If You Don’t Want to Do a First Dance, Here’s What to Do Instead

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I have a friend getting married in October who is desperately trying to figure out how she can basically avoid any and all moments at her wedding during which she would be the extra focus of all the attention in the room. (I mean, she’s the bride, so that’s always, but we’re talking about moments where the party essentially stops so that all eyes can be on her and her groom.) Matter of a fact, this Ask the Expert question we did on how a couple could just skip that whole bridal-party-announcement portion of the beginning of a reception is from her.

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We Won’t Get to See a Chris-and-Whitney Wedding After All: The Latest Bachelor Breakup

Welp, it was surprisingly cute while it lasted, but the union between former Bachelor Chris Soules and his beloved Whitney Bischoff is no more.

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Their split has now been formally announced, making official what your mom already guessed when Whitney did not attend the finale of Dancing With the Stars, where Chris performed even though he had been bounced weeks earlier.

It always feels a little sad for a moment, I think, when these romances that we’ve watched for weeks of our lives (stop, you know I’m not alone) cease to be—but at least they keep ‘em coming, that we might be distracted yet again by this ever-hopeful/addicting franchise.

How are you enjoying the Kaitlyn/Britt Bachelorette?

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Today’s Friendly Wedding PSA: Please Do Not Propose at Someone Else’s Wedding

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Image via Imgur.

Maybe it’s just us—you know, because we work in the wedding industry—but we thought it was pretty common knowledge that the absolute worst place for someone to pop the question is at someone else’s wedding. Stealing the thunder away from a bride and groom on their Big Day is never a smart move, and upstaging them with a proposal (and therefore making the day about another couple entirely) is the ultimate no-no. (But you knew that already, right? Right?)

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Wedding Stress Got You Down? Here’s What’s Really Bothering You and How to Deal With It

Illustration by Nick Massarelli.

Illustration by Nick Massarelli.

If you’re finding that planning this soiree isn’t giggles and daydreams all the time, we hear you. Follow this advice from local social worker, therapist and minister Jennifer Hendler to decode wedding-related stress and anxiety—and then squash it.

WHAT’S HAPPENING: You just spent four hours at the stationer’s trying to decide between two nearly identical designs for your save-the-dates, and you’re starting to think you’re losing it.

  • What’s Really Going On: You’re putting too much emphasis on this wedding as a presentation, and worrying about what others will think of you. You’re trying to create perfection.
  • What You Can Do: Take five minutes and really connect with what’s most important about the day, and write it down. Come back to that every time you feel over- whelmed.

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Jeremy Renner Gives Lesson to Other Celebs On How Not to Crash a Wedding

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We have seen quite a few celebs crash quite a few weddings in our day. And most of the time, these are events are completely delightful! The celeb is usually, if not a little apologetic, at least completely aware of the fact that, although famous, they are actually not an invited guest. They’ll say their hellos and goodbyes quickly, frequently after taking some pictures, shaking some hands—sometimes, after performing!—and generally be very good sports about the whole situation. (See: Bill Murray, Roger Daltrey, Serena Williams, Maroon 5, to name a few.)

Apparently, Jeremy Renner didn’t get the Genial Celebrity’s Guide to Crashing Weddings.

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Manayunk Has a New Bridal Salon! Meet Ashe B. & Co.

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Brittany Ashe of Ashe B. & Co. in Manayunk

There’s a new bridal salon coming to town and we’re so excited to introduce you to the lovely new shop and its equally lovely owner! Virginia native Brittany Ashe will be at the helm of the brand new Ashe B. & Co. when it opens in Manayunk next month, and we’ve got all the details about what you can expect when shopping there for your wedding dress.
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Use This Guide to Figure Out Which Caribbean Island Is Right for Your Honeymoon

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To me, the first thing a couple should decide upon when beginning the narrowing down of their honeymoon locale is whether they’re going to take an explore-all-of-Europe kind of trip, or a lay-face-down-on-the-beach kind of trip.

Once you’ve decided on that—let’s say, for the sake of this post, it’s the latter—then you’ve got to figure out which region of the world’s beaches you wish to lay upon (Mexico? Indonesia?), and then you’ve got to pick a country or an island. It’s all worth it, no doubt, but unless you have both had a dream destination in mind your whole lives, it won’t necessarily be as easy as a clicking BOOK! on the computer.

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Birchbox & Style Me Pretty Have Teamed Up to Create a Wedding Themed Beauty Box

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Here’s the pretty box!

Remember when we told you that Birchbox—the subscription service that delivers a box of personalized beauty samples and other goodies to your doorstep each month—was launching a bridal-focused landing page filled with fun little gifts and inspiration for your wedding? Well now they’re once again catering to the engaged set by teaming up with Style Me Pretty to curate a wedding themed Birchbox just for brides-to-be (or bridesmaids or any girl that has a billion weddings to attend this summer).

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6 Ways to De-Stress and Actually Get Some Sleep the Night Before Your Wedding

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Between the excitement, nervous energy and endless list of wedding to-do’s running through your head, it may seem nearly impossible to get a good night’s rest right before your Big Day. We get it: there’s just so much to think about, and switching your brain into sleep mode, especially on that night, is a lot easier said than done.

Here’s the good news: Getting some decent shut-eye the night before your wedding is doable, and there are a few strategic tricks that can help you get there with minimal effort.

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