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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If you can't see forking over $5,000 for a wedding cake, you might be happier with a fake one. In the wedding industry, "fake" isn't a dirty word: It's code for "less expensive."

By Chris Obenschain

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.

By Alia Hoyt

Your dress is couture, your bouquet is one-of-a-kind, and your venue is completely original. Of course you're not going to have a boring white wedding cake. Your guests will go gaga for these sweet treats.

By Alia Hoyt & Gallagher Flinn

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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.

By Emilie Sennebogen & Jessica Willis

Just like with women and their wedding rings, what a man wears makes a statement. As men's styles become more fashion forward, there are many options on the market now than ever before.

By Emilie Sennebogen

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.

By Emilie Sennebogen

With an event as important as your wedding, there are certain images you want to capture to remember the moment. What classic photos do you need to complete your album?

By Stephanie Crawford

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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.

By Chris Obenschain

Only a florist can transform that blah ballroom into a lush tropical paradise. So how do you weed out the amateurs from the experts? Start with our list of recommendations.

By Gallagher Flinn

Chic brides keep up with all the wedding trends, from dresses and cakes to music and color schemes. And while flowers may seem timeless, blooms change with the tides, too. Stay savvy, ladies!

By Chris Obenschain

How sweet it is to see a bride burying her face in a lush bouquet! That is, unless her flowers are laced with pesticides or were flown in on a gas-guzzling jet. Chosen wisely, your wedding flowers can win Mother Earth's approval.

By Alia Hoyt

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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?

By Emilie Sennebogen

Each bride requires a different type of dress. An empire-waist gown will draw the eyes up. A drop-waist gown is for the bold and slender bride who wishes to make a dramatic statement with a stunning silhouette. Discover which gown is best for you.

From flowers to tiaras, bridal hair accessories have become a popular trend. Create a classic, modern or laid back look that enhances your bridal beauty. Check out these pictures of bridal hair accessories.

You've said your vows and entertained guests at the reception -- now you finally get the chance to spend some time with your new spouse. Browse these pictures of the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world.

By Candace Keener

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Your wedding registry is an expression of your needs and hopes for the future -- as far as presents go anyway. When it comes right down to it, though, the gifts you have in mind should be as practical as they are poetic.

By Sara Elliott

Your white wedding gown gives you plenty of leeway to play with the palette for your makeup. Whether you're going subtle for daytime or dramatic for evening, we'll guide you through the primping process.

By Alia Hoyt

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".

By Bambi Turner

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.

By Bambi Turner

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What's white and sequined and full of wrath? Bridezilla, of course! You want to be a blushing bride, not one that's flushed red with rage. Here are 10 indicators you're crossing that line, lady.

By Chris Obenschain

Planning a wedding in the Caribbean involves more than picking out rum and tropical flowers. You'll need the site permits, blood tests and a rain plan. Here are 10 tips for the would-be destination bride.

By Alia Hoyt

We like sipping champagne, eating cake and flirting a little at receptions. But we're tired of dancing the Macarena. That -- and a few other traditions -- need to go away.

By Gallagher Flinn

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.

By Chris Obenschain

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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?

By Candace Keener

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?

By Chris Obenschain