Blog Posts by Bridal Guide

  • The Wedding Day Through a Father's Eyes

    For years, I could not sit through the charming family movie Father of the Bride. Despite its warmth and humor, I would actually leave the room whenever it came on television. I suppose the story of a loving father who didn't want to face his daughter's impending marriage hit a little too close to home.

    On May 28, 2010, my desire to run away from the thought that my little girl would someday get married came to a screeching halt when a young man named Eduardo met with my wife Juliana and me to ask our blessing to marry Persephone. And, as tempted as I was to behave like Steve Martin, I knew he was the one.
    Chris and Persephone Chris and Persephone

    Two years of engagement and preparation flew by astonishingly fast. Here's what was going through my mind throughout the process:


    While Shopping for the Gown


    Everyone knows that the ladies plan the wedding, so I didn't expect to be consulted on much beyond the budget. Yet to my delight and shock, Persephone actually asked me to accompany her dress shopping!

    "I am

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  • The Biggest Wedding-Planning Myths

    Getting married is one of the ultimate rites of passage. Weddings are a symbol of love, hope, devotion, sacrifice, and the future - not just for us, the bride and groom, but also to our family, friends and community. And with them comes a host of expectations (just take a look at these wedding complaints I've heard). Sometimes these perceptions are so deeply engrained that we don't even realize they're there.

    I'm three months shy of getting married (!) and it's only now, at the tail end of my engagement, that I'm able to see how certain myths have shaped my wedding-planning process for better (and for worse). Where did these crazy ideas come from? My fiancé, Jason, blames the crappy reality TV that I watch and my love of fairytales as a kid, but I think it runs deeper than that: Myths are also formed from cultural beliefs and stories that are passed down to us on a personal level. What would you add to the list below?

    1. It's your day!
    Yes, it's your wedding and you should

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  • Your Dream Wedding: Childhood Fantasy Vs. Reality

    Lena Dunham of Girls fame shared a revealing childhood sketch with her Twitter followers detailing what her dream wedding would consist of someday. I don't watch the acclaimed HBO series so I don't know too much about her, but anyone who wants a pasta bar at their reception is a girl after my own heart! The White Stripes were slated to make a live performance so she must have had an inkling that her comedy-drama TV pilot would eventually get picked up by a major network.

    A sketch of Lena Dunham's imaginary wedding.A sketch of Lena Dunham's imaginary wedding.

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    This glimpse into the actress' private life poses a fascinating question: When you were a child, what did you think getting married would be like? If I were to unearth the drawings from my elementary school keepsake box, I'd be hard-pressed to find a poufy white dress and handsome Prince Charming anywhere. The one thing I remember thinking as a little girl was that I absolutely had to arrive to my wedding in a horse-drawn carriage,

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  • Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler Are Married — See Their Rings!

    The former Hills star and the Chicago Bears quarterback tied the knot today!

    "I'm officially Kristin Elizabeth Cutler!!!!!" Cavallari tweeted, along with a photo of their rings:

    Thoughts on Cutler's black ring?Thoughts on Cutler's black ring?

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    The couple picked up their marriage license in Nashville, TN just hours before the ceremony.

    At an event last month, Cavallari shared some details about the big day with Us Weekly: "It's going to be about 150 people, so not huge... I was never the girl who dreamt about my wedding or any of that stuff, but the wedding how we're planning is exactly what I wanted."

    She also shared the couple's 10-month-old son, Camden, would have a special role in the wedding - we can't wait to see photos.

    Congratulations to the happy couple!

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  • Harry Styles Walks Down the Aisle...As Best Man!

    Harry Styles had the performance of a lifetime this past weekend -- playing Best Man at his mum's second wedding! The 19-year-old One Direction singer walked mother Anne Cox down the aisle as she married longtime partner Robin Twist, who helped raise Styles after his parents divorce (when he was just seven years old). The nuptials took place at Pecks Restaurant in Chesire, England.
    Harry Styles' mom's wedding was a true family affair.Harry Styles' mom's wedding was a true family affair.

    The 19-year-old "Kiss You" and "That's What Makes You Beautiful" crooner shared the honorable title with his step-brother, Mike, while his sister, Gemma, acted as Maid of Honor. He and the groom wore matching suits from Burberry for the special occasion, accessorized with a white rose on the lapel (to match Mom's bouquet).

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    As if the whole thing couldn't get any sweeter, he reportedly sang "Isn't She Lovely," which was his audition song for X Factor, the show that catapulted the band into stardom! Swoon. According to The Daily Mail, Styles

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  • Barbie's Real-Life Bachelorette Party

    Your last hurrah as a single lady should be fun, fierce and fabulous. Fine, maybe a little outlandish, too (exactly how much is up to you). After all of the planning-induced stress, what bride doesn't look forward to some quality girl time, even if just for one night?

    But this Barbie bachelorette party is anything but ordinary - the bridesmaids took it to the next level with creative activities, décor, group outfits, and favors. Would you consider an offbeat bachelorette party theme like this one? Check out the photos before you judge!

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    By: Stefania Sainato

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  • Wedding Photos That'll Make You Laugh

    On your wedding day, you're going to be taking pictures all day long. And while you'll of course want to capture plenty of timeless, classically-beautiful photos, that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun! Here, some of our favorite funny photos from real weddings.



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    By: Kristen O'Gorman Klein

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  • Jessica Alba Knows the Secret to a Happy Marriage

    Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren, celebrated their five year anniversary on Monday, May 19. Letting her hubby - and the world - know just how blissful those five years have been, Alba posted two collages that she made of some of the couple's happiest moments together on Instagram. "#mylove+myheart+mybestfriend+myconfidant ur my everything, I love u... To another #5yrs #HappyAnniversary."

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    Taking a more humorous approach to publicly displaying his affection, Warren tweets: "5 years ago today I married my soul mate @jessicaalba & my hair immediately turned grey. Go figure... #truelove #happyanniversary."
    Jessica and Cash

    Despite the busy life of parenting a three and five year old daughter, the two prioritize their efforts to keep the romance going strong. In her exclusive blog for iVillage, Alba explains: "Whether we're settling into the couch to watch bad reality telelvision or getting a babysitter so we can enjoy a date night

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  • Keira Knightley Ties the Knot!

    Keira Knightley ties the knot!Keira Knightley ties the knot!

    Keira Knightley wed Klaxons musician James Righton in the South of France on Saturday!

    Ever the boho-chic bride, the Oscar-nominated actress, 28, wore a knee-length tulle dress in pale pink, a Chanel jacket, ballet flats, and a garland of daisies in her hair. In photos that emerged, she appears to have arrived at the wedding with a spring in her step, holding hands with her groom, 29, who wore a navy blue suit. (Seriously, can they get any more adorable?!)

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    The couple's vows took place at a small village in Provence. A source told The Daily Mail that the Atonement star "looked extremely moved by the whole thing - there were certainly tears of happiness." (Fun fact: The new Mr. and Mrs. Righton reportedly said "Oui" instead of the traditional "I do.")

    Later on, they celebrated with 50 of their nearest and dearest at Knightley's mother's estate, which is located nearby. Us Weekly reports that the twosome plan

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  • PHOTOS: Marine's Touching Wedding Tribute

    Matthew Krivohlavy, currently deployed overseas, couldn't attend his brother's wedding in Austin, Texas last weekend, so the Marine pilot did the next best thing -- he taped a video "toast" from the cockpit of his Harrier jet!

    Groom Brandon Krivohlavy posted the video on Reddit a few days ago, and so far, it's garnered over a thousand comments. He played the footage at the ceremony, and "everyone in the room was either crying or completely speechless. It was a very moving moment for everyone there," he wrote.

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    Unfortunately, the YouTube video has since been taken down, but not before The Daily Mail in the U.K. took the following screen grabs that show how the story unfolded. Like any fabulous wedding toast, he mentioned how special both the groom and bride (Mandy Takacs) are to him, poked fun at his sibling, and offered memorable wedding advice. Just how memorable? Daily Mail reports that at the end of the video, when he

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