Blog Posts by Bridal Guide

  • Bridesmaid Confessions: The Good, the Bad & the Fugly

    What is it like to be a bridesmaid not just once, but five, six or even 12 times? We interviewed a panel of 11 bridesmaids about why they were willing to say "I do" to so many different weddings and what they've learned along the way. Follow their pointers to be an amazing bridesmaid; just don't blame us if you get asked again!

    1. Being Asked is a Huge Honor

    The bride chose you for a reason: She values your friendship and wants you to stand beside her as she takes her vows and celebrates the beginning of a new chapter in her life. The bridesmaids that we spoke to say that although it might sound cliché, they feel it's a huge honor to be in someone's bridal party.

    Being privy to a friend's most intimate moments is part of the draw. "One of my favorite parts of being a bridesmaid is the time leading up to where your friend and/or family member says 'I do'...You get to talk about old times, help them ease their nerves and watch them transform into the most beautiful they've

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  • 50% of Women Would Prefer This Over an Engagement Ring

    Forget sparkling diamonds - the most grand proposal gesture of all might also be the most practical!

    ERA Real Estate surveyed 1,000 people in committed relationships and found that 50% of female respondents in their 20s would rather forgo a diamond engagement ring and put that cash towards a down payment on a house. (In fact, 18 percent of participants said they had already skipped getting a ring for this very reason.) Interestingly, there appears to be a generational gap with this perception: only eight percent of women in their 50s and two percent of women in their 60s agreed.

    Furthermore, from those surveyed in the ERA study, 89 percent said their love bond was strengthened by buying a home together. With rising housing costs, socking away every little bit counts - according to U.S. Census data, the median sales price of new homes sold in the U.S. was $260,100 in January 2014 . Factor in an unstable job market, student debt, and another potentially huge purchase to

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  • You'll Never Believe How This Woman Got Her Wedding Dress

    Oprah Winfrey's generosity is legendary - we're still kicking ourselves that we never got a chance to visit her talk show in Chicago (who could forget when her entire audience received new cars?). Now she's outdone herself once again by gifting the dress off her back to one lucky Twitter fan from Atlanta!

    Brandi (who goes by the name @snobabi23) sent a funny tweet to the media mogul gushing over the stunning Brian Bennier dress that she wore on Essence Magazine's cover. Ask and ye shall receive:

    To her surprise, a package arrived in the mail just one week later:

    We can't wait to see a photo of Brandi on her big day! Props to her for scoring a wedding gown with such fascinating history.

    Plus, read about another unbelievable wedding dream that came true recently.

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  • 6 Emotions Every Couple Experiences While Planning Their Wedding

    It's no surprise that planning a wedding can make you break out the tissues from time to time, but one thing I didn't realize as a bride is that there are distinct emotional phases you may go through before getting married. Just like Kübler-Ross' "Five Stages of Grief" theory, you can experience these stages in any order and every person's experience is just as unique as their wedding.

    Thinking of wedding planning within this framework explains how it's possible to go from being giddy one moment to anxious or disinterested the next. Here, I share my experience, but I'd love to hear which stages, if any, you'd add to my list!

    Stage 1: Pure Joy

    Pop the champagne corks: This is really happening! Getting engaged to my husband Jason was a surreal experience, even though I had a feeling that bended-knee moment was coming. I was initiated into the incredibly wonderful (and wacky) world of weddings. I nostalgically look back on all of my wedding experiences now that my proofs

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  • Mary-Kate Olsen's Engagement Ring: All the Details!

    Mary-Kate Olsen's engagement ring

    Last week, news broke that the former Full House star is engaged to her French banker boyfriend, Olivier Sarkozy. She's been spotted wearing a massive ring, and now we have all of the details!

    The vintage Cartier ring dates back to 1953 and was sold through Sotheby's in February for $81,250. The floral-inspired ring features a 4-carat center stone, framed by 16 calibré-cut sapphires; the "petals" seen on the side view add another 1.5 carats of diamonds.

    Related: The Most Popular Engagement Rings of All Time

    Tell us: What do you think of the ring?

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  • Against All Odds: This Wedding Proves Dreams Can Come True

    A wedding may take months or even a few years to plan, but sometimes fate can lend a hand. Just ask Maria Simpson and Matthew Chamberlain, whose love story began at Bungalow, a bar in California, and culminated with a courthouse wedding in New York City. Their last-minute nuptials on Feb. 20th came together so serendipitously that it made us believe in fairy tales again.

    The odds were stacked against them from the beginning, including a 13-year age difference (she's 22 and he's 35) and living thousands of miles apart (she's originally from California and is now based in New York; he's originally from England and now resides in Cali). What got this couple through all of these challenges (and then some) was the unwavering belief that they were destined to end up together - no matter what.

    Related: This Couple's Incredible Love Story Will Make You Cry

    When they began discussing their future, Matthew suggested that they apply for wedding competitions to help alleviate

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  • Lauren Conrad's Top Tips for Finding Your Wedding Dress

    Lauren Conrad and William Tell

    One thing we're most excited to see at Lauren Conrad's upcoming wedding is what she'll choose as her wedding gown. The former Hills star has made a name for herself as a fashion icon since the show went off the air, and she's a designer in her own right as well. She recently shared her top tips for finding your dream dress on her blog, and we couldn't agree more with her guidelines. Here, Conrad's three mantras:

    1. Don't knock it 'til you try it
    We hear this tip over and over from designers: A dress can look completely different on the rack than it does on your body. And even if you have your heart set on certain silhouette, keep an open mind and try on other styles as well - you never know what'll look best until you try it on. "I always imagined myself in an elegant ball gown with lots and lots of tulle. But just for fun, I decided to try on some sleeker, more sophisticated gowns when I was dress shopping," Conrad wrote. "I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked

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  • The Biggest Mistake that New Brides Make

    One of the biggest wedding-planning challenges can be cohesiveness - presenting a consistent vision for your event from start to finish. As a wedding planner, I see brides (especially those who are newly engaged) struggle with this all the time. They've picked their venue, theme and dress...but none of the three really match.

    Throughout the process of falling in love with gowns, flowers, linens, and all things wedding pretty, you might find it difficult to maintain focus and your wedding can take on a life of its own. So, how do you prevent this from happening? The good news is that by outlining key factors early on, it's totally doable to execute your big day without getting completely lost in the process.

    I've put together some easy tips to help couples stay on track throughout the months leading up to their wedding. By no means do you have to follow these to a T. My hope is that you will find a way to personalize these steps and bring your vision to life in the most

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  • Chrissy Teigen Reveals Her Surprising Wedding Regret

    Chrissy Teigen

    When you're marrying a music mogul like John Legend, there can be a lot of pressure to pick the perfect soundtrack for your big day. Legend even performed his latest hit, "All of Me" - which is dedicated to his new wife - during the wedding. But the newlyweds skipped one of the biggest musical wedding moments at their Lake Como wedding: the first dance!

    "I do have one regret, and that's not having a first dance," the Sports Illustrated cover model told The Insider. "I refused to have a first dance because I can't dance, so I don't like dancing in front of people, but everything else was just perfect."

    She also shared the #1 tip she received from her married friends before the big day: "The most important thing is that you remember every moment of this, and it's gonna fly by. And I thought that the entire wedding. I was like, 'OK, it's going to fly by. Like, be happy every moment. Remember every moment.' And still it's hard. It really does fly by. It's hard to

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  • See Allison Williams' Gorgeous Engagement Ring!

    Allison Williams on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'Girls star Allison Williams stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers last night to dish about her recent engagement to co-founder Ricky Van Veen - which caught her completely by surprise.

    "[It was] the best kind of surprise, and we're really, really thrilled," she said. "The funniest thing about that is I consider myself someone who is impossible to surprise, and yet I am constantly surprised by things."

    And, of course, she showed off her gorgeous engagement ring. "I'm obsessed with it. I stare at it a lot." she shared.

    Allison Williams' engagement ring

    With marriage on the horizon, she confessed that it does make her view her relationship differently.

    "The investment is there. It just changes the stakes, clearly," she said. "But it's really fun."

    Not only has being engaged raised the stakes in her own life, but it's made her view her favorite show, The Bachelor, differently.

    "Suddenly, the show feels real. I understand the stakes for the first time ever, which is so weird

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