Author: Audra Jones

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Wedding Rehearsal Dinners: 5 Ideas We Love

Rehearsal dinners are the last thing many couples want to think about when they are knee-deep in wedding planning—it can seem like just another thing to pay for and plan. The key is to make the most of your rehearsal dinner: this post-ceremony-practice event isn’t just a cumbersome wedding custom, but a chance to take some time before your wedding day to relax and enjoy being with your partner and your closest friends and family. To illustrate just how extraordinarily fun this portion of your wedding weekend can be, we’ve put together five wedding rehearsal dinner ideas. They may differ in Read More

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7 “Something Borrowed” Wedding Ideas

Note: while we will refer to “the bride” here, as the bride was traditionally the subject of this little adage, there’s absolutely no reason that a groom couldn’t follow the same good-luck guidelines. Feel free to interchange “groom” wherever it make sense for you!  You’ve probably heard of the old British wedding tradition where a bride is supposed to wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe,” on her wedding day, right? But if you’re like us, you might be a little clueless as to what this actually means. Ostensibly good luck charms, each Read More

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Suits Versus Tuxedos: Which Is Right For Your Groom?

Let’s face it: when it comes to wedding fashion, the spotlight has traditionally fallen on the bride and her dress. Thankfully, a shift has been taking place in the world of wedding fashion for some time. The modern groom now approaches his wedding day attire as a reflection of his style and personality. Some grooms are taking the road less traveled and wearing laid-back looks like jeans and dress shirts, even foregoing formal jackets altogether. But the two most traditional wedding attire choices for a groom, a suit or a tuxedo, still remain the most popular. It’s easy to see why: Read More

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Top 10 Ways To Cut Alcohol Costs At Weddings

You’ve already booked your wedding caterer—congrats! Now comes the fun (and truly crucial) part: alcohol. Hosting an open bar at your wedding is a huge expense. On average, couples hosting a 200-person, four-hour wedding reception will spend upwards of $8,000 for a fully stocked open bar. If your jaw just dropped, know that ours did too when we first heard that astounding number. If you’re a couple on a budget (and aren’t we all?), don’t despair—there are plenty of awesome ways that you can cut alcohol costs without totally eliminating the booze. 1. Offer Signature Cocktails A fabulous way to personalize your drink Read More

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A Checklist Of Maid Of Honor Duties

Being asked to be the maid of honor for your favorite bride-to-be is really special. It indicates that not only does she think of you as one of the most significant women in her life, but as someone she can rely on and trust to help her plan her big day. Pretty cool, right? That being said, receiving this honor often brings other emotions besides joy and flattery, and they go by the names “anxiety” and “stress.” It makes sense why maids of honor often feel these conflicting emotions: if you haven’t been down this road before, then you probably Read More

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Top Ten Wedding Processional Songs

It may seem like a relatively simple task, but choosing wedding processional songs has been stumping couples for decades. Unlike the first dance song, which usually has significant meaning or emotional value, the music accompanying your grand entrance as you head into your wedding venue tends to be a less obvious choice and can raise dilemmas: Lyrics or no lyrics? Classical or contemporary? Upbeat or subdued? Throw in the fact that the options practically reach the point of infinity, and it’s easy to see why selecting ceremony music can lead to agonized decision-making for couples. Like with most things, when a couple finds themselves Read More

Top 10 Tips For A Successful Cocktail Hour

Even if you’re a skilled cocktail party hostess, tackling the wedding cocktail hour is no easy feat. For starters, there are quite a few vendors to book and guest flow to consider. Then comes the intricacies of figuring out your floor plan, deciding what to serve, and determining the feel for this portion of your wedding day. On top of all of that, you won’t even be there for most of it (or maybe any of it) depending on your photography timeline, so you won’t be playing host(ess) the way you would any other cocktail party. But, there’s good news: with a Read More