How to choose your bridesmaids & the coolest ways to ask them!

Gorgeous pastel colored bridesmaids!

Melissa Gidney

Once you are engaged your head will start racing about who to pick for your bridal party. There will be people that you want to ask right away, and others that you are unsure about. There will be some people that expect to be asked, even if you aren’t close with them anymore. It is definitely hard to decide how you should choose your bridesmaids. All of the expectations about who you should ask and who you want to ask may start to overwhelm you. We have 8 pieces of advice for you that we hope will help you decide who your perfect bridesmaids for you will be!

So read on, and then once you know who you want to ask use one of our 5 favorite ways to propose to your bridesmaids!

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13 cost-cutting ways to save money on your wedding dress

Marissa Maharaj

It’s that day that you’ve dreamed of since you were a little girl: the day you try on wedding dresses for your “I Do’s”! With your Pinboard full of wedding dresses and your dress shopping team at your side, you’re ready to conquer the wedding boutique and find that one dress. THE dress.

There’s just one problem (as always)… your budget. First of all, let me say that if you’re a bride who’s lucky enough to have someone foot the bill for your wedding dress, that is awesome. However, if you’re paying for a good portion of your wedding yourself, or if you’ve got a squeezed budget that is putting pressure on your wedding dress dreams, dress shopping can be a little bit anxiety-inducing. I know when I was dress shopping I was SO excited, but always had a little voice in the back of my head reminding me that I was only going to wear the dress for a day, so it better not blow my budget!

Not to fear though — you can (and will!) find the dress of your dreams. It’s out there somewhere, and yes — it’s going to work with your budget. You just have to do your homework and think outside the box for ways to save money on your wedding dress. I’ve rounded up 13 different ways that any bride can use to find a gorgeous dress while still saying cost-conscious AND having an awesome time buying her wedding dress.

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16 creative wedding engagement gift ideas from Etsy


For those of you who might not be aware, the beginning of November through New Years Day is often referred to as “engagement season”. There is something unique about the holidays and cold weather that makes guys want to purchase diamonds and ask that very special question to the girl they love. I’m sure that right about now all those “I’m engaged” social media posts you’ve seen over the past few weeks are flashing through your head, some of which might even be family or close friends. So I figured that engagement parties and the need to purchase engagement type gifts might be on your to-do list in the coming weeks. But how do you find a unique, personal and interesting engagement gift for the modern couple? Aside from DIY, the answer is Etsy.

Etsy is a treasure trove of amazing custom gifts but it can hard to navigate through it’s limitless listings, so today I did that for you. Here I’m sharing 16 of my favorite engagement gift ideas, and more than half of which are under $30. Whether you are shopping for a hipster couple, a sentimental couple or wanderlust couple, you will be able to find the perfect gift for them below.

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A sweet gazebo wedding by Pie Shoppe

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It’s that time of the week again — time for yet another gorgeous wedding to share with you lovely brides! Today’s pretty day is one of the sweet and simple types of weddings that I absolutely adore. It’s always nice to have proof that a wedding day doesn’t need to be overdone and extravagant to be beautiful!

Helen and Rocco’s big day took place at the sweet Cass House, with a sunny ceremony in the vine-covered gazebo in the back. Helen’s sweet bridal style is just SO perfect (those Jimmy Choo sandals are to DIE for), and the flowers for the big day are spot-on. After their romantic ceremony, Helen and Rocco had a Korean ceremony at the reception, followed with tons of dancing and even costumes!

Read on to see more of this beautiful gazebo wedding photographed perfectly by Pie Shoppe

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