Here comes the bride, all dressed in...whatever she wants! The HowStuffWorks guide is dedicated to helping you make that special day reflect your (and your spouse-to-be's) personality. From rings to roses and dresses to first dances we've got it all.

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Elopement: First Choice or Last Resort?

There's something romantic about running off with your beloved and getting married. On the other hand, you might incur the wrath of family and friends for leaving them out of this joyous event. When is elopement right and when is it wrong?

Are Destination Weddings Presumptuous?

Nearly a quarter of all American weddings take place at locations far away from where the couple lives. Couples may love them, but guests? Maybe not so much.

The Debaucherous History of Bachelor Parties

These testosterone-filled parties date back to the time of the Spartans if you can believe it.

Wacky Wedding Traditions Quiz

Some wedding traditions are lovely and others don't make much sense — their original purpose is lost in the mist of time. Test your knowledge of wedding traditions here!

5 Times Americans Have Become Royalty

Education and money go a long way, but it takes marriage to become a royal. Here are five times Americans have married into royal families.

Going Micro: Tiny Weddings on the Rise

Wedding guest lists are getting smaller — and not just because weddings are getting more expensive. Brides and grooms have different expectations for weddings.

What's the Deal With Smashing the Wedding Cake?

Some couples love it, others hate it. Where did this bridal custom come from and why is it in decline?

How has the Internet changed the wedding industry?

The marriage of the Internet and the wedding industry has been a match made in heaven — you can plan your entire wedding without leaving your couch.

Unique and Unexpected Bridal Style Photos

Take a look at this photo album to see all of our style suggestions for the unique and unexpected style bride!

Makeup Guide for the Mature Bride

Every bride wants to look stunning on their wedding day. Mature brides, women aged 40 and up, may need some extra attention when it comes to applying flawless yet age-appropriate makeup.

Formal Makeup Looks for Nighttime Nuptials

If you think you can wear the same makeup to your nighttime nuptials as you would to work, think again. Here are some makeup ideas for night weddings.

Should you shave your eyebrows before your wedding?

Shaving your eyebrows before the wedding sounds insane, but it may actually be safer than waxing or threading. Is this a good idea right before your vows?

Beauty Boot Camp for Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids know they're there to help out the bride, but bridesmaids have a few things on their to-do lists as well. One of the most important is looking good on the big day. Here's a guide to get you on track.

Should you really splurge on a wedding hair trial?

Another unforeseen wedding expense? Find out why you really should have a hair trial – and why this might not cost you anything extra.

Let Beauty Bond the Bridal Party – Our Best Tips!

Find out how shared beauty rituals can bring your bridal party closer together and how to balance the cost.

No Such Thing as the Au Naturel Bride

It's tough to look radiant on your wedding day if you're hiding behind a thick mask of makeup. Of course, going au naturel doesn't mean skipping the makeup altogether; instead, use just enough to create a photo-ready look.

A wig on your wedding day?

One of the easiest ways to ensure picture-perfect hair on your wedding day is to wear a picture-perfect wig. But should you go with synthetic or human hair?

Bridal Beauty Timeline: 12 Months to Shiny, Healthy Hair

Lovely wedding-day locks can't be achieved in one day. It'll take a year of pampering to make your hair look its absolute best!

Hair Extensions to Elevate Your Bridal Look

Need some height for your wedding day 'do? Consider hair extensions. They can add volume and length to your locks.

Fake vs. For Real: The Bridal Lash Debate

True or False? What's it going to be on your wedding day? We're talking about eyelashes, of course!

Bridal Beauty Timeline: 12 Months to the Wedding Body You Want

You've got the groom-to-be and the bridal magazines. The hot bod? Hmm...not so much. Learn how to get the best possible wedding body in 12 months or less.

Wax WHAT Before My Wedding?!

The weeks leading up to a bride's big day are bustling with details, from seating arrangements to hairstyle run-throughs, and one other essential element: hot-wax hair removal.

Do your bridesmaids need matching hairstyles?

Matching hair for bridesmaids? Back in the day, the answer to this question would have been "of course!" But times, they are a-changin.'

A Bride's Guide to Taking Down Her Wedding Updo

It was a good thing your updo stayed put all day, but now that you're facing a small army of bobby pins and hair products, you'll need a plan of attack.