10 Reasons You Should RSVP ‘Yes’ to a Destination Wedding

I have been to three destination weddings—in the Bahamas, Cabo, and Punta Cana—and each of them was absolutely fantastic. I’m so glad I went. In each of those cases, the friends were close enough that I wouldn’t have missed their weddings no matter where they were—but that aside, I’m able to look at each of those experiences and be really glad that I was a part of them.

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Here Are the Monogram Rules You Need to Know Before Building Your Registry

Monogrammed bath towels, like these ones from Pottery Barn, are popular registry picks.

Monogrammed bath towels, like these ones from Pottery Barn, are popular registry picks. Photo via potterybarn.com.

When it comes to wedding registries, there’s nothing more classic than the monogram—whether it’s embroidered on sheets and towels, printed on stationery or etched into serveware, it continues to be the most popular way for couples to personalize any number of items on their wish list.

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Here Is How Most Newlywed Couples Use Their Cash Wedding Gifts

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As we have talked about many a time before, many couples these days, because they have lived together before marriage and are tying the knot a little later in life, really just prefer cash when it comes to the generous gifts of their wedding guests. They’re all good on forks and towels, but could use a little help in the house-down-payment department.

It’s one of the reasons there are actual websites now devoted to helping couples essentially “ask” for cash; we told you about one of them just this spring called Envelope, which allows couples to register for experiential gifts instead of bathroom linens.

Well, another one of those such sites called Tendr recently surveyed some 4,000 couples to see what they did with their wedding funds, and this is what they found:

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Minted Just Launched a Free Wedding Website Service

Here's a sample of one of Minted's 117 website designs.

Here’s a sample of one of Minted’s 117 website designs.

Here’s some exciting news to kick off your weekend: Minted—the online invitation shop that showcases the work of independent artists and designers—just launched its own wedding website service. So now, in addition to ordering so-pretty paper products through Minted, you can also create a beautiful website to keep your guests informed about all the details of your Big Day.

Minted currently offers 117 different website designs for you to choose from, all of which have matching wedding invitation suites and save-the-dates, too (you can still use Minted’s website service even if you don’t order your invites through them). And once you build your page, you can change the theme, design and layout at anytime during the planning process.

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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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11 Creative Ways to Entertain the Children at Your Wedding

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At some point during the planning process, you’ll have to make a decision about whether or not to have kids at your wedding. Some brides are perfectly okay with having little ones scooting around the dance floor and are happy to extend the invite, while others prefer an adults-only affair (maybe with just a flower girl and ring bearer in attendance).

It all comes down to personal preference, but if you do choose to have a bunch of youngsters at your wedding, you’ll want to prepared with plenty of activities to keep them entertained—it’ll be a long day, and even the most well-behaved kids can get antsy and irritable.

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13 Ways to Keep Your Guests Cool During Your Hot-Weather Wedding

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There are few things more uncomfortable than sitting through an outdoor wedding ceremony in the summer. We’ve all been there, and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a tad difficult to focus on the romantic words being said when makeup is sweating down your face, your thighs are sticking to the seat and you’re in dire need of a cold drink.

Weather, unfortunately, is one of those stubborn factors we just can’t control, and if you’re a summer bride, the possibility of extreme heat is definitely on your radar. Now that doesn’t mean you should forgo your dream of an outdoor ceremony or a beach wedding, but it’s in your (and your guests’) best interest to be prepared with ways to keep cool.

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You Have to Do These 5 Things For All of Your Wedding Guests

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The topic of what couples have to do for their wedding guests vs. what is just nice to do if budget and time allows is a topic that comes up frequently during the wedding-planning process (in case you haven’t already noticed), and because of that, it’s a topic that’s often worth revisiting. A lot of time is spent considering etiquette when you are a wedding guest (RSVPing on time, not wearing white, what kind of gift to give, etc.), but there sure as heck is a lot of etiquette to consider concerning handling your guests as the marrying duo.

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