These Brides Recounting What Made Them Cry On Their Wedding Days Will Make You Cry

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Whether I am a bridesmaid or a guest, the part of a wedding that always makes me cry is when the bride (and her father or her parents or whoever) walks down the aisle. This happens even if I don’t know the bride particularly well, and if I do, well—oof. When one of my best friends got married last month, she stuck her tongue out at me as she passed by and everybody else laughed (and obviously, she was doing fine), but I was too beside myself to even do it back, which was a damn shame.

The vows, though? The vows don’t usually get me, which is weird, I feel like, because that’s the meat of the ceremony, of the wedding, of the marriage. But “Oh well,” say my tears, “We are exhausted and will not be coming out at this time.”

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Video: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s Friends Think All Their Party Invitations Are for Their Secret Wedding 

You know how celebs’s favorite thing to do these days—well, and real people are doing it more and more, too—is have a wedding that is not only a secret but a surprise? Like, Come on over for this casual dinner party and then Oh, just kidding, it’s actually our wedding!

Well apparently, most of Jennifer Aniston and fiance-of-over-two-years Justin Theroux’s friends fully suspect at this point that that’s what these two are going to do—Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi included—and this clip of the actress on Ellen’s show talking about how, say, friends Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher even showed up for the Aniston/Theroux Fourth of July BBQ in their wedding finery this summer is pretty hysterical:

Aniston swears that when it happens—because apparently, this wedding is actually happening—that all the people who need to know will know. And for our parts, we’ll just be sitting around waiting to see the dress.

RELATED: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Postpone Their Wedding Again, Should Probably Just Elope 

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We Were There for Preston & Steve’s Engagement Wake Up Call This Morning (Hint: She Said Yes!) 

Ashley's new bling!

Ashley’s new bling!

I woke up at 4:30 this morning in order to go watch another girl get woken up at 6:30 (lucky)—with a proposal!

We told you the other week that the guys over at WMMR’s Preston & Steve morning show were running a contest in which they would help two Philly guys propose to their girls, with bling provided by Steven Singer—and at ungodly hours of the morning: this was officially dubbed the Engagement Wake Up Call.

Well today, the first one went down in the Fox Chase section of the Northeast, as her soon-to-be fiance, Nick McIlwain of the morning crew, two photographers and a videographer, Steven Singer himself, the three members of the Ardmore Trio and, well, me, barged into Ashley Krogh’s bedroom before the sun had risen above the horizon. (Sorry, Ashley!)

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Upcoming Bridal Sample Sales & Trunk Shows

Alexandra by Nicole Miller. Photo courtesy of the designer.

Alexandra by Nicole Miller. Photo courtesy of the designer.

Nicole Miller, Manayunk

November 28, 8am-8pm: Annual White Friday Bridal Sample Sale

The popular designer’s Manayunk outpost will be marking down select bridal gowns between 50 and 90 percent on this day—along with a selection of other frocks (for mothers of the happy couple, for guests, etc.) and accessories. Call to set up your appointment.

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Bridal Fitness: Here’s a 30-Minute Calorie-Blasting Workout You Can Do at Home

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I literally just looked at the clock, looked at my weekly planner, sat here for a second thinking about it, and then canceled two of my workout classes for this week. Between work deadlines, a shorter work week, a million and a half errands to run before Thanksgiving and a bajillion other things, I decided that I just couldn’t do my working out this week on a set schedule. It’s just too much.

And then I saw this!

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Look at This Couple (In Full Wedding Regalia and Scuba Gear) Getting Married Underwater 

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When Polish bride Dorota Bankowska planned her wedding, she decided she wanted to do something special and unusual—and, as a bonus, show her friends and family what she does for a living. (Bankowska is something called a saturation diver, which means she dives into depths in the North Sea, maintaining pipelines and such for oil and gas companies. Apparently, there are only a few women out there who do this. Whoa.)

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Sneak Peek: Philadelphia Wedding’s Spring/Summer 2015 Issue!

PW's spring/summer 2015 issue will be on stands Monday, December 8th.

PW’s spring/summer 2015 issue will be on stands Monday, December 8th.

It was so nice of the weather to turn a balmy (and totally unseasonable and weird) 72 degrees today in honor of Philadelphia Wedding‘s latest issue, wasn’t it? Spring/summer 2015 is here!

Well it’s here meaning that it’s in our hot little hands here at the PW office—but it will be in yours come Monday, December 8th, when you’ll be able to find it on a newsstand near you.

But because we are just a big eager to share it with you now, here’s a lil sneak peek on what you can expect to find inside:

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PW Reader Ring: Brittany & Dale!

Brittany's ring!

Brittany’s ring!

The couple: Brittany Casee and Dale Schlegel from Northeast Philly.

The ring: My ring is a diamond solitaire in a white-gold cathedral setting with a twisted shank. It also has a hidden infinity symbol and small diamond on each side.

The ring is custom designed from Steven Singer Jewelers—I think of it as a beautifully classic style with a slightly modern twist! We had gone ring shopping once before and Dale had made note of what I liked and had this made incorporating all of those ideas.

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Ask the Expert: Do We Have to Serve a Gluten-Free Option at Our Wedding?

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Q: I know that it’s standard practice to offer a vegetarian option for the dinner at our wedding, but these days, I feel like everyone is doing the gluten-free thing—including, we’re assuming, some of our guests. (Whether they’re all doing it for allergy reasons or because it’s a fad is another story.) Must we now offer a gluten-free option, too?

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