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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When you have a full figure, finding the right pair of jeans can be stressful. And shopping for a wedding gown? Ladies, you don't need nerves of steel -- you just need tips from an expert. That's where Sarah Velasquez comes in!

By Candace Keener

A-line gowns look great on curvy women, but this silhouette isn't the final word in fashion for plus-size brides. We've picked five popular styles and recommended figure-flattering fabrics, too.

By Gallagher Flinn

You want to be the picture of health on your wedding day. That means glowing skin, plenty of energy and a slim figure. Deprivation diets aren't the way to achieve that. Start eating healthfully now, and you'll feel as fabulous as you look!

By Alia Hoyt

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Thanks to Facebook, you can change your relationship status and instantly notify the world that you're getting married. So why would you want to print an announcement in the newspaper?

By Jessica Willis

The bride is the focal point of the ceremony, but when the reception rolls around, everyone's going to be looking at the cake. Whether it's five tiers or two, the same basic rule applies: The cake has to taste as good as it looks!

By Candace Keener

It's the most special day of your life, and that's why you hired a wedding planner to coordinate every last details. But she's not going to see you down the aisle without keeping a few secrets. These are the things she'd rather you not know.

By Alia Hoyt

A dress that's gorgeous on the hanger won't look nearly as beautiful on your body if it doesn't fit perfectly. That's where alterations come in. Kleinfeld fashion director Randy Fenoli offers this crash course in wedding gown alterations.

By TLC

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Shopping for a wedding dress should be fun, not confusing. But let's be honest, there's an entire lexicon of terms for specialty fabrics, gown shapes and embellishments. Never fear, we have a handy reference guide for all your gown-related queries.

By Sara Elliott

You've been envisioning an elegant bridal updo, but that's assuming you have any hair left when the big day is finally here. Every bride needs to have a little fun and make the most of her engagement. Here are 10 ideas for blowing off some steam.

By Natalie Kilgore

No one likes a long, drawn-out wedding toast. Guests want to clink glasses and get on with the night! Keep your speech short and sweet with one of these quotes and a few words of your own. Our favorite quotes work for the bride, groom, their parents and their attendants.

By Bambi Turner

Kids bring a little levity and welcome whimsy to weddings. But the under-12 crowd won't be too excited about your prime rib carving station and string quartet. Here's what will make them (and their parents) happy.

By Alia Hoyt

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Your bridesmaids are the special people who'll be standing by you, both literally and figuratively. So, how do you ensure they won't upstage you or look laughable on the big day? We'll help you navigate the tricky waters of choosing bridesmaid dresses.

By Sara Elliott

No way will anything but Vera Wang do! For brides who demand the best, it's a designer gown or nothing at all. But to rationalize spending tens of thousands of dollars, you'll have to convince yourself the dress is worth it ... and is it?

By Bambi Turner

Your fiancé won't be too happy if you spend the entire wedding budget on a designer dress! You can find a gorgeous gown for a bargain basement price -- you just need a few tips to get you started. That's where we come in.

By Natalie Kilgore

It's beautiful, elaborate and -- let's be honest -- unwieldy. So why not ditch that wedding dress after the "I-dos" and slip into something more comfortable and fun? Here's our case for the reception dress.

By Sara Elliott

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Engagements, showers and weddings are joyous occasions -- but that joy can cost you big time if you aren't careful. Do guests have to give all of these gifts? Technically, yes, but you don't have to rush.

By Linda C. Brinson

Not just any guy will drop $150 on a tux and escort your fiancée's painfully awkward cousin down the aisle. You need a few good men to stand at your side as you exchange vows. Here's how to pick 'em.

By Jessica Willis

If you're a mother, one of the happiest days of your life is seeing your daughter get married. But to make the before, during and after perfect, it takes a lot of planning, and the mother of the bridge typically shoulders a wide range of responsibilities.

By Heather Kolich

It's a time-honored tradition to celebrate your wedding day with spirits, but stocking the bar for the reception can be more difficult than you think. How much alcohol should you get, and what should you do if you're on a budget?

By Martha Barksdale

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Deciding to get married is the easy part. Planning the wedding is the hard part. Thank goodness for the help of your trusty mom. How will she be involved in the process?

By Meredith Bower

Words can't express the bond between a mother and son. So, what song should they dance to at his wedding? Here's our 10 favorites.

By Sara Elliott

When it comes to engagement rings, there are infinite combinations to choose from. Looking at pictures of rings can give you ideas for the rock you'd like to buy. See pictures of diamond engagement rings.

By Candace Keener

It's your first dance together as husband and wife, so what song should you dance to? You can't go wrong with a tune from this list.

By Sara Elliott

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He was the man in your life for the first 18 years, so be sure to honor Dad on your wedding day. Whether you want to share a laugh while you're spinning around the dance floor, or cry on Daddy's shoulder to a sentimental ballad, we've got a song for you.

By Bambi Turner

If the party guests range from the bride's little sister to the groom's great-grandmother, a good hostess knows she needs something to break the ice and get people mingling. In many party scenarios, games are the answer.

By Alia Hoyt