Real Brides Share Their Biggest Piece of Wedding-Day Advice

Here’s some great wedding-day advice from bride experiences by Elizabeth Mitchell of brides.com.

You’ve read all the bridal books there are to read, signed up for every wedding tip of the day, and downloaded an embarrassing amount of planning apps. But you can always use more big-day advice before you walk down the aisle — right? We asked nine real brides who’ve already been there done that to shell out their best advice for your wedding. So from one bride to another, listen up.

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Everything You Need To Know About The 9 Most Common Wedding-Related Events

Here’s a good article by Alyssa Brown, Contributing Writer for marthastewartweddings.com.

Deciding to marry your partner means you’re signing up for more than just a wedding ceremony and reception. In fact, it’s kind of like signing up for nine different  parties, all designed to celebrate this important occasion. While each is undeniably exciting, hosting a handful of events is no easy task. Here’s the skinny on what parties you’ll be organizing, planning, and just plain showing up for.

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Online Save-The-Date Etiquette

Here’s an article on the e-save-the-dates by Andrea Fowler in theknot.com.

Learn the ins and outs of e-save-the-dates before clicking “send.”

Electronic invitations are gaining in popularity, and as a result, finding their way into more and more wedding events. There are plenty of guidelines for a traditional wedding save-the-date card, but the etiquette lines get blurry when it comes to e-save-the-dates. Whether the digital option has caught your eye because of the cost or convenience benefits, there are still a few things to consider before going paperless.

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Coupling Finances: What All Newlyweds Should Know

Here’s a good article from Newsusa.com regarding financial information for newlyweds.

It’s a catchphrase that’s been described as perhaps the first “I do” for newlyweds, and it’s especially relevant as we head into wedding season. Because as much as you may think no two people have ever been more in love than you are – hey, look at the size of that engagement ring! – the truth is that it could be less than smooth sailing ahead if you’re not on the same page when it comes to financial matters.

“Couples have a very hard time talking about money,” Joan Atwood, a Hofstra University professor of marriage and family therapy bemoaned on an NPR “Money Coach” segment on the issue. “I would say it’s the last taboo.”

Ready to break it? Read on.

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How to Reserve Hotel Room Blocks

Here’s an article by the Knot on the how to’s on reserving rooms for your wedding guests.

Here’s everything you need to know about reserving rooms for your guests.

If you’re having out-of-town guests at your wedding, they’ll need a place to stay, because you certainly don’t want them crashing the bridal suite! Hotel blocks for weddings allow guests to stay in the same hotel (or couple of hotels), which makes things like planning and transportation easier. And it’s more fun for your guests, who may want to mingle and enjoy their own after-party. Reserving hotel room blocks is the best way to ensure your guests have a place to stay near your reception. Plus, hotels often give you a discount on the room rate, which you can then pass along to your guests. Here’s everything you need to know to make it happen.

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EXPERT ADVICE ON ENGAGEMENT RINGS – TIPS FROM LUXURY JEWELLER MATTHEW ELY

 

This is an article from Modern Wedding  on engagement ring advice by leading luxury jewellery designer Matthew Ely.

When choosing an engagement ring, you may have heard of the 4 C’s to the perfect diamond, but have you ever really asked what they mean? To make this task a little bit easier, we chatted to luxury jewellery designer Matthew Ely on what to look for when choosing the perfect engagement ring. 

Renowned for his bespoke collections and fine handcrafted jewellery, leading luxury jewellery designer and gemmologist, Matthew Ely creates some of the most stunning and unique engagement rings on the market. Using his expertise and comprehensive knowledge, Ely has shared some important considerations for purchasing engagement rings with us.  Plus a few of his favourite pieces from his collection to get you inspired!

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15 Wedding Trends That Are In For 2019

Here’s an article in Shefinds Magazine by Linda DiProperzio on upcoming wedding trends for 2019.

For brides getting married in 2019, the wedding planning fun is just beginning. Planners and vendors are already seeing a crop of new trends popping up as they start to look towards the coming year. From food and flowers to attire and decor, here are 15 trends that are sure to be super hot in 2019.

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Cheat Sheet for Tipping Wedding Vendors

Here’s a good article on tipping suggestions by Alison Silber, founder and creative director for Engaged And Inspired wedding publication and guest blogger for Bridal Guide Magazine.

Tipping is supposed to act as a reward, so you don’t need to consider it a mandatory expense. Tips are meant to be given for excellent service or for vendors who go above and beyond their contracted duties. Before dishing out gratuity, check your contracts. Some vendors, especially venues and catering companies, will include it in their contract to help eliminate confusion.

Here is a complete guide to which vendors you should tip (and how much!) on your wedding day.

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THE BRIDAL INDUSTRY IS SLOWLY MAKING STRIDES IN SIZE INCLUSIVITY

Fashionista Magazine has an encouraging article by Fawnia Soo Hoo.

The Fall 2018 Bridal Week runways showed support for body-positivity, which will hopefully make for a more size-diverse wedding dress shopping experience.

On the heels of the Spring 2018 New York Fashion Week runways making significant progress in support of body-inclusivity, Bridal Week designers are slowly, but surely, embracing size-diversity, too.

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Rustic Wedding at the Exeter Inn

Rustic is in! Our gorgeous farm tables and walnut cross back chairs are certainly the focal point of this style; the simple wedding white dishware delicately complement the floral centerpiece without distracting the eye.  A sailcloth tent is the perfect setting to house this look.