Tips to handling your mother-in-law during wedding planning (and starting off your relationship right!)

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Ellie Asher via Bridal Musings

Are you struggling with the in-laws? Wish you had an easy solution to family disharmony? Is your mother-in-law driving you bananas? Okay, I’ll stop that now because it’s reading more like an infomercial…

I really hoped I could open this article with a historically accurate yet hilarious anecdote about how and why in-laws, (especially mother-in-laws) have established themselves as the Kim Jong-Un of family members… but I can’t.

I’ve just found lots of angry websites where people can vent anonymously about their awful in-laws stories, so I’ll move on.

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The one thing I do know, is that I’m going provide you with some deep breathing exercises and steps to keep calm and hopefully nurture your relationship with your in laws (you mother-in-law, MIL, in particular). Hopefully these tips help you to enjoy the wedding planning process together, so you can go back to trying to figure out how to get your hair to grow faster so that you can achieve that luscious fishtail braid that you spotted on Pinterest.

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8 unique wedding theme ideas from real weddings

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Gideon Photography

Themed weddings are growing in popularity and for good reason – it’s the ultimate opportunity for the bride and groom to showcase their personalities and love for something special to them, whether it be pop culture, travel, music and so on. Divulging in interests that are unique to the bride and groom and planning a wedding day around a specific theme typically leads to an unforgettable experience for both the couple and their guests. (Case in point: this adorable red tandem-bike themed wedding!)

If you want to have a specific and unique wedding theme for your big day, you’re probably wondering where to even begin – hosting a wedding is tricky enough before diving into revolving the décor, food and music around a specific vision! Ultimately, remember that a themed wedding still needs to include all the aspects of a traditional wedding. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • To choose your theme, think of something meaningful to you and your significant other – what are your hobbies? Are you more of a fun or serious couple? Do you prefer things to be more elegant or edgy? The sky is really the limit when choosing a theme.
  • Consider your theme when choosing a location for the wedding – think a large estate or mansion for a fairy tale theme, an outdoor stage for a music festival theme, etc.
  • Introduce the theme through your save the dates, invitations, décor and favors.
  • The food and music also should reflect your theme – perhaps there’s even an era-specific dance that you and your spouse want to perform or get the entire crowd involved with!

Looking to get theme inspired? The creativity of the following couples from these real weddings are bound to get you in the mood to either host your own or attend a themed party.

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How to repurpose wedding flowers from the ceremony to reception decor


Kate Crean Photography via Style Me Pretty

I have to admit that more than once, I’ve been that crazy guest running around at the dinner asking waiters to bring vases for the wedding bouquets. Too often, those gorgeous (and sometimes expensive!) bouquets end up slumped on tables with broken buds after just a few hours of being used. What a tragedy! I’m usually the one who can’t cope with seeing those flowers go to waste, so I try to save their lives with a few vases of cold water. My husband can usually be found as far away from me as possible, nursing a drink and rolling his eyes.

That little embarrassing story leads us nicely into our topic for today: how to repurpose wedding flowers from your ceremony to your reception. We love when any of your wedding decor can do double duty and flowers are the easiest to make work for you. We’ll start with that one that so many brides forget – making sure there’s a place for your bouquets!

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22 jaw-dropping celebrity engagement rings

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Iggy Azalea on Instagram

Iggy Azalea just joined the ranks of engaged celebrities sporting serious bling when (now-fiancé) Nick Young proposed earlier this week with a $500,000 yellow diamond ring. Yes, you read that right — her sparkling stunner is a half million dollars. Catch a video of the proposal here!

We decided that with Iggy’s jaw-dropping bling, it was high time to take a look back on some of our favorite celebrity engagement rings. From multi-carat icebergs to colored gemstones and tasteful silhouettes, these celeb engagement rings really run the gamut in terms of style, but every single one is simply swoon-worthy. We know who’s sporting our favorite sparkly rings… but which ones will you love?

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