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    [Infographic] Loving around the World

    Loving is human nature, and through time, each culture has developed their own special way to symbolize and protect their love for one another. Some of these traditions have been around for thousands of years, whereas some started much more recently. While the diamond engagement ring really only started in the 1920’s, the Korean depiction of ducks or geese in weddings, since they mate for life, has been around for centuries. Some have worked themselves into mainstream American culture, like the boutonniere being the color of the bride’s bouquet, stemming from when knights would wear the color of their lady to display their love. However, some have either died out,…

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    Veils, Veils, Veils!

    You find the right, beautiful dress and it brings tears to your eyes, but before you realize it, the bridal stylist places a veil on you and “bam!” suddenly your look goes from beautiful to perfect. You are suddenly a bride. This is what we call the veil magic. Here is what you need to know for your veil magic. One accessory that you cannot forget about from your wedding look is the veil. You wear it when you walk down the aisle, it’s in all of your photos, and some brides even choose to have an additional simpler veil for the reception. The reason why the veil has its…

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    Honoring the Women in Your Life on Your Wedding Day: Part I

    Your wedding day is one of the most important coming of age ceremonies in your life, and the people who love you are gathering to mark and celebrate you and your soon-to-be-husband. While it’s you they are there for, your wedding day is also one of the most precious days when you can formally say ‘thank you’ to all those who have been with you through the thick and the thin. There is no better occasion to say “thank you” especially to your mom and all the important women in your life. Here are some ideas for honoring your mother and other women in your life on your special wedding…

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    Three Reasons You Should Totally Elope (And a Few Why You Shouldn’t)

    I think that most couples start to consider eloping at some point during the wedding-planning process. There’s a great impulse to run when your guest list reaches twice as long as you’d anticipated, you realize that your caterer doesn’t include plates and silverware (no, you have to rent those yourself), and you discover that your venue doesn’t allow kegs. My wife quickly reached her limit, and I had to talk her down from the elopement edge several times before the wedding. Looking back on it, though, maybe she had some good points that I should have taken seriously. Reason #1: You Don’t Really Know 25 Percent of the People on…

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    The Garter Toss: Pros and Cons

    According to superstition, the man that catches the garter will be the next to marry, just as the woman who catches the bride’s bouquet. Long ago, guests at weddings would try to remove the bride’s garter before the groom had a chance, eventually leading to a more organized garter tossing event. The garter toss is indeed an old tradition, but it is right for your wedding? Pros It’s fun. Weddings often need little events, such as cake cutting and speeches, to break up the time and keep guests engaged. Incorporating the garter toss is a good way to keep the energy level up among guests. If you have a lot…

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    Wedding Traditions for the Soul

    When it comes to your special day many of us will choose a white gown, and follow the more time-honored wedding traditions and include something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new but what about getting even more personal. We asked our fans what special traditions they were following that weren’t as commonly known and were warmed with the results that ensued. A six pence in your shoe An older tradition from the UK and the final line to the famous “something blue” rhyme is to include ‘a six pence in your shoe’. Jessica will be using the six pence that her fiancé’s mother wore in her wedding, as…

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    Customizing Your Wedding Veil

    Some people say that a bride isn’t a bride until she dons her veil. Well, what if a bride doesn’t wear a veil? Is she still a bride? Of course and here are the various avenues brides-to-be can use when deciding what kind of veil (or lack thereof) she should wear on her wedding day. Floral, Crystal and Jeweled Pins You are surrounded by nature, so you may as well let it in on your special day. Flowered pins allow brides to do just that and brides that incorporate one or two flowers can have a huge impact on their bridal look. Floral pins make brides look ethereal and outdoor…

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    Does Your Wedding Invitation Need to Be Formal?

    Head’s up! We’re currently working on a detailed infographic on the etiquette of wedding invitations. And while we were surprised by the convoluted rules about host lines, we also wanted to acknowledge that many couples are turning to modern and quirky alternatives. Perhaps the anxiety-filled line of the entire invite is the host line, which traditionally lists who pays for the wedding. Some couples are slashing it all together and starting with the request line. If the invitation sets the tone for the wedding, what happens if you’re wedding is a low key bash with your nearest and dearest? Many couples are skipping the “you’re cordially invited” or “your presence…

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    Choosing a Wedding Veil

    Many modern brides are doing away with veils entirely and choosing feather clips, flowers, headbands, or hats, but many still love the timeless elegance of a veil. The perfect bridal veil will complement the bride, her dress, and the tone of the wedding. Although the tradition of using a veil to cover the bride’s face is no longer considered necessary, the right veil can add a lot of pizzazz to a simple dress and frame the face. It is much easier to choose an appropriate veil if the bridal gown has already been selected. Consider the length and formality of the dress when looking at veil styles. For example, a…

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    To Veil or Not to Veil

    If you’ve been following our main blog, you know that Jacqueline H. is going to get M-A-R-R-I-E-D, but the jury’s out on whether she’s going to wear the veil or not. So far, we’ve been pretty well divided down the middle on whether she should wear one with her wedding dress. And of course, it would be easier if she had the dress already. However, since veils come in all shapes and sizes, there should be a veil to match any dress she chooses. Anna K. has actually forbidden Jacqueline H. to even look at veils until she’s finalized her dress choice. Anna’s rationale is that Jacqueline might get her…