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.
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.
Ever wonder why it's customary to buy a hostess gift? It's because the hostess breaks her back -- and the bank -- to put on a fabulous shindig! But you don't have to spend much to throw a memorable engagement party.
Wedding guests always remember the cake. Was it dry? Was it worth eating two slices? Your cake will reign supreme at the reception if it's a wacky color, an unusual flavor or a one-of-a-kind shape. Here's where to start.
Type A brides, rejoice! All your organizational neuroses can make wedding planning a breeze. Just follow our tips to ensure that you get things ticked off your list without ticking off your bridal party.
Engraving special sentiments inside wedding rings has become a popular and fun tradition for many couples. Not only can it be a special surprise for both parties on your wedding day, it's something that you'll cherish for years to come.
Calligraphy is an ancient handwritten art form that maintains a firm foothold in the world of weddings. With a renewed appreciation forCraftsmanship coming in vogue, mass-produced is out and artisan is in.
Choosing a bouquet can make you feel a lot like Goldilocks. That one's too big, this one's too stubby, and that one is generic. We'll help you pick one with plenty of significance that's the perfect style and shape.
A wedding only lasts a few hours, but this short-lived occasion produces a lifetime of joyful memories. And what better way to preserve these memories than in moving pictures? What should you know about your videographer?
On any other trip to the Bahamas, you'd be packing some shorts, a bikini and your favorite flip-flops. But when you're headed to an exotic destination to exchange vows, you've got to pack a bridal gown.
For the busy bride who hasn't had a moment or a cent to devote to her honeymoon, putting off the trip is one solution that's becoming more popular these days. French Polynesia will wait for you, but can you wait for it?
Dressing for a traditional wedding is pretty straightforward: suits and ties for men, cocktail-length dresses and skirts for women. But when the venue is a beach or 14th-century Italian church, what are the rules?
Weddings are hard work, and it falls to the maid of honor to help handle some important details. She's the go-to person for the bride when it comes to guidance, a fresh perspective and, well, some of the heavy lifting.
The wedding industry capitalizes on sentiment, tradition and trends. The bride who buys into the idea that her wedding is the most special day of her life will spend more than $30,000 on her nuptials. These big-ticket items eat up a budget faster than she can say "I do".
Your maid of honor does everything from helping address invitations to holding your bouquet while you exchange rings and vows. She's also spending some serious money to serve as your honor attendant, so acknowledge her accordingly.