Some brides-to-be might find it hard to think beyond the intense planning that a wedding requires. But beyond the pomp and circumstance of the big day, it’s important to think ahead to mergers — not the corporate kind, but the merging of styles and décor to set up a home the bride and groom will both love.Forget Mars and Venus. Men are from the planet of mismatched furniture and floor coverings, while women accessorize their home with as much care and finesse as they do their wardrobes. Ideally, decorating a first home together begins with the furniture and accessories near and dear to both the bride and groom.But if a bride-to-be can’t live with her fiancé’s 1970s thrift store coffee table and orange bean bag chair, chances are he won’t be thrilled with her antique oak hope chest and ornately carved sleigh bed. Can these two conflicting schemes co-exist after the couple has crossed the threshold? Continue reading
There are a few big purchases in life that you really don’t want to mess up — a first house, a health care plan, a new car, and especially, the engagement ring for your loved one.According to The Knot, a popular wedding inspiration magazine and planning website, the decision is so important it takes consumers more than three months to find the perfect ring, and the average cost is $5,000.If you’re starting to sweat under the pressure, here’s a step-by-step guide to make your decision easier:
- Determine the Metal
* Platinum is a naturally white metal, meaning it will never fade, change color, or need to be re-dipped or re-plated.* White gold, on the other hand, is a created by adding an alloy mix to yellow gold. As the white color fades, the ring will need to be re-dipped a few times each year. Continue reading
Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.
Yes, for those wondering, if you’re planning on popping The Big Question — marriage, that is — a diamond engagement ring can also count as her Christmas or Hanukkah present. “If a guy’s gonna pop the question eventually, he might as well use the opportunity to avoid shopping for a holiday gift and kill two birds with — ahem — one stone,” the Washington Post declared.
And you won’t be alone: While 39 percent of all marriage proposals occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, what sane-thinking male wants to be the one who waited till February to give his girlfriend a ring she was expecting in December? Continue reading
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Some moments are simply too important to trust to a camera phone.
Your wedding will be one of the most memorable times of your life, and no one can capture it better than a professional photographer. So how do you find the right one? As you interview photographers, ask them these questions to help you determine if he or she is the right photographer for you.
- Do you have a portfolio I can review?
Reviewing sample work allows you to see the photographer’s style. Is it more formal or candid? Look for images you can see yourself in. Think of three words that describe you and share those with your photographer. Continue reading
We buy almost everything online, nowadays, from clothes to accessories, even groceries and electronics. That’s why some people are even browsing diamond rings online in hopes of finding the perfect engagement ring, at the perfect price.
So if you’re committed to ditching store hopping for online browsing, here are 6 things to know before you press the buy now button on an engagement ring you found online.
- Do Your Research
Just like you would for a brick and mortar store, be sure to do your research on the online store. Read reviews from past customers and search credible sources to find out more about them. Continue reading
When you’re engaged and jumping on the wedding planning train, advice will suddenly start to surround you. Every article you read online will be about wedding dos and don’ts and every friend and family member will try to feed you tips and tricks that they think you absolutely need to hear before it’s your turn to walk down the aisle. So when all of this advice is coming into your life, sometimes unwarranted, it’s important to recognize what advice is actually helpful and what advice should be, well, kicked to the curb. Want to know to spot terrible advice? Well, here are seven wedding planning tips you should 100% avoid. Continue reading
The couples on the show Married at First Sight have a lot of work to do to make their relationships succeed. Like, say, learning each other’s last names and whether or not they’re actually attracted to each other. As the title suggests, the participants agree to marry whomever a crew of relationship experts set them up, and at the end of six weeks of living together, they have to decide whether or not to stay together.
One of those relationship experts, Rachel DeAlto, doesn’t just advise married pairs with such extreme circumstances. In her career, she’s met, coached, and even hypnotized couples to help them work through their issues. With so many of those brutal conversations under her belt, she shares a few universal truths about what needs to be Marie Kondo-ed out of your marriage if it’s ever going to work.
“The biggest thing that I hear [in sessions] is tidiness, not having the same style of picking up after yourself or cleaning the house,” DeAlto says. Yes, there are couples out there who are dedicating therapy sessions to arguing about who takes out the trash! It sounds silly, but of course, having that fight regularly is truly frustrating. “The advice that stand out the most is the most cliched: don’t sweat the small stuff. That’s on point when it comes to marriage,” she says.
- GETTING ALONG WITH EVERY MEMBER OF EACH OTHER’S FAMILY
Yes, it can be painful to know that two of your favorite people on Earth, whom you love more than anything, would prefer not to hang out with each other. “This thing may seem big to you, but it doesn’t play out in the relationship in the long term,” DeAlto says. “It’s okay if they don’t get along.” You don’t need to force your husband and sister to be buddies-you just have to maintain your relationships with each of them, and let them be themselves.
- PAST RELATIONSHIP PAIN
The ghosts of relationship past have a way of hanging out in your marital home. “You need to let go of you past, period,” she says. “Get past expectations that your partner could be similar to an ex.” It’s easier said than done to move on from all those ugly times, which is why DeAlto is such a fan of hypnosis. “It’s a great way to work on getting past relationships, using a lot of visualizations on ways you can move forward.”
- FEAR OF WHAT MAY GO WRONG
Getting married means putting your full faith, finances, and future in another human being, which is a terrifying concept. A focus on past relationships might also mean that you’re terrified of your SO exhibiting traits of behaviors of your exes. “I see that getting in the way a lot, like you’ve been cheated on in the past and now you’re afraid your husband will do it,” DeAlto says. Talk out those fears with your partner to you can both identify when your anxieties are clouding your vision.
- SINGLE SELFISHNESS
Hey, it’s not a bad thing to be focused on yourself when you’re single. Who else is there to consider? “Let go of your selfishness-I say that in a loving way!” DeAlto laughs. “When you’re married, you have to start putting someone’s feeling along with yours. I’m not saying above yours, but along yours. In a marriage, you need to be more empathetic and compassionate than you’ve ever been.
- THE EARLIER VERSION OF YOURSELVES
When you first got together, you and your spouse were likely ultra affectionate, passionate, flirtacious, and that can naturally change as the years pile up. DeAlto is a fan of The Five Love Languages, the popular book that demonstrates the different categorical ways people experience and express their love for each other. “It’s a very simplified understanding of how to make someone feel loved. The problem with them is we use them as an excuse, like ‘He doesn’t get me,'” she explains. “It’s a tool to let someone else know, This is what i need.” If you want some of those early honeymoon-style dates, speak up.
- YOUR IDEA OF A PERFECT MARRIAGE
You might know a couple that seems to have your ideal marriage, but you’re not seeing every part of it all the time. “Understand that there’s an evolution of self that will continue forever,” DeAlto says. “Change isn’t bad as long as you’re changing together. Let go of the thought that things will be stagnant. Who wants to be stagnant?” Nobody.
Alright, who else is ready to go kiss their mate? See DeAlto in action on Married at First Sight, with a new episode this Tuesday night at 8:30pm ET/PT on FYI.
- YOU WENT ON VACATION TOGETHER AND EVERYTHING WENT WRONG
It’s very likely this was your first vacation together, so you probably wanted everything to be perfect but then oh, nope. Your hotel TV only had basic cable and the internet was spotty and you couldn’t figure out which gate you were supposed to be at because the airport kept changing it. If you were able to weather that without thinking about what your ex is up to right now because his Instagram makes it seem like he’s single now, you’re golden. Continue reading
20 WEDDING ETIQUETTE QUESTIONS, ANSWERED BY PROS
What should you do if you don’t want to be a bridesmaid? What if you RSVPed yes to a wedding, and now you can’t make it? As a bride, are you required to give everyone a plus-one? Do you have to send handwritten thank-you notes, and how long do you have to do it? Clearly, attending—and throwing—a wedding doesn’t come without a million and one questions, many of which can veer into sticky, awkward, potentially friendship-ruining territory.
We talked to two pros—international etiquette expert Sharon Schweitzer, author and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, and Michael Cerbelli, CEO and president of New York City wedding and event planning firm Cerbelli Creative, who worked on Billy Joel and Sir Paul McCartney’s weddings—to get their insight on the most fraught and sensitive wedding-related situations. Continue reading
7 THINGS THAT REALLY IMPRESS WEDDING GUESTS
Yes, your wedding may be all about you, but as any good host or hostess knows, if your guests aren’t having fun, well, neither are you. To create an event that has everyone up on their feet, moving, grooving and having the time of their lives, try incorporating a few of these crowd-pleasing elements and wedding planning ideas into your big day. Trust us; they’re guaranteed to not disappoint!
- THE ANNIVERSARY DANCE
Because who doesn’t love their shining moment in the spotlight? In case you weren’t aware, the anniversary dance is when the DJ invites all married couples out onto the dance floor, and as the song goes on, gradually dismisses people according to how many years they’ve been hitched until the longest married couple is left dancing, explains Florida Keys wedding planner Lynn D’Ascanio of D’Asigner Events. “Everyone sways like proud peacocks as the crowd looks on and the winners are congratulated with a big round of applause.” For brides who opt not to throw their bouquet, D’Ascanio says this is a fantastic opportunity to award it to the winning couple. Continue reading