super-traditional weddings with no personality or elements of surprise. Today’s couples are thinking outside the box, as they should. Breaking the rules doesn’t mean there still isn’t a formula to follow, but rather more opportunities to add your own personal style.

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Photo Credits: Anthony North (left); Jennifer Robbins (right)

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Colorful Bridal Shower Decoration Ideas

Eclectic décor and a riot of cottage-garden flowers bring this boho-chic shower into full bloom.
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bridal shower decoration ideas“Bohemian decadence.” That’s the theme conjured up by Dolce Designs Studio and Details Event Planning, both in Los Angeles. “We wanted a setting that would feel unique and personal,” say Dolce co-designers Christina Whittle and Zaid Arriola. 

To that end, they went for a mix of textures and patterns: sparkling colored glass, ikat draping, pale linens and flowers—lots and lots of flowers. “Mismatched china and glassware add personality, as do groupings of individual bouquets, rather than one central display.”

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Real Couples’ Favorite Wedding-Day Memories

You spend months — if not years — planning your big day. But which of those special moments will you truly remember long after the last song ends? Here, 20 real couples reveal their favorite big-day memories.

You spend months — if not years — planning your big day. But which of those special moments will you truly remember long after the last song ends? Here, 20 real couples reveal their favorite big-day memories. 

 

By: 
Kristen O'Gorman Klein
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150+ Ways to Make Your Wedding Unforgettable

You've already made the most important decision: Choosing who to marry! Now, it's time to bring your personal definition of "happily ever after" to life with these unique wedding ideas.

You've already made the most important decision: Choosing who to marry! Now, it's time to bring your personal definition of "happily ever after" to life with one-of-a-kind details.

By: 
Stefania Sainato
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