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Since the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality on June 26, 2015, the wedding-planning landscape in the United States has changed. How? Well, WeddingWire, Inc., Community Marketing & Insights (CMI), GayWeddings and the Gay Wedding Institute just released the 2016 Survey of Contemporary Couples & Current Wedding Trends which details just how far we’ve come and how much weddings have changed in the relatively short time since the historic ruling.

Here are a few interesting details from the report, which comes from a survey of 1,400 respondents:

  • More same-sex couples are now choosing to get married in their home states (77%) because they no longer need to travel to another state for legal marriage recognition.
  • The number of same-sex couples celebrating their unions with a ceremony and reception with invited guests has increased to 79%, from 43% prior to 2013.
  • Emotional support for same-sex couples has increased. For example, support from parents of same-sex couples has increased from 46% to 60%, compared to 86% for opposite-sex couples.

To learn more about same-sex couples post-marriage equality, check out the 2016 Survey of Contemporary Couples & Current Wedding Trends »

Are you in need of some wedding inspiration? Our Editorial Team is busy writing content for our Ideas Section! To help you get through the week, this Wednesday we’ve rounded up some of our favorite slideshows and articles! Check them out below:

6 Ways to Deal With a Stressed-Out Bride (or Groom)Find out how to deal with an engaged person who’s super stressed out!

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Photo by OLLI STUDIO

20 Things You MUST Know if You’re Having an Open BarWe reached out to the pros to dole out advice to couples who plan on offering an open bar at their wedding.

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Photo courtesy of Geomyra Lewis Weddings and Events 

6 Morning-Of Activities for the Groom and GroomsmenCheck out some of our favorite ideas!

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Photo by Evan Chung Photography

7 Things You Need to Do Minutes Before You Walk Down the AisleHere are some last minute items to check off your list before you head to the altar!

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Photo by Arden Photography

29 Things You Say to Your Fiancé(e) Daily – Here are just a few comments (some of which are totally out there) that you may catch yourself saying.

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Photo by Matthew Nigel Photography

WeddingWire Cleveland’s Spring Soirée

Posted by Kim on May 31, 2016

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Cleveland-area engaged couples and their wedding parties, family, and friends gathered at The Barn at Mapleside Farms for WeddingWire Cleveland’s Spring Soirée. This evening affair featured talented Cleveland wedding vendors who pulled out all the stops to provide couples with a memorable experience. From delicious bites and beverages to engaging entertainment to planning advice, there was no shortage of wedding inspiration. Take a peek inside the party, perfectly captured by Genevieve Nisly Photography.

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The Barn at Mapleside Farms provided the perfect party backdrop, with its breathtaking views, vaulted ceilings, and rustic elegant ambiance.

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Guests enjoyed drinks on the terrace and mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres from A Taste of Excellence Catering that included open-faced mini sliders and a stunning antipasto display. For dessert, Patisserie 42 served up a variety of mini cupcakes while showcasing their gorgeous cake creations.

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Graceful Wedding Company dressed up the space with beautiful floral arrangements set atop wood slice chargers. Amber uplighting and in-house string lights enhanced the intimate and romantic vibe of the venue.

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Guests enjoyed music from Raise the Roof Entertainment while they mingled and posed for 60-second caricatures from Adam Pate

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…and enjoyed photo booth fun complete with a huge array of props from inFocus PhotoBooths.

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Brides-to-be also enjoyed a little pampering in the bridal suite, where Ashley Matho On Location Makeup Artistry provided bridal beauty tips and touch-ups.

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To round out the inspirational evening, two local wedding planners shared their top tips with guests. Valarie from Kirkbrides and Jennifer from Heart 2 Heart Occasions revealed their expert ideas to help make the planning process smoother – a perfect addition for couples with questions!

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A huge thank you to everyone who attended and to all of our participating partners! If you’d like to find out about future events, you can reach out to WeddingWire Community Manager Jamie at jamied@weddingwire.com.

It’s time for our weekly real weddings recap! Today, we’re sharing five weddings with inspiration for classic, glam, and whimsical styles, plus two amazing non-traditional wedding gowns. Keep reading to see our favorite details:

Tropical Glam Florida Wedding – Nicole and Tim were married at The Lodge at Wakulla Springs in Wakulla Springs, Fla. on November 7. For their wedding, this couple was inspired by old Hollywood glamour. They added a bit of tropical flair with a bold orange and blue color scheme. Some of our favorite details include the bird of paradise cake and the bride’s shimmering gown!

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Photo by Artsinfotos Photography

Purple Washington Hotel Wedding – Jennifer and Edwin were married at the Hotel Bellevue in Bellevue, Wash. on August 15. How adorable are their first look reactions? Check out the full gallery to see the couple’s glam purple reception, which was filled with votive candles, crystal strands and metallic silver accents.

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Photo by Lazzat Photography, LLC

Chic Massachusetts Pier Wedding – Emily and David were married at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club in Vineyard Haven, Mass. on October 17. Romantic centerpieces, watercolor invitations and a harborfront ceremony are just a few things we’re loving about this Martha’s Vineyard wedding — not to mention the bride’s stunning blush wedding gown by Monique Lhuillier!

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Photo by Ashley Tilton Photography

Autumn Pennsylvania Inn Wedding  Anna and Viktor were married at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm in Holicong, Pa. on October 31. We have to admit that we’re totally smitten with these confetti-filled balloons, which brought the perfect touch of whimsy to the big day.

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Photo by Asya Photography

Spring New Mexico Park Wedding – Chelsea and Will were married at the Event Center at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, N.M. on May 4. If you’re getting marred in the spring, don’t miss this wedding! From the bridesmaids’ pastel gowns to the fresh floral decor, this couple’s big day was quintessentially spring chic.

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Photo by Emily Joanne Wedding Films & Photography

Vendor Tips, Creative Ceremony Ideas and More!

Posted by admin on May 11, 2016

Are you in need of some wedding inspiration? Our Editorial Team is busy writing content for our Ideas Section! To help you get through the week, this Wednesday we’ve rounded up some of our favorite slideshows and articles! Check them out below:

7 Ways to Effectively Communicate with Your Wedding Vendors Maintain a positive and productive relationship with your pros by checking out these tips:

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Photo by Jessica Yahn Photography 

8 Things I Learned as an Out-of-Town Wedding Guest – Are you attending a wedding in the near future and are unsure of what to expect? Here are a few tips this out-out-town guest picked up!

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Photo by John Branch IV Photography 

14 Out-Of-The-Box Ceremony Settings – Just browse through our 14 favorites and get ready to take some notes.

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Photo by Photo Love Photography

15 Creative and Hilarious Groomsmen Photo Ideas – See our favorite creative and laugh-out-loud ideas here!

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Photo by Jennifer Van Elk Photography

15 Creative Ceremony Sign Ideas – Check out these 15 out-of-the-box ceremony signs for you to to use at your wedding!

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Photo by Julie J. Photography