How to Make Your Stationery the Easiest Part of Wedding Planning

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Let's face facts: choosing wedding stationery can be overwhelming. From finding a look that you and your husband-to-be both like to choosing a suite that goes with your wedding style to sending your save-the-dates on time to figuring out which envelopes go with which papers — there's a lot that goes into just one part of planning! See? Stressful. But don't worry, we've got you covered.

The BRIDES Stationery Shop, created in partnership with wedding stationery and supply experts Gartner Studios, is your solution to stress-proofing your wedding stationery. But it gets even better: to find your winning stationery aesthetic, you don't even have to leave your computer (hello, lunch break!) as everything can be ordered and arranged online. Plus, you can easily peruse and share options with your fiancé, wedding planner and maid of honor for much-needed second opinions.

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Throwing a rustic backyard barn celebration? Or a glamorous ballroom soirée? Or maybe a destination wedding on a beach far far away? We've got it all. In our Stationery Shop, you can browse by stationery type — invitations, thank you cards, save-the-dates, menus, programs and more — by color or style — classic, destination, rustic, etc. — and customize to your heart's content. Select the color that best fits your décor, the paper stock and quantity. We even offer additional features like rounded corners to make your papers feel even more unique. Then you can change the font, update the text and upload an image if the design includes one.

Ready to get started? Click here to browse the collection and begin customizing your own wedding stationery!

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Questions Mothers and Fathers of the Bride Have About Second Weddings

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Saying "I do" the second time around is simply another joyous occasion of uniting two families. But mothers and fathers of the bride may be left with some lingering questions before the big day. Here are six of them to anticipate for second-time brides, along with wedding experts' advice.

Should he ask for our blessing?
When it comes to traditional wedding and engagement etiquette, it's very much an individual choice. President of event planning and design company EVOKE Jodi Moraru's second husband asked her father for her hand in marriage. "It's a very gracious thing to do," she says, adding that it's not for everybody. "At the end of the day, you hope there's a wonderful bond between the two families. You hope that everyone is really respectful of each other," she says.

Are we paying for this?
Parents tend to be less involved overall when it's a second wedding, according to Moraru. The occasion typically becomes the responsibility of the bride and groom, as parents usually aren't able to go deep into their pockets like they were the first time around. For this reason, the budget may be smaller. That said, if one or both sets of parents have the funds and are willing and happy to contribute, there's no reason they shouldn't, says Allyson Levine Joseph, creative director of Bob Gail Special Events.

Who's invited?
Joseph recommends families sit down and have an open conversation from the very beginning to determine who they're still in touch with and who's important in their lives. Still, the focus will probably be more on the bride and groom's friends, as opposed to the parents' friends, according to Moraru. And the wedding is usually smaller overall. For Moraru's first wedding there were 200 people in a ballroom; the second was 90 people with a cocktail-style, late-night brunch reception. Leslie Price, founder of In Any Event, adds that there are no rules and every situation is different. In fact, some second weddings are the "big" one if the first one was an elopement.

See more: Can a Bride Expect Her Parents to Pay for Her Second Wedding?

What about wardrobe?
Every bride deserves to wear white, although some prefer to take stylish risks and choose something a bit more provocative, such as blue, silver, or gold, Price says. When it comes to dressing the parents, mom should obviously wear a new dress (not what she wore to the first wedding!) but dad can get away with the same tux, as long as he wears a new shirt and tie, Joseph says.

Do we give another speech?
The simple answer is: yes, and keep it short and sweet. Moraru thinks speeches should never be longer than three minutes and the focus should always be on the current couple. The past or an ex should never be brought up, even if it's an attempt at humor. It will likely backfire and feel uncomfortable for everybody, especially the bride and groom.

Do we acknowledge that it's a second wedding?
There's generally no need to call out the fact that this is the second time down the aisle for the bride or groom. The only difference in some second weddings is when there are kids involved, Moraru says. Little ones are more likely to be part of the celebration, acting as flower girls or ring bearers. "If there are no children, then there is absolutely no benefit or use to acknowledging that it's a second wedding, especially if it's a divorce," says Price. If the bride or groom is a widow or widower however, the family may want to recognize the loss in a tasteful way. Price suggests a section in the ceremony program that mentions those who are missed, but not including any photos of the deceased. Joseph agrees that it's a sensitive topic and can depend upon whether or not the family of the deceased is invited. "There's nothing wrong with an in memoriam or a candle at the ceremony," she says.

Find Out What Kylie Jenner Said About Those Engagement Rumors…

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It's no secret that the Internet freaked out when Kylie Jenner posted a selfie with a ring on that finger. The rebellious baby of the family — who's had controversial bouts with plastic surgery rumors and posts racy pictures of herself regularly — hasn't been shy when it comes to her scandalous relationship with 25-year-old rapper Tyga. It wouldn't be too shocking, then, if she were engaged just weeks before her 18th birthday. But, it looks like fans of the Kardashian Klan will have to wait a bit longer for another blow-out wedding: Kylie herself confirmed she's not getting married anytime soon.

After her Instagram posts nearly broke the Internet (sorry, Kim), Kylie took to Twitter to clear up any confusion. "Not planning on getting married anytime soon :)," she shared with her 10 million followers.

See more: Celebrity Honeymoon Destinations

While it's a no-go for now, we still think she could walk down the aisle at a younger age than most. Older sister Khloé even said herself in her recent interview with Complex that "Kylie is not a normal 17-year-old." And on the season premiere of I Am Cait, after Kylie's grandma (Caitlyn's mom, Esther) presents Kylie with a photo of herself at 17 years old, noting that she was already married at the time, Kylie says "Kind of like me." Caitlyn quickly quieted the issue with, "I don't want to be hearing any of that."

Despite her denial, we're pretty positive the rumor-mill will continue to spin this news — especially with her 18th birthday around the corner!

WATCH: See One Couple’s Washington Wedding Come to Life

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For any couple in the thick of wedding planning, having two days of uninterrupted wedding planning is everything. As you pull up your Pinterest boards and spreadsheets, click through countless real weddings, and scour the Internet for fresh new ideas, we think it's time you give our real weddings video channel a look. With countless real couple's nuptials, you'd be hard pressed not to find some inspiration in these clips. Each week we've been spotlighting one of our favorite new love stories, and today's couple is Ana and Tommy, who tied the knot in Carnation, Washington.

Cabfare Productions was on hand to record every moment of this formal outdoor wedding at Camp Korey. For the sentimentalist bride, this super sweet video is everything you've ever imagined in a big day. From the bride's first look with her father to the incredibly emotional moment the groom first sees Ana during their own first look, you'll likely be moved to tears within the first new moments.

See More: 23 Cakes We Love for Summer Weddings

As far as ceremony décor goes, this couple totally nailed it. Their linen backdrop is decorated with a delicate garland of flowers for perfect garden-inspired I do's. You'll want to take special note of this first kiss, too. Tommy pulls Ana in for one of the most passionate altar kisses we've seen in some time. And if you're looking for major floral inspiration for your reception space, you'll love the stylish selections this couple chose for their tabletops. A mix of high and low vessel houses green-and-white arrangements with plenty of loose, organic texture.

Couple's with a sweet tooth should take note of Ana and Tommy's massive dessert bar. With everything several cakes, nearly every type of candy, and a huge selection of macarons, there was a treat for every guest at this reception

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In this modern age, wording your wedding invitations can seem like a minefield of potential faux pas. Traditionally, each set of parents is acknowledged on the invitation as a host of the affair, but as more couples choose to pay for their own weddings, the process becomes ever more convoluted. So what is the proper way to honor parents on the wedding invitation when the bride and groom are footing the bill? Our etiquette experts weigh in.

The key to paying tribute to your parents while maintaining precedence on the invitation is a matter of organizing the text and proper wording. A classic wedding invitation is typically written as an entreaty of the bride's parents to guests, requesting their presence at the wedding: "Mr. and Mrs. Smith request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Smith to John Jones."

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However, as your parents are not taking financial responsibility for the wedding, you and your fiancé can take top billing on the invitation. Some couples may choose to omit their parents' names altogether, simply referring to family with a simple, "Together with their parents" or "Together with their families": "Together with their parents, Elizabeth Smith and John Jones request the pleasure of your company at their marriage." Another popular format reverses the order of the parents' names with the couples' names: "Elizabeth Smith, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and John Jones, Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jones, request the pleasure of your company at their marriage." Either of these options will indicate that you and your future hubby are the technical hosts of the affair, while still honoring both of your parents.

Newlyweds Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross Welcome Their Baby Girl!

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Ashlee Simpson has finally given birth to her baby girl! Her first child with husband of nearly a year Evan Ross arrived yesterday, a source told People.

The newlyweds have been excitedly awaiting the arrival of their little one ever since they announced the happy news that they were having a girl in February.

"Their whole family was around to support them," a source told E! News of their baby's birth. "Evan was very emotional and loves Ashlee so much. He did not leave her side and wanted to go through this with her every step of the way. He can't wait to be a dad. He would do anything for Ashlee and now this baby girl. Ashlee is doing great and can't wait to get home to to be with her family."

See more: Find Out Who Inspired Ashlee Simpson's Reception Look

The new parents aren't the only two excited about the littlest Simpson-Ross. Ashlee's six-year-old son from her marriage to Pete Wenz, Bronx, couldn't be more thrilled to have a little sister. "I told him pretty early on," Simpson told Us Weekly of Bronx once they found out they were having a girl. "He wanted to have a sister, so he's really excited! He's got a little brother. Now he's going to have a little sister!"

Ashlee and Evan both promised a unique name, which, Ross promised: "You guys will figure out the story behind it once we tell the name," he said to People in June.

While this is his first child, Ross has already earned some parenting stripes while taking care of Bronx. "It's amazing. I can't even tell you how incredible that child is — he's unbelievable!" Ross has previously told People of Bronx. "He's been a blessing in my life and I've learned so much from him."

10 Minutes with Designer Alon Livné

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10 Minutes Interview with Designer Alon Livne

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Alon Livné is one of Israel's hottest young designers, designing both a ready-to-wear line and his Alon Livné White bridal collection from his Tel Aviv studio. The young designer, known for his graphic shapes and innovative fabrics, will debut his first bridal runway show this October, and this year marks the opening of his first New York studio for bridal and ready-to-wear. We caught up with Livné to learn about his design process, his favorite fabrics (hello, dreamy French lace!) and his top styling tips for brides.

The designer starts every collection by focusing on his fabrics — the more beautiful, the better.
"For each collection, I start with inspiration boards with images and materials that move me. They typically include a variety of photographs, landscapes, objects, personal pictures, fabrics, and more. I always play music in the workroom to create ambiance. I love classical compositions and Indian acoustics. I'll sketch for long periods of a time, usually into the wee hours of the night (that's when the magic usually starts)."

Livné's favorite part about designing for brides?
"My favorite part of designing bridal is looking for fabrics and embroidery. I find that being able to touch the fabrics and discover new materials in the beginning brings me so much value to production later on. The hunt for special details, pearls, crystals, and embroidery, excites the entire process and gives me a long lasting enthusiasm throughout the design process. My heart always races for French lace. It is so delicate yet so versatile. I love adding my own touch of fine beads and pearls to accent different pieces. It's a classic fabric that always seems to win the heart of so many brides."

See more: 4 Reasons to Say "I Do" to a Second Wedding Dress

He loves the celebrity-approved transparency trend.
Not only is he a bridal favorite, but Livné's designs always end up on the red carpet. He has dressed countless celebrities, from Lady Gaga to Beyoncé and Ellie Goulding to Kim Kardashian West and the Jenner girls. So, it's no surprise that the designer advocates for the white-hot red-carpet trend of transparency. "I love using very nude linings under extravagant lace to create looks that are sexy and interesting. I love dresses that combine conservative silhouettes with unusual elements like edgy cutouts and transparency fabrics. There is nothing sexier to me than cutouts combined with laces of different densities for unique exposure."

The designer's top styling tips for brides...
"I love seeing how brides style my gowns with accessories. Earrings, for example, can add so much to a bride's look. I tend to favor hanging pearls with different stones, which I find so majestic and feminine. I always recommend high quality shoes that not only suit the gown, yet comfortable for celebrating all night long. Last but not least, always be aware of underwear! I recommend seamless, skin-tone styles that you won't see through the gown."

His favorite bride of all time is one of the most iconic, too.
"My favorite bride is Grace Kelly, who wore a lace dress with long sleeves, and her hair styled up. Her look has inspired so many designers, including myself."

Red-Carpet Recap: 3 Looks to Inspire Brides-to-Be

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Kendall Jenner makes the case for a chic jumpsuit, Ashley Greene shows us how beautiful a simple LWD can be, and Miranda Kerr is pretty in pink lace. Here, the red-carpet looks we couldn't get enough of this week.

Kendall Jenner at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood: Sometimes all you need to make a statement is a jumpsuit that reflects your sense of personal style. Kendall's strapless Solace London number is just the piece for your engagement party or bridal shower. We'd suggest pairing the one-piece look with a sleek chignon or ponytail, colorful drop earrings, and nude pumps or sandals.

See More: Moda Operandi's Lauren Santo Domingo Shares 4 Tips to Finding Your Perfect Bridal Look

Miranda Kerr at Zimmermann's Summer Cocktail Party: White lace is a bridal staple, but pink lace is even more ethereal. Need proof? Just check out how gorgeous Miranda looked in a pink lace Zimmermann Resort 2016 dress. If any of your pre-wedding festivities are outdoors, this ensemble will be perfect with simple, ankle-strap wedges, rosy lips, and dewy skin.

Ashley Greene at the #15MINRENO Ideas With Mr. Clean Event: A bride-to-be can never go wrong with an expertly-tailored little white dress for a pre-wedding party! Ashley slipped one on from L'Agence and gave the look a pop of color with pink pumps — it's an easy (and stylish) way to turn heads at your rehearsal dinner or morning-after brunch.

5 Creative Marriage Bucket-List Ideas from Real Brides

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Marriage Bucket List

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Now that you're part of a terrific twosome it's time for you and your new spouse to get busy on a bucket list together, no? From living in a completely different country to taking up a brand new sport, here's what real brides are vowing to do with their guys before death do them part.

1. Actually eat at the dining room table
Ah, a classic problem for many modern couples that plop down in front of the TV to share a meal at night, as opposed to gathering around the dining table. Bride Kristie says her husband was actually the first to suggest the idea in their relationship. "Our goal now is to eat dinner at the dining table at least once a week so we can talk without any disruptions and go into detail about our days. So far, it's been awesome."

2. Take up a new sport
Because boredom is the biggest relationship killer and countless studies have proven that couples that play together (i.e. do exciting, new things), stay together. So why not follow in the footsteps of Alex and her hubby and take up a new sport? "We signed up for golf lessons this summer and have been having a blast making a date night out of it," she tells us. "After we hit the driving range, we hit up a local bar for a couple of cocktails and just hang out."

3. Live in a different country
Variety is the spice of life, right? Lizzie and her fiancé Kent are set to say, "I do" in a few short months. At the top of their marriage bucket list is to reside in a different country for a minimum of one year, if not longer. "Neither of us want to get so complacent with married life that we never venture outside our comfort zone or take a big risk, like moving abroad," she explains. "We've both dreamt of living on an island or perhaps somewhere in Europe, which we hope to do either before or after we have kids!"

See More: 6 Things You Should Do Before You Have Kids

4. Build your dream home
Home is where the heart is! "While our first bucket list item is to save up enough money to buy a beautiful house in the suburbs, our ultimate goal is to design and build the house of our dreams," notes newlywed New Yorker Anna.

5. Go on a safari
Oh the places you'll go! Avid travelers, Shannon and her hubby Mark, have a bunch of destinations on their joint bucket list, including an African safari. "When we got married, we vowed to travel the world together," she explains. "We've been fortunate enough to cross several places off our list already. Our next stop is a South African safari. Now we just have to plan it!"

Digital Seating Charts That Will Help Simplify Wedding Planning

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Between wrangling last-minute RSVPs and trouble-shooting tuxedo malfunctions, the two weeks before your wedding can feel like an obstacle course. One way we suggest reigning in the stress is utilizing the genius technology that is digital reception seating charts. By creating a seating chart online, you'll not only be able to keep your sanity intact, but these free digital services allow you to skip the whole color-coded Post-it notes fiasco that is consuming your wedding binder.

To be sure you don't accidentally sit your husband-to-be's slightly curmudgeonly grandfather next to your angsty tween niece, these digital seating charts let you move guests from table to table with just one click. The best part? Their free services won't tap into your wedding budget. These are a few of our favorites.

WeddingWire
By using the drag-and-drop seating chart, you can customize a seating plan and choose table shapes as well as keep track of your RSVPs all in one place. Plus, the site allows you to easily share your fancy new digital chart. You can print, export or email your floor plan to your venue so everyone is lopped in on the arrangement.

See more: How to Seat Even Your Most Difficult Wedding Guests

AllSeated
This site lets you import your guest list from Excel, then assign tables based on your to-scale floor plan. You can also plot out other wedding-related events, including your rehearsal dinner and day-after brunch, using that same master list.

Wedding Mapper
The Guest Manager tool lets you lay out the entire floor plan — bar, dance floor, etc. — and ensure that Grandma is nowhere near the subwoofer.

Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

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