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10 Wedding Trends to Avoid in 2018

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Wedding season may be over, but if you’re planning nuptials for the coming year, now is the time to start considering which trends that you saw on Instagram are worth keeping and which need to be thrown out of the window. Here, world-renowned wedding and event designer Jung Lee of FETE NY, the NYC-based event planning and design production firm, gives her tips on which trends we can leave behind in the New Year. So, read on, and enjoy. And if you’re getting married yourself, be sure to read the 50 Best Marriage Tips of All Time. Continue reading

10 Things We Know About Harry And Meghan’s Wedding—From An Insider

The engagement was just announced, but royal wedding fever is already here.

By DIANE CLEHANE

No one does pomp and circumstance like the Brits, and when it comes to royal weddings, they rule. I’m one of those people who set the alarm for 5am so I could get up and watch Lady Diana arrive at St. Paul’s Cathedral in a gold, horse-drawn carriage to marry Prince Charles. Ever since, I’ve made it my personal mission to know everything there is to know about the fascinating family at the center of the world’s longest running soap opera.

After two books and countless conversations with royal insiders (including Diana’s brother, Charles), I’ve gained plenty of insight on how things work within “The Firm.” Although they only just announced their engagement yesterday, plans for Harry and Meghan’s wedding are well under way. Here’s what we know so far. And for more royal engagement coverage, here are 10 Secrets the Palace Doesn’t Want Meghan Markle to Know.  Continue reading

6 Tips for Planning Your Wedding Photos Like a Pro

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The key? Prepare yourself so that you can accurately evaluate the “right” photographer for you. Continue reading

Wedding Gifts for Grooms: A Tradition Brides Shouldn’t Ignore

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(NewsUSA) – The answer is: Yes, it’s expected.

But it’s also a chance for all you brides out there to truly show you know that not everything is about you on your wedding day. That there really is another person involved (that would be the groom) who deserves a bit of recognition, too. Continue reading

7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Wedding Photographer

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Your wedding will be one of the most memorable times of your life, and no one can capture it better than a professional photographer. So how do you find the right one? As you interview photographers, ask them these questions to help you determine if he or she is the right photographer for you.

  1. Do you have a portfolio I can review?

Reviewing sample work allows you to see the photographer’s style. Is it more formal or candid? Look for images you can see yourself in. Think of three words that describe you and share those with your photographer. Continue reading

5 Tips for Perfect Wedding Photos

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Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion — something to be celebrated and cherished. Planning it, on the other hand, can feel as if you’re preparing for war — between ensuring that Uncle Sal isn’t sitting next to his brother, who owes him money, to budgeting for everything you want and need. The one thing you don’t want to skimp on is the memories. Continue reading

What’s Your Signature Wedding Style?

lighting1In my book, The Big White Book of Weddings, I discuss style in detail. Here, in a nutshell, are four bridal styles to consider. Happy self-discovery!

By: David Tutera

One of my first questions to any bride is, “What kind of bride are you and what is your wedding style?” Now, I’m not trying to find out what kind of person you are at work or at home, or what kind of style you’ve followed until now — the fact is, you as a bride may end up learning that you are entirely different from your everyday persona.

The Classic Bride: Traditional Elegance

Your wedding is exactly what every little girl dreams of. The classic bride has a style that is timeless, elegant, rich, ethereal and romantic, and chooses décor that speaks to that. Opulence is a must here. I love filling the room with dripping crystals and florals hung from chandeliers, tall taper candles mixed into luxurious and overabundant floral arrangements, crystal or precious-metal containers that create a focal point for your tablescapes and candles of all sizes clustered on luxurious linens. Continue reading

Real Brides Share: “How I Knew He Was The One”

6034788073_12c3acdd53_bWas there an instantaneous connection when you met, or did you grow to love each other after years of friendship? We asked our Facebook followers to tell us about how they knew they’d found their perfect match. Read their sweet stories!

By: Kristen Klein

Love at First Sight

“I knew he was special the moment I saw him. We instantly clicked like we were very old friends. After four months, we were engaged! I always thought people in my situation were nuts — I mean, how could you meet someone and know you want to spend the rest of your life with them in such a short amount of time? Well, I just knew! I know I’m the lucky one. He surprises me everyday with his kindness, acts of selflessness, and his huge heart.” —Emily B. Continue reading

Top Conversations to Have With Your Wedding Planner

20100911_Rajendran-5946Perfect planning starts with the right questions. Here, the star of WEtv’s David Tutera’s CELEBrations shares the scoop.

By: David Tutera

Wedding Planner’s Question

  1. What kind of wedding would you like to have?
    A. The answer I often get is “I want a unique, different, creative wedding” — which is not the answer I am looking for. Every bride wants something unique; I want to see how far outside the box the couple wants to go. The style and personality they want to come through are important, but I need to understand how far they’re willing to venture — and how much they’re willing to break with the formula of a traditional wedding.
  2. What’s your color scheme?
    A. Surprise: A lot of my brides don’t have a ready answer. Think about specific colors, preferably bringing in fabric swatches, paint chip colors, magazine tear sheets — anything that depicts what you’re envisioning. Ideally, I like to see three color choices per palette: a primary color (your main color), a secondary color (your accent color) and a third color (what I call the finish color: silver, crystal, copper or gold).
  3. How would you like to infuse your personalities into your celebration?
    A. I hope the couple answers by telling me more about who they are — the types of foods they love, their cultural backgrounds, stories about their relationship, where they met, etc. The reason I ask this is because I want to tell the couple’s story. The more personality and detail in your wedding, the more your wedding becomes your wedding, instead of the cookie-cutter format so many people tend to follow.
  4. What style do you live your life in?
    A. Are you Modern? Classic? Eclectic? Traditional? Retro? I ask this question because the answer gives me a sense of who you are as a couple, as well as the way you like to live.
  5. What style would you like your wedding to be executed in?
    A. The style a couple wants for their weddingmay not be the style they live their lives by. It’s often more of a fantasy they want to live out for that day.

Brides’ Questions

  1. How can I make my wedding different and unique?
    A. It isn’t about trying to find a unique themeor concept that’s different because that doesn’t necessarily make sense for who you are as a couple. Instead, aim for a wedding that breaks the mold of the traditional formula and timelinethat everyone else follows. Have some interactive participation so your guests can’t predict what’s around the corner, and they leave feeling like they experienced — experience is they key word here — something unique.
  2. Do I have to do all the expected formalities (e.g. first dance as husband and wife, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, garter toss, bouquet toss, cake cutting)?
    A. You don’t have to do any of it! It’s your wedding and it is completely up to you when it comes to these traditions. However, when making these decisions, take a moment to consider whether later in life you will regret not including them (e.g. having that special moment with your dad, your mom, etc.).
  3. Should we have an after-party or a separate late-night lounge area?
    A. Neither. Both break the energy and flow of the celebration, and you can lose guests that way. Keep everyone within the four walls of one space and try not to spread out too much for too long a period of time. Instead, opt for switching up the environmentover the course of the evening. Have a lounge area within your reception space, then change up the entertainment, music and lighting to create a new atmosphere and keep the party going strong.
  4. What are the season’s top color trends?
    A. Rather than follow trends, try to pick colors that are unique to you, not specific to the colors of the moment. If you follow your heart and stay true to what’s meaningful and special to you and your fiancé, a beautiful wedding will unfold.

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