Learn How to Make Your Own Floral Headpiece at Flowers & Company’s Flower Crown Workshop

Here's a peek at what you'll be making!

Here’s a peek at what you’ll be making!

Ever since flower crowns first became a thing in the world of weddings, we’ve been seeing them everywhere. Not only are brides wearing them down the aisle in lieu of a veil (and having each of their ‘maids wear one too!), but DIY flower crown stations are a popular bridal shower activity nowadays, too.

If you’ve always been keen on the flower crown idea and even feel like you might be crafty enough to take a hack at making one yourself, sign up for Flowers & Company‘s floral crown workshop next Wednesday, May 27, where you can practice your skills before signing yourself up for your Big Day.

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Brides: Please Watch This Video Before Buying Your Wedding Dress Online

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I heard this segment start yesterday morning on Good Morning America as I was brushing my teeth, and when I heard the first interviewed bride start to talk, my heart immediately sank, because I knew the type of story she was going to tell: one where she bought her dream wedding dress online, and then was greeted by a complete and utter heartbreaking mess when she opened the box.

There are plenty of places where you can purchase a gorgeous and authentic wedding dress online—we’ve told you about them! See: BHLDN, J.Crew, Nicole Miller, among others—but that’s not what we’re talking about here. What we’re talking about here are the non-brand websites that seem to sell legit wedding dresses, only to mail you a ragged pile of cheap, jaggedly cut fabric and shoddy workmanship—in short, nothing you would probably want to wear while sitting around your house, let alone on your wedding day.

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10 Simple Ways To Cut Wedding Costs & Stay Within Your Budget

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Now that the average wedding comes with a $31,213 price tag, it’s not uncommon for couples to seek out ways to make their Big Day more affordable. And while we’re all for saving a few bucks whenever possible, there is a fine line between cutting costs and cutting corners, especially when it comes to your Big Day. No one wants a tacky wedding that considers the bottom line first and guests second, so it’s important to know when to save and when to spend.

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PHOTOS: 10 Pairs of Pretty Bridal Gloves from Etsy

This pair is simple yet so pretty.

This pair is simple yet so pretty.

Although bridal gloves aren’t the most common of wedding-day accessories, every so often we see a bride with a pair that really works and we find ourselves wondering why more ladies don’t go out on that particular limb.

Come wintertime, even a delicate pair of gloves can provide a little bit of warmth for your bouquet-clutching hands during pictures (and look fantastic in them!), and even in the spring, sometimes they’re just the most perfect darling finishing touch to your elegant bridal look.

 

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Here’s What 36 Bridal & Couture Designers Think Lady Gaga’s Wedding Dress Should Look Like

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Whenever a particularly fashionable or fun-to-dress celebrity gets engaged, designers inevitably start sketching up the dream dress they would put her in, were it up them and genius-level designs that swirl around in their heads. I always think those are really fun to see, and you know what? I bet these celebs do, too. What girl wouldn’t want to see what these amazing talents would dream up just for them?

Well, what we saw today focused on an extra fun subject for a bride—Lady Gaga!—and featured dozens of designers trotting out their fantastical gowns.

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WATCH: This So-Fun “Pitch Perfect”-Inspired Proposal is Spot On

Well, this is sure to brighten your rainy morning: One Pitch Perfect fan got the surprise of a lifetime when her boyfriend popped the question after he and his friends elaborately reenacted the Treblemakers’s finale performance from the hit movie.

Both Lindsay Versage and Max Podell (and most of their friends) love Pitch Perfect and its soundtrack, so it made perfect sense for Podell to incorporate the movie into his surprise proposal. Take a look for yourself:

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10 Healthy Foods & How to Incorporate Them Into Your Pre-Wedding Plan

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We know that ever since that ring landed on your finger, the chances that you’ve been making some changes both at the gym and in the kitchen are very high. (Especially if you’ve already gotten your dress, and very specific images of low-cut backs and fitted bodices are dancing through your head.)

That’s why we’re always happy to share health, fitness and nutrition inspiration with you when an extra good piece of it crosses our desks, and the cool ladies at Be Well Philly were just talking about this particular topic this week: With some healthy foods, unless you’re preparing them and eat them with certain methods and in certain ways, you won’t actually get all the health benefits you can from them.

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How to Avoid the 7 Most Common Wedding Fights

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While planning your wedding can be a major bonding experience for you and your to-be, you’re sure to encounter a few road bumps and differing of opinions along the way—after all, have you ever heard of a couple agreeing on every single aspect of their Big Day? We didn’t think so.

On the bright side, the fights that tend to arise between engaged couples while wedding planning are incredibly predictable—money, family, prenups and religion are just a few of the topics that usually cause tension—so with a little foresight and a lot of thoughtfulness, you really can work to successfully steer clear of any blowouts.

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Study: How Your Hometown Affects Your Likelihood of Marriage

Does your hometown encourage or discourage marriage? New York Times.

How does your hometown measure up?  Screen grab via the New York Times.

Here’s an interesting study we came across today: According to data published by The New York Times, where you grow up plays a role in how likely you are to get married (by the age of 26, to be exact).

What it boils down to is political ideology, population size and how those two factors contribute to a whether a state/county/city encourages or discourages marriage. In general, they found that conservative and less densely populated places are more likely to encourage marriage while liberal areas and large cities tend to discourage it.

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