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Look Good, Feel Good!

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:00am

From InStyle and People to The Knot and Pinterest, there’s no shortage of websites with photos to help you formulate your idea of big-day beautiful. Austie Eckley, a Portland, Ore.-based hair and makeup artist, says many of the brides she works with find inspiration in celebrity images because starlets typically have top stylists creating their picture-perfect looks. The key thing, however, i…



Attire & Style

It’s All About The Colors

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:00am

Want a dreamy, romantic vibe for your upcoming I Do’s? Consider a palette of pale pink and champagne. Just want to have fun? Go for bold pairings of vibrant hues, such as cherry red and aqua. The key thing to keep in mind: the colors you choose will help set the tone for your soirée. If you’re looking for inspiration, Matthew Robbins, author of “Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings” (…



Attire & Style

Tasks For The Maid of Honor & Best Man

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on April 09, 2014 at 5:00am

You know you’d like your sibling or closest friend to be your maid of honor or best man. But, beyond standing beside you on the big day, what is fair to expect of them as part of the job? According to Kate Chynoweth, author of “The Bridesmaid Guide: Modern Advice on Etiquette, Parties, and Being Fabulous” (Chronicle Books, 2011), standard maid of honor tasks include: purchasing the bridesm…



Ceremony & Reception

Tips For A “Social” Wedding

Article by Brooke Showell, CTW | posted on April 07, 2014 at 5:00am

It all starts with a status update or tweet: We’re getting married! But with all those status updates comes a little common sense. Follow these guidelines on how to appropriately, socially, plan online: Don’t Broadcast It To Everyone When it comes to announcing plans online, “you have to be careful,” says Nina Callaway, Brooklyn, N.Y.-based wedding expert. Once upon a time, people who we…



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The Do’s & Don’ts of Wedding Introductions

Article by Mysterious DJ X | posted on April 04, 2014 at 5:00am

Mysterious DJ X is back for a third column, this time on the how to be introduced on your wedding day. Introductions are arguably the most nerve wracking part of the night for a wedding DJ. We have to stand up in front of hundreds of people we don’t know, yelling names we can barely pronounce into a microphone and switch back and forth between songs. No pressure, right? Here’s a list of a few…



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Selecting Your Wedding Officiant

Article by Jill Jaracz, CTW | posted on April 02, 2014 at 5:00am

Weddings have so many details. The dress! The venue! The food! It can be easy to forget that the most important step in getting to “I do,” is getting someone to ask you whether you will. To get married, you need a wedding officiant. “Each couple has their vision of how their wedding ceremony should go,” says Alan Katz of Great Officiants in Long Beach, Calif., adding that choosing the w…



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Tips For Standout Wedding Pictures

Article by Taniesha Robinson, CTW | posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:00am

Today’s brides are pinning, liking, sharing, posting (and still flipping through pages of glossy magazines) while on the hunt for inspiration as they plan for the big day. And not only are they gathering ideas from photos on Pinterest, Facebook and other social media sites, they’re eager to share their own. According to a social media survey conducted by The Knot and Mashable, One in three b…



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Do-It-Yourself Desserts

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on March 28, 2014 at 5:00am

In the past, wedding cake was the big day’s lone sweet treat. But recently, brides and grooms have started capitalizing on the popularity of the bag-your-own-candy favor station by providing creative build-your-own dessert buffets in addition to the classic tiered confection. “Couples are always looking for ways to make their wedding unique without spending a lot of money, and an interactive…



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Transporting The Wedding Party

Article by CTW Features | posted on March 26, 2014 at 5:00am

The last thing any bride or groom wants is to show up late to the altar. Arranging a chauffeur to get you and your closest pals to and from the ceremony won’t just make your day run a lot smoother – it will make it more fun for all. Start It Up Limousine companies tend to get booked quickly during the summer – peak wedding season – and late spring – prom season. Begin looking for a lim…



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Having A Backup Plan

Article by Ben Larrison, CTW | posted on March 24, 2014 at 5:00am

Wedding insurance is a great tool to recoup any financial losses you may suffer due to wedding-related mishaps, but it won’t necessarily solve the immediate problem of getting on with your wedding. Even when all of your arrangements are set, it’s always safe to have a backup plan in place to prevent any extra chaos that may potentially confront you on your wedding day—when you’d obviously…



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