How to Throw an Incredible Christmas-Season Wedding

There’s something incredibly magical about a winter wedding. The crisp air, the possibility of sparkling snow on the ground, twinkling lights on the homes of all of our neighbors, adding in a layer of the Christmas season infuses even more fairy-tale whimsy into the celebration. Elaborate decor, rich tones, indulgent dishes, ‘tis the season to …

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Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette.

The rehearsal dinner is a chance for fun, mingling, and food the night before the wedding. If you are getting ready to plan the rehearsal dinner part of your nuptials but are unsure as to proper etiquette, read on. There’s a few key things to know before the planning process begins. Hosts Traditionally, the parents …

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  Monetary gifts are increasingly common wedding presents. They eliminate the hassle of dealing with the registry and provide the bride and groom with what they need: money. However, many wonder what the appropriate money amount is to give the happy couple. Let’s find out: Your Relationship To The Couple The amount of money you …

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If you have recently received an invite to a Chinese wedding and are fretting over what to wear, now is the time to stop the madness. Use the following tips and advice to make a wedding day splash without taking anything away from the bride or bridal party. Wedding Time The time of day the …

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The wedding rehearsal and subsequent dinner may be the warm-up to the real deal, however it’s still important to think about the various rules and etiquette guidelines that go with said dinner. Let’s take a quick look at some of the rehearsal dinner etiquette rules to keep in mind: Who Pays? Who pays for the …

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Want to have a kid-free wedding? Many do. Not everyone knows how to raise well-behaved children, resulting in nightmares that involve small fingers in wedding cakes, crying babies, tantrums, overly-playful preschoolers, various messes…the list goes on. If you really and truly want a wedding free of children, prepare for backlash. While some, namely those who …

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Big Fat Indian Weddings are getting more and more popular these days. We want to help you be ready if you are lucky enough to be invited to one of these glorious shindigs. Here are 7 quick tips to do it right when you go to an Indian Wedding: 1. Be Colorful Indian weddings are …

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We’ve all seen (and have taken!) the staged wedding photos of families, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and ring bears lined up perfectly. Are these essential? Yes. Are they boring? Yes. While those photos are necessary, no doubt, we guarantee that the pictures you’ll drool over are those fleeting candid moments that only a camera can capture …

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They say don’t judge a book by its cover; however, you can judge a wedding by its invitations. Your save the dates and invitations are the first glimpses you’ll give your guests of your special day, so details matter. The font, design and layout communicate the formality, feel and theme of your nuptials. For this …

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From flowers lining the aisle and adorning the arch to those decorating tables and accenting the bridal party — it took hundreds, if not thousands, of blooms to make your day memorable. You carefully selected each floral in the name of love, and the florist assembled them with the utmost care. Have you ever looked …

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You dreamed about your dress for your entire life. You dog-eared countless bridal magazines of the designs you loved, and then, you said “yes” to the dress. You walked down the aisle, said “I do” and danced your first dance in it — so now what? Every bride has a different idea about what to do with …

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So you’re registered, yay! (Check out this post for the 20 kitchen must-haves on your registry.) Now the gifts will start to roll in, and with all the other wedding to-dos, thank you notes are probably the last thing on your mind. Breath! It’s time to get organized. Receiving gifts for your new life together …

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  “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” It’s one of the longest standing traditions when it comes to luck and superstitions on the big day. But even one of the biggest traditions can seem to slip through the cracks amidst all the other wedding details. On my wedding day, for example, as I was getting …

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While you probably know not to show up to a wedding in flip flops and jeans, there’s still a few wedding guest etiquette tips to go over before attending your next wedding. Use the following “cheat sheet” to charm the heck out of the bride and groom and ensure your name is on all future …

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wedding guest tips

Think you know everything there is to know about being a rock-star wedding guest? Check out five wedding guest myths and see how well you know your stuff! Myth #1: You can’t wear black. Fear not!  You can totally wear your favorite little black dress to the next wedding you’re invited to. Many believe wearing black …

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  Let’s face it — the last thing you want to do after your wedding is the daunting task of writing thank-you notes. It’s not that you’re unappreciative … you’re incredibly thankful for all the gifts and well wishes you received. It’s just that after months of wedding planning, doing another wedding-related job seems overwhelming. …

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destination wedding etiquette

    Throwing a destination wedding doesn’t mean you have to go without bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridal showers and other traditional events. These events provide friends and family with the opportunity to celebrate with you (and give you gifts). If you’re considering inviting people to these events who aren’t invited to the wedding, it’s …

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While wedding websites and social media status updates have become commonplace for sharing wedding details, printed newspaper announcements are still considered special (especially if the newspaper is The New York Times). Announcement details vary from paper to paper, but it’s best to obtain the publication’s requirements like word limit, picture size, deadlines and associated fees …

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wedding guest etiquette

  Perhaps your sister is getting married this summer, or you’re invited to a number of friends’ weddings in the span of a few months’ time. Whatever the case, there’s plenty of stuff to do as a wedding guest, even if you aren’t a member of the bridal party! Check out the ultimate list of …

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beach wedding guest dress

Wedding Guest Etiquette. What Do All These Dress Codes Mean? Black tie, black tie optional, causal…what to wear to a wedding can get confusing fast, so remember to read the fine print on the invitation concerning what on earth you should don for your friend’s special day. If you are still having issues, allow us …

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maid of honor duties

As the Maid of Honor, you  have a whole lot of stuff to do! You are the bride’s go-to person, helping her get things done and providing emotional support every step of the way. Acting as Maid of Honor and performing all the necessary duties also helps prepare you for your own wedding! Being chosen …

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As more brides and grooms opt to stretch the envelope (sometimes literally) to create unique wedding invitation designs, the necessary elements that should be included can be lost. Before your invitations go to print, reference this brief go-to guide to adhere to the fundamentals of traditional wedding invitations. Do… …spell out full names except when …

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indian wedding

By Preeti Moberg, The Big Fat Indian Wedding Indian weddings are quite a unique experience – never before have you seen such a wide array of colors, food, and music blended together in a large, family celebration. It’s amazing how elegance and class shines through all the chaos of extended family, religious rituals, and sugary …

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rehearsal dinner etiquette

Getting ready for a rehearsal dinner? Check out a few etiquette tips: Who Pays? Traditional rehearsal dinner etiquette says the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner because it’s how the groom’s mother shows she too can entertain the masses, er, most people on your guest list. However, more and more couples are paying for their own …

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When throwing a wedding, it is essential to understand the etiquette involved with hosting out-of-town guests. It is important to remember that many friends and family will travel miles to celebrate the happy event, so they deserve a proper welcome. Here are some tips to make everyone feel at home and comfortable. 1. Welcome Gift …

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writing wedding rsvp

RSVP. Répondez s’il vous plait. You’ve kindly requested a response to your wedding invitation, but the response cards are being returned slowly. You need to give the caterer a final head count and your mom wants to confirm the seating arrangements.  What should you do? There’s no exact science to a better return rate on …

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Planning weddings can be really complicated—so many details, elements, and traditions. So many things to be designed, ordered, and organized. So why not cut some of it out? Your guests won’t notice, you’ll be less stressed, and you’ll cut a little—or a lot—from your wedding budget. 1. Favors Wedding favors range from totally creative (read: …

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break wedding etiquette rules

5 Wedding Etiquette Rules that Can Be Broken Are you getting ready to plan your dream wedding? In the past, couples were expected to adhere to a strict code of tradition surrounding their nuptials. But these days, much of that is changing. Read on to learn more about five ways that wedding etiquette has changed …

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We’ve all heard the wedding day horror stories. Stress, tension, and drama are the three wicked stepsisters of your fairytale affair, but it’s your day and your kingdom—banish them forever with these five simple tips.  1. Make your own rules  Lay all the old traditions on the table, sit down with your partner, and go …

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According to TheKnot.com’s annual predictions for the hottest wedding trends in 2014, social media clearly plays a large role. Two of the major trends include both “super-charged” guests that share every detail of the wedding day via social channels as well as “unplugged” weddings where guests are asked to check their tech at the door. …

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WEDDING FAMILY

Ideas for a Family Wedding Ceremony Getting married for the second time can be just as exciting as the first time. One of the primary differences, though, is that there are additional people to get involved in the ceremony. When you and your future spouse have children from previous marriages, it can help you blend …

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maid of honor

When many people hear “maid of honor speech,” thoughts of My Best Friend’s Wedding, Bridesmaids and Wedding Crashers come rushing to mind. If the drama surrounding these movie speeches are cluttering your thoughts, and you’re afraid you’ll hear crickets following your toast, use these five tips to wow the crowd and deliver a speech the …

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Your wedding was a day you’ll never forget, but you’d like to forget writing your wedding thank-you notes. The wedding stress should be over now, right? It can be if you follow the simple wedding thank-you note guidelines below: Who If someone has given you a gift, a thank-you note is required. This includes engagement, …

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There are many people that are invited to weddings on a regular basis and most choose to give a monetary gift rather than giving a physical gift. Most brides and grooms prefer this gift at the wedding, as they have already received most of their physical gifts at the bridal shower. Money is also a …

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The etiquette of weddings has changed over the years, but the invitations still come with some hard and fast rules. Why? Probably because they offer pertinent information that guests must attend to. It is too easy to focus on the niceties of the invitation like the quote or the design qualities, and forget to put …

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