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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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How to Choose a Bridal Gown for a Destination Wedding

On any other trip to the Bahamas, you'd be packing some shorts, a bikini and your favorite flip-flops. But when you're headed to an exotic destination to exchange vows, you've got to pack a bridal gown.

Why do some couples take a belated honeymoon?

For the busy bride who hasn't had a moment or a cent to devote to her honeymoon, putting off the trip is one solution that's becoming more popular these days. French Polynesia will wait for you, but can you wait for it?

What should guests wear to a destination wedding?

Dressing for a traditional wedding is pretty straightforward: suits and ties for men, cocktail-length dresses and skirts for women. But when the venue is a beach or 14th-century Italian church, what are the rules?

How to Choose the Best Wedding Reception Site for Your Personality

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!

Ultimate Guide to Alternative Wedding Registries

Every bride has a personal style, and the wedding registries you choose should reflect your tastes as well as your future plans and wishes. And times are changing, so register away to satisfy your unique tastes.

DIY Wedding Bouquets

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.

What are the maid of honor's duties?

Weddings are hard work, and it falls to the maid of honor to help handle some important details. She's the go-to person for the bride when it comes to guidance, a fresh perspective and, well, some of the heavy lifting.

10 Centerpieces You Can Make Yourself

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.

Getting Married Abroad

Your dream wedding may involve a trip to an exotic locale, but what complications lie in store? Smooth your path to an international wedding with these tips.

Wedding Catering Tips

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

Working with Wedding Caterers: Catering to Your Tastes

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?

Working with Wedding Florists: Make Your Wedding Bloomin' Gorgeous

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

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

Interethnic Weddings: Love in the Melting Pot

Interethnic weddings can be full of surprises. How do successful couples manage differences in location, language and other challenges?

Japanese Weddings

Today's Japanese couples enjoy weaving together their favorite rituals from ancient Japan and modern Western culture to create an unforgettable wedding day.

Moroccan Weddings

Every bride is beautiful on her wedding day, but in Morocco, she gets to be a queen, too! And who wouldn't like a week-long wedding feast?

Thai Weddings

Over the years, Thai weddings have borrowed traditions from a variety of cultures and ethnicities. And unlike Western weddings, the groom is the focus here.

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?

10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Planner

Some brides love all the considerations and decisions that go into planning a wedding -- others can't stand it. You can hire a wedding planner to streamline the process, and you can use our 10 tips to streamline the process of hiring a planner!

5 Wedding Planning Tips for the Summer Bride

A summertime wedding, complete with a gorgeous dress, a warm breeze blowing and lush foliage serving as the backdrop, can be an affair to remember. Just don't invite mosquitoes, sunburn or perspiration to your party.

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.

10 Great Wedding Themes

Choosing a theme isn't exactly a piece of (wedding) cake, so we've put together a list of 10 creative motifs to inspire you, whether your aesthetic leans toward a trendy city ceremony or geeked-out vows on the deck of the Starship Enterprise.

10 Classic Engagement Ring Styles

Nothing says true love quite like a big, sparkly diamond. You need the perfect ring to represent your commitment -- and your personal sense of style. Grooms and brides-to-be, take note: These settings and stones are timeless!

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