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39 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

39 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

You've put so much time and effort into planning your wedding you'll want every special moment captured in photos. But how do you know which photographer is right for you? Bottom line, you need to do your homework. Here are the questions you should ask those photographers who've made your shortlist.


The Ultimate Wedding Budget Checklist

The Ultimate Wedding Budget Checklist

Here it is: The Ultimate Wedding Budget Checklist with a full breakdown of potential wedding expenses. This comprehensive list includes the items most weddings entail, as well as the "typical" percentage of your budget you may want to reserve for each one. Yes, we're slightly Type-A.


Everything You Need To Know About Spring Weddings

Everything You Need To Know About Spring Weddings

The birds are chirping, temperatures are rising, and you can finally order iced coffee without feeling judged. But, before you opt for a springtime wedding, read our guide to find out what's in season, what's in vogue, and what to take into consideration.


90-Day Wedding Planning Checklist

90-Day Wedding Planning Checklist

You've heard of the hit TV show "90 Day Fiancé", but what happens when that time crunch applies to your wedding? Whatever your reason for expediting your nuptials, we've got you covered with our incredibly efficient 90-Day Wedding Planning Checklist!


Newly Engaged? Here's How To Start Planning A Wedding

Newly Engaged? Here's How To Start Planning A Wedding

Newly engaged? Sweet! Congrats on your engagement! Wondering what comes next? We've put together 7 simple steps to get you started with your wedding planning. Consider this your Wedding Planning Starter Kit.


You said YES! How To Announce Your Engagement

You said YES! How To Announce Your Engagement

You said YES! And now you want to shout it from the rooftops! We totally get it. Here's how to announce your engagement to the world. Hint: Social media is not the first step!


Everything You Need To Know About Winter Weddings

Everything You Need To Know About Winter Weddings

Some say winter's the most wonderful time of the year and, if you agree, it may be the wedding season for you. But, before you opt for a Winter Wonderland wedding, read our guide to discover what's in season, what's in vogue, and what to take into consideration.


10 Ways To Have A Charitable Wedding

10 Ways To Have A Charitable Wedding

There are thousands of details (and dollars) that go into hosting a wedding. But luckily, there are just as many opportunities to give back! We list 10 Ways To Have A Charitable Wedding, ensuring your wedding investment will have a far-reaching impact.


Affordable Wedding Invitations That Look Like A Million Bucks

Affordable Wedding Invitations That Look Like A Million Bucks

The wedding planning struggle is real. You want your wedding to be chic AF, but you don't exactly have a sky-high budget. Luckily, even the most cash-strapped couples can now get designer-quality wedding invitations with Minted!


A Wedding Planning Gratitude List

A Wedding Planning Gratitude List

Besides your fine fiancé, there are lots of things to be thankful for during wedding planning. Here's a short list, and we totally advocate coming up with some of your own.


5 Things To Consider Before You Elope

5 Things To Consider Before You Elope

So you've decided to elope. Smart choice! However, even though this day is all about the two of you, there are still some things to consider and etiquette guidelines to follow. Read our Top 5 Things To Consider Before You Elope.


Wedding Thank-You Notes: A Small Thing That's a Big Deal

Wedding Thank-You Notes: A Small Thing That's a Big Deal

Wedding thank-you notes take mere minutes to write, but can mean the world to your guests. But what's the traditional etiquette for thank-you notes, and the best timeline for sending them out? Read on, friend. We've got the scoop on sending out your thank-you notes in a timely (and personalized!) manner.


Wish for a Better Guest Book

Wish for a Better Guest Book

Tired of the traditional guest books? Mix it up with a Wedding Wish Tree! We show you exactly how this DIY project is done. So grab your bridesmaids and get to DIY-ing this show-stopping wedding centerpiece.


How To Find Your Wedding Style

How To Find Your Wedding Style

What exactly is a "Wedding Style" you ask? Well, in the simplest of terms, it's what you and your partner want your wedding to look and feel like. Your wedding style helps you refine your focus and cut through the wedding-inspiration noise. It's important to choose one, but how do you do it? We’ve listed the 6 most popular wedding styles so you can get a sense of what speaks to you.


14 Ways To Make Your Wedding Guests Happy

14 Ways To Make Your Wedding Guests Happy

Wanna make your guests feel like they just attended the wedding of the year? It doesn't take a huge budget—just some simple considerations to ensure your nearest and dearest are well taken care of, comfortable and happy! Here are 14 things guests secretly want from a wedding.


Should We Have A Small Wedding?

Should We Have A Small Wedding?

After toying with the idea of going a more traditional wedding route, my now-husband and I went with our gut and decided to have a small (read: tiny) wedding. But the decision wasn't easy. I must have googled "Should I have a small wedding?" dozens of times before actually committing. Should YOU have a small wedding? Read the top reasons why you just might want to consider it.


How To Donate Your Wedding Flowers

How To Donate Your Wedding Flowers

After the festivities are over, what’s the plan for your wedding flowers? Sure, you can always encourage your guests to take the centerpieces home, but you’ll probably be left with more flowers than you know what to do with. Instead of throwing those pretty petals into the trash, why not make the generous choice to donate them to a great cause?


8 Items That Probably Aren't On Your Wedding Registry, But Should Be!

8 Items That Probably Aren't On Your Wedding Registry, But Should Be!

It's interesting how once you're engaged you immediately feel the pressure to register for wedding gifts. Yet when you're at Bed, Bath and Beyond with scanner gun in hand, you may start wondering, "Will we really use this stuff?" We hear you. Here's our list of 8 practical items that probably aren't on your wedding registry, but should be!


Our Love Affair with Kendra Scott’s Color Bar

Our Love Affair with Kendra Scott’s Color Bar

Recently three of us Guide Gals walked into a bar… No, not that kind of bar (not this time, anyway). It was Kendra Scott’s Color Bar! A place where bridal parties can go crazy with jewelry customization. Perfect if you want to ensure your bridesmaids will wear their pieces long after your wedding day.


Why Is Wedding Planning So Stressful?

Why Is Wedding Planning So Stressful?

Weddings look so shiny and pretty from the outside. But once you’re knee-deep in the nitty gritty world of wedding planning, reality sets in. But gather yourself together, because we’ve compiled the top 5 logistical reasons wedding planning is so dang difficult, along with some resources to make the process just a bit easier on you.


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