Bridesmaid Advice, Rehearsal Dinner Tips and More!

Posted by admin on Jun 15, 2016

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

The Ultimate Bridesmaid Packing Checklist – To make sure you stay on top of your ‘maid duties, we’ve created a checklist of everything you should bring for the busy weekend!

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8 Things NOT to Do When Planning a Rehearsal Dinner – To ensure everything runs smoothly the day before you say “I do,” try and avoid these major no-nos.

Wastson StudiosPhoto by Watson Studios 

13 of Our Favorite Wedding Trends in 2016 (So Far!) Click through for some modern inspiration!

Charla Storey PhotographyPhoto by Charla Storey Photography 

13 Ways to Go Above and Beyond for Your Wedding Guests – Go the extra mile with these helpful tips!

studio-starlingPhoto by Studio Starling

The History Behind 10 Wedding Ceremony Rituals Learn more by clicking through this roundup!

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It’s our weekly real weddings recap! This week, we’re showcasing a chic winter wedding from Birmingham, a rustic Oregon countryside wedding, and a stunning wedding in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Happy Friday!

Chic Birmingham Winter Wedding – Marie and Adam were married at Trinity United Methodist Church followed by a reception at Iron City in Birmingham, Ala. on December 19. If you can’t already tell by this stunning shot of the bride’s cathedral veil, this winter wedding is not to be missed! The couple’s adorable first look had us getting a bit teary-eyed at our desks.

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Photo by Al Weddings

Formal Fall Ohio Museum Wedding – Brett and David were married at Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 31. The bridal party looked pretty in pink, but that’s just the beginning of this wedding’s chic details. We also love the bride’s Kate Spade high heels and the bridesmaids’ whimsical fall bouquets, which were decorated with strands of ribbons.

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Photo by Megan Noll Photography

Rustic Oregon Farm Wedding – Abbi and Jake were married at Hoffman Farms Store in Beaverton, Ore. on August 15. “When I was in the market for a wedding venue, Kelly Hoffman,  my mom’s best friend, offered for us to use her barn,” Abbi said. “I was shocked by the offer and was so honored that they would want to be such a large part of our special day.”

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Photos by Leah Banick Photography

Intimate Nevada Desert Wedding – Anna and Sergey held a private wedding ceremony in the stunning Mojave Desert in Nevada on March 8. Their wedding proves that sometimes, less is more! The peach sunset sky and stunning backdrop at their ceremony site has us swooning.

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Photo by Wedion Photography

Romantic Fall Backyard Wedding – Alison and Benjamin were married at the bride’s aunt and uncle’s home in Hendersonville, N.C. on September 12. The rich jewel tones and lush tablescapes are just some of our favorite details from their big day.

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Photo by Corey Cagle Photography

Happy Friday! This week, we’re sharing a beautiful autumn wedding from Arkansas, boho wedding inspiration from Los Angeles, a brunch wedding from Texas, and last but not least, two summer weddings to celebrate the start of June. Enjoy the full galleries below!

Summer Montana Barn Wedding – Whitney and Patrick were married at the Big Yellow Barn in Bozeman, Mont. on July 3. Their outdoor ceremony took place on a beautiful summer day, complete with a stunning mountain backdrop.  A reception was held inside the venue’s cozy barn.

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Photo by Kacie Q Photography

Nautical Maryland Inn Wedding – Megan and Brian were married at the Inn at Osprey Point in Rock Hall, Md. on September 19. This waterfront soiree has us swooning. We love the bridesmaids’ beaded seafoam green gowns, not to mention the gorgeous reception decor that had just the right amount of nautical details (think navy striped runners and weathered wood).

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Photo by Flora + Fauna

Modern Boho Los Angeles Wedding – Natalia and Kyle were married at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 20. You won’t want to miss the oh-so-amazing view from their ceremony site, which was at the top of a hill overlooking L.A.! We especially love Natalia’s eye-catching pink bouquet filled with proteas, ranunculuses, and peonies.

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Photos by Smashing Weddings 

Playful Texas Brunch Wedding – Anna and Erick were married at St. Jerome Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas followed by a reception at ZaZa Gardens on February 28. If you’re considering a morning wedding, check out the full gallery for more inspiration! The couple treated their guests to yummy brunch food, such as made-to-order waffles and bananas foster.

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Photo by Monica Roberts Photography

Woodsy Arkansas Ranch Wedding – Emaly and Thomas were married at the Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch in Dardanelle, Ark. on November 22. Getting hitched in the fall? Take a cue from this couple and choose a color scheme with dark red, gold, gray, and purple hues. The result is so pretty!

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Photo by B.Matthews Creative

phoot credit Kane_and_SocialPhoto by Kane and Social

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