Wedding Planning

If only weddings would plan themselves! Stay organized with these tips on everything from flowers and toasts to cakes and stationery.

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It's your first dance together as husband and wife, so what song should you dance to? You can't go wrong with a tune from this list.

By Sara Elliott

He was the man in your life for the first 18 years, so be sure to honor Dad on your wedding day. Whether you want to share a laugh while you're spinning around the dance floor, or cry on Daddy's shoulder to a sentimental ballad, we've got a song for you.

By Bambi Turner

The stationer priced out your invitations at $6 apiece -- and your guest list totals 150. That's a lot of money to spend on a piece of paper that most people will throw away! With a little legwork and creativity, you can put together a more meaningful invite that will cost far less.

By Bambi Turner

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Weddings can cost a fortune -- but they don't have to. Use this list to figure out which wedding basics you need and which ones you can pass on.

By Jessika Toothman

Wedding guests always remember the cake. Was it dry? Was it worth eating two slices? Your cake will reign supreme at the reception if it's a wacky color, an unusual flavor or a one-of-a-kind shape. Here's where to start.

By Chris Obenschain

If you can't see forking over $5,000 for a wedding cake, you might be happier with a fake one. In the wedding industry, "fake" isn't a dirty word: It's code for "less expensive."

By Chris Obenschain

Type A brides, rejoice! All your organizational neuroses can make wedding planning a breeze. Just follow our tips to ensure that you get things ticked off your list without ticking off your bridal party.

By Alia Hoyt

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Your dress is couture, your bouquet is one-of-a-kind, and your venue is completely original. Of course you're not going to have a boring white wedding cake. Your guests will go gaga for these sweet treats.

By Alia Hoyt & Gallagher Flinn

Calligraphy is an ancient handwritten art form that maintains a firm foothold in the world of weddings. With a renewed appreciation forCraftsmanship coming in vogue, mass-produced is out and artisan is in.

By Emilie Sennebogen

With an event as important as your wedding, there are certain images you want to capture to remember the moment. What classic photos do you need to complete your album?

By Stephanie Crawford

Choosing a bouquet can make you feel a lot like Goldilocks. That one's too big, this one's too stubby, and that one is generic. We'll help you pick one with plenty of significance that's the perfect style and shape.

By Chris Obenschain

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Only a florist can transform that blah ballroom into a lush tropical paradise. So how do you weed out the amateurs from the experts? Start with our list of recommendations.

By Gallagher Flinn

Chic brides keep up with all the wedding trends, from dresses and cakes to music and color schemes. And while flowers may seem timeless, blooms change with the tides, too. Stay savvy, ladies!

By Chris Obenschain

How sweet it is to see a bride burying her face in a lush bouquet! That is, unless her flowers are laced with pesticides or were flown in on a gas-guzzling jet. Chosen wisely, your wedding flowers can win Mother Earth's approval.

By Alia Hoyt

A wedding only lasts a few hours, but this short-lived occasion produces a lifetime of joyful memories. And what better way to preserve these memories than in moving pictures? What should you know about your videographer?

By Emilie Sennebogen

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Each bride requires a different type of dress. An empire-waist gown will draw the eyes up. A drop-waist gown is for the bold and slender bride who wishes to make a dramatic statement with a stunning silhouette. Discover which gown is best for you.

The wedding industry capitalizes on sentiment, tradition and trends. The bride who buys into the idea that her wedding is the most special day of her life will spend more than $30,000 on her nuptials. These big-ticket items eat up a budget faster than she can say "I do".

By Bambi Turner

We like sipping champagne, eating cake and flirting a little at receptions. But we're tired of dancing the Macarena. That -- and a few other traditions -- need to go away.

By Gallagher Flinn

Your love is anything but ordinary, so why would you celebrate your union in a dingy hotel reception hall? Let your tastes and interests shine through in a unique venue that will delight your guests!

By Chris Obenschain

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Flowers can be a magical element in a wedding, but they can also break the bank. Not to worry, though. There are some tricks around this expense.

By Sara Elliott

If you want to dress up a table, making an eye-catching centerpiece is one of the best ways to do it. And you don't have to be a professional florist to make it look pretty and polished.

By Sara Elliott

An important celebration deserves a fine feast. How can you make sure all those hungry guests get fed?

Love may makes the world go round, but budget dictates much of a wedding's details. How can you and your wedding caterer work well together within the budget's constraints?

By Martha Barksdale

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The easiest way to end up with spectacular wedding flowers is to have a give-and-take relationship with the florist you choose. How can you balance what you want with what's in season and what's in your budget?

Greek weddings differ throughout Greece, but the Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony has remained largely unchanged throughout the centuries.

By Lisa R. Van Wagner