Monthly Archives: November 2013

25 Ways to Wow Your Guests

By: 
Elena Donovan Mauer
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If you want your guests to rave about your wedding — and what bride doesn't? — the options are practically endless. Get inspired by these inventive tips.

1. Make the cocktail hour interactive by setting up a wine, champagne or liquor tasting. A beverage expert or a sommelier can offer guests a sampling of libations and a little lesson on flavors.

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Photo Credit: D. Park Photography

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10 Tips for Planning the Perfect Marriage Proposal

By: 
Sharon Naylor
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Ready to pop the question but you aren't sure how to make your proposal extra special? Coming up with the right way to ask those four little words ("Will you marry me?") can be a challenge even for guys who are romantic on an everyday basis. You're probably thinking it has to be a BIG proposal  — something she'll never forget. It should also be personalized to your relationship. Whew, that's a lot of pressure.

But don't worry, we have some fabulous ideas to help make your proposal even more unforgettable. Plus, check out our tips for reliving this magical moment throughout your "happily ever after!"

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Quick Solutions for the Most Common Wedding-Day Mishaps

By: 
Kristen Finello
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The Oops: You or a sloppy guest spills red wine on your gown.

The Fix: In a pinch, stain-removal wipes will work wonders on most dresses, says Mindy Weiss, a California-based event planner who has coordinated weddings for celebrity brides like Trista Rehn, Jessica Simpson and Gwen Stefani. "If you address the problem quickly, you'll have a better chance of getting the spot out completely," advises John Mahdessian, President of Madame Paulette, a fabric-care specialist in New York City. He recommends the Madame Paulette Professional Stain Removal Kit (purchase it for $6 at madamepaulette.com), and swears it will remove any stain — from oil-based foundation makeup to red wine to tomato sauce — on any fabric within minutes.

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What to Ask Before Booking Your Wedding Vendors

By: 
Stefania Sainato
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Interviewing potential vendors is like going on an awkward first date — you both hope there's chemistry, but it can be confusing to know exactly what to say. We asked top wedding experts to break down the most important questions that you should ask, to help you find the right vendor for your needs and budget.

But first, there's a few pointers you can follow to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. Before you schedule vendor meetings, determine a ballpark budget of what you're willing to spend and discuss your vision with your fiancé, including likes and dislikes. Some vendors, like photographers, list the starting price of their services on their website or you can call to inquire, while others, like florists, need to meet with you and get in-depth information before they can give you a price quote.

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What to Ask Before Booking Your Wedding Vendors

Booked your wedding venue? Congrats! The next major step is to select all of the pros who will help make your dream wedding-day vision a reality: your photographer, your florist, and more.
By: 
Stefania Sainato
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Interviewing potential vendors is like going on an awkward first date — you both hope there's chemistry, but it can be confusing to know exactly what to say. We asked top wedding experts to break down the most important questions that you should ask, to help you find the right vendor for your needs and budget.

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