DIY Manicures for Brides

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Even if you’re a no-frills kind of gal, chances are you’re going to want your hands and nails to look beautiful both before and during the wedding. Consider taking a “DIY” approach: you don’t need professional manicures to make your nails look beautiful, and there are ways to keep the skin on your hands looking […]

Step-by-Step Survival Guide for Mother of the Groom


The older I get, the more I appreciate “experiential vs. intellectual” understanding. Books, blogs, lectures, experts and friends may prepare me for a task or opportunity but it’s not “real” until I live it. This has never been more true for me than last year when my son became engaged. Until that time, the phrase […]

10 Cheap Ways to Throw a Unique Wedding


No one wants a cookie-cutter wedding. The day you tie the knot should be as unique as your individual personalities. There’s a quote that says, “The universe is not made of atoms. It’s made of tiny stories.” Just as you’re coming together as man-and-wife, allow your creativity to spill into the details you’re sharing on […]

Brides: Buyer Beware


With today’s weddings costing thousands of dollars for vendors ranging from florists to caterers, brides and their families can find the process of evaluating firms overwhelming. The BBB can help.  A bride wants her wedding day to go off without a hitch. While there’s no way to guarantee that mistakes won’t happen, dealing with reputable […]

What a Girl Wants: The Registry Essentials


Wedding registries, like wedding dresses, come is every size, shape, and form imaginable. Delicately created to fit the needs of every bride’s individual lifestyle and situation, gift registries can range from the simple request of “monetary gifts for our honeymoon” to an entire household overhaul. Throw in your fiancé’s perspective (Do we really need fine […]

Bridal Dress, Royal Style


How the royal wedding influenced the latest bridal trends Although the latest Brides American Wedding Study shows the average cost of a wedding in 2010 was $26,501, a decrease of 5 percent from 2009, weddings continue to be big business. But many couples are opting to cut the guest list instead of big ticket items […]