Wedding Planning Tips

Sometimes a few tips from a pro are all you need to get back on the right track. Get your wedding planning organized with the advice in these articles.


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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!

Always the Bridesmaid ... for Hire?

No bridesmaid? No problem. You can just hire one.

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.

Big Wedding Blunders

Avoid these wedding blunders to come across as the cool, confident bride you really are!

Wedding Withdrawal: How can you cope after your big day?

Now that you're married, do you miss wearing white so much it's making you blue? Does the absence of the day-to-day stress of planning a wedding make you want to crawl back in bed? If so, you probably have a serious case of wedding withdrawal.

10 Rules Every Bridesmaid Should Follow

Being a bridesmaid is an honor, but it's also a tactical support function that requires some very practical behavior on your part.

Finding the Right Season for Your Bridal Style

There are four amazing seasons in a year, and celebrating the one that resonates with you can help you choose your wedding's theme, color scheme, food and more. We'll help you decide if you're a warm-weather or cool-weather bride!

10 Completely Awful (and Anonymous) Bridesmaid Tales of Woe

Despite the lengthy, detailed planning that goes into a wedding, sometimes there are missteps, mishaps -- even major disasters.

Why Your Wedding Officiant Matters

Orchids or lilies? Carving station or sushi chef? You've given a lot of thought to your wedding, but have you considered the details of your ceremony? The person who pronounces you husband and wife can have a big impact on your vows.

10 Stay-cool Tips for Summer Brides

It's the hottest season -- literally and figuratively! The thermometer reads 98 degrees, and you plan to wow your guests with your slinky gown and luau-themed rehearsal dinner. But you'll have to stave off heat-induced grouchiness, too. Here's how.

10 DIY Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

We've all got a trinket or two from a wedding that we can't bring ourselves to throw away. Wouldn't you love to give your guests favors that they'll actually put to good use? Here are 10 edible and beautiful tokens of appreciation.

To Have, Hold and Hyphenate: Your Married Name

You're attached to your guy, but you're also pretty attached to your name. There's no reason you can't have them both. Whether you take his name, keep yours or hyphenate them, you can express your married identity in a way that's comfortable for you.

What goes under your gown? A Blushing Bride's Foundation Tips

Whether your dress is impossibly slinky and silky, or it's a ball gown with a neck that plunges halfway down your sternum, you've got some undergarment challenges on your hands. These are the wedding day accessories no one talks about.

Photo Slideshow: Money Saving Tips

Discover some new and simple ways to save money on your wedding. Check out these expert wedding planning tips from event planners and savvy brides.

10 Best Wedding Movies of All Time

You're ready to walk the aisle, but sometimes the pressure of planning your big day can be too much. Relax. Take a breath. Pop some corn, pop in a DVD and hit the couch with your sweetie as we count down a handful of flicks to put you both at ease.

Do you need a wedding Web site?

Proper planning, organization and communication are vital for a flawless wedding. Enter the wedding Web site. We'll show you the roles it can play and help you decide whether you truly need one.

Save-the-Date Cards: Optional or Necessary?

For every two couples that send save-the-dates, there are two more who skip them. When the budget is tight already, do you really need to send an extra piece of paper that has to be addressed and stamped? We demystify the ultra-modern save-the-date card.

Your Complete Wedding Stationery Suite

Effective wedding planning means taking care of all your stationery needs in one sitting. Beyond invitations and programs, here are details about all the paper you need to purchase.

Why are wedding invitations so expensive?

Paper. It's commonplace in the form of a notebook, napkin or newspaper. But really nice paper -- like the kind you'll be using for your wedding invitations -- is pricy. And the ink isn't cheap, either.

The 5 Best Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner

Wedding planners can be a little eccentric. Opinionated. Expensive. So, why would you ask a virtual stranger to organize every detail of the most special day of your life? Here are five good reasons.

10 Things Your Wedding Planner Doesn't Want You to Know

It's the most special day of your life, and that's why you hired a wedding planner to coordinate every last details. But she's not going to see you down the aisle without keeping a few secrets. These are the things she'd rather you not know.

10 Completely Unique (and Totally You) Wedding Venues

Your wedding venue should be an expression of who you are and what you want to remember about the big day. We'll guide you through options that are unique, memorable and entertaining.

You know you're in the presence of a bridezilla when...

Unlike the boogeyman, the bridezilla is a very real -- and very terrifying -- creature, posing a threat to bridesmaids and grooms alike. How can you tell if you're in the presence of a bridezilla?

10 Tips for a Child-friendly Wedding

Kids bring a little levity and welcome whimsy to weddings. But the under-12 crowd won't be too excited about your prime rib carving station and string quartet. Here's what will make them (and their parents) happy.

You know you're a laid-back bride when ...

You are the original cool girl. And with your don't-worry-be-happy attitude, no one's worried about you turning into Bridezilla before the big day. Your style is beachy fresh -- the simpler, the better. HowStuffWorks toasts you, the laid-back bride!