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12 Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes You Have to Try

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As the temperature drops and the air outside gets crisp, it’s time to serve up something something warm and filling for dinner. Enter the Instant Pot. This gadget is one of the top sellers on Amazon, one of the BRIDES Registry Awards winners and can literally do just about anything, from making soups and stews to yogurt and sweet desserts. We hear a lot about how the Instant Pot turns meat into super tender, delicious stews, pot roasts, and other savory meals. But it can totally do the same for all sorts of vegetarian main courses and side dishes.

The beauty of the the Instant Pot is that has a range of different pre-set cooking settings, including both pressure cooking and slow cooking functions. Whether you’re cooking up a chili for a crowd during game day or settling in for a cozy night curled up with your S.O., this must-have cooking tool will make your life so much easier.

Beans are an especially good thing to throw in the Instant Pot for quick cooking—it literally cuts your prep time in half because there’s no need for soaking and simmering for hours on end (if you’ve only ever had beans from a can, you’ll definitely see a difference in flavor and texture if you’re making them from scratch). When it comes to cooking fresh veggies, it’s important to not overcook them so you can preserve their nutritional value and flavor. This is where a good recipe comes in hand!

Because the Instant Pot is a little overwhelming at first, it’s best to follow some instructions that are tailored to all the bells and whistles of the machine. Once you get the hang of it, you can spend rest of the autumn and winter seasons experimenting (preferably with a blanket and Netflix in tow). Here are a few of our favorite vegetarian recipes, just in time for fall.

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Yandy Created a Sexy Meghan Markle Costume Inspired by the Royal Wedding and It's A LOT

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Considering “princess” is one of the most searched Halloween costumes of 2018, there is no question that there will be plenty of Meghan Markles running around on October 31. And now, we present you with the inevitable next step in the evolution of the Duchess of Sussex Halloween costume: the sexy Meghan Markle costume.

On Monday, lingerie and costume retailer Yandy announced that they would be offering an “American Princess” costume for Halloween 2018. The outfit features a white mini-dress, crown and veil, and though Yandy doesn’t specifically refer to Meghan Markle as the inspiration behind the look, the boatneck/long-sleeve combo of the dress looks quite familiar—aside from the fact that its about 100 inches shorter than Markle’s Givenchy version.

“You’re living an actual fairy tale! Get ready to walk down the royal aisle in this exclusive American Princess costume,” reads the description on Yandy’s website.

The brand showed off the costume with a suit jacket and numbered briefcase, likely in reference to Markle’s pre-princess days on Suits and Deal or No Deal, which are not included in the $49.95 price tag.

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Of course, this eyebrow-raising outfit is hardly the most exciting Meghan Markle-related news to hit the internet this week. On Monday, Kensington Palace announced that Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child together in the spring of 2019.

See more: 12 Potential Presents for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Future Newborn

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Meghan Markle Has a Very Royal Present in Store for Her Future Child

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child is still another two seasons away from being born, but they’re already a celebrity in their own right, dominating headlines left and right since the royal couple announced they were expecting on Monday. In keeping with the royal baby craze, Entertainment Tonight has unearthed an old interview from Hello! magazine in which the Duchess of Sussex revealed she already has a present in store for her unborn child—and it may hint at the baby’s name.

“I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch,” she told Hello! back in 2015. “When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season—which, at the time, felt like such a milestone—I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version.”

While that’s already quite a fitting gift for a tiny royal-to-be (ET discovered it retails for around $6,900), it’s what she says next that might clue us in to Meghan and Harry’s baby name choices.

“I had it engraved on the back, ‘To M.M. From M.M,'” she added. “And I plan to give it to my daughter one day. That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.”

In other words, if Markle decides to stick with what she said in the interview, then she might be thinking about naming the child something that starts with ‘M’ (and maybe even with a matching middle name) to make the inscription all the more special—that is, if they turn out to be a girl. Of course, the duchess could have changed her mind since then (and it’d be a cool gift even if the baby’s initials aren’t M.M.), but it might be something you want to keep in mind once it’s time to place your bets.

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Follow This 4-Week Pre-Wedding Nutrition Plan To Look and Feel Good On Your Big Day

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Of all the stressors related to weddings, few are as crushing as the pressure to look perfect. Instead of feeling like you need to go under the knife in order to feel your best on the big day (you don’t!), you can cultivate a healthy glow from the inside out by adopting a thoughtful, measured wellness regimen. After all, what’s the point of looking beautiful on the outside if on the inside, you feel like an anxious, sickly mess?

Remember, too, that weddings tend to be more like marathons than sprints, so you’ll need to amp up your energy while balancing your emotions so you don’t burn out (and can remain resilient when your mom suddenly refuses to share a table with your dad two days before the ceremony). It doesn’t matter how clear your skin is if your face is 50 shades of red from crying in the days before your wedding…right?

To help you achieve sanity, physical wellbeing, and that photo-perfect glow, nutritionists provide pre-wedding tips for sanely optimizing your body, mind, and soul in the month leading up to your wedding.

Diet

First and foremost, says nutritionist Whitney English, RD, crash diets are not the answer. “I can’t urge you enough—don’t go there,” she says. “Crash diets will not only make you feel like crap, they’re also terrible for your long-term health and won’t make a huge difference in how that dress fits anyway. Plus, your [partner] wants to marry you—not you minus 5 pounds of water weight after you dehydrated yourself on a two-week cleanse.”

Instead, English recommends focusing on nourishing yourself so you’ll feel “strong and vibrant” on your big day. “Aim to eat five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day,” she says. “At each meal, balance your plate with a source of complex carbohydrates, like quinoa or farro, with a good source of protein, like beans, fish, or tofu, and a healthy fat to fill you up, like avocado or olive oil.”

Lisa Hayim, RD, aka TheWellNecessities, likewise recommends a pre-wedding dietary approach which encourages adding foods rather than eliminating them. “Unless there is medical need (GI complaints), I would not require a bride to start removing foods from her diet,” she says. “Instead, I would opt for having them add in foods they may not be eating—more raw veggies like cucumbers, more cooked water-dense veggies, and fish a few times a week,” echoing English’s advice. However, she does add a caveat to this anti-diet advice. “I would also have them start to look into added sugars and see if there is room to decrease and eliminate anything unnecessary that could cause cravings, blood sugar spikes and drops, and that could mess with digestion and clear skin,” says Hayim.

You can start this pre-wedding diet as early as you’d like, but at least a month prior is recommended for best results. As for the day-of, Hayim reiterates how critical it is to avoid deprivation as a strategy. “You won’t have fun and you will likely be starving for the party,” she says. “Instead, focus on small snacks and meals throughout the day, e.g. fruit, a handful of nuts, and lean protein—get some fuel in every few hours leading up to the party.”

Alcohol and caffeine

You’re going to look and feel your best if you reduce your alcohol intake in the weeks leading up to your wedding; however, Hayim says booze restrictions are very specific to each person. “For some, having a few drinks a week does not mess with their routine; for others this plays a role in sleep and the foods they choose to eat,” she says. “Finding a good balance involves taking a look at your current drinking habits and seeing if you can scale down.”

With that said, she warns against quitting altogether unless you plan to stay sober throughout the festivities. “You don’t want to go cold turkey and then bring it all back during the wedding or honeymoon,” she says. In other words, you don’t want to obliterate your tolerance in advance of several days’ worth of partying, unless you’re dying for the worst hangover of your life. Since alcohol can leave you both dehydrated and puffy, she and English both advise abstaining at your rehearsal dinner, however.

As for caffeine, English advises “taking it easy” on the day of your wedding. “Though you may feel the need for extra energy, you’ll likely have enough pre-wedding jitters as it is,” she says.

Exercise

First and foremost, English advises looking at exercise not so much as a way to stay in shape but as a counterbalance to wedding stressors. “Spend this time participating in mood-boosting activities that are beneficial for mind and body,” she says. “Take a couple’s yoga class or try a kundalini meditation session.”

As the wedding gets closer and your energy is drained by your mother-in-law (just kidding—kinda!), English suggests upping the ante with 30 minutes of activity daily. “It doesn’t have to be an intense hour-long spin class,” she says. “Even 30 minutes of power walking around your neighborhood or enjoying a few games of beach volleyball with your friends will help keep those stress hormones in check and your energy level high.”

As for attaining those Michelle Obama arms in time for your ceremony snaps, Hayim recommends adding some strength training into your regimen without going to extremes or punishing yourself in the process. “If anything, let yoga be your best friend—it will not only lengthen and tone, but it will calm the mind and unify the body,” she says.

Mental health

On the stress tip, Hayim recommends adding functional foods into your diet to balance your moods and mediate the effects of pre-wedding headaches. “Medicinal mushrooms and adaptogens are key to combating cortisol,” she says. “Reishi mushrooms and Maca Root are two of my favorites.”

She further recommends designing morning and evening rituals to keep yourself sane, making nature a priority and adding meditation “to balance the busy mind” into your routine.

Supplements

In addition to the maca and reishi, Hayim recommends chamomile for stress and energy support. Hayim also prescribes digestive help via natural ingredients such as organic aloe, peppermint, coriander, and artichoke. For vanity’s sake, she suggests Perfect Hair Skin and Nails from New Chapter Vitamins. “It’s one of my favorite supplements,” she says. “It’s made with fermented biotin and astaxanthin, a sea algae with UV blocking properties and antioxidant that fights free radicals,” she says. (Always make sure to check with your doctor before adding in a new supplement to your routine, as some people react differently to certain ingredients.)

See more: 6 Foods to Eat When You’re Stressed

Sleep

“Sleep is so important during this stressful time,” says Hayim, who recommends eating dinner two hours before bed, investing in lavender spray, and clearing the bedroom of tech devices as strategies for optimizing your zzz’s in the week’s leading up to your wedding.

As for the night before, when sleep may seem like a pipe dream but is oh so necessary if you’re hoping to glow the next day, Hayim cautions against trying anything new in the realm of sleep aids. (In other words, no prescription pills your third cousin bought in Mexico, please). “I would say not to trial anything the night before, but leading up to [the wedding], experiment with melatonin or magnesium,” she says. Hayim also recommends trying sleepcasts from the meditation app Headspace. “These are effective and research-backed,” she says. “They lull you to sleep.” Beauty sleep, that is.

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Royal Baby Gift Guide: 12 Potential Presents for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Future Newborn

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Here’s to the greatest news EVER since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement—the royal pair is expecting! Meghan’s loose Givenchy ensemble from Princess Eugenie’s wedding over the weekend initially sparked pregnancy speculations, and the Palace revealed the long-awaited news in a statement earlier today. The royal infant (and soon-to-be seventh in line for the throne) will be born this upcoming spring, meaning there are just a few more months until the world is blessed with a mini Harry and Meghan. Just imagine their baby’s upcoming playdates with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children. Adorableness. Overload.

Aside from brainstorming potential royal baby names (another Elizabeth, perhaps?), we’re also interested in potential gift ideas for the future royal tot. After all, it wouldn’t be a royal birth without a shower of high-end presents (Prince Harry even reportedly dropped $10,000 on a christening gift for his nephew, Prince Louis, so there’s that). Pulling picks from popular British children’s brands and a few of Will and Kate’s go-to’s, we rounded up 12 baby gifts truly fit for royalty. Curb your royal baby fever, or even gain inspiration for your own expecting friends.

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Meghan Trainor Is Inviting Her Wedding Guests Via Text Message

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It looks like Meghan Trainor won’t be taking the traditional route when it comes to certain details of her wedding to actor Daryl Sabara—details like their wedding invitations for instance, since, well, there aren’t any! Instead of traditional paper invites, Trainor has taken to inviting her wedding guests via text message, she explained during her appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday.

“My problem is I’m not sending out invites ’cause ugh,” explained Trainor. “Like, no. I’m texting people. I keep accidentally hanging out with friends and being like, ‘Yo, you wanna see me get married?’ And then I invite them, and I’m like, ‘Oh no, why did I invite these people?’ You know?”

As proof of her impulsive invites, Trainor then added host Jimmy Fallon to her guest list. “If you want to go, you can come, too,” she told the talkshow host. “I’ll text you.”

But what about email wedding invitations, Meghan?! “You’re not going to send one of those fake envelope things, where you click the envelope?” Fallon asked during the interview, practically reading our minds.

“That’s a lot. That’s a lot of work to do,” said Trainor. “I’m tired. I don’t want to pick out a card,” she added. “What if they don’t get it in the mail? Who checks their mail? They always check their texts.” Sigh… This, we hate to admit, is true.

“What if it goes to junk mail? You know what I’m saying? It’s not a guarantee,” explained the 24-year-old. “Everyone reads their texts even if they don’t respond.”

These nontraditional text message invites shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering that the bride and groom, who got engaged last December, are planning on having a picnic-style wedding. Since the news of their engagement broke, the two have been slowly revealing details about their big day—including the fact that Trainor’s co-stars from reality show The Four, P.Diddy and DJ Khaled, plan to not only attend, but perform for the couple at their reception.

And the groom is just as excited as the bride is. In September, Sabara told People that he was thrilled for his upcoming nuptials. “I’m so excited. Dreaming about it every night,” Sabara said. “It’s her special day, I’m just happy to be a part of it. Just excited that she said ‘Yes’ to the engagement.”

See more: Here’s Why Meghan Trainor Hasn’t Started Planning Her Wedding Yet

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Chance The Rapper Had Goosebumps At His Engagement Party

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Chance the Rapper is really excited to be getting married. He tweeted live from his engagement party on Sunday where he was surrounded by family, friends and of course his fiancé Kirsten Corley.

“I have slight goosebumps,” the tweet read. “I’m at MY engagement party surrounded by my family and best friends and the woman I need. I feel so honored and God just real talk has a plan for me and like I just needed to let him guide me real talk Just had to share that, done wit teitter for the day.”

Real talk, our hearts are melting. Chance and Corley got engaged over the summer on Fourth of July, when a backyard party turned into an impromptu engagement celebration after the “No Problem” singer popped the question.

In a video posted to The Shade Room on Instagram, Chance the Rapper got down on one knee and said, “Kirsten Katrina Corley, will you make me a man and be my wife?” The answer was obviously yes and the couple has been going strong ever since.

Since the engagement the couple, who has been together since 2013 and had their first daughter Kensli in 2015, has been much more open about their relationship. Corley has increasingly become a staple on the rapper‘s Instagram and he does not miss a moment to celebrate his fiancé.

From sharing cute pics from their travels to Japan to family photos, he always finds a away to remind his followers that their faith is at the center of their union. “Thank you Father, I know your grace so well through this woman,” Chance the Rapper captioned a photo of him and his soon-to-be wife. “I trust your plan, and though I fall short I am reminded of your presence through your Word, which we read in fellowship.”

Most recently, he shared a throwback from Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary party featuring Chance not being able to take his eyes off his fiancé. Naturally, he captioned it with a bride emoji and the words “to be.”

See more: What To Eat And Drink At a Fall Engagement Party

Now that the couple has had their first official pre-wedding party, we are on the edge of our seats for more details. From the date, to the dress to the guest list, the fans need to know!

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Princess Eugenie Got Married in a $9 Nail Polish That You Probably Already Own

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Princess Eugenie of York is a documented nail-art fan, who has worn reindeer and Union Jack nail art in the past—and possibly scandalized the palace in the process. That means that alongside the speculation about which designer she would choose for her wedding dress (Peter Pilotto) and whether she would wear a veil (she opted for a tiara), it was also possible that she would show up at the St. George’s Chapel altar with bridal nail art.

As exciting as it would have been to see Princess Eugenie marry Jack Brooksbank in a reverse french tip or pearl nail decals, she’s also a royal through and through. And royal blood means one thing when it comes to nail polish: Essie Ballet Slippers.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, Princess Eugenie chose the neutral, sheer pink shade for her big day. The choice makes sense on multiple levels: First of all, Ballet Slippers is a beloved choice by brides everywhere for its ability to match with a white dress while still showing some soft, subtle color. But more importantly, Ballet Slippers is reportedly the only nail polish that Queen Elizabeth approves of, and the only one HRH wears herself. Over the years, it’s become the unofficial nail color of Kensington Palace. (Or even the official one, if you believe the gossip that Queen Elizabeth won’t allow the royals to wear bright shades.) Best of all for us commoners, the shade is only $9 (you can buy it here!).

Meghan Markle reportedly also wore ballet slippers for her own wedding back in May, while Kate Middleton kind of broke the mold on her wedding day with the shade Essie Allure, a different sheer pink.

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We have no doubt that Princess Eugenie will be back to her old manicurist soon, but there’s something sweet in such a traditional choice for her big day. May we suggest some palm tree nail art for the honeymoon?

See more: 10 Ways to Update Your Go-To Nude Manicure

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What To Do If The Condom Breaks During Sex

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If you’re using condoms during sex, good for you! You should get major props for being safe. Unless you’re on a the pill, patch, implant, IUD, or any other form of birth control, you should be using condoms (or both forms if you’re worried about STDs).

No, the pull-out method is not an effective form of birth control unless you do it 100 percent correctly every single time. And even then, you can still get pregnant! If you use the pull out method correctly, 4 in every 100 women will still conceive. It’s just not a great idea. Who needs that kind of stress when they’re trying to enjoy themselves during sex?

But, what if you’re using condoms religiously and one breaks? That’s a big old pain in the butt. Not to mention totally nerve-wracking. You’re just in the thick of things, getting really into it, and suddenly your partner feels a pop through the latex (or polyurethane). Not fun.

Here is everything you need to know about a condom breaking, and everything you should do to avoid STI transmission and pregnancy.

First of all, how do you know if the condom broke?

If condoms are your primary form of birth control, be aware of potential to break during sex. It’s unlikely, but it happens. If you put it on correctly (read this if you’re unsure), the chances of breakage are quite low.

If it does break, a male partner will likely feel it before you do. What felt like something over their penis (especially during ejaculation) will flood out. There may even be an audible “pop” or “snap” when the condom breaks.

Your partner should pull out immediately if this happens. Make sure to have the game plan set in place. If your partner feels the condom break he (or they) should know to remove their penis from the vaginal canal.

Preventing pregnancy after a condom breaks

If the condom breaks during sex, head to your local pharmacy to get Plan B, the emergency contraceptive pill. You can even get Plan B on Amazon now without a prescription! It’s available on Prime (two-day shipping), so we recommend having one or two doses in the house if condoms are your only form of contraception.

When taken within 72 hours, your chances of getting pregnant are slim. It acts sort of like a giant dose of the standard birth control pill, stopping an egg from releasing from the ovary.

If your partner didn’t ejaculate, we still suggest taking Plan B. Why? Precum. While most pre-ejaculatory fluid contains dead sperm (or no sperm at all), there can still be instances where it does contain sperm. Do not take chances with your body, especially if you’re ovulating.

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Address any possible STIs

If you and your partner are in an open relationship, or are poly, any possibility of a passed STI should be addressed. This is especially true when one partner is HIV positive. Go to your doctor (or even an ER) and ask for PEP, a post-exposure drug that can prevent infection within a 72 hour window. After 72 hours, your risk of infection increases dramatically.

As for any other STIs, if you and your partner are open, you should be getting tested regularly every six to ten weeks. If you’re worried, wait two weeks and get tested again. Chlamydia (and a few other common STIs) have a two week incubation period and may not reveal themselves on a test beforehand.

How to avoid breakage

To avoid condom breakage, there are two crucial things you should do: Use lube and be sure you’re putting the condom on correctly.

Watch this video if you want to learn how to put on a condom. Practice with a banana like we’re back in high school Sex Ed.

See more: Can You Have Sex With a Yeast Infection?

When it comes to lube, don’t rely on the crappy lube that condoms on the condoms themselves. Get some of your own!

Keep it by the bed, in the car, in your purse (or wherever else you might need it). Lube up the inside of the condom before putting it on your partner, and the outside once the condom is in place. This helps keep friction to a minimum and the chances of breakage low.

Gigi Engle is a certified sex coach, educator, and writer living in Chicago. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @GigiEngle.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Expecting Their First Child

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IT’S REALLY HAPPENING! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have just announced that they are expecting their first child together, and we cannot contain our excitement. Kensington Palace confirmed the news Monday, writing in a statement,

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace said. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

A source close to the royal family confirmed to People that the mama-to-be had her 12-week scan and is “feeling well”. The exciting news comes fives months after the couple’s May 19 wedding, and just two days after Prince Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie’s wedding. People were quick to speculate that the Duchess might be expecting, given her loose-fitting Givenchy dress and coat she wore to the ceremony. The expecting parents first met in 2016 on a blind date and were first revealed as a couple in October 2016—making it extra monumental that they’re announcing the exciting news almost exactly two years later.

See more: Just 47 Really, Really Cute Pictures of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, issued a statement via Kensington Palace, saying, “Ms. Ragland is very happy about this lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”

The palace added that Prince William and Kate Middleton are “delighted” for the expecting couple, along with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. We too are quite delighted.

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Princess Eugenie Followed This Sweet Royal Wedding Bouquet Tradition

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Princess Eugenie stunned at her royal nuptials to Jack Brooksbank on Friday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. From her Peter Pilotto wedding gown to her 93.70-carat tiara, everything about her wedding was picture perfect. And to make her big day even more meaningful, the bride followed a handful of royal wedding traditions throughout the day. But there was one in particular that is especially sweet: Princess Eugenie placed her stunning wedding bouquet on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior following her reception.

The bride’s bouquet, which was designed by celebrity florist Rob van Helden, was made up of lily of the valley, white spray roses, trailing iris and ivy (which celebrated her home, Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.) The bouquet also included a spring of myrtle—a longstanding tradition for royal brides.

Following the ceremony, Princess Eugenie followed royal brides before her (including Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle) and went to Westminster Abbey to place her bouquet on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

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This practice originated in 1923, when Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married the Duke of York with a bouquet of lilies of the valley and white roses in hand. Prior to walking down the aisle, Lady Elizabeth had her bouquet placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as she entered Westminster Abbey, which Westminster Abbey believes was done to commemorate her brother Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died during the Battle of Loos in 1915. This started an unofficial tradition for subsequent brides, many of whom had their bouquets sent back to the Abbey after the wedding ceremonies to be placed on the tomb.

See more: Inside Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Reception: All The Details From Her Lavish Royal Celebration

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Princess Eugenie's Second Wedding Dress Broke Royal Tradition

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Earlier today, the royal palace released Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s official wedding portraits, and they were absolutely stunning. The shots, which were taken following the couple’s October 12 nuptials at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, feature images of the couple’s immediate families and bridal party. But photographer Alex Bramall captured additional shots of the couple that will make your heart flutter.

In addition to a romantic, black and white carriage kissing photo, Bramall took a photo of the bride and groom on their way to their reception dinner, where they posed at the Royal Lodge, Windsor. The photo shows a first look at the princess’s second wedding dress, which is just as stunning as the first.

The blush colored gown, which was custom made for the bride by Zac Posen, features a cinched waist and delicately draped a-line skirt made of plissé silk made from a British mill. The bride channeled old-Hollywood vibes as she stunned in her second gown—but the gown was noteworthy for more than just being beautiful. Traditionally, royal brides continue to wear white throughout their wedding reception, even if they wear a different gown. But Eugenie’s blush dress strayed from that tradition, and we are here for her creative change of pace.

According to the Palace website, the blush color is a reference to the English rose. As Princess Eugenie is the princess of York, there’s a White Rose of York embroidered on the back and shoulder of the dress near the cape. The photo also shows off her beautiful diamond and emerald drop earrings, which were a wedding gift from the groom.

See more: Meghan Markle Wears Givenchy at Princess Eugenie’s Wedding

The Palace also revealed that Princess Eugenie wore a hair slide belonging to Queen Elizabeth. “Queen Victoria’s Wheat-Ear brooches were originally commissioned by William IV in 1830 for Queen Adelaide,” the Palace wrote. “They were passed down to Queen Victoria in 1837, and eventually to The Queen in 1952.”

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8 Things That Will Probably Go Wrong While Planning Your Wedding

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If planning your wedding has started to take over your life, you’re not alone. For many brides, making key wedding decisions, figuring out what belongs on the ultimate to-do list, and counting the cash that can go toward the big day, can feel like a time crunch that’s equivalent to working a part-time job.

You might start to enlist the help of close friends, family members, your financé, or free resources, only to feel overwhelmed and like no matter how many plans you make, pop-up problems knock on your door on a weekly basis.

To help make sure you’re prepared for it all, here are the top 8 things that will go wrong while planning your wedding, and how to stop them from happening.

1. You’ll Spend too Much Cash

Even if you have the best intentions to keep an eye on how much you’re spending, without committing to a budget and checking in weekly to make sure you’re spot on with how much cash is leaving your savings account, you’ll surely overspend. If you want to make sure that you have control over the finances for your wedding, set a budget early on, factor in additional fees (like taxes, vendor service charges, and tips) and leave yourself an “emergency fund” for last-minute expenses.

2. You’ll Have Objections

Know the phrase, “Too many cooks in the kitchen”? likely that will start to be how planning your wedding feels. You’ll have opinions flying in from every direction (from your family and friends to your fiancés) about what you must have at your wedding, what’s tacky to have, and who has to be included on the guest list—even if they have hardly been included in your life. Sit down with your fiancé early on to make key wedding decisions and make a list of the five things you want outside opinions on. That way, you won’t be bombarded with commentary on wedding things you’ve already made decisions about.

3. You’ll Lose Perspective

With all the wedding planning, the decision making, and the dollars spent on the big day, it’s easy to lose perspective as to why you’re getting married in the first place. When you start to veer off the trail, you might crowd your wedding to-do list with items you hardly care about, are doing for the wrong reasons, or are taking away from the main reason your guests are coming to celebrate your special day, which is for you.

4. You’ll Have a Vendor Disagreement

Working with wedding vendors can be a bit tricky. Sometimes you might ask for something they don’t provide or they might over promise and under deliver. Have a contract that documents, in detail, exactly what the expectations are, the deadline is, and how much it will cost (so that no hidden fees can suddenly pop-up). Have terms in there that disclose what the plan will be if the vendor doesn’t deliver as promised or they don’t get back to you in a timely manner.

5. You’ll Forget to Add to Your To-Do List

If your wedding to-do list looks short and sweet, chances are you missed a few things. Double check your wedding to-do list with other bride’s lists so that you can make sure that you’ve thought of every single thing you need to think about and do before your big day.

6. You’ll Save too Much for the Last Minute

The week before your wedding should be a week of rest and relaxation. But if you’re saving a big chunk of your to-do list to take care of during the days before your wedding, you might find yourself extra stressed and pressed for time, leaving things undone that need to be done before the big day. Plan ahead. Pretend your wedding is a week or two before it really is. Then, your deadlines will be easier to hit and your last-minute list will be empty.

7. You’ll Forget About the Weather

There are things about your wedding you can control and things, of course, you just cannot. One of those things is the weather. Months before your wedding date, start thinking of a weather backup plan, especially if your wedding or the areas you want to take photos are outdoors. If you’re getting married in a season that has messy weather (like hurricanes, snow storms, or flash floods) plan ahead to make sure that if on your wedding day the skies are creating chaos, you are able to push key events back so that people can make it to your wedding, even if the roads are a little backed up or closed.

See more: 6 Wedding-Day Disasters that Actually Happened (So You Can Avoid the Same Fate!)

8. You’ll Have Pop-Up Fights With Your Fiancé

Wedding planning can be stressful on both you and your fiancé, which can lead to pop-up fights between the two of you. While it’s going to be very hard to agree on every wedding decision and challenge, it’s important that you work together, take days-off from wedding planning to focus on doing other fun things together, and to have a plan in place in case the wedding stress starts to impede on your relationship.

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Official Royal Wedding Portraits Are Here!

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Princess Eugenie’s royal nuptials to Jack Brooksbank yesterday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle was completely unforgettable—from her guest list to her stunning tiara. And just when you thought you had seen everything from her stunning nuptials, the royal family just released the Princess’s official wedding portraits, and they’re as sweet as you’d imagine.

The royal family shared four official wedding portraits from Princess Eugenie’s big day, which included all of the members of the bride and groom’s immediate family and their adorable bridal party. The photos, which were taken by photographer Alex Bramall, are shot in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. In one of the photos, Jack’s brother, Thomas, poses with their parents Nicola and George, while Eugenie’s sister, Princess Beatrice, poses with mother Sarah, Duchess of York, and father Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. All the members of the Princess’s bridal party are also featured in the photo, which includes Princess Charlotte and Prince George, bridesmaids Theodora Williams, Mia Tindall, Isla Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Maud Windsor, and page boy Louis De Givenchy. And of course, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are front and center for the group photo.

In a second shot, the bride and groom are pictured with just their bridal party, and the photo is as cute as can be.

See more: Inside Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Reception: All The Details From Her Lavish Royal Celebration

The talented photographer also shared a breathtaking black and white photo of the bride and groom sharing a kiss inside their getaway carriage after the ceremony.

In a final photo, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank shot at their evening ceremony at Royal Lodge. The photo was taken before the private dinner event, where the bride wore a second custom-made blush gown designed by Zac Posen.

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Inside Princess Eugenie's Wedding Reception: All The Details From Her Lavish Royal Celebration

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It was a party fit for a princess: Princess Eugenie’s two-day wedding reception has begun**,** and it sounds like it’s already been a total hit.

Following her nuptials to Jack Brooksbank at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Friday, October 12, Princess Eugenie and her husband rode through the streets of Windsor in an elegant carriage to a lunch reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth with 800 of their wedding guests. The lunchtime reception took place at Waterloo Chamber, the Grand Reception Room and St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle– just like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Some of the guests at the reception included Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Harry and Meghan, who dined on the finger food-style meal which included mini bites of beef in Yorkshire pudding and Scotch eggs. They also reportedly drank Pol Roger champagne.

Both Prince Andrew, Duke of York and the groom gave speeches during the reception. Andrew had a little fun at his new son-in-law’s expense and made the crowd laugh during his speech.

“The Duke told a story about their dog Jack [a Norfolk terrier],” a source told People. “One day, I think it was early in the relationship, he shouted, ‘Jack, get off the chair!’ And the dog didn’t move. But Jack did!”

Meanwhile, Jack thanked everyone for coming out to the wedding. “He did what grooms do!” the guest adds.

At the evening reception, Robbie Williams, whose 6-year-old daughter Theodora served as one of Eugenie’s bridesmaids during the ceremony, serenaded the guests with his hit song “Angels” and other pop songs “from different artists that the crowd sang along to,” a source at the reception told People. Additionally, a gourmet pizza truck provided pizzas and other food for guests to enjoy. Casamigos, George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s tequila brand, provided margaritas for the guests. The groom was a brand manager for the tequila brand before the company was sold for $1 billion last year.

See more: How Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding Compares to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s

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15 Cool Vases for Your Home

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Vases are a great way to add color, texture, and interesting shapes to your living space. Whether or not you’re using them to display fresh or faux flowers and branches, or are just showing them off as decorative elements in your home, a good collection of vases are a must-have for your registry.

Stock up on vessels in a range of shapes and sizes so you’ll be prepared for different types of flowers (large branches are going to need a very different kind of container than a bouquet of roses from the corner store). Smaller vases can be clustered on a bookshelf or displayed as part of a centerpiece on a dining room table. Large containers can be used to make bold statement in an entryway or in the corner of a room, whether they’re left empty or filled with faux branches or sculptural faux leaves.

Bud vases are also good to have on hand for decking out a breakfast-in-bed tray or adding some color to unexpected areas like a bathroom shelf. Just make sure that you don’t go overboard with tons of tiny vases that will add to your clutter (unless you have a dedicated storage space to stash them). It’s better to have just a few statement vases that you love and want to use again and again. In general, a vase that’s tapered at the top is more useful than a wide-mouthed one (you’ll need fewer flowers to make the arrangement look polished). A single-stem vase, whether it’s a tiny bud vase or a large scale bottleneck style, will make the flower display that much easier.

Here are a few of our favorites!

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A Breezy Waterfront Wedding in Hawaii

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Many brides and grooms dream of a wedding close to home—and just as many envision a tropical celebration on a Hawaiian island. Lucky for Briana Liljestrand, she and her now-husband Andrew Lawrence (who goes by his middle name, Webb) didn’t have to pick. The bride was born and raised on Maui, so a wedding in the stunning town of Hāna was an easy choice. “Hāna is my favorite place in the world,” says Briana, who met Webb while the pair were students at the University of Denver. “Webb loves it, too, and we’d always talked about spending a weekend with our family and friend exploring a place that’s so special to us.” After Webb proposed during a gorgeous Maui sunset on Christmas Eve in 2016, the couple gave themselves 18 months to plan their May 12, 2018, wedding at Travaasa Hāna, and invited 150 guests to join them for days filled with hikes to secret beaches, liliko’I margaritas, and a night of dancing under the stars as the pair exchanged vows.

Webb and Briana embraced the organic, natural beauty of Hāna, turning to Belle Destination Weddings + Events to weave together a tropical bash filled with the scent of eucalyptus and shades of white, blue, and green inspired by the ocean and the nearby rainforest. Keep reading to see how it all come together, as photographed by Maui Maka Photography!

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Photo by Maui Maka Photography

Briana’s Monique Lhuillier gown was the perfect choice for the couple’s relaxed, breezy celebration. The silk shift gown featured a cowl neck and back, along with a small sweep train. “I felt like myself in the dress, almost like it was something I’d worn many times before,” she describes.

Photo by Maui Maka Photography

Photo by Maui Maka Photography

Photo by Maui Maka Photography

Briana’s bridesmaids all wore simple white chiffon shift dresses paired with hair combs and bouquets of maidenhair fern. Webb and his groomsmen donned white chinos, aloha shirts by Reyn Spooner, and maile leis in place of boutonnieres.

Photo by Maui Maka Photography

Photo by Maui Maka Photography

Photo by Maui Maka Photography

Briana’s best friend lent her the kiawe wood arch from her own wedding, and a cluster of eucalyptus branches was all it took to make it ceremony-ready. “It smelled so good!” says the bride. Guests were seated on bamboo folding chairs, and the ocean and cliff views did the rest.

The bride’s brother, Shan, walked her down the aisle as a Hawaiian musician played “Crazy Love” and favorites by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. But the ceremony almost didn’t take place outside! “It rains every day in Hāna, and we woke up to a downpour,” the bride recalls. “Webb went for a hike with no cell service, so I had to make the rain call on my own. I really wanted get married outside, so we risked it—and it wound up being beautiful and dry!”

Photo by Maui Maka Photography

Photo by Maui Maka Photography

Photo by Maui Maka Photography

During the ceremony, Briana’s gown was topped with a white crown flower lei. “Giving a lei is a way of showing love and respect, and is also a symbol of unity,” says Briana. “We had the most incredible Hawaiian ceremony, using local traditions and the native language as much as possible.” The officiant, CJ Helekahi, performed an Oli Aloha chant to begin the ceremony, which the bride says “took her breath away.”

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Photo by Maui Maka Photography

The reception took place beneath a tent lit with string lights, with garlands of eucalyptus running down the center of bare wood tables. Blue-and-white chargers added a pop of color to the organic setting, while taper candles cast a romantic glow.

The menu was full of Hawaiian favorites: coconut ceviche, ahi poke, pan-roasted mahimahi with coconut rice, and green papaya salad with red curry all made the list. Instead of wedding cake, the couple served Briana’s favorite: banana cream pie! “Our caterer made us nine different versions for our tasting, and they were all so delicious. She called us ‘the banana cream pie people!’” Briana says with a laugh.

Photo by Maui Maka Photography

Photo by Maui Maka Photography

A live band played all night, with Briana and Webb kicking things off to “Oh, What a Night!” by The Four Seasons.

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“Everyone tells you your wedding day will go by quickly, and it’s so true,” says the bride. “I wish I knew better how to really be present, but it’s a whirlwind. My advice is to make sure you love your photographer and take tons of photos so you’ll remember those little moments later!”

Wedding Planner: Belle Destination Weddings & Events || Venue: Travaasa Hāna || Officiant: CJ Helekahi || Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Bride’s Shoes: Aquazzura || Bride’s Jewelry: Na Hoku, The Golden Bear || Hair & Makeup: Jessica Waite || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August || Groom’s Attire: Reyn Spooner, Bonobos, Cole Haan || Groomsmen’s Attire: Reyn Spooner, Bonobos, Cole Haan || Engagement Ring: Williams Jewelers Cherry Creek || Wedding Bands: Artëmer Jewelry Design, Williams Jewelers Cherry Creek || Floral Design: Mandy Grace Designs || Paper Products: Studio Luzance || Calligraphy: Miss B. Calligraphy || Ribbon: Adorn || Catering: Travaasa Hāna || Ceremony Music: Marvin Tevaga || Reception Music: Shea Derrick Full Flavor Band || Rentals: Rio Event Design, Set Maui, Sperry Tents Hawaii, La Tavola Fine LInens || Videography: Ohana Films || Photography: Maui Maka Photography

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Marchesa Bridal & Wedding Dress Collection Fall 2019

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Prince Louis Did Not Attend Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding

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At Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding on Friday, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who served as pageboy and bridesmaid, respectively, stole the show as they tumbled in the wind and goofed off with the rest of the miniature bridal party. Noticeably missing from this rambunctious squad, however, was Prince Louis, who opted not to attend the royal nuptials.

As both his parents did RSVP “yes” to the year’s second royal wedding, the 5-month-old was likely left at home at Kensington Palace, in the very capable hands of his family’s longtime nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo or another equally qualified caretaker, People reports. While the royal family has yet to issue a statement about its youngest member’s notable absence, it’s safe to assume that it’s because Louis has been on this earth for less than six months, and therefore has yet to fully grasp the tricky ins and outs of royal wedding etiquette—presumably the same reason he skipped his uncle Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle, which took place a little more than three weeks after his birth.

If that’s not an adequate excuse, there’s also the possibility that Louis just had to clock in some valuable tummy time. Or perhaps Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s exchange of “I dos” overlapped with a preset nap—and, as we can all surely agree, sleep for a newborn is way more important than even a televised family gathering attended by the likes of Cara Delevingne, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Ellie Goulding, and a whole host of other A-listers.

See more: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s Royal Wedding Photos

To date, Prince Louis has only been seen in public twice. He was first presented to the world on the day of his birth, April 23, when Kate Middleton and Prince William posed for photos while carrying him out of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. About three months later, the tiniest royal joined his family as he stepped out (figuratively, of course) for another royal outing: his christening, at the Chapel Royal of St. James’s Palace. At this rate, there’s a good chance we’ll get our next glimpse of Louis sometime this month, perhaps in a new series of photos shot by his mom in honor of his six-month birthday on October 23.

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Camera Catches Sarah Ferguson's Moment of Relief at Daughter Princess Eugenie's Wedding

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Perhaps the only thing more stressful than being a bride is being the mother of the bride. Just ask Sarah, Duchess of York, whose daughter, Princess Eugenie, married Jack Brooksbank on Friday. Fergie was caught on camera letting out what looked like a huge sigh of relief during the proceedings, which unfolded in front of more than 800 guests at St. George’s Chapel.

Fergie’s relief is totally understandable, considering how reportedly involved she was in planning the wedding. Palace insiders told People that despite it being “very much Princess Eugenie and Jack’s day,” Eugenie’s mum was still “very involved.” Based on many of the day’s incredible flourishes—including the amazing red velvet and chocolate wedding cake—we’d say that Fergie has a knack for this.

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There were even some reports that Fergie would include a tribute to Princess Diana during the ceremony. Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told The Inquisitr that Fergie might have chosen a specific hymn in a nod to her late friend. “Sarah may well pay a tribute to Diana,” Fitzwilliams said prior to the wedding. “They were famously friendly, though they subsequently fell out. A gesture would undoubtedly please William and Harry. She might choose a hymn which Diana was fond of such as ‘I Vow to Thee My Country,’ which was sung at Diana’s wedding and funeral.”

Though the hymn was ultimately left out of the proceedings, it was easy to feel Diana’s spirit in the room, especially when it came to Sarah Ferguson, who rose to global prominence at the same time as her late sister-in-law. We’re sure Diana, and a million other things, were on Fergie’s mind as she watched her daughter walk down the isle. So enjoy this moment, Fergie, you earned it!

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