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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

After the Wedding: Preserving Your Dress

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With all the preparation and planning that goes into the wedding day, you may forget about what to do after all is said and done! Enter: the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists! Their nationwide network of specialists can take care of your dress from cleaning it after the wedding, preserving it and even restoring vintage... read more

Awkward Couple Shots

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What do two dogs going at it, blindfolds, a boob shot and crying all have in common? They're all in this slideshow of absolutely awkward brides and grooms. > Find thousands of pretty wedding photos > We're uploading real weddings every week - check them out here It’s your turn: Do... read more

Sophisticated Mother of the Bride and (Colorful!) Flower Girl Dresses from La Femme and Love Jay Girls

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Bridal fashion week is always chock-full of beautiful bridal gowns and stunning accessories for the bride and maids alike. But what about everyone else? When we saw Love Jay Girls's new line, our first thought was: Flower girl dresses have never been so fun! Infused with color, the little gowns are sure to please even... read more

Awkward Bouquet Tosses

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Bouquet tosses have slowly become a thing of the past. Perhaps these photos are evidence as to why the old tradition has gone out of style. Are you having a bouquet toss? Or are you skipping the tradition? > You'll probably need some flowers if you're still considering a toss - find them... read more

A Frothy Vera Wang Wedding Dress

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After meeting at Duke University and dating for nearly seven years, Tiffany and Richard planned a New York destination wedding for their families (from Hong Kong and Taiwan). The couple created a modern yet feminine aesthetic with soft pinks, white and cream. Tiffany accessorized her Vera Wang A-line gown with an oversize bow at the waist... read more

Adorable Wedding Video: The Dad’s Perspective

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Aren't we all looking for a good cry now and then? No? Okay, maybe that's just me. Regardless, this video, told from Artie Goldstein's perspective (the father of the bride), is a must-watch if only to hear how he views his daughter's marriage and life choices. It's all about how he found his own understanding... read more

The Most Romantic Proposal Ever

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What girl doesn't dream of an über-romantic wedding proposal? It probably has your family and friends there, a grand romantic gesture, your to-be fiancé explaining all the reasons why they love you and it may even finish with fireworks. Well, this proposal has all of the above (and then some). Honestly, I think... read more

Awkward Wedding Dresses

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You'd be surprised that our jobs aren't all about sitting around and gawking at beautiful dresses (okay, that's a big part of it), but sometimes we come across awkward gowns like these ones. Enjoy! It's your turn: Do you have awkward wedding photos? Tweet pictures to me @amanda__black and you could see them... read more

Accessories Can Make Your Bridal Look

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It can be tricky finding the perfect accessories for your wedding look. You have to take into account the style you're going for, how many pieces you can wear without looking over-accessorized and also your budget (you don't want to blow it all on a necklace and a clutch!). When I came across Lara and... read more

Awkward Wedding Children

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In my time at The Knot, I've come across some pretty cute wedding children. But these kids are just plain awkward. > Inviting kids? Keep them occupied with these tricks > Got questions about kids at the wedding? Join the discussion here read more
The right chairs and chair treatments can transform what was a hodgepodge room into something that's elegant and refined. If it's a black-tie wedding, cover every chair in rich, silk fabric and add a coordinating sash. For a wedding that's outdoors, consider using simple chiavari chairs instead of the plastic folding kind. You can also use your chairs to highlight the season. Pay tribute to the time of year by decorating every one of the chairs with a miniature wreath for a winter wedding, or tie fresh blooms to each of the chair backs if you're having a springtime affair.
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