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35 STUNNING WEDDING HAIRSTYLES

06 Oct 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

Are you thinking about a half up/half down, braids, wavy or a celebrity-inspired wedding hairstyles? All brides want to find the perfect hairstyle for their wedding day. These elegant curly stunning hairstyles looks good with hair accessories or fresh flowers. Whether you are going for classic, boho or vintage wedding theme, you are sure to find something for you.

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25 Great Braided Hairstyles Worth Mastering

06 Oct 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

An easy braided hairstyle can be difficult to find, because most of them take certain skills and precision to succeed. Sometimes you simply don’t have those extra fifteen minutes to spare in the morning. The next time you need to fly right out the door without sacrificing a cute hairstyle, try one of these twenty easy braids.

Adding a thin braid to your casual updo or braiding a simple crown headband to ennoble your everyday downdo won’t take much of your precious time. There are, of course, more cool quick braided ideas below. If you are just beginning your styling experiments, try the hairstyle you like on the week-end when you are not in the rush to test it.

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Romona Keveza’s Spring 2017 Collection Is All About Feminine Florals

06 Oct 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Dresses
See every romantic look behind Romona Keveza’s floral-inspired collection, here.

Romona Keveza Spring 2017 wedding dresses

The Designer: Romona Keveza

The Details: Romona Keveza’s ultra-romantic design aesthetic left us speechless this season after seeing floral lace trains, gorgeous floral beading and appliqués and the prettiest illusion necklines.

The Looks: We were all about the Wedding Dresses with elegant floral details, like the three showstoppers with colorful lavender, blush and coral accents. Equally stunning are the strapless gowns with mini glittering flowers detailing the bodice and skirt—but minimalistic brides can’t ever go wrong with their sharp fit-and-flare silhouettes with a clean bodice and skirt.

See every dress from Romona Keveza’s Spring 2017 line below. Love the looks? Shop Romona Keveza Wedding Dresses that are available right now.

Column gown with an illusion neckline wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
Strapless A-line wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
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Lace illusion cap sleeve wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
Lace cap sleeve plunging neckline wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
Lace cap sleeve fit and flare wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
Lace plunging neckline fit and flare wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
Off-the-shoulder fit and flare wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
Off-the-shoulder floral illusion neckline wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
Strapless floral fit and flare wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
Off the shoulder illusion neckline handkerchief skirt wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
Strapless floral handkerchief skirt wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
Purple floral off the shoulder wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
Blush and coral floral wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection
Purple floral one shoulder wedding dress from Romona Keveza's Spring 2017 collection

To check out all the Bridal Fashion Week galleries, plus Wedding Dress advice and more, go to theknot.com/frontrow.

27 Princess-worthy Ball Gowns That Define Regal Elegance!

06 Oct 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Dresses

If you want to look and feel like a princess on your special day, a timeless ball gown with a touch of regal elegance is what you are looking for.  Intricate embroidery, voluminous gowns, and timeless silhouettes are some of the characteristics found in these fairytale-like designs. Join us as we share these gorgeous dresses below!

 

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Dresses (left to right from the top): J Sposa / Etiquette / Cinderella & Co / Anteprima Bridal / Photo by Lilit LO

 

Colored Gowns

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Dresses (left to right from the top): Alessa / Love Me More / Organza Al Ahmar / Mariarosa / Eden Haute Couture (photo by Said Mhamad) / Mona Couture

 

Classic Elegance

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Dresses (left to right from the top): Rari Photography / C.H. Wedding / Clara Wedding / Ray & Co / Clara Wedding / Galia Lahav

 

Regal Glam

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Dresses (left to right from the top): Kate’S / Royal Wed / Toumajean Couture / Malyarova Olga / Dar Sara / Valeria Sposa

 

Vintage Look

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Dresses (left to right from the top): Jill Stuart Bridal / Eileen Couture / L et Lena / Sinbijou

13 Gorgeous Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

06 Oct 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Dresses

Recently we heard from several of our readers that our Wedding Dress roundups didn’t have enough Wedding Dresses for older brides. We decided to remedy that with a post that is dedicated to Wedding Dresses for the older bride.

Whether you’re getting married for the first time or this is your second wedding, we hope our list of 13 wedding gowns for older brides has something for you.

Want to know what you can wear for your wedding if you are an older bride? Are there any Wedding Dress rules for older brides? The good news is that you can really do whatever you want. The bad news is that this doesn’t help you narrow down your choices.

At Team Wedding, we have one simple rule we recommend older brides follow when Wedding Dress shopping. Remember, if you are over 40, you are not a baby anymore, but at the same time you are not a dried-up old person who can’t look beautiful and amazing on your wedding day.

Find something that makes your feel gorgeous. Don’t forget to check out our favorite Wedding Dress retailers too.

13 Gorgeous Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

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You don’t have to wear white as an older bride, so why not try this stunning dress.

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We love this elegant dress, it is figure hugging without being too over the top.

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Perfect for an older bride. Wear this with a birdcage veiled hat. Charming. Champagne metallic brocade 2-piece with cap-sleeve

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Or an older women’s Wedding Dress, this can also be worn as a nice mother of the groom dress.

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Sarah Danielle 2 piece dress is a good choice as a Wedding Dress for an older bride.

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20 Swoonworthy Unconventional Wedding Dresses like No Other

02 Oct 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Dresses

The wedding fashion trend is constantly evolving thanks to the brave, fashion-forward brides out there who love to be ahead of their games and dare to try something new.  If you are an open-minded bride looking for an unconventional Wedding Dress to show your unique style, this post is for you! Take advantage of the amazing choice of unique designs out there and get that WOW factor every woman hopes for when she walks down the aisle!

 

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Designer: Whitelink Bridal

 

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Designer: Jessica Sim

 

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Designer: Michael Cinco

 

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Designer: Alessandra Rinaudo

 

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Designer: Paolo Sebastian

 

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Designer: Devy Ros

 

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Designer: Galia Lahav

 

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Designer: Von Lazaro Design   |   Photo: Jaja Samaniego

 

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20 Art Deco Wedding Dress with Gatsby Glamour

30 Sep 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Dresses

So we’ve come to the last in this series of Art Deco themed Snippets, Whispers & Ribbons, and of course there could be no more fitting finale than looking at the piece de resistance of any wedding inspired by the Jazz Age – a Wedding Dress with pizazz! And with all things Art Deco still so popular, even 3 years after Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby (the film that sparked this revival) was released, brides looking to channel their inner Daisy Buchanan are positively spoiled for choice when it comes to their dress! So here are just a few of my favourites…..

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses with Gatsby Glamour

Perfectly embodying the opulence, glamour and razzmatazz of the 1920s and 1930s, these vintage inspired Wedding Dresses, by some of the most creative and very best bridal designers, are awash with elegant silhouettes and exquisite Art Deco detailing, from dropped waists and elaborate embellishments; to the more gracefully refined side of the Art Deco era captured in silk satin bias cuts and cowls draping. Whichever look you are going for, I am sure you will find a style you love for your day amongst these diverse and downright gorgeous gowns…..

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses With Gatsby GlamourArabella Gown from BHLDN’s beautiful Fall 2015 collection

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses With Gatsby GlamourBeaded Lace Art Deco Wedding Dress from Rebecca Schoneveld on Etsy

20 Breathtaking Art Deco Wedding DressesCalla by Rose & Delilah

20 Breathtaking Art Deco Wedding DressesPrimrose by Vicky Rowe

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses With Gatsby GlamourDove from Twigs & Honey

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses With Gatsby GlamourSibella by Eliza Jane Howell

20 Breathtaking Art Deco Wedding DressesMadeleine by Sally Lacock

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses With Gatsby GlamourBackless Wedding Dress from French Knot Couture on Etsy

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses With Gatsby GlamourEttia by Maggie Sottero

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses With Gatsby GlamourBacall by Gibson Bespoke (which also comes in Ivory Blush, Rose Gold & Champagne!)

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses With Gatsby GlamourMillicent & Penelope by Lisa Gowing

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses With Gatsby GlamourVerona by Kelsey Genna on Etsy

20 Breathtaking Art Deco Wedding DressesThe Bacall by Johanna Johnson

20 Breathtaking Art Deco Wedding DressesJoanne Fleming

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses With Gatsby GlamourCleo by Vicky Rowe

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses With Gatsby GlamourSilk Satin Bateau Neckline Wedding Dress from Rebecca Schoneveld on Etsy

20 Breathtaking Art Deco Wedding DressesMariana from Jenny Packham

20 Breathtaking Art Deco Wedding DressesAstrid by AmyJo Tatum on Etsy

20 Art Deco Wedding Dresses With Gatsby GlamourHoneysuckle by Kate Beaumont

Aren’t they all simply divine??? If you’re looking however for something a little more authentic, do go and see the lovely ladies over at Mill Crest Vintage – they have the biggest and most beautiful collection of authentic vintage wedding (and Bridesmaid!) dresses I have ever laid my eyes on. In fact I shared a few of my faves from their Art Deco collection a couple of weeks ago, which you can see hereif you missed it.

Well, I think that has pretty much exhausted Art Deco! After looking at the most perfect bridal hair accessories, decadent wedding invitations, delicious wedding cakes, fabulous Bridesmaid dresses, beautiful bouquets, dapper grooms, elegant hair & makeup, fabulous decor ideas and of course, today, Wedding Dresses, I can’t think of a single aspect of your day that we haven’t covered (do let me know if you can!), all together they should help you plan the perfect Art Deco wedding, a vision of Gatsby-esque glamour and a celebration than Jay himself would be honoured to host. Next week it is on to…… the 1950s!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone,

Heavenly Serenity Blue & Rose Quartz Wedding Inspiration

30 Sep 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Following on from our look at stunning colours for a Fall wedding, today we continue the colour theme with the most beautiful inspiration shoot – because I couldn’t let 2016 disappear without one last nod to the prettiest palette of all! Pantone’s picks for colour of the year, Serenity & Rose Quartz. And this could be the loveliest take on the duo yet, with exquisite styling, lush florals and a beaded blue Wedding Dress to die for, it’s the perfect way to showcase just how romantic this palette is…..

Romantic Serenity & Rose Quartz Wedding Inspiration

I know when Pantone first announced this darling duo, I wasn’t convinced – I envisaged weddings looking more like a gender reveal. But today’s exquisite shoot shows how to keep this colour combination chic. Against the backdrop of the charming RiverOaks Charleston Wendy Kay of Birds Of A Feather Events styled a tablescape with relaxed grandeur, pairing coloured glass with ornate silverware and linens in soft shades of pink and blue.

Ash & Co. created a natural, radiant look with a soft side braid for our ethereal bride in her elaborately beaded blue bridal gown from Gossamer – talk about heavenly! An organic asymmetrical bouquet in the delicate starring shades by  The Southern Table completed the look with an air of pure romance.

The elegant calligraphy that adorned the light, watercolor and marble stationery from Southern Fried Paper, added olde world elegance and was the perfect finishing touch….. this is one of those shoots you are definitely going to want to have your pinning finger ready for!

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Divine, don’t you think? A huge thankyou to the wonderful creative team behind this vision of loveliness, and especially to Charla Storey for capturing the whole thing so flawlessly. If you love her romantic fine art style of photography and want to see more of her work, make her website your next stop! You will find her over at www.charlastorey.com and you can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest for daily inspiration.

And if this darling colour duo have stolen your heart, you can see more of these hues in this charming Spring elopement and here in a delicately dreamy bridal shoot. Oh and you won’t want to miss this exquisite Modern Renaissance inspired shoot!

 

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Contributors & Credits

Photography ~ Charla Storey Photography // Styling ~ Birds Of A Feather Events // Floral Design ~ The Southern Table // Gown ~ Gossamer |// Wedding Invitations ~ Southern Fried Paper // Hair & Makeup ~ Ash & Co. // Ribbon ~ Silk & Willow // Venue ~ RiverOaks Charleston // Model ~ Directions USA // Photo Lab ~ Goodman Film Lab

20 Wedding Food Trends You’ll See in 2017

29 Sep 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Gone are the days of run-of-the-mill reception hall caterers! In lieu of choosing from a selection of basic surf and turf options, couples are opting for a more unique approach to their wedding day eats.

From food trucks to themed stations, the options for personalized grub choices are truly endless. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 2017’s go-to food trends—because let’s honest, when it comes to everyone’s favorite part of the day, the menu takes the cake!

20 Wedding Food Trends You’ll See in 2017

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1. Food on wheels

The only thing that can make your favorite comfort food better is if it’s served from the window of a truck. Commissioning a food truck is perfect for trendy couples that are looking for an economical (and delicious!) way to feed their guests. Pizza, tacos, and ice cream are swoon worthy options for a relaxed outdoor soiree, or jazz it up for a fancier ordeal with a lobster truck and fish and chips!

2. Gatsby theme

You’ve found the Gatsby to your Daisy, so showcase your love with a Roaring 20s themed meal! Serve “moonshine” in mason jars, shrimp cocktail appetizers, and pineapple upside down cake for dessert. Tea sandwiches and champagne cocktails are also a must to create an era-friendly menu!

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3. Carnival food

Cracker Jacks, funnel cakes, cotton candy—the whole shebang! Serve all of the go-to carnival necessities, but dressed up for your formal affair.

4. After dance snack

Between tearing up the dance floor and sipping on your specialty cocktails, your guests will be aching for a late night snack. Satisfy their munchies—and give them strength to keep dancing!—with mini donuts and coffee, grilled cheese dippers with tomato soup, cookie and milk shots, or a pizza bar!

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5. Theme

Get creative with your menu by choosing a theme to work around. Maybe an ode to bread, chocolate, salt, or bacon! Pick your favorite foods and curate a menu using different variations of those ingredients.

6. A new take on cocktails

Raise a glass to a decked out signature cocktail! Curate a Bloody Mary bar with all of your favorite fixins or create a beer flight representative of your time as a couple! Have a killer IPA while skiing in Colorado? Maybe a summer shandy on the lake on your first date? Put it on the list! If you’re going the signature drink route, we recommend a tangy libation for a summer soiree, or a cozy hot toddy for a winter wedding. Cheers!

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7. Brinner

Did someone say breakfast for dinner? That’s something we can always get on board with! Flaunt your love for bacon and waffles by serving breakfast at your reception. To avoid it looking like a local pancake feed, jazz it up by serving skewered waffles with sausages alongside of a maple syrup shot. Yum!

8. Brunch

You can never have enough breakfast food! Opt for a mid-morning ceremony and serve your guests a fantastic brunch complete with sparkling mimosas, Bloody Marys, pastries, and a yogurt parfait bar!

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9. Unique to you!

Show your guests a slice of who you are by serving items that are unique to you! Can’t get enough cereal? Try a cereal bar with all of your favorite grains. French fry aficionado? Dish up your favorite spuds!

10. Mini-everything

Everything—and we mean everything—is cuter in miniature form. Serve up shooters for the appetizer, main course, and dessert! Options abound for this fabulous route. Try feta salad shooters alongside of miniature shrimp cocktails for an appetizer, small sandwiches and soup shots for your main course, and chocolate mouse and raspberry macaroons for dessert!

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11. Food stations: the best of both worlds

Can’t decide between serving Indian cuisine or BBQ pulled pork sliders? We’re here to give you permission to have both! Meal stations bring together the best of both worlds by enabling you to have as many cuisine variations as you like! Drink stations will also set you apart while keeping your guests quenched and satisfied. Mimosa bar? Hot chocolate station? Count us in!

12. DIY station

Kids can’t have all of the fun! Create an adult Do It Yourself food station to unleash your attendees’ creative sides. We love the idea of a colorful snow cone station or a fireside s’mores bar!

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13. Edible Wedding favors

Who says the party has to end after the wedding is over? Send your guests home with your favorite yummy treats. Macaroons, homemade honey, and truffles are both easy to transport and delicious!

14. Wedding Cake Stand-ins

Maybe you don’t love cake…or maybe you just love something else way more! There are tons of alternative cake options out there to satisfy your sweet tooth. Donut towers, cupcakes, and cheese wheel cakes (yes, we said cheese!) are some of the latest trendy desserts—our mouths are watering just thinking about it! For something more outside of the box, try something representative of your culture. Norweigian? Ask your Scandinavian grandma to bake you a traditional Kransekaka. Or serve a croquembouche and macaroons for your French wedding celebration!

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15. Lose the Fork

Finger food isn’t just for kids anymore! Eliminate the need for silverware with skewers ranging from fun to elegant. From fruit to salmon to mini pizzas—we think that anything can be served on a stick!

16. Pre-game cocktails

Because why not? Serve up your favorite cocktails and champagne before the ceremony so your guests can sip away as you say “I do.” We can raise a glass to that!

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17. Signature cocktails

Nothing will make your guests feel more special than a mixologist creating their very own specialty beverages. Send them home with recipes for their personalized concoctions for a unique and functional favor!

18. Get Crafty

Perfect for the hops aficionado: showcase your brewing skills by serving your homemade brews and libations! Economical and unique, handcrafted beer is just the personal touch you’re looking for.

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19. Edible escort cards

Don’t wait to start the party! Send your guests to their tables with a one-of-a-kind treat—edible escort cards!

20. Curated food and drink pairings

The only thing that could make those handcrafted sliders even better is a perfectly paired ale! Curate your favorite foods with a corresponding drink for an extra-special flair. Try fish tacos alongside of margaritas for a casual outdoor affair, or spice it up for a formal gathering with vodka and caviar.

As you can see, the options are truly endless for planning a unique wedding day menu that will impress your guests and leave them talking about your celebration for weeks to come.

What are you planning on eating on your big day? Let us know in the comments below! Oh, and save us some?

10 Things Your Wedding Guests Don’t Care About

29 Sep 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

It’s a universal truth – wedding planning is stressful. With an endless list of decisions to be made, from the décor to the dress to the catering and everything in between, the stress can pile on at lightning-fast speeds. One minute, you’re trying to choose between roses and ranunculus, and before you know it, you’ve fallen down the Pinterest hole, scrolling between 19 slightly different shades of pink petals while stress eating wedding cake samples.

That said, there are more than a few items on your wedding checklist that guests pay far less attention to than you think. Instead of driving yourself crazy over the teeniest details, save yourself the headache (and probably a few bucks, too) by knowing what really matters to your guests, and more importantly, what doesn’t.

See Also: Ultimate Guide To Wedding Dresses Everything You Need to Know

10 Things Your Wedding Guests Don’t Care About

Read on for our handy list of wedding details that guests just don’t care about – plus a few that they do!

1) The Invitations

I hate to break it to you, but these little suckers end up in the recycling bin faster than you can say, “I now pronounce you husband and wife.” Sure, it’s the very first introduction to your wedding, but a beautiful invitation is a beautiful invitation. No one is judging your choice of paper stock, ornamentation or font (just trust me on this one).

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2) The Programs

See: Invitations (but with a far shorter lifespan).

3) The Guest Book

Ah, the thumbprint tree. Such a creative idea in theory, but it can get real messy, real fast. The anniversary wine, the Polaroid station, the wishing tree… Super cute, but super unnecessary. Guest books can get pricey, and the cost can really skyrocket once you start piling on the works. Do yourself a favor and keep it simple, or go ahead and nix it altogether. Your guests won’t miss it, and in the age of digital photography, you’ll have tons of tons of snaps of your family and friends sharing your special day. If that doesn’t beat a scrawled name on a page (or a smudgy thumbprint), I don’t know what does.

4) The Flowers

Now don’t get me wrong; floral arrangements are almost always a welcome addition to your chosen venue, and can inject the space with a bit of your personal style. But while no one will argue that golden dip-dyed roses aren’t totally gorg, they’re also a total waste of time and money. Trust us, no one will notice the lack of designer blooms, and your artfully arranged farmer’s market flowers will be just as striking – at a fraction of the price. Guests will appreciate the thoughtful, fragrant flourishes no matter what, regardless of whether you’ve chosen exotic blooms from far-flung corner of the world or locally grown greenery.

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Erin Johnson Photography

5) The Linens

As a wedding guest, I just don’t pay much mind to your tablecloths. As long as I don’t have to eat my halibut off of a dirty old burlap sack, I’ll be just fine, thank you very much. Specialty linens can get costly, so save yourself the buck and choose something simple and functional that blends seamlessly with your décor – no muss, no fuss.

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Jody Savage Photography

6) The Dress

This one may be a bit controversial, but personally, I think that blowing your bridal budget on a fancy-shmancy gown just to wear it once and never again is less than practical. It’s not what you wear but how you wear it, so as long as you’re comfortable and feel like your best, most beautiful self, well, that’s good enough for me. That’s not to say that guests won’t remember an outlandish or ill-fitting dress, but if the bride is rocking a beautifully tailored gown that makes her look and feel like the goddess she is, guests won’t bat an eyelash at the lack of designer label.

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Lauren B Photography

7) The First Dance

Short of a live performance by Adele to provide the soundtrack, no one will remember your first dance. In fact, a nervous, shaky, overly choreographed routine may be what sticks with them. Instead of the weeks of rehearsal required to try and fix your two left feet, it’s more important to just be yourself and enjoy the moment. Tackle a few moves that you feel 100% comfortable performing, no matter how simple, and watch the pressure just melt away. Great for you, great for your guests and great for your wedding photos… Everyone wins!

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Shanna Guidry Photography

8) The Cake

Towering layers, handcrafted sugar paste designs, 24-carat gold motifs… The painstakingly detailed wedding cake is certainly gorgeous, but guests won’t miss those details if you opt for an elegantly simple confection instead. As long as it tastes delicious, you’ve got a guaranteed crowd pleaser (and let’s be honest, it will, because CAKE). Speaking of tasty treats, a dessert bar is a great option as well. Swap the cake for an array of equally delish (and comparatively affordable) cupcakes, macarons or ice cream sundaes, and guests will be just as pleased.

Another alterative? Get creative. I once attended a wedding that ended with DIY cake slices. To this day, I haven’t a clue whether I opted for yellow cake, chocolate icing or sprinkles. What I do remember is the fabulous time I had making my own unique spongy treat and sharing the fun with my dear friends – and all it took was a simple sheet cake and a couple of tubs of creamy frosting. However seemingly crazy the idea, don’t be afraid to shake things up!

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Vicens Forns Photography

9) The Bouquet Toss

This tradition has become somewhat archaic in recent years, with many brides opting to skip it altogether. Do it or don’t do it – it all depends on your vision – but rest assured that if you opt out, it’s likely that no one will miss it. Besides, less time assembling the masses for the ceremonial pitch means more time on the dance floor!

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Brian Bossany Photography

10) The Wedding Favors

An edible sweet treat that guests that can enjoy in the afterglow of the wedding as they share memories of your spectacular soirée – well, I can’t argue with you there. But engraved champagne flutes, customized candles and other novelty items are forgettable for guests and an added expense for the bride and groom. A fancy soap might seem like a great idea for the fancy soaping-loving couple, but for most of your guests it’s basically the adult equivalent of getting raisins on Halloween. One in 50 will love it; the other 49 will dump them on your lawn.

As an alternative, take the money you had set aside for favors and donate those dollars to your charity of choice. A sweet note will let guests know that a donation has been made in lieu of those takeaway tchotchkes, a gesture that any wedding guest would be thrilled to support.

With that, we hope to help alleviate some of the stress of wedding planning by helping you not sweat the small stuff.

So what do guests care most about?

1) The Ceremony:

It goes without saying that guests will be overjoyed to watch the happy couple proclaim their love and be joined in wedded bliss – I mean, it’s kind of the whole point – but the crowd may start to get restless during a long, drawn-out ceremony. One of the most common guest complaints is having to sit through a too-long production, so keep it short and sweet (roughly 30 minutes or less) for a happy clan.

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Tandem Tree Photography

2) The Food:

Enjoying a decadent meal with loved ones is a treat for guests, so make sure your food choices are crowd pleasers. A fantastic meal will keep those good vibes going, but a bad one could really bring down the mood. In addition, be sure to offer options for vegetarians or those with common allergies, like gluten and nuts.

3) The Drinks:

Weddings and booze go together like peanut butter and jelly. Bottom line: Keep the drinks flowing, because there’s nothing that wedding guests hate more than the liquor well running dry. Forgoing the fully stocked bar is fine; an edited menu of Champagne, wine, beer and one or two specialty cocktails will keep guests in high spirits all night long.

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Tandem Tree Photography

4) The Music:

The tunes will be going strong from the first arrivals through the last dance, so make sure your music list is on point, especially once guests start hitting the dance floor. Skip the chicken dance and opt for fun, contemporary tunes that everyone is sure to know and love to unite the crowd and get people moving.

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Jessica Ranae Photography

5) The Venue:

Common sense is the key here. Skip the outdoor venue during the hottest, most humid days of summer, and likewise, choose an indoor spot during the fall and winter months when temps may be chilly. Outside of the climate, a unique venue is something they’ll also care about, particularly if the journey to your wedding is a trek for some of your far-flung guests. A seriously cool spot is much more of a draw than, say, Hotel Ballroom #3, don’t you think?

Hopefully this guide to what guests truly care about can seriously help refocus your energy during the planning process. When in doubt, take a breath, heed our advice, and above all else, remain calm!