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Do These 13 Things To Make Guests Happy

Guests will undoubtedly gush over your gown, be amazed by your centerpieces and snap photos of the wedding cake. But give them a charging station for when their phones hit 3% battery power or blister Band-Aids in the bathroom for when their heels start hurting, and your wedding will go down in history with... read more

17 Takes On the Wedding Getaway Car

After the sparklers have fizzled out and the confetti has been thrown, hop into a ride that fits your wedding style. Ride off on a tandem bicycle after a casual backyard ceremony, hop into an antique car at your country club reception or step onto a NYC tour bus with all your guests at your... read more

10 Pretty Centerpieces (Without A Flower In Sight!)

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Beautiful centerpieces can be yours without a single stem! Get creative with elements that tie together the style and theme of your wedding. (Bonus: You'll likely save some money in the process, too.) Think antler candlesticks for rustic weddings, coral and candles for beachside weddings and stacks of pretty books for vintage weddings. Here are... read more

8 Dangerously Delicious Fall Wedding Cocktails

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Mix up a cozy fall cocktail for your reception, engagement party or last-minute DIY dash with the bridesmaids (they deserve it!). Slice up seasonal garnishes like apple, pumpkin, fig or pear and put your mixology skills to the test. For the novice bartender, simply follow the recipes below to make a tasty autumn-inspired wedding cocktail!... read more

17 Creative Sign Ideas For The Bar!

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Point guests to the bar in a stylish way with a custom sign that complements your reception decor. Hint: This is one of those easy ways to infuse your style without spending a ton. It can be as simple as a small framed "bar" sign with a few added decorative elements or personalized as creating... read more

11 Ways To Keep Kids Busy At Your Wedding

Even the cutest of flower girls and ring bearers will need some kid-friendly entertainment at the reception. While parents are sipping cocktails, giving toasts and catching up, keep the kids busy with fun activities that make them feel included in the festivities, too. Here are 11 creative ways to pull it off! Cracker Jack Activity... read more

16 Unexpected Reception Seating Ideas

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Make your reception instantly inspiring with a unique table arrangement. Table layouts depend on the design of the reception space: weave them in between trees if you're in a rustic setting, group them in Xs and Os if you're inside a banquet hall or stretch them out in one long banquet if you're on a... read more

14 Stylish Menu Card Ideas

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Menu cards can be your new best friend and here's why: they ease the flow of a sit-down dinner; they can moonlight as an escort card; and they pull together the design of your place settings! To save on costs create one menu per table (set it up on an easel or in a frame)... read more

An Under The Sea Reception With A 16-Foot Dessert Bar!

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Here's a wedding theme we hadn't heard of before... a modern under-the-sea zen-themed wedding! Wed 100 expert and wedding planner Vanessa Van Wieren of Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations and her incredible team transformed the Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla, California into a living aquarium with coral linens, shell table numbers, lucite trays, origami cranes... read more

The Glam Outdoor Chandelier, 13 Ways

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For the outdoor wedding that sways polished over rustic, the outdoor chandelier is the go-to lighting and decor choice. Strung up from a tree or inside a tent, chandeliers add glamour to a natural space (not to mention, they're a practical light source after the sun goes down). Here, 13 of our favorite receptions starring... read more
Accept that you might not actually be able to press pause on the compulsive wedding chatter. Hey, you're excited, and that's cool! But expecting one or two people to listen to all of it? Too much. Share the love. Spread the obsessing out over a wider circle of friends (that's what cubemates are for, right?) and space it out, so you can spare them all, including your fiance, from bride (that would be you) burnout.
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