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6 New Color Palettes for Spring Weddings

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From classic colors to bold hues, these new seasonal color palettes for spring weddings are here to give your nuptials a fresh look.

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10 Spring Wedding Themes That Are in Bloom for 2019

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Tying the knot in 2019? Look to these fresh spring wedding themes for inspiration for your own budding nuptials.

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Your Guide to Every Type of Wedding Centerpiece

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Consider this everything you need to know about topping your tables! From flowers to chandeliers, here is every type of wedding centerpiece out there.

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9 Things That Seriously Annoy Bridesmaids (According to Real Bridesmaids!)

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They might be all smiles, but your bridesmaids may not be telling you how they REALLY feel. Here are nine things that seriously annoy bridesmaids.

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18 Modern Bridal Shower Ideas Your Guests Will Love | Brides

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Not into an afternoon full of tea sandwiches and opening presents? Try one of these modern bridal shower ideas on for size instead!

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When to Rent Wedding Decor and When to Buy It

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Some wedding items are simply better to rent, and some are better to buy. Here’s how a bride-to-be should decide what to do.

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What to Do With Wedding Decorations After Your Reception Comes to an End

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Here are some of our favorite ways to give your wedding decorations new life after your wedding reception comes to an end.

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New Year’s Eve Wedding Etiquette: Is it Rude to Get Married on New Year’s Eve?

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We’re weighing the pros and cons of choosing New Year’s Eve as your wedding date. Here’s everything you need to consider.

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12 Holiday Proposal Ideas That Will Guarantee a YES!

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At the Christmas tree farm

Dozens of photos of proposals surrounded by Douglas firs exist, which only proves this is one iconic holiday moment for popping the question. But don’t just show up without a game plan and hope for the best, says Heather Vaughn, founder of proposal planning company The Yes Girls. Organize the exact spot with the owners of the farm before you set foot there on the big day. You can even select the tree, purchase it, then decorate it to mark it as the one. The next day, dress in your best rustic attire and be sure to let your SO know to don a cozy sweater and warm winter hat too, as you’ll be shopping for this year’s tree. If friends or family tag along, designate one as the photographer or videographer. When you happen upon the clearing and the tree, ask for his or her hand in marriage. “Playing off a tradition as you would normally do is an easy way to get your significant other to a location without setting off suspicion,” she adds.

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How To Plan the Perfect Restaurant Proposal

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Include decor and thoughtful details.

“The most successful proposals are those with enormous attention to detail, where the proposer really knows their soon-to-be’s fiance’s heart,” Nili said. Details, however, don’t have to be red roses, flower petals, and Champagne, unless that’s what you really want. Nili suggests including framed photos from your relationship, playing favorite songs, lighting candles, or choosing a place based on the view, especially if you are in a particularly scenic destination. For Nili, it’s the massive Pacific. “The only thing you need to worry about is matching the ocean,” she added of couples who propose on their terrace overlooking the water.

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TK of Your Wedding Ceremony Etiquette Questions Answered

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During the procession, in what order does the wedding party, including the children, walk down the aisle?

This is a great question. While you can certainly change it up—we love a strong groom’s entrance—there is a traditional order. The bride’s attendants enter first, either escorted by someone from the groom’s attendants or alone. The maid or matron of honor would enter last, with the best man if both roles are filled. Then come the ring bearer and flower girl, either single file or together. At the altar they can stand with the wedding party if they have the attention span; otherwise, have them sit with their parents near the front. Then, of course, comes the bride. For same-sex couples, one, both, or neither partner may walk down the aisle, so it depends on what the pair decides is best. If they have a wedding party, the group will follow a similar order as above.

For a guide on the processional order, watch this handy video!

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18 Decades-Old Wedding Etiquette Traditions That Aren't Going Anywhere

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Wedding etiquette isn’t the same as it was 20 years ago, and neither are the weddings themselves. From living together before you’re married to wearing a color other than white and registering for a honeymoon instead of new plates, a lot has changed. However, there are some things that will always stay the same. Here are 18 wedding etiquette rules for couples and guests that aren’t going anywhere.

Be gracious

More than just saying “please” and “thank you,” being gracious is a state of mind that you should carry throughout your wedding day. Be kind and pleasant as you work with your vendors or deal with your wedding party, be warm and welcoming as your guests arrive, and be polite and courteous. It may be your big day, but by acknowledging and appreciating what others have done to make it happen, you’ll stick in their minds as a bride for the books, not a bridezilla for the gossip mill.

Don’t invite a guest to a pre-wedding party if they aren’t invited to the wedding

One of the easiest ways to upset a friend or relative is to host them at a bridal shower or bachelor party, then not invite them to the wedding. Reserve the guest lists for events including engagement parties, showers, and bachelorettes for guests of the wedding only.

Send a paper invitation

In a world full of digital messages like email and social media, your wedding is the moment to mail a formal, paper invitation. How beautiful, right? Keep it simple with a printed invitation or go elaborate with a full stationery suite—whatever you choose, follow the proper etiquette for addressing your guests on the envelopes. Click here for a complete guide on how to address wedding invitations.

Don’t include registry information on your invitations

It’s best to avoid placing registry information on your paper invitation. Instead, include your registry on your wedding website, and share your website address on the stationery. Registry links on your invitation are considered distasteful, as you don’t want to look like you’re soliciting gifts. Plus, the website typically includes additional helpful information for your guests, like travel tips and accommodation details, making it the more logical location anyway.

Add postage to your RSVP cards

If you ask guests to send back an RSVP card, be sure to have the envelope pre-addressed and stamped with the appropriate postage. It’s common courtesy to foot the bill for postage for the return of the RSVPs. It makes it easy on your guests.

Thank your wedding party

Let your friends and family in your wedding party know how much you love the support they have given you as your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Do something special for each person, whether it’s a fancy gift, a handmade present, or a special note. They will appreciate that you recognized the time and effort they put in to making your wedding day a success.

Avoid a cash bar

We know that the food and beverage tally adds up quickly, but that’s no excuse for charging your guests. Refrain from asking friends and family to pay for their drinks. Instead, find other ways to save. Cut back in another category or pare down the full bar to offer a few select options. Consider providing beer and wine only. It’s a great way to save, and guests likely won’t miss the hard liquor.

Consider your guests’ comfort and have an inclement weather plan

Whether it’s what to do in the event of rain, extreme heat, or freezing cold, have a plan B that you love in case you must enact it. You may want an outdoor ceremony and be ok with raindrops, but your 200 guests probably won’t like huddling under umbrellas to watch you say “I do.” Think about what will keep them comfort: provide shawls or fans depending on the temperatures, and move the party indoors if that everyone will be more focused on the weather than your vows.

Send thank you notes to your vendors

Yes, you’ve paid for their services, but vendors love hearing how much you appreciate their time and effort to pull off your special day. Send a handwritten thank you note to everyone on your vendor team. If you wish, include gratuity for their hard work.

Send thank you notes to your guests

Show your guests your appreciate their presence, support, and gifts by sending them a handwritten thank you note from you and your new spouse. Tell them how much it means to you that they witnessed you say your vows and celebrate on the dance floor. If you received a gift from that guest, mention the specific item in the note. Your guests will be very impressed with your thoughtfulness.

Celebrate within your means

Money is a touchy subject, and it can become emotionally charged when it comes to your wedding. Whether you are paying for your celebration yourself or have received a gift from a family member to cover the costs, be acutely aware of how much you have to spend—and don’t go beyond that amount. There is no need to go into debt for your wedding. Your celebration will be special and beautiful no matter what you’re paying for it.

As a guest, don’t wear white

Unless the couple specified a white party as the dress code, steer clear of white, ivory, and cream tones. That goes even if the brides chooses to wear a different hue, like pastel pink or blue. If you’re attending a wedding with two grooms, it’s still best to err on the conservative side: avoid the color or ask the couple their preference. You never know if they will choose to don white themselves.

Do get the couple a card or a gift

Let the newlyweds know how honored you are to celebrate with them. Even the smallest gift or the simplest greeting card shows you care. Sign a card with your congratulations, and if there is a registry, considering purchasing the couple a gift. Most couples include items of varying price points, so you can find something that fits your budget.

Don’t bring a plus one if you weren’t invited with one

If your invitation does not read “and guest” or list your guest’s name, it’s an invitation for you to arrive solo. Use this as a chance to get to know new people in the couple’s circle rather than bothering the couple to make an exception so you can bring a date.

Don’t bring children if the invitation says “no children”

Similarly, don’t ask the couple if you can bring your kids. Respect the couple’s wishes if they want an adults-only celebration. Instead, consider your childcare options at home or at the destination. It is okay to inquire with the couple about local babysitters, especially if you are from out of town. Many couples will have this information to pass along to guests with little ones.

Be respectful in houses of worship

If the couple plans to say “I do” in a church, synagogue, temple, or other religious institution, consider the appropriate decorum and attire for such a venue. Ladies should consider covering their shoulders for the ceremony with a jacket or wrap, and men should remove hats unless they are traditional, such as a turban or yarmulke.

Put down your phone for an unplugged ceremony

If the couple requests that you shut off your phone, don’t pull it out to take pictures of the first kiss. Leave the photography to the pros—the couple paid good money for them!—and be present in the moment. There’s a good chance you can snap away at the reception, so save the selfies for the dance floor.

See more: The 50 Mistakes Brides Always Make

Observe the couple’s wishes

Remember, it’s their day not yours. You’re there to celebrate the newlyweds, witness their vows, and take part in the festivities. Try to put their needs before your own, and avoid complaints about the food or a detail you didn’t like. Save the comments for another day and instead, be positive. No one likes a grouchy guest.

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