Bridal
Brides of a certain age

Brides of a certain age

Doing it over with experience at their backs

Older and wiser, the bride-to-be  who is, say, north of age 45, is going to truly and finally have the wedding — and more, importantly, the marriage — she always dreamed of. This is not to say her first wedding was a disappointment, but if she is getting remarried, chances are very good that the...
Lacy, not racy

Lacy, not racy

Bridal fashion trending toward illusion

Off-the-shoulder necklines, bold colors, tulle overskirts, capes. Breezy fabrics. Cut-outs and crop tops. These are some of the looks that are trending right now in bridal fashion. There are also creative dresses that boast convertible skirts, particularly in tulle, so that the bride can wear a floor-length skirt for the ceremony and then take off...
Wedding dress stress

Wedding dress stress

Pressure points and how to work them

The wedding gown tends to be the most visible marker at a wedding celebration. And considering the emotions around that gown, it also tends to be a major source of stress for the bride — and sometimes her entire entourage. “Many brides will tell me horror stories of not being able to make a dress-shopping...
Wedding day transportation options

Wedding day transportation options

Couples about to tie the knot must make a host of decisions when planning their weddings. When and where to get married may be the most significant decisions a couple has to make, but such selections are only the tip of the iceberg for engaged couples. One important decision is how to get their guests...
Location, location, location

Location, location, location

Choose a venue that’s right for you

Planning a wedding is no small feat, as couples are faced with many decisions seemingly from the moment they get engaged right up until they walk down the aisle. One of the biggest decisions a couple will make is where to host the reception. Do you want a country or city reception venue? A country...
Here comes the... kid

Here comes the… kid

Considering the question ‘children or no children?’

There’s something enchanting about a precious basket-toting flower girl toddling down the aisle or a dashing ring bearer posing GQ-like in his pint-sized tux. And then there’s something scary about these real-life scenarios: • The bride walking down the aisle, eyes darting around and mind consumed with whether the young kids in her wedding party...
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...