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  • Beat the Post-Wedding Blues

    Kazzie Emrich's wedding was perfect from start to finish, and she was thrilled to begin a new chapter of her life with her husband, Bill. "But once we got home from our honeymoon, I began to feel an overwhelming sadness that this amazing event I'd spent almost a year planning was over," says the Chicago resident. "It was especially hard for me to attend weddings, showers and bachelorette parties, which I did a lot during my first year of marriage. Just seeing the giddiness of the brides made me feel sad-and envious. I even thought about my own mortality. As a girl, I had dreamed about my wedding and seen that day as a major life event that would happen way in the future. But now that it was over, it felt like an ending. The worst of the sadness lasted six months, but even now, three years later, I still haven't thrown away my unused invitations, and my bouquet is still hanging in the kitchen, where I had placed it to dry out."

    These feelings-you can call them the "bridal blues"-are

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  • Groom Live-Tweets His Proposal for 12 Hours

    The first stop on Mike Duerksen's proposal list.The first stop on Mike Duerksen's proposal list.Technology is everywhere: At home, at work... and even on our dates? Mike Duerksen proved that to be true as he live-tweeted his 12-hour marriage proposal, consisting of eight dates on Friday the 13th, while hundreds of Twitter fans followed along.

    The day before the proposal, Mike let Twitter followers know what he was planning (his girlfriend doesn't use Twitter) and invited them to follow him with the hashtag #MikeProposes. The next day, he led his girlfriend-and the Twitter world-on a whirlwind romance to eight different locations, each with a special meaning.

    He kept his followers in the loop with tweets and instagram photos from each place.

    "Wishing best of luck to @mikeduerksen today! #MikeProposes is such a cool idea!" tweeted @MClinton007.

    "@mikeduerksen #mikeproposes I'm not one for total mush but this is freaking adorable. Setting the standards high for all the guys out there!" @_dianer tweeted.

    Mike kept his followers updated every step of the way,

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  • What Wedding Guests Will Spend in 2012

    How do you decide how much to spend on wedding gifts?How do you decide how much to spend on wedding gifts?

    New research from American Express reveals that wedding guests expect to pay $339 in general and $377 if they're in the bridal party (down from $490 and $539 in 2011, respectively). This includes not just the gift, but also travel arrangements, clothing, pre-wedding celebrations and childcare.

    "Saying 'I do,' isn't just an investment for those getting married, guests have to consider their costs as well," said Claire Bennett, the EVP of Loyalty & Membership Benefits at American Express. "From the suit to the suite to the sitter, the expenses for attending a wedding add up and we're seeing consumers cutting back a bit this year to manage the cost."

    In addition to the national average, the survey of 1,500 participants determined how guests decide what amount to give as a wedding gift. Almost half of respondents said that their relationship to the couple was the most important factor: On average, they spent $166 on relatives, $105 for close friends and $56 for coworkers.

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  • What It's REALLY like to Have a Five-Year Engagement

    Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt)

    The Five-Year Engagement premieres today, and it's a topic that hits close to home for the BG web team-between the two of us, we have a five-year engagement (two for Kristen, three for Stefania). So, in honor of the movie, we're sharing what we've learned about the benefits and drawbacks to having a longer-than-average engagement.

    THE PROS

    Time to Build the Life You Want and Prepare for Marriage
    One of the best parts of having a long engagement is that it gives you breathing room to focus on your career, get a sense of what your partner will be like as a spouse and decide what you both want for your marriage (living plans, when to have children, etc). It's a commitment towards a future together-one worth waiting for. My fiancé and I decided to get engaged because we were ready to take that next step after dating, but our plans to tie the knot in 2012 were derailed when his physical therapy program added an extra year to their requirements. An extra year was a small

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  • Behind the Scenes with Isaac Mizrahi at Kleinfeld

    We got an exclusive backstage pass to Isaac Mizrahi's first collection for Kleinfeld! We sat down with the fashion legend and got him to spill on everything from his favorite wedding gown design to his boyhood days in Brooklyn.

    Check out our video interview with Isaac!

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  • 10 Wedding Confessions Every Bride Can Relate To

    Share your wedding confessions with us in the comments!Share your wedding confessions with us in the comments!

    My wedding-planning process has (mostly) been smooth sailing. However, I've still experienced my fair share of snags, worries, and mistakes. In the name of honesty, I'd love to share some of my confessions with you, from one real bride to another!

    1. I care more about wedding details then I thought I would.

    In the first few months of planning, I would have told you that I'm not the kind of bride who cares about visual aspects of the wedding, such as invitations or centerpieces...but I was wrong. I went through several different options for both before making a decision. I've discovered that every wedding detail, no matter how small, is a way to express myself and the love that I share with my future husband. They give brides an opportunity to get creative with their plans and they're some of the most fun decisions we get to make!

    2. I am terrified of our wedding budget.

    I've mentioned before that my fiancé Corey and I are extremely blessed to have the financial

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  • Best New Wedding Hairstyles You Can Do Yourself

    The Old Hollywood-inspired updos and romantic, tousled waves we spotted at Badgley Mischka and Angel Sanchez, respectively, perfectly complemented the new gown styles this season. Best of all, they're totally doable at home! Here, the step-by-step instructions.

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  • 10 Offbeat, Unique Engagement Photos

    Imagine a typical an engagement photo: You and your soon-to-be gazing lovingly into each others' eyes, strolling hand-in-hand through the park, sharing a kiss overlooking the ocean... not for you? Well, there's no reason it has to be. These days, many couples are taking their engagement photos to the next level-and having a lot more fun showing off their personalities. From staging a zombie invasion to reenacting hit movies, we've found some of the most creative engagement photo shoots of all time. Check out more themed engagement shoots here!



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  • The 5 Ways Brad Proposed to Angelina

    People insists that only a few knew about the engagement right after it happened.People insists that only a few knew about the engagement right after it happened.In celebrity news for the week, nothing was bigger than the engagement of Brangelina. We've seen the ring, and we know Angelina said yes, but how did Brad pop the question? It seems that every tabloid has its own version of the engagement story.

    People

    There's a reason why People is one of the most reputable celebrity news sources around. Their Brangelina coverage danced around the proposal story, saying that "the engagement was long in the planning" and Brad "secretly brought his own design for the ring." Instead of a proposal in front of the whole family, People insists that only a few knew about the engagement right after it happened. Brad and Angelina "savored the moment until their kids returned from school."

    OK!

    OK! magazine released a "special collector's edition" of the magazine for celebrity gossip junkies with a cover photo of the happy couple and promised details of their romantic wedding plans inside. OK's version of the proposal cites an anonymous

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  • How Twitter Rescued This Couple's Wedding

    Only six weeks before their big day, UK couple Lauren Lane and Daniel Welch experienced the unthinkable-they received an email announcing that their venue was shutting down, and as a result, they lost their deposit of $7,000.

    Lauren Lane and Daniel Welch on their wedding day.Lauren Lane and Daniel Welch on their wedding day.

    There was no way for them to recoup the funds in time for the wedding, so in desperation, the bride turned to an unlikely source, Twitter, and posted the following plea: "Help needed with aspects of our wedding after venue goes bust with 6wks 2go & with our £4.5K! Pls RT." Even the bridesmaids pitched in by tweeting to local companies and spreading the word, asking if anyone could help them.

    They received an outpouring of support (even from celebrities) that led to free donations that included their cake, photography, wedding rings, videography, stationary, favors and more. "Contrary to what some media reports have said, we received no cash donations; only goodwill and skills from local, honest companies," Lane told WebProNews.
    Lauren and Daniel received an outpouring of support from the Twittersphere.Lauren and Daniel received an outpouring of support from the Twittersphere.

    Thanks to all of the

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