wedding planning

How to Plan a DIY Destination Wedding on a Budget

How to Plan a DIY Destination Wedding on a Budget

As an avid traveler, I always wanted a destination wedding. I saw myself getting married in Italy in a gorgeous lace dress with some ruins crumbling in the background. My fiancé Kevin had a very different vision. He wanted a local farm-to-table feast at a coastal California venue with everyone he’d ever met celebrating with us. Luckily we both agreed on one thing: the budget. And that budget didn’t really accommodate either of our visions. So we went back to the drawing board…

6 Ways Google Can Help You Plan a Wedding on a Budget

6 Ways Google Can Help You Plan a Wedding on a Budget

For the DIY couple, Google is the new wedding binder. And not just because you’ll end up Googling everything from “do I need a veil?” to “when to send invites.” I used so many of Google’s suite of free tools I’m not sure how I would have planned my wedding otherwise. Keep reading for how I used Google to keep organized and for a couple of ways I wish I had used it! 

Setting Your Bridal Party Up for Success

Setting Your Bridal Party Up for Success

Let's get real about the trials and tribulations of selecting your Maid of Honor.

Customarily, a bridal party consists of one bride, one maid or matron of honor and a handful of bridesmaids. These days…

Spring Has Sprung, and Love Is A-Bloomin'

Spring Has Sprung, and Love Is A-Bloomin'

Spring has finally sprung! But it isn't just flowers… Love is a-bloomin', too. Spring is the season of new life, which makes it one of the most beautiful times of year to host a wedding or renew your vows.

Here are just a few ways to incorporate this season of love into your nuptials…

What Every Groom-to-be Should Know About Weddings

What Every Groom-to-be Should Know About Weddings

While traditionally the bride’s family pays for the wedding, that doesn’t mean the groom and his family are completely off the hook. In addition to paying for the rehearsal dinner, did you know it’s custom for the groom to pay for transportation and flowers?

6 Wedding Ideas I Didn’t Know Existed Until After I Got Married

6 Wedding Ideas I Didn’t Know Existed Until After I Got Married

Like a lot of brides, when it came to my wedding I had a vision. But I realize now I planned my own wedding with blinders on. Since then, I’ve come across some really awesome wedding resources, tools, services, and ideas I had never thought to even consider. Hopefully these ideas might help you!

Real Brides Speak: Out-of-State Weddings Made Easy

Real Brides Speak: Out-of-State Weddings Made Easy

In the second installment of our "Real Brides Speak" series, we talk to four women from across the country about their experiences planning out-of-state (and out of the country!) weddings. 

To Have and to Register

To Have and to Register

Sometimes, one's enthusiasm for price guns leads to a towering display case of chinaware crashing down in the middle of a Macy's champagne wedding registry event.

And sometimes, that means traditional registries aren't for you. But you have options…

Bound by Love, Law, and a Lengthy Name Change Process

Bound by Love, Law, and a Lengthy Name Change Process

For most of history, the decision to change your name—or not—after marriage wasn't a decision at all. It was assumed that a woman would adopt her husband's name…But now, in many circles, the answer comes only after a lot of soul searching.


Real Brides Speak: The Biggest Challenges to Planning a 21st Century Wedding

Real Brides Speak:  The Biggest Challenges to Planning a 21st Century Wedding

Weddings are hard…er, fun! Well, fun and hard. As you likely know, no wedding comes without its own set of challenges. So we asked five brides nationwide what hurdles they came up against…

A Muse Gets Married, Ch. 5: Save-the-Dates

A Muse Gets Married, Ch. 5: Save-the-Dates

Sending save-the-date notes can be a strain on a wedding timeline, but there are ways to make sure your guests receive the correct information while not going completely bonkers. Angie provides insight into how she approached this for her wedding.

The Wedding Basics, Step Two: The Budget

The Wedding Basics, Step Two: The Budget

So, your guest list is finished! Now you have to start thinking about the money.We know, that almost made you close your browser, right? This is no one’s favorite topic. But we promise you’ll feel so much better once you’ve got all the numbers nailed down! Here’s how to land on your final budget without running away screaming.

How to elope: four steps to making it happen without hurting everyone’s feelings

How to elope: four steps to making it happen without hurting everyone’s feelings

My older brother and his wife considered eloping. They talked to their families and friends about it, and everyone had pretty much the same reaction: we’d all understand and support them, and we’d all have our feelings hurt. They weighed the pros and cons, and wound up