Samantha Iacia

Samantha Iacia

Editor

Samantha Iacia has been writing about weddings for more than eight years, beginning with a weekly wedding column for her hometown newspaper. She specializes in bridal fashion and jewelry, wedding decor, wedding flowers, and all things aesthetic. As the WeddingWire Editor, she can be found bookmarking new wedding trends, helping out on set at a photo shoot, or working on the team’s Digital Editorial Style Guide. Twice a year, she attends and reports on New York Bridal Fashion Week. Originally from Catonsville, Maryland, Samantha now lives in Washington, D.C., where you’ll usually catch her on her way to get a chai latte, rewatching Harry Potter for the zillionth time, or looking at pictures of other people’s cats.

Experience

In her more than six years at WeddingWire, Samantha has written hundreds of articles, served as a stylist on multiple photo and video shoots, and managed the team’s real wedding features. Previously, Samantha spent two years as a lifestyle and features contributor for Baltimore Sun Media. In addition to writing a weekly real weddings column for The Baltimore Sun, she covered Charm City’s local shopping scene, pulled products for fashion and home decor magazine photo shoots, and occasionally worked out with local retiree fitness groups—all in the name of journalism.   

Samantha has also written for Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore magazine, where she reported on food and nightlife news as an intern in college. She started her writing career as an editorial intern at the now-folded Chesapeake Home + Living magazine, where she did everything from blogging and curating Pinterest boards to choosing stylish dog beds for a holiday gift guide, steaming clothes for photo shoots, and dressing models on set. 

Education

Samantha attended Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication/Media Studies—Journalism and a minor in English Literature. During her time at Towson, she spent a semester as an exchange student at Leeds Beckett University in Leeds, England, where she studied digital journalism. 

Accolades

  • Samantha was quoted by Lulus blog about planning a wedding in 2021 and outdoor wedding tips
  • Samantha was quoted on TODAY.com discussing tips for hosting a small wedding
  • Samantha was quoted by STYLECASTER in an article about wedding dress trends
  • Samantha was quoted in an article on PopSugar about 2021 wedding trends
  • Samantha was quoted in an article on Who What Wear about shoe mistakes to avoid on your wedding day
  • Samantha was quoted as an expert on engagement ring trends in an article by Real Simple
  • Samantha contributed to an article about wedding planning do’s and don’ts for Parade

WeddingWire Q&A with Samantha

What is your ideal wedding style?

Flowers. Flowers everywhere, specifically garden roses, because they’re my favorite and looking at them brings me so much joy. My ideal wedding style is a combination of Old World romance balanced with a touch of elegant bohemian—mismatched chinoiserie, brass candlesticks, big wooden farmhouse tables. And couples’ portraits during golden hour will be non-negotiable.   

Dream honeymoon location?

When I studied abroad, I fell in love with the English countryside (and still dream about it almost daily). It’s so picturesque, and the tiny villages and hamlets across the country are almost too charming. If not England, I’d go to southern Italy where I have family roots and spend the honeymoon drinking wine and eating pizza every day. 

What would be your first dance song?

“Oh What A World” by Kasey Musgraves 

Favorite celebrity wedding look?

There are a lot. Currently, I'm loving the dress that actress Ashley Greene wore for her wedding ceremony in 2018—it's a gorgeous fitted gown by Katie May with a scoop cowl neckline, plunging back, and just a hint of lace. I think it's the perfect combination of sexy and classy.   

Articles published by Samantha Iacia

Wedding Flowers 13 Wedding Flowers That Are Always in Season

Seasonality can sometimes impact the cost and look of your wedding flowers, but luckily, there are plenty of gorgeous year-round flowers that are always easy to source.

Wedding Songs & Music 43 Wedding Prelude Songs to Kickstart Your Ceremony

Greet your guests with a soundtrack of wedding prelude songs as they begin arriving to your ceremony. Here are some of the best tunes to set the mood for your I do's.

Bridal & Wedding Showers How to Plan and Host a Bridal Shower From Beginning to End

Not sure where to begin when it comes to bridal shower planning? Here's how to throw a memorable party for the bride, including a sample bridal shower timeline, choosing a theme, and keeping track of gifts.

Wedding Songs & Music 34 Wedding Cake Cutting Songs to Sweeten the Moment

Dessert is going to be a main highlight of your wedding day. Make the tradition even more memorable with one of these fun wedding cake cutting songs!

Planning Basics The Best TV Shows to Watch While Wedding Planning (Or When You Need a Break)

Need some background noise as you’re compiling your guest list or researching wedding venues? Here are the best wedding TV shows to binge watch and stream online.

Photography & Video What's a Bridal Boudoir Session—and Why Should You Consider Doing One?

Scheduling this intimate photo shoot before your special day is a sexy surprise for your partner, but it's also an incredible confidence boost.

Wedding Decor 21 Romantic Wedding Theme Ideas for a Storybook-Inspired Day

Your wedding day is going to be filled with swoon-worthy moments no matter what, but these romantic wedding theme ideas will truly make it feel like your very own fairy tale.

Places to Celebrate 14 Las Vegas Wedding Chapels You Won't Find Anywhere Else

Need to get married on-the-go? Whether you've made a last-minute decision to say 'I do' or you're simply looking for a fun, unique experience, these Las Vegas wedding chapels are one of a kind.

Places to Celebrate 11 Rhode Island Wedding Venues That Are Classically New England

From nautical country clubs and glamorous mansions, to quaint farms and estates, these Rhode Island wedding venues showcase the best of the Ocean State.

Bride & Bridesmaids The Cutest Bridal Sunglasses to Wear for Your Bachelorette Party & Beyond

Your options for bride sunglasses and bachelorette party sunglasses are practically limitless. Get your sass on with these playful styles.

Wedding Decor 18 Types of Wedding Chairs to Add to Your Event Rental List

We're breaking down the most popular types of wedding chair rentals to help you find the best ideas for your style.

Favors 31 Unique Wedding Favor Ideas for Your Guests

Say goodbye to boring wedding favors that get left behind. Here are our favorite unique wedding favors options to wow your guests.

Planning Basics The Best Wedding Movies to Watch During a Planning Sesh

Tackling your to-do list for the big day? Here are the best wedding movies to watch if you're looking for some comedic relief or a sweet love story while you multitask.

Food & Beverage 16 Trendy Wedding Drink Ideas to Add to Your Pinterest Board

Cocktails and beverages are an essential part of your special day, so why not have fun with them? Here are 15 wedding drink ideas that are clever and cute.

Wedding Reception 18 Late-Night Wedding Snacks to Keep the Party Going

Fuel your guests on the dance floor (and surprise them with one final treat) with these wedding finger food ideas and late-night snacks.

Wedding Flowers 20 Wedding Boutonniere Ideas for Any Dress Code

Boutonnieres may be small, but they can make a big statement on your wedding day. Use these wedding boutonniere ideas as inspiration for your own.