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Ceremony & Reception

The Groom’s Cake

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on December 22, 2014 at 5:00am

Often thought of as a niche southern tradition, the groom’s cake has become increasingly popular everywhere – Prince William even chose an elegantly decorated but unconventional biscuit cake for 2011’s royal wedding. Although historical accounts vary, one theory states that the groom’s cake originated in the 17th century as a rich, dark fruit cake baked by the groom’s parents that was t…

Attire & Style

The Bridal Emergency Kit

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on December 19, 2014 at 5:00am

You’ve scoured everything from Etsy to your town’s boutiques for the perfect little clutch to complement your big-day attire. But now that you have this handy accessory, what exactly are you supposed to put in it? Practical contents might include your cell phone, ID, credit card, lipstick or gloss, breath mints, hand sanitizer, a couple cute Band-Aids, and tissues for mopping up tears before…

Ceremony & Reception

After Party Pointers

Article by Metro Creative | posted on December 17, 2014 at 5:00am

Nowadays, many wedding guests are not ready to call it a night after the deejay plays the last dance at the reception. After parties have grown increasingly popular, but planning an after party is not necessarily as simple as pointing guests to a nearby watering hole. After parties can be anything a couple wants them to be. They can be a bunch of friends toasting marshmallows over a fire pit or a…

Attire & Style

The Simple Bridal Beauty Plan

Article by Marilyn Kennedy Melia | posted on December 15, 2014 at 5:00am

“You look beautiful!” Certainly, that’s one of the most common utterances of wedding guests. So common, in fact, it seems as if beauty comes naturally to every bride. Love’s glow may be a force of nature, but experts stress that a stunning bridal look is due to a carefully planned pre-wedding beauty regime. The best plan starts months before the event. Here’s our guide: 6 months out:…

Ceremony & Reception

Give Flowers A Second Time To Shine!

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on December 12, 2014 at 5:00am

You’ve spent months – and, to be sure, a fair amount of money – figuring out the perfect blooms to accent every nook and cranny of your big day. But where will all those fabulous flowers go the day after the wedding? Sure, maybe you want to take a few arrangements home, but there are likely tons of them and chances are you’ll be leaving soon for your honeymoon. If you’d like to prev…

Ceremony & Reception

Selecting A Wedding Officiant

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on December 08, 2014 at 5:00am

For marriage to be legal, you need an officiant presiding. Here’s how to find yours; The first thing you have to decide is if you want an officiant from a specific religion or not, says Michelle Klaff, owner of Sacramento-based Elegant Events by Michelle. If you do, there may be requirements, such as premarital counseling or certain venues you must use. If religion isn’t a factor, you could…

Ceremony & Reception

The Words of Love!

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on December 05, 2014 at 5:00am

Be it scripture or a poem or verses from your favorite literature, the readings you select for your ceremony will reflect you and your new spouse as a couple and add some of your personality to the ceremony. According to Annemarie Juhlian, a Seattle-based nondenominational wedding officiant and founder of, the best readings are meaningful to you personally, contemporary (not…

Attire & Style

Looking For Inexpensive Gowns

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on December 03, 2014 at 5:00am

According to Tessa Woolf, editor of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom, the fun, fashionable designs at BHLDN (Anthropologie’s bridal line) and J. Crew are popular with modern, urban brides. “You can find many gowns priced at around $500, and more expensive styles (say $1,000-$2,000) often go on sale,” Woolf says. “Ann Taylor also offers ready-to-wear wedding gowns at reasonable prices –…

Attire & Style

Wedding Style For Your Parents

Article by Anna Sachse, CTW | posted on December 01, 2014 at 5:00am

The Mothers According to Erin Carpenter, a Chicago-based bridal and fashion stylist, mothers of the wedding should choose dresses that complement the wedding palette without exactly matching the wedding party – you don’t want the bride’s mom looking like another bridesmaid. But if particular color coordination is preferred, try a pattern. “Patterns have multiple colors and one of them c…

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