Daydreaming about a destination wedding on a remote beach or awe-inspiring mountaintop? Far-flung wedding locales make for a romantic and one-of-a-kind wedding-but are they affordable? How much do destination weddings actually cost? According to the 2018 Brides American Market Study, the average cost of a traditional wedding is $27,000, meaning a destination wedding can actually be more affordable than a traditional wedding.
It only took one date with Christopher Broyles for Lauren Patton to be smitten. "We were introduced by friends in July of 2015, and had our first date a few months later," Lauren remembers. "We dined on grilled cheese and red wine, and I was sold!" Two years later, Chris asked Lauren to join him for a walk along the National Mall before heading to dinner.
When Brittany Ferrin was moving into her new apartment in February of 2016, she ran out to meet her mom at a nearby Starbucks on her way to get the keys. вЂњI was in yoga pants, totally makeup-free,вЂќ she remembers. She spotted a familiar face from high school at a nearby table, and approached David Jelinek to say hello.
Wondering how to change your name after the wedding? It's a serious undertaking-both because it's a big decision and because you're about to spend a lot of time wading through government forms and sitting on hold. But we promise it's worth the time (and trouble!) By the time you've worked your way through the process, you'll have a wallet full of cards flaunting your new name.
For model Teresa Moore and her now-husband Aaron Finch, leap day (aka February 29) will always hold a special meaning. "We met on February 29, 2012 as total strangers at a restaurant in New York City," the bride remembers. As it turns out, the date that comes around just once every four years proved to be a second chance for the duo to meet - Aaron had seen Teresa on the city streets but never worked up the nerve to talk to her.
When it comes to creating your signature cocktail, just about any type of drink will work. But if you're looking for something particularly festive, consider champagne! While a classic flute of bubbly will always be a crowd-pleasing pick, we love the idea of amping up the flavor (and style!) of your reception bar with a sparkling signature drink.
In the summer of 2012, Carle Peterson was enjoying one of those perfect beach days when the sun is shining and it stays warm well past dark. вЂњI was with a good friend, and a friend of hers invited us back to his house for dinner," she recalls. "That's where I first met Kurt.вЂќ The friend, Travis, was roommates with Kurt Blasman, and he introduced him to Carle once she got to the house.
Writing thank-you notes may feel tedious at times, but we promise, the faster you get them done and sent, the happier you'll be! (By the way, that one-year-to-send-a-note rule is a total wedding myth-try to get them out in three months or less.) Regina Cialone, a NYC-based wedding planner with Cloud Nove Events's, says that proper etiquette dictates that the couple handwrite the notes.
ВЂњWe like to say we're still on our first date,вЂќ says comedian Iliza Shlesinger, author of Girl Logic , of her relationship with Noah Galuten, a restaurateur and author. The pair met on a dating app in July 2016 and hit it off quickly, getting engaged less than a year later. But it wasn't your typical proposal.
Picking out wedding themes can be one of the hardest planning pieces that every couple is faced with. Do you want to go the romantic route, or keep things fresh and modern? Once you pinpoint the theme of your dreams, you can officially move forward with the rest of your wedding plans. But, if you're still on the fence about which direction you want to go, we rounded up the best wedding themes for any style and venue, no matter how unique.
Having a family member or friend officiate your wedding is a growing trend among couples, and one that may be particularly appealing to those who are not affiliated with a church or prefer a secular ceremony. After all, getting a friend ordained to do the job can be as easy as a few clicks online! The upsides of friends officiating weddings are plentiful: It's more intimate and personal than having a stranger officiate, it's much cheaper than hiring somebody, and it's a very special way to ask in your big day.
Looking for songs to play while the groom slips the garter off the bride? If you're planning on including the garter toss at your wedding, liven things up by having the DJ spin a sexy tune during the fun. Whatever lucky man catches the garter is said to have good luck and will be the next man to wed.
Quick! Name your number one wedding fear. If you said rain on your wedding day, you're likely in good company. Many couples - especially those who plan outdoor affairs - worry nothing more than a mere drizzle could ruin the whole day. But, says Aviva Samuels, owner of Kiss the Planner in Palm Beach, Florida, "Five years from now, the very last thing on your mind will be the weather on your wedding day.
Whether you want to impart some wisdom or inject a little laughter into your bridal shower toast or wedding toast, quotes will help you get there-sprinkling in sentiments from great minds will help take your toast to the next level. If you're writing a speech for an upcoming engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or the reception, take a look at the following 40 wedding toast quotes to get inspired!
The loving attention to detail that brides and florists put into wedding flowers adds a magical touch to the big day. The first step in floral planning is determining a wedding flower budget. We talked to wedding planners and florists to answer the question "How much do wedding flowers cost?" Read on to better understand the average cost of wedding flowers, complete with floral budgets from real brides and expert tips on how to save big on flowers.
Accepting a wedding invitation is pretty much a contractual obligation to get the happy couple a gift, and no one wants to look like a cheapskate when the presents are opened. However, accepting a wedding invitation also means accepting the costs of travel and lodging to attend, which can put a serious dent in your budget.
Here at BRIDES , we've seen our fair share of weddings-and with that, just about every wedding trend in the book; the overused (hello, mason jars!), the popular (shout out to the donut bars), the classic (we're thinking of you, rose petal littered aisles), and the unique (like dedicating your cocktail hour dГ©cor to your fur baby).
We've all tuned in to watch our favorite TV characters tie the knot, or maybe even shed a tear over the nuptials during our fave wedding movie. Here, a look at 20 of the best wedding vows from movies and television to get you inspired as you write your own! Famous Wedding Vows from Television 1. Friends : Monica and Chandler Monica: For so long I wondered if I would ever find my prince, my soul mate.
3:33 Actress Malin Akerman's Boho Beach Wedding On Billions, Malin Akerman played Lara Axelrod, the fierce and formidable wife of a billionaire hedge fund manager. But on December 1, 2018, she played every part the boho bride, marrying actor Jack Donnelly in a breezy fete that could not have been further from her on-screen counterpart's lifestyle.
Some brides wouldn't dream of having their big day anywhere but their hometown. Others know that when it comes time their вЂњI dosвЂќ will be said in the city in which they live, or at a meaningful place that predates the actual engagement. But if you're not already sold on one particular place, consider a destination that may be new to you or your loved ones.
1:00 Seema and Sunny's Real Wedding | Miami, Florida How do you decorate your wedding when you're the founders of eternity rose company Venus et Fleur? With roses, of course-thousands of them! On December 28, 2018, Seema Bansal and Sanjam вЂњSunnyвЂќ Chadha tied the knot in Miami, surrounded by 250 guests and 150,000 of their gorgeous Ecuadorean blooms.