Planning Basics

While your engagement is sure to be a fun and exciting time, there’s some work involved, too. We’re here to help make the wedding planning process as stress-free as possible, and provide loads of helpful advice. Whether you’re setting your budget, choosing a venue, or learning about the latest wedding trends, you’ll find everything you need to know about wedding planning right here.

Planning Basics

Your 3-Month Wedding Planning Timeline

If you're planning a wedding in 3 months, here's an all-encompassing timeline for couples to make sure you check all the boxes.

By Kim Forrest, April 14, 2021

Marriage Proposals

15 Things NOT to Say Right After Getting Engaged

Remember, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all. Here are some foot-in-mouth phrases to avoid.

By Alex Reardon, April 12, 2021

Marriage Proposals

7 Relationship Milestones That Should Happen Before You Get Engaged

Think you're ready to get engaged? Check out these relationship milestones that should occur before the question is popped.

By Jenn Sinrich, April 12, 2021

Wedding Registry

9 Things NOT to Include in Your Wedding Registry

Avoid these wedding registry etiquette snafus to ensure your guests can easily find and purchase the gifts you actually want.

By Kim Forrest, April 12, 2021

Budget

Looking to Save on Your Wedding? Try These Practical, Planner-Backed Ideas

Yes, you can still have a unique wedding and not completely overspend. These wedding ideas on a budget come straight from expert planners.

By Jenn Sinrich, April 8, 2021

Marriage Proposals

What is Engagement Season? Here's How to Prepare

What's the deal with engagement season? Here's everything you need to know about this important time of year—and how to prepare.

By Jacqueline Tynes, April 1, 2021

Planning Basics

The 18 Planning Questions I ALWAYS Get Asked, From a Wedding Editor

I've been writing about weddings for over a decade, and get asked a LOT of questions. Here are a few of the most-asked queries, and exactly how I answer them.

By Kim Forrest, March 31, 2021

Planning Basics

“I Just Wanted My Wedding Vendors to Like Me, and Here's Why It Backfired”

One bride's effort to please her pros ended up causing disappointment for both herself and her wedding vendors—here's how to avoid the same mistake.

By Lauren Levy, March 29, 2021

Budget

This is How Much a Wedding Actually Costs

Yes, COVID had an impact on 2020’s average cost of a wedding—but it’s likely a very short-lived change.

By Kim Forrest, March 19, 2021

Planning Basics

The Surprising Way Your Zodiac Sign Can Help You Pick a Lucky Wedding Date

Did you know picking your wedding date can be tied to astrology? Here's how your zodiac sign can help you find the perfect day to say "I do."

By Sarah Hanlon, March 11, 2021

Planning Basics

7 Ways to Be the Couple Wedding Vendors Want to Work With

Looking for a few ways to stand out in the crowd when reaching out to wedding vendors? We’re here to help!

By Stephanie Weers, March 10, 2021

Planning Basics

8 Ways to Effectively Communicate With Wedding Vendors

To make your wedding planning process as smooth as possible, make sure you know how to talk with your vendors.

By Kim Forrest, March 9, 2021

Planning Basics

How to Hire Your Wedding Vendor Team Online

Yes, it’s okay to start planning your wedding despite the current circumstances. Here’s how to choose wedding vendors without actually meeting in person.

By Kim Forrest, March 8, 2021

Marriage Proposals

The Most Popular Days to Get Engaged in 2020 Are Unlike Any Other Year

Surprise! Christmas Day was NOT the most popular day to get engaged in 2020. Find out which date took the top spot. Hint: It’s not in December.

By Kim Forrest, March 5, 2021

Planning Basics

How Vendors are Taking In-Person Wedding Planning Tasks Online

Turns out you can check a lot off your wedding-planning checklist while safe at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s how wedding vendors are creatively helping couples stay on track.

By Stephanie Weers, March 5, 2021

Planning Basics

15 Female-Owned Wedding Brands to Support During Women’s History Month

From venues to stationery, fashion, and more, these female-owned brands are worth checking out this month (and every month, for that matter).

By Lindsay Tigar, March 3, 2021