A playful park engagement by Laura Goldenberger Photography

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Oh my, what a sweet springtime treat we have for you lovely brides today! If this sweet and playful park engagement by Laura Goldenberger Photography doesn’t make you jump up and down for glee this Monday morning, well then…nothing will. It’s that cute!

The couple, Kat and Zach, light up this engagement session not only with their amazing style and adorable dog, but with their fun and playful demeanor. I love how they just let their personalities shine through. After all, isn’t that what engagement photos are all about?

Read on for more sweet engagement photos to get your week off to the right start!

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What’s trending in weddings: the weekly roundup, Vol. 1

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Holy cow! Is it Friday already? Well, that week sure did fly by fast. If this week was a little too hectic for you to keep tabs on what’s trending in weddings, don’t worry. We got you covered with the latest and greatest in bridal news because hey — it’s kinda our job. Here’s what you missed:

Another April means another Bridal Market, come and gone. (Bridal Marketing being the NYFW for wedding designers, that is). Here’s sneak peeks into new collections and gorgeous dresses to get you excited for 2014. (Via Glamour).

Ginnifer Goodwin: Married! Happily ever after does, as it turn out, happen in real life. This past weekend Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas of the TV series Once Upon a Time (where actually they co-star as Snow White and Prince Charming) got hitched in an intimate 30-person ceremony. (Via EOnline).

What would you do if your favorite celebrity crashed your bridal shower? While it seems far fetched, apparently this stuff happens in real life. This past weekend, Taylor Swift attended a superfan’s shower by surprise. Even better? She actually brought a gift. Read on here at Glamour to see what she gifted the bride to be…

Apparently the newest bridal beauty trend is wearing no makeup at all. That’s right; more and more brides are opting to go barefaced for their big day. See why that is with this inside scoop from NY Magazine.

Best. Save the Date. Ever. At least, that’s what we thought when we saw this glam movie trailer-like video announcing a trendy SF couple’s happy news. Think Sex and The City meets a Michael Bay movie trailer. Yeah. (Via The Lovely Bay).

Advice for the Newly Engaged: What to Expect when you have a Ring on it

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As a child, did you fantasize about walking down a flower-clad aisle in a white billowy dress? Did you size up your friends as potential b-maid material? Did you secretly look at engagement rings or (gasp) even try them on? Well, I didn’t. I am one of a rare species of bride that exists today. Brides like me are mystical creatures that people swear they’ve seen but cannot confirm. We’re certainly not the target audience for the majority of bridal information and advice out there. But just because we didn’t spend our childhoods conjuring images of a big white wedding doesn’t mean we don’t need advice. Heck, we might need it more than anyone. If you weren’t born with the “bride gene” but find yourself (egad!) engaged and planning a wedding, here are some tips on embracing your newly engaged status without becoming one of them.

It seems like someone is announcing a baby or an engagement on any given day in my 30-something world, and I feign interest in most of those announcements (unless they’re really close friends), so why should anyone care about my engagement? Well, I’m here to tell you that people care. They care a lot. Once that ring is on your finger, there’s a certain power (and pressure) that comes with bearing the mark of a betrothed woman. You are suddenly the most interesting person in the room and are forced to face an endless barrage of questions or listen to loads of unsolicited advice. So how do you manage all of the pressure, questions, advice, awkwardness and yes, bliss? Here are five tips to keep your cool-as-a-cucumber vibe and still embrace your new moniker – bride!

It’s okay if you reeeeeally like your ring. Show it off!

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At first, I felt so awkward wearing this giant rock on my hand. I had never owned anything but costume jewelry in my whole life, and I had always told my friends that if I ever got married I would only want a simple silver band. I actually fantasized about shocking people with my understated ring, further proving my low maintenance, non-bride style. I found myself almost acting apologetic. “Oh thanks, yeah it’s way nicer than I expected, but he got a good deal on it.” What?! Big or small, don’t make excuses for your ring. Don’t apologize for one single thing about your ring. Be proud of your ring and your engagement and what it all represents. Regardless of what it looks like, your ring is a symbol that someone out there loves you and wants you in their lives forever – so show it off!

You don’t have to have all the answers

I’m not sure if people are just lazy or lack creativity, but you’re going to get the same questions over and over. “When’s the big day?!” “Have you picked a venue yet?!” People want to know when and where the wedding will be, if you plan to move in together or upgrade to something bigger (for the DROVES of kids you will undoubtedly be having), or what kind of dress you think you’ll buy. Why can’t people just say “congrats” and let you move along? Again, they care. Or they’re curious. Either way, don’t feel pressured to have answers to these questions. Wait until you and your fiancé have had time to bask in your newly-engaged glory and discuss what you really want. Is it a courthouse wedding? An elopement? A big fun party? You’ll be less overwhelmed if you give yourselves time to really figure out what’s best for you, then share the goods with others. If you’re not ready to share any deets, simply say, “we aren’t divulging anything just yet, but stay tuned!”

Don’t let other people’s advice overwhelm you

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The Most Important Questions to Ask Before Your Wedding Day

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So, you’ve decided to get married. Congratulations! But now, here comes the hard part–planning for the big day. There are invitations to send, venues to find, dresses to try on, cakes to taste, flowers to order and more. If only there were a special guide to help you do it all. Well, if that’s something you’ve been wishing for, then today is your lucky day! Here at Wedding Party we’ve put together a comprehensive list of all the questions you should be asking, from your wedding planner to your caterer to your DJ.

Check out the list below for some helpful hints!

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR WEDDING PLANNER: 

After discussing with your fiancé your budget, the number of guests you plan to invite, your potential wedding date, and your overall theme/vision, follow up with these important questions.

1. What dates do you have available?

2. How long have you been a wedding planner?

3. How many clients do you serve each year, and how many will you be serving during my wedding month?

4. Do you have a team, or do you work alone?

5. What do you do in the event of an emergency?

6. What is your payment policy and are there any additional fees should I be aware of?

7. What is your preferred method of communication?

8. What is your refund/cancellation policy?

9. What is included in the package?

10. Will you be attending the wedding, and what time will you arrive and depart?

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