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    How Many People Should You Invite to Your Wedding

    Guest lists are an incredible source of tension and anxiety for most brides so we asked our resident guy writer, Matt, to take a crack at it! What do you think of his no-nonsense methods? Create beautiful invitation cards with Evite. When taken to extremes, making a guest list can ruin the months leading up to your wedding. Between close family, colleagues, high school pals, and that weird uncle you haven’t seen since Christmas 1996, the list can get really long really fast. You can curb some anxiety (not to mention all out brawls) by deciding how many people you want to invite. That way, you can focus on keeping…

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    5 Things to Do When You Get Engaged Infographic

    Unless you’re Emily Blunt or James Segel’s characters in Five Year Engagement, your time as fiance/fiancee is fairly short. The average length of an engagement is about a year. While it’s easy to get lost in the blur of wedding planning and getting married, being engaged has its perks too! We’ve made this infographic for all the folks who got proposed to over the holidays. It does not include wedding planning at all, but the etiquette monster does raise its ugly head. On the plus side, social conventions have definitely relaxed so most social faux pas can be fixed. Perhaps this is an idea of a future infographic? But don’t…

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    Five Tips for Having an Eco Friendly Wedding

    Green weddings are in. Where it was once a difficult task to find any green-related wedding products, now you would be hard pressed to find a business that does not carry eco-friendly wedding products. Just incorporating as few as five eco-friendly elements in your wedding can have an impact on the environment and the good news is, you don’t lose any style points because these elements are as beautiful as they are green. Tip #1: Stay Close to Home Choose caterers and flowers that are from your reception’s surrounding areas. That way it reduces gas costs and helps the local economy. This tip is the same when choosing a nearby…

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    Let’s Talk About Wedding Shoes

    Whether you choose to wear a pair of Toms, Converse sneakers, or sexy stilettos, customization and personalization is all the rage. From glue gunning rhinestones or handwriting the words “I Do,” doing something extra makes your wedding even more memorable! Dyeing Some brides dye their shoes so that they’ll either match their wedding dresses or add a bright, unique spot of color. If you’re dying your dress, it’s a great touch to also dye your shoes to an identical shade. Women in the Edwardian and Victorian age would often have shoes made of the same color and fabric as their gowns. Drawing If you’re donning a pair of sneakers, you…

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    Wedding Planning for Dudes

    Yesterday you heard Jacqueline’s take on wedding planning with the groom. Here’s the male perspective! Just because a guy is ready to commit to you for life doesn’t mean that he’s ready to plan a wedding. In a man’s mind, these are two completely separate things. Yes, he loves you, but he doesn’t necessarily love picking out flowers with you. When you need to get your man motivated, sometimes you have to bight the bullet. At other times, though, you can gently cajole him into doing more than he thinks he can. Find Tasks that He’s Good At Men like doing things that they’re good at, which usually means they…

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    There is No “I” in Team

    “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” ~Roseanne Barr I took a pretty big risk by allowing my soon-to-be husband take a role in the planning process. To be fair, it was his knowledge in alcohol. Anyway, I thought I was being completely reasonable and fair by delegating the all important task of choosing the elixir of life for our wedding. I did not realize that throughout the whole process, I watched him. Very carefully. Monitoring his every move, in fact. “Jacqueline!” he snapped at me one day, as I hovered casually over him. “What?” I tried to feign innocence, but…

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    Spa at Home

    Wedding planning is hard work! But who has time to go all the way to the spa? Whether you’re unwinding by yourself after a long day, or having a few hours of downtime with the girls or your Mr. Right, we’ve included some tips and tricks to feel your best with household ingredients. The Mani-Pedi Show your hands and feet some tender loving care by exfoliating them with a salt or sugar scrub, and then slathering them with your favorite cream. You can brighten tired nails by soaking them first in lemon juice, but if you want the extra strength treatment, try rubbing your nails first with the pulpy insides…

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    Hey You! Always On the Run

    “For fast-acting relief, try slowing down” – Lily Tomlin. I was having one of those weeks. The old water tank that had been clinging on to it’s last thread of life finally gave out, leaving us with cold showers. I am only lucky that summer is pretty much here, so while uncomfortable, it hasn’t been completely unbearable. The caterer called to say that they had accidentally double-booked themselves. Slammed my finger in the door, which in turn broke a nail. No I don’t mean ‘oh no, I broke a nail’….I mean it’s broken in half. I’ll spare you the gory details. On top of that, the garden I had booked…

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    6 Ways to De-Stress

    Did you know that this week is National Women’s Health Week? The theme for 2012 is “It’s Your Time.” Wedding planning is stressful and we’re taking the next three days to remind you to give yourself the TLC you need. There is good stress and bad stress. For instance, the rush of watching or participating in a sports game is a form of good stress. However, chronic stress, which is that unending worry that sometimes strikes all but a lucky few of us can be extremely destructive to the body and lead to…bridezilla, groomzilla, or other grumpy or mean antics. Here are six ways to cut down on stress Catch…

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    Wedding Planning 101

    He’s proposed, the question has been popped, the ring proudly displayed on the finger, and you’ve called all of your loved ones to share every details. Congrats! As a couple you made it this far. Now what? Well, to plan your wedding of course. But, where do you even start? Planning a wedding can be a bit scary, if you don’t know where to begin. Well, first things first: prioritizing and organizing are your key initial steps. Whether you enlist the help of a wedding planner or take the reins yourself – by prioritizing different tasks by importance, will not only keep you on track but will also save yourself…