Formal bridal procession (photography by Paul White)

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Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from Sam Ketterer of Absolute Perfection Wedding Consultancy, based in London, England! Enjoy:

Having spent the past month hunting day and night for the perfect dress to wear on your wedding day, you now realise you have to do it all over again. Only this time you have to find multiple perfect dresses for all your bridesmaids. Many brides struggle with the whole experience. Here we show you how to avoid the common pitfalls.

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Today’s lovely guest post comes to us from Derek of Celebrations, a luxury wedding venue in Bucks County, PA. Enjoy!

You’re engaged! Now what? Once the elation of getting engaged wears off, you might start to feel overwhelmed about wedding planning. Fear not, Bride-to-Be! As long as you know where to start, everything will go smoothly. The most important decision that you will have to make is where you want to host your wedding reception. Luckily, the expert wedding planners at Celebrations have put together a guide to finding a venue that is perfect for your special day.

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Liza Head of Juniper Spring Photography, based in the San Francisco Bay Area! Enjoy:

If you haven’t thought about it already, at some point in planning your wedding photography timing, you’ll ask yourself: do you *need* getting ready photos? If you do how long do you need? “Getting Ready” is not about getting unflattering photos of you with your hair in curlers – far from it! It’s a great time to get amazing candid photos of emotional moments, of you spending time with your nearest and dearest friends or family, all of your special details and even some portraits. To figure out whether you need to have a photographer around for this time during your wedding day, ask yourself some questions:

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Down to the Wire: Fighting the Good Fight

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Today we have another thoughtful wedding planning guest post from freelance writer Troy Lambert. Enjoy!

Because of publishing lead times, by the time you read this, our wedding will be over. In fact, I will probably share this article out to social media and my followers when I get back from our mini-honeymoon. (The real one will be this summer, after my fiance graduates and our son is out of school)

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Cut Here, Splurge There: Budgeting for the Best and Skipping the Rest (2)

Today’s awesome guest post, brought to us by Kate Storey of Weddeo, is full of fun and practical ideas to help you make the most of your wedding budget! Enjoy:

When it comes to budgeting for your wedding, everything can seem like a must-have. From invitations and engagement photos to ceremony decorations and favors, it can be difficult to see where you could possibly whittle down or even – gulp – eliminate altogether.

One of the best ways to manage this is to think about some of the things that are most important to you as a couple, or that really speak to your personality. Are you foodies? Hiring the best caterer in the area might be something you consider. Are one or both of you known for your fashion sense? Donning a fabulous designer gown (or shoes!) could be where you direct a large chunk of change.

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Wedding Photography Price Points (1)

Wedding Photography Price Points (1)

Today’s guest post, brought to us by UK based wedding photographer Andrew Hind of Lightworks Photography, offers an in-depth look at wedding photography pricing and what you can expect at each price point. Enjoy!

In many ways photography is like cooking! To a certain extent everyone can do it, most of us have the tools and a bit of basic knowledge, and it’s very much part our of our everyday lives. However, we’re not all chefs any more than we are all photographers and the meat and two veg of everyday meals are as far away from the creations of a cordon bleu chef as mobile phone snap shots are from the work of a professional photographer. Most of the time we do very well eating everyday sausage and mash but there’s a great joy and experience in going to a fine restaurant and tasting a great chef’s food!

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Today’s thoughtful guest post, brought to us by Taryn Westberg of Glo, covers the ins and outs of contemporary invitation etiquette. Enjoy!

Woo hoo! You’re engaged! After your first Instagram post about your engagement, you’ll probably want to start sharing more information about your wedding plans with family and friends (and you know they’re dying to know). With so much available technology, it’s never been easier to keep your guests informed and organized. All you have to do is give them the right information! So what is the right information and what is the right way to share it? That’s what we’re here for! While there are no hard-fast rules to follow, there are some things to consider to ensure your guests are informed in a thoughtful way. No matter which stage of wedding planning you’re in, you can keep your guests up-to-date with informative digital tools while checking every modern etiquette box in the book.

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Flower Ideas and Inspirations for Your Spring Wedding (4)

Hooray, Spring is here! Today’s guest post, brought to us by  Kasey Grossman of Park Ave Studio, is full of tips and inspiration for selecting the perfect flowers for your Spring wedding! Enjoy:

Spring is a time for new beginnings, so it is a perfect season for you to begin your marriage and life together. Springtime is all about colors! Spring is also a marvelous time when many flowers are back in season. For you, this means a wide array of beautiful options to choose from for your fairytale day. There will be floral options to compliment everything you and your significant other have decided on for your spring wedding.

Flowers are one of the focal points of a wedding so choosing the correct ones are important. The wide variety of colorful flowers allows for accents throughout the ceremony, attire and reception. To celebrate this vibrant time, purples, blues and pinks are the most popular colors for springtime ceremonies. If these colors seem too primary for your taste, do not worry. Varying shades of these colors will allow you to personalize all aspects of your day, which can be incorporated not only into the flowers, but decorations, attire and table settings as well. No matter the color palette you choose, you can bet there will be flowers to match seamlessly.

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7 Creative "Will You Be My Groomsmen?" Ideas (5)

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Today’s helpful guest post, brought to us by Rachel-Jean Firchau of Ties.com, is full of fun, unique ideas for the groom-to-be to ask his best friends to be his groomsmen. Enjoy!

You’ve been planning this for a while, and your moment has finally come. You’ve picked out the perfect engagement ring. You’ve garnered up the courage to pop the big question to your significant other, and she said yes! Now, it’s time to pop another big question. This time, to your best friends. That’s right–asking your best friends to be your groomsmen for the big day is, and should be treated as, a big deal. The friends you choose will not only be standing alongside you on the aisle, they will be with you every step of the way leading up to that moment. They will be your support system, help you plan things, make your life easier, and plan a grand bachelor party send-off to get you ready for married life. Once you’ve decided who you’re going to ask, you’ll need to determine how. Here are some of our favorite creative ways to pop the groomsmen question. And with groommen gifts like these, how could they possibly say no?

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Lucy of Lucy Baum Montreal Wedding and Family Photography! Enjoy:

After the initial excitement of the engagement sinks in, couples often realize the long journey ahead in planning a wedding that reflects their values, and their budget. One of the biggest decisions to be made is around photography. Wedding photography is one of the larger expenses to be considered in any wedding plan, but with the flood of dslr cameras, iPads, iPhones and selfie sticks these days, some couples question whether a professional is even needed. As we all know, there are risks with anything in life. What couples must ask themselves when making their decision, is the level of risk they’re willing to take on with each element of the wedding. Yes, many photography tools are available and most of your guests will have some kind of camera, but will they do the job of beautifully and meticulously documenting the most important day of your lives?

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