So much of a wedding is about tradition, from wearing white to the vows many couples choose to exchange. There’s something so special about celebrating this milestone moment in a way it has been done for decades (if not centuries!), but there’s also something wonderful and empowering about being able to update those traditions to reflect modern times and your own values as a couple. Our experts tackle eight time-honored pieces of wedding advice that have been rewritten for modern brides and grooms—just in time for your “I do’s!”
The Old: Only engaged or married guests are invited with a “plus one.”
Traditionally, wedding etiquette dictates that in order to be invited with a date, there needed to be a ring on your finger, no matter how long you’d been together, or how soon an engagement is coming. Continue reading →
The traditional wedding rhyme goes: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe.
It describes the four (technically five) objects a bride should have with her on her wedding day for good luck, and brides have been following this custom for centuries. But why?
The mantra started as a Victorian-era rhyme that came out of the English country Lancashire. In that time, the ‘something blue’ was usually a garter, and the blue and old items protected the bride against the Evil Eye, a curse passed through a malicious glare that could make the bride infertile. ‘Something borrowed’ was preferably the undergarment of a woman who already had children. Legend says that wearing this would confuse the Evil Eye into thinking the bride was already fertile, and the curse would be thwarted. (Find out where the bouquet toss comes from.) Continue reading →
While many aspects of weddings have become less traditional and cookie-cutter over the years, one convention stubbornly remains: In heterosexual unions, the bride’s parents are still writing the majority of the checks. Is this because the parents of females are somehow magically wealthier? Of course not. It’s because many years ago, before women could own property, they were “given away” into marriage with a dowry, which was essentially a way to pay the groom’s family for taking their daughter off their hands. Continue reading →
Caterers, event halls and wedding planners are gearing up for fall wedding season, one of the busiest times of the year for hopeful couples. Fall guarantees exquisite photo opportunities without the heat of summer — and the wealth of in-season decorations are beautiful and affordable.
In fact, September and October are the most popular and third most popular months for weddings, respectively.
If you’re planning a fall wedding this season, read on for some helpful tips: Continue reading →
For many brides, the quest to plan the perfect day can quickly turn into a nightmare trip down the aisle. Here are a few tips to keep your wedding day bliss from turning into the honeymoon blues.
* Marriage Planning 101: Once the ring goes on, the race to plan the perfect wedding begins, giving couples little time to think about the marriage itself or how their wedding spending decisions could affect their future. But smart couples are now setting aside time to address pre-wedding issues such as what they will do when it comes to financial planning, spending money, raising children and family politics. Continue reading →
Planning a destination wedding requires a whole separate timeline. Here, learn how to get everything done for your wedding with time to spare.
Stay on track with this month-by-month guide:
Set a budget. Factor in the number of guests and determine how much you can afford to spend.
Decide on a place. Consider your wedding style and choose a first, second and third choice. Consider travel time and distance.
Research resorts in your country/location of choice and compare what each offers. Shop for packages and consider all-inclusive packages. Compare prices and inclusiveness as well as recommendations, ratings and references.
After selecting a resort, make travel arrangements for a visit.
Have the location’s on-site wedding coordinator give you a list of preferred local vendors such as the photographer, florist and band.
Visit the resort and meet with the on-site wedding coordinator and local vendors. Look into a group discounton room rates.
Begin your search for your honeymoon locationif you will not be honeymooning at your wedding destination. If you’re getting married during a peak holiday season such as Christmas, you may need to book your honeymoon 9 months in advance.
Was there an instantaneous connection when you met, or did you grow to love each other after years of friendship? We asked our Facebook followers to tell us about how they knew they’d found their perfect match. Read their sweet stories!
By: Kristen Klein
Love at First Sight
“I knew he was special the moment I saw him. We instantly clicked like we were very old friends. After four months, we were engaged! I always thought people in my situation were nuts — I mean, how could you meet someone and know you want to spend the rest of your life with them in such a short amount of time? Well, I just knew! I know I’m the lucky one. He surprises me everyday with his kindness, acts of selflessness, and his huge heart.” —Emily B. Continue reading →