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The 2019 Wedding Food Trends Everyone Will Be Eating Up in the New Year

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If you’re planning on tying the knot in 2019, consider these delicious wedding food trends, from cocktail hour hors-d’oeuvres to black tie setups.

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62 Extraordinary Baguette Wedding Bands For Every Style

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From classic eternity bands to glitzy modern takes, scroll through our edit of 62 extraordinary baguette wedding bands for every style and budget.

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Beyoncé Performs at Pre-Wedding Celebration for Daughter of India’s Richest Man

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Isha Ambani, the daughter of India’s richest man, enlisted Beyoncé to perform before her wedding to Anand Piramal.

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15 Seasonal Flower Crowns You Can Buy Now for Your Winter Wedding

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You don’t have to be a summer bride to don a flower crown. These festive floral wreaths will add a seasonal touch to your winter wedding look.

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6 Women On Why They Proposed to Their Partner (Because Why Not?)

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When you’re eyeballing your relationship status and feeling extra eager to take things to the next level, the idea of engagement may be permanently sticking in your brain, so much so that you get the urge to pop the question to your partner.

Historically, men have been the ones to get down on one knee with a shiny diamond and a sappy speech, asking their partner if they want to spend forever with them. While that trend is still soaring, more and more women are taking their engagement into their own hands.

Read on to hear the stories of six women who decided to propose to their partner, and what drove them to pop the question.

I Was Getting Antsy

“I had been dating my boyfriend (at the time) for almost eight years. We never talked about getting married but we started dating at age 18 and life was so messy then, between college, graduating, figuring out a postgrad life, etc. When things felt settled and we both had decent jobs and our own place to live, I started hinting at the idea of marriage. He always would smile and laugh but he never like made a move or said he was planning on proposing. On our eight-year anniversary, I got down on one knee, with a ring I bought for $200 for him and said, ‘Let’s get married.’ I think he was half shocked and half pissed at himself for not doing this first. But he said yes and I forgave him for being dumb and not thinking of proposing first. We’re getting married in April of 2020.” —Claire R., 27

I Did It First as a Joke

“We were drunk and on a cruise with a bunch of our friends. We’d been dating for what felt like forever (four years), and one night on the cruise I got down on a knee and said, ‘Marry me?’ All of our friends went crazy. Everyone thought it was a joke. It was but it also was not. Two weeks post-cruise, he got on one knee and asked me for real.” —Jackie W., 32

Women Should Take the Lead

“I’m so against male-oriented traditions. Like why should the guy be the one to decide when it’s the right time to get engaged? No thanks. I asked my husband to marry me. He was not shocked. He said yes and our wedding lacked most traditions. I didn’t walk down an aisle, I didn’t wear a white dress, I didn’t toss flowers to single friends—I did things my way and it was the best night of our lives.” —Chantel E., 32

There’s No Rule Book

“I’m a lesbian and when it came time to figure out who proposes to whom, we didn’t feel there was any rule book. We talked about marriage for years and without her knowing, I proposed first. She said yes and then proposed to me a week later so that I could have the experience too!” —Jenna B., 41

It Was More of an Ultimatum

“I seriously didn’t admit this to many people, but I proposed to my boyfriend because it was either marriage or we break up. I didn’t do anything romantic but I did say to him over dinner that either he marries me or he leaves. It sounds like a terrible thing to do but I’m not into wasting time. I wanted to get our show on the road after two years of dating. Oh, and he did say yes!” —Elise P., 28

See more: Attitudes Toward Women Proposing Are Shifting—So It’s Time We Start Asking

Life’s Too Short to Wait for Someone to Ask You Anything

“Never wait around for someone else to make decisions for you and your life. Life’s too short. After dating my partner for a year, I asked her to marry me. I was terrified and I always imagined she’d do the asking, but I felt like it was time and I wanted to take a chance and just do it. It worked. She said yes, even though she was shocked that I took the lead and popped the question!” —Tami P., 33

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Arrow's Katie Cassidy Is Married!

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Pop the champagne! Arrow actress Katie Cassidy is married!

The 32-year-old tied the knot to longtime love Matthew Rodgers on Saturday in Sunset Key, Florida. The actress shared a sweet photo to Instagram from the intimate celebration, showing off her stunning long sleeved, lace Pronovias wedding gown.

“I can’t help falling in love with you … YES!” she wrote in a caption, alongside a shot of her and her husband sharing a wedding day kiss. “It’s official! #MrsRodgers I love you my husband.”

Rodgers popped the question to Cassidy in June 2017. She shared the exciting news on Instagram at the time.

“I can’t wait to spend forever with you my darling!! I’m the luckiest girl in the whole world. I ❤️ YOU to the moon and back,” she wrote alongside a shot of the two kissing. “Thank you for a magical evening I will remember forever.”

In addition to sharing the news about her engagement, the bride shared a shot of her massive engagement ring. Rodgers gifted his fiancé a massive, oval-shaped diamond ring, which she showed off in the Instagram shot.

Sadly, the bride’s father, Partridge Family actor David Cassidy, was not there to walk his daughter down the aisle. The actor died of organ failure at age 67 in November 2017, and at the time, the bride shared a sweet message on Instagram to honor her father.

“Words cant express the solace our family’s received from all the love & support during this trying time,” she wrote. “My father’s last words were ‘So much wasted time.’ This will be a daily reminder for me to share my gratitude with those I love as to never waste another minute… Thank you.”

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

See more: All of the Celebrity Couples Who Have Tied the Knot in 2018…So Far!

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54 High Neck Halter Wedding Dresses Good Enough for Meghan Markle

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Ahhh, the Meghan Markle effect. For any recently engaged bride-to-be, the debut of her ultra-minimal, three-quarter sleeve, boat-neck Givenchy wedding gown designed by Clare Waight Keller certainly served as inspiration for a modern bridal look. A fresh alternative to the traditional Alexander McQueen lace design worn by Kate Middleton (designed by Sarah Burton), the now Duchess of Sussex took a streamlined approach to her royal wedding day look not once, but twice with her second wedding dress by Stella McCartney (who recently launched her first official bridal collection). Similarly minimal, the high neck, halter gown was a refreshing second act to her pared-back ceremony gown, and a less conservative option for brides-to-be who want to show a little arm and shoulder at their wedding like Meghan.

A sleeveless wedding dress with a high neckline is a decidedly fresh bridal look and quite flattering in terms of silhouette no matter your body type. Whether you’re seeking a straight column, A-line, or mermaid-shaped skirt, a high neckline appears elegant with any dress style whether you go for a halter like Megan or neckline that hits at the collarbone. Higher necklines will feel sophisticated and slightly more conservative as opposed to a sleeveless wedding dress that shows your décolletage. Plus, a high neckline will serve as an elegant balance to bare arms, which while perfectly acceptable for most modern brides, adds a level of modesty to the look.

If you’re looking to re-create Meghan’s second wedding dress to a T, Stella McCartney and many other bridal designers have created near-identical versions at various price points. For a little more glitz and glamour, you can up the ante with a high-neck wedding dress with lace detailing, sheer overlays with appliqué, or glamorous beadwork. If the silhouette itself is all you’re looking to re-create and you want to go a little unconventional with your wedding dress, an illusion-style gown or glitzy sequin number will be a dazzling alternative.

Ready to shop for a sleeveless, high-neck wedding dress á la Meghan Markle? Ahead, shop our edit of 54 styles from super-minimal to classic to daring.

See more: 19 Wedding Dresses to Get Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress Look

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8 Tweets That Sum Up the Most Awkward Parts of Weddings

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At any wedding, there might be moments that range from mildly uncomfortable to downright awkward. It could be because of family drama, vows that took an inappropriate turn or a guest or two who are causing way too much trouble.

When those awkward moments enter the wedding, there’s little you can do except laugh out loud, head to the open bar, or turn to Twitter.

Read on to relate to eight tweets that sum up the most awkward parts of any wedding.

1. When the Best Man Gets Out of Line

At many weddings, there are a handful of troublemakers that the couple getting married knows to keep an eye on. While sometimes those troublemakers are family members or friends’ plus ones, they can also be the best man, who may have too much too drink, too much to say (inappropriately during the toast), or spend too much time flirting with the bridesmaids (or the bride’s sister).

2. When Family Members Butt Heads

While weddings are supposed to be one giant party that’s a good time for all, sometimes they can bring all of the family drama to the surface. One easy way for any wedding to turn awkward is when a screaming match breaks out between family members or when the bride, or groom, is arguing with their parents in front of all the guests.

3. When the Infamous Question Is Asked

The one question that spikes people’s nerves at any wedding and makes things a bit uncomfortable is the question during the ceremony when the officiant asks if anyone has any objections. Even if no one barges through the doors and objects, any little sound, even a cough during that time, can make things feel odd.

4. When the Wedding Party Wears Weird Things

Sometimes the outfit you’re asked to wear as a member of the bridal party is a little wacky. Whether it’s as a guest and you’re told to dress to a theme or wear a certain color, or you’re a member of the wedding party and you have to wear an outfit that turns heads for all of the wrong reasons.

5. The Guests Who Knows Nobody

Every wedding has the awkward handful of guests that don’t know anyone else but they come anyway and spend most of the time scrolling their cell phones, standing on the edge of the dance floor, and attempting to make conversation with people as they order another drink at the open bar.

6. The Weird and Sometimes Messy Traditions

While some wedding traditions get guests to feel overwhelmed with happy tears and joy, like the vows during the ceremony or the couple’s first dance, some traditions make guests feel uncomfortable, like the garter toss or the cake cutting, where the couple feeds each other for what feels like an endless amount of time.

7. The Family That Swears They Know You

Even at your own wedding, you might come across people there that you hardly know. Whether it’s friend’s wedding guests or distant family members your parents begged you to invite, you’ll come across people who will swear they know you and have spent time with you way more than you can remember to be true.

See more: 8 Tweets That Sum Up the Feeling of Giving a Best Man or Maid of Honor Toast

8. The Speeches That Linger

The good news about wedding toasts is that usually, they happen during dinner so you can stuff your face with food while tuning in occasionally. Except that some speeches feel like they linger forever and carry on far too long. Those are the speeches that get people antsy and eager for another drink.

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This Guy Proposed With 16 Dogs, So All Other Boyfriends Can Just Go Home

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SO. MANY. PUPPIES. If your dream is to roll around in a big pile of dogs, you’re about to be so, so jealous. When this guy recently popped the question, he brought on the puppy love by proposing with 16 (yes, 16) adorable dogs. Pack it in, boyfriends of the world—you’ll never be able to top this proposal, photographed by Rebecca Yale.

When Maurice asked Laura to take a quick impromptu hike with him up Runyon Canyon before getting drinks with friends one evening, she didn’t think anything of it. “The guy surprised me with a 5K-race on a date night six months into the relationship,” she said, so the easy, supposedly spur-of-the-moment jaunt didn’t seem all that out of the ordinary. That is until they rounded the top of Runyon Canyon where Laura was met with a trail of rose petals. “It wasn’t until I saw the rose petals that I knew it was more,” explained Laura. “Like, a lot more.” Yeah, you can say that again…

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There, Laura and Maurice were met with an a cappella choir who began belting out The Little Mermaid‘s “Kiss the Girl,” as Laura began (very understandably) freaking out. Maurice dropped down to one knee and popped the question with a gorgeous pear-cut engagement ring. Then, came the moment every girl dreams of: Release the dogs!

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Photo by Rebecca Yale

Photo by Rebecca Yale

Photo by Rebecca Yale

As Laura said her tearful yes, 16 doggos suddenly appeared, excitedly running around Laura and Maurice. This was the final surprise Maurice had prepared for this so-perfect-we’re-crying proposal—the release of a pack of pups, courtesy of Pack of Hearts, to congratulate his new fiancée with sloppy kisses. Because dogs > doves, obviously. “I can’t imagine anything more magical,” said Laura.

Photo by Rebecca Yale

Photo by Rebecca Yale

Photo by Rebecca Yale

Now for the important question: Are all 16 of these pups scoring wedding invites?

See more: 16 Ways to Incorporate Your Pet Into Your Wedding (Even If They Won’t Actually Be There)

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31 Mother of the Bride Dresses You Can Buy Online

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Attention mothers of the bride! Your daughter’s big day is fast approaching, and while you most definitely need to let the bride shine, your child’s wedding day is one of the most important events in your life. So make sure to mark the moment by choosing mother of the bride dresses that are fashionable and flattering.

While your look should no doubt complement the wedding’s vibe, mothers of the bride aren’t restricted to traditional mother of the bride dresses. In fact, your ensemble should reflect your personal style. And the same goes for mothers of the groom! (Just make sure to run your outfit choice by the bride, first.)

From trendy ensembles and elegant gowns to designs featuring sequins, lace, and graphic metallics, we found several stylish and fresh looks for every kind of mother of the bride.

But we didn’t rule out more conservative creations either: Foster your confidence with a long-sleeve lace gown or three-quarter ruched sheath. Ruching on the bodice, after all, is one surefire way to find a flattering fit. A few other ways to flaunt your figure? Cinched waistlines, ruffled layers, and silhouette details like longer sleeve-lengths and necklines that run straight across the chest will show off your shape, while at the same time hiding any problem areas you don’t want to be seen.

To help you look your best on your daughter’s big day, we found 31 mother-of-the-bride dresses you can buy right now. So, what are you waiting for? Get shopping! We promise you’ll find a mother of the bride dress that will earn yours and the bride’s style seal of approval.

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A Hip, Industrial Celebration in Brooklyn

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This past May, just as Chanelle Doryumu and Ben Kalfas were set to wed on a Brooklyn rooftop, the skies opened up over their outdoor ceremony, dumping rain on the bride and her father just as they made their way down the aisle. But according to Chanelle and Ben, the downfall was a windfall in more ways than one. “I was upset for maybe two minutes,” recalls the bride. “But then Ben and I really pulled together and decided it was all going to be more than fine. And our guests took their cue from us and clicked into this amazingly positive mindset.”

Meanwhile, the couple’s planner, Viva Max Kaley of Viva Max Weddings, and the team at their venue, 99 Scott, clicked into problem-solving mode. The 217 guests were quickly ushered inside for an earlier-than-expected cocktail hour while an alternate—and equally gorgeous—ceremony set-up was assembled indoors. “We really ended up with the best of both worlds,” says Ben. “We got the traditional processional with the bridal party outside and Chanelle had that special moment with her dad, and then inside we got to walk down the aisle together, with the DJ playing The XX and everyone cheering. It didn’t hurt that they’d all had a few drinks in them by that point!”

Keep reading for look at both stunning ceremonies, as well as the Brooklyn wedding reception that followed, all as captured by Veronica Rafael of A Heart String.

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Photo by A Heart String

The invitations were designed by Washington, D.C.-based Mariko Iwata of Miks Letterpress. Like many aspects of the wedding, they were a balance between modern-minimal and traditional-romantic, mixing a simple layout with a more whimsical font.

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Photo by A Heart String

Chanelle’s persimmon-hued loungewear, which she wore for hair and makeup before slipping into her gown, fit right in with the orange and ochre color palette of her bridesmaids dresses. “It’s funny because I didn’t consciously plan that,” says Chanelle of the impeccable color-coordination. “I’ve only more recently started wearing more color, after years of a black, neutral and denim wardrobe. But I do love a lewk!”

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Photo by A Heart String

Chanelle’s ivory and white silk faille ball gown—with a pleated skirt, scoop neckline, and an open back—was designed by Amsale. “I went into dress shopping thinking I wanted something super non-traditional,” she says. “After a lot of shopping around, I thought I had decided on a skirt/top combo but just to make sure, my mom suggested we do one last appointment. As soon as I put on the Amsale gown, I didn’t want to take it off. It was a dress that felt as though it would be timeless, but at the same time it was so clean and modern.”

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The bride spent quality time with her father before their soon-to-be-eventful walk down the aisle.

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Photo by A Heart String

Photo by A Heart String

The groom looked city chic in a tailored green suit made by Bindle and Keep in Brooklyn.

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The bridal party—which included Ben’s sister, Dana, Chanelle’s sister, Ashley, and four of her closest college friends—picked out their own dresses, within a prescribed orange-centric color palette. Chanelle requested that the bouquets, by Taylor Patterson of Fox Fodder Farm, be “organic and bold.” Says Chanelle: “I wanted something that wasn’t your typical bouquet. I didn’t want all white flowers, and also didn’t want anything too rustic or farm-like.”

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Photo by A Heart String

Photo by A Heart String

The processional took place outside, in venue’s courtyard, which was decorated with giant green palms. Chanelle was escorted down the aisle by her father, Casely Doryumu. “As soon as my dad dropped me off under the chuppah, it started pouring rain,” she says. “In retrospect, it really was fortuitous, not just because my mom started yelling ‘showers of blessings!’ but because the weather was much colder than expected for mid-May. Ultimately, moving indoors made the whole thing feel that much more intimate.”

Photo by A Heart String

Photo by A Heart String

Once the rain started, the potted palms and the chuppah were moved from the courtyard to the reception space. The traditional Jewish wedding canopy, made with a prayer shawl sewn by his grandmother, was a nod to Ben’s heritage while the kente cloths draped at each corner represented Chanelle’s family. Her parents gifted them to the couple at a Ghanian engagement ceremony they hosted in Accra last January. The dramatic hanging floral pieces, from Taylor Patterson of Fox Fodder Farm, gave the lofty space—which had already been set up for dinner—a cozier feel. “Family and friends were seated at as many chairs as we could move back into the main room between tables, and the rest stood or sat at tables,” explains the bride. “Though we lost the ‘reveal’ of the room, everyone was genuinely really happy and the love was palpable. Surprisingly, most people said the late-breaking rain change made the wedding that much more fun!”

Photo by A Heart String

Photo by A Heart String

Photo by A Heart String

“We wanted it to respect both of our families’ traditions without being too overtly religious,” says Chanelle of the ceremony, which was officiated by a close family friend and father of one of her bridesmaids. “We honored both Jewish and Christian traditions but put our own spin on readings like the seven blessings, during which we had friends recite a combination of literary passages, traditional blessings, and short readings.” The couple also did both traditional vows and handwritten vows, which they read to each other in a funny moment during the ceremony. “When Mickey, our officiant, pulled out our vows, true to form, Ben’s were on a tiny piece of paper, and mine were essentially on a scroll. Everyone laughed,” adds Chanelle.

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Even the signature cocktail, a blood orange and mezcal margarita they dubbed the “Chanjarita” was in keeping with the sunny color scheme. “Our friends are still talking about it,” says Chanelle of the fruity drink.

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“We let the orange, red and pink menus sit on top of the plates as a complement and pop of color,” Chanelle says. “The table numbers were made in our secondary palette of blue and a greenish/taupe color, just to add something a little different.” Both were designed by Chanelle’s friend, Yelena Avanesova.

Photo by A Heart String

Photo by A Heart String

Photo by A Heart String

Photo by A Heart String

“I was looking for decor unlike other things I’d seen at weddings,” says Chanelle of the reception’s one-of-a-kind aesthetic. Accordingly, she sought inspiration from everywhere except the bridal world. The neon strips running down the tables were a nod to both Dan Flavin—one of her favorite artists, for whom neon was a signature medium—and Solange Knowles. “I happened upon this breathtaking image of an amber neon strip down a long rectangular table from a listening party she had thrown for ‘A Seat at the Table,’” Chanelle explains. “That album is really meaningful to me.” It was Patterson who came up with the idea of using split papayas and other tropical fruits as a decorative element, and the describes the resulting vibe as a “literal concrete jungle.”

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Chanelle calls out her father’s “heartfelt and beautifully written speech” as one of the highlights of the reception. “He’s not a hugely talkative person,” she says, “so it took us by surprise, in the best way.”

Photo by A Heart String

Photo by A Heart String

The couple entered the reception and went right into their first dance, “River” by Leon Bridges. After the requisite mother-son and father-daughter pairings—the latter to an African High Life tune that inspired Chanelle’s dad to, in her words “seriously break it down on the dance floor”—the party erupted into a spirited hora. “My parents had never seen one before, and we’ll never forget the looks on their faces as our guests hoisted them up in the air,” says the bride. “We joked that with everything our respective families were bringing to the table, it was essentially a Ghanaian bar mitzvah.”

Photo by A Heart String

Photo by A Heart String

Photo by A Heart String

“Betsy at Nine Cakes outdid herself,” says Chanelle on the subject of their tiered wedding confection, which featured lemon and chocolate layers, buttercream icing with a color-wash finish, and a cascade of fresh citrus. “I sent her my mood board and palette and she really did the rest,” she adds. “Also, it was the TASTIEST cake. I didn’t get to eat it at the wedding, so I had some as soon as we got back from our honeymoon and it didn’t disappoint.”

Photo by A Heart String

“It was my Diana Ross look,” says Chanelle of the Nili Lotan ivory silk slip dress and white ruffled tulle Razan Alazzouni jacket that she changed into for the dance party, which raged until 11p.m. and was capped off by a delivery of McDonald’s hamburgers and cheeseburgers for all the guests. The genesis of that idea? “I hadn’t had McDonalds in a really long time with the wedding dieting,” says Chanelle. “And I was like, ‘Oh man I can’t wait until the wedding is done and I can just house a McDonald’s cheeseburger!’”

Ceremony & Reception Venue: 99 Scott || Wedding Planner: Viva Max Weddings || Bride’s Dress: Amsale || Bride’s Shoes: Celine || Bride’s Earrings: Laura Lombardi || Groom’s Attire: Bindle & Keep || Makeup: Jane Meng || Hair: Rachel McCants || Wedding Stationery: Miks Letterpress, Yelena Avanesova || Floral Designer: Fox Fodder Farm || Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals || Favors: For Your Party || Catering: Real Food Catering || Cake: Nine Cakes || Makeup: Jane Meng || Ceremony Music: Phi Unit || Lighting: Brooklyn Audio Works|| Photography: A Heart String ||

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These Wedding Bouquet Trends Will Be Huge in 2019

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Influenced by the seasons, design styles, and personal preferences, wedding bouquet trends are ever-changing—and we’re expecting another shift in florals come 2019. We asked the experts in all things budding blooms to foresee the wedding flower trends that on the horizon in the coming year. 2019 brides, listen up!

A defining element to your bridal style, your bouquet can add a pop of color to a traditional getup or complement an alternative wedding vibe. Whether overflowing with greenery, highlighting a single stem, or full of local blooms, your bouquet is an arrangement unique to you and your day—but of course, you’ll want to stay on top of the current floral trends, too. Luckily, we’ve brought you a forecast of 2019’s biggest bouquet trends.

If you’re currently planning your 2019 nuptials, we suggest you take a look at this list of wedding flower trends that are sure to blossom in the coming year.

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17 After Party Wedding Dresses Perfect for a New Year's Eve Wedding

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What do you do after you’ve said “I do,” taken all of your must have wedding photos and cut the cake? It’s time to change into the perfect after party wedding dress! It feels like 2018 was the year of the second wedding dress. From Meghan Markle to Princess Eugenie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Upton, Julianne Hough and Serena Williams, celebrities went all in with reception dresses, making some of them even more eye-catching than the dress they wore to say “I do.”

The most recent Bridal Fashion Week also made the case for being after party-ready upon saying “I do.” Glittery mini dresses, sexy jumpsuits, and feather-adorned dresses popped up in most collections—as if you needed another reason to hit the dance floor all night!

Ready to find the perfect after party wedding dress? Keep scrolling to shop 18 of our favorite after party wedding dresses you can buy now.

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7 Home Decor Pieces in Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year to Add to Your Registry

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The Pantone Color Institute just released its Color of the Year for 2019 and it’s a beautiful, vibrant shade of coral aptly-named “Living Coral.” Is it too soon to say that we already want to live in house full of Living Coral home decor?!

Every year for the past twenty years, the Institute conducts careful trend analysis to uncover what and where the strongest color influences lie. From the Institute: “Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.”

They also noted that because of “the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy.” We can definitely get on board for that!

Because the color is just so dang pretty, we’re all about throwing some of this vibrant hue on your registry—and even buying some pieces for yourself, asap! Especially if you have a particularly neutral decorating scheme, adding in pops of Living Coral could be just the right way to experiment with a little playfulness in your palette.

Here are some of our favorite decor and registry pieces in Living Coral to snag STAT!

See more: How to Use the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year in Your Wedding

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Priyanka Chopra's Wedding Henna Tattoo Featured a Meaningful Tribute to Nick Jonas

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Despite the extravagance of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s royal-worthy wedding last weekend (hello, 18-foot wedding cake…), the newlyweds managed to incorporate subtle nods to one another throughout the big day, namely within their attire. Jonas, for example, sported a piece of Chopra’s wedding dress within his tuxedo lapel. The bride returned the favor by inscribing her spouse’s name (along with her parents’) on the inside of both her wedding ensembles. But Chopra’s tributes to her groom also went beyond her fashion—her henna tattoo paid homage to her musically-inclined significant other.

As part of the Mehendi ceremony prior to the wedding, People reports that Chopra had her hands and feet decorated with elaborate designs using henna paste. One specific detail worth noting? The bride included a guitar on her upper right hand to seemingly allude to her former Jonas Brother beau. An Instagram photo of Chopra’s henna creations also reveals a camel illustration on her left hand, surrounded by much more intricate detailing.

Henna expert Divya Patel broke down the custom, explaining to People that mehendi patterns have grown more and more complex. Currently, Indian brides want to “tell a story” within the striking designs, as was the case with Chopra. “Traditional Indian designs include peacock motifs, floral designs, bride/groom faces or figures,” Patel added. The Quantico actress reportedly kept in line with the latter—Patel notes that certain wedding photos reveal a bride illustration on one of Chopra’s palms, meaning a corresponding groom rendition may have also been drawn on her other hand.

Chopra also touched on Mehendi via Instagram, sharing a photo with Jonas from the occasion. “One of the most special things that our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each other’s faiths and culture,” she wrote. “And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing. An important part for the girl in an Indian wedding is the Mehendi.”

Typically, women close to the bride attend the Mehendi ceremony, but the groom clearly crashed and received his own henna. Patel also notes that family members or close friends originally applied the bride’s henna, but modern to-be-weds have since enlisted the talents of skilled artists. “Nowadays, the intricacy of the patterns in mehendi is such that a bride will generally hire a professional bridal henna artist to apply henna for her big day,” she said. “Choosing the artist depends entirely on the bride’s preference as each artist has their own style and strengths.”

See more: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Delaying Their Honeymoon for a Very Un-Sexy Reason

The mehendi itself even holds symbolic meaning. “The darker the color of the Mehendi, the more love the bride will receive at her in-laws and especially from her husband,” said Patel. Judging by Chopra’s gift from Jonas’ mother, we think she’s safe in that department.

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Move Over, Hamilton: A Meghan Markle Musical Is in the Works

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Looking for your next Meghan Markle fix? According to The Telegraph, the Duchess of Sussex will be the theme of BBC Radio 4’s “15 Minute Musical” series in a piece titled, “The Sixth in Line to Be King and I.” And we can’t wait.

The comedy piece will reportedly be “Rodgers and Hammerstein-inspired” and will have radio actors “look ahead to what promises to be an exciting 2019 for the happy royal couple as they expect their first child in the spring” and is “inspired celebration of Meghan Markle’s life to date.”

The musical is set to broadcast on New Year’s Day, and will be performed by the program’s usual cast of Pippa Evans (who will play the Duchess), Dave Lamb, and Richie Webb. While Kensington Palace has not been consulted about the contents of the show, we expect it’ll earn their stamp of approve. Prince Charles is an avid BBC listener, and is even going to be featured on the BBC Radio Christmas schedule. In a guest appearance on the show’s Radio 3’s Private Passions, the Prince will discuss the musical moments that have had an impact on him throughout his life.

Fans of Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, Lifetime’s biographical movie about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship leading up to the royal wedding, will likely also be fans of this production. But from the sound of it, this musical will be rooted in comedy—so the laughs won’t just come from cringe-worthy dialogue like they did in the Lifetime movie.

It looks like we have our New Year’s Day plans figured out!

See more: These Are the Secret Nicknames Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and the Royal Family Call Each Other

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See This Adorable Dog Photobomb His Parents' Engagement Photos

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There are few things that can go wrong when trying to include your dog into your engagement photos. You can expect to have a little trouble getting your dog to stay focused and look at the camera, but you typically don’t have to worry about your pup stealing the show—unless your doggo is Louie the dachshund.

Megan Determan, owner of the cute little hot dog, just wanted to take engagement photos with her four-legged friend and her now-husband Chris Kluthe, but the shoot quickly became less about the couple’s budding love story and more about Louie. The dachshund put on a show for the camera, frolicking in the leaves and completely blocking the couple’s shot.

Determan wasn’t at all surprised that Louie had to make it all about himself. The bride told BuzzFeed at the time that Louie sometimes has trouble sharing her with Kluthe. “If I’m snuggled up with Chris, Louie has to be right in there too,” Determan said. “If I’m giving Chris a back rub, Louie wants to get one at the same time. When we were practicing our first dance the other day, he sat there and barked until I picked him up.”

On top of that, Louie loves leaves, so he really couldn’t help himself when photographers Dan and Karin Berdal of DnK Photography set the scene. “I found out a couple falls ago that he loves leaves, so every year, we make a pile for him and watch and laugh,” Determan said. “I wasn’t surprised he was putting on a show for them, but I loved watching our photographers laugh.”

The Berdal’s posted a photo of one of Louie’s best shots to Facebook with the caption,”We love it when couples include their pets in engagement photos…. but maybe this guy was having too much fun : ).”

Karin told BuzzFeed, “We could tell it was absolutely hysterical, even in the small version on our camera.”

Lucky for this couple, they didn’t have to worry about Louie stealing the show again on their actual wedding day, since the dog didn’t score an invite. “Chris jokes that it’s my day, not Louie’s,” Determan said.

See more: Very Happy Dog Interrupts Wedding Vows For the Best Viral Photo Ever

But according to Facebook, Louie was at least well-represented on his humans’ big day. The couple had a cardboard cutout of Louie at their wedding!

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10 Tweets That Sum Up What It’s Like to Be Someone’s Plus One

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When you’re asked to be someone’s plus one at a wedding, you might feel overwhelmed with emotions, questions, and items on your to-do list, things like what should you wear? Should you bring a gift? Does this mean you have to be on your best behavior or can you get a little wild?

As a wedding date, you might find yourself spending the night at a party with a room full of strangers that somehow become your best friends, or you might find yourself hanging, awkwardly, in the corner, wondering when the cake will be served and you can finally get out of there and go home.

Either way, read on for four tweets that perfectly sum up what being someone’s plus one can be like, depending on the wedding and the crowd.

1. It Can Be a Snooze Fest

If the energy at the wedding feels low and the people there aren’t too friendly, you might find yourself glued to your assigned seat, scrolling on your phone, reading an e-book, or having a staring contest with your date, who has to be there because they are related or friends with the couple whose wedding it is. If you find yourself in that position, turn to your date and make a game plan for how to squeeze some fun out of the night ahead.

2. You Have to Dress Up

Depending on the dress code of the wedding, you might have to go out and rent a suit or a dress, find a specific outfit (if the wedding is themed), or watch a couple of video tutorials on how to tie a bow tie or what black tie really means, if that’s what you’re asked to wear. If you’re a wedding date where there is a strict dress code, plan ahead and plan early so that you’re not stuck scrambling for the right outfit the day of the wedding.

3. You May Meet a Lot of New People

If you know absolutely nobody at the wedding, at least be familiar with the bride and groom and ask your date to introduce you to them ASAP. That way, you won’t find yourself talking to the groom thinking he’s just another wedding guest. Either way, get ready to meet and greet quite a few people that day as it’ll be jam-packed with new faces and plenty of handshakes.

4. You Might Have to Rise to the Occasion Last-Minute

Sometimes as a plus one, you’re asked to be a person’s wedding date the same day as the wedding. If that’s the case, act fast. Try to find a place where you can get the most appropriate thing to wear, even if that means borrowing it from someone else’s closet, and make sure you have enough time to get ready and get there on time. You don’t want to be the person who arrives midceremony and causes a ruckus as the couple is reading their vows.

On the other side of the coin, if you’re invited to a wedding and want to bring a plus one, you’ll have your own set of feelings that run through your head. Maybe you’ll feel more confident because you’ll be able to spend your evening with a partner in crime. With someone by your side, you can bust out your best dance moves on the dance floor beside them, cheers with glasses of champagne, and have someone to taste-test desserts with you as the night comes to an end.

Here are five tweets that truly sum up what bringing a plus one to a wedding is really like.

1. You Have a Dance Partner the Entire Time

A big plus of having a plus one is that you have someone to get down with you on the dance floor all night. Which means you don’t have to worry about people judging you for busting out your finest dance moves, solo, you now have a partner in crime to share the dance floor with you until the very last moment of the party.

2. You Have a Drinking Buddy

One of the biggest wedding perks for any guest is the open bar, which can serve up your favorite beverages all night long. That’s why when you have a plus one, you can have someone accompany you to the bar, cheers to a fun night with a glass of champagne or mixed drink.

3. You Can Share a Really Fun Date Night

Consider a wedding with a plus one a really nice date night where you can spend the night together dancing, chomping down on good food, indulging in yummy dessert, and having a great time, while surrounded by a hundred people who are also having a good time. Whether you bring someone you met recently as your plus one or you head to the wedding with someone you’ve been with for many years (or are married to) weddings can feel like the ultimate night out with your partner.

4. You Have Someone to Share With

With a plus one, you now have someone you can split things with at the wedding, whether that’s a selection of desserts from the dessert buffet to the chicken and the steak dishes you each order during the reception, you have a person you can share with to get the most out of the wedding and also to fill your plate up with even more of the things you like.

See more: 7 Hilarious Tweets About Being a Wedding Guest

5. Sometimes You Want a Plus One for Fun

If you’re always the solo wedding guest, sometimes you just want to be allowed to bring a plus one so that you have the option to bring someone, even if that means you have to search high and low to find someone to bring. But sometimes you just want a plus one for a little fun (not as fun as this person in the tweet because that can make the couple stressed out to have to pay for a person who doesn’t show up).

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The Biggest Royal Wedding Moments of 2018

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Princess Eugenie Reveals Her Scoliosis Scar

Shortly after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement, Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, revealed that she was also engaged to her longtime love, Jack Brooksbank. The two wed on October 12 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle (yes, the same venue as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex), where Eugenie revealed her Peter Pilotto wedding dress and a sentimental surprise.

The gown’s dipped back intentionally showed off Eugenie’s scar from a childhood scoliosis operation. “I’m patron of [the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Appeal] and I had an operation when I was 12 on my back,” she explained to ITV. “It’s a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this,” Eugenie said of her choice to reveal the scar on her wedding day.

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A Whimsical, Camp-Inspired Wedding Weekend in Upstate New York

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Dustin and Stephanie Zucker’s relationship initially began as an innocent friendship, dating all the way back to sleepaway summer camp as nine-year-olds in 1999. The pair continued to cross paths at Tyler Hill Camp for the next 10 years, then coincidentally attended the same college and study abroad program in Australia. (Fate, perhaps?) While the bride admits they never dated consistently over the course of their almost-two-decades-long conjunction, they remained best friends regardless. Which, eventually helped push things in the right direction: Stephanie and Dustin finally got engaged in June 2017.

Coming full circle, the couple naturally took to the wilderness for their June 16, 2018, nuptials at Cedar Lakes Estate in upstate New York. “We met at a camp, so it was only fitting for us to get married at one,” says the bride. But it wasn’t the grounds alone that sold them on the picturesque venue. “Everything is decorated like it’s straight out of a design magazine, the food is out of this world, and the staff is a pleasure to work with,” says the bride. After dreaming of her nuptials since childhood and collecting her fair share of wedding magazines, the bride confesses that she actually didn’t have a very cohesive vision in mind once the time actually came to plan. Thankfully, though, the locale ultimately helped facilitate her final decision to go with a whimsical Midsummer Night’s Dream theme. “All the colors, all the flowers,” she adds.

Check out the photos by Taylor Abeel of this weekend-long, camp-inspired wedding in honor of the bride and groom’s meet-cute.

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Staying true to her word, Stephanie decked out the venue in bright florals, along with assorted candle votives and lanterns, on night one.

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

What would camp be without an outdoor flick!? Kicking off the celebrations, Stephanie and Dustin drew on one of their favorite summer pastimes and invited guests to watch a drive-in movie on the lawn the Friday before the ceremony. Moroccan rugs, vintage candy, and a custom teepees complemented the bohemian furniture setup.

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

The film of choice? None other than Father of the Bride. “[It was] an ode to my dad who was an absolute champ throughout the wedding planning experience,” says Stephanie of the oh-so-fitting bridal blockbuster.

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

The following day, Stephanie stunned in a long-sleeve lace illusion Reem Acra creation, which she happened upon thanks to a stroke of luck. After seven unsuccessful dress shopping appointments, she came across a photo of a dress by said designer that made her heart pound…only to discover it was couture and not for purchase. But, she made an appointment with the bridal boutique anyway, during which Reem herself actually came into the salon and to the rescue. “Reem Acra looked me up and down, said, ‘One moment,’ and then disappeared into her studio,” recalls Stephanie. “She came out with an almost identical version of the dress! She said she had gotten such great feedback about the couture gown that she planned on introducing a lookalike in her fall 2018 collection. She had literally pinned the lace that morning.”

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Along with her miraculous dream dress, the bride wore the same light blue garter Dustin’s grandmother’s donned on her big day, as well as her own great-grandmother’s wedding band. She also carried a simple, yet elegant arrangement of unique white florals. The groom, on the other hand, took to a classic black tux by Theory.

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Stephanie and Dustin wed on a mountaintop at sunset, which the bride describes as “simply breathtaking.” (Does it get more opportune than that!?) A set of barn doors welcomed guests, who sat on opposite sides of a flower-filled aisle. White, pale pink, and green blooms also adorned the oversized chuppah.

Escorted by her father, the bride made her grand entrance to a song Dustin holds close to heart—”Walk With You” by Dispatch. “Dispatch is Dustin’s favorite band, and I’ve pictured myself walking down the aisle to this song since I could remember,” she explains.

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Opting to keep their personalized vows a surprise until the ceremony, the pair unknowingly wrote a few of the exact same sentiments to each other. Finally, after sealing their newlywed status with a kiss, Stephanie and Dustin recessed down the aisle to U2’s “Beautiful Day.”

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Photo by Taylor Abeel

And a beautiful day it was, especially once friends and family migrated to the reception, where Stephanie’s whimsical theme truly came out to play. “All the color,” is how the bride summarizes the wedding decor. Bright candlesticks and blooms helped pull off the specific vision amid the camp-inspired setting.

The dinner was served family-style and featured a salad, seasonal pasta, and roasted Brussels sprouts to start, followed by roasted halibut, crispy roasted chicken breast, or grass-fed hangar steak.

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Notice something different about the cake? It’s made of layers of cheese! The duo did stock up on sweets, as well, serving mini Oreo milkshakes and creme brûlée, flavored cheesecake bites, and a true camp staple—s’mores.

Photo by Taylor Abeel

Aside from Dustin and Stephanie’s first dance song—”I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher—the pair largely left their music selection up to the band, which rose to the challenge. “I told them to play what they thought would keep people dancing throughout the night, and they did not disappoint,” says the bride. “People still rave about the music at our wedding.”

Closing out the reception before the afterparty, the band played one final tune—”With a Little Help From My Friends”—which brought Stephanie to happy tears after realizing she’d officially wed her best friend. “The entire world stopped during that song,” she recalls.

Venue, Catering, & Accommodations: Cedar Lakes Estate || Wedding Planner: Amanda Savory Events || Bride’s Dress & Veil: Reem Acra || Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair & Makeup: Beautini || Mother of the Bride Dress: Zola Keller || Groom’s Attire: Theory || Wedding Bands: Beverly’s Jewelers || Floral Design & Rentals: Faye and Renee || Invitations: Alpine Creative || Save the Dates: Wide Eyes Paper Co. || Menu & Escort Cards: Ink + Nibs || Ceremony Programs: Lichen Ink Studio || Music: Element Music || Cake: Murray’s Cheese || Favors: Flour with Flowers || Videographer: A Little Long Distance || Photographer: Taylor Abeel

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