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Amanda Black

From: Cumberland, ME (small town girl with big-city aspirations). Ideal groom: Gael Garcia Bernal or Javier Bardem -- less No Country for Old Men, more Vicky Christina Barcelona. Veil or no veil: Definitely veil. One thing I would never leave home without: A good book (and chapstick). Piece I look forward to every week: Style Stalker. See my favorite wedding ideas here! And follow me on Twitter @amanda__black

10 Save-the-Dates We Love From Minted.com!

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Here at The Knot we get some pretty cool opportunities like sneak peaks at new bridal designers, floral concepts and even stationery lines. This time around we got an insider's look at Minted.com's newest save-the-date contest. (They actually source all their products from contests voted on by viewers!) So, which one is your favorite? Tell me... read more

A Romantic Lace Monique Lhuillier Gown

style stalkerPhoto: Heather Waraksa
Karen went into wedding planning with a specific style in mind: classic vintage. So a romantic lace gown by Monique Lhuillier was an easy choice to fit that look. Delicate cap sleeves gave the dress an old-world quality, while the fitted silhouette added a serious dose of glamour. Karen wore her... read more

A Festive New Year’s Eve Wedding

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We couldn't let you ring in the new year without sharing some wedspiration for a NYE wedding. So, feast your eyes on this couple's Detroit wedding and let's ring in 2013 together! Shannon carried this unique "bouquet" of beads, feathers, a locket and other glitzy elements. The ceremony chairs were finished... read more

A Wintry Christmas-Themed Wedding

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It's Christmas day! We understand you're spending time with your family and friends, but there's always time to fit in some wedding planning, right? So, in the spirit of the holidays, we pulled a beautiful week-before-Christmas wedding to inspire you. (Have we mentioned we love winter weddings?!) Enjoy and Merry Christmas! Katie and Matt... read more

A Modern, Chic Pronovias Gown

style stalkerPhoto: Sofia Negron
Making a major style statement was one of Helena's fashion goals for her wedding. To do that, she picked a gown with a one-shoulder neckline made of dramatic ruffles. The trumpet-style silhouette started with a darted bodice and was curve-hugging all the way to her knees, flaring into a three-tiered skirt with a sweeping train.... read more

10 Things No One Tells You About Getting Engaged

No matter how long you and your fiance dated or how many times you've been a bridesmaid in your friends' weddings, there are some truths you just don't find out about until you get engaged. 1. You'll have a big zit on your chin the day he proposes. Okay, maybe you won't (or didn't). But the... read more

An Elegant Elie Saab Wedding Dress

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When it came to finding the perfect dress, Maia needed little help: “I fell in love with my Elie Saab gown early on -- I even went back to try it on three times, and I cried every visit!” But accessorizing the frothy lace and tulle dress was another story -- in the end, her... read more

5 Ingredients for the Perfect Proposal

There's no denying it -- the first snow has fallen in the northeast, Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas decorations have been up for a while now. Proposal season is upon us! *Cue the excitement.* So for this season, we thought we'd help all those guys and gals out there looking to propose with... read more

Wedding Paper Divas Launches New Stationery Line (And We Love Everything In It)

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When it comes to wedding invitations, I'm a bit of an addict (you could safely call me a stationery nerd). So when I attended the Wedding Paper Divas preview event a few months ago I was obviously drooling. I couldn't wait until I was allowed to share all their prettiness with you. I've rounded up... read more

8 Engagement Rings That Require a Workout

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When it comes to celebrity engagements, we've come to expect ginormous rings. But what happens when you've got a stunner that comes with a ring-finger workout video? We almost feel bad for these girls who have to lug around rings that weigh their hands, wrists and maybe even arms down. Which one is your favorite?... read more
No matter where you wed, first impressions are essential. A personalized entryway will make your site more welcoming and help guests feel at home almost immediately. If you're having an outdoor wedding, hang leis of orchids or sun-catching glass ornaments on the surrounding trees. For a ballroom, have your florist create an escort card table arrangement with plenty of height so it's the first thing guests see. A rustic affair calls for tons of lanterns lining the pathways.  
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