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Engaged & Confused

Hello fellow Knotties! Welcome to Engaged & Confused. Have you been planning your wedding on an inspiration board (or in an old-school binder) since before you met your mate? Not me. Newly engaged, I'm equally inspired and overwhelmed by the options out there. This blog will chronicle my wedding planning, from venue (HOW MUCH per head?) to vows (should I say "I do" to writing my own "I dos"?). Wish me luck!

5 Mistakes We Made With Our Wedding Invitations

Traditional wedding etiquette books will tell you that you should send your wedding invitations six to eight weeks before your wedding. Like most brides, I didn’t want to inconvenience my guests (by rushing them to respond) so I was determined to get those suckers out on time. And we made the deadline -- but just barely and... read more

What Registry Items Are You Most Excited To Open? Here Are My Top 5

Cool wedding registry items: Andrea Hallgren Photography / TheKnot.comAndrea Hallgren Photography
Did you enjoy registering? I had mixed feelings about it. I'll admit that I was overwhelmed at committing to color schemes for everything from cast iron pots to stand mixers all in one weekend. But then, who doesn't love getting gifts? One of the more unexpected joys of being engaged has been watching as guests start... read more

I’m Wearing My Twin Sister’s Wedding Dress — Here’s Why

5 reasons why I’m wearing my sister’s wedding dress: VUE Photography / TheKnot.comVue Photography
Have you found your wedding dress yet? If so, how long did it take you and how many did you try on? Luckily, I “chose” my own almost four years ago, long before I was planning this party. From the moment my sister said “you have to wear this dress when you get married!” I... read more

Have You Ever Joked About Eloping? (We Did)

Have You Ever Joked About Eloping? (We Did): Shutterstock / TheKnot.comShutterstock
I’ve come to believe that there's a point in the wedding planning process that every single engaged couple says, “Let’s just elope.” This first time came for us just a few weeks in. I made the perhaps ill-advised decision to schedule eight reception venue visits for my future husband and I within 48 hours of... read more

How Often Do You Clean Your Engagement Ring?

How long did it take you to get used to wearing "The Ring?" A week? A month? For me, it was almost immediate. The moment I started wearing it, it felt like I had always worn it. It belonged to my great-grandmother and I love that it has some family history. And the first few weeks I... read more

I Sort Of Hate The Word Fiance

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How do you introduce your soon-to-be-spouse? Fiancé is the obvious choice. The definition, according to Merriam-Webster, refers to someone soon to be married. (If you’re interested, fiancé refers to a man who’s about to be married, and fiancée to a woman who is soon-to-be wed. Who knew?) But to me, no matter how you spell... 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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