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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Your love is anything but ordinary, so why would you celebrate your union in a dingy hotel reception hall? Let your tastes and interests shine through in a unique venue that will delight your guests!

By Chris Obenschain

Flowers can be a magical element in a wedding, but they can also break the bank. Not to worry, though. There are some tricks around this expense.

By Sara Elliott

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.

By Sara Elliott

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If you want to dress up a table, making an eye-catching centerpiece is one of the best ways to do it. And you don't have to be a professional florist to make it look pretty and polished.

By Sara Elliott

Your dream wedding may involve a trip to an exotic locale, but what complications lie in store? Smooth your path to an international wedding with these tips.

By Lisa R. Van Wagner

An important celebration deserves a fine feast. How can you make sure all those hungry guests get fed?

Love may makes the world go round, but budget dictates much of a wedding's details. How can you and your wedding caterer work well together within the budget's constraints?

By Martha Barksdale

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The easiest way to end up with spectacular wedding flowers is to have a give-and-take relationship with the florist you choose. How can you balance what you want with what's in season and what's in your budget?

Greek weddings differ throughout Greece, but the Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony has remained largely unchanged throughout the centuries.

By Lisa R. Van Wagner

Today's Japanese couples enjoy weaving together their favorite rituals from ancient Japan and modern Western culture to create an unforgettable wedding day.

By Lisa R. Van Wagner

Every bride is beautiful on her wedding day, but in Morocco, she gets to be a queen, too! And who wouldn't like a week-long wedding feast?

By Lisa R. Van Wagner

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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

Many couples want to have the kind of wedding their guests won't forget, but some run with the idea more than others. How have some couples taken "unforgettable" to another level in their wedding themes?

By Jennifer Sellers

Your colors are one of the more important aspects of how you plan your whole wedding day. From dresses to flowers, from linens to place cards, the colors you choose will set the tone for the entire event.

By Jill Jaracz

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

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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

A summertime wedding, complete with a gorgeous dress, a warm breeze blowing and lush foliage serving as the backdrop, can be an affair to remember. Just don't invite mosquitoes, sunburn or perspiration to your party.

By Nina Holmberg

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

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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

There's so much to consider when you're planning a wedding: invitations, food, entertainment, flowers and the list goes on. Is a stress-free wedding day possible?

Every bride wants her wedding day to be perfect, but remember that ultimately it's all up to personal preference and attitude. Get a few tips for planning the perfect wedding day.

Your getaway car with cans dragging from the bumper just peeled out of the reception parking lot. Finally -- the honeymoon. Where are you going? Is it one of these top ten spots?

By Charles W. Bryant & Caitlin Uttley