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.
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.
Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids consultants Krystle and Courtney know what it takes to make a bridesmaid look her best. Any girl who walks down the aisle deserves to feel beautiful -- and that includes bridesmaids! Here's what they want you to know about your bridesmaid dress.
Being a bridesmaid is an honor, but it's also a tactical support function that requires some very practical behavior on your part.
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?
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!
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.
Despite the lengthy, detailed planning that goes into a wedding, sometimes there are missteps, mishaps -- even major disasters.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?
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?
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!
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?
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.
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.