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Today’s guest post comes to us from Christina Kiffney, based in Boulder, CO. Christina is a professional wedding photographer who weaves together emotion and artistry for your wedding photography. The love between the two of you and the love that surrounds you are the focus of her work, which she approaches with an artist’s eye to create photos in a painterly style. Enjoy!

Photography is the most important part of your wedding day investment. Okay, I may be somewhat biased since I am a wedding photographer. But I do believe with all my heart in the longevity and meaning behind your wedding photos. They are there to be savored and enjoyed at every anniversary. They are there during tough times of illness and loss of loved ones. They are there in your quiet moments when you’re older as you reflect back on a life well lived. They are there for children and grandchildren to learn about and celebrate who you were in your youth. They are there as a testament to the love between you and the love that surrounds you. So how do you get the best possible wedding photos that you will cherish forever? Obviously hire an amazing professional wedding photographer who fits your style. But what can YOU do?

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9 Questions You Should ask Your Venue Before You Sign (1)

Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from Sarah Chancey of Chancey Charm, and author of The Chancey Charm Practical Guide to Planning Your Wedding. Enjoy!

Venue tours filled with guest counts, pricing and preferred vendor lists can quickly take over your weekends and joy as a bride. My first piece of advice is to always figure out your budget and guest count before you start the search. Making a large list and narrowing down the venues that can actually fit in your budget and accommodate your guest count is crucial to making the venue hunt a smooth success.

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We love wedding websites — such a great online way to showcase your wedding! We’ve partnered with wedding website provider Riley & Grey to let you know some great tips and tricks to make your wedding website shine. Enjoy!

Yep, wedding websites are the new norm. And just FYI, that’s a good thing. Long gone are the days of scrolling through endless email chains and manually counting collected RSVP after RSVP after RS— you get the picture. Ultimately, your wedding website should significantly relieve your planning stress, not add to it. If you pick the right provider, editing your wedsite should actually be, dare we say, fun (think: an easy, electronic wedding DIY).

But you know, a few pointers never hurt, so here are some of our insider tips and shortcuts for creating an amazing wedding website.

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Today’s informative guest post comes to us from wedding planner Sarah Chancey of Chancey Charm and author of The Chancey Charm Practical Guide to Planning Your Wedding. Enjoy!

Finding the right caterer can make or break your guest experience. As we all know how bad it is to have to wait for the food to finally be ready or unexpectedly dive into a cold, or even worse, undercooked entree.

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We’ve partnered with 77 Diamonds to showcase this awesome infographic about the ‘7 Cs’ you should know before buying your engagement ring (spoiler – the carat, color, clarity, cut, certification, contour and cost!) Sound like a lot to remember? This infographic will surely help:

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An infographic brought to you by 77 Diamonds

Everything you need to know before making your engagement ring purchasing decision. But wait, we’re not done yet! Get her ring size by downloading this handy printable chart.

What do you think? What other tips should you know before buying an engagement ring? Let us know below in the comments!

We were passed this lovely guest post by Joshua Withers, hope it helps you lovely brides and grooms struggling to write your vows! Take it away, Joshua:

I could never wear other people’s underwear. Whether it was borrowing from a friend or buying secondhand underwear from an op-shop, it’s just not my game. Underwear is private, personal, up-close, raw, real clothing. When I stood in front of Britt and our favourite humans to celebrate our marriage, I felt the same way about our vows.

I don’t wear other people’s underwear and I don’t exchange other people’s vows – it’s my marriage after all. When I come to that finite point of marriage, the point where I stop being a boyfriend and start being a husband, that’s a real moment that needs real words.

So I sat down and typed a thousand things that I wanted to say to Britt and eventually came to a place where I had my own personal vows.

If you’d like to create vows that wow, here are some starter tips:

  1. Write vows that are actually true. Don’t make a vow that doesn’t mean something to you.
  2. Write vows in your own language, in words that you would normally use.
  3. Make them as short or as long as they need to be. I love the old saying about the world’s most powerful prayer being “help”. Your vows can be one word if that word is true and real for you. But if it has to be an essay, let it be.
  4. Make your partner feel valued in your vows.
  5. Finally, your vows aren’t for the crowd, they’re for your partner. So if the crowd enjoys them, that’s lovely, but you’re not writing them for the crowd.

I’ve got a lot more to say about the matter, so grab a coffee and watch this Live Google Hangout I did on the subject :)

Thanks Joshua! For more information about Joshua Withers Wedding Celebrant, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.

Do you have any questions or comments for Josh? Add them to the comments below!

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12 Of The Most Creative Wedding Invitations Ever (1)

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Sarah works as a wedding planner in the UK, but also has an avid interest in graphic design. She absolutely loves weddings, and is looking forward to her own wedding (although she’s still looking for Mr. Right).

There’s a lot to think about when you’re planning a wedding: you’ve got to arrange the location, venue, catering, transportation, and most importantly, the wedding dress (seriously, guys, don’t forget this one!).

It’s quite easy to get carried away with the big things (there’s certainly a lot of them), and often, some of the smaller details simply don’t get the attention they deserve because of this.

Your wedding invitations almost always fall victim to this problem, which is a shame, as there’s some super-creative stuff you can do with them; it just requires a bit of effort.

I’ve seen a tonne of creative wedding invitations in my time (yep, I’m the sad person who spends hours browsing through them on Pinterest!), so I thought I’d round up some of my all-time favourites below for you need a printing company to have them made we recommend fastprint for invitations.

I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I did!

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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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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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