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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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!

10 Honeymoon Horror Stories You Have to Hear

Bride veterans love dishing about their honeymoons. For every bride who got the perfect golden tan and learned to snorkel in crystal-clear Caribbean waters, there's a bride who has a horror story. These cautionary tales will make you laugh, cringe and take heed.

To Have, Hold and Hyphenate: Your Married Name

You're attached to your guy, but you're also pretty attached to your name. There's no reason you can't have them both. Whether you take his name, keep yours or hyphenate them, you can express your married identity in a way that's comfortable for you.

10 Outrageous Gifts Brides Can't Believe They Received

Every bride ends up with something she didn't register for. Maybe it's a bright red chip and dip set -- or sheets that fit a twin bed. Some brides luck out with extravagant-beyond-their-wildest-dreams gifts. Others get self-help books. You won't believe these presents!

10 Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Things That Might Happen at Your Wedding

After all the money, time and energy you've invested into planning your wedding, it's going to be just perfect. Right? Lower your expectations and anticipate a few hiccups -- here are 10 things that very well might go down on your big day.

10 Yummiest Things We've Eaten at a Wedding

The best part of a wedding reception is not usually the food but we thought we'd share these tasty treats we've eaten. They might inspire you for an upcoming wedding feast or party.

Altar Falter: What's next when the bride or groom says "I don't"?

Calling off a wedding is never easy, whether you nix plans six months before the big day or make your way down the aisle to find out your intended isn't there. Even if you're the one who said "I don't," you'll need some time to recover.

Elopement: First choice or last resort?

There's something romantic about running off with your beloved and getting married. On the other hand, you might incur the wrath of family and friends for not being included in this joyous event. When is elopement right and when is it wrong?

How to Cut the Apron Strings Before the Honeymoon

His devotion to Mama is just one clue you've found a good, sensitive man. Sometimes, though, the apron strings can be tied a little too tightly. You're the No. 1 woman in his life now, so here's how to break old habits -- gently.

10 Adorable (Read: Shocking) Things We've Seen Kids Do at Weddings

Is there anything more precious than a child in patent leather dress shoes or a teeny-tiny blazer? Kids would be perfect wedding guests if they were seen and not heard, but that's usually not the case. You won't believe the monstrous behavior we've witnessed.

What goes under your gown? A Blushing Bride's Foundation Tips

Whether your dress is impossibly slinky and silky, or it's a ball gown with a neck that plunges halfway down your sternum, you've got some undergarment challenges on your hands. These are the wedding day accessories no one talks about.

10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Over time, those I-remember-it-like-it-was-yesterday memories of your wedding will fade. And you'll console yourself by looking at uninspired group shots of your bridal party? No, thanks! Get the best photog in town with our savvy interview questions.

10 Ridiculous Things Brides Can't Believe They Registered For

Sometimes, with registry gun in hand, a bride becomes drunk with power, and shoots a margarita machine and a set of shrimp forks. What other gifts will she regret tagging with that gun?

House or Honeymoon? Why Some Couples Ditch the Getaway

There's nothing sweeter than digging your toes in the sand and staring into your new hubby's eyes. But what about trading a tropical vacay for a cute cottage or spacious urban loft? Some couples are using the honeymoon fund for a down payment on a home.

What to Pack (and Leave Behind) For Your Honeymoon

Passport? Check. Groom? Check. What else could you possibly need for an unforgettable honeymoon? Ladies, we've got you covered. Use our checklist to help you pack for every possible honeymoon occasion.

10 Horrific Details You Shouldn't Share in a Wedding Toast

Delivering the perfect wedding toast is no easy task. People get flustered and emotional on such a momentous occasion. We can excuse some muttering and nervous laughter, but we can't forgive any of these 10 toasting transgressions.

Aruba, Bahamas: 10 Caribbean Honeymoons

If you're interested in a honeymoon in the Caribbean, then you're probably hoping for sun on your back and sand between your toes. But what else do these islands have to offer?

How can I avoid post-wedding weight gain?

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.

How can I build a healthy wedding weight-loss plan?

Planning for your wedding day involves more than choosing the best caterer or booking a great band. If you have weight-loss goals for your wedding, you've got to plan how you'll drop the pounds. We'll show you how in four simple steps.

5 Reasons You Don't Need a Wedding Crash Diet

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.

Can meal replacement shakes help me achieve my wedding weight-loss goal?

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.

10 Colors Your Bridesmaids Don't Want to Wear

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.

5 Considerations for Mother of the Bride's Dress

For your daughter's special day, you deserve to look elegant and beautiful. But many mother-of-the-bride dresses tend to be either dowdy or super-sexy. How do you strike the right balance? And what are the etiquette rules?

10 Popular Beauty Treatments for Brides

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.

What's a royal honeymoon like?

It's hard to imagine royal newlyweds lounging poolside at an all-inclusive Caribbean resort. No matter how blue their blood, lovebirds are lovebirds, and they deserve an intimate vacay. So, where do they go?


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