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 Rules Every Bridesmaid Should Follow

Being a bridesmaid is an honor, but it's also a tactical support function that requires some very practical behavior on your part.

10 Most Uncomfortable Celebrity Wedding Dresses

Many of the gowns that land on the best-celebrity-wedding-dress lists just look uncomfortable. So what are some of the itchiest, heaviest and most ill-fitting choices that celeb brides have made in the name of fashion?

Finding the Right Season for Your Bridal Style

There are four amazing seasons in a year, and celebrating the one that resonates with you can help you choose your wedding's theme, color scheme, food and more. We'll help you decide if you're a warm-weather or cool-weather bride!

5 Easy DIY Wedding Hairstyles

Every woman wants to look perfect when she says "I do," but professional hairstyling often gets cut to keep the wedding budget in check. Here are our picks for elegant 'dos you can create by yourself and still be every bit the blushing bride.

10 Completely Awful (and Anonymous) Bridesmaid Tales of Woe

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

10 Summer Proposals That'll Make You Melt

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.

Why Your Wedding Officiant Matters

Orchids or lilies? Carving station or sushi chef? You've given a lot of thought to your wedding, but have you considered the details of your ceremony? The person who pronounces you husband and wife can have a big impact on your vows.

10 Dead Giveaways You've Hired a Dud DJ

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!

Why We Love Minimoons

Maybe it's because of finances or sheer exhaustion, but you're just not ready to pack for a week in the Caribbean -- much less think about itineraries and excursions. Modern brides have a solution that's part romance, part life-saver: minimoons.

Here Comes the Bride ... to U2?

You've never been a fan of the symphony, so why would you play a classical selection for your processional? There's no reason not to enjoy your favorite song as you walk down the aisle to greet the love of your life!

10 Stay-cool Tips for Summer Brides

It's the hottest season -- literally and figuratively! The thermometer reads 98 degrees, and you plan to wow your guests with your slinky gown and luau-themed rehearsal dinner. But you'll have to stave off heat-induced grouchiness, too. Here's how.

10 Songs for the Modern Bride's Ceremony

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.

10 Things You Should Never, Ever Wear to a Wedding

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!

A Well-groomed Groom

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!

Your Quick and Painless Guide to Planning the Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner is the kickoff to a full weekend of wedding festivities. And as the mother of the groom, your role is to plan it! Consider this your cheat sheet to hosting a memorable, streamlined event for the happy couple.

Dapper Dads: Dressing the Fathers of the Bride and Groom

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!

Diva of Discretion: How to Be the Best Mother of the Groom

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!

Notorious MOG: Breaking a Bad Rap

It's awfully hard to be the mother of the groom, especially if you've been blessed with a bunch of boys and no girls of your own. How can you contribute meaningfully to your son's wedding without getting in the way?

Flower Girl Fashion at Fabulous Prices

Your flower girl is a tiny VIP. She has to prepare the aisle with scattered petals for your grand entrance, and you want her dressed to impress. With three-digit price tags on some flower girl dresses, how can you outfit her affordably?

5 Tips for Getting Your Guy's Mom Involved With the Wedding

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!

Is black tie ever really optional?

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?

Beyond Bowties: 10 Formal Looks for Your Groomsmen

Got a fashion-conscious fiancé? 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.

Styling Kate for Her Wedding Day

Your favorite wedding style experts from "Say Yes to the Dress" and "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta" have a few ideas about styling Kate Middleton for her wedding day. Lori, Monte and Randy all share their vision of a princess-perfect look.

10 DIY Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

We've all got a trinket or two from a wedding that we can't bring ourselves to throw away. Wouldn't you love to give your guests favors that they'll actually put to good use? Here are 10 edible and beautiful tokens of appreciation.

16 Classic, Modern and Completely Iconic Weddings

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!


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