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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: October 15, 2018

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Fall energy is picking up, and you might be finding both your social and work calendar are a bit more packed than usual. Taking time to enjoy the season is a must — as is knowing what’s on the horizon astrologically.

A Pisces moon is coming our way this weekend, and with Venus still hanging out in retrograde, you might be feeling a bit pulled back by past romantic encounters. To better understand what’s in store, here are this week’s love horoscopes by expert astrologer Christian Klausner.

Aries (March 21-April 19):

You’ve got plenty of gusto this week, dear Aries. You’ll easily be impressing friends and family for a while, with lively wit and quick ideas, but you’re much better off channeling this vigor of yours into larger pursuits—into your deeper dreams and aspirations. Even if it means locking yourself in your room or office for a bit (which might feel totally counter to the current social momentum taking place) until you’ve added that next piece needed to further your own personal creative work, your ‘gusto batteries’ will find themselves recharged this week. In other words, do something for yourself; listen to your intuition and be fine with going off alone. Simply entertaining others with your heightened zeal won’t be enough to leave a lasting feeling of joy this week.

Taurus (April 20-May 20):

Are you feeling polarized yet, Taurus? There is so much happening in your opposite sign Scorpio, and everything which happens in Scorpio definitely affects Taurus, and vice versa (such as this Venus retrograde in Scorpio). This is magnetically drawing you to gaze in the direction of something very polarizing to you—that is, it draws something up and out of you. Whether its hate or love, desire or repulsion, a person or a new job, your intense emotions and growing determination can help clarify what you need this week. Move in the direction of what you want by making good use of your attention; whatever you look at long enough will begin to grow. And then, having centered your gaze upon what you want, feel free to take action on it this week.

Gemini (May 21-June 20):

There’s a lot reaching you on mental planes lately! There’s always plenty to take in, but this could be the week where it pays off to ask yourself how you can simplify. In cleaning, clarifying, and clearing out your space (whether its your headspace or your physical environment), really strip down to the bare essentials if you can. This week is about the redecoration of your life through mostly getting rid of the old objects (or mental inconveniences) that take up so much space. Your planet Mercury is perfectly conjoined with retrograde Venus at the start of this week. Your potential to create beauty this week is magnificent, and it’s manifesting through your ability to keep it simple.

Cancer (June 21-July 22):

Much has been in sympathy with you in the zodiac lately, dear Cancer. The planetary energy known as the element Water is continuing to build in the next few weeks, and this brings out your natural strengths of feeling and intuition. As sensitivities increase, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sow seeds of healing in others, if you look for them. This week is all about using your speech as a proactive force to create change. The course of the change will depend upon the use of your creative word this week, and the turning points you initiate with your language. Keep your eyes open for ways to be helpful, and you’ll find them, and this will turn the tide to be ever more in your favor.

Leo (July 23-August 22):

This week is riddled with activity, but you may be able to hold a space for others that gives them rest from their anxiety. The winds of change blow in, but you seem unmoved, and others may find shelter in your presence. If you’re feeling generous with your time, there’s a lot of good you can do simply by visiting with others, particularly your loved ones. But beware of those who would entice you to play too much hooky and put off what you feel needs to be done this week. This is the season for working together with others, and sometimes the simple offering of being a listening ear for another is all the help that’s needed to bring others, and oneself, to that next level of transformation.

Virgo (August 23-September 22):

You’re peeling back those layers of your mind; are you liking what you find? It’s as though reality is consenting to being molded by you more and more, but you’re also being asked to head deeper into the darker caves of your mentality. The further you venture outside, the more something is creeping up within. But don’t worry, it’s probably just what you had for lunch. Or it’s the fear of your own power. Either way, it’ll pass as long as you remain focused on the health of your vehicle, and stay centered on your own wellbeing. This is a good week to be aware of your limits, to respect them, and to grow along steadily, without rush.

Libra (September 23-October 22):

This week affords plenty of opportunity to find new ways of enjoying yourself creatively and socially, but there may be a growing need to feel needed, to know that you are useful, and to put your skills into action. This is a week to have confidence in yourself, but to remember that haste makes waste; there is no need to jump into anything that doesn’t feel right. Trust your feelings, and get back into your body; take some time to ground your feet upon the earth and get in touch with what feels real to you. The most powerful thing you can do now is to ground your energy and find a deep stability within the core of yourself.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21):

A change of scenery may be in order now, but don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity which is afforded to you: to see that, though the outer world changes, it is the inner world of your thoughts and feelings which truly are in need of your attention. This Venus retrograde in Scorpio is bringing the inner and outer to a state of relative harmony, so that you can know more experientially how one affects the other. Here’s something great: you have all the power, because however you choose to respond to your environment is entirely up to you. As the Sun begins to enter your sign after this week, the soul lessons will be all about how you can more intensely feel what is truly yours all your life; namely, your thoughts, your mental environment, and your capacity to respond to life however you choose. This is a week where your habitual responses can undergo a renewal through your newfound wisdom.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21):

The planets have helped to facilitate your inward journeys so that you’re able to explore your inward terrain with increased willingness and courage as of late. Keep going, dear Sagittarius, because the momentum is working with you this week to find even deeper insights, answers, and inner keys as to who you really are. This week favors all things related to meditation, journaling, inner work, contemplating, and quiet times with good books under the shade of trees. Soon enough, your planet Jupiter will enter your sign (November 8) and things will widen out, open up, and you’ll be plenty busy. If you can afford some alone time, this is the week to give it to yourself.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19):

This is a great time to start sharing more of yourself, dear Capricorn. You’ll be motivated and inspired to take new action upon your projects if you share what you currently have with your closest friends. The new creative spark that you need may be found in taking a night off and going out with friends, and in sharing your dreams and visions with those who have like minds. Ideas are likely to bounce around with some rapidity, so have a pen and paper handy to write down those golden ones that come to you in moments of social activity. It could be something simple that someone says that provides that missing piece of information you didn’t know you needed. This is a great week to socialize, but keep your highest version of yourself in mind.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18):

With Mars continuing through your sign, you may be feeling a one-pointed enthusiasm building up within you to accomplish or immerse yourself in the experience of something. With Venus retrograding in your sector of career and vocation, you may be analyzing your creative direction with more intensity and determination now. Whatever offers you more excitement and livens your spirit is worth being sought. This could be a time for taking up new skills or polishing old ones that were forgotten. You’re in need of some avenue through which you can channel your creativity, and it will likely be found through following your joy.

Pisces (February 19-March 20):

Your mind is particularly open this week, dear Pisces, and for that reason, new experiences will find their way to you with ease. The keynote of your week is expansion, and you can grow beyond your difficulties rather quickly by employing an attitude of childlike wonder and open acceptance. Your receptive mind is liable to be impressed in a lasting way, so surround yourself with profound individuals, thought-provoking books, and inspiring sources of knowledge to ensure you get the most out of this week. Entertaining those who are less than positive to your mental development should be reconsidered; it would be better to make new friends, as all that is new and fresh will benefit you this week.

See more: Bachelorette Party Ideas Based on Your Zodiac Sign

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How to Find the Right Gynecologist


From the onset of your first period as a teen to, well, pretty much the rest of your life, annual visits with your gynecologist are routine.

Due to the sensitive nature of the practice and the importance of trusting and being comfortable with your provider, finding the right gynecologist for you is incredibly important and not to be taken lightly.

For expert tips on finding the right doctor for you, BRIDES spoke with Dr. Susan Loeb-Zeitlin, ob/gyn at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine for her best advice.

Top Tips

As with many new relationships in life, input from others can go a long way. In fact, Dr. Loeb-Zeitlin says, “I think word of mouth is a good way (for finding the right gynecologist) followed by looking up the physician’s credentials and areas of expertise to see if they are relevant to you.” Additionally she adds, ‘I am biased towards recommending practices affiliated with an academic institution because I feel the providers are more up to date.”

So, beginning by asking your closest friends and family members about their chosen providers is a great way to start. Then, do your research and see which hospitals and organizations the doctors work with, and go from there.


Many physicians have targeted areas of expertise that can either make them a great fit for your needs, or exclude them. Loeb-Zeitlin explains that some OB/GYNs focus more on obstetrics (maternal care) while others only do gynecology. Some gynecologists may only provide office care and not perform procedures or surgeries, while others are frequently in operating rooms dealing with special conditions. Subspecialties include, urogynecology, gynecologic oncology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

If you have special conditions, symptoms ore are in need of more specialized care, you’ll want to carefully research subspecialties before deciding on a provider — even just for a consultation.

The Relationship

While you may not spend too much time thinking about it, your relationship with your gynecologist is unique and important. The type of trust and open communication is necessary, where you can bring up issues that they often cannot speak with anyone else about specifically issues related to intimacy and sexuality.

Making the Switch

If you find that you are no longer satisfied or comfortable with your gynecologist, or are simply in need of a new one due to relocation or other factors, it’s important to know what you are looking for prior to your first encounter. You should have reasonable expectations of your new provider, and Loeb-Zeitlin advises, “A patient may want to consider switching OB/GYNs if her concerns are not being addressed in an empathetic way or if she feels she cannot comfortably communicate her concerns.”

Ask the Right Questions

When finding a new practice or individual provider, Loeb-Zeitlin suggests asking the following questions:

  • How is the practice run?
  • What happens if/when the patient has an emergency?
  • Who answers calls and how quickly are they returned?
  • How long is the wait time in the office?

It’s also extremely important to find out which insurances are accepted and if the doctor is in or out of network. If you’re a self-pay patient, be sure to ask for general fees upfront, too.

See more: Women’s Health? There’s an App for That

Other, more specific questions can also provide information that can help you to make a decision:

  • Do they do in office laboratory work?
  • Is there a digital patient portal for records and communication?
  • Are there evening and/or weekend hours?
  • What types of procedures are performed in the office?
  • Are in-office ultrasounds available or do you have to go elsewhere?
  • How many doctors cover the practice?
  • If you are planning a future pregnancy, will they also provide your obstetrical care, or refer you elsewhere?

By following this advice, you’re much more likely to find a gynecologist with whom you are comfortable and happy with. Who knows — maybe you’ll even look forward to your next visit.

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: October 8, 2018

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With a New Moon in loving Libra, this is a great week to energize your relationships and kick things up a notch.

For more on what the week ahead has in store, here are your weekly love horoscopes courtesy of The Love Astrologer, Kathryn Andren.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

You are inspired with dynamic, creative energy this week — especially with the New Moon on Monday. You may feel extra vitality as the power planet Pluto squares off to your Zodiac sign. So, speak up and tell your sweetheart what you really want. The Sun and Moon this week fall in your region of relationship highlighting the start of something new.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Tell your special someone what is really important to you. The love planet Venus suggests reflection is required in the relationship realm. Carefully consider thoughts and words before you take action. Venus, the planet of love and values is retrograde now in your region of partnerships, so better to slow down. The New Moon on Monday also lights up your area of daily habits. Work hard and play hard, but with passion!

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

This is a super fun week for you, Gemini, as the New Moon highlights your region of romance. Fun and creativity take the center stage for you this month, too. If you are single and looking for love, your friendships support opening new doors of opportunity. Put yourself in new groups and situations so you may meet some exciting people. For couples, remembering you are friends first is a key component to lasting relationships.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Hunker down at home this week and get cozy. The New Moon on Monday lights up your region of family and private life. In the meantime, the love planet Venus supports you slowing down to stay connected to your depth of feeling. Remain centered in the heart and move quickly with your intuition when opportunities come your way.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Let your special someone know exactly what is on your mind as the New Moon this week lights up your area of connections and communication. Don’t let the cat get your tongue. Venus in retrograde now squares off to your Sun sign in the coming weeks. Review and reflect on what you truly value. Remember your words have power, so be mindful with your intentions.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Slow down for some sweet sensuality with your sweetheart this week. Your region of body and beauty lights up with the New Moon on Monday. Break free from old habits since several planets still activate your area of intimacy this month. You are now inspired to deeply share even more with the ones you love. Avoid keeping secrets, and be fearless in your communication.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

The spotlight is on you this month, Libra. The New Moon shines in your zodiac sign this Monday. Your creative energy takes center stage, so let your light shine. You may feel as if you are taking one step back before moving two steps forward, though. Your planet ruler Venus is retrograde now for the next five weeks. Reconsider and reassess your priorities and remember to discuss what is most important to you with your special someone.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Take your time, sexy Scorpio. Love planet Venus is now retrograde in your zodiac sign. Double check on details with your sweetheart. If you are single and looking for love, get super clear with your intentions. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Do you need to create closure with a blast from the past? The New Moon on Monday this week lights up your area of dreamtime and completions. Take care of old business now before moving forward.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Get ready for renewed romance and get out on the town, Sagittarius! You are inspired by friendships this week, especially during the New Moon on Monday. If single, or in relationship, it’s important to get out with a group for inspiration and rejuvenation. Cut loose and have some fun, especially if you have been taking yourself too seriously these days. Spring ahead, but only after you double check details.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Need some space? Talk it out if you need more time to yourself these days. This Monday, the New Moon highlights your career zone and public life so your professional allies could become your greatest gift right now. You may have expanded opportunities to stand out in the spotlight. If you are looking for love, be patient and take some quality quiet time just for you.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Already dreaming of a tropical getaway, Aquarius? Your area of travel is highlighted with this week’s New Moon. You may feel energized to share your enthusiasm with others. For singles or couples, be super selective with your choice of words. Venus, the love planet, is retrograde now — so remember mindfulness when requesting what you really want.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Sweet and sexy is your theme of the week, Pisces. Your area of intimacy and seduction is highlighted as Moon meets the Sun on Monday. Secrets may even be revealed. Maintain your integrity and speak your truth with your special someone. Now that the love planet Venus is retrograde for the next five weeks, take extra care to communicate what’s most important to you. Experiment with less talking and use your body language to say what you really feel.

See more: Bachelorette Party Ideas Based on Your Zodiac Sign

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: October 1, 2018

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Get ready for intensity in relationships of all kinds!

This week has the potential to be thrilling or chilling depending on your past. The planet of love and personal connections goes retrograde through November 16th which can bring old lovers back into your life, unresolved memories to life, or give you a completely different perspective who you love and how you love. She’s in the sign of Scorpio so no doubt there will be some transformation!

Venus was last in Scorpio in 2010, so any unresolved issues from that period of time will come to a conclusion now. So if your relationship needs a restart, this is the time.

How will this retrograde impact you? Here’s a sign by sign courtesy of astrologer Suzie Kerr Wright.

Aries (March 21-April 20):

Financial transactions may stall and bring out a side of you that is less than pleasant. It may seem more dramatic than it truly is, so try to keep things in perspective. There may be another way to get to where you want to go. It’s a good time to review any contracts or create a new financial plan.

Taurus (April 21-May 20):

Your ruling planet, Venus, is in the spotlight bringing a reconnection or a reminder of a past relationship into your world. Jealousy or suspicion might cause friction so be sure to get all the facts before making any accusations. Clearing the air of any old hurts can do a lot to move your relationship into a better place.

Gemini (May 21-June 20):

Stay away from gossip and secret sharing at work, as you may have it all wrong and your desire to express your opinion may not be met with the best results at this time. The best thing to focus on this week is taking care of your health. Retry something that didn’t seem to work in the past—you’ll find the outcome will be better now.

Cancer (June 21-July 22):

You’ve got the magic when it comes to attracting love and friendships. You may decide to give someone a second chance — just take it slow and keep your eyes open. Your spidey senses might be telling you something isn’t right and you should listen.

Leo (July 23-August 23):

Matters of home and family take precedence as you reconnect with loved ones and redefine your role with family members. Let them know how much you love them, but set clear boundaries if you’re asked to do too much. Redecorating and home improvements are in order now.

Virgo (August 23-September 22):

Relationships with siblings may become a bit tense under these conditions. However, there are some beautiful opportunities for open discussion and getting your point across if you stay neutral and avoid blaming others. You’ll see things very differently now and discover a new opportunity to learn something valuable about yourself and others.

Libra (September 23-October 22):

Money may seem a bit tight due to recent overspending, but all is not lost. Digging into resources and talents you have can help you find new ways to supplement your income. You’ve got plenty at your disposal, but it may take a couple of months to get fully back on track.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21):

With Venus in your sign, this is a period of self-reflection and both emotional and physical transformation. You’ll be focused on making sure your loved ones know how much you value them. You’ll also be weeding out anyone who isn’t on your side these days, because Scorpio values loyalty more than anything.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21):

You may decide to take a break from a fairly new relationship just as things are heating up. If you’ve been in a long term relationship, a little bit of space will do more good than you think. You’re in a pensive mood and self-reflection is important. Just make sure to keep the lines of communication open so your partner knows how much you love them and that a time out isn’t because they did anything wrong.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19):

Friends will show you their true colors this week. The ones who come through for you will have incredible ideas to help you build a strong future, or a dear friend may become a bit more than that. Jealousy might inspire you to be a better friend or lover.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18):

Incidents this week force you to level up at work. You’ll be feeling as though you’re not in the loop as much, but don’t pay attention to that. Relationship tension is likely a result of one of you needing to be right and it’s really not that important in the big picture.

Pisces (February 19-March 20):

An opportunity for a dream vacation is on the horizon, but it may take a bit of work to make it happen. News about a romantic partner from your past has you wondering what might have happened if you stayed together. If you’re attached, your current partner will lavish you with attention. Enjoy it!

See more: Bachelorette Party Ideas Based on Your Zodiac Sign

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Real Brides Share Their Best Registry Advice


Registering for wedding gifts can be fun and exciting. Or, it can be overwhelming and even a little awkward. When it’s time to grab the scan gun (IRL or online) and get down to it, a little bit of good advice can go a long way.

We asked real been-there-done-that brides to share their best advice for registering. Here’s what they had to say.

“When in doubt, add more! I thought I couldn’t possibly add anything else to my registry, but found it was important to have items of varying prices. People I didn’t think would spend much did, and vice versa. Always add enough options, an then most of the tie you get a great registry completion discount for items that are leftover anyway!” —Nicole

“No formal chinaware! You will never use it, and chances are you will get a set from your mother or grandmother.” —Katy

“Register for experience and place type gifts!” —Deborah

“Be practical. It’s so tempting to go crazy overboard, but it’s important to have restraint. You don’t want people to look at your registry and become overwhelmed or roll their eyes. It’s not a time to be greedy, it’s a time to be appreciative. Only register for what you need and will use. People will be spending their hard-earned money on your gifts!” —Christine

“Unless you really had your heart set on it, I think china is a waste. At most, you’ll use it once or twice a year for special events, and otherwise it will just take up space and also a big chunk of your registry. It’s expensive, and you can get so many other things for what you’d get for a full set.” —Pamela

“My best advice is to be practical. When I registered I just went HAM and registered for everything, and really I should have thought ahead to myself, ‘What do I need? What will I use? What pieces will be timeless?’” —Randi

“Put everything on there! You may just get it, so indulge!” —Lisa

“Be realistic with your registry. If you don’t have a king-size bed or any plans for one in the future, don’t register for king-size bedding that will just take up space. If you are not into cooking, you probably won’t use an ice cream maker, panini press, or pizza oven—at least not enough to make it worth having.” —Liz

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Tasteful Football Wedding Ideas to Incorporate Your Love of The Game on Your Big Day

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If your Sundays revolve around kick-off times, tailgating, and cheering on your favorite teams, you’re not alone. The NFL and football in general has been growing more and more popular in recent years, and chances are you or your fiancé have a favorite team. If you’re a true football fanatic, consider incorporating these tasteful sports touches to your wedding.


Your wedding photos will last a lifetime and always remind you of your special day, so why not add a bit of creativity to your shoot? Grab your favorite jerseys and keep them on hand during your engagement session or for your actual wedding photos. Throw them on for a few fun shots you’ll proudly display. If you live near your alma mater’s field or favorite stadium, head there for some pre-ceremony shots. (If permitted, of course.) Not only will they represent your love for one another, but for your team too. Just be careful not to mess up your wedding hair!

Food and Drink

Speak to your caterers about setting up a “Tailgate” themed food station during your cocktail hour. Beer cheese, dips, subs, chips and more are sure to please your guests—especially if your wedding is on a football Sunday! Consider naming your signature cocktails after your favorite team, or a perfect logo or pigskin shaped cake topper to perfect your cake cutting.

Your cake’s colors in general can also reflect your die-hard football pride. But, if you don’t want to go to that extreme (an orange cake might not be the most photo-friendly—sorry, Clemson fans), treat guests to additional football-themed cookies or cupcakes instead.

At the Reception

Enter to your favorite fight song, the NFL theme song, or cheer (extra bonus points if you have some sweet touchdown dances or celebratory moves.) Throw on jerseys, and toss a football to one another across the dance floor as you kick off your dance party. You can even ask your emcee to announce the entrances like your favorite announcer for a fun touch to get the party started. To help guests hop on board, you can also use football memorabilia for photo booth props.

Who says you have to toss your bouquet? (Those things are expensive!) Throwing a souvenir football instead can change things up a bit, while proclaiming your football fanaticism and passing along a good luck superstition to the next bride-to-be.


Speaking of bouquet, one of the easiest (and most subtle) ways to show off your fandom is through your bridal blooms. Not every NFL team has the most flattering, wedding-worthy colors, so you’re by no means obligated to go all out and collect matching flowers (unless you want to, that is). Think smaller, like wrapping a piece of ribbon or velvet dedicated to your team around the arrangement, or infuse a small keychain into the stems.


Surprise your husband with a charm of your favorite team logo on your garter. Gift him team socks or cufflinks to wear on the big day, or sport some logoed undergarments for a big reveal on your wedding night. The groom and his guys can even don socks or bow ties honoring your football loyalties, depending on how much team spirit you’re willing to incorporate into your wedding.

See more: This Alabama Football Player Celebrated His National Championship Win By Proposing Right on the Field

Decor & Stationary

Give a nod to America’s favorite past time by creating save the date magnets or even wedding invitations that look like tickets for the big game. Get creative with your guest book and have guests sign and leave a little love on a football that you can proudly display in your home. Or, ditch traditional ceremony programs and opt for football-friendly rosters to introduce your bridal party members.

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The Best Couples Halloween Costumes of 2018

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When it comes to October 31, there’s typically two types of people: those who have been excitedly planning their couples Halloween costumes since last year, or ones who have begrudgingly RSVP’d yes to a Halloween-themed party at their partner’s request. Regardless of which side you’re on, one thing’s for sure—your costume says a lot about you, so you and your S.O. better dress to impress.

To nail the creativity game and avoid the dreaded, “What are you supposed to be?” question, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite couples Halloween costumes of the year. Inspired by pop culture references (Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, anyone?) and some of our fave of-the-moment celeb couples (calling all Arianna Grande and Pete Davidson doppelgängers), each ensemble is easy to pull off and will make for the perfect Halloween couples photo (did you really dress up together if you didn’t ‘gram it?). While some costumes may require a little coaxing on your partner’s behalf than others, you’ll be the best dressed pair at any Halloween soirée with any of these 21 creative costume ideas.

1. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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To be honest, you may not be the only Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s in the room this year—we have a feeling this beloved royal couple is going to ignite a Halloween costume trend. While their wedding day ensembles may be a bit difficult to recreate, both Harry and Meghan’s engagement outfits are highly recognizable and easily duplicated. For Harry, strap on a suit, fake beard, and your best British accent. Meghan’s costume simply requires a brunette wig, a dazzling engagement ring, and a few pieces of clothing you likely already own.

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2. Mr. and Mrs. Incredible from Incredibles 2

In honor of the Pixar sequel that was well worth the 14-year wait, channel your inner world-saving superhero status. Pull on your red supersuits and black boots, and you’re all set to be the most powerful forces at any Halloween party (superhuman strength and elastic limbs not included).

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3. Riverdale‘s Betty and Jughead

Not everyone ships Bughead, but for those who do, this is an ideal couples costume. Ransack your closets for a flannel, a T-shirt, a fur-lined jean jacket, and a preppy sweater-and-collared-shirt combo. Then let the Riverdale magic set in.

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4. The Stark Family from Game of Thrones

Grab your boots, pelts, and daggers for this costume. When it comes to the Stark family tree, you have a few unforgettable characters to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with Jon Snow and Arya Stark. Bonus points if you get a friend to dress up as another character.

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5. Winifred and Sarah Sanderson of Hocus Pocus

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The Sanderson Sisters have pretty much been Halloween royalty since Hocus Pocus was first released by Disney in 1993. Nearly 25 years later, it’s become a fan favorite among ’90s kids, and serves as a perfect influence for your Halloween costume. Whether you love Sarah, Winifred, or Mary, you can’t go wrong channeling your inner witch. After all, ‘tis the season!

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6. Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Who run the world? You and your S.O. dressed as Bey and Jay for the night, that’s who. Pay tribute to their current On the Run II tour with a set of microphones and Beyoncé’s signature bodysuit/boots look. Serenade fellow partygoers with a rendition of “Crazy in Love” and you’ll really seal the deal.

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7. Jim and Pam Halpert from The Office

Jim and Pam’s TV relationship is one that we’ll never tire of. Nail the pair’s go-to office looks with a few of your own work staples—button downs, a cardigan, knee-length skirt, and tie. For total costume inception, your partner can channel Jim’s iconic Facebook get-up from season six. Just beware of any Michael Scott lookalikes.

8. Peter and Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

You can resemble the key figures from this Netflix teen original a few different ways. Go the jock route for Peter Kavinsky and have your partner don an old athletic sweatshirt (preferably lacrosse) with shorts. Or, find fitted jeans, a gray tee, and a flannel for the total high school heartthrob allure. As for the film’s fashion-forward female protagonist, we recommend a Peter Pan-collared top, plaid skirt, pink bomber jacket, and Lara Jean’s favorite scrunchie.

9. Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin

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Blonde couples, this one has you written all over it. Think it-girl attire (hoop earrings, leather jacket, combat boots, etc.) for Hailey, in addition to a high bun hairdo. J. Biebs requires a tattoo sleeve, an oversized tee, and a baseball cap.

10. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake

Few looks throughout the ages are as iconic as Britney and Justin’s all-denim ensembles from the 2001 American Music Awards. Whip this costume together in no time with a blonde wig, silver statement necklace, and a strapless patchwork denim dress or shirt and skirt combo (which you can easily DIY or thrift) for Brit. JT’s Canadian Tuxedo will require a denim jacket, jeans, cross-shaped necklace, and denim hat. Essentially, the more denim, the better.

11. Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe

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A throwback tribute is always a hit on Halloween. For a classic nod to the megastars, grab your hunka-hunka burning love and embrace your inner Marilyn for a look straight out of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A red lip, hair grease, hip gyrations, and iconic poses are a must.

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12. Forrest Gump‘s Forrest and Jenny

You won’t need to trick-or-treat, since life itself is like a box of chocolates. For this adorably sweet DIY costume idea, rock a flower crown and a neutral, 70s-inspired frock, then dress your better half in a blue plaid shirt sleeve button down, complete with a red cap and ping pong paddle.

13. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of The Crown

If you’re an avid viewer of the Netflix series centered around the British monarchy, hop on the royal mania bandwagon and dress as the couple that inspired it all. To pull off the most queen-worthy ensemble, find a ball gown from a costume store or thrift shop, then pair with the finest plastic tiara and white gloves you can get your hands on. Prince Philip’s costume calls for men’s formalwear, bow tie and all, with an added row of medals. Go the extra mile and incorporate a few stuffed corgis into the joint get-up.

14. Arianna Grande and Pete Davidson

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Both celebs have their own signature looks pinned down. Think an oversized hoodie, over-the-knee boots, and a high pony for Ariana (plus, some crooning vocals couldn’t hurt…), and a bright graphic tee with sneakers and a hat for her comedian fiancé. Be prepared to answer questions about your whirlwind engagement all night long.

15. Ofwarren and the Commander of The Handmaid’s Tale

Given the current political climate, this Emmy-award winning series feels all the more relevant. Aside from using makeup to recreate Ofwarren’s eye removal, this one is simple: a bonnet, a red cloak and a suit. It’s great as a last-minute couples’ costume in a bind.

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16. Stranger Things

Following the Netflix hit’s second season, take an Upside Down approach to your standard Stranger Things costume. Leave it to the discretion of your partner to determine who gets to dress as Eleven and who will represent her beloved Eggo waffle. For Millie Bobby Brown’s character, resort to her pink dress with Peter Pan collar, tube socks, and sneakers. Then, take the DIY approach to create a life-sized breakfast snack that unfortunately makes you a prime target for any nearby demogorgons.

17. Mario & Luigi

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One of the more famous duos known across the world, Nintendo’s Luigi and Mario are not only a classic costume inspiration, but they’re quite adorable, too. Guys and gals alike can dress up like the pair, with costume options available in men’s, women’s, and unisex. Start practicing your high jumps, stat.

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18. Piper and Alex of Orange is the New Black

OITNB has been a smash hit since it first aired on Netflix in 2013, and central to the storylines are our favorite blonde/brunette combo, Piper and Alex. Orange scrubs, and a pair of thick glasses are all you’ll really need to slay this portrayal—but bonus points will undoubtedly be awarded if you bring along their undeniable chemistry.

19. Dirty Dancing‘s Johnny & Baby

Gear up for the “Time of Your Life” (see what we did there?) and embrace your inner Baby and Johnny. A simple pink leotard or tank with a tulle skirt and curls for you, and an all-black ensemble with slicked back hair for him are all you’ll need to pay homage to the couple of the cult classic. (The original, that is.) A word to the wise—if you’re going to debut the infamous lift, be sure you’ve rehearsed it a few times first.

20. Marty McFly and Doc Brown from Back to the Future

Head on Back to the Future this Halloween with costumes inspired by Marty McFly and Doc Brown. A red puffer vest and button down for Marty, and a white lab coat and crazy white wig for Doc are great places to start as you channel your inner mad scientist and his favorite side kick. You might not be able to roll up to the party in a DeLorean, but your costumes are sure to get some nostalgic laughs.

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21. The Bachelor or The Bachelorette Couple

Bachelor Nation has been churning out the reality TV proposals lately, which conveniently makes for an easy and timely couples Halloween costume that fellow franchise fans will love. A floor-length gown, suit, and a red rose are the only essentials you both need to look straight out of a televised beach proposal with Chris Harrison lurking around the corner.

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Real Brides Share Their Favorite Wedding Gifts

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Showers and wedding gifts tend to fall into two categories — housewares and cash. You can never go wrong by following the typical traditions, it’s only natural that some gifts tend to stand out more than others.

If you’re in need of a bit of gift inspo, we’ve got you covered. We asked real brides to share the best wedding gifts they received. Here’s what they had to say.

“My aunt lives in Chicago and as part of my shower gift she gave us a gift card to Lou Malnatis pizzeria, so we could get authentic Chicago deep dish delivered to our house. It was thoughtful, sentimental and delicious – the perfect gift!” — Nicole

“Honestly, money. We paid for our wedding ourselves so it was great to recoup some of the costs and it alleviated some financial pressure.” — Pamela

“My favorite wedding/shower gift I received were my Nambe sets. Their serving pieces are BEAUTIFUL and great quality! I always get compliments on the pieces I was given.” — Randi

“My china and bedding! It was the last thing I thought of but I’m so glad I registered for it as it is something you need and can get very pricey.” — Stephanie

“New expensive sheets! They’re a luxury item I never knew I was missing out on and something I probably would not buy for myself.” — Liz

“The complete Harry Potter series box set, with a card that said, ‘I promise this is a hell of a lot more fun than a toaster!’” — Nan

“My luxury sheets and towels, and nice pots and pans!” —Megan

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“One of our friends from college gave us a gift card to use for massages while on our honeymoon. It was an awesome gift because it was an experience we could have together, saved us money, was thoughtful and was sort of like delayed gratification — something to celebrate after our wedding had passed.” — Christina

“People bought us things to do on our honeymoon to Europe and it was so nice to think of those people as we did each activity.” — Montana

“Our personalized cutting board. It was so thoughtful and different, I love it!” — Jennifer

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: September 24, 2018

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It’s officially fall! With the changing of the seasons comes new beginnings, opportunities, and experiences too. (For many, it’s also your wedding season—yay!)

With all the change, you just may find that your love horoscopes are especially poignant this week. So, read on to see the projections for your specific sign, courtesy of expert astrologer Christian Klausner.

Aries (March 21–April 20)

Things are really moving forward for you this week, with your planet, Mars, fully recovered from its retrograde and moving “full speed ahead.” As the Sun moves through your polar-opposite sign, Libra, this will be a hot week for moving forward in your partnerships, and creating a sense of equality, balance, and harmony. The mirror of other people can reveal much about your own energy this week; put some extra effort into listening, observing, and feeling where others are coming from, and you’ll have all you need to leap ahead into new and exciting terrain.

Taurus (April 21–May 20)

Dear Taurus, if it starts to feel like the romantic side of things just isn’t progressing for you, it’s because the focus is shifting into the arena of your work, service, and skills. Venus, your planet, is losing speed and getting ready to retrograde on October 5th, but your sector of work, health, and personal maintenance is getting lit up. This might be a week to politely tell others you’re busy doing your own thing; spark up your self-esteem by taking the initiative to do something you know should get done. And then, take yourself out on a date. It’s not that all things romantic are completely leaving your experience—not at all. But this is a most auspicious week to reclaim your own power by taking your mind off others and doing something for yourself.

Gemini (May 21–June 20)

When was the last time you expressed an idea in front of others? Probably pretty recently—but when did you last sing in front of others? Or express something creative on the spot, not from a book or an article, but straight from your imagination? The planets are encouraging your creative voice to come out; dazzle your loved ones with your dexterous tongue by saying things differently. Shake up your wording, be spontaneous, and show your affection through those elements which will bring out your creative edge and best colors this week—namely creative freedom, inventiveness, and originality. Trust yourself, Gemini, and let your creative “right brain” show itself.

Cancer (June 21–July 22)

You’ve got a reputation for how caring you can be, dear Cancer. But this week, why not drop all sense of reputation, all time-frames, all past occurrences, and future anticipations? And now that you’re rooted in the present moment, ask yourself, “How am I feeling right now, and how can I let others know how I’m feeling?” Next, I’d like to invite you to write down an expression of your deepest feeling, directed to the person you feel needs to hear your words the most. Then, condense it down to as few words as possible—distill your heart’s message into the purest, tiniest drop of water. And then, call up this person (or persons) and place that loving drop of water upon them. Your growth spurt this week will come about through demonstrating your self-acceptance and not waiting another day to say how you truly feel.

Leo (July 23–August 23)

Is your heart beginning to ache, Leo? This coming Venus retrograde is going to touch upon the most sensitive, innermost wounds of those who are of the Leo type. The remedy will be to obtain a proper control of your mind. Though this won’t be without some difficulty, take a look at how your present use of your mental faculties is either making your sensitive spots worse or better. Emotional wounds are the same as physical wounds, in that you must stop touching it… Disinfect it with the sting of perspective and objectivity, bandage it with your self-love and compassion, and then leave it alone to heal. Engage your mind with that which brings you joy! Your assignment for this week: knowing that others have sensitive wounds of their own, give the love and confidence to others that you yourself would benefit from receiving. Become a source of help and healing to others, and your own restoration will be accelerated.

Virgo (August 23–September 22)

Dear Virgo, I get the feeling that this will be a week in which certain distractions will peak in their strength against you. Whether it is work distracting you from romance, or romance distracting you from work, it might be helpful to find a way of integrating the two. Can your passions invigorate your work life with a new sense of purpose and desire? Can your focus and performance at work help build your self-esteem and confidence in the game of romance? Turn your daydreams into fuel, and allow your ambitions to complement your affections. And while actions speak louder than words, this is a good time for you to formulate a few phrases of tender reassurance to those who need your love while you’re busy working to make the world a better place.

Libra (September 23–October 22)

Happy entrance into your birthday month, dear Librans! As the energy of this month allows you to put your best self out there, the theme of attachment may be the trickiest thing to surmount. Where can you take a bold new direction in your life, by looking at things not through the lens of desire, but through nonattached objectivity? Your best decisions will come about this week through taking a step back and being sure that it is not only the influence of raw emotion that steers your wheel. You are the driver of your life, so sit up straight and take a good look at what lies ahead. You might not be able to fully avoid the bumps in the road, but you can slow down, buckle up, and brace yourself. A little mental preparation can go a long way this week, and your willingness to embrace whatever may come will surely, as an added bonus, bring out your sexiest qualities.

Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Get ready, Scorpio! Venus will be spending a lot of time in your sign, thanks to her retrograde. Your magnetic allure can potentially have an adverse effect on others—and you should not take it personally! A retrograde Venus tends to bring out the idiosyncrasies of those who cannot handle certain aspects of beauty and attraction; it has to do with their own rejection of their inner beauty. Don’t be hard on yourself, but be content if others flee you this week; it is the universe’s way of weeding out those who aren’t yet worthy of pervading your essence. You might find a rare one who returns your piercing gaze—someone who does not flinch from your charm. Don’t stop giving your gifts—laugh in the face of apparent hindrances—and only magic will follow.

Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

For whatever reason, you seem to be caught in the middle. Lucky for you, you’re the kind of person that can always find something of value to see from whatever vantage point you take. And I think you’re beginning to see just how powerful your mind is. This week will give you considerable energy to willfully develop new and improved perspectives all on your own. By changing the way you look at things, the things you look at will inevitably change. This week is going to facilitate your unconditional expression of love in group settings; and though others may challenge this newfound source of power within you, remember that how you choose to respond is always up to you.

Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

The tension of what it takes to make your dreams a reality can make itself felt this week, Capricorn, but you were built to master this tension, and make it work in your favor. Tact and diplomacy are your best friends this week. Be careful about expending your resources impulsively, and be wary about using credit cards. It is better to use cash, because you will spend less. And it is good to remember that allies cannot be bought, but only through the careful placement of kind words and genuine gestures will you win the goodwill and help of others which can be so vital this week. It is also worth mentioning that through the fostering of friendship, an unexpected flourishing of long-lasting love can be found. Simply, be a friend. Everything else will line itself up.

Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

This week brings in a delightful surge of dynamic energy as Mars moves through your sign. Now is the time to tell others like it is. Not in a rash or hotheaded way, but simply because it is only you who can assert who you are and what you want. Geometrically, Mars is clashing with Venus in the zodiac. This can mean that your self-assertion and reclamation of power can potentially cause a disruption in your romantic arrangements. Therefore, it will be up to you how you want to proceed, and how much you can relax into the acceptance of change. Above all, stay positive this week, and have confidence in the fact that you have what it takes to manifest an amazing direction in your life, powerfully and wisely. In relationships, find your true self and lovingly declare your heart’s purpose; then let it be, and allow others to take it or leave it. Be okay with space; embrace space.

Pisces (February 19–March 20)

We’re all caught in a dream, to one degree or another. And you, dear Fishes, have certainly beheld this truth as Neptune, the planet of dreams, has continued to make its long journey through your sign. As Venus and Neptune are in a deep stimulation with one another in Water signs, this manifests a newfound cosmic intimacy as you make new strides in love—inner and outer. By loving this dream, and loving yourself, there is naught that could occur, except the corresponding love can find an outlet in the outer world. Accept the magic of reality, and let others know how much you enjoy their company. You’ll get a quick reflection of your own light right back to you this week, Pisces.

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: September 17, 2018


This week brings some unexpected anger to the surface. However, this week also expands our confidence to speak our truth to others.

For more on what the week ahead holds, here are your weekly love horoscopes, courtesy of astrologer Katy Ibur.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

Financial issues may unexpectedly pop up this week, and you will feel the urge to project the blame onto your friends and networks. Be sure to find some alone time to process this sudden change in your security. Your friends may not be able to be there for you, so depend on yourself this week. Later this week, communication with your co-workers and romantic partners will become more harmonious.

Taurus (April 21-May 20)

Things are moving along smoothly at work, but you are starting to feel burned out. You may feel a need to rebel and take a day off from the daily grind. If you can’t take a day, find a way to indulge in something comforting after work. Think sex, delicious food, or warm blankets. Later in the week, expect some creative thoughts and new energy to assist in making work more fun.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This week may challenge you to reevaluate your beliefs and natural sense of rebellion. Are you standing up for the right causes or are you sacrificing your values to gain an edge on the competition? Get honest with yourself and make some changes that feel right. Your communication also improves with your family, and you start to feel that you have the space to speak from a place of authenticity.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Trouble in paradise? Unexpected issues arise between your intimate partner and your friends. You may be put in a situation where you have to choose. Find a way to compromise, even if there are a few hurt feelings. This week you find you are able to complete your errands with ease, and you also notice that your family relationships start to smooth out as well.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Expect some tension between fulfilling the needs of your romantic partner and your needs at work. Both will be stubborn about the importance of your time and attention. Use your persuasive, performative nature to find a compromise between the two, while making both your partner and boss feel appreciated and respected. Later this week, you feel a surge of confidence and feel that everything is working out for the best.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

This week brings drama with some co-workers after a heated discussion. If tension at work comes up, try to keep an open-mind, even if you know you are the person who is “right.” By the end of the week, you will feel more confident about communicating your needs with others. Get specific, but be reasonable.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Early this week, expect some conflict between your intimate partner and your creative endeavors, the things in life that bring you joy. Disagreements may come up, so diffuse the tension by communicating from a place of love and understanding. Later this week, you will receive clarity around your needs and where you need to stand your ground.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

This week expect some tension between the needs of your family and the needs of your romantic partner. You are feeling defensive, but try to relax and be a little less rigid in your thinking. There is no right and wrong—find the gray in the situation. Later this week, find a friend to vent with and once that’s over, forgive and forget.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Communication may be a little rigid for you this week. Try to focus this intense, passionate energy toward creative endeavors instead of drama with partner or co-workers. If you can stay open-minded in the face of conflict, you will be rewarded when you sit down to have a chat about it. By the week’s end, find some friends to connect with so you can share in some good times this weekend!

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

You may be feeling insecure when things don’t go as planned this week. There is unexpected issues in a creative project. Use this as an opportunity to be the grounded presence in the situation. Keeping a cool head will help the issue resolve itself much more quickly. By the end of the week, expect harmonious interactions in the workplace, in your community, and in your relationships.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

This week, find a balance between your needs and your family’s needs. You may need to cancel something for an unexpected family situation. Keep the peace and finish the family errand. Don’t be stubborn about previous plans unless it is important to follow through. Later this week, you will feel more confident to communicate with your partner about the details of what you need. Be sure to communicate from a grounded place and give concrete examples.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Unexpected communication issues get blown out of proportion and you have a hard time not catastrophizing the situation. Be sure to find some alone time to process your feelings. Listen to some calming music and connect with nature to find some peace. Later this week, expect harmony in your intimate relationships. You will feel closer and more connected with your sweetheart if you can stay grounded and present in the moment with them.

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What to Do When Natural Disaster (Like Hurricane Florence) Affects Your Wedding


As the Carolinas are bracing for the impact of Hurricane Florence, the category 2 hurricane headed their way, many brides with an upcoming wedding in the area are in panic mode. While physical safety and well-being are of the utmost concern for all, there is an added stress to major storms like Hurricane Florence for those who plan to wed in affected or targeted areas.

Here are some actions you can take:

Purchase Wedding Insurance

According to Rob Nuccio, President of R.V. Nuccio and Associates (a.k.a. WedSure, who were the first in the country to offer wedding insurance in 1991, if wedding insurance was purchased prior to the storm, you may have recourse—in the event of a total cancellation, your losses may be covered. He advises that if a policy was purchased within the right amount of time, “You’re in good shape. There’s nothing to do now until you know whether or not you have or will have a loss. The only way you’ll know is when the storm has passed.” In the case of an evacuation, he explains, “the loss has already occurred. If you bought cancellation coverage for your wedding, it would be a covered loss.” However, you must have had the coverage before you first even heard of the storm.

Your coverage will directly depend on the type of policy you own. For example, Nuccio’s policies require purchase more than 14 days in advance of a potential weather event. He shared that while many brides who may be affected by Hurricane Florence are now attempting to purchase insurance, it is unfortunately too late for the coverage they are looking for, and will be for most if not all other policies, too. However, if purchased now, it could potentially cover other things that might affect a big day, such as the unfortunate loss of someone integral to the wedding, and even what they call “change of heart.”

Look at Your Vendor Contracts & Have a Conversation with Each

If you don’t have any type of insurance coverage, you may still have some hope of recovering funds in the event your wedding is completely off. If you are 30 days outside of your wedding, it is extremely important to carefully read all your signed contracts, including photographer, entertainment, beauty services, and flowers. Each vendor will have outlined their own time limits required for notice of possible cancellation or breaking of the contract. Depending on what you signed, you may be able to recover some funds.

Additionally, Nuccio shared that for some facilities, if completely damaged, it could become a legal issue between couples and the venue. If the facility was not able to have your wedding, it could be outlined in a contract or cancellation clause but you may have room to seek legal options in an attempt to recover your losses. It’s important to carefully understand and know the extent of any liability or cancellation clauses included in a contract.

Some vendors, such as Mikkel Paige Mihlrad, wedding photographer and owner of Mikkel Paige Photography, explains that her couples would be able to rebook their wedding within a year without any penalties. “As long as I have the data available, I’m happy to rebook!” sharing that while she never had a weather-related cancellation, she did have a couple reschedule due to Zika concerns surrounding their destination wedding in Mexico.

Remain Calm

Mihlrad offers some supportive words to brides facing both the stress and worries of the pending storms, and the effects on their wedding. “Remain calm and positive! It’ll help you face the situation with a clearer mind.” She also suggests that you “understand the effects the impending natural disaster may have as best as possible before you decided to rebook or not.” She says: “Are major roads closed? Are minor roads leading to your venue going to be affected, perhaps by flooding? Are airports closed? To what extent? If power goes out does my venue have backup generators? Enlist the help of trust friends and family to help you investigate. Contact key vendors to ask their thoughts as well.” If you do cancel, or if you have no choice but to cancel, there are ways to make that process a bit easier.

If You Are in This Situation, Practice Self Care

First things first—it’s important to acknowledge all your feelings and stressors. Mental Health Counselor Jody E. Smith, LPC, NCC says, “no feeling is ‘normal’ or ‘not normal,’ ” and being set to wed during such severe weather is quite complicated. “Regarding a wedding being affected by a natural disaster, the fact that you have spent tireless hours planning and looking forward to it, some of the most common feelings are frustration, sadness, anger, and grief. All of these are natural feelings because they are linked with the disappointment of expecting a big day and then having it changed because of something out of your control.” She adds, “Remember, whatever feelings you are feeling are natural and expected in light of any disaster affecting your world. The key is to not beat yourself up for feel guilty for being upset or disappointed because it’s a natural feeling, and a majority of people would feel the same.” So, in case anyone was wondering, she clarifies, “it is 100 percent OK to mourn the loss of your wedding.”

When it all gets to be too much, Smith recommends trying to disconnect. “On a daily basis, we are bombarded with negative news that we as individuals have very little control over. This can make a person feel helpless, leading to high levels of anxiety, which doesn’t help in any scenario.” She recommends trying exercise, meditation, and getting involved with local recovery efforts to give back to these communities affected by natural disasters, as well as “speaking with your healthcare professional if you feel like the anxiety is overwhelming you and affecting your daily life.”

Help Others

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, newly-married women have taken to Reddit’s wedding planning forum to offer up bridal gowns and wedding decor to Houston-area brides-to-be who lost their nuptial supplies and attire in the floodwaters. “Dress available for a Harvey bride,” read a thread posted by a user named Jenna, who happened to have survived another natural disaster—Hurricane Katrina—12 years before. “If you’re not familiar with that type of national disaster, if you’re not familiar with what it’s like to evacuate a flood-prone area, then you want to help but you have no idea how,” Jenna told Racked. “I was hoping my post would gain momentum. It’s good that other people saw that and were like, ‘Hey, that’s a good idea, I wanna [offer up my dress] too.’ ”

Since then, more and more Reddit brides have offered to ship their own wedding dresses to Houston brides in need. As the post has grown, even those without a gown to give have volunteered to donate venue decorations, dinnerware, and other wedding must-haves to hopefully ease these brides’ worries as they begin to rebuild their lives.

How Real Couples Are Dealing with Disaster

Texas bride Mackenzie Pinholster found herself boarding up her North Padre Island home and heading to a safer place to ride out Hurricane Harvey. The evening the storm raged on, she felt safe surrounded by her family and her fiancé. “I think throughout the whole night of the storm I was more nervous for our safety at our house than I was with our wedding,” she reflects. Mackenzie and her fiancé are set to wed next spring.

When the storm passed, although they were lucky enough to have minimal damage in their area, they received word that the city of their wedding venue, Port Aransas, was heavily damaged, and destruction was rampant through the entire city. In fact, Mackenzie said, “Our venue had the roof blown off with flooding inside, our caterer’s restaurant was torn down by the winds, and the condos we had all the rooms reserved for our guests were damaged from wind, rain, and flooding.” Mackenzie and her fiancé are now left to decide whether they should change their venue, or postpone their date, keeping the venue the same.

But that’s not the only decision they now have to make. Their much-anticipated honeymoon is set for Turks and Caicos. At the time of our interview, it’s right in the projected path of Hurricane Irma, and they won’t know the extent of the damage until it happens. She explains, “We won’t know whether we have to choose a new honeymoon spot, or just change our reservation.”

Throughout it all, Mackenzie has kept her focus on what is most important. “We have been very involved with helping Port Aransas. We have many friends who lost their homes and everything they have, so that has been our main focus. A wedding can be re-planned and postponed so we are focused on helping rebuild Port Aransas first,” she said.

For bride Alison N. and her husband, there were only five days in between Hurricane Sandy and their wedding. After the storm passed, power was out and they couldn’t get in touch with their venue. Eventually, local friends physically went to the venue and facilitated quick communication. Alison found out that “the first floor of the venue was completely flooded, but they never lost power and a cleaning crew was working tirelessly to make it presentable again. Fran [the wedding coordinator] reassured me my wedding was going to happen and everything would be as perfect as I’d imagined.” Luckily, her vendors were dedicated to making that promise a reality, too. “Our band, the Fuzz Pops, was ready to go, and happy the Waterside [the venue] was okay.” Her photographer, Gary Flom, helped create a backup plan for photos, and the owner of Nicole’s Boutique in Brick, New Jersey, actually met her friend on the highway to deliver the bride’s dress. Various businesses worked together to ensure the wedding would still happen.

Alison reflects, “Our wedding ended up being the first time most people saw lights, a hot meal, and a good time in a week. I will forever be thankful to the Waterside for making our wedding a day we will remember forever.”

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Christine C. and her husband Brian also tied the knot in the midst of the Sandy aftermath, albeit not without some stress and luck on their side. When the storm hit, “it was rain and wind like we’ve never seen before,” she recalls. When it was all over, they were lucky enough to both still have power and be in an area not as affected as others. After calling their vendors and venue to confirm they were OK and still available, she realized, “they each had the capability of making everything I wanted happen.” Yet, on the day of the event, their venue, the Crystal Plaza, was still without power. In fact, their wedding took place entirely on generators.

For brides finding themselves in similar situations, Christine advises that they, “stay calm and stay positive. Think the best possible things as long as you can.” She continues, “But the biggest thing to remember is that no matter what, no matter what happened, what can’t go as planned, just remember that in the end you are marrying the love of your life and that’s what it is really all about.”

What’s even more stressful than a wedding after a hurricane? Getting married DURING a hurricane. Ryan Roberts and his wife, Samie, cofounders of, were having a destination wedding in New York City, and about 70 of their guests were able to brave the impending storm and make it in for their August 27, 2011 wedding, the day Sandy made landfall! At the height of the storm, winds reached 70 miles per hour, and 400,000 New York residents were left without power as the Hudson River flooded.

According to Ryan, “New York City streets were abandoned and everyone seemed to be gone.” Luckily, thanks to a few connections, makeup, hair, and transportation still happened, which they chalk up to the absence of typical city traffic.

When all was said and done, Ryan reflects that their reception location, the Omni, “did everything to make the day perfect. While half of their staff couldn’t get in, the other half made it happen: getting dinner out on time (and making it amazing!), keeping the bar refilled, and making the night an epic one. The bartender (who day-lighted as the coat check guy) was making strong cocktails and despite the air conditioning breaking, the lights stayed on.”

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: September 10, 2018

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As the seasons begin to transition, take a little extra time to take care of life’s little details this month. This week in particular, the New Moon is in with Mercury, the Messenger, supporting clear and direct communications to take care of business.

For more on the week ahead, here are you weekly love horoscopes courtesy of The Love Astrologer, Kathryn Andren.

Aries: March 20 – April 20

Don’t skip ahead too fast with any party planning. This week’s powerful planet alignments support taking care of business. Your area of habits and routine is activated right now, so get organized! Maintain your motivation to stay healthy both in body and spirit. You feel more productive when thoughts, words and actions are in alignment.

Taurus: April 20 – May 21

All work and no play, Taurus? Take some time out for some serious fun! Plan something specific with your sweetheart and get it on your calendar, in pen. The New Moon with Mercury this week activates your area of fun and romance. Set time aside for a date night out with your special someone. Be creative and clear with your communication.

Gemini: May 21 – June 21

Settle down Gemini. It’s OK to have a quiet night at home, now and then. Your area of family and foundation is energized by this week’s New Moon with Mercury. Tend to the details of home and private life this week. Feeling moody? Reconsider all the ways you require nurturing. Make sure you are taking good care of yourself!

Cancer: June 21 – July 22

You get the job done when you are in the right place, at the right time with the right person. Your networking and communications area this activated this week by the New Moon and messenger planet Mercury. Speak up simply to state your needs, from a place of empowerment. Optimize the power of your words by being selective. 

Leo: July 22 – August 23

Take it easy and take your time, Leo. While you are often the life of the party, this week’s New Moon invites you to slow down. Reevaluate what matters most as planets travel through your region of finance and money this month. Take time to review priorities to recognize the difference between wants and needs.

Virgo: August 23 – September 23

You are on fire right now, so put your money where your mouth is, Virgo. Take care of details and get down to business as Mercury, the planet of commerce and communication, is in your sign this week near the New Moon. Are you are putting too much pressure on yourself? Remember, sometimes extra focus is required to get the job done in both life and love.

Libra: September 23 – October 23

Take care of old business, Libra. Your region of completions is activated by the New Moon this week. Notice if you receive any extra special messages from your dreams this week. Remember it is important to let go of the past and go with the flow. Keep breathing. By the end of the month you have more energy for all systems go!

Scorpio: October 23 – November 22

Set your sights higher, Scorpio. While you like to dive deep in the privacy of your own emotions, remember we all get by with a little help from our friends. This week’s New Moon activates your area of new ideas and community connections. Whatever your current projects or plans, team up with others to connect in the group.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21

You are in the limelight this month! Important choices around integrity are unfolding for you. You must be impeccable with your timing, however. Be responsible with words and actions — especially at work. Your area of career and public life is energized by the New Moon with Mercury this week. Create something wonderful at work, and focus on loving relationships built to last.

Capricorn: December 21 – January 20

Stay positive. Your area of beliefs and blessings is energized with Mercury the messenger joining the New Moon. Perhaps your need to get it right is pushing you overboard, or you may be overwhelming yourself from getting anything done at all. Give yourself a break. This is a great time to take off on an adventure with your special someone. Perhaps learning something new can give you a fresh perspective on life and love.

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18

It’s time to get serious. Your ability to create trust and reveal yourself to others is your greatest ally this month. Your area of intimacy and partnerships is energized this week with the New Moon and Mercury. When you dive deep and express your emotions, then you receive great rewards.

Pisces: February 18 – March 20

Let love rule. This week’s New Moon activates your area of partnerships and marriage. While you may go with the flow in life and love, now is a time to be more discerning with your partner. Have the courage to communicate clearly with those you love. Remember, if a relationship is worthwhile, it’s important to be patient, take your time and do the work.  

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Bridal Shower Themes Based on Your Zodiac Sign

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When it comes to planning a bridal shower, Pinterest can leave your head spinning and heart racing all at the same time. With so many themes, options and details to consider — where do you even start? Why not look to the stars?

Since your zodiac sign can reveal so much about you, consider letting your sign be your guide.

Here are some of our favorite bridal shower themes based on your sign.

Aries: March 20 – April 20

Brave and independent, Aries are full of energy and enthusiasm. They might want to have a hand in the planning of their shower, and that’s okay! The more personal, the better — so details that are specific to the bride and her romance can go a long way. Something like “The Story of Us,” or a more biographical themed shower might mean the world to an Aries bride.

Taurus: April 20 – May 21

Patient and loving, the perfect bridal shower theme for a Taurus is anything romantic and ethereal. A garden- or floral-themed shower —equipped with DIY bouquet and flower crown stations and blooming centerpieces — will certainly receive the stamp of approval from any Taurus.

Gemini: May 21 – June 21

Full of life, youth, and known for being fun-loving, Geminis might want to ditch tradition and go with a more hands-on approach. A cooking class, spa day or pool party will not only be unique enough for a Gemini’s personality, but will also provide experiential memories that will last far longer than a traditional luncheon.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22

Cancers are emotional and imaginative, so a fantasy or fairytale theme can be an excellent option. A Cinderella theme might be a perfect fit (pardon the pun) with whimsical details and decor, while a Midsummer Night’s Dream concept can also lend itself to beautiful scenery and swoon-worthy vibes.

Leo: July 22 – August 23

Embrace your creativity, Leo! Think outside of the box when it comes to your shower, and consider new experiences and unconventional themes and ideas. Why not have a Jack and Jill picnic or barbecue, where guys and gals can gather to celebrate? Take the stiffness out of the traditional shower and focus on truly celebrating with all you love instead.  

Virgo: August 23 – September 23

You probably don’t like being the center of attention, and that’s okay!  It’s your shower, do whatever makes you feel comfortable. Instead of worrying (like a typical Virgo might do) keep your crowd small, and let it be known you’d much rather a small and conservative luncheon among friends than an elaborate themed party.

Libra: September 23 – October 23

With an eye for romance and charm, Libras are sure to love a theme that’s a bit feminine and flirty. Afternoon tea or a Tuscany vineyard-themed affair are sure to be enjoyed by both the bride-to-be and all guests, and are versatile enough for fun and personalized touches, too.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 22

Scorpios are notoriously passionate, intuitive and sensitive. Finding a way to theme the party based on one of their passions or interests is sure to be a hit. A bride’s favorite travel destination or television show can provide the perfect canvas to let her ego shine just a bit, while the personal touches will pull at her heartstrings.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21

Lover of fun, fanfare and humor, a perfect bridal shower for a Sag will be lighthearted and full of fun. Anything from a light and whimsical tea party to a sexy lingerie theme will keep a Sag smiling, and the guests enjoying themselves throughout the event.

Capricorn: December 21 – January 20

You’re a bit reserved, but that doesn’t mean you shy away from a good party. Always having to (carefully) plan ahead, you can trust a Capricorn’s shower will be detail oriented, and the talk of the town. Go big or go home, and opt for a “wow” worthy theme, perhaps right off the big screen like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Casablanca, or Dirty Dancing.

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18

Friendly, loyal and original, Aquarians also tend to be well connected socially which can make for quite the shower crowd. If the shower is going to have a large guest count, it’s best to keep things clear and concise when it comes to themes and color schemes. For a slam dunk,  pick something personal to the bride — an affinity to travel, a novel, a classic tale — and let it go from there.

See more: Bachelorette Party Ideas Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Pisces: February 18 – March 20

A true Pisces might not be too keen on a celebration filled with gifts, guests, and them being the center of attention. They also have quite the sense of imagination, so finding a balance between these traits is crucial. Why not opt for subtle, yet fun shower theme based on the season? Fall foliage, winter wonderlands, spring soirees or summer solstice décor vibes can help to set the scene for a put together party, while taking the pressure off a commitment to anything elaborate or out of character.

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: September 3, 2018


The week ahead is setting the stage for some detailed communication with our loved ones. And this is a very good thing! As long as we are operating from a place of honesty and integrity and communicating with others from a place of love and compassion, the structures and relationships in our lives will become more stable, thus making us feel more more secure.

By the weekend, we may feel a push and pull between the needs of our partner and close friends and the work and errands that we need to get done. Be sure not to neglect one for the other—this could mean that we skip out on that last errand to not miss date night, or it may mean we can go to brunch with our partner, but will need to spend the afternoon doing laundry and catching up on emails.

Finally, this Sunday’s New Moon in Virgo is all about setting intentions related to putting our attention on the tangible details that bring us the life we desire. This moon also asks us to re-evaluate how we balance service to others, as we need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves before we can pour out our energy to others!

For more specific insight into the week ahead, here are your weekly love horoscopes courtesy of astrologer Katy Ibur.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

At the beginning of the week, expect the heat to turn up with your romantic partner! You will feel more fire and passion within your relationship. Use this energy to try out something new in the bedroom! This week also brings enhanced productivity at work. However, by the end of the week, tension may arise between your love life and career. Try to find a balance without stepping on anyone’s toes. For Sunday’s New Moon, find new ways to be of service to the people in your life. Pay attention to the details.

Taurus (April 21-May 20)

This week brings harmony with your family life and with your co-worker relationships. You will start to see the details of your next creative project more clearly—just be sure to not lose sight of the big picture! You may also feel a need to break out of your shell and try something new. Don’t allow yourself to get stagnant. Take that weekend road trip you have been dying to go on, or try that new restaurant that just opened up in town. For Sunday’s New Moon, set an intention to take more time for creative projects where you can get lost in the details.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Expect great communication with your sweetheart at the beginning of the week. Use this energy to convey how much they really mean to you. This week will challenge you to embrace some intense emotions. Talk to your romantic partner about what has been coming up for you emotionally, and allow yourself to get vulnerable. If you avoid this emotional work, it could create tension and distrust in your relationship by week’s end. For Sunday’s New moon, resolve to learn more about your family history, as understanding where you come from will help you to accept why you are the way you are—flaws and all!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You are starting to feel more confident in yourself and the strength of your family ties, which in turn helps you feel more secure overall. As long as you can keep a cool head, your romantic relationship will grow deeper—just be sure to keep the needs of your partner in mind. Communicate the details of what exactly will make your partner feel loved and appreciated. For Sunday’s New Moon, set intentions to be more clear in your communication with others. You have an opportunity to enhance your relationships if you resolve to communicate rationally instead of purely based on emotion.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

This week brings you more clarity about what you need from other people to feel loved and heard. As the week progresses, focus your attention on all your good qualities and how you can be helpful to others. Remain positive, because you could be prone to being overly negative and hard on yourself if you feel under-appreciated. For Sunday’s New Moon, ask yourself what specifically makes you so awesome. Get detailed. Make a list and read it every day for a confidence boost. This Sunday is also a great day to balance out your finances. The details will be a breeze!

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

This week brings a boost in understanding what motivates us in our relationships. We may come to realize where our relationships have been lacking in terms of harmony and generosity. Have we been picking fights or withholding love? Lean in to breaking up this pattern, and communicate your needs to your partner. You won’t regret it! Later this week, tensions may arise between what brings you pleasure and what brings you money. Try to find a balance between the practical and the frivolous. Sunday’s New Moon asks you to reevaluate your needs. Where have you been giving too much of yourself? How can you be better about balancing your needs vs. the needs of others?

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Get together with friends this week and expect some fun! Hanging with friends will also fulfill your need for deeper connection. Be sure to embrace the emotions under the surface, and avoid keeping everything superficial. Later in the week, there may be drama between your family’s needs and your own. Find a way to keep the peace while still respecting your boundaries. For this Sunday’s New Moon, find new ways you can make the world a better place, instead of dwelling on everything that is throwing the world off balance.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Communication at works runs smoothly this week, and you are feeling the love and overall harmony in your life. Be sure to keep your conversations honest, or your life may start to feel like it’s falling apart. How can you make sure to be fair and keep the peace? This week is also a great time to have a conversation with your significant other about your dreams for the future. Where are the two of you going? Keep it grounded and practical for now. For Sunday’s New Moon, evaluate the people in your life that you spend the most time with. Are they supporting you or are they bringing you down? Now is the time to cut the dead weight and surround yourself with people who push you to be the best version of yourself.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

This week brings a lot of joy and happiness when discussing your beliefs and life plans with your friends and acquaintances. Just make sure you stay grounded in your sense of self and values, as a friend may challenge your views later this week. Try not to get angry, and instead attempt to see the validity in their point. Either way, don’t take their comments personally and keep a level head. For this Sunday’s New Moon, set new tangible career goals. Decide on a concrete action plan and move forward with the next steps.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

This week brings fire and passion to your career and work in the community. You will want to work, work, work, but don’t forget to schedule in time for self-care. Schedule a massage or take a yoga class. If you skip out on taking caring of you, you will feel burned out from work by the weekend. For this Sunday’s New Moon, plan out your next vacation. Make it international or somewhere new you haven’t been before. Start to plan out all of the practical details to make this trip exciting and adventurous!

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

This week, expect fireworks and passion with your romantic partner—especially if you choose to try out something new! Whether it be a new art museum exhibit or a new sex position, don’t be afraid to give it a whirl. Looking at your emotions and breaking up routine is key to keeping your spirits high this week. For Sunday’s New Moon, commit to going deeper with your romantic partner. You have a tendency to want to keep everything intellectual and surface level. Set an intention to step out of your comfort zone and be more selfless than you have been in the past.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

This week is a great week for communicating with your romantic partner. Just try to keep yourself grounded during the conversation and stay present. There may also be some drama between your partner and friends—but try to not get caught up in the emotions of others, or you could be left feeling drained and directionless. For Sunday’s New Moon, make a detailed list of the ways you can be of service to your sweetheart. Once you have made the list, take a tangible action step to crossing off an item. Don’t procrastinate!

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Honeymoon Registry Etiquette 101: Everything You Need to Know


If your heart’s set on an epic honeymoon and you don’t want to drain your savings to get there, a honeymoon fund is a great idea! But if you’re worried about how to ask for honeymoon moon and other honeymoon registry etiquette particulars, we’re here to help. From what to put on your website to how to spread the news, here are 8 tips to help you create, share and use your honeymoon fund!

1. Share your travel plans on your honeymoon registry website.

Most registry websites have a space for you and your soon-to-be husband to tell a bit about your story, and your upcoming travels. Be descriptive and honest, and outline your exciting itinerary. Paint a crystal clear picture for everyone of what you will be doing, seeing, experiencing, eating, etc. The more details the better! This space is also where we recommend acknowledging why you’ve chosen a honeymoon registry over traditional registries, and how much your guests’ gifts can impact your experience.

2. Break your honeymoon fund down into specific items.

One of the great things about a honeymoon fund (aside from getting extra cash for your epic vacation!) is that you can break it down into specific items and experiences to make your guests’ gifting experience a little more personal. From a couple’s massage to upgraded plane tickets to a cooking class all about local cuisine, it gives a fun insight into the adventure you have planned and helps your guests feel like they’re buying you something specific instead of just writing a check.

3. Never include honeymoon registry information (or any registry information, for that matter) on the wedding invitation.

A big etiquette no-no is including your registry information on your wedding invitation itself. Please don’t do this. Instead, include a link to your honeymoon registry on your wedding website. Another option is adding the information to the invitations to your bridal shower. Honeymoon registry info can also be spread by word-of-mouth — that actually works wonders when it comes to spreading the news of where you’ve registered when you relay the proper information to the right people.

4. Include a snapshot or memory from the honeymoon in your thank you card.

Honeymoon registries make for unique thank you card opportunities! Let’s say your cousin gifted you a ziplining adventure — how fun would it be to include a picture of your and your honey zipping through a canopy of trees? Adding in a photo of the gift’s intended use will really take your thank you card to the next level.

Including a photo is the perfect way to not only show the impact of their gift, but give them a glimpse into your once in a lifetime trip, as well! As with all thank you cards, make sure you send it out within three months of receiving the honeymoon funds.

5. Provide a traditional registry alongside your honeymoon registry.

While you really may not want anything else to clutter your already existing shelves, counter tops, and linen closets, understand that some guests (specifically those stuck on tradition) would rather give you something tangible that you can have in your home for quite some time. Because of this, we recommend still registering for some items — and don’t feel like you have to register for housewares. With today’s registries, you can register for literally anything. Seriously. On sites like My Registry or Zola, you can register for everything under the sun, including Soulcycle passes, fine art, Target gift cards, an espresso machine, etc. You can even add items from Etsy to your registry. With so many options, you’ll be able to find 10 to 20 items to add for your guests that prefer giving physical gifts.

6. You can automatically pick up the tab on any fees charged for contributing to your fund.

Wedding registry website services such as Wanderable offer the option of having the registered couple “pick up” the fees associated with their service, rather than the guest having to pay. This way, your guests are truly gifting you the amount they desire to, and you will be charged the small percentage/fee when you “cash out.”

7. Or, use a honeymoon registry site that doesn’t charge fees.

Honeyfund is another popular honeymoon registry that never charges any fee to the gift giver. There’s also no fee for the recipient if they choose to get the money via a digital gift card rather than a bank transfer.

8. Use your honeymoon contributions toward your honeymoon, but feel free to be flexible with them.

While you should definitely use any money contributed via a honeymoon registry for your honeymoon, there’s no rule saying that SCUBA lesson your aunt purchased actually has to be a SCUBA lesson. You might decide that you’d much rather upgrade your standard room to a suite or an over-water bungalow, or arrive at your destination and realize that a helicopter tour would be more your speed. Or maybe you’d rather spend a few hours in a smaller seat on the airplane, then reward yourself with a luxurious day for two at the spa instead. It’s your trip, after all! And if you land and are way too tired for that sunrise hike up a volcano, there’s always a sunset cruise or a private dinner on the beach.

As we mentioned, though, you really should still put the money you receive as part of your honeymoon fund toward your honeymoon. Your guests are hoping to make that experience as memorable and exciting as possible for you, so put their generosity to good use! And if you come home with a little extra money in your pocket (perfect for that home improvement project you were thinking about!), we won’t tell!

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: August 27, 2018

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See what your zodiac sign has to say about your weekly love horoscope, with relationship and career advice for every sign.

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8 Weekender Bags for Romantic Weekend Getaways


Paravel Stowaway Collapsible Suitcase

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6 Essential Subscription Services for Every New Mom


Cricket Crate by KiwiCo offers developmentally appropriate products and info that are designed to provide an educational foundation to make learning fun and enjoyable, even for small babies. Delivered to your door monthly, the boxes are available in one, three, six or twelve month options with different boxes for ages 0-36 months, 3-4, 5-8, and 9-16+. As an added upgrade, you can even add a specially selected book that complements the theme of the crate for only $9.95.

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: August 20, 2018


Are you ready for a cosmic break? Well, this week we get one! Nearly every aspect in the sky is one of harmony, grace, compassion, creativity and imagination, with just a touch of practicality to bring dreams into reality.

We start with a lovely fire trine between Sun in Leo and Moon in Sagittarius on Monday. This can spark some incredible emotional breakthroughs or fill us with the inspiration we need. When the Sun moves into Virgo (Happy Birthday, Virgo!), hooking up with Uranus and Taurus (all in earth signs), it’s a great time for kicking into gear and launching all those Virgo-like projects: clearing clutter (mentally and physically), paying more attention to your health, and volunteering. Projects should just seem a bit easier to tackle now.

The week ends with an ethereal Full Moon in Pisces, joining in the hyper-sensitive energy of the grand trine. Forgiveness, compassion, and romantic fantasies rule our thoughts, so make plenty of time to spend with your partner…no phones allowed.

How will all this play out for your sign? Read on below for this week’s horoscopes, courtesy of astrologer Suzie Kerr Wright.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

After a couple of false starts—perhaps a bit of jealousy and a bit of catch-up sleep—you’ll be back on track with big plans for you and your love. A surprise night out on the town will bring serendipitous events you won’t stop talking about for a long, long time. Use your imagination and think big.

Taurus (April 21-May 20)

Everything about this week can be amazing if you are willing to see things completely differently than you have in the past. Family stress over money or possessions can make you feel like you have to be the peacemaker. The trick to making this week spectacular is to know that there is nothing, nada, you can do to change someone else’s mind. Once you internalize that, freedom is yours.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You’re out on a limb—in a good way—when you come up with a way to make work/home life intertwine. Sparks may fly over what seems to be a crazy idea your partner may not agree on, however, you’ll win them over by the end of the week. It could be a new business venture, or a new way to do the usual. Either way, be patient while others catch up.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

It’s a busy week! Just when you think you’ve checked off all your to-dos, more pop up. As much as you’d like to get it all done, put the brakes on if you start to feel overwhelmed. Your partner wants your time and attention for all the right reasons, so make sure you’re not neglecting a chance for a super snuggly time. The list can wait.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

As the Sun prepares to leave your sign, it fires up your charisma and gives you a chance to really shine as you win supporters in the office. Your love life sizzles with passion as you invest in the next step in your relationship. A ring and a date, finally? Could happen!

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

A soul-to-soul conversation with your partner brings you to a new level of understanding. A misunderstanding from a long time ago is finally put to rest and you can move forward with the relationship into a more respectful and compassionate place. You’ve been after the same goal, just going about it differently.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

The Full Moon brings a reality check around an issue at work. You may have been allowing yourself to take the blame or responsibility for something that wasn’t yours to do. Gather up your confidence and move forward with your own work or ideas. Make sure you are taking care of yourself first.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Your reliability and networking skills are strong now. With your sweetheart you’ll want to be careful to not cross the line into manipulation. Use your charm for the good of all involved. Remember, they’re really on your side. Write them a beautiful love letter or pour your heart into creative expression of your love.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

The fiery trine between Sun and Moon in your sign brings a new level of passion and confidence. You’re ready to take on the world, if only the world was ready for you. A few bumps in the road early in the week shouldn’t slow you down. Focus on asking for what you need from loved ones. They’re more than willing to help.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

You’ll have vacation syndrome. (You know how you always get so much done at work when you’re going on vacation?) Keep your eye on the prize—which, literally, may be an upcoming vacay—and tie up all those loose ends. Even if you don’t have a specific trip planned, if you get in the flow of this energy, the freedom you feel by the weekend is worth it.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

You’re on fire with a new system that keeps your budget in line and a huge windfall is possible now. As things begin to click financially, your self-esteem kicks up a notch. Your relationship feels more grounded, too, as you are able to get your point across more clearly.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Stepping back from the crowd helps you maintain your equilibrium. You’re like an antenna, picking up signals from everyone. Practice grounding, carry grounding crystals, or do visualizations to keep your energy in check and watch your personal boundaries. The upside to this energy is your creativity is soaring, and so is your connection to your partner. It’s intense!

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