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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Every mother of the bride is naturally beautiful, but everyone can use a makeover every now and again. Your upcoming wedding is a prime opportunity for such a style overhaul!

By Alia Hoyt

Wedding shoes are an important part of your big day -- even if no one sees them under your dress. We'll tell you how to find the perfect pair.

By Sara Elliott

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.

By Jessica Willis

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If you know your way around a kitchen, then you may be ready to bake your own wedding cake -- if you're brave enough, that is.

By Emilie Sennebogen

On your wedding day, not only do you want the perfect dress, shoes and accessories but you want the perfect hairstyle, too! If you're having a summer wedding, you'll need some special tactics to keep your mane under control.

By Jessica Willis

On your wedding day, everything needs to be perfect, including the flowers.

By Jessica Willis

Your friend asked you to be a bridesmaid, but you feel more like a bridesmatron. Should women of a certain age take a pass on this wedding custom?

By Jill Jaracz

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As you decide who will participate in your wedding, you may wonder, "Is there an age requirement to be a bridesmaid?" The answer is kinda/sorta.

By Ellen Stockstill

All-inclusive resorts let you pay one price for lodging, meals and other amenities. After a stressful wedding, wouldn't it be nice to leave the honeymoon details to someone else?

By Jill Becker

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.

By Sara Elliott

As the song says, "Here comes the bride, all dressed in white." But why? Sure, there's a tradition attached to it as with so many other wedding customs. Sometimes, however, traditions were made to be broken.

By Jeff Harder

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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.

By Echo Surina

What makes a respectable wedding guest turn into a detail-obsessed critic the moment a bride takes her walk down the aisle? We attempt to uncover the real reason why we judge our friends' nuptials.

By Natalie Kilgore

Wedding crashers aren't just a figment of Hollywood's imagination. Chances are you or someone you know has witnessed a crashed wedding firsthand. Learn more about who these bold people are and why they do it!

By Alia Hoyt

Even if you're never a bride yourself, you can absolutely count on being a bridesmaid. These days, that role can be expensive. We'll try to prepare you and your purse.

By Chris Obenschain

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

By Natalie Kilgore

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.

By Natalie Kilgore

A girl can only take so many string quartets and watered-down versions of "Love Lifts Us up Where We Belong." That's why we've put together a list of ceremony-ready songs that will add a touch of sophistication and whimsy to your service, whether you're into metal or country.

By Natalie Kilgore

Everyone will be looking at the bride on her wedding day, but don't think your fashion faux pas will go unnoticed. Unless you're attending a hip, non-traditional wedding, you probably want to avoid nuptial notoriety!

By Chris Obenschain

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Manscaping before matrimony? Yes, please! Who wants to pucker up to a groom with prickly whiskers? Get your groom's grooming under control, and he'll look more handsome than ever in wedding photos. And he might even enjoy the pampering!

By Alia Hoyt

Dad, this is a proud day for you. You're giving away your daughter, or you're watching your son start his own family. Obviously, your usual dad duds won't cut it. We'll bring you up to speed on wedding attire so you can make a civilized statement at the big event!

By Chris Obenschain

Are brides programmed to dislike the MOG? Sometimes it seems that way. You've been pitted against each other in movies, and you've had a real face-off in the bridal salon. But it's not over for the two of you -- you're in this for life!

By Echo Surina

According to wedding lore, the mother of the groom just has to show up, wear beige and be silent. You can build a better relationship with your future mother-in-law by getting her involved with the wedding -- here's how!

By Natalie Kilgore

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A wedding invitation just arrived in the mail with that dreaded bit of cursive at the bottom: "Black tie optional." Obviously, this is going to be a formal affair. Should you dress your guy in his best suit, or does he need to sport a tux?

By Alia Hoyt

Bride veterans love dishing about their honeymoons. For every bride who got the perfect golden tan and learned to snorkel in crystal-clear Caribbean waters, there's a bride who has a horror story. These cautionary tales will make you laugh, cringe and take heed.

By Echo Surina