Is It Ok to Ask For Cash Instead of Gifts?

Cash vs. GiftsPhoto: Jasmine Starr Photography
Let's put this question to rest. It's totally fine to prefer cash over gifts. Maybe you feel like you have plenty for the kitchen. Or maybe the one thing that would help the two of you set up a new home would be cash toward a down payment on a new home. Whatever the case,... read more

Christian Siriano’s Engagement Bracelet

Project Runway winner, Christian Siriano and his boyfriend, musician Brad Walsh, announced their engagement this weekend on Twitter. The best part? Instead of a ring, the couple exchanged silver and vermeil  YSL "Bapteme" bracelets. To use one of Christian's favorite words, the bracelets are fierce! We love how these two made their own... read more

10 Beautiful Updos with Braids

Updos with BraidsPhoto: Tec Pejata
Brides love updos and it's no wonder why. Hair looks gorgeous for the wedding photos and doesn't require constant touch-ups throughout the day. Update a classic look by adding a braid into the mix! Here are 10 gorgeous and modern updos with braids that look oh-so-bridal. Loose Side Braid A low side braid looks effortlessly... read more

8 Reasons to Have A Summer Camp Wedding

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Imagine a wedding weekend that combines all of your favorite memories from your summer childhood with the beauty and romance of a rustic outdoor wedding. Sounds AMAZING right? Ok, well this is actually totally doable. You can get married at a lot of summer camps, especially during the off-season when campers head back to school.... read more

Win An Especially Escada Beauty Package!

We love the new deliciously luxurious Especially Escada scent! It has top notes of pears, which means it is light and fresh, rose and ylang ylang to give it a floral core and a light layer of musk for a sensual sendoff.  What we love even more is that Escada has partnered with The... read more

Bride Instagrams Her Wedding In Real Time (And It’s Awesome)

Bon Appetite Art Director Live Instagrammed Wedding
Are you ready for the coolest wedding (like so cool even Girls' Lena Dunham tweeted about it)  you've ever seen? Bon Appetite Art Director Elizabeth Spiridakis (aka @white_lightning) got married over the weekend to musician Preston Olson and let's just say the couple wasn't shy about sharing the details on Instagram. The result: an amazing real time... read more

What Is A Feminist Wedding?

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If you have no idea what I'm talking about, let me catch you up to speed. A recent story by the The Daily Mail called "Rise of the Feminist Wedding," reported that a growing number of brides are avoiding common wedding traditions because they're perceived as "anti-feminist".  The numbers they used came from a 200-person bride... read more

9 White Wedding Pant Suits!

While we recognize that the wedding dress is by far the most-worn wedding day style, it's definitely not the only option. In fact, more and more wedding dress designers like Carolina Herrera and Theia Couture are adding pant suits to their wedding dress collections. A few of our favorite designs... Linen... read more

A Ceremony Covered in White Garden Roses

Photo: Elizabeth Messina // Design: Sharon SacksPhoto: Elizabeth Messina // Design: Sharon Sacks
Garden roses were the perfect romantic addition to the aisle and huppah of this outdoor wedding set in the hills of Santa Barbara. The lush white flowers, simple decor, and all-white palette were stunningly simple and created romantic ambiance without distracting from the gorgeous surroundings. I love that it's the perfect balance between nature and... read more

5 Wedding Trends To Steal From Your Favorite TV Shows

Photo Left: Photo Right:  Carlie Statsky PhotographyPhoto Left: Photo Right: Carlie Statsky Photography
Some of the hottest shows (like the this year's Emmy Award nominees) are also a fun source of wedding style and fashion inspiration. While we wouldn't suggest you ask your cake baker for a Game Of Thrones wedding cake, we do think Daenerys Targaryen's signature braids are totally wedding-worthy! See what we're talking about below...... read more
Escort cards are extremely easy to personalize and an excellent way to bring in your wedding day colors -- from calligraphed seating cards set atop a textured linen to apples tagged with each guest's name or small personalized bundles of lavender tied off with string. Other ways to display escort cards: Pin them to a clothesline, post them on a board covered in color-coordinated ribbon, or incorporate them into your cocktail hour using personalized stirrers tagged with guests' names.
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