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October 2015 - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Oct 312015

Dealing with your in-laws is tricky territory, and while you of course want everything to be perfect, there are bound to be some less-than-ideal moments. From your mother-in-law showing too much skin to singing Celine Dion at the reception, here's how to handle some uncomfortable in-law situations.

1. She's picked out a dress with some serious cleavage.
Will all eyes be on her at the wedding and not you? Of course not. Still, you'd rather she not make a fool of herself.

What to do: If you're marrying in a house of worship, let her know that her outfit will be too revealing for a place where modest dress is the norm. Even if you're marrying in a nonreligious setting, you can ask her if she has a pretty jacket or shawl she can wear for the ceremony; let her go for the big reveal at the reception, where she'll blend in more with the crowd.

2. She's overly affectionate with you — and you just met!
Her kisses and hugs are more appropriate for longtime friends.

What to do: You can't blame the woman for being excited to finally meet her child's spouse-to-be. But if the slobbering and excessive clinging make you want to run in the other direction, have your fiancé talk to his mom alone. He should describe it as your problem, not hers, saying something like you get uncomfortable when people get too close too fast and you need time to warm up to that kind of affection. Just don't stick out your hand for a business-like shake — you're almost family!

See More: So, You're Not Crazy About Your Mother-in-Law... Here's How to Deal

3. At the reception, she grabs the mic and starts singing "My Heart Will Go On."
And it's not pretty.

What to do: Short of pulling the mic's cord out of the electrical outlet, you can't really do much to stop this spontaneous performance, so be a good sport and clap for her. Just be glad it's only three minutes of your life and make sure you get it on video!

4. She has one too many gin and tonics and starts telling off your father-in-law's new girlfriend.
While you don't like the newbie much either, you want to avoid the nastiness escalating into a brawl.

What to do: It's time to call in the calvary — the groomsmen. Ask two of them to discreetly escort her away from the main party, perhaps to an empty room or even outside, so she can calm down and sober up. Strong coffee, anyone?

5. She starts complaining about everything from the supposedly weak drinks to her reception table location.
Nothing about your wedding seems to make her happy.

What to do: Ask the wedding planner or maître d' to try to appease her. If her gripes aren't legitimate, chalk it up to nerves and emotion on such an historic day in the life of her family. You and the groom should spend a few minutes with her, thanking her for her love and support and making her feel like an important part of your wedding day, which of course she is.

Do You Have to Exchange Wedding Gifts With Your Fianc&#233?

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Oct 312015

Exchanging a pre-nuptial gift with your husband is a great way to punctuate the moment, but it's certainly not expected. Our experts encourage you to look for a deeper meaning behind this popular practice.

If you really want to buy your new hubby a unique pair of cufflinks or watch, then go for it. Every time he looks at that token of your affection, it will spark the memory of your wedding day and the happiness you felt as a couple. That being said, we are certainly never ones for exchanging gifts out of obligation. A romantic gesture goes a long way, and articulating your thoughts is a great way to start, so pen a love letter. We find that once those thoughts are down on paper, you'll often think of a small gift that goes hand-in-hand with your emotions, making the sentiment incredibly meaningful. After all, that is the whole point of giving a gift, right?

See More: What to Do When A Guest Never Sends a Gift

Take a moment and think about why you want to give your husband a gift, or better yet, why you'd like to receive one; it's likely because you're hoping for an expression of love. You have committed a sizeable amount of time and effort into planning this wedding, and it wouldn't be the end of the world for your husband to recognize that fact, so let this be your first lesson in newlywed communication: It's OK to talk to him. No, we're not suggesting emailing him a link to acceptable pieces of jewelry; instead, let him know how much of your energy has been put toward making the wedding a memorable event and that by appreciating the details, he'll in turn be appreciating you.

Whether it's a gift, a card, or a heartfelt thank you at the end of the night, don't let the moment pass by without appreciating each other. It's a healthy habit to start early in a marriage.

WATCH: This Couple Wouldn’t Let Rain Ruin Their Beautiful Fall Wedding Day

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Oct 312015

It's no secret that planning a wedding is a lot of fun, but it's also one of the more stressful experiences you and your significant other will go through. You're likely being bombarded with so many great ideas that you can't quite figure out what you want for your big day. One of our favorite ways to learn what you love and what you don't is to see how another couple translated trending ideas into their own celebration. And our favorite way to do that? By watching real couples say I do in our real weddings video channel, which is packed with the sweetest love stories and plenty of inspiration to make your own. Each week we've been spotlighting one of our favorite new couples, and today we're taking you inside Tivoli and David's stunning fall wedding in Huntington, New York.

This adorable couple asked Pennylane Productions to join them at Oheka Castle for their October 4, 2014 nuptials. One of our favorite parts about this celebration is how incredibly positive both the bride and groom are — the pair booked the stunning estate for their wedding because they wanted to exchange vows in the beautiful outdoor garden, but when they woke up, rain was pouring. But in a stroke of luck, the sun came out and the happy groom made the call to move the ceremony back outdoors. And what a call it was! The bride walked down a long aisle to meet David in front of breathtaking fountains.

See More: 16 Autumnal Boutonnieres for the Fall Groom

Another detail we love about this autumnal celebration is how the couple embraced bold color. Tivoli's bridesmaids donned deep plum-hued gowns while David and his groomsmen sported purple ties. They carried the palette into their ceremony, which was a total party atmosphere. The bride and groom made it a point to celebrate with their friends and family, keeping the dance floor packed all evening long.

No matter what type of wedding you're planning, there's no shortage of great ideas to take away from this spectacular celebration — from the gorgeous centerpieces to the sparkler exit, we're sure you'll be inspired for your big day after watching this pair say I do!

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Yes, You Can Relax the Week of Your Wedding — Here’s How

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Oct 312015
How to Relax Before Your Wedding

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The week before your wedding — a time with seemingly never-ending last-minute to-do lists and sky-high, roller coaster emotions — may leave little time to relax, but kicking back and taking a deep breath isn't impossible. Here's how you can keep calm, and move on.

Realize worrying gets you nowhere.
"You must believe in your heart that worrying is not going to help anything," says Aviva Samuels, owner of Kiss the Planner in Palm Beach, Florida. "You must be prepared to give up the deep-seeded belief that worrying serves some sort of purpose. You must distinguish between solvable an unsolvable stresses. Take a closer look to see if there is something that you can do to be more prepared, or if it is something that is simply out of your control. Take a look at how likely is it that a problem will occur and if is it truly a realistic concern? If it is solvable, grab your closest allies and start brainstorming. If not, let it go."

See More: How to Calm a Bride's Nerved On the Big Day

Put your faith in your vendors.
If you've prepared your wedding to-do list and checked it twice then "it's time to put your faith into the people you hired to make that plan come to life," says Samuels. "Having said that, however, if double and triple checking is your thing, enlist your trusted peeps to make one last confirmation call to each of your vendors to check in with them. Find out if they have everything they need to make the wedding a success. Although it may not be necessary, if that's what it takes to put you at ease, I say go for it."

Be specific about your needs.
"If you want help packing, tweaking your seating chart, running errands or packing your honeymoon suitcase, don't just assume that your loved ones already know that," says Samuels. "Ask for what you need and accept the help with open arms. Delegating is the key to success and if you give your loved ones a heads up in advance, it may become your secret weapon when it comes to staying calm in those final days."

Learn to walk away.
You won't be the only one with sky-rocketing stress levels the week of your wedding. So if someone you love does something to get under your skin, "calmly say, 'thank you for noticing,' and then walk away," Samuels suggests. "Keep a neutral body and facial expression or squeeze out a smile if you are able. If you indulge yourself in getting upset, then you are the one that suffers the consequence".

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Say Their Marriage Is Stronger Than Ever

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Oct 312015
Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie Wedding Gift Rumors

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Nearly a year after they tied the knot in a secret ceremony in France, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt say their marriage is stronger than ever. In a rare joint interview with Tom Brokaw set to air on Monday on the Today show, the couple opened up about their marriage, including an unwavering love and respect for one another, Us Weekly reports.

Pitt got candid about Jolie's decision to undergo a surgery to remove her ovaries this year. "Whatever's got to be done to keep the family together, and keep the family together as long as possible is gonna be done," the actor said. "This was her charge, no question. It's a scary decision. There's many things that can go wrong and go many different directions."

Jolie opted to remove her ovaries after a preventive double mastectomy in 2013. For both surgeries, Jolie said, she felt confident with Pitt beside her. "I knew through the surgeries that [Pitt] was on my side and that this wasn't something where I was going to feel less of a woman, because my husband wasn't going to let that happen," she said.

See More: Girls Star Allison Williams Dishes On Her Italian Honeymoon

Jolie and Pitt are set to star in By the Sea. Directed by Jolie, it will be the couple's first time collaborating on screen since Mr. and Mrs. Smith — the hit movie that first sparked romantic rumors between the two.

According to Us Weekly, the movie follows an unhappy couple while they're on vacation in France. And the on-screen romance couldn't be farther from the couple's off-screen marriage. "I'm counting on the audience to know that if it was close to us at all, we could never make this film," Jolie said. "It's because we're actually very, very stable and these aren't our issues."

The Best Celebrity Bridal Beauty Looks of the Week

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Oct 312015
celeb bridal beauty lea seydoux, jessica biel, kate bosworth

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What we're loving this week? Tons of gorgeous hairstyles, from Lea Seydoux's bombshell waves to Jessica Biel's loose, Rapunzel-esque braid, and Kate Bosworth's 'cool-girl' braid.

Lea Seydoux at the Royal Film Performance of Spectre: Leave it to a French actress to wear old-school bombshell waves with ease. Instead of going totally retro, Seydoux updated the look by forgoing red lipstick and black eyeliner in favor of shimmery eye makeup, highlighter on her cheekbones, and pinky nude lips.

Jessica Biel at the 25th Annual EMA Awards: Another way to wear a braid that's a bit more black-tie ready is Jessica Biel's style, which from the front looks like loose waves, but is actually gathered into the back into a long, loose French braid. Pairing it with bronzed skin and metallic eye makeup, it looks formal without reading stuffy. (In other words, perfect for a wedding.)

See more: Take Your 'Maids 'Bar Hopping' at These Genius Bridal Beauty Bars

Kate Bosworth at the SAG Foundation's Conversation on The Art of More: Having a destination wedding? Try Kate Bosworth's wrap-around braid. (It's easier to do than it looks!) Celebrity hairstylist Bridget Brager first created bed-head waves by spraying Sachajuan Ocean Mist onto damp hair, rough blow dried it, and then curled it with T3's Whirl Trio. She parted Bosworth's hair on the side, Dutch-braided it down the side of the head and behind the ear, wrapped it around the nape of the neck, and secured it with a bobby pin. To give the braid a lived-in feel, she finished with Kevin Murphy Powder Puff Volumising Powder. That's all!

Is a River Cruise a Good Honeymoon Choice?

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Oct 312015
River Versus Ocean Cruise

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For those who consider a cruise for their honeymoon, the first question is an easy one: river or ocean. Here, some questions to ask yourself to help determine which is right for you:

Where do you want to go?
If you're looking for the beachy appeal of the Caribbean or for the rugged outdoors of Alaska, the answer is easy (ocean). But if you're looking at Europe, or even Asia, you want to evaluate where you've already been, and what's at the top of your bucket list. Ocean cruises in Europe, for example, focus primarily on the Baltic or the Mediterranean, while river cruises make their way through the interior of the continent, and offer a wider variety of choices of destinations.

Does demographic matter to you?
While ocean-going cruise ships vary from ones that cater to active types of all ages, to those with lots of young families with kids, those with plenty of empty nester couples, and those filled primarily with retirees, river cruises have historically skewed toward the higher age groups. While that age has dropped over the last five years, you're still less likely to find 20-somethings and 30-somethings on river cruises.

See More: 6 New Cruise Ships for Honeymooners

Do you need a lot of choices for how to see the ports?
While most ocean-going ships offer anywhere from a handful to more than a dozen shore excursions to choose from in every port, most river lines have a walking tour (with a miked-up guide who speaks into an earpiece) and then, sometimes, a few optional add-ons, like winery tours or biking expeditions.

Do you need a lot of dining and nightlife options?
Because river cruise ships are constrained by the width of the rivers and the heights of the bridges, these ships top out at around 200 passengers. The result: you're going to find one or two restaurants, as opposed to as many as 18 on the biggest ocean cruise ships. Ditto for bars and lounges: there will only be one or two, as opposed to a dozen with different themes, drink lists, and styles. In addition, while the line might bring onboard local entertainment to amuse passengers, you're not going to find big stage shows or crowded dance floors on these smaller, social, but quieter cruises.

Budgeting: Phase II

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1) If you are like most people, what you want and what you can afford are two separate things. Get together with your fiance and prioritize. Figure out what are the most important elements of your wedding and put your money there. 2) You will be amazed at how different your ideas are from your groom-to-be's. Get ready for your first lesson in matrimonial bliss . . .compromise! 3) No matter how much you "do-it-yourself," you will probably still have to minimize in a couple of areas. Be prepared for this reality.

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Newlywed and Pregnant JWoww Announced She’s Having A…

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Oct 312015
Jennifer Jwoww Farley Baby Gender Reveal

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Newlywed Jennifer "JWoww" Farley has yet another reason to celebrate. The newly-minted Mrs. and mother to one-year-old Meilani, who announced she is pregnant with baby number 2 at her wedding, just revealed her bun in the oven's gender. Meilani is going to be a big sister to a baby brother!

Jennifer Jwoww Farley Baby Gender Reveal Cake

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To announce the happy news, the Jersey Shore alum posted a photo of a cake on her blog. The towering confection, covered in white icing, was decorated with both pink and blue accents. A message on the cake read: "He or She? Can't wait to see!" But, once she cut into the cake the inside reveals blue — meaning it's a boy!

See more: Kelly Clarkson Is Having a Baby Boy!

"Roger and I have said from the beginning that, just like it was with Meilani, it does not matter which gender our baby is, as long as he or she is healthy," she said. "Still, we are so excited to be expecting a baby BOY!"

She continues to explain how excited she is to be having both a boy and a girl in her family. "It's amazing knowing that we are having one of each, just like Nicole," JWoww writes of BFF Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. "I've always said I wanted a boy. I think there is something to be said about a mother-and-son bond."

Adding about her daughter: "I can't wait for us to meet him and I know Meilani's going to be an awesome, protective big sister."

Now, we're just going to have to wait until May 2016 for the little peanut to arrive. Congratulations to the happy family!

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

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Oct 302015
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What we loved on the red carpet this week: Kim Kardashian's cape gown, Karlie Kloss's strapless stunner, and Olivia Wilde's spirited take on lace and embellishment.

Kim Kardashian at the 2015 InStyle Awards: Capes aren't just for outerwear, as a pregnant Kim Kardashian so elegantly showed this week. She made the silhouette red carpet-perfect in gown form: a white Valentino beauty that she has previously worn in black. If you're looking to try the trend for your big day, pull inspiration from her ensemble and her sleek ponytail.

See More: Johnny Depp Pranks Wife Amber Heard in a Way Only Johnny Depp Could Pull Off

Karlie Kloss at the VOGUE China 10th Anniversary Party: Though you definitely want to feel like a princess as a bride-to-be, you may want to look a bit more modern than the fairy tale-inspired ballgowns that are often associated with your big day. You can opt for a strapless, streamlined design, just as Karlie Kloss did here. Her Comme Moi head-turner, delicate updo, and natural makeup were clean and refined.

Olivia Wilde at the Suffragette 18th Annual Savannah Film Festival Screening: We'll always love a bold dress for your engagement party: it sets the tone for all of your pre-wedding looks and announces your sartorial prowess to your loved ones — along with your momentous news. Olivia Wilde's lively Peter Pilotto frock is perfect for a Fall or Winter affair, with its long sleeves and lace. And you could surely wear her silver mirrored leather pumps again and again.

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