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Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring: Do You Need Both?

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Thinking about engagement and wedding rings? From the price to the look to the meaning, they’re very different. Learn more to decide if you need (or want) both!

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7 Wedding Swing Decor Ideas for Your Outdoor Wedding

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Here are our favorite wedding swing decor ideas that’ll add a touch of whimsy to your outdoor reception this summer.

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Eco-Friendly Wedding-Exit Toss Ideas, From Flower Petals to Fresh Herbs

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We offer a few eco-friendly wedding toss ideas — from throwing lavender to dried flower petals — that are environmentally friendly options to tossing rice at your wedding sendoff.

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18 Pressed Flower Wedding Decoration Ideas

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For the prettiest springtime vibe, use these pressed flower wedding decoration ideas — from wedding table numbers to invitations — throughout your big day.

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Wedding Invitation Etiquette: When To Send Wedding Invitations

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Find out when to send wedding invitations, when to send save-the-dates, and all the other answers to questions surrounding wedding invitation etiquette.

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9 Mini Cocktail Hour Food Pairings that Taste as Good as They Look

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Go ahead, play with your wedding food! A guaranteed way to impress your guests at your reception is by serving mini cocktail hour food pairings—and yes, you read that correctly. Believe it or not, your cocktail hour is an opportunity to really have fun with your menu options, so take it to the next level by offering bite-sized versions of your favorite food and drink combinations. Mini tacos? We’ll have three. A tiny Bloody Mary? Don’t mind if we do.With Finger food to munch on and pint-sized beverages to guzzle back, your hors d’oeuvre selections will be the talk of your nearest and dearest long after your wedding day. Plus, if you’re hosting this festivity before the wedding ceremony, mini cocktails and light bights ensure no one will be stumbling down the aisle. Here are a few delicious (and unexpected) pairings that are sure to make stomachs grumble and mouths water at your cocktail hour.

1. Fried Chicken + Rum and Coke

Serve up some good old comfort food in style—scaled-down, that is. Go all mini everything, from the chicken itself to the Coke bottles to even the straws. Squeeze in a dash of rum and you’re all set. This is finger food we can all get behind.

2. Fried Clams + Bloody Mary

For a seaside-inspired cocktail hour, all it takes is a little downsizing to completely revamp your nautical menu. Serve petite glasses of Bloody Mary, paired alongside mini fried clams in decorative oyster dishes. Stick a toothpick inside this cuisine for easier (and cleaner) consumption.

3. Tacos + Margaritas

Don’t let size fool you—bite-sized tacos pack just as much of a punch, especially with a side of mini margarita to wash them down. Good luck limiting yourself to just one of these Mexican menu staples.

4. Roast Beef Sliders + Beer

To ensure your favorite guilty pleasure meal goes from bar snack-status to truly glam and reception-ready, pair perfectly petite burgers with corresponding beer flights. A slider of mini proportions means a more efficient, mess-free way of getting your grub on. We’ll have seconds, please.

5. Cotton Candy + Champagne

Nothing beats a sweet and bubbly combo, especially in perfectly pint-sized proportions. Guests can raise their glasses to toast to the happy couple at cocktail hour, but only after enjoying a small sugar fix. Bottoms up, mini fluffs of cotton candy and all.

6. Coffee + Doughnut Holes

Bite-sized treats shouldn’t be limited to just the reception—they can even make an appearance at post-wedding brunch, as well. Definitely don’t skimp out on hefty coffee portions (especially for guests who took a little too much advantage of the open bar), but do toss in a few doughnut holes served on decorative sticks. This pairing takes everyone’s go-to cup of joe and favorite round confection to new heights.

7. Baby Burgers + Bourbon

When you’’re dressed in your finest, the last thing you need is a sloppy sandwich. Enter the mini version—, like this one from D.C.-based Occasions Caterers—, with all the flavor, none of the mess. Chase down the burgers with shots of your favorite bourbon or whiskey.

7. Sundaes + Soda

““I like to shrink favorite iconic foods to bize-size treats”,” says New York City– based caterer Peter Callahan. To make petite banana splits feel ice cream– parlor authentic, he serves them in footed glass dishes. Pair with a classic fountain drink (and add a shot of liquor for a boozy version).

8. Mini Pops + Prosecco

Take a cue from L.A.’’s Hungry Bear Catering and serve a boozy, grown-up version of Popsicles at cocktail hour. It’s both your dessert and your drink, all in one. Added bonus: The champagne flutes catch any drips.

9. Hot Dogs + Pickles (+ Beer!)

Small versions of foods like hot dogs feel sophisticated and personalized. “”We customize menus based on the couple’s favorite foods”,” says San Francisco caterer David Zlatchin of Betty Zlatchin Catering. For the drink, go with a classic American IPA or other light, crisp beer.

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20 Stunning Wedding Flower Wall Ideas

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Ever since Kim and Kanye tied the knot in front of a wall of white peonies, roses, and gardenias, flower walls have been en vogue. And it’s no wonder—a luxurious wall installation made entirely of flowers is a spectacular way to create a floral point at your wedding. And a flower wall can work anywhere: at the ceremony entrance, as a gorgeous backdrop for your vow exchange, as an escort-card display, at the reception behind a delicious spread of desserts, or any other place you’d like to draw attention to. Flower walls are also a great way to bring the outside indoors, especially if you and your fiancé love Mother Nature but are hosting an indoor celebration.

A flower wall can also serve double-duty if the ceremony and reception are being held at the same venue. First, have your florist create a towering flower wall to serve as the backdrop for your ceremony; then, during cocktail hour, flip the space and position your sweetheart table in the same spot. Or, have the flower wall function as a photo booth backdrop or selfie station at the reception. Either way, you’re pretty much guaranteed spectacular wedding photos all night long.

And it’s not just the traditional flower wall we love! We’ve seen so many different takes on flower installations and “walls” that have left us speechless. Click through to see 20 of the most stunning wedding flower walls and installations we’ve seen at real weddings.

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Wedding Guest Dress Code Explained: From Black Tie to Casual | Brides

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Have you ever received a wedding invitation in the mail that left you completely clueless about the wedding guest dress code? Between “black-tie optional” and “semiformal,” the language can be tricky to decipher. But we’ve got you covered. Here are the most common wedding guest dress codes explained so that you arrive appropriately—and stylishly!—dressed to the celebration.

White-Tie Wedding Dress Code

This the most formal wedding attire possible (think: White House state dinners).

For the Ladies

Women should wear a formal floor-length evening gown, no exceptions. Pair your dress with jewelry, heels and an elegant clutch.

For the Men

Men are required to wear a tuxedo with tails, a formal white shirt, white vest and bow tie, white or gray gloves, and formal footwear, such as derby shoes or oxfords.

Black-Tie Wedding Dress Code

This is the next most formal wedding dress code, and usually means the wedding is an evening event.

For the Ladies

Women have options — they can go a bit dressier and wear a formal floor-length gown, or they can choose a dressy cocktail dress, paired with heels or dressy flats. Dressy pants suits are also acceptable.

For the Men

Men must wear a tuxedo. A black bow tie, black vest or cummerbund, and patent leather shoes are also suggested. For summer weddings, a white dinner jacket and black tuxedo trousers are also acceptable.

Formal or Black-Tie Optional Wedding Dress Code

The wording here indicates something slightly less formal than black tie is acceptable. So, a tuxedo isn’t required, but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate.

For the Ladies

The choices are the same as with black-tie: a floor-length gown, a fancy cocktail dress, or a dressy pants suit. As far as women are concerned, there’s no difference between black-tie attire and black-tie option attire. The “optional” part comes in for the men.

For the Men

Men have the option of wearing a tuxedo or a formal dark suit, white shirt, and conservative tie.

Semi-formal or Dressy Casual Wedding Dress Code

Part of dressing for a semi-formal or dressy casual wedding is taking the time of the wedding into account. Wear darker, more formal colors for an evening wedding; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime event.

For the Ladies

Try a cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top. An elegant pantsuit is also appropriate. Floor-length gowns, however, would be inappropriate. Pair with heels, nice wedges or elegant flats. Note: If the ceremony is being held outdoors, and you’ll be walking across lawn, avoid traditional heels that will likely get stuck in the grass!

For the Men

Men should wear a suit and tie, dark or light depending on the time of day.

Festive Attire Wedding Dress Code

This dress code is relatively new, and will leave many guests scratching their heads. Basically, guests are given the go-ahead to have fun and play with their look. Opt for cocktail-party attire featuring bolder colors and playful accessories.

For the Ladies

Women should wear a cocktail dress or party dress in a fun color, paired with playful accessories and heels or dressy flats.

For the Men

Men should sport a suit, jazzed up with a bright tie or creative pocket square.

Casual Wedding Dress Code

This indicates the wedding will likely be held outdoors or on the beach, meaning the event will be much more laid-back, especially when it comes to attire. That said, jeans, shorts, and tank tops are probably not appropriate unless they’re specifically noted as acceptable.

For the Ladies

A summer sundress is appropriate (just make sure the fabric isn’t overly formal). Wedges or dressy sandals are perfect footwear for a casual wedding, but sandals and sneakers are not.

For the Men

Wear dress pants or khaki pants with a collared shirt tie. You can add a tie or sport jacket if you’d like, but it’s not required. If it’s chilly, feel free to add a sweater, as well. Steer clear of any t-shirts or tennis shoes.

Tropical or Destination Wedding Dress Code

Tropical weddings are usually humid and hot affairs, and you have to dress accordingly. Remember, always err on the dressier side of caution. If you’re not sure if what you’re planning to wear is dressy enough, it’s probably not. Upgrade it a notch and you’re certain to be just fine.

For the Ladies

As with a casual wedding, look for cotton sundresses and nice sandals or wedges. If the wedding is being held outside and the weather is blazing, consider topping the look off with a sunhat.

For the Men

Guayabera shirts almost always count as appropriate wedding attire in the tropics. Known more commonly as “Mexican wedding shirts,” these short-sleeved, button-down shirts usually have decorative square pockets, and often have embroidery. They’re available in a huge variety of colors and styles. Most designer labels also have their own version of the guayabera, if you’re looking for something a little fancier.

Although linen shirts and pants are also appropriate for a tropical wedding, be cautious in selecting them when you’re travelling. Linen usually wrinkles easily, and there may not be a dry cleaner to press it back out in a more remote destination. Don’t wear shorts unless specifically instructed to do so.

What Not to Wear to Wedding, Regardless of Dress Code

There are a few rules that apply to all dress codes across the board. Whether you’re wearing casual or black-tie attire, avoid all of the following faux pas.

1. Wearing White

Pick any other color to wear to the wedding. Wearing white will just have heads turning in your direction for all of the wrong reasons. Plus, it will most likely upset the bride, who won’t want to feel anything but pleased by her guests throughout the night. The only exception, of course, is if the couple has specifically asked all the guests to wear white — in which case, respect their request and find yourself a white outfit (here are tips for what to wear to a wedding with an all-white dress code!).

2. Picking a Dress That Looks Like the Bridesmaid’s Dress

If you can get a heads up on the style and color of the dress the bridesmaids will be wearing, try to avoid wearing anything similar. If not, you may have to spend the night explaining to everyone that you’re not a bridesmaid and you didn’t mean to dress like one.

3. Underdressing

Whether or not the dress code is black tie, try not to under-dress for the wedding. Unless it was stated that wearing jeans is okay, try to at least wear clothes that you would feel comfortable wearing to a formal office party.

4. Dressing for the Club

It’s a party, so you might be tempted to dress like you’re heading out to a nightclub, but remember for a wedding, you should keep it classy. You’ll be surrounded by someone else’s family and friends so keep it appropriate.

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