It's true what they say: a picture really is worth a thousand words. And we'd personally hate for you to miss out on capturing a single magical moment on the biggest day of your life. So bookmark this page (or grab a pen and pencil, old school brides), and be sure to jot down these must-have image ideas to add to your wedding photo shot list.
Jessica Vince met Byron Bedford during their third year studying at Royal Holloway University of London in 2005. A decade later, Byron pulled off an epic surprise proposal. While Jessica was in Paris for Fashion Week in March 2015, he arranged for her colleague (who was actually in London the whole time) to make plans to meet Jessica at a stunning hotel.
Of course, the wedding was perfect but if you had it to do over, what one thing would you do differently? Twelve brides share their biggest regrets from their own wedding days. "The wedding was amazing. But while I had an amazing photographer, I didn't hire a professional videographer. So many wonderful moments were captured frozen in time, but there are no moving images.
Navigating family dynamics is rarely fun. But add a stepmother into the mix-even a loving, supportive, couldn't-fit-better-into-your-family one-and you could have a real headache on your hands when it comes to wedding planning. Why? Because you'll likely want to give a nod to both women at your wedding without offending the mother who birthed and raised you.
Recreational marijuana use has now been legalized in eleven states and Washington, D.C-and some wedding professionals in these places, and even in states where marijuana isn't legal yet, are making it known to their clients that they are вЂњcannabis-friendly,вЂќ meaning that they are comfortable either helping clients incorporate marijuana into decor and food, or just being around it if it's part of their client's lifestyle.
We love time-honored wedding traditions, including thoughtfully choosing wedding gifts for parents. Whether it's a sweet memento, a frame, or a more substantial gift to thank them for their contribution, they've done so much to get you this far, so it's important to honor them in some way! Presenting the gifts, however, is a little tricky - after all, your wedding day will likely have a very tight timeline.
On a bride's big day, all eyes are on her-er, at least, that's the idea. But one bride-to-be is worried that might not be the case at her upcoming wedding, all thanks to her future mother-in-law's outfit choice. In a now-deleted thread on Mumsnet-a popular U.K. advice site for parents-. вЂњPinkSlide1вЂќ vented about the off-white ensemble her fiancГ©'s mother had chosen for her upcoming ceremony.
If you've got your own gaggle of girlfriends you'd like beside you on your big day - or you simply can't stand his high-maintenance, jealous sibling - you might be stressing over whether you have to pop the question to his sister. "It's not uncommon to include the groom's sister in the wedding party - or to see the reverse, if a bride has a brother she wants to include," says Aviva Samuels, owner of Kiss the Planner in Delray Beach, Florida.
Almost 10 years to the day they first met, during a seven-day AIDS/LifeCycle charity bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Jackie Ganz married Matt Silverberg. What started as a long-distance East Coast/West Coast relationship became an engagement in Laguna Beach on Labor Day weekend during sunset, and it was made official before 191 friends and family who gathered at the romantically named Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California.
First introduced by mutual friends in January of 2007 at a club in London, Krystal Rodriguez and Mitchell Fern were friends for years before they started dating. But they eventually fell for one another and, on April 18, 2014, during a trip to Budapest, Mitchell proposed. вЂњFriends suspected he would, but I was sure he wasn't going to.
Matthew Miller had planned a picture-perfect proposal for Orly Friedman, his girlfriend of nearly two years. He selected San Francisco's Billy Goat Hill Park, where they had their first date; lined an area with votive candles; and even had friends stationed in bushes to snap photos and shoo away passersby.
There are plenty of weddings where only one family is represented. The truth is it's not unheard of for a bride or groom to not have a single family member present on their big day. Whatever the reason may be - death, illness, or family drama - it's important to prepare ahead of time to be sure you can enjoy your wedding day even without family present.
Even if you can't have your favorite celebrity's wedding dress, venue, or any other crazy over-the-top detail they had (we're looking at you, Kimye and George and Amal Clooney), you can certainly have their first-dance song! Though superstar couples seem to be unattainably cool and glamorous, some have had downright traditional tunes play during their weddings.
While a guest might go to a wedding hoping to meet someone, it's not usually too high on a wedding planner's radar. But in 2010, San Francisco wedding planner Stacy McCain had become close friends with her clients, and during their wedding, a guest of the couple told the planner that she had the perfect guy to set her up with.
After seven years together, Joceline Fu was certain she knew her anniversary with James Ng-until they went on a weekend getaway to Daylesford in Melbourne, Australia. "We went out for a nice dinner, and then when we got back to our hotel room, James surprised me with a custom book he'd made with pictures and stories from our relationship," Joceline recalls.
A year and a half after meeting at Janet Marsch's best friend's wedding, her then-boyfriend Richard Webb invited her to Austin for Valentine's weekend in February of 2015. вЂњI lived in Austin for the first year after we met, so it was so nice to go back together,вЂќ says Janet. As she and Richard wandered the streets, they found themselves in front of the famous вЂњI Love You So MuchвЂќ graffiti on the side of Jo's Coffee Shop on South Congress - and Richard got down on one knee.
Contracts, invoices, order forms, and delivery schedules are all designed to keep you and your vendors on the same page, and to make sure they deliver what you're expecting on your wedding day. They almost always work, but there's an off-chance things won't turn out the way you'd hoped. Didn't get what you paid for?
The night Brittany Peterson and Leif Dautch first met, they almost didn't. "We were at the same party in October of 2012 and caught each other's eye across the bar," Brittany remembers. "But neither of us got up the courage to introduce ourselves before the party ended." They parted ways, with Brittany celebrating a friend's birthday and Leif going to the movies.
Though Emma Fox and Bobby Boyle met and started dating in Washington, D.C., the couple seemed destined to have a California wedding. "We'd been together for five years when Bobby proposed at Lake Tahoe," Emma recalls. "We'd spent the whole day skiing, and he popped the question right on the Alpine Meadows slope.
There will inevitably come a time when you and your partner will need to sit down and trim the guest list. You have to draw the line somewhere, but when it comes to co-workers, is it acceptable to invite them only and not their spouses or plus-ones? Or would that be considered impolite? Our in-house wedding etiquette expert is here to weigh your options to ensure that you handle this potentially sticky situation like a pro.
A wedding-planning to-do list can seem a mile long sometimes, and the last thing a busy bride wants to do is add to it. But keeping on top of your finances as tax season approaches is incredibly important, for both your wedding budget and your post-wedding financial plans. So why should you add "Talk about our taxes" to all of the other tasks you need to accomplish before your wedding day rolls around?