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Snazz up your wedding decor with a DIY floral frame backdrop

This quick and easy DIY floral frame backdrop is a reusable rustic wedding decor element that will delight your guests. I love it because it can fit any wedding theme or style. It can be giant, or small and sweet, and you can use whatever frame you already have or find new or secondhand.

Use it as a wedding ceremony backdrop or anywhere in your decor. Ready to see how to make it?

We heart the pink dress and hanky bags at this rustic barn wedding

The pink and ruffly dress, the food truck, the tearful groom at the ceremony, the mismatched-chic centerpieces… it's all making us quiver about this rustic barn wedding in Pennsylvania. Kim and Adam totally know the sweet spot. Definitely don't miss the adorable handkerchief bags with sayings like "for crying out loud" and "no ugly crying." You might just ugly cry laugh.

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Cotton candy, smoke bombs, and LED outfits shine at this wonderfully weird Austin wedding

Can you even handle LED outfits, costumed guests, Voodoo Doughnuts, a multicolored reception dress, jackalope riding, a 50 beer flight reception, and a Pac-Man suit? If you dare, take a look at this awesomely weird Austin wedding.

Oh, and they had the most wild "lessons learned" EVER. It involved cotton candy, Golden Corral, murals, smoke bombs, and the word "cock." Yep, seriously. And it's actually super helpful. You HAVE to see this… and read to the end.

5 butt-saving reasons why Vulcans and procrastinators need wedding planners

I have a confession: I've been "planning our wedding" for almost a year now, and I've only JUST started getting shit done… 4 months away from the wedding date. I have another confession: I did the same thing for my first wedding.

Fortunately I'm not in Full Panic Mode, because I did the number one thing I advise everyone to do: I got a wedding planner. If you're a procrastinator, like I am, the best best best thing you can do is hire a wedding planner. Here's why…

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Homebodies unite: some of our favorite at home weddings EVER

Simone and Andrew's at home wedding was practically a how-to in at-home awesomeness. They made total use of foliage, extra seating, fairy lights, and a portable dance floor (oh, and a flower grandma!) to make their home seem like wedding venue magic. You can do it, too! It may not be the right choice for everyone, but at home weddings can be just as glorious as any other kind and we've got the proof.

Let's walk down memory lane to see some of our very favorite weddings at home…

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Be our guest at this Beauty and the Beast wedding inspiration

Jess and Hugh have traveled the world as a pair, and have a Beast-sized connection to Disney as they have a company that offers Princess Parties for kids. They use their talents as musicians to bring Disney Princesses to life. So this Beauty and the Beast wedding inspiration was so perfect for them AND perfect since the live action remake it coming out this week.

Be our guest and take a peek… perhaps there's something there that wasn't there before.

Recent Real Weddings

We heart the pink dress and hanky bags at this rustic barn wedding

The pink and ruffly dress, the food truck, the tearful groom at the ceremony, the mismatched-chic centerpieces… it's all making us quiver about this rustic barn wedding in Pennsylvania. Kim and Adam totally know the sweet spot. Definitely don't miss the adorable handkerchief bags with sayings like "for crying out loud" and "no ugly crying." You might just ugly cry laugh.

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Cotton candy, smoke bombs, and LED outfits shine at this wonderfully weird Austin wedding

Can you even handle LED outfits, costumed guests, Voodoo Doughnuts, a multicolored reception dress, jackalope riding, a 50 beer flight reception, and a Pac-Man suit? If you dare, take a look at this awesomely weird Austin wedding.

Oh, and they had the most wild "lessons learned" EVER. It involved cotton candy, Golden Corral, murals, smoke bombs, and the word "cock." Yep, seriously. And it's actually super helpful. You HAVE to see this… and read to the end.

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Can an emergency hospital visit still end up as a fabulous wedding day? Hell yes it can.

You may remember Hannah from this post about being a fat bride. Seeing her wedding confirmed that she rocked it. But when a wedding ends up being completed in a hospital, you KNOW it'll be a wild ride. But this pair managed to look amazing, make it to the reception, and keep a killer attitude all at the same time. Come for the story, stay for the ruby red dress, autumn colors, and amazing comic book-inspired headpiece.

You'll fall for this multicultural midweek wedding with dinosaurs and pom-poms

Annie and Jose had a multicultural midweek wedding under towering redwood trees. They gorgeously combined their two cultures (Jose is from Spain and Annie is from Japan) with ceremonies and details from each. They also used their communities to make the wedding a labor of love with DIY flower arrangements, makeup and hairstyles, and lots of decor elements. Don't miss their guest book art project and golden dinosaurs, too!

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We're heart eyes over this fetching San Francisco wedding in Golden Gate Park

The morning of Jake and Mandi's San Francisco wedding, everyone got ready at the Harbor Court Hotel, a waterfront hotel in the Embarcadero area of San Francisco. After their first look, the wedding party hopped on a classic San Francisco trolley to go to their ceremony in Golden Gate Park.

Don't miss the super sweet baby's breath flower crown, the paper-meets-real flower bouquet (with family pictures attached!), the family heirloom watch worn by Mandi from Jake's family, and some subtle Harry Potter detail magic.

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5 butt-saving reasons why Vulcans and procrastinators need wedding planners

I have a confession: I've been "planning our wedding" for almost a year now, and I've only JUST started getting shit done… 4 months away from the wedding date. I have another confession: I did the same thing for my first wedding.

Fortunately I'm not in Full Panic Mode, because I did the number one thing I advise everyone to do: I got a wedding planner. If you're a procrastinator, like I am, the best best best thing you can do is hire a wedding planner. Here's why…

"Two Days We Should Not Worry": a lovely and realistic wedding reading

Sometimes a wedding reading should be passionate and loving and remind us of how much we mean to each other. But other times you might want to harness a little realism to talk about how you'll approach your life and your marriage together. This reading is often read within recovery communities but has a great message for anyone, especially those entering into a marriage.

Here's a meaningful and realistic wedding reading for your ceremony…

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Bring everyone together with these collaborative non-dancing reception activities

"When planning our smaller wedding, we defaulted to dancing as the reception activity since that's usually what happens, but it's not really what we'd do for fun. We'd like to have another kind of activity that brings us together as a community. Any suggestions?"

Non-dancing receptions are becoming pretty common in offbeat circles, so it's no wonder folks are considering different kinds of activities. I scoured our archives and did some brainstorming to see what non-dancing reception activities would bring your guests together. Here are some ideas…

Recent Features

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Are your parents helping pay for your wedding? Have them read this.

The only rule is to talk openly and honestly about expectations clearly before accepting any money — is the money a loan? A gift? If it's a gift, does it come with stipulations or expectations? Talking about money is uncomfortable and awkward for everyone, but it's critically important for parents who might be contributing to weddings to be VERY clear about what their expectations are… and to watch out for predatory marketing that targets parents…

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My crop top wedding dress will not be timeless… and that's totally okay

During my current brief stint in the apocalyptic landscape that is the contemporary wedding industry, an insidious pressure has latched itself onto my consciousness. The pressure to be Timeless, Classic, and Elegant. But on many months of tortured reflection about being my Most Beautiful Self, here is the terrifying secret I've come to discover. And it all comes back to my crop top wedding dress…

Recent DIY

Snazz up your wedding decor with a DIY floral frame backdrop

This quick and easy DIY floral frame backdrop is a reusable rustic wedding decor element that will delight your guests. I love it because it can fit any wedding theme or style. It can be giant, or small and sweet, and you can use whatever frame you already have or find new or secondhand.

Use it as a wedding ceremony backdrop or anywhere in your decor. Ready to see how to make it?

How to make cardboard face cut-outs for your photo booth

We've long loved the idea of having far-flung guests or pets cameo at your reception with cut-outs of their faces. It's pretty easy: a print-out, a craft stick, and some glue. But what if you want a BIG face instead? You might see them at concerts and of course, in photo booths!

Big cardboard head cut-outs are easy enough to make if you've got the time and aren't already overburdened with DIY projects. Here's how to make cardboard face cut-outs…

Googly eye shoes hack keeps all eyes on your shoes (and all eyes on your guests!)

So you want to quirk the crap out of your shoes somehow? Make them stand out and draw the eye? Nothing draws the eye (and tickles the funny bone) quite like googly eyes, right? Let your shoe freak flag fly with a pair of google eye shoes. Here's how to easily DIY your own pair of google eye shoes to keep all eyes on your shoes (and all eyes on your guests!)…

Whether gift or decor, these DIY embroidered vintage photos are AWESOME

I once found an old photo album at a thrift store and I remember feeling captivated looking through the photos of those strangers' lives. The last photo I saw was a wedding photo. Since then I've had a fascination with vintage photos as well as incorporating something of myself creatively, like weaving myself into the scene in a way. So I tried embroidering right onto a copy of the photo!

I could see these DIY embroidered vintage photos as a beautiful gift for an engaged couple, a creative way to display your own family wedding photos, or as lovely wedding decor and centerpieces.

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Wedding registry ideas for the cooking-challenged: The must-have kitchen items

We recently had long-term house sitters who found our kitchen very much lacking in basic amenities. So I asked them what our kitchen needed. They turned around and said… basically, everything.

If you are also cooking-challenged, and want to use your newly married lives as an excuse to start learning how to use your kitchen, here are the things that a newbie should register for…

Dark Mark of love: these subtle skull engagement rings will be the death of me

Sometimes a big diamond solitaire is all one needs to feel complete when it comes to an engagement ring. But sometimes your tastes run slightly darker, a little more goth-inspired, with just a hint of noir. These skull engagement rings will bring the death to your "death do us part" without going overboard or comical. They're just a lovely bit of the Dark Mark wrapped up in all that frilly romance. Are you in? Let's head to the dark side…

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