What Makes a Marriage?

As our generation creeps slowly towards our 30s, more and more of us are starting to think about the M word: Marriage. What we want out of our partnerships is a question mark for many of us as we grapple with what could be called the ultimate badge that says, “We are now adults.” Some have already been divorced, others have never been in a relationship, and many are in committed relationships with or without a marriage license. ...more

Planning a Bridal Shower? Five Fantastic Ideas for the Bride-To-Be!

Are you in charge of planning a bridal shower? It can get overwhelming, especially with too many chiefs and not enough indians. Below, I listed a couple of great ideas that any bride-to-be would love and appreciate!...more

A high-seas engagement tale

In honor of our little three-month wedding anniversary today I wanted to share our engagement tale here....more

My Things to Do List

 My friends make fun of me. My husband makes fun of me.Do you know why?Because I make a “Things To Do” list.ALL THE TIME....more

A Quick Care Package for the Bride-to-Be

This holiday season, I got a pretty spectacular phone call. I was standing in my living room, packing up some things for our family trip to see my parents for Christmas, and on the caller ID was my best friend Dani....more

It's the Worst Time of Year to Get Engaged

Did you know that 26% of all engagements occur at Christmas time? Tucked right in there with all the excitement, stress and partying of the holiday season, a man and woman decide to commit their future to each other. It's the worst time of the year to make such an important decision.An engagement ring is not a gift, like jewelry or a cashmere sweater. The ring is the beginning of a commitment that you fulfill when you marry. If either of you decide not to marry, you have to return the ring....more
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The Introvert's Guide to Surviving Family Weddings

The thing about family weddings is that family is there, in Costco volume. This is amazing, wonderful and a blessing, but also a bit overwhelming for those of us that don't feed off the energy of others. I recently attended a wedding that was lovely and very introvert friendly, but I put together a plan for next time. These are some helpful hints to surviving a large, noisy family function without alienating others.The Restroom is the Best Hiding Spot Ever...more
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Unconventional Wedding Ideas: Note to Self (and to Others!)

My boyfriend and I have been discussing our own preferences for children (I want one boy but he wants five girls!) and it got me thinking about weddings and getting engaged. I'm not really like other girls who love looking for pictures of white gowns and venues for the wedding reception, so I knew that coming up with an article on unconventional wedding ideas would be so "me"....more

My Not-So-Pinterest-Perfect Wedding

In our society, wedding days are days that girls are socialized to dream about their whole lives, making Pinterest a gift and a curse.  After months of resistance, I started my wedding Pinterest board when I first started dating my now-fiancé. Finally, a place to put all your wedding dreams! It’s perfect, right?Well, not exactly....more
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How to define your wedding style

I have worked in the wedding industry for over 15 years and got my first taste of the world of bridal when I was lucky enough to cover the wedding of Victoria and David Beckham when I was a reporter at OK! magazine.I was lucky enough to be made Editor of Cosmopolitan Bride magazine at the age of 26, and stayed at the title for five years. During my time at the magazine and now editing my own bridal site, http://www.styleandthebride.co.uk/, I have met and come across a lot of brides. I always get asked for my advice, and ideas when it comes to weddings....more