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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Despite the lengthy, detailed planning that goes into a wedding, sometimes there are missteps, mishaps -- even major disasters.
The DJ can make or break your wedding reception. You don't want some obnoxious guy yelling for the single ladies to get on the dance floor, but you also don't want a shrinking violet who spins nothing but the '80s softest love ballads. We'll help you find the right DJ!
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.
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!
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!
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!
Got a fashion-conscious fiancÃƒÂ©? He might not be too crazy about resigning his groomsmen to basic black tuxes. And why should the bridesmaids get to have all the fun? Use color, textiles and unexpected accessories to outfit the XY side of the wedding party.
By Alia Hoyt
These weddings are the stuff of storybook legend. We're talking gorgeous gowns, towering cakes and, of course, plenty of romance. From the simplest affairs to the most elegant, our list of 16 iconic weddings will win you over -- and inspire you, too!
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
Every bride ends up with something she didn't register for. Maybe it's a bright red chip and dip set -- or sheets that fit a twin bed. Some brides luck out with extravagant-beyond-their-wildest-dreams gifts. Others get self-help books. You won't believe these presents!
Calling off a wedding is never easy, whether you nix plans six months before the big day or make your way down the aisle to find out your intended isn't there. Even if you're the one who said "I don't," you'll need some time to recover.
By Alia Hoyt
Is there anything more precious than a child in patent leather dress shoes or a teeny-tiny blazer? Kids would be perfect wedding guests if they were seen and not heard, but that's usually not the case. You won't believe the monstrous behavior we've witnessed.
Over time, those I-remember-it-like-it-was-yesterday memories of your wedding will fade. And you'll console yourself by looking at uninspired group shots of your bridal party? No, thanks! Get the best photog in town with our savvy interview questions.
By Alia Hoyt
Sometimes, with registry gun in hand, a bride becomes drunk with power, and shoots a margarita machine and a set of shrimp forks. What other gifts will she regret tagging with that gun?
By Debra Ronca
There's nothing sweeter than digging your toes in the sand and staring into your new hubby's eyes. But what about trading a tropical vacay for a cute cottage or spacious urban loft? Some couples are using the honeymoon fund for a down payment on a home.
Delivering the perfect wedding toast is no easy task. People get flustered and emotional on such a momentous occasion. We can excuse some muttering and nervous laughter, but we can't forgive any of these 10 toasting transgressions.