5 Wedding Vow Writing Tips for Men (2)

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Steven Briggs of The Alpha Groom. Steven is a freelance writer and filmmaker living in Boston, MA. He’s written many stories, scripts and essays about the nature of love and how it’s changed in society today. Enjoy!

Writing your wedding vows is the perfect way to tell your fiancé exactly how you feel on your big day. You can be unique and surprising with your words without falling into clichés. After all, every relationship is different and comes with its own story. You can surprise your guests, get creative and break out of the mold by saying something thoughtful and insightful. It’s a memorable moment that will last a lifetime. If you’re up to the challenge, take a look at our wedding vow writing tips for men.

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Engagement ring

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With the advent of the internet, shopping has become so much easier — no need to leave your couch to purchase your groceries from Amazon or buy shoes from Zappos.

Here at WeddingLovely, we’re huge fans of the internet and how much easier it has made our lives (which is why we do what we do!) But there has always been one category that seems the most scary to trust a website for, as it’s one of the biggest and longest lasting purchases for your wedding: your wedding rings.

Modern jewelry and diamond websites has improved in quality, trustworthiness, and experience. Thinking of buying your engagement or wedding rings online? We’ve partnered with Leibish & Co. with to provide a few reasons why you should:

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6 Things You Need to Know Before Your Ceremony (5)Photo Credit: Sarah Day Boodhoo Photography

Today’s guest post comes to us from Reverend Jack Cuffari of Ring, Candle, & Knot. Jack is an Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister and Marriage Equality activist. Since 2005 he has married dozens of couples of all beliefs and combinations thereof. Jack is active in ministry at the First Congregational Church of Montclair, NJ, Here he offers a few helpful tips to consider before your wedding ceremony:

As someone who marries couples for a living, my perspective is unique, and from what my couples tell me, invaluable. Here are some important things to consider as you plan your wedding ceremony.

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Choosing the Right Photographer for You (1)

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Jillian Smith, the Owner and Principal Wedding & Event Planner of OneTouch Events based in Atlanta, GA. Jillian’s “Keep It Simple Suga” method for assisting her Couples with planning & design is enhanced by an elite partnership with wedding professionals that make the execution of the most elaborate events look easy-peasy. Enjoy!

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How to Find the Perfect Wedding Officiant (5)Photo Credit: Moose Studio

This helpful guest post comes to us from wedding photographer Michaela Ammirato of Moose Studio based in Los Angeles, CA. This article comes from Michaela’s first hand experience helping her mom find an officiant for her upcoming wedding.

Choosing the right wedding officiant for you can often get over looked during your wedding planning, but it is an important detail not to forget. The wedding officiant you choose will not only have a huge influence on the tone of the ceremony, but act as a communicator of your style and belief system. So how do you find a wedding officiant that suits both you and your fiancé?

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Which Catering Option is Right For You?

Today’s guest post comes to us from Stephanie of EventSource. Stephanie uses her passion for photography, event design and wedding planning as a writer for EventSource. When she’s not exploring the world of events, she spends her time having adventures with her husband and baby boy.

Every catered wedding has different requirements based on needs, wants and desires. That’s why it’s important for you to first sit down with your spouse to be and families involved to discuss the specifics of your big day before you hire your wedding caterer. Knowing the specifics will not only help your caterer determine the cost to you for their services but will also help you budget for your big day. The best part is that it’s YOUR party. Throw it as you please!

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How to Write a Best Man Speech (1)Photo Credit: Flickr

Today’s helpful guest post about how to write a best man speech comes to us from David Leonhardt. David runs The Happy Guy Marketing, which is a team of ghostwriters who write books, blogs, press releases, screenplays, articles, reports…and of course, wedding speeches! Enjoy:

While the bride and her entourage are busy with dresses and flowers and food and venues, the Best Man is often left wondering what he is supposed to do. He knows he’s supposed to make a speech, but what should he say? No problem. Every year I rescue a few Best Men who need help with their speeches. Best man speeches are among my favorite writing projects, and I have a few tips to help you write yours.

First, make it personal. It should be heartfelt. It should speak to the groom and his bride. You should truly own your Best Man speech. One of the reasons so many nervous Best Men turn to us to ghostwrite their speeches is because they don’t want to just copy a canned speech full of one-liners they find floating around Cyberspace.

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10 Steps to Choosing Your Wedding Photographer (1)

10 Steps to Choosing Your Wedding Photographer (2)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Derek Lamoureux, President of LC Productions Canada. Whether it’s the birth of a newborn or a couple’s first kiss at the wedding, LC Productions captures the magic of the moment!

Wedding photos are an important part of your wedding. There are only 24 hours that make up your wedding day. A day to be cherished with memories to pass down through generations. Your choice of a wedding photographer is not something that should be taken lightly. Following the steps below can help you choose the best wedding photographer to capture your special day.

1. Decide your style

What’s your taste in wedding photos? Are you the type that looks for candid wedding photo ideas on Pinterest? Or do you prefer the more traditional posed images? Do you like colour or black and white photography? Maybe you prefer a wedding photographer that combines all of these styles into one.

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15 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding by Letting Go of Traditions (6)

15 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding by Letting Go of Traditions (7)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Australian marriage officiant Josh Withers. Josh passionately creates crazy and unique wedding ceremonies for his couples with a goal to make grandma laugh and the groom cry!

I’ve never liked uniforms, they’ve always felt yuck on me. It’s much the same way I feel about wedding traditions. In my daily job as a marriage officiant, I think that marriage is the best thing that two people can do together, and it’s an event worth celebrating. But I also think that many wedding traditions get in the way of celebrating marriage, and instead you can end up celebrating a wedding, which is like putting the horse before the cart. So please spend a few minutes with me today as I liberate you from decades of weddings and introduce you to a few wedding traditions you can leave at the chapel door.

One more thing before we begin: If you do or don’t choose to include any of these traditions in your wedding, do it because you’ve decided to, not because that’s just what happens or because I told you not to.

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Planning Tips for Your Tahitian Destination Wedding (5)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Nelly Grange, of wedOtahiti. Nelly is a Certified Wedding & Event Planner, Green Wedding Professional, Life-Cycle Wedding Celebrant and a wedding blogger in the Islands of Tahiti. Enjoy!

Paradise Awaits in the Islands of Tahiti.

The mythical islands of Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Rangiroa and beyond are well known as the ultimate honeymoon destination, and continue to attract discerned travelers in search of a tranquil escape. Are you considering a destination wedding, or simply a “weddingmoon”? Tahiti is your place. Located just under 8 hours from Los Angeles, CA, the Islands of Tahiti are great to travel to year round!

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