45 Red Carpet Updos to Inspire Your Wedding-Day Hairstyle

Kate Mara's loose style is one of our faves from the list. Shutterstock.

Kate Mara’s loose style is one of our faves from the list. Shutterstock.

No bridal hair trial is complete without a stack of inspirational images—which shouldn’t be a problem since you’ve probably been pinning and saving pictures of your favorite celebrity hairstyles for months now.

Sure, you can simply tell the stylist you want a sleek chignon or a loose, tousled bun, but it’s always more helpful to arrive with a few visual examples of the looks you love most.

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Cash Gifts are Now the Norm for Millennial Couples

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We’ve talked about registry websites—specifically those that allow couples to fill their wish lists with honeymoon activities and other experiences—many times here on the blog, and with each new site or app that comes out we find ourselves going back to the whole cash-instead-of-gifts topic.

Traditionally, it was seen as rude and super awkward to ask your guests for money instead of blenders and bath towels, but nowadays it seems that couples are encouraged to skip classic registries in favor of cash, gift cards and honeymoon funds—especially if those items make more sense for the couple’s lifestyle.

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PHOTOS: 10 So-Cute Bachelorette Party Accessories From Etsy

How adorable are these engagement ring cocktail stirrers?

How adorable are these engagement ring cocktail stirrers?

Every bachelorette party—whether it’s a big blowout in Vegas, a trip to one of these cities or something low key here in Philly—needs a few fun accessories to make the occasion feel really festive.

And where else would you buy goodies of this nature than on Etsy: Scratch-off dare cards, convenient little hangover kits, bride-to-be confetti and the darling cocktail stirrers pictured here are just a couple of the creative things we found floating around the site.

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Here’s How to Treat the 4 Most Common Wedding-Day Skin Emergencies

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Dallas-based esthetician Renee Rouleau has been my go-to for skincare advice for years now: Not only does her website offer tips, tricks and solutions for every skin issue imaginable, but you also have the option of taking a quick quiz to determine your specific skin type and how best to treat it. Plus, being a product junkie, I’m all about her eponymous skincare line, which is innovative, affordable and super effective.

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The Happiest Couples Share These 10 Habits

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Coming off yesterday’s post about how it’s the little things—like differences in personality and habit—that often cause a marriage to fail, this topic seems quite fitting: A study done by psychiatrist Mark Goulston discovered that the happiest couples share certain characteristics and habits that cause them to lead healthy, harmonious lives together.

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Honeymoon Destination: Turks & Caicos

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Agile Levin/Visit Turks and Caicos Islands

If your idea of a perfect honeymoon involves plenty of beach time and a healthy dose of adventure, the Caribbean island of Turks and Caicos should top your list of potential destinations.

Providenciales, commonly known as “Provo,” is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos, and the majority of tourists retreat to its white-sand beaches and postcard-worthy views. Along the picturesque 12-mile stretch of Grace Bay Beach—which sits on the north shore of the island—is where you’ll find a hand- ful of amazing accommodations, including Grace Bay Club, the first luxury all- oceanfront-suite resort in Turks and Caicos and an ideal spot to settle into for your honeymoon.

For foodies especially, Turks and Caicos is the ultimate fall destination thanks to the annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival, a weekend-long celebration—from November 5th through 8th this year—that brings together elite chefs and winemakers from around the world for a series of food-focused events.

Pair that rare dining experience with Provo’s spectacular scenery, and you’re all set for the trip of a lifetime.

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Ask the Expert: How Do We Get Our Guests to Use a Photo-Sharing App?

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Question: We are going to use a wedding photo-sharing app so that we can gather all of our guests’ fun pictures from our reception—but what’s the best way to spread the word and really get people to use it during the wedding? I don’t want to spend the week we get back from the honeymoon texting 200 people to ask them to send us their photos!

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Honeymoon Inspo: 35 Places to Swim in the World’s Clearest Water

We'll take one trip to the Maldives, please! Shutterstock.

We’ll take one trip to the Maldives, please! Shutterstock.

This hot, humid city weather has us daydreaming about our next tropical getaway—wouldn’t you love to be dipping your toes in the ocean (frozen cocktail in hand, obviously) right about now? With your honeymoon just around the corner, you’ll be relaxing in paradise in no time, but until then, we have plenty of pretty pictures to tide you over.

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