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Weddings

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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10 Strange and Unique Wedding Cakes

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.

Ultimate Guide to Fake Wedding Cakes

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."

5 Wedding Planning Tips for the Type A Bride

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.

10 Alternatives to Wedding Cake

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.

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.

Do you need a calligrapher for your wedding invitations?

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.

10 Picture-Perfect Wedding Poses and Candids

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?

How to Choose the Best Bridal Bouquet for Your Personality

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.

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Wedding Florist

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.

10 Popular Wedding Floral Trends

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!

10 Eco-friendly Floral Arrangements

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.

Wedding Videography 101

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?

Wedding Gown Pictures

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.

Bridal Hair Accessories

From flowers to tiaras, bridal hair accessories have become a popular trend. Create a classic, modern or laid back look that enhances your bridal beauty. Check out these pictures of bridal hair accessories.

Bridal Veil Pictures

Did you know that veils were originally a symbolic reference to the bride's virginity? These days wedding veils vary in length, shape and material. In our gallery, view bridal veils and discover which one is best for you!

Honeymoon Destination Pictures

You've said your vows and entertained guests at the reception -- now you finally get the chance to spend some time with your new spouse. Browse these pictures of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world.

10 Gifts That Should Be On Your Wedding Registry

Your wedding registry is an expression of your needs and hopes for the future -- as far as presents go anyway. When it comes right down to it, though, the gifts you have in mind should be as practical as they are poetic.

10 Unexpected Wedding Expenses

First comes love, then comes marriage, and then comes the bill before the baby carriage. Weddings are a lot of great things, but cheap isn't one of them. Even a budget wedding can get out of hand due to costs you didn't anticipate.

5 Makeup Tips for Every Wedding

Your white wedding gown gives you plenty of leeway to play with the palette for your makeup. Whether you're going subtle for daytime or dramatic for evening, we'll guide you through the primping process.

10 Biggest Wedding Expenses

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".

10 Gift Ideas for Your Maid of Honor

Your maid of honor does everything from helping address invitations to holding your bouquet while you exchange rings and vows. She's also spending some serious money to serve as your honor attendant, so acknowledge her accordingly.

10 Signs You're Turning into Bridezilla

What's white and sequined and full of wrath? Bridezilla, of course! You want to be a blushing bride, not one that's flushed red with rage. Here are 10 indicators you're crossing that line, lady.

10 Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding

Planning a wedding in the Caribbean involves more than picking out rum and tropical flowers. You'll need the site permits, blood tests and a rain plan. Here are 10 tips for the would-be destination bride.

10 Wedding Reception Rituals We Wish Would Die Already

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.

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