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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Something about living with a new husband seems to bring on the "married 15" -- an extra 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) of weight gain. Maybe it's cooking those larger meals for two or slacking off on exercising in favor of spending time together. We've got some strategies to help you avoid this.

By Laurie L. Dove

After the champagne toast on your engagement eve, you started dieting like a madwoman. You cut out alcohol, dessert and your beloved Sunday brunches. Whoa, bride! Don't sacrifice everything you love to eat. Here's why.

By Alia Hoyt

The wedding day is coming up fast and you still have 10 pounds to lose to fit into your dress. Could a diet featuring meal replacement shakes be the answer? You might be surprised.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Retailers who specialize in bridesmaid dresses can make almost anything sound exotic. Burnished garnet means dark red. Blushing hyacinth is just pale purple. And though it seems fun, South Beach citron might be your worst nightmare.

By Alia Hoyt

Being a busy bride shouldn't stop you from taking some time to pamper yourself. We've got a list of 10 beauty treatments -- some you may have never tried before -- that will help you look more beautiful for your wedding day and beyond.

By Laurie L. Dove

"It should've been me" is a popular sentiment right now, leaving the lips of girls everywhere and being printed on commemorative plates. How did Kate snag the world's most eligible prince?

By Chris Obenschain

A dusty, dried bouquet and photo album make up most personal wedding memorabilia collections. But the royals get far cooler mementos of their special occasions. From beer mugs to thimbles, here's what's wacky in wedding memorabilia.

By Gallagher Flinn

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The best part of royal watching is the royal wedding dresses of course. HowStuffWorks remember 9 old and new favorites — and the brides who wore them.

By Jessica Willis

Some wedding dresses are so expensive, they seem like a royal rip-off. You crave that designer look, but you're working with a limited budget. We've got 10 creative ways to help you find an affordable, amazing gown.

By Echo Surina

We're counting down the days until William and Kate's wedding on April 29! Given our love of all things radiant, romantic and regal, it's obvious we can't wait to watch the wedding. Here's what we're most excited about.

By Alia Hoyt

Snow White sang "One day my prince will come," but we think you've got to be a little more proactive than that. Don't wait around for Mr. (Royal) Right -- get out there and seek him! Here are some ways to tell if you're eligible to marry into the royal family.

By Natalie Kilgore

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Americans are pretty excited about the big royal wedding coming up in May. But across the pond, some Brits are grumbling about the price tag. Are they responsible for footing the bill? And how much can they expect to pay?

By Alia Hoyt & Chris Obenschain

Discover some new and simple ways to save money on your wedding. Check out these expert wedding planning tips from event planners and savvy brides.

Say Yes to the Dress gives you pictures of wedding dress trends. Click here to see pictures of those trends.

Many modern brides still use the love language of flowers to create meaningful bouquets. Choose blooms that represent aspects of your special relationship with the groom. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

By Candace Keener

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Every bride wants to look and feel picture-perfect on her wedding day. For some brides, that means setting a weight-loss goal. Dieting during the stressful period of wedding planning can be tough. Here's how to diet happily and successfully.

By Alia Hoyt

Your maid of honor loves you dearly, and we promise she's not trying to sabotage your wedding diet on purpose. But in assembling a traditional bridal shower buffet of savory and sweet dainties, she's unknowingly about to undo weeks' worth of your hard work.

By Chris Obenschain

Brides who want to slim down and tone up before their wedding day need effective exercises designed to target specific areas. We've got 10 of the best moves for shoulders, waists and a killer bottom half.

By Jessica Willis

A $30,000 wedding with a guest list of 150 means you're paying $200 per person. That's $40 per hour for a 5-hour party. But if your guests are bored to tears, they leave after dinner ... and you've blown $120. Our tips will make sure that doesn't happen.

By Alia Hoyt

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Registering for wedding gifts can be a time-consuming and tedious process. Wouldn't you rather do it in your comfiest pair of pajamas? Many modern brides opt to create their registries online, and a Web wish list might be just the thing for you.

By Chris Obenschain

No rest for the weary bride! Even after you've booked the photographer, DJ and cake baker, you've got to put all the pieces of the puzzle together into a fabulous reception. A solid time line will help you pull off the party -- we've got one you'll love.

By Chris Obenschain

Plenty of brides think wedding registries are stuffy and old-fashioned, but we just don't see them that way. After all, you need some items to set up your new home, and every bride deserves some pretty dishes. Before you register, read our top 10 tips for help rounding out your wish list.

By Natalie Kilgore

You asked her to be your maid of honor because she's your best friend -- but you also assumed she'd do a good job. When passive-aggressive e-mails and snide remarks about the shower aren't working, here's how to cope with a dud MOH.

By Alia Hoyt

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You wouldn't dream of asking anyone else to be your maid of honor, but you (secretly) wish that she didn't live three time zones away. Can you work the bride/maid of honor relationship if your best girl is a phone call and a flight away?

By Chris Obenschain

Whether you love or loathe public speaking, it's intimidating to give a speech about your very best friend. You want it to be sweet, sincere, funny -- maybe even tear-jerking. Here are five ways to craft a memorable maid of honor speech.

By Jessica Willis