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  • How to Write Your Own Wedding Vows

    Don't go by the book! Add a personal touch to your ceremony by declaring your love in your own words.
    No doubt you've worked hard to stage a wedding reception with tons of individual style, so why should your wedding ceremony be any different? Get personal, and consider writing your own wedding vows. It's not as daunting as you might think. Here's how it's done.

    1. What's Your Style?

    Decide if you want to say separate wedding vows (you write yours, he writes his), or if you'd rather each recite an identical, all-encompassing wedding vow that you compose together. You can also combine these options: Take turns making personalized promises to each other, and then solemnize these statements by exchanging more formal, traditional vows ("I, Jason, take you, Kimberly, to be my lawful wife, to have and to hold…") or a variation that you decide on together ("I, Stephanie, promise you, David, to always be your wife, your friend, your lover…").

    2. What Makes a Good Wedding Vow?

    Keep in mind that at the heart of every wedding vow is the idea that you're making a pact. The

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  • 15 Signs You're Too Obsessed with the Wedding

    Being excited about your wedding is normal, but when you let it become an obsession, it totally takes the fun out of the experience! Too many brides allow their big day to become their all-day, everyday reason for living-annoying everyone around them in the process-and often, they don't even realize that they've gotten that bad. Read on for all the warning signs (and ways to reclaim your sanity).

    1. You're Too Obsessed If … You promised no wedding talk, but you do it anyway.

    This can happen during date night or girls' night out, and it frustrates the people who want to spend time with you.

    How to Dial It Down: Tell loved ones, "If I start talking about the wedding, just tell me to stop." This shows that you're aware you have a problem, and you'll all get a laugh each time they "catch" you veering into wedding mania. Have a sense of humor about it and friends and family will lighten up, too. What doesn't work? Giving them a dollar each time you mention the big day-that

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  • 11 True Wedding-Night Confessions

    Real brides share what actually happened when they and their grooms stole away for the wedding night.Real brides share what actually happened when they and their grooms stole away for the wedding night.
    The Big Day is over, and you and your new husband head up to your hotel suite for a romantic champagne toast, followed by an amazing romp in bed. Well, anyway, that's what happens in Hollywood films. Since real life is often not so picture perfect, we asked some recent newlyweds to share what really happened.

    1. "Before the wedding, my husband and I had separate hotel rooms, but we were planning to stay in my room on our wedding night. So after everything was over, I went upstairs, changed into my lingerie, filled two glasses with champagne and waited for my new husband. But he never came! It turns out I'd forgotten to give him a room key. And I was so tired after the long night that I fell completely asleep and didn't hear either my cellphone or room phone. He waited for 30 minutes in his room and spent another 30 minutes begging the hotel staff to let him into mine. To verify that he was who he said he was, a hotel employee had to come in with him. And there I was,

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  • Woman Weds on Her 100th Birthday

    Newlyweds Dana Jackson and Bill Stauss currently reside at the Rosewood Health Care Center in Kentucky.
    On February 6th, Dana Jackson celebrated a century of life with about 100 of her nearest and dearest at the Rosewood Health Care Center in Kentucky. An ice cream cake in her honor was frosted with the special message, "Congratulations, you are never too old." But this wasn't your average birthday party, not even for a centenarian: Jackson decided to mark the momentous occasion by marrying boyfriend Bill Stauss, 87.

    Stauss never imagined that he would ever wed again, since his previous marriage lasted 55 years. However, Jackson was the exception: "I found one that's just as nice as can be. Treats me good. Like a human being should be treated. It's rare to find a girl like that."

    "I feel 50," Jackson told BG Daily News. "I don't feel 100."

    This was Jackson's third trip down the aisle, but the first time she wore an engagement ring and traditional gown. Her first wedding took place when she was only 15 years old. She marveled at how much has changed since then: "Gettin'

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  • 10 Questions to Ask...A Photographer

    Interviewing potential vendors is like going on an awkward first date. Here's what you should ask before booking your photographer.

    Meet the Experts:

    Josh Lynn is a New Jersey-based photographer serving all of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania as well as destination weddings. Described as unobtrusive and still able to capture the special moments. Josh Lynn has been photographing weddings for over 15 years.

    Casey Fatchett is an award-winning New York City-based wedding photographer with more than 10 years of experience. He also recently went through the wedding planning process himself, giving him a unique perspective on the wedding industry from both sides of the fence.

    1. Is photography your main business? What percentage of your work is composed of weddings?

    First, you need to gauge how much experience a potential vendor has. Photographers' time commitments and skill sets vary-some only work part-time or might mostly photograph something else

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  • The Most Adorable Wedding Trend on Pinterest

    Instead of having your flower girls scatter rose petals (let's face it, they'll never do as good of a job as your florist), or having your ring bearer carry fake rings on a pillow, have the smallest members of your wedding party announce your grand entrance in style with a "here comes the bride" sign.

    Sure, your guests likely already know to expect your walk down the aisle right after the flower girls, but that doesn't take away from the cute factor of these signs. Check out the photos!
    Flower girls carrying sign.Flower girls carrying sign.
    Flower girls carrying sign.Flower girls carrying sign.
    Pillow boy and flower girl carrying sign.Pillow boy and flower girl carrying sign.
    Pillow boy carrying sign.Pillow boy carrying sign.
    Pillow boy carrying sign.Pillow boy carrying sign.
    Flower girls carrying sign.Flower girls carrying sign.
    Babies in a wedding procession wagon.Babies in a wedding procession wagon.

    Even furry attendants are getting in on the fun!
    Dog in a wedding procession wagon.Dog in a wedding procession wagon.

    Tell us: Will your flower girls/ring bearers be carrying signs?

    - Kristen O'Gorman Klein

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  • Plan Your Marriage—Not Just a Wedding

    Why we brides need to discuss marriage just as much as the wedding plans, if not more.Why we brides need to discuss marriage just as much as the wedding plans, if not more.
    I'm less than seven months away from being a bride, but lately I've been thinking less about that role and more about the new one I will have to fulfill as a wife. Brides (myself included) can become engrossed in wedding plans, and I feel that we need to remember this journey is about the rest of our lives, not just one day.

    Understatement of the year: A lot of work goes into planning a wedding. From picking the centerpieces to booking vendors, there are endless tasks to complete. However, more time and effort goes into a marriage, and frankly, that's more important. Yes, it's easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of planning the biggest day of your lives, and really, I think that's fine! Choosing each detail and checking off to-do's is a fun and memorable experience-but that shouldn't be "it." My fiancé Corey and I often discuss our celebration to great lengths, but what I've found is that we brides don't often discuss what happens after the cake is cut and the dress

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  • Meet the Couple Who Inspired "The Vow"

    The Vow, starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, opened on February 10 and took the top spot at the box office over that weekend.
    The Vow
    , starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, opened on February 10 and took the top spot at the box office over that weekend. The couple whose real life story inspired the hit movie visited the Today Show to discuss the tragic accident that forever changed both of their lives.

    Just two months after their wedding in 1993, Kim and Krickitt Carpenter were in a horrific car accident that left Krickitt with less than half a percent chance of survival. "I heard 'Watch out!' and the most blood-curdling scream," Kim said. "I heard Krickitt just gasp; I thought it was the last breath of air she could get."

    Krickitt suffered a severe brain injury that greatly affected her short-term memory. When the doctors asked her the name of her husband, she said she wasn't married. She had no recollection of even meeting her husband Kim.

    Kim's vows from just two months earlier suddenly became even more impactful: "I promise to provide for and protect you through times of challenge

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  • 10 Modern Twists on Old Wedding Traditions

    Bride and groom cutting the cake.

    Weddings are all about traditions, and it's wonderful to find yourselves doing something that millions of couples before you have done. But don't be afraid to tweak a tradition to make it more truly yours. Steal some of these ideas.

    Cut the Cake-Out

    Today, a traditional, towering confection is a wedding mainstay, but more couples are serving smaller cakes as part of a display-or even using them as centerpieces.

    Couples who don't like cake are nixing it completely. "You shouldn't have to serve something that you don't really enjoy," says Andonoplas. Go ahead and serve sundaes, cheesecake, pie or whatever sweets you adore. Andonoplas recommends an "ice-cream scooping" or "pie slicing" instead! "It can be just as romantic as a traditional cake-cutting," he says.

    Toss-Up

    "Many brides aren't doing the bouquet toss at all," says Randa. "Their unattached friends aren't always eager to participate." Instead, consider honoring your closest gal pals with a toast or

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  • 10 Costliest Wedding Budget Mistakes

    Avoid these costly bridal blunders!
    1. Lack of Budget Priorities

    Start with a realistic overall budget, which will involve planning meetings with your fiancé. Then list your wedding details from "gotta have it" to unnecessary, says Debi Lilly, owner of A Perfect Event in Chicago. "That way you can put your dollars on the higher priorities, and spend less on what isn't so important."

    2. Not Reading the Fine Print

    Don't skip reading anything, and if you have questions, ask immediately, especially about payment terms, says Jennifer Blanco, wedding sales manager at Danford's Hotel & Marina in Port Jefferson, New York. You want to know exactly when payments or balances are due; if there are any minimum charges, corkage fees for wine, cake-cutting fees-or any other possibly pricey unknowns. If your wedding is a year or more away, be sure to block in guaranteed prices on catering and liquor. If a vendor pressures you to sign, take that as your cue to look elsewhere. Nothing is so urgent that it can't wait,

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