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  • Why I'm Having 'Wing Girls' Instead of Bridesmaids

    When I think of bridesmaids, I imagine a row of identical, pretty faces standing duitfully by my side while I recite my vows. However, my husband Michael and I already had a simple wedding ceremony last November, so we're only throwing a reception this second time around. I still wanted to find a way to incorporate my girlfriends into my special day, so instead of asking them to be bridesmaids, they're my "wing girls."

    Related: Bridesmaid Dresses They Can Wear Again (Really!)

    I figured that if guys can have wingmen backing them up in tricky situations, why not have my best gals around to support me? Wing girls help out with planning and provide emotional support, but unlike bridesmaids, their tasks are on a volunteer basis-not mandatory. I don't want them to feel obligated to throw me a lavish bridal shower or wear identical dresses to the wedding.

    There's Kate, my best friend since the eighth grade; Carrie, a fun, sassy coworker from San Diego; Kelsey, my best

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  • Did Taylor Swift Crash a Kennedy Family Wedding?

    Taylor SwiftNot everyone is trilled to have a celebrity wedding crasher.

    Over the weekend, Taylor Swift, 22, joined her boyfriend Conor Kennedy, 18, at his cousin's wedding. But according to the mother of the bride, Victoria Gifford Kennedy, Swift was not a welcome guest-and even refused to leave after being asked to do so. Victoria told the Boston Herald that she received a text from Conor about an hour before the ceremony asking if he and Swift could attend (we think someone needs to read up on his wedding etiquette…).

    "I responded with a very clear, 'Please do not come,'" Victoria has said. "They came anyway… I personally went up to Ms. Swift, whose entrance distracted the entire event, and asked her as nicely as I could to leave. It was like talking to a ghost. She seemed to look right past me."

    While Swift's spokesperson Paula Erikson denies the claim and insists that Swift was an invited guest ("The bride thanked her profusely for being there," she said), we couldn't help but

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  • Avril Lavigne is Engaged to Chad Kroeger!

    Congratulations to the rockers!Congratulations to the rockers!

    Pop-punk singer Avril Lavigne's love life might have been complicated, but she's finally found her counterpoint in Chad Kroeger, the frontman of rock band Nickelback!

    Related: Jennifer Aniston's Engagement Details

    People magazine reports that Kroeger, 37, proposed to Lavigne, 27, on August 8th with what appears to be a 14-carat pear-shaped engagement ring. The Canadian singers first met back in February, when they co-wrote some songs for Lavigne's upcoming album, her fifth, which will be released by the end of 2012.

    "I knew I was falling for her," Kroeger has said of working with Lavigne. "It was incredibly powerful and something I'll never forget."

    Their collaboration-turned-romance became a hot topic on Twitter yesterday, where fans (and haters) expressed their disbelief and messages of congratulations. Maroon 5 singer and "The Voice" judge, Adam Levine, even joined in on the hilarity by posting, "Just to clear up the confusion, I am NOT engaged to Chad Kroeger of

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  • Find the Perfect Veil for Your Personality

    One of the most iconic aspects of a wedding is the bride's headpiece. More than her shoes and jewelry, the bride's headpiece is so significant, the look is simply not complete without it. From adorable clips to elegant veils, the options are endless. Whether you're a formal waltz kind of bride or a tie-the-knot-in-flip-flops gal, we've got a headpiece to fit your personality.

    By: Leyat Elkobi

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  • 5 Things to Consider Before You DIY Wedding Flowers

    In an effort to save money and use those creative juices, my mom and I planned to DIY all the flowers for the wedding - bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces. Simple enough, we thought, to determine which flowers we liked and arrange them in a beautiful away. We were wrong.

    Related: 50+ Ideas for Your Bridal Bouquet

    My mom purchased about 40 stems of various flowers, mostly roses and spider mums. She discovered a variety of spray roses she purchased were covered in thorns and were pretty much unable to be worked with for a bouquet at all. Then, she realized that making that pretty, round shape a bouquet has was nearly impossible. As the stress and worry mounted, we got in contact with Becky from Lily Lane florist.

    With our budget in mind, she's working to take the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets and all the boutonnieres off our plate (although we still plan to arrange the centerpieces ourselves with the help of a crafty family friend). Here's why we've decided to leave

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  • Couple Has 23 Weddings Around the World (and Counting)

    Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant, a couple from Yorkshire, England, have made it their mission to not only travel the world together, but to throw a wedding in each country that they visit. Their initial goal was to have 30 wedding ceremonies, but at the time of publication, they had already completed 23 in 15 different countries, and were aiming for even more.

    Their adventure began in July 2011, when they decided to save every penny they had, sell their house, and live in a 25-year-old camper van they've named "Penny." At the conclusion of their trip, in July 2014, they will select one destination to throw a final hurrah with loved ones present and make their marriage legal. Visit the couple's blog to learn more about their travels and Zankyou UNICEF donation registry.

    "The point of our journey is to experience the way other cultures celebrate marriage. It is one thing the whole world has in common - unity," said Gant.

    - Stefania Sainato

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  • 25 Beatles Songs to Play at Your Wedding

    Tomorrow we celebrate the Golden Anniversary of one of the most significant musical marriages of all time - the Fab Four. Ringo Starr joined the Beatles on August 18, 1962, completing a magical lineup that would go on to make history. From beautiful harmonies to feel-good melodies to emotional lyrics, The Beatles created such a wide and diverse song library, we could pick a tune for every wedding moment. And so we did!

    Related: The Complete Guide to Wedding Music

    Leave a comment and tell us what your favorite Beatles song is!Leave a comment and tell us what your favorite Beatles song is!

    Ceremony Processional or Recessional

    1. "All You Need Is Love"
    This may be the most well-known Beatles love song, but it hits the right notes every time.

    2. "Two of Us"
    A more unique song choice for recessional, perfect for a couple with a long and strong history.

    Cocktail Hour

    3. "Michelle"
    4. "Norweigan Wood"
    5. "Penny Lane"
    We could go on! You can't go wrong with any popular Beatles' song during cocktail hour or dinner.

    Reception Entrance

    6. "Love Me Do"

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  • 15 Ideas for Fall Weddings

    From color palettes to centerpieces to cakes, get tons of inspiration for an autumn wedding.

    - Kristen O'Gorman-Klein

  • Jennifer Aniston is Engaged to Justin Theroux!

    Jennifer Aniston's rep confirmed the actress' happy news on Sunday.Jennifer Aniston's rep confirmed the actress' happy news on Sunday.The Brangelina nuptials may have been a hoax this past weekend, but now we have another celebration to look forward to: Jennifer Aniston has wedding bells in her future!

    Justin Theroux, her beau of 18 months, popped the question on Friday, his 41st birthday, and Aniston's rep confirms that she happily accepted. She met the actor-screenwriter on the set of their film Wanderlust.

    Related: How Did Brad Really Propose to Angelina?

    This summer, the couple embarked on a romantic, whirlwind vacation to all of Aniston's "favorite places in the world," according to a Theroux insider, including Capri, Rome and Paris. Earlier this month, they were also spotted in Hawaii. They recently purchased a $21 million home in California together.

    The inseparable pair are so in sync that they even started dressing alike. Baby bump watch and marriage buzz reached fever pitch when the couple was spotted wearing matching rings (not wedding bands) and Aniston gained weight (she attributed it

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  • Brad and Angelina to Marry This Weekend?

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

    Rumor has it, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are planning to tie the knot this weekend at their home in France.

    Guests are already arriving under the pretense of a 50th anniversary bash for Pitt's parents, Jane and Bill. But Brangelina certainly wouldn't be the first couple to surprise their guests with a wedding - earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan invited friends and family over to celebrate Dr. Chan's graduation from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, but shocked them all by throwing an intimate backyard wedding instead.

    Related: How Did Brad Really Propose to Angelina?

    Recently, Pitt gave Jolie a $400,000 "pre-wedding gift," generating buzz that the wedding isn't far away.

    We know rumors are always swirling about these two, but what's intriguing is that the couple reportedly flew in the jeweler who made Jolie's stunning engagement ring, and Pitt's BFF George Clooney is current at his home in Lake Como, just an hour's flight

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