July/September 2014

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Attire

Fashion & style

Every woman dreams of walking down the aisle in her beautiful wedding gown.

Dress vocabulary

A introduction to dress lengths, styles and trains.

Fit for the occasion

Alterations to your dress will most likely be necessary.

Custom couture

Every bride strives to find a gown in the perfect color, style and fit.

Shoes for thought

A great pair of shoes can be the most important accessory of your wedding.

Finding the perfect gown

Because you don't want to settle for less than exactly what you want.

Bridal Registry

Wish list

What you need to begin building your life together.

Cakes

Take the Cake

In the hands of a professional baker, the process of choosing your cake can be easy as pie.

Sweet treats

One of the richest and most delicious wedding traditions is the wedding cake.

The icing on the cake

Distinctive tastes for a delicious wedding cake.

Turn the cake tables

The groom's cake is casual and fun.

The ultimate confection

When selecting your incredible edibles, make sure you're fully prepared.

Catering

Wine & dine

Caterers today offer a range of simple light fare to elaborate cuisine.

From betrothal to brunch

The day-after brunch is a popular event.

A reception to remember

Ideas to leave your guests with a good taste in their mouths.

Savoir faire for savory fare

Every other decision you make about your wedding seems to involve food!

Setting up the bar

The bar should appeal to your style - and your budget.

Ceremony

Paving the Way

Your wedding is just the beginning of the rest of your life with your new spouse.

Laying the Foundation

Make pre-marital counseling the first priority on your wedding checklist.

The Ultimate "After Party"

Dreaming of a destination wedding but don’t want to exclude family or friends? Hosting a party to celebrate your marriage is the perfect compromise.

Saying 'I do'

No other aspect of your wedding is as important as the ceremony.

For love or money

Before you unite in marriage, discuss your approach to finances.

Wedding styles

Dreaming of a large church wedding or a more casual affair?

Who pays?

How to develop a budget that everyone agrees upon.

A happy reunion

Gracefully handle the issue of parents who are no longer a couple.

Partners and friends

Tips to create a marriage that lasts.

Adding it up

The cost of today's typical wedding.

Wedding timetable

A checklist for planning your wedding.

Attendants' duties

What you can expect from the wedding's other players.

Consultants

Just in Time

A guideline to successful wedding planning, compiled by industry professionals.

Bridal consultants

Why you should consider working with a consultant.

Consultant or director?

Wedding consultants know the ins and outs of wedding planning.

Emotional turbulence

Ninety percent of brides experience low points during the planning process.

Don’t be a bridezilla!

Things can seem like a whirlwind no matter how much you've planned!

The wedding dream team

Some pointers to help you get off to a good start.

Flowers

In bloom

Flowers symbolize the beginning of your new life together.

Floral preservation

Make a unique keepsake from your wedding.

Beyond the bouquet

How to choose flowers for your bridal party.

The Groom's Room

It's his day too!

Planning tips for the groom.

The men of the moment

Just what are the men in a wedding expected to do?

Why am I here?

Your ushers and groomsmen play an important role.

The men’s attire

Options for creating a tastefully distinctive look for your wedding day.

The bachelor party

Stereotypical "drink-'til-you-drop" nights are a thing of the past.

Gifts for the groomsmen

These classic gifts can almost all be personalized and are always a hit.

Health and Beauty

10 Tips for Flawless Wedding Day Lashes

Nothing completes a bridal beauty look quite like a pair of luscious, show stopping eyelashes. Get your lashes wedding day ready with these helpful tips:

Create Your Own Spa

"Today Show" Style Editor Bobbie Thomas shares how to make your own spa at home.

Prepped & pampered

Enhance the glow of your love with a healthy lifestyle.

A program for pretty

A pre-wedding regimen to help you feel confident, fresh and beautiful.

Honeymoon

Personal paradise

Your honeymoon is the beginning of a lifelong adventure together.

Cruise through honeymoon planning

What can a travel agent do for you?

Hospitality

A home away from home

Consider the needs of out-of-town guests and reserve a block of rooms.

Add a personal touch

Thoughtful ideas to make your guests feel special.

Jewelry

All that glitters

Marriage brings with it some priceless accessories.

Gift ideas for your groom

An engagement gift for your fiancé is a classy and thoughtful gesture.

Engagement etiquette

How to break the news of your engagement to friends and family.

Add some sparkle

Familiarize yourself with The Four C’s.

Locations

Setting the scene

The location of your wedding festivities is key to a fabulous day.

Have a seat

A few options to make sure everyone is in their right place.

A grand reception

Just how does this whole reception thing go down anyway?

The perfect location

Some things to consider when searching for the ideal spot for your reception.

When to wed

Things to keep in mind when setting your wedding date.

Types of receptions

The best time of day for your reception - a morning brunch, midday luncheon or evening dinner.

The rehearsal party

After the trial run, it's time for the wedding party to celebrate.

The great outdoors

If you’re up for an outdoor wedding, you’ll need to develop a game plan.

Consider the temperature

Weather-beating ideas for your successful outdoor event.

Get ready to party

Put your party clothes on – it’s time for the fun to start.

Music

The right note

Music is instrumental in controlling the flow of events on your big day.

Sound suggestions

Discuss your ideas and schedule with all your key players.

Musical accompaniment

Instrumental options for your rehearsal, ceremony and reception.

Melodic components

The different musical pieces of the wedding ceremony.

Prepping to party

Laying the groundwork for a great reception.

Jazzin' it up

Music to get your guests out on the dance floor!

Dance the night away

Have two left feet? No need to fret!

Photography

The Photography Workshop

One couple. Six photographers. Find your photography style.

Through the lens

Memories of your wedding day should be preserved by a professional photographer.

At your fingertips

Tips for preserving and displaying your wedding photos.

Formal photos

Minimize the length of your photo session so that you can get to the party.

The whole picture

Wedding photos will remain among your most treasured mementos.

Rentals

Something borrowed

To create a certain ambiance, look to the party rental store.

Creating atmosphere

Rental items can help bring an area together with color and flair.

Rent and save

Why purchase a bunch of items you’ll never use again?

Stationery

The write stuff

Stationery is a reflection of the happiness you feel at this special time.

An inviting affair

Here are the vital parts to a wedding invitation.

Beyond invitations

Check out these fun stationery items.

Old World elegance

For years, calligraphy has been a hallmark of elegance and sophistication.

Honor of your presence

As you create your guest list, consider your budget and reception location.

Timely thank yous

Treat yourself to wonderful note cards that will inspire you to write.

Transportation

Arriving in style

Plan to arrive and depart your wedding in the most elegant way possible.

Ride of your life

It’s always stylish to make your grand entrance – or exit – in a fabulous automobile.

It’s your choice

Suggestions on picking the transportation service that's just right for you.

Videography

Memories in motion

A wedding video can be the most sentimental way to relive your wedding day.

Relive the moments

Let your videographer help you share the good times with those you love.

Choosing a videographer

A wedding video should look like a movie – not Uncle Ed’s funniest home video.

Your First Home

The adventure begins

Have fun setting up your new home together!

Who to notify

Don't forget to tell these organizations you're married!

The REALtor connection

Find confidence when (gasp) looking for a new house.

Tax advice for newlyweds

Now that you're legal, be sure you know the law.

Playing the name game

Should you keep your last name?

New spouse, new house

Deciding to buy a house can be both fun and scary.