Whether it’s due to the recession or a side effect of sites like Pinterest, weddings have become more personalised and unique than they have been in years. Wedding planners be wary – brides and grooms everywhere are taking their wedding plans into their own hands and creating a day that truly reflects their relationship and their love.

If you’re looking for ways to personalise your wedding, or simply one aspect of it, here are some easy ways to do just that.

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I’m obsessed with my wedding! I know other people have had weddings that were fancier and bigger, dresses that were more expensive and flowers that would put my white rose bouquet to shame. But I don’t care. I LOVE everything about my wedding.

I see so many brides that are stressed out, tired, cranky, moody and unhappy while planning their wedding. Some of them have actually said to me that they can’t wait until their wedding is over. Whaaaat???

If you’re lucky, your wedding is something that will happen only once in your life. It’s a rare day when all of your closest friends and family gather together to celebrate the love that you and your fiancé share (and to cheers the happy couple with a glass of champagne or two).  I can’t imagine someone wishing this day away.  I didn’t ever want my wedding weekend to end and I want you to feel the same way about yours!

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Believe it or not, after all of the planning and preparing, your wedding day will pass in a blur. Because of this, the best thing to do in order to truly remember this day forever is to hire a videographer. While you may not watch the video for years afterwards, it will be good way to remember the day and catch the small things that you missed while you were busy doing other things, like cutting the cake and chatting with your friends and family. However, the last thing that you need to memorialize your wedding is an out-of-focus, static-y sounding, and completely boring video. After all, this is the day that both of you have always dreamed about, and you’ll need more than photographs and a bad video to remember it forever. In order to prevent a video disaster, here are some suggestions:

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One of the most important aspects of running a successful business is developing your brand. As a business – whether you intended to or not, you are a brand. Building a strong brand may seem like a daunting task so I’ve broken down a few of the biggest do’s and don’ts for those looking to build or improve their existing brand.

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DIYing your flower arrangements? Check out this DIY flower guide with links to tutorials!

The other day I ran across a post right here on WeddingLovely and oh my! It reminded me just how mind-blowingly expensive weddings are, y’all!

I know, I know, you already know that, and being reminded of the horror of it isn’t  necessary. So, here’s the deal. Unless you’re lucky enough to have parents who are footing the bill or have been madly setting aside funds since you were a wee little one, you’re probably looking to save money where you can.

One of the places where it’s possible to pinch pennies and stretch dimes is with the flowers. Perhaps not the bouquet—though some people will argue that the bouquet is the easiest thing, but I don’t agree, I’m not THAT crafty—but centerpieces and decorative flowers are easier to manage then you might think, and DIY-ing it can potentially save you a fair chunk of change. It still won’t be cheap, but it’ll help take a bit off of your budget. Remember, you’ll have to put in some elbow grease, which means you’ll have to have some time a day or two before the wedding to actually get a group together to make the arrangements.

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Today’s guest post is by Laura Segall Photography. Thanks for sharing with us today!

As the weather in Phoenix finally drops out of the triple digits I start to got more and more requests for engagement photo shoots. Engagements are one of my favorite things to photograph because it is all about having fun and the only goal is to take lots of good pictures. I include an engagement session in most of my wedding packages because I find it is a great way for me to get to know you and for you to see how I operate behind the camera.

The majority of my couples have never had professional photos taken (beyond their yearbook photo) so don’t worry if you think you will be awkward or uncomfortable in front of the camera. You are not alone. I encourage engagement sessions in part to get any of that insecurity out of the way before the wedding.

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Do you remember Nathalie Portman and the ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied’s  magnifique wedding? They decided to incorporate her Jewish faith and the French touch into a sumptuous Vegan Style Wedding.  A successful ceremony conducted by the famous Yifat Oren.

Not only did this celebrity couple show their love for their partners, but also their love for Mother Nature as well as their eco-friendly values. With more and more couples wanted to have a healthier lifestyle and being eco-conscious, tying the knot vegan style is no longer unusual.

Whether you have Nathalie Portman’s budget or just $1000 in your pocket, everything from the food to the decorations can be vegan, recycled and DIY’d! By thinking outside the box, you can reduce the cost and the ecologic footprint of your wedding. Here are some helpful ideas to make your eco-friendly vegan wedding memorable.

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It’s no secret that your invitation is the first thing your guests are going to see that will give them a glimpse into the magic of your big day.  So, why not add as much of your personality and style into designing them as you do your ceremony and reception?  When it comes to wedding stationery and today’s unique and creative couples, there are countless ways to personalize your paper.  But let’s try counting them anyway, shall we?

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No. 1:  Color

It’s a given, right?  Although a somewhat obvious choice, how the colors of your wedding are used in your invitations can be a powerful reflection of your personality and the tone you’re trying to set for the big day.  Whether using bursts of bright colors or just a few subtle accents here and there, color can provide a wonderful preview of what’s to come.  (And that grosgrain ribbon is a great way to add a bit of texture, but we’ll get to that in a minute…)

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Your wedding is an event that you’ve dreamed about for years, possibly your whole life.  You already know that you want your big day to be someplace special, but you may not be aware of everything you need to  think about when planning a wedding far from home. From fairytale castle to sun-swept beach, here are the things to consider when booking the destination wedding of your dreams.

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Choosing an engagement ring can be a daunting process. The pressure to find a ring that you’ll love for years to come, the overwhelming number of choices on the market, and the ethical implications of deciding on which stone to get all add up to create an intimidating process.

The mining of jewels is a big business with a tainted history, and you need to be aware of the environmental implications of buying a particular ring. Unique engagement rings are relatively easy to come by – ethical and eco-friendly engagement rings require a little more investigation. Below you will find some top tips and ideas on how to choose an eco-friendly engagement ring:

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