Today’s guest post (and all the photos!) comes to us from Mandy Solner of Love Above Photography. This post will definitely make you rethink your wedding!

The eagerly anticipated day has finally arrived; you are standing at the alter next to the man of your dreams, waiting breathlessly to know that you are finally husband and wife. You gaze longingly into each other’s eyes, and then glance out towards your family and friends in the audience. It’s only then that you realize no one is looking at you. They are all looking down at their smartphones and camera LCD screens; present physically, but mentally, are they truly present? As a wedding photographer, it saddens me to deliver images to a bride and groom that contain nothing but shots of the guests at their wedding ceremony staring down at their hand held devices.

 

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You’re a bridesmaid! Congratulations. Wait…what’s that? You’re the maid of honor? WOW! Double congrats! Having been a maid of honor more times than I like to share, I think you’re going to be fabulous. Simply fabulous…as long as you remember a couple things.

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Photo by Stephanie Haller Photography

 

See, being THE maid of honor means that you’re the number 2. Not the groom, not the mom, you. You’re the one the bride is going to call when her dress doesn’t fit quite right, or the napkins are the wrong shade of chartreuse (because there are so many…).

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Kaity Fuja of OMG Photography –we shared a wedding of hers that was so awesome we had to share it in not one but two posts! As someone who has already been married and has hundreds of photos on disc, I am feeling very inspired by this post. I hope you are too!

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Okay, so you’ve booked a professional photographer for your wedding day. Maybe you even booked an engagement or bridal session too! You found a photographer whom you absolutely love, and you can’t wait to show off your new wedding pictures! So what do you do? Do you buy the digital files, upload them to Facebook and then forget about them? Do you buy a few prints and send them off to mom and dad and grandma and grandpa? Or do you really make them a part of your home? Maybe you want to make them a part of your home decor, but you don’t know how. If that’s the case, then today is your lucky day! In this post I’m going to give you some neat ideas about ways you can show off your favorite family photos.

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Wedding dress shopping isn’t just dress up for grown women. It may looks like a playful montage of pretty dresses, but there’s also some planning and strategy that goes along with finding your dream dress at a great price. Before visiting a bridal boutique always call in advance to see if they require reservations and if they have gowns in the styles that you love.

Here are five tips for dress shopping. Have fun!

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I am a huge fan of today’s guest post by Sandra Mikalauskas of White Ivory Photography. First looks are getting more and more popular as most couples are breaking the mold of a traditional wedding. Take it away Sandra!

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What is a First Look?

We hear so much about it today when referring to wedding photography. I thought I would take this opportunity to demystify the concept and how you might find yourselves reconsidering the traditional approach to bridal portraits.

Tradition has always dictated that it is bad luck to see the bride prior to the ceremony. Many people still believe that it will take away from seeing your future bride or groom when walking down the aisle. Far be it from me to say that is wrong, as in the end you do have to do what you feel is best. The first look has a host of advantages that you might want to consider.

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A big big thanks to Kristen at Five Dot Design and 915 Monmouth for putting together this super informative post for us today. If you are engaged and thinking about your stationery, then you’re gonna want to bookmark this post!

Invitations seem to be the first thing that make the whole wedding process “real” for most brides. You’re taking all the details you’ve been organizing for the past however many months and putting them down on paper to send out into the world. Family and friends will come witness, not only you and your fiance getting married, but all the hard work you’ve put into pulling this event together and making it perfect.

So, of course, you want your invitations to be perfect as well. The basic invitation suite can be broken down into a few simple pieces… some are must-have’s, some are nice-to-have’s and some are added bonuses. Now, I realize that you might put some pieces in different categories and that’s perfectly fine. These are just the most popular pieces I have found with my clients.

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Photo by JMM Photography

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The Spring 2012 WeddingLovely Lookbook is here!

Now updated to the Fall 2012 version!

 

View and download online for free and send it to any friends and family looking for wedding vendors or planning advice — or just pass it along just to promote the beautiful work of talented WeddingLovely vendors!

Some stats from this year:

  • 12 articles on wedding planning and advice written by WeddingLovely vendors.
  • Over 1000 vendors listed from all over the world — California to Singapore.
  • 204 pages of inspiration.
  • Featuring stationers, photographers, planners & coordinators, venues, and videographers (all the vendors currently in the WeddingLovely network — more verticals launching soon!)

New this year, we’ve put together 5 location specific vendor directories that are available in print for $17.95. If you buy now, MagCloud is running a sale for $15! These local Lookbooks contain all the same great articles as above, as well as listing the local vendors. Check out last fall’s printed version here, and buy this spring’s on MagCloud:

If you want to buy the ENTIRE Lookbook, we’ve added it to Magcloud for $49.95. If you buy soon, they’re running a sale for $39.40. Score!

Are you featured in the Lookbook? Show of your listing, article and/or ad with this beauteous badge:

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We are THRILLED to release the Spring 2012 Lookbooks! Last year’s only contained invitations, so seeing this years grow to contain so many more vendors and wedding planning advice is so exciting. The next version will be printed in Fall 2012 and we’d love to make it even better than the Spring edition. We welcome any suggestions, requests, anything, in the comments!

Visualities Videography put together today’s post for us. We’re excited to share it, as it’s our first guest post about wedding videography. As a bride who opted not to get a wedding video, I have to admit…it’s my biggest regret, so I feel it’s my duty to share this with you.

I’m a wedding videographer. A storyteller at my core. And my job is pretty dang important. Why? I’m capturing special moments, video, sound, bloopers for you to remember forever. I’m not trying to sell you on hiring me to be your videographer. But this post does contain some ramblings about why I think know a professional videographer is so important for your special day.

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The INVESTMENT:

I’ve talked with couples who have chosen to opt-out of having a professional videographer document their wedding day. Their primary reason: Too much Moo-lah. Well, and Uncle John has an iPhone and he can record the vows on it… for free (by the way, good luck with that).

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Michelle, a talented stationer from Little Toad, put together today’s post for us. She put a lot of time into this post and we thank her! I am sure you will too, because she did a fabulous job putting together the wedding trends for 2012. Thanks Michelle!

We are already far into the New Year and no doubt by now you have broken your resolutions and vowed never to give up chocolate cake as a breakfast item again. Aside from those New Year changes one of the biggest changes occurs in the wedding industry, the hottest new trends. From what colors are hot and what patterns are so last season to which reoccurring themes you probably be seeing if you are attending or planning a wedding. So what are the newest trends of 2012? Well I have searched the internet, bridal magazines and lost many a days on Pinterest, to highlight the top 12 trends of 2012.

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1.  CHEVRON

It may sound like a stop to get your oil changed but instead it’s a very simplistic yet classic geometric pattern. This pattern looks good in a variety of colors or is just as strong in black and white. It can be incorporated into your wedding in a multitude of designs and mediums (paper and/or fabric). The other great aspect of this pattern is that it can be used as an accent but isn’t overpowering as a dominant element.

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