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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.”

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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.”

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“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.

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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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This Bride Set a $1,000 Wedding Dress Code Based On Her Guests' Weight

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From the woman who called off her wedding after her guests refused to pay her $1,500 attendance fee to the bride who fired a bridesmaid via email, there’s been plenty of cringe-worthy wedding stories to gawk at this year. But strap in, dear reader, because we think we just found the worst yet: the bride who set a $1,000 wedding dress code based on her guests’ weight.

In a recent Reddit post, one user shared a screenshot of a bride’s list of demands for her big day. The post starts out innocently enough, with the bride (whose name has been redacted) greeting guests and discussing her upcoming Hawaiian wedding. After announcing that she has picked out a dress code, she begins listing her outrageous wedding-day requirements for her guests.

“I am giving you a long notice of a year and a half so that you will have time to find and pick out something nice,” she writes. “The dress code is very specific because it will be used to create an incredible visual effect. If done right, it will make our synchronized dancing along the [redacted] beach really pop.”

In case you’re still giving her the benefit of the doubt (hey, most weddings have dress code requirements, right?), the next few sections should quickly change your mind. The bride proceeds to categorize the dress code by guests’ weight, and requesting a color scheme so bizarre we’re getting a headache trying to imagine it. The following is the exact dress code, as the bride writes in her post:

WOMEN (100-160 LBS)

-GREEN Velvet Sweater

-ORANGE Suede Pants

-Loubotin [sic] heels (the famous RED heeled shoes. when we spin and lift our feet, the effect will amaze you)

-Burberry Scarf

MEN (100-200 LBS)

-PURPLE Fuzzy Jacket

-Soda Hat

-All White Trainers

-Plain Glow Sticks

WOMEN (160 LBS+)

-all BLACK sweater and pants. Any material.

-BLACK heels

MEN (200 LBS+)

-all CAMOFLAGE [sic]

-BLACK sneakers

CHILDREN

-RED from head to toe. Remember the kids will form the shape of a heart, it needs to be true red not blood orange or some bull****.”

There are so many nauseating aspects of the preceding paragraphs, we truly don’t know where to begin. What “visual effect” is she going for, exactly? What in the world is a soda hat? What non-military individual owns a head-to-toe camo outfit?

If you’re still with us after all of that, there’s one final kicker that will really put you over the edge. The bride added a final paragraph, finishing off her note with one last requirement: Everyone’s outfit needs to be valued at $1,000 or more. “Additionally, we will require that you wear formal attire after the dancing has ended. Please bring a change of clothing. Remember, the venue is extremely upscale, and we want to be looking our absolute BEST ladies and gents,” she writes. “Please, if you look like trash, so will we. All jokes aside, we want you to invest in an outfit valued at at least $1,000. This includes jewelry, accessories, makeup, and hair. Remember ladies and gents, this wedding is 24k themed for a reason.”

We’re not sure what part of “extremely upscale” involves camo and categorizing your wedding guests by weight—but hey, we weren’t invited to this “24k” wedding, so we guess we’ll never know.

See more: The Most Cringeworthy Brides of 2018

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Watch This Bicyclist Straight-Up Ruin This Marriage Proposal

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Pro tip to all boyfriends and girlfriends brainstorming your future proposals, especially outdoors: beware of bicyclists. One future groom, 25-year-old Blake Martin of Louisville, KY, recently learned this rather random lesson the hard way when a nearby bicyclist photobombed his proposal.

According to Daily Mail, Martin spent three months carefully mapping out the details for his November 9 proposal to girlfriend (spoiler: now fiancée) Shannon Keene. After much deliberation, he decided to pop the question on a wooden bridge within Louisville’s scenic Cherokee Park. Local newspaper Courier Journal also reports that Martin planned to invite 70 of the couple’s nearest and dearest to a celebratory engagement party after Keene said “yes,” as well.

With the locale carefully pinpointed, next came the matter of getting Keene, a law student at the University of Louisville, to the park without blowing the surprise. Quick on his feet, Martin enlisted the help of Keene’s classmate and skilled photographer, Christine Calacsan, who had previously captured the couple on camera.

“Christine told Shannon she had a new lens for her camera and wanted to try it out by taking some photographs of the two of us,” Martin told Courier Journal.

The ploy worked, and everything seemed to be going according to plan once the thoughtfully-curated day rolled around. With Calacsan in tow, the duo came across Martin’s predetermined spot. There, he asked Keene to stand along the bridge’s railing by herself and face the creek for a photo. “He said that would be a nice picture,” Keene explained. “I thought that was a dumb idea but eventually I just did it.”

Here’s where the proposal starts to get hilariously dicey. With Keene’s back to him, Martin promptly got down on one knee and whipped out an engagement ring. However, just as she turned around and Martin said, “I love you, will you marry me,” an unsuspecting bicyclist in an orange jacket rode directly in the middle of their proposal. Talk about a mood killer.

“It was at this exact moment this man flies by on a bike so fast I hardly even registered it,” Martin recalled.

Taken aback, Keene exclaimed, “What the h*ll!?” as the unintentional engagement-ruiner rode away. Once he realized the error of his ways, though, he did turn his head to quickly apologize. Even with the unexpected interruption, Keene unsurprisingly still said “yes.”

Lucky for the pair, who have been dating for four years, Calacsan photographed the whole exchange. “It wasn’t until after we hugged that Christine said, ‘You won’t believe the photo I got,'” the future bride told Daily Mail. See the hilarious pic here!

An unbelievable photo, indeed—it’s truly a snippet they’ll want to hold onto forever. “Afterwards I was like, ‘What in the world was this guy thinking?’ When we saw the photo we just laughed,” Martin added.

See more: All the Viral Wedding Photos the Internet Fell in Love With in 2018

Let it be known that the couple, who met while attending Centre College, has no feelings of resentment whatsoever—in fact, they actually want to find their proposal photobomber. “We definitely want another photo with him and want to let him know that he made this special moment even better than we could have hoped for,” Martin told Courier Journal. “I mean, who else can say they got photobombed at the exact moment they got engaged?” Perhaps the unidentified biker, wherever he may be, will score an invite to the wedding.

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The 50 Best Wedding Photos From 2018

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If there’s one thing we love here at Brides, it’s a really gorgeous real wedding. Each week we bring you five inspiring stories, all packed with unique details, beautiful dresses, and some of the most unique love stories we’ve ever heard. And while we will never get enough of the flowers and decor, it’s really the two people at the heart of each celebration that draw us in, again and again. After all, it’s the couple that makes each wedding so distinctly unique and personal. So, in honor of the spectacular couples and the weddings they threw, we went through the archives and selected 50 of our favorite real-wedding moments from the past 12 months.

Of course, choosing our favorite photos from this year’s celebrations was no easy feat. After all, we’ve shared each of our real weddings with you because they featured great ideas, beautiful details, and even better photography. That’s why, in the end, we resurfaced the photos that felt distinctive, unique, and downright beautiful. They’re photos of real people, in love, having the time of their lives. They felt in-the-moment and, above everything else, real.

Keep reading to see which photos (and couples!) made the cut, and get inspired for your own big day while scrolling through. After all, you could be included in next year’s list of the 50 best real-wedding photos!

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5 Women Who Have Each Been a Bridesmaid 10 Times Tell All

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A lot of what it takes to be a seriously supportive rock-star bridesmaid is knowing what to do, where to be, and how to say no to things you just don’t want to do. But figuring out how to make it to the wedding day without losing your cool with the bride or the other members of the bridal party can be tricky. Often it requires patience, trial and error, and walking down the aisle a few times before ditching the title of rookie bridesmaid.

Wondering what you need to know as you take on the role of being a bridesmaid? Read on to hear the advice of five bridesmaids who have been a member of a bridal party 10 times—each!

Be careful about saying yes to everything

“Bridesmaid mistake number one is saying yes to everything. When I first started being a bridesmaid, the only word out of my mouth was yes. When brides asked me to do ridiculous things, like call family members and tell them they were being too dramatic, or spend $1,500 on a weekend in Vegas for their bachelorette party, I instantly said of course. Why not? All of that adds up and you become miserable. I started thinking before responding and only saying yes to things I wanted to help with, could afford to go to, and had the energy to be a part of. Being a bridesmaid doesn’t mean you have to do everything the bride says. It means you have to support her however you can, and want.” —Brittany T., 37

Don’t feel like you need to give a gift for everything

“All of my friends from college got married before we all turned 28. I was constantly going to weddings and spending the little money I was making at my entry-level job on things for everyone else’s wedding (I didn’t get married until years later). One thing I realized: People expect you to get them a gift for everything. I was buying one present for the engagement party, another for the bridal shower, and a big one for the wedding. That ended after wedding number three, when I realized I was buying my friends too many things. I implemented a one-gift rule. I spent just $125 and gave the couple a check at their wedding. That’s all I could afford then, and that’s all I gave.” —Erin W., 35

Don’t buy a new dress each time

“Please, never buy a bridesmaid dress. You and your closet will be mad at you later. I have a total of 12 bridesmaid dresses. That’s over $3,000 of clothing I will never wear again because, honestly, where would I? If I can give you one piece of advice, it would be to find the dress used, rent it, or see if you can borrow it for free. Save your cash for pieces of clothing you’ll actually wear again in your lifetime.” —Shelby D., 39

Don’t be afraid to ask

“Want to bring a plus one? Want to skip the bachelorette party because the thought of going to a club and getting bottle service skeeves you out? Speak up. As a seasoned bridesmaid (10 times before I turned 30), I’ll tell you a secret. The only way to make it through the wedding without resenting the bride or your role as her bridesmaid is to be open and honest about things. She’s busy and stressed. She can’t read your mind. Ask for what you want and need so you can be the best bridesmaid ever.” —Tory S., 31

See more: 5 Women Break Down How They Spent Over $2,500 on Being a Bridesmaid

Don’t take it all too seriously

“It’s over when the couple says ‘I do.’ Try not to take any of the wedding drama to heart. It can be a bummer to deal with a difficult or emotional bride, or just one who has no idea what she needs to do, saves it all for the last minute and begs for your help. I’ve done this bridesmaid thing more times than I can count on my hands. I gave up years ago caring too much about it and instead show up when I need to, say no when I want to, and remember that a wedding is a party and I’m going to have fun no matter what.” —Diane G., 33

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5 Things to Include in the Wedding Day Letter You Write Your Partner

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On the morning of your wedding, as the nerves settle into your stomach and you’re finding yourself crossing the final items off of your wedding to-do list, one of our favorite wedding traditions is exchanging a handwritten letter with your partner. This letter exchange takes the place of spending the morning with the person you’re about to marry and instead, lets both of you take some alone time to prepare (and get glammed up for the big day), solo, before seeing each other later in the day for the first look.

So what belongs inside the letter? Make the words, the stories, the promises, and the memories that you jot down be personal and heart thumping so that your partner not only has a keepsake item to hold onto once the big day is over, but also something to make them smile before the big day actually begins.

Read on to find out the five things to include in the special wedding day letter you pen for your partner’s eyes and their eyes only.

1. Your Reason Why

When your partner starts reading the letter, one of the very first things you want to write is your reason for loving them unconditionally and your reason for wanting to spend the rest of your life with them. It sounds like a mushy way to start the letter but it’s a great way to begin your wedding day. Your partner can spend a couple of minutes basking in all of the reasons why you feel committed, confident, and connected to them.

2. Your Hope for the Day

One thing that’s certain about the wedding day is that it will fly by fast. As your partner begins their day reading your words, add in a part about how you hope the day will go and what you look forward to doing together. Maybe your biggest hope is that you both get to enjoy every bite of the food and a slice, or two of cake, or you’re most looking forward to your first dance (that you practiced close to 20 times in your living room). Either way, share some of your hopes for the wedding day so that your partner can look forward to the fun ahead.

3. Your Promise for the Future

As your partner reads the letter you wrote on the morning of your wedding, one part that they’ll look forward to eyeballing is the part about your promises for the future. Some of those promises might be saved for the vows you read during the ceremony, but in the letter, go wild with some promises that are laugh-out-loud funny. Promises that include inside jokes (like I promise to let you watch Sunday and Monday night football or I promise to let you use my Netflix account) can add some humor and fun to the letter and lend to the more serious vows you recite in front of your closest friends and family members later on in the day.

4. Your “I Fell in Love” Memory

Remember the moment you knew the person you’re marrying was the one for you? Perhaps it was on a specific date, after something they said, or because of an accumulation of things that happened over time. Recalling those memories brings the beauty of your relationship to the surface and lets you walk into the wedding day treating your partner to a spectacle of moments when your love first sparked and how much it’s grown and flourished since then.

See more: 6 Things You Have to Do After Your Wedding — Even Before You Hit the Hotel Room

5. Your Proudest Moment

A great way to end the letter is with a moment or two when you felt the proudest of your partner. Perhaps it was after they achieved a major life accomplishment or maybe it was when they found themselves closer to conquering a life-long dream. Either way, sharing a time when they inspired you, motivated you, or just made you feel like you’re with the kind of person that’s going to push you toward working hard for the things in life you desperately want is a wonderful way to breathe a final bit of energy and outlook for your future together, taking on the challenges of the world year by year.

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

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After a beautiful, multi-day wedding celebration that included two ceremonies (one Christian, one Hindu), one might think that Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas would be ready to escape to a private resort for their honeymoon. (Plus, think of all the sponsored opportunities!)

That’s not happening quite yet, though. Why? A very un-sexy reason: work obligations. The newlyweds made their first official public appearance as a married couple at the India launch of the app Bumble in New Delhi. Chopra, who joined the company as an investor and advisor this fall, said that the date for the launch was set before her wedding—and she didn’t want to miss the important event.

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“My work and Nick’s work are very important to us,” she told India’s NDTV. “My commitments matter to me a lot. My word is my bond. And we had decided to do this a long time ago before anyone was getting married and so I stuck to my commitment. But besides that it’s something I’m really excited about as well.”

OK, that makes sense. So where will they go once they are able to slip away? Chopra insists that even she doesn’t know, as the trip seems to be on Jonas to plan—not that they’d necessarily tell the world anyway. “I have no idea,” she said. “Right now, I have just work commitments this whole month … And I don’t know. We still haven’t figured out where. I think it’s going to be a surprise though. I think that’s what my husband’s planning.”

But Chopra also offered some good advice for other newlyweds. “I would just tell brides out there, whatever your priority is, is right. It doesn’t matter if your priority is work, that’s right,” she said. “If your priority is honeymoon, that’s right. If your priority is doing nothing, that’s right too. Because as newlyweds, it’s really your turn. You get to do whatever you want. And with us, these are the choices we took that work for us.”

Cheers, you two! Hope you get some time off soon.

Related: All the Details on Priyanka Chopra’s Gorgeous Wedding Makeup

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10 Creative Ideas of Your 2019 Wedding

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Here at BRIDES, we like to dedicate the month of December (hello, engagement season!) to brainstorming creative wedding ideas for the year ahead. What will the dress trends be? Is baby’s breath still back? Is there a new food truck? But here’s the secret: We’re not inventing these ideas out of nothing! Instead, we look to real couples who are throwing real parties, and planners who are doing the same for inspiration. (That is, after all, the whole point of the real weddings on our site.) So while we could easily tell you to scroll through pretty pics from now until 2019 for all the best inspo, we thought we would instead do you a favor by highlighting some of our favorite ideas right here.

Below, you’ll find 10 trends/things/thoughts that we’re excited for in 2019. And we’re revealing all of our best secrets! You’ll find decor moments we’re obsessed with, practices we want to steal (um, we mean politely borrow), and concepts we can’t wait to see couples execute. Basically, these are the ideas that could take your wedding from “cool wedding” to “wedding of the year.” And not to brag, but we kinda know our stuff: We look at wedding pictures All! Year! Long!

Keep reading to see exactly what we’re talking about, but we hope you take these ideas and create some of your own as well. We’ll be right here ready to swoon over your wedding pics when you do!

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15 Engagement Ring Trends for 2018

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Get your secret Pinterest boards ready and tell your friends to get ready to drop a hint to your S.O. It’s engagement season, which can only mean one thing: It’s time for a dive into the top engagement ring trends for 2019! Whatever statement you want your engagement ring to make, it should definitely say “In Love”—with your partner and with your brand-new bauble! We’ve asked some of our favorite jewelry designers to spill on the designs that 2019 brides are absolutely loving. Maybe one of these styles is tucked away in a velvet box, waiting for you!

Courtesy of Stephanie Gottlieb

Colored Accents

“Our 2019 brides are incorporating color in new and interesting ways,” says Stephanie Gottlieb. The designer, who is known for her totally stackable rainbow designs, is bringing color to the engagement arena. “I created a ruby design as my ‘push present’ when my son was born this past summer, and brides can’t get enough of it!”

Stephanie Gottlieb Band and a Half Engagement Ring in Rose Gold with Diamonds and Rubies

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Courtesy of Jade Trau

Pear-Shaped Stones

“2019 will be the year of the pear stone,” says Jade Trau. “The shape has always been one of my favorites, so I’m excited to see brides loving it, too.” She’s putting her signature twist on the style, though, like this angled setting tucked into a split knife-edge band.

Jade Trau Sadie Solitaire Ring in Yellow Gold with a .60ct Pear Shape Diamond

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Courtesy of Ashley Zhang

Mixed Metals

Mixed metals are de rigueur in an everyday stack, and now that trend has made its way to engagement rings, too. “When you use a white metal like platinum for the diamond setting, it makes the stone really pop and also accentuates the yellow gold even more,” says Ashley Zhang. “It can be so subtle that people won’t even notice the white metal, or it can be more of a statement choice.” This Georgian-inspired solitaire features a platinum basket on a gold band that makes the cushion-cut center stone truly shine.

Ashley Zhang Collet Engagement Ring in Platinum and Yellow Gold with a Cushion-Cut Diamond

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Courtesy of Selin Kent

Surprising Shapes

Sure, you’ve seen ovals and pears and shields (oh my!), but there’s a new shape in town: The half moon diamond. “Our customers are really deviating from classic cuts, opting for a stone that’s a different shape,” says Selin Kent. This design is inspired by the sun, and having one straight edge makes it perfect for stacking.

Selin Kent Helia Pavé Ring in 14k Yellow Gold, with a .36ct Half Moon Diamond and Pavé

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Courtesy of Stephanie Gottlieb

Fashion-Forward Settings

A classic solitaire on a knife-edge band will always have its place, but that’s not your only option! “A unique band and setting can really make your engagement ring feel unique, current, and fashionable,” says Gottlieb. Her criss-cross setting is the perfect example, pairing a round stone and pavé details with a dramatic, twisting band.

Stephanie Gottlieb Criss Cross Engagement Ring in Rose Gold

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Courtesy of Lizzie Mandler

Micro-Pavé

Sometimes you need a little extra, and there’s no better time to seek it out than for your engagement ring! “I’ve definitely seen an uptick in interest in my three row micro pavé setting,” says Lizzie Mandler. “When done properly, it appears delicate and slim from the top, but has surprise sparkle when viewed from the side. It’s really the most diamonds I could possibly put on a setting, but because of the way the pavé is set, it doesn’t appear overbearing, even with a smaller center stone.”

Lizzie Mandler Three Row Pavé Setting in 18k Rose Gold with a 1.5ct Oval Diamond

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Courtesy of Stephanie Gottlieb

Yellow Gold

Yellow gold is back, and it’s better than ever! “Our brides are turning to the same metal that graces their mothers’ engagement rings, but elevating it to take yellow gold from the ‘80s squarely into 2019,” Gottlieb explains. With a split shank and hidden pavé under the center stone, this is not your mother’s engagement ring!

Stephanie Gottlieb Split Shank Engagement Ring in Yellow Gold

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Courtesy of Ashley Zhang

Antique Rings

What’s old is new again as more and more brides are falling for antique rings that bring a history to their new love story. “People are looking for intricate engraving, accent diamonds, and other details that take the ring beyond a simple solitaire,” says Zhang. “Each of these pieces was made by hand, so they’re all one of a kind – perfect for the customer who wants something really unique!”

Ashley Zhang Old European Navette Ring, Circa 1920, in Platinum with a 1.75ct Old European Cut Diamond

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Courtesy of Erika Winters

Natural White Gold

Set your ring apart with a detail that goes beyond stone choice and shape. “Natural white gold adds a distinct quality that’s warmer than platinum and stands out in a subtle way,” say Jennifer Gandia & Christina Gandia Gambale, owners of Greenwich St. Jewelers. “A rhodium plating keeps it bright and shiny, but natural white gold’s color sets it apart from rich yellow or bright white metals.”

Erika Winters Caroline Engagement Ring in 18k Natural White Gold, with a 1.01ct Brilliant Diamond

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Courtesy of Rachel Boston

Double Bands

For a modern, original take on a classic solitaire, Rachel Boston is doubling down. “We’ve seen many more requests for double bands on bespoke engagement rings,” says Boston. The split design perfectly frames any center stone, though we particularly love it with a marquis shape. Pavé optional (but encouraged!).

Rachel Boston Bespoke Ring in Rose Gold with Pavé Detail

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Courtesy of Lizzie Mandler

Hidden Pavé

There’s something special about timeless engagement ring designs. “Traditional, simple rings are still special, and can be more so with the addition of a small detail that’s not immediately obvious,” says Mandler. “My favorite way to differentiate a simple design is with hidden pavé accents, often as a bridge beneath the setting. It’s so beautiful, and something you’ll only notice when you look closely.”

Lizzie Mandler Solitaire with a Pavé Bridge in 18k Rose Gold, with a 3ct Round White Diamond

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Courtesy of Lizzie Mandler

Oval Stones

“The trend of elongated stones is not slowing down for 2019,” says Mandler. Ovals and other elongated cuts tend to look much longer than they actually are, which might be why they’re so popular. “Ovals can be tricky to find, as there are many variations in cuts,” Mandler explains. “When you’re shopping for an oval stone, look out for bow ties – a darker shadow that can run through the center stone.” It can be almost impossible to find an oval stone that is completely free of a bow tie, so focus on finding the smallest bow tie possible. “My favorite setting for an oval stone is on a knife edge band, which perfectly combines classic and modern details.”

Lizzie Mandler Signature Knife Edge Solitaire in 18K Yellow Gold, with a 1.86ct White Diamond

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Courtesy of Rachel Boston

Unusual Diamonds

“People are moving away from classic round, white diamonds,” says Boston. “We have many brides requesting unique cuts, such as shields or trillions, as well as imperfect stones, which instantly make a classic design feel a bit different.” The swirls and inclusions in this gray diamond ensure your engagement ring will be totally one-of-a-kind.

Rachel Boston Bespoke Ring in Platinum, with a Gray Diamond

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Courtesy of Rachel Boston

Multi-Stone Rings

Side stones are having a real moment,” Boston says. “We use a lot of triangle and baguette cuts to create Art Deco silhouettes, and have been updating the setting with our signature knife edge band.” Stacking three—or even five!—stones side-by-side gives an engagement ring serious stature.

Rachel Boston Bespoke Art Deco Engagement Ring in Yellow Gold, with an Emerald-Cut Diamond, Baguettes, and Trillions

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See more: 5 Engagement Ring Stones to Consider if You’re On a Budget

Courtesy of Selin Kent

Non-Diamond Center Stones

Yes, it’s still an engagement ring, even without a diamond. “A recent bride-to-be fell in love with the teal green color of tourmaline, loving both the unique color and irregular shape,” says Kent. “She loved that no one else would have a ring like hers!” Whether it’s tourmaline, sapphire, ruby, emerald, or any other stone that tickles your fancy, it can absolutely be the star of your engagement ring!

Selin Kent Asymmetrical Tourmaline Ring in 18k Rose Gold, with a 3.5ct Tourmaline

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Every Bride Should Own Priyanka Chopra's $30 Wedding Lipstick

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Raise your hand if you want to steal every last detail of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s recent wedding in India. Yep, we figured. Between the bride’s multiple custom wedding gowns, the opulent decor, and the couple’s towering wedding cake (they had to cut it with a sword!), there was plenty to be inspired by. Sure, some aspects of the five-day affair might be a little out of reach—like the horses and fireworks, for instance—but there are some wedding-day details that are well within reach. For example, you can scoop up Priyanka Chopra’s wedding lipstick for only $30.

We’ll go ahead and say it: Every bride should own Priyanka Chopra’s wedding lipstick. For Chopra and Jonas’s Christian ceremony, the bride complemented her long-sleeve, high-neck Ralph Lauren wedding dress and 75-foot veil with a berry-hued lipstick. Chopra’s bridal makeup artist, Yumi Mori, revealed on Instagram that the lippie is none other than Marc Jacobs’s Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Boy Gorgeous—and boy, is it gorgeous.

The berry-fuschia color is a bold choice, yet not jarring—feminine, yet anything but demure. Bringing a flush of color to Chopra’s lovely face, it highlights her oh-so-in-love glow and mile-wide smile. With its universally flattering shade, Marc Jacobs’s Boy Gorgeous might just be the perfect wedding-day lipstick. The formula itself is long-lasting, promising up to 10 hours of wear (meaning it can take you from the ceremony kiss through the last dance at your reception), and is packed with nourishing ingredients that keep your lips hydrated and the color from flaking.

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

The rest of Chopra’s wedding makeup came courtesy of Marc Jacobs as well, with the brand’s O!Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer ($49, available at Sephora) and Shameless Foundation ($46, available at Sephora) also making up this bride’s beauty arsenal. But we think if there’s one product brides should steal from Chopra’s big day, it should be her totally-kissable lippie shade. Snag it here at Neiman Marcus for $30.

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