Bridal
Keeping a lid on wedding costs

Keeping a lid on wedding costs

Can you have a memorable wedding day without breaking the bank? Absolutely. Even though the average wedding costs nearly $30,000, according to TheKnot.com, many happy couples have joyous celebrations for far less money. If you’re planning your own nuptials, the Connecticut Society of CPAs offers this advice on how to be frugal and still have...
Bridesmaids gifts: Get creative with your thank-you token

Bridesmaids gifts: Get creative with your thank-you token

Picking out the “perfect” thank-you-for-being-in-my-wedding gift might, at first glance, seem pretty easy, but once you consider the tastes/styles/personalities of your bridesmaids, the decision can sometimes be as dizzying as choosing the perfect wedding dress. Bridesmaid gifts run the gamut in terms of price, style, and individuality. Some brides spend hundreds of dollars, while others...

It’s easy being green… on your wedding day

There’s a dirty little fact about weddings that Kate Harrison, author of “The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget,” will share: The average wedding produces 400 to 600 pounds of garbage. But there’s a movement of eco-conscious couples looking to avoid contributing to that kind of statistic. “This year,...
Ways to slash your wedding budget

Ways to slash your wedding budget

Want to create your dream wedding without breaking the bank? Brides.com asked 50 brides to share their best cost-cutting secrets—from crafty cocktail parties to a totally genius use for pashminas. Ready, set, save!   Get intimate For the rehearsal dinner, we threw a casual outdoor barbecue for just our families, the officiant and the bridal...
Something old, new, something different — Something you

Something old, new, something different — Something you

One of the most common things our brides communicate to us is that they want to look like the most beautiful version of themselves while looking different from their friends who have recently gotten married. Here are a few ways we help them achieve their distinctive dress dream. Color Incorporating color, like blush and taupe,...
Slimming down the healthy way before saying ‘I do’

Slimming down the healthy way before saying ‘I do’

Many brides-to-be, and even some grooms-to-be, express concern about their weight in the weeks and months leading up to their wedding. Losing weight is a goal for many engaged couples, but it’s important that couples who want to shed a few extra pounds don’t sacrifice safety for the sake of slimming down. According to a...
A veil or no veil? What to wear on your wedding day

A veil or no veil? What to wear on your wedding day

The popularity of strapless wedding gowns has made bridal veils and headpieces more important than ever. There will always be “oohs” and “ahhs” from the guests as they see the bridal gown for the first time, but the bride’s face and hair have become the center of attention, which makes the choice of a veil...
The ‘missing’ wedding guest: How to honor a deceased parent

The ‘missing’ wedding guest: How to honor a deceased parent

Weddings are joyous occasions, but they’re also a time for family to be together. When a parent or other relative has died, it can be hard to know how to honor them without ruining the joyous spirit of the day. However, acknowledging and honoring a deceased parent can help everyone feel everyone feel jubilant for...
Wedding unplugged: Keeping the guests in the moment

Wedding unplugged: Keeping the guests in the moment

Tweeting and updating statuses? Maybe not …

  The average recent wedding guest shared 22 wedding-related photos on social media sites. Four in 10 said this social sharing was encouraged. These social media stats, from a survey of more than 1,000 adults from bridal stationery website Wedding Paper Divas, don’t surprise local wedding planners Katherine Jacox or Amy Cagginello. “Instantaneous messaging and...
Gourmet, you say?

Gourmet, you say?

Wedding day food trucks serve up reception fun

Whether it rolls up ready to serve as full caterer, or the fun fare is there as a plus-one, gourmet food trucks are making an appearance at Connecticut wedding receptions. Given the popularity of food trucks these days — spotted not only in urban centers and on The Food Network, but even along Route 1...
Dance with me: Parents’ first dance songs

Dance with me: Parents’ first dance songs

Father-daughter dance One of the more beloved wedding traditions, the father-daughter dance is an often touching moment for fathers, new brides and guests alike. Though fathers and their daughters may choose whatever song they’d like for their special dance together, the following are some of the more popular songs for this special event. • The...
The history behind the veil

The history behind the veil

Wedding day attire has changed in many ways, but one component of getting dressed for a wedding that has withstood the test of time is the wearing of a wedding veil. Though many brides know it is tradition to wear a bridal veil, many do not understand why. Here is a look at the history...