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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Over the years, Thai weddings have borrowed traditions from a variety of cultures and ethnicities. And unlike Western weddings, the groom is the focus here.

By Lisa R. Van Wagner

Unlike friends-only bachelorette parties, bridal showers include mothers-in-law of all shapes and sizes. A gift of lingerie could send a guest into paroxysms. How do you plan a shower that's fun for everyone?

By Gallagher Flinn

Some brides love all the considerations and decisions that go into planning a wedding -- others can't stand it. You can hire a wedding planner to streamline the process, and you can use our 10 tips to streamline the process of hiring a planner!

By Bambi Turner

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Colorful, helium- or air-filled balloons will add a little levity to any wedding ceremony or reception. Wrangled into fantastical shapes and architectural elements by the experts, balloon design is a trend worth researching.

By Chris Obenschain

Choosing a theme isn't exactly a piece of (wedding) cake, so we've put together a list of 10 creative motifs to inspire you, whether your aesthetic leans toward a trendy city ceremony or geeked-out vows on the deck of the Starship Enterprise.

By Chris Obenschain

Nothing says true love quite like a big, sparkly diamond. You need the perfect ring to represent your commitment -- and your personal sense of style. Grooms and brides-to-be, take note: These settings and stones are timeless!

By Alia Hoyt