My Fiancé And I Are Picking Our Bridal Party Members. Should I Ask His Sister To Be a Bridesmaid?

 Bridesmaids, Etiquette, Wedding Etiquette  Comments Off on My Fiancé And I Are Picking Our Bridal Party Members. Should I Ask His Sister To Be a Bridesmaid?
Sep 302013
 
Does the fiances sister need to be a bridesmaid

Photo: Gina Leigh Photography

Asking your best friends and closest relatives to be your bridesmaids is a hugely meaningful part of the wedding planning process. Some brides have trouble drawing the line when choosing their 'maids, so our wedding experts are here to answer your bridal party questions in our daily post.

Am I required to have my fiancé's sister as my bridesmaid?

Perhaps you're thinking you don't know her well enough to include her as a bridesmaid, but you might want to reconsider. While you're not obligated to ask her, the long-term benefits of family harmony may outweigh the potential harm and hurt feelings that not asking her would cause. She's about to become part of your family—and you part of hers. This is a great opportunity to get to know her better. It's a good bet that your future in-laws would appreciate such an inclusive gesture as well.

If she declines, or if there are too many future sisters-in-law to make it manageable for all of them to be bridesmaids, look for other ways to include them, such as asking them to do readings.

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My Fiancé And I Are Picking Our Bridal Party Members. Should I Ask His Sister To Be a Bridesmaid?

 Bridesmaids, Etiquette, Wedding Etiquette  Comments Off on My Fiancé And I Are Picking Our Bridal Party Members. Should I Ask His Sister To Be a Bridesmaid?
Sep 302013
 
Does the fiances sister need to be a bridesmaid

Photo: Gina Leigh Photography

Asking your best friends and closest relatives to be your bridesmaids is a hugely meaningful part of the wedding planning process. Some brides have trouble drawing the line when choosing their 'maids, so our wedding experts are here to answer your bridal party questions in our daily post.

Am I required to have my fiancé's sister as my bridesmaid?

Perhaps you're thinking you don't know her well enough to include her as a bridesmaid, but you might want to reconsider. While you're not obligated to ask her, the long-term benefits of family harmony may outweigh the potential harm and hurt feelings that not asking her would cause. She's about to become part of your family—and you part of hers. This is a great opportunity to get to know her better. It's a good bet that your future in-laws would appreciate such an inclusive gesture as well.

If she declines, or if there are too many future sisters-in-law to make it manageable for all of them to be bridesmaids, look for other ways to include them, such as asking them to do readings.

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My Fiancé And I Are Picking Our Bridal Party Members. Should I Ask His Sister To Be a Bridesmaid?

 Bridesmaids, Etiquette, Wedding Etiquette  Comments Off on My Fiancé And I Are Picking Our Bridal Party Members. Should I Ask His Sister To Be a Bridesmaid?
Sep 302013
 
Does the fiances sister need to be a bridesmaid

Photo: Gina Leigh Photography

Asking your best friends and closest relatives to be your bridesmaids is a hugely meaningful part of the wedding planning process. Some brides have trouble drawing the line when choosing their 'maids, so our wedding experts are here to answer your bridal party questions in our daily post.

Am I required to have my fiancé's sister as my bridesmaid?

Perhaps you're thinking you don't know her well enough to include her as a bridesmaid, but you might want to reconsider. While you're not obligated to ask her, the long-term benefits of family harmony may outweigh the potential harm and hurt feelings that not asking her would cause. She's about to become part of your family—and you part of hers. This is a great opportunity to get to know her better. It's a good bet that your future in-laws would appreciate such an inclusive gesture as well.

If she declines, or if there are too many future sisters-in-law to make it manageable for all of them to be bridesmaids, look for other ways to include them, such as asking them to do readings.

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A Glamorous Destination Wedding Held in a Romantic English Setting

 Destination Weddings, Formal, Glamorous, Real Weddings, Reem Acra, Romantic  Comments Off on A Glamorous Destination Wedding Held in a Romantic English Setting
Sep 272013
 
glamorous wedding london england

Photo: Hayley Bray

On June 14, 2013, Lauren and Michael brought their 120 wedding guests back to the place where Michael had intended to propose a year and a half ago—the lush English countryside. The groom-to-be couldn't wait, however, and popped the question before ever leaving for the airport on the exact same day he picked up Lauren's engagement ring. "He tied the ring around my dog's collar," explains the bride.

Plans for a romantic garden party wedding at the bride's family home in Sunningdale were more difficult to derail. "We wanted to give our wedding guests a true British experience," says the bride, who drew inspiration for her formal affair from The Royal Wedding.

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Photo: Hayley Bray

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Photo: Hayley Bray

The bride, a fashion stylist, was admittedly "extra picky" about her wedding dress. After visiting eight bridal ateliers, Lauren found her dream wedding gown at Reem Acra. "I knew it was the one before I even tried it on," she says of the strapless ball gown. As a wedding present, a dear friend of the bride, Rodrigo Otazu, designed a custom headpiece which the bride describes as "absolute perfection."

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Photo: Hayley Bray

The bride's eye for style and love of fashion allowed her to custom design many of the wedding details including her mother's gold sequin gown.

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Photo: Hayley Bray

Bridesmaids wore custom designs as well. Lauren worked with a friend to create Carrie Bradshaw-inspired looks for her bridal party. Silk tanks were paired with tutus. "I had the fabric for the bridesmaid dresses matched to the fabrics in my dress," says the bride. To differentiate the Maid of Honor, Lauren designed a floor-length tutu or sorts that also included a peplum.

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Photo: Hayley Bray

The couple's wedding reception was filled with thoughtful details and unforgettable moments. "My father's speech brought everyone to tears," says the bride. During the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed typical English fare of fish and chips and Beef Wellington. For the main course, a leek and parmesan risotto was served alongside lamb and sea bass entrees. For dessert, everyone was treated to English toffee pudding.

Centerpieces of white hydrangea and peonies were designed in an assortment of different heights. "I love the look of a single flower in each vase," says the bride.

wedding guests london england

Photo: Hayley Bray

The couple selected "My Girl" for their first-dance song, and the bride and father-of-the bride choreographed a salsa routine for their dance. "We started off with a James Taylor song to trick our guests," says the bride.

The couple's chosen wedding date, June 14th, also marked Father's Day in the States, so the they planned a special surprise for all the fathers in attendance. "We had the staff bring out glasses of ale from a local brewery," Lauren says. "It was an absolute perfect day."

A Glamorous Destination Wedding Held in a Romantic English Setting

 Destination Weddings, Formal, Glamorous, Real Weddings, Reem Acra, Romantic  Comments Off on A Glamorous Destination Wedding Held in a Romantic English Setting
Sep 272013
 
glamorous wedding london england

Photo: Hayley Bray

On June 14, 2013, Lauren and Michael brought their 120 wedding guests back to the place where Michael had intended to propose a year and a half ago—the lush English countryside. The groom-to-be couldn't wait, however, and popped the question before ever leaving for the airport on the exact same day he picked up Lauren's engagement ring. "He tied the ring around my dog's collar," explains the bride.

Plans for a romantic garden party wedding at the bride's family home in Sunningdale were more difficult to derail. "We wanted to give our wedding guests a true British experience," says the bride, who drew inspiration for her formal affair from The Royal Wedding.

reem acra wedding dress glamorous wedding london englandgroomsmen glamorous wedding london england

Photo: Hayley Bray

reem acra wedding gown glamorous wedding london englandbridal hair accessory glamorous

Photo: Hayley Bray

The bride, a fashion stylist, was admittedly "extra picky" about her wedding dress. After visiting eight bridal ateliers, Lauren found her dream wedding gown at Reem Acra. "I knew it was the one before I even tried it on," she says of the strapless ball gown. As a wedding present, a dear friend of the bride, Rodrigo Otazu, designed a custom headpiece which the bride describes as "absolute perfection."

parents of the bride glamorous wedding london england

Photo: Hayley Bray

The bride's eye for style and love of fashion allowed her to custom design many of the wedding details including her mother's gold sequin gown.

tutu bridesmaid dress

Photo: Hayley Bray

Bridesmaids wore custom designs as well. Lauren worked with a friend to create Carrie Bradshaw-inspired looks for her bridal party. Silk tanks were paired with tutus. "I had the fabric for the bridesmaid dresses matched to the fabrics in my dress," says the bride. To differentiate the Maid of Honor, Lauren designed a floor-length tutu or sorts that also included a peplum.

glamorous wedding reception london england tall centerpieces glamorous wedding reception london england

Photo: Hayley Bray

The couple's wedding reception was filled with thoughtful details and unforgettable moments. "My father's speech brought everyone to tears," says the bride. During the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed typical English fare of fish and chips and Beef Wellington. For the main course, a leek and parmesan risotto was served alongside lamb and sea bass entrees. For dessert, everyone was treated to English toffee pudding.

Centerpieces of white hydrangea and peonies were designed in an assortment of different heights. "I love the look of a single flower in each vase," says the bride.

wedding guests london england

Photo: Hayley Bray

The couple selected "My Girl" for their first-dance song, and the bride and father-of-the bride choreographed a salsa routine for their dance. "We started off with a James Taylor song to trick our guests," says the bride.

The couple's chosen wedding date, June 14th, also marked Father's Day in the States, so the they planned a special surprise for all the fathers in attendance. "We had the staff bring out glasses of ale from a local brewery," Lauren says. "It was an absolute perfect day."

Sep 272013
 

From a beautifully shot equestrian-inspired engagement shoot to a stunning Florida botanical wedding, we round up some of our favorite blog posts from all over the web.

If you and your hubby-to-be are equestrian enthusiasts, this engagement shoot captured on a stunning horse ranch in Utah is totally worth browsing. —Elizabeth Anne Designs

What white hot wedding trends will you see walking down the aisle in Spring 2014? Here are the prettiest details we saw come down the runway. —Brides.com

Bring on the bold! This lovely autumn styled wedding shoot uses pretty pops of red to perk up an otherwise neutral color palette. —Ruffled Blog

Though most of us have only one day to wear a gown, celebrities work formal evening attire on the regular—and they know a thing or two about dressing their body type. Here, wedding planner extraordinaire Xochitl Gonzalez breaks down her favorite looks from last Sunday's Emmy Awards and why they work. —Always a Blogsmaid

Your wedding stationery tackles a tricky task; it has to suit your personality as a couple and still reflect the type of wedding you're planning to throw. Here's how our guest blogger and founder of Weddington Way, Ilana Stern, found the perfect paper elements to announce her big day and invite her guests. —Brides.com

Botanical details are a natural (and beautiful!) choice for a wedding held in an always-sunny state like Florida. Find inspiration for your own garden party wedding here. —100 Layer Cake

For a bridal party that's headed out of town, these destination-ready bridesmaid dresses are as pretty as they are practical. —Brides.com

Should your wedding decor draw inspiration from the most romantic city in the world? Oui! These Parisian-chic wedding details are perfect for a bride looking for a rustic yet sophisticated aesthetic. —POPSUGAR LOVE

Planning to ask your best guy pal to be your man-of-honor? Here are a few tips on what he should wear, and what he should do to help on the day-of. —Brides.com

Last week, we held a fabulous event at Kleinfeld Bridal and had expert editors and style gurus discuss useful tips for your wedding day. Here's what you missed! —Brides.com

—Donna Kim

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Sep 272013
 

From a beautifully shot equestrian-inspired engagement shoot to a stunning Florida botanical wedding, we round up some of our favorite blog posts from all over the web.

If you and your hubby-to-be are equestrian enthusiasts, this engagement shoot captured on a stunning horse ranch in Utah is totally worth browsing. —Elizabeth Anne Designs

What white hot wedding trends will you see walking down the aisle in Spring 2014? Here are the prettiest details we saw come down the runway. —Brides.com

Bring on the bold! This lovely autumn styled wedding shoot uses pretty pops of red to perk up an otherwise neutral color palette. —Ruffled Blog

Though most of us have only one day to wear a gown, celebrities work formal evening attire on the regular—and they know a thing or two about dressing their body type. Here, wedding planner extraordinaire Xochitl Gonzalez breaks down her favorite looks from last Sunday's Emmy Awards and why they work. —Always a Blogsmaid

Your wedding stationery tackles a tricky task; it has to suit your personality as a couple and still reflect the type of wedding you're planning to throw. Here's how our guest blogger and founder of Weddington Way, Ilana Stern, found the perfect paper elements to announce her big day and invite her guests. —Brides.com

Botanical details are a natural (and beautiful!) choice for a wedding held in an always-sunny state like Florida. Find inspiration for your own garden party wedding here. —100 Layer Cake

For a bridal party that's headed out of town, these destination-ready bridesmaid dresses are as pretty as they are practical. —Brides.com

Should your wedding decor draw inspiration from the most romantic city in the world? Oui! These Parisian-chic wedding details are perfect for a bride looking for a rustic yet sophisticated aesthetic. —POPSUGAR LOVE

Planning to ask your best guy pal to be your man-of-honor? Here are a few tips on what he should wear, and what he should do to help on the day-of. —Brides.com

Last week, we held a fabulous event at Kleinfeld Bridal and had expert editors and style gurus discuss useful tips for your wedding day. Here's what you missed! —Brides.com

—Donna Kim

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Sep 272013
 

From a beautifully shot equestrian-inspired engagement shoot to a stunning Florida botanical wedding, we round up some of our favorite blog posts from all over the web.

If you and your hubby-to-be are equestrian enthusiasts, this engagement shoot captured on a stunning horse ranch in Utah is totally worth browsing. —Elizabeth Anne Designs

What white hot wedding trends will you see walking down the aisle in Spring 2014? Here are the prettiest details we saw come down the runway. —Brides.com

Bring on the bold! This lovely autumn styled wedding shoot uses pretty pops of red to perk up an otherwise neutral color palette. —Ruffled Blog

Though most of us have only one day to wear a gown, celebrities work formal evening attire on the regular—and they know a thing or two about dressing their body type. Here, wedding planner extraordinaire Xochitl Gonzalez breaks down her favorite looks from last Sunday's Emmy Awards and why they work. —Always a Blogsmaid

Your wedding stationery tackles a tricky task; it has to suit your personality as a couple and still reflect the type of wedding you're planning to throw. Here's how our guest blogger and founder of Weddington Way, Ilana Stern, found the perfect paper elements to announce her big day and invite her guests. —Brides.com

Botanical details are a natural (and beautiful!) choice for a wedding held in an always-sunny state like Florida. Find inspiration for your own garden party wedding here. —100 Layer Cake

For a bridal party that's headed out of town, these destination-ready bridesmaid dresses are as pretty as they are practical. —Brides.com

Should your wedding decor draw inspiration from the most romantic city in the world? Oui! These Parisian-chic wedding details are perfect for a bride looking for a rustic yet sophisticated aesthetic. —POPSUGAR LOVE

Planning to ask your best guy pal to be your man-of-honor? Here are a few tips on what he should wear, and what he should do to help on the day-of. —Brides.com

Last week, we held a fabulous event at Kleinfeld Bridal and had expert editors and style gurus discuss useful tips for your wedding day. Here's what you missed! —Brides.com

—Donna Kim

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We Love How Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Celebrated Their First-Year Anniversary

 Blake Lively, Celebrity Weddings & Style, Glamour, Ryan Reynolds, Wedding News  Comments Off on We Love How Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Celebrated Their First-Year Anniversary
Sep 272013
 
glamour magazine Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold's First Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Photo: Getty Images

In the celebrity era of over-the-top vow renewals and what seems like weekly frolics on exotic beach vacations (OK, fine, we're jealous of that one), it's totally refreshing when a famous couple seems not only genuinely happy in their marriage but capable of celebrating it in a low-key way that doesn't seem like they have anything to prove.

Hence, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds just made us feel all warm and bubbly inside with their first anniversary as a married couple. Via People, they celebrated like pretty much any other Regular Non-Famous Couple would do: They hit up a restaurant they've been wanting to try and stuffed their faces (I'm guessing). While visiting Savannah, Georgia, the unreasonably good-looking couple stopped by Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, telling the owner they had never been able to get in before. Adorable detail: The all-you-can-eat restaurant serves down-home Southern favorites, which was a sweet way to celebrate their Southern wedding.

And some details that make it seem like any of us could be BFFs with the Lively-Reynolds duo: Their celebratory meal cost a mere $36 and they sat with six other people at a family-style table. So down-to-earth and laid-back, it almost makes me forgive the fact that they left before the banana pudding dessert.

At any rate, they won over the owner, who called them "absolutely darling," and we have to agree. Happy anniversary, kids!

"blank">Gena Kaufman, Glamour

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We Love How Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Celebrated Their First-Year Anniversary

 Blake Lively, Celebrity Weddings & Style, Glamour, Ryan Reynolds, Wedding News  Comments Off on We Love How Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Celebrated Their First-Year Anniversary
Sep 272013
 
glamour magazine Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold's First Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Photo: Getty Images

In the celebrity era of over-the-top vow renewals and what seems like weekly frolics on exotic beach vacations (OK, fine, we're jealous of that one), it's totally refreshing when a famous couple seems not only genuinely happy in their marriage but capable of celebrating it in a low-key way that doesn't seem like they have anything to prove.

Hence, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds just made us feel all warm and bubbly inside with their first anniversary as a married couple. Via People, they celebrated like pretty much any other Regular Non-Famous Couple would do: They hit up a restaurant they've been wanting to try and stuffed their faces (I'm guessing). While visiting Savannah, Georgia, the unreasonably good-looking couple stopped by Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, telling the owner they had never been able to get in before. Adorable detail: The all-you-can-eat restaurant serves down-home Southern favorites, which was a sweet way to celebrate their Southern wedding.

And some details that make it seem like any of us could be BFFs with the Lively-Reynolds duo: Their celebratory meal cost a mere $36 and they sat with six other people at a family-style table. So down-to-earth and laid-back, it almost makes me forgive the fact that they left before the banana pudding dessert.

At any rate, they won over the owner, who called them "absolutely darling," and we have to agree. Happy anniversary, kids!

"blank">Gena Kaufman, Glamour

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