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For today’s couples, personalization is top priority when it comes to planning their weddings. From monograms to custom fashion, personally-designed stationary and unlikely cake combos, couples are all for personalizing every detail of the big day. Maybe you want to wear a colored wedding dress or make a quirky entrance by bike, and that’s cool. …

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They’re fluffy, soft, romantic and abundant in spring. Ah, peonies. We’re absolutely taken with these beautiful blooms. They are the flowers dreams are made of. Super popular for weddings, peonies add a fullness to arrangements and bouquets, whether beautifully bunched on their own or nestled among other types of foliage. Pair blush peonies with lamb’s …

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Looking to add some extra “pop” to your wedding day decor? Instead of obsessing over small details like place cards, candles and other table decor, a bold table cloth or runner adds all the wow factor you need. And once you choose loud linens, every other detail can and should be simple, so you’re off …

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It’s your second time around, and you’re planning destination I dos. How fun! There’s nothing better than a destination wedding. Imagine: All of your closest friends in a destination of your choosing, away from work, carefree and toasting your love. Destination weddings are ideal if you’re hosting a small event because prices add up…fast. If …

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It’s the color of that sweet, plump, eat-over-the-counter fruit we all love so much. The color of flirty cheeks. The color of a paint-worthy tropical sunset. Peach was a popular hue in the 80s and 90s, only to be deemed “out of style” years later. Now, it’s back and bigger than ever. Cheers for peach! Softer …

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If you’re planning a small wedding for your second time around, you’re probably scaling some things back. However, you still need to “cut the cake,” a right of passage for every newly-married couple. The solution? A single-tiered cake! And just because it’s small, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice any style. Every single-layer cake deserves full cake treatment, …

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We’ve been in winter for far too long. Thus, we’re naturally dreaming of warm weather, blue water and sun-kissed skin. Couples planning their second weddings usually decide to go for a smaller affair. (They’ve already done the big blowout wedding, and now they want something intimate and meaningful.) Also common among second weddings? Ditching tradition and going destination. …

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Are e-invitations tacky or ‘with the times’? We’ve been asked several times by readers if an e-save-the-date or e-invitation is acceptable or too far from tradition — and we say nothing’s off the table! From e-vites to honeymoon registries, modern-day couples are making decisions that fit who they are, their lifestyles and personalities. E-vites have …

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Planning a wedding is intense, so chances are you’ll take a few days off of work prior to the big day to handle last-minute details and greet your incoming guests. So, if you can’t get away right after the wedding for whatever reason (kids, busted budget, burned vacation time, etc.), why not plan a mini …

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Yes, we’re bringing back fondue. One of my most beloved wedding memories of all time is from a wedding weekend I attended in Whistler, BC. And it wasn’t even the main day that I remember most — it was the rehearsal dinner. Rather than the typical rehearsal dinner fare of a meat, starch, salad etc., the …

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We’re happy to report that yellow gold has made a full-on comeback. For so many years, every engagement and wedding ring style seemed to be fashioned from white gold. However, today we’re seeing brides opt for other shades like rose and, even more popular, yellow gold. And we’re loving it. Yellow gold has a unique vintage flair …

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No one said there had to be dinner involved. It’s your second time around, and you’re looking to do something a little different, to change things up a bit. And while we’ve been so focused on capturing the perfect sunset wedding photos, we’ve forgotten about an equally glorious and majestic time of day: sunrise. Our point? …

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In today’s wedding world, no fashion choice is off limits. We’re seeing brides gravitate more freely toward frocks of color, cropped lengths, fun fabrics and now — jumpsuits. For the daring bride who isn’t afraid to make bold choices, a jumpsuit is a cool alternative to a traditional wedding gown. And don’t think because you’re outfitted …

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Seasonal, whimsical and full of beauty, white tulips are a fitting floral for wintertime nuptials. While tulips come in all colors and sometimes different patterns (striped), we can’t help but swoon for all-white tulip arrangements — and the way they bend and swoop from a vase is almost magical. Perhaps our favorite way to arrange white …

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While most brides opt for an “enhanced natural beauty” look on their big day, we love when brides break with convention and go to the dark side. If you’re planning a winter-time bash, what better time is there for a little drama? Whether you opt for ruby, crimson, cherry or berry, red lips are simply ravishing. Did …

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Decadent, extravagant and over-the-top can only mean one thing: The Great Gatsby. It’s your second time around, and you already pulled off the whole 200 person banquet hall wedding. This time, why not step out of the box and do something fearless, fun and fabulous? From beaded gowns to feather centerpieces, pearled cakes and Art …

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The most common colors associated with the holidays are red and green — we say, buh-bye. It’s time to step out of the predictable color pattern and usher in a new pale palette. Frosty, flirty and full-on fabulous, we are seriously crushing on ice blue winter weddings. From a barely blue tulle gown to blue …

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If there’s one thing we love, it’s using natural materials to make a wedding day truly unique. Take twigs, for example — incorporating them into your floral arrangements and other wedding details adds texture, interest and that effortless rustic vibe so many brides seek nowadays. The best part? They are cheap, if not free! A simple …

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Think about it. The family will already be together, everyone is off of work and an iconic meal is already in the works. If you’re looking for a good time to pull off a small second wedding celebration, why not at Thanksgiving? And even cooler? Make it a surprise! Perhaps the best part about choosing the …

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You’re engaged and over 40. Your first task: Dismiss all notions and stigmas regarding your age and adhering to the “frumpy, modest and mature” bridal code.  Sure, the days of sporting a full-skirted ball gown with endless embellishment are probably behind you. Who cares? It’s time to step into a new kind of sexy — confident, classy …

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Forget the predictable lemon poppyseed or strawberry cake. If you’re planning a fall fête, take advantage of the caramely, spicy, gooey, deep autumnal flavors that warm our hearts, comfort our tummies and soothe our palates every season. Pumpkin spice, apple, carrot, caramel, fig — is your mouth watering yet? Beyond the flavors, the decorative details at …

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No doubt, the mismatched-yet-matched bridesmaid dress trend is on the rise. However, with endless variations of colors in the world (think pastel, bright, deep, neon, faded, etc., just to name a few descriptors), this look can turn sloppy in a second. How do you avoid such a blunder? Simple. It’s as easy as a trip …

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Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you love your bride or groom any less — you just have to be creative when it comes to gift-giving. Between all the last minute details, seating arrangements, guest arrivals, etc., it can be easy to forget (whoops!) a little token for your spouse-to-be. And don’t think …

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If you’re looking for something a little different this time around, why not throw a themed bash? We’re starting to see couples piggy-backing on the festivities of pre-established holidays to make their big days extra spirited soirées. Among all of the holidays each year (New Year’s Eve, Fourth of July), one of the most popular choices …

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Fig — the color and the fruit — is fabulous inspiration for your fall wedding-day palette and theme. Vibrant, earthy and over-the-top photoghenic, these little teardrops look lovely mounded amongst deep-colored fruits on a tablescape, split and bundled between tiers of a wedding cake, or sliced on the side of a fig-inspired cocktail. And that’s just the …

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Shooters have been and continue to be one of the biggest food trends when it comes to wedding appetizers. Whether oysters, mini grilled cheeses with tomato soup, pies or cookies, it seems every snack food has been transformed into shot form, and we’re loving it. Think about it — is it the best idea for …

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From nieces and nephews to cousins and friends’ little ones, children are some of the most precious guests attending your wedding. They’re cute, sweet, energetic…and restless; however, organizing a few creative children’s activities in advance will make them happy campers! In addition to activities, it’s important to line up some kid-friendly dining options, as Chicken …

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The two-piece wedding ensemble is having a major moment. (Check out this post on two-piece wedding dresses.) But if you’re looking to go a bit more casual than a beaded crop top and lace skirt, then we’ve got your answer. A trend gaining popularity in the wedding world is pairing formal, fun bridal skirts with …

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You don’t have to break the bank to give nice wedding favors. Truly, your guests will be thrilled that you took the time to thank them at all. We’ve gathered seven fun favor ideas that your guests are sure to love and use again. CONDIMENTS, LIKE HOT SAUCE: We all us ’em, we all love …

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Sometimes less is more. Want to go casual food-wise on the big day? One word: barbecue. Fun, quirky and easy, having a barbecue-inspired wedding reception will make guests feel right at home. From bright sunflowers in mason jars to bandana napkins, bibs, ribs and more, going casual for your second time around/vow renewal is a …

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Some of the most challenging details when planning your wedding reception revolve around the meal — what will you serve and how (buffet? plated?), who will sit where, who should you seat at each table and so on. Relax! It’s normal to be nervous about bringing two different sides of family and friends together at …

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It’s your second time around, and you may be looking to celebrate your nuptials with something a little more low key — but special nonetheless — than a giant soiree. Thus, we give you city hall weddings. And no, they aren’t what you’re thinking (a stuffy room sans charm or pomp and circumstance). City hall weddings are …

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Bigger is not always better — especially when it comes to your bridal bouquet. Maybe you’re going “understated” for your second-time-around nuptials and want to leave the oversized cascading bouquet in the dust. We don’t blame you. Enter dainty, demure bouquets — an elegant accent for the classy bride. And just because they’re smaller doesn’t …

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Black tie is not mandatory. If you’re planning a more casual affair, the fashion should follow suit! And casual does not mean sloppy, lacking elegance or less special. In fact, it can be as put together and thought out as a suit or tux. Dress the groom in something that reflects his style and makes …

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