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May 2016 - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning

How to Insure Your Engagement Ring

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To a newly-engaged bride, practical and time-consuming tasks like learning how to purchase engagement ring insurance — and then getting around to actually doing it — can seem a lot less thrilling than, say, finding your perfect wedding dress. However, if your engagement ring falls down the garbage disposal, flies off on a rollercoaster, or sheds a diamond or two, you'll wish you had better protected your sentimental stone. We've asked jewelry and insurance experts to weigh in on what it takes to make sure you'll be able to enjoy your ring for years to come — no matter what life throws at your left hand. Read their advice, below.

Choose a Coverage Provider
When it comes to insuring your engagement ring (or other valuable jewelry for that matter) you have two options. If you have homeowners' or renters' insurance, you can purchase an extension (also called a "rider") that covers your engagement ring specifically. If you don't have homeowners' or renters' insurance you can take out a policy through a company that specializes in jewelry insurance like Jewelers Mutual. Independent companies like Jewelers Mutual are also worth a look if your insurance provider doesn't offer the specific coverage you require.

The cost of coverage will vary greatly based on several factors including the value of your ring, where you live (and theft rates in the area), as well as whether or not your policy has a deductible, says Kash Bulsara, a team manager in the homeowners insurance division at State Farm. "Policies without deductibles will have higher monthly premiums. And, just as with health and car insurance, it's a great idea to ask your insurer what types of repairs contribute to your deductible."

Other important questions to ask a potential policy provider: Can you choose who repairs your ring? If you're insured for replacement (instead of a cash payout), where can you purchase a new ring? What happens if a suitable replacement cannot be found? How will you need to prove the ring vanished if you make a claim? And are there any circumstances that aren't covered?

"In addition to engagement ring insurance, remember this is a time when you should be reevaluating all of your insurance needs as newlyweds," says Jeanne Salvatore, senior vice president of public affairs and consumer spokesperson for the Insurance Information Institute. Even consider ramping up your insurance coverage to account for expensive or hard-to-replace wedding gifts.

See more: The 5 Times You Should Take Off Your Engagement Ring

Get an Appraisal
You can't protect the value of your ring if you don't know what it's worth. "A thorough appraisal will include the carat weight, cut, color, and clarity of all the diamonds, the carat weight and shape of any colored stones, the metal type and fineness or karat, as well as any identifying marks, hallmarks, or stamps," says Elizabeth Doyle, president and co-founder of Doyle & Doyle. Most insurance companies will require an appraisal for higher value pieces (for example, rings worth $5,000 or more) while an invoice or receipt suffices for less expensive items.

If your center stone is around half a carat or larger, your jeweler will often provide a diamond certificate or grading report from an independent gemological laboratory like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the organization that founded the "4Cs" used to evaluate diamonds: Color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. This assessment of quality — while not an appraisal — lists all of the measurements your appraiser will need to make the most accurate determination of value. (This detailed information can also help track down your specific diamond if it's ever stolen.) "If your ring is lost and you're without an appraisal there is no way you'll be able to recover the ring's actual worth," says Russell Shor, senior industry analyst at GIA. "The GIA report is unassailable if people lose their ring or are victims of theft."

Find a reputable appraiser with sparkling reviews, preferably one who also holds a graduate degree in gemology and is a member of a national appraisal society. (The GIA recognizes these associations.) "It's very important that your appraisal is accurate," says Zaven Ghanimian, designer for Simon G. Jewelry. "It's not a good thing if the appraiser inflates the value of your ring." Sure, you might be thrilled when the sparkler that cost your groom $2,000 appraises for double, but you could end up losing money in the long run. You'll pay a higher monthly premium for a ring that appraises for $4,000, and if it's lost or stolen, your insurance company may just replace the ring — which could also only cost them $2,000 — instead of cutting you a check for the cool 4K.

Remember to a Reappraise
The good news is your engagement ring was a smart investment! As its value has likely gone up since it was purchased, it's important to have your ring reappraised every 2 to 3 years for insurance purposes. And consider going back to the same appraiser each time (assuming you had a good experience), says Bulsara. Most reputable appraisers will retain a copy of your original appraisal and can work from that instead of starting from scratch — and that cuts costs. (But bring a copy of your appraisal in the event they don't keep records for that long.)

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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite city resorts under $350!

1. Fairmont Le Cháteau Frontenac, Québec City, Québec
Built in 1893, this storybook resort in the walls of the old city recently emerged from a $75 million renovation. (Doubles from $466; fairmont.com)

2. Baccarat Hotel and Residences, New York, New York
Parisian style in the heart of New York city! Located across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, this is luxury meets romance, with just a hint of city life to get your newlywed life going. (Doubles from $800; baccarathotels.com)

3. Montage Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
This historic Beverly Hills estate turned iconic hotel is quintessential Hollywood. Think private poolside bungalows, views of the Hollywood Hills, and celebrity sightings aplenty. (Doubles from $695; montagehotels.com)

4. Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Four Seasons Rancho Encantado resort boasts signature Santa Fe design—stucco walls, earthy tones, and dark brown wood beams. Get pampered at the spa with healing treatments unique to the traditions of the region, and then hitched in the Aspen Ballroom (2,600 square feet with an adjacent 1,300 square-foot terrace). (Doubles from $519; fourseasons.com)

5. St. Regis, San Francisco, California
With a great location just south of Market, the St. Regis has 214 guest rooms and 46 suites with leather-textured walls, window seating, oversized soaking tubs, and views of downtown San Francisco. The lobby bar is a see-and-be-seen spot for the city's movers and shakers, and the onsite restaurant is an acclaimed locale that regularly appears on the city's "best of" lists. (Doubles from $510; stregissanfrancisco.com)

6. The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, New York, New York
This landmark New York hotel should be top of your list of honeymoon hotel choices. Iconic romance, culture, and amazing food are just at your doorstep. (Doubles from $459; rosewoodhotels.com)

7. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nature and art-lovers should consider this Santa Fe oasis. Nestled in a building from 1917, this honeymoon hideaway certainly has a mystical quality that's guaranteed to bring the romance. (Doubles from $345; rosewoodhotels.com)

8. Setai Miami Beach, Florida
With its quiet entrance on Collins Avenue, The Setai feels more like a vacation home than a hotel; if privacy is a priority, the intimate lobby check-in experience is only the first indication that you are in a unique environment. Though it's nestled in the center of Miami's most vibrant neighborhood—surrounded by nightlife, luxury shopping and restaurants—The Setai radiates tranquility. After the whirlwind of your wedding, it's the perfect environment to focus on each other! (Doubles from $489; thesetaihotel.com)

9. Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, California
Honeymoon like a celeb at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. California cool meets Hollywood glam at this Doheny Drive enclave to the stars. (Doubles from $645; fourseasons.com)

10. Auberge Saint-Antoine, Québec City, Québec
Explore romantic Québec City from your outpost at one of three historical buildings. Health nuts wanting to keep up their pre-wedding regime can hit the hotel's "LeGYM" for yoga and spa treatments. (Doubles from $215; saint-antoine.com)

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Pippa Middleton’s Iconic Royal Wedding Bridesmaid Dress’ Look-Alike Is On Sale

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Her big sis may be the one with the royal title, but when it comes to bridesmaid style, Pippa Middleton is the one who takes the crown. It's been five years since Pippa popped out of that limo outside of Westminster Abbey and shot to international fame. Sure, she wasn't the star of the show and spent the day holding and fluffing the bride-to-be's long luxe train, but didn't Middleton look just fabulous while doing so? Her Alexander McQueen white sheath (and royal good looks!) might have to do something with that. But if you've been lusting after that famous frock — good news! It's now 40 percent off! (And of course still super expensive...)

Middleton's bridesmaid dress is now almost as famous as her older sister's, The Duchess of Cambridge, extravagant lace wedding dress. The clean and crisp frock featured a relaxed, curve-hugging silhouette, a chic row of buttons down its back, dainty floral detailing around the sleeves, and a memorable cowl neckline — all in a creamy white hue. In fact, the frock started a trend, with tons of brides opting to dress their 'maids in the snow white hue normally reserved for their own dresses. "It was completely unexpected," Middleton previously told Today of the world's reaction to the luxe look. "You know, I think the plan was not really for it to be a significant dress. Really just to sort of blend in with the train. I suppose [the reaction was] flattering... It's actually still in my wardrobe at home." Well now you can swipe that iconic dress right out of Middleton's closet — well, a lookalike piece, at least.

Pippa Middleton at Royal Wedding

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Although Middleton's bridesmaid dress was a custom creation (the lucky girl...), Alexander McQueen offers an almost-identical gown that has been marked down by 40 percent on the fashion retailer site Forward by Elyse Walker, according to Us Weekly, meaning this stunning sheath is now a total steal!

Alexander McQueen Bridesmaid Dress

Photo: Courtesy of Forward by Elyse Walker

But before you start forwarding all of your 'maids the link and demanding that they dig out their credit cards ASAP, keep in mind that 40 percent off $2,565 (the dress' original price) is still $1,539 — a pretty hefty price tag for most bridal parties to take on.

Perhaps you're better off setting a more realistic budget for your bridesmaids' wonderful white dresses. Your girls will probably thank you. (Unless of course you're marrying a real-life Prince Charming — then by all means, shop on!)

See More: 21 of the Royal Couple's Cutest Moments

A Giant Oak Tree Was the Perfect Ceremony Backdrop at This Intimate California Wedding

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In July of 2014, two years after they started dating and four years after becoming friends at pharmacy school at the University of Colorado, Denver, Anna and Derek headed from the mountains to Pennsylvania to visit Anna's family for the 4th of July. The ring had been burning a hole in Derek's pocket for months, but he was waiting for the perfect opportunity to pop the question — and for an opportunity to include Anna's parents. "I was so worried someone would search my bag while we were going through security at the airport!" Derek remembers. He'd planned to propose on her parents' lakeside dock, but a thunderstorm rolled in and changed the plans. So with Anna's mom armed with a camera and her dad helping to guide the unknowing bride-to-be to a more picturesque spot in front of the windows, Derek got down on one knee.

So how did a mountain couple with East Coast roots end up on a vineyard in California? "We love to travel and we knew we wanted a destination wedding," says Anna. "We chose B.R. Cohn for their stunning property, enough space to have both our ceremony and reception on-site, and the perfect spot in the middle of the vineyard, beneath an ancient oak tree, for the ceremony." They let the beauty of the property speak for itself, opting for a rustic and natural theme with a relaxed vibe on September 18, 2015. Check out the beautiful details, photographed by Christine Chang Photography, below!

Though Anna was torn between two gowns (and took a few weeks of trying and re-trying to make a decision), she settled on this gorgeous Maggie Sottero wedding dress with a lace overlay, a sweetheart neckline, and full skirt. She paired it with a soft updo, a flowing veil, and a bright bouquet of garden roses and ranunculus.

Her bridesmaids wore apricot-hued Dessy gowns, each sporting a different neckline for a modern, mismatched look. Their smaller nosegays were tied with perfectly matching pink ribbons.

We totally love Anna's round diamond engagement ring, with the channel-set band to match! Her groom wore a gray three-piece suit, going away from classic black to better fit the couple's wedding's relaxed vibe.

"I had actually been to the vineyard once before," says Anna, who stopped into B.R. Cohn's tasting room with her parents five years earlier, around the same time she and Derek first started dating.

The ceremony took place in the vineyard beneath an oak tree, with rows of vines in the background. "We didn't have to decorate anything at all," says the bride. She and Derek wrote their own vows, combining traditional phrases with lines specific to their relationship. Anna's parents' minister from Pennsylvania came to California to perform the ceremony, meeting with the couple in advance via FaceTime to personalize every detail.

The groomsmen matched Derek in charcoal three-piece suits, adding a pop of color with plaid ties that coordinated with the bridesmaids' dresses.

The reception took place on the property's lawn, alongside the barreling facility. Café lights were strung from the trees and wrapped around the trunks to light the space as the sun went down.

Farm tables were topped simply with raw-edged runners (made by the bride!) and low arrangements of hydrangeas, proteas, and lilies. An olive branch was placed at each guest's seat.

Tables were named after states the couple had visited together, and Anna created a DIY seating chart using a map of the United States, complete with colorful pushpins to help guests find their destination.

After hors d'oeuvres that included bacon-wrapped chorizo-filled dates and miniature barbecue pulled pork sandwiches and a meal of tri-tip beef with pinot noir reduction and saffron risotto cakes, the couple cut into an elegantly-frosted wedding cake with layers of carrot cake and cream cheese icing.

"We knew we wanted to do a cake cutting, but also wanted to offer a variety of bite-sized dessert options," says Anna. They served brown butter cupcakes with salted caramel frosting, malted cupcakes with Nutella frosting, and chocolate cups full of espresso cheesecake.

After their first dance to "Loving You Easy" by Zac Brown Band, the guests hit the dance floor. "It was actually hard to get people to leave at the end of the night!" the bride remembers. As she and her groom made their getaway, they were presented with a book full of photo strips from their photo booth — including a shot of two of their bridesmaids mooning the camera! "There was no lack of fun at our wedding," says Anna.

After a mini-moon in California, touring vineyards with friends, the pair headed to New Zealand for three weeks of kayaking, hiking, and exploring. "My advice is to definitely hire a coordinator," says Anna. "It will make your wedding day so much more enjoyable and stress-free!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: B.R. Cohn Winery || Day-Of Coordinator: Lovely Day Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair & Makeup: Heart Amonos || Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Dessy Group || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Engagement Ring: Ritani || Florist: Anne Appleman Flowers || Invitations: Minted || Music: Patrick Connor Smith; DJ Dave Tutton || Catering & Rentals: Park Avenue Catering || Cake: Crisp Bake Shop || Photo Booth: Sonoma Photo Booth Company || Photographer: Christine Chang Photography

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The Best Way to Take Family Wedding Portraits if Your Parents are Divorced and Remarried

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Weddings bring out all sorts of emotions, and can get hard to navigate when family politics are involved. Divorced parents can complicate things even more, no matter how friendly your parents may be to one another. If one (or both) of your parents are divorced, the big thing that comes to mind is organizing family pictures at the wedding. How should you arrange separated, divorced, and remarried families for the portraits? Our experts have a few tips.

Whether your parents are still best friends or are barely civil to one another, you'll want to arrange for pictures with your individual families first and foremost, so put those at the top of the list. The two of you as a couple should take pictures with each parent, including their new significant other if they are in a relationship or are remarried. Inviting step-siblings to the wedding? Include them here, too.

If your parents are more friendly with one another, model your family pictures after shots including the bride and groom's parents: Have Mom and her new spouse on one side of the two of you, with Dad and his new spouse on the other side. You and your hubby might want to swap places halfway through so everyone has pictures standing next to their newly-married kid!

Planning on doing photos with your siblings included in the mix? If both of your parents will be in the picture and their step-kids will be, too, follow the above format, mixing your siblings in along with your Mom and Dad, then arranging step-siblings on the outer edges, on the same side as their respective parents.

If you want a big group photo with your family, his family, and all of your parents and siblings, you might need to do so on a set of steps if your growing family is big enough. Put siblings and biological parents in the front (along with their spouses), then arrange step-siblings just behind and above them.

For situations that are a little less friendly, you may want to skip the combined family pictures and instead focus solely on taking photos with each individual family, then combinations of sets of parents (the two of you with your mom and her husband with your groom's parents, then with your dad and his wife with your groom's parents, etc.).

See more: Should You Take Family Photos Before the Wedding Ceremony?

Jennifer Lawrence Attended Her Best Friend’s Wedding in Italy This Weekend Looking Cuter Than Ever

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Your Memorial Day weekend has nothing on Jennifer Lawrence's Italian escape. The Hunger Games star took a break from life in Hollywood to attend her best friend's wedding in Tuscany, looking as chic and perfect as ever, TBH. Her bestie, Laura Simpson, held the intimate wedding at the Borgo Stomennano Hotel where guests (a grand total of 25 of them!) broke out their light, summery dresses for the Italian heat. J-Law opted for a shimmering lilac slip dress, which if we're being honest, almost looks like a casual wedding dress itself at first glance! If only...

At the wedding, J-Law was joined by her pal Aziz Ansari, who also brought his brother, Aniz, to the romantic Italian ceremony. If that star-studded guest list isn't enough to get you on the edge of your seat, just wait until you see the adorable bride at her reception, twirling around as all of her guests cheer her on.

As is customary in today's culture, the bride and groom took to Instagram to post photos of their lavish nuptials (see the amazing Instagrams below). Simpson wrote on one post, "Hey f------, I got married, look at this s---. #undertheternoskysun." Clearly her sense of humor is what drew these BFF's together, right? People noted that their friendship spans nearly 10 years and was made more public when Simpson joined J-Law on the 2014 Oscar's red carpet, where she just so happened to catch Lawrence when she clumsily fell in front of cameras. Ohhhh, JL.


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The Oscar winner isn't new to weddings either, all in part due to her brothers. In 2014, she was a bridesmaid at her bro's nuptials and in 2010 she was a 'maid at her brother Ben's wedding as well. We're just hoping that the next wedding J-Law attends is her own! We know that's one ceremony every bride-to-be would want to take inspiration from.

For more looks of Lawrence at the Tuscan ceremony, head to People to see the exclusive photos.

See more: Our Favorite Celebrity Engagement Rings

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Fresh Wedding Hair Idea: Romantic Braids with Flowers

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Looking for a chic, fuss-free wedding hairstyle? We love a pretty braid — whether it's a loosely woven boho side braid or a clean-and-polished plait. Looking to take your braid one step further? Consider embellishing your hairstyle with fresh flowers and greenery. Ready to get inspired? Check out these six examples of this modern, elegant, and totally fresh look.

Long & Loose Braid (above): For a romantic, boho look, tuck blossoms throughout a long braid (extensions help here for length and fullness!). Keep the braid loose and wispy for an extra dose of wimsy.

Greenery & Berries: Turn a simple French braid into a striking statement by adding sprigs of fresh greenery and berries to your 'do.

Side Braid with Astrantia: If you've decided on a side braid, have your hairstylist weave some flowers into your hair, like these unique-looking astrantia blossoms.

Fishtail Braid with Greenery: For an intricate-looking fishtail braid, keep it simple by tucking eucalyptus leaves and astilbe at the top of the braid.

Asymmetrical Greenery: Accent your braided hairstyle with a laurel of fresh greenery pinned near the top.

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Long Side Braid: A long, side-swept braid is even prettier with the addition of waxflowers and textural elements like these pink pepper berries.

Our New Royal Wedding Obsession: Lady Charlotte Wellesley’s Stunning Spanish Wedding

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Move over Will and Kate! There's a new royal couple in town. Lady Charlotte Anne Wellesley of the United Kingdom married Colombian-American financier Alejandro Santo Domingo in Illoro, Spain on Saturday, May 28 — and looked absolutely stunning doing so.

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The bride wore a breathtaking white wedding dress to her Spanish nuptials, giving us major princess #bridegoals when it comes to the royal wedding circle's outfit ensembles. While not actually a princess — she's close enough. Wellesley is a descendant of Queen Victoria (by way of her mother) and the daughter of the 9th Duke of Wellington (her father's ancestor defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815), according to US Weekly. Her husband is a Columbian-American financier, Harvard graduate, and philanthropist in his home country of Colombia.

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The long-sleeve, off-the-shoulder white Emilia Wickstead ball gown was definitely a showstopper — showing that it's perfectly acceptable to have a modern take on royal weddings. Her hair was parted and swirled into an elegant low-bun chignon. Her cathedral veil was adorned with a Swiss dot pattern, and she wore it over her head as she entered the Church of Incarnation. While she had ladies in waiting catering to her every need, the photo below definitely shows that like real brides, even royalty can have wedding day snafus — the wind just doesn't care whether you're nobility or not!

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The couple exchanged vows in a Catholic ceremony and then hosted a reception for over 200 guests at the Duke's picturesque country estate.

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Celebrities and royals alike were in attendance, with the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, former King of Spain Juan Carlos I, Czech model Eva Herzigova, and singer James Blunt among the guest list (fun fact: Blunt is married to the bride's cousin — Sofia Wellesley).

See More: The OG Royal Couple — Will and Kate's Cutest Wedding Moments

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The bride's flower girls were outfitted in white, with baby's breath flower crowns adorning their heads. White on flower girls is one thing, but one wedding detail (or oversight, perhaps?) remains a mystery: The tradition of the guests not wearing white to upstage the bride was not upheld. One guest in particular was spotted committing a potential wedding faux-pas, donning a white ensemble — the Duchess of Cornwall!

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Locals also flocked to the scene to watch the bridal party's entrance, with barricades created for the spectators, allowed to watch at a safe distance while cheering on the newlyweds (how's that for a pre-aisle pump up?). British and Spanish flags were flying high, showing the unity between the couple — and making for some great photo ops.

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The bride-to-be and her father seemed to be very focused on entering the church, however, especially since there was some rain coming down at the time. But of course we know that rain on your wedding day means good luck, and with a gown (and husband) as gorgeous as Lady Wellesley's, we know she's got plenty of it!

7 Annoying Questions Real Brides Were Asked After They Got Engaged

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It's not all civil discussions about centerpieces. Once you get engaged, you'll face a barrage of questions that bug you to your very core. Don't believe us? Then trust these seven women, who've shared the post-engagement questions that annoyed them the most.

1. Were you expecting it?
Says Beth, "This one came so many times from friends and co-workers. Here you are, wanting the regale them in the magic of your proposal story, but this question takes the wind out of the sails a bit — almost invalidating the romance of the proposal. In this day and age of cohabitation, yes, it's assumed that one day he'll propose. But I didn't know the exact moment and GPS coordinates for the love of God. Just swoon with me, darn it!"

2. When are you going to have kids?
Says Kim, "As soon as we got engaged, that was the first big question. Really? Kid-pressure gets tiresome to both the willingly-childless and even those who want to be parents eventually. We've chosen to be childless, and both felt frustrated by repeatedly having our choice treated like it's a whim, a mistake, or somehow invalidated if we choose a convention like marriage."

3. Are you going to quit your job now?
Says Cordelia, "I found this question to be so wildly inappropriate. And as an accomplished business woman, I also found it [disturbing] that some would think I would stop working simply because I was getting married. That my new husband would now fulfill all of my financial needs was something that never crossed my mind. It was shocking to hear such old-fashioned ideas come from modern women."

See More: 7 Questions You MUST Ask Your Wedding Venue

4. Why are you getting married so fast?
Says Irina, who got married within weeks of the proposal, "I was constantly asked why I was getting married so quickly, and if I was pregnant. My answers were: No, I'm not pregnant. Yes, we think it's a good idea. No, we don't want to wait — we've dated long enough to know we'd like to be married. No, we will not spend all of our savings on custom-made stationery and invite guests who ask annoying questions."

5. Can I come to the wedding?
Says Amber, "We were at a sports game at our alma mater, and someone literally came across the court, sat next to me, and the first thing out of their mouth was, 'Can I come to the wedding?' Talk about putting me on the spot. We hadn't sent the invites out at that point. How awkward!"

6. Who's going to be your maid of honor?
Says Kristie, "A lot of female family members asked this question. It was annoying because I know that they are asking because they want to be chosen. It's made me so irritated that I'm no longer having a bridal party."

7. Are you going to start working out soon and lose some weight?
Says Allison, "I'm five-foot-seven and weigh 128 pounds. I wasn't worried about my weight until this woman asked. And since then, I keep asking my close friends if I look fat."

Your Weekly Love Horoscope: What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Relationships This Week

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Expect the good, the bad and the ugly this week! With emotions running high, your relationship will definitely be tested. What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger though so lean on each other and keep the lines of communication open. For a more in depth look at what the stars have in store for you and your love life, check out astrologer Joan Porte's horoscopes below. And don't fret, there are lots of good (and sexy!) times in store for you and your boo too!

Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Mars, your ruling sign, is in a rare retrograded position. This is a time to tame that Mars aggression and drive and talk to your partner calmly. Are you on the same path with the wedding and the whole concept of marriage? Go inside yourself and figure out what you need and then quietly open the dialogue. Your fiancé will be surprised that you aren't in your full charging Mars mode, and the result may just surprise you.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Venus, your guiding planet is in conjunction with the Sun. This heightens your charisma, grace and sex appeal. Frankly, there is no better time to do what the old song says and "get physical." Summer is here so grab a picnic basket, find a hidden cabin and have a romantic afternoon on a quiet beach or lake. Whatever your preference, now is the time to channel Venus in all her sexy glory.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Mercury has come out of retrograde and is happily in Taurus so take a peek at the Taurus section above for additional information. Because this placement will enhance your normal magnificent communication skills with extra beauty and grace, your words will flow even easier than usual. Pen your fiancé a poem or sweet love letter expressing your feelings that you can read over a romantic dinner or perhaps slip into his lunch before he leaves for work.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Your ruler, the Moon, moves into Pisces this week. Your normal high emotional response kicks up a notch. Be careful that you don't take words out of context and find hurts where none existed. Walk away from potential arguments with your partner for a while because after a stint in emotional Pisces, your Moon heads straight into warrior Mars. There is no better time to take a few breaths before you respond to words that might sting.

Leo (July 23 - August 22)
The Sun, the ruler of Leo, is cuddling close to Venus. Your sex appeal is on fire so take advantage. Vesta, the asteroid that puts roadblocks in our way, however, is nestled between the two so don't be surprised if there are a few flare-ups between you and your love. Passionate make-up sex anyone? Fortunately, these outbursts won't be anything major and you'll be able laugh them off with your Leo exuberance.

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Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Vesta, the asteroid that rules your sign, is close to the Sun, meaning you and your love may butt heads a bit this week over silly stuff (don't worry, nothing major). Vesta is often a tough taskmaster for you, but she is getting boost from the Sun and Venus, putting you in the mood for romance...ooo lala! Do something totally un-Virgo like this week, have fun and be spontaneous. Leave the work behind, put your to-do list to the side and just enjoy quality time with your partner. You always work so hard and could really use the break.

Libra (September 23 - October 22)
With Venus coming near the Sun, your creativity and energy is in overdrive. This also heightens your party-planning talents so why not show off those skills with a fun summer barbecue? Your partner will appreciate your hostess with the mostess 'tude and you'll both enjoy spending some downtime with good friends. Plus, it's a great way to get your friend groups together before the wedding.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Pluto, your ruler, is in a retrograde motion. Normally reticent Scorpio doesn't need this backwards movement to hunker down and seek isolation. Allow your partner into your Scorpio safe place and enjoy some romantic time together. You know what to do behind closed doors and no one hides better! Don't tell your friends; just grab your love and find a cozy nest far away.

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
With Jupiter, your ruler, opposing Neptune you'll be feeling very spiritual and even more expansive for the next few weeks. This is a great time to go to yoga with your love or plan a trip to an ashram or an ancient temple. If that isn't in the cards, use this time to learn more about your religious/spiritual or philosophical beliefs. You want to understand these things before taking the plunge anyway, and now the gates are open for a perfect discussion.

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

Saturn is still retrograded. This will enhance your normal Capricornian reserve and moroseness, which can be taxing for your partner. What are you "go-to" mood lighteners? Utilize them and allow your partner to work some magic too. You can stay in the down mode better than any sign. It is summer, seek the sun, get outside, exercise and let your love lift your spirits.

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Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Your ruler, Uranus, is in Aquarius and in conjunction with the dwarf planet that is all about nurturing and mothering, Ceres. No matter how quirky (and you do quirky well) the gesture, do what comes to mind to shower love on your mate, whether it be sending a singing telegram to his office or hiring a skywriter. You'll receive that care and nurturing back in full measure.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Neptune is opposing Jupiter so be sure to have a look at the Sagittarius section for some additional insight. With Neptune also being close to Pallas Athena, you feel her call to take up the cause for the downtrodden. Why not enlist your fiancé to volunteer together at the local food pantry or homeless shelter? You'll be amazed at just how wonderful and loving that act of charity will make you both feel.

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