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The Debaucherous History of Bachelor Parties

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

The Bridesmaid's Guide to Planning a Wedding Shower

Planning a wedding shower is never easy, especially when you're a bridesmaid. You've already got a lot on your wedding plate, but don't worry, we'll help you plan the ultimate party without taking too much extra time away from your busy schedule.

Should you expect a proposal on Valentine's Day?

Valentine's Day is a day of romance and sweet gestures, so what better day to propose? Here's how to tell a proposal is in the works for you this year.

10 Blinged-out Celeb Brides

Celebrities are beautiful and rich, but sometimes they can be, well, tacky. In this article, find out which celeb brides are all about the flash.

10 Summer Proposals That'll Make You Melt

There's a reason that Danny and Sandy sang about summer lovin' -- it's a magical time of year! Make this a summer to remember by popping the question. We've got 10 proposal stories that are sweeter than ice cream.

Your Quick and Painless Guide to Planning the Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner is the kickoff to a full weekend of wedding festivities. And as the mother of the groom, your role is to plan it! Consider this your cheat sheet to hosting a memorable, streamlined event for the happy couple.

Fit for a Princess's Finger

The princess-cut diamond is a popular contemporary shape for engagement rings and other diamond accessories. You'll recognize the princess-cut diamond by its tidy, square shape, which sparkles on and flatters any hand.

Wedding Announcements 101

Thanks to Facebook, you can change your relationship status and instantly notify the world that you're getting married. So why would you want to print an announcement in the newspaper?

Should you invite your mom to your bachelorette party?

You don't want your mom to feel like an outsider in the days leading up to your wedding, but are you courting disaster by inviting her to your bachelorette party? We'll guide you through this sometimes tricky decision-making process.

10 Fun Things You Have to Do During Your Engagement

You've been envisioning an elegant bridal updo, but that's assuming you have any hair left when the big day is finally here. Every bride needs to have a little fun and make the most of her engagement. Here are 10 ideas for blowing off some steam.

Who hosts the engagement party?

The bride foots the bill for her attendants' gifts. The maid of honor picks up the tab for the bachelorette party. But who pays for the engagement party -- and do you have to have one?

Your Ultimate Guide to Buying an Engagement Ring

Buying an engagement ring is like buying a car. You've got to trust the seller. You've got to understand the basic components. And you've got to know what make and model will carry her from the office to the tennis courts. We can help with the big picture.

Should you have a couple's shower?

Bridal showers can be stale, stuffy occasions where you rub elbows with your mom's friends. But what if you throw some sliders, beer and the groom into the mix? Modern brides are experimenting with couple's showers -- are you game?

Diamond Engagement Ring Pictures

When it comes to engagement rings, there are infinite combinations to choose from. Looking at pictures of rings can give you ideas for the rock you'd like to buy. See pictures of diamond engagement rings.

10 Original Themes for Your Bachelorette Party

Fishbowl margaritas and skanky lingerie: They're not for every bride. If she's more uptown than downtown or more tomboy than girly, the typical bachelorette party just won't do. Here are our 10 picks for a good time.

10 Fun Bridal Shower Games

If the party guests range from the bride's little sister to the groom's great-grandmother, a good hostess knows she needs something to break the ice and get people mingling. In many party scenarios, games are the answer.

How to Throw an Engagement Party on a Budget

Ever wonder why it's customary to buy a hostess gift? It's because the hostess breaks her back -- and the bank -- to put on a fabulous shindig! But you don't have to spend much to throw a memorable engagement party.

How to Design Your Own Engagement Ring

No one wants a cookie-cutter engagement ring, so think outside the little blue box. Pick your stone, metal and inspiration, and you're halfway to a custom-designed ring. Here's what you need to know.

Can I afford a wedding ring?

A wedding ring symbolizes the strength of your bond with your new spouse. But it's also a piece of jewelry you'll look at, live with and wear day in, day out. Can you afford a band you'll love?

10 Sentiments to Engrave on Your Wedding Ring

Engraving special sentiments inside wedding rings has become a popular and fun tradition for many couples. Not only can it be a special surprise for both parties on your wedding day, it's something that you'll cherish for years to come.

10 Popular Wedding Ring Styles for Men

Just like with women and their wedding rings, what a man wears makes a statement. As men's styles become more fashion forward, there are many options on the market now than ever before.

10 Wackiest Wedding Themes

Many couples want to have the kind of wedding their guests won't forget, but some run with the idea more than others. How have some couples taken "unforgettable" to another level in their wedding themes?

10 Fresh Color Combinations for Summer Wedding Decor

Your colors are one of the more important aspects of how you plan your whole wedding day. From dresses to flowers, from linens to place cards, the colors you choose will set the tone for the entire event.

10 Classy Wedding Shower Ideas

Unlike friends-only bachelorette parties, bridal showers include mothers-in-law of all shapes and sizes. A gift of lingerie could send a guest into paroxysms. How do you plan a shower that's fun for everyone?

Balloon Design 101

Colorful, helium- or air-filled balloons will add a little levity to any wedding ceremony or reception. Wrangled into fantastical shapes and architectural elements by the experts, balloon design is a trend worth researching.


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