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Congratulations! Now, Panic!

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 11.16.30 AM(Image courtesy of Gabriel Harber, A Practical Wedding)

“I haven’t found a greeting card that says ‘Happy Engagement! I’m so excited for you, but I also want you to know that it’s okay to freak out a little on the inside. That’s normal and I still love you and your partner still loves you, too. And that’s what matters.'”

Engagements are exciting! Suddenly, you’re officially committed to your partner in a new and more exciting way than before!

But the chances are you’ll be a little nervous! And that’s okay! Maybe you get butterflies every time you think about what’s next – and that’s just the normal reaction, I promise. You’re excited for what will happen next! Congratulations on your engagement!

Read the article “Happy Engagement! (It’s Okay To Freak Out!)” here. 

 

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What About My Bridesmaids?

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(Photo courtesy of Kara Schultz, A Practical Wedding)

How on earth do you pick your bridesmaids?

You have sisters, cousins, friends, roommates – how do you even choose?

Your friends are pregnant/absent/out of the country/financially unstable. How do you expect them to partake in all sorts of time consuming/potentially expensive wedding extravaganza?

Courtesy of A Practical Wedding, here is some advice for (tactfully) choosing your bridesmaids.

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Would You Wear It?

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 11.10.30 AMIt has come to our attention that J. Crew has recently began to sell a lacy wedding jumpsuit.

From the website:

Who says you have to wear a gown on your big day? This jumpsuit is a fun alternative to traditional bridal looks, but it’s still feminine and pretty in delicate lace (we sourced it from a family-owned Rhode Island-based mill that’s been making lace since 1859). We love the little details like sheer sleeves and pockets for extras like lipstick or tissues. Plus, it’s finished with bows down the back to tie everything together. Even better? It’s a versatile style you can wear to many fêtes after you say ‘I do.'”

What are your thoughts? Is this something you’d be interested in? Or would you prefer more traditional wedding attire?

 

(See the jumpsuit here) 

 

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Is It Bad That I’m Not Excited For My Wedding?

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I got engaged in June and am planning a wedding for next summer. I have no doubt that I love my fiancé and that we have been building a very solid relationship together. I am struggling, however, with the fact that neither of us are able to feel super excited about being engaged or planning a wedding. This was really driven home for us yesterday when his best friend got engaged and called my fiancé up, totally over the moon, to tell him. That phone call put my fiancé into a daylong slump. He was sad because he never felt that way…

… Around our two-year anniversary I decided that I was ready to be engaged and move in. We started looking at places. I wanted to pick out my engagement ring together and pay for it together since I see it as an investment in our future. We looked at engagement rings once in March and did not get one. In April we signed a lease for July 1. Then I waited, and waited. He made no more mention of getting engaged. We were both applying for new jobs and really busy. I silently started to freak out. Any free time he had he spent on a side project of his, and when I would suggest we go ring shopping again he would say he didn’t have time…

… He has not been able to get excited about any of it because I think he feels like first I, and then my parents, took the whole thing out of his hands. I have been having a hard time getting excited about it because I felt like he was not taking any initiative, and then I started to feel guilty that I took away his agency. When people ask me about my engagement or my wedding planning I am almost embarrassed by my lack of ability to enthuse. He pretty much refuses to even talk about anything wedding related and tenses up anytime we have to…

… Is it possible that we (maybe I) just royally blundered our engagement in an otherwise great relationship? Or is this lack of enthusiasm about our engagement/wedding a sign that something deeper is wrong? Is there anything we can do to make this better and get excited?

Read the full article (and the answer!) here. 

 

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We All Have THAT Friend – Wedding Photobombs

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 10.22.16 AM(Image credit to Lindsey P. )

Everyone knows somebody who just loves to pop into photos where they don’t belong – the dreaded “photo bomber”.

Most of the time, they just look silly. However, once in a blue moon, they show some true skill and really end up making the shot.

Here are some of the funniest wedding photo bombs. (Just remember, there is a reason photographers take multiple shots!)

 

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What If You Hate Planning Your Wedding?

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 10.32.06 AM(Image courtesy of Heidi Zeiger, A Practical Wedding)

You are going to love your wedding. You will ADORE your wedding. However, the simple truth is that you might not love the planning part of your wedding – and that’s okay!

The fact of the matter is that sometimes planning a wedding is just plain hard. Remember – you are not alone in this!

Here is one bride’s story of planning her wedding – and hating it. Just remember – in the end, everything will work out, and you will be married to the love of your life – just like you planned.

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Wedding Gowns – Runway Rentals

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Admit it, you totally drooled over Kate Middleton’s or Kim Kardashian’s wedding dresses (from Kim’s first wedding, obviously – though no doubt the next dresses will be even better!)

Don’t you just wish that you could have a dress like that? Designer, high-end dresses – sigh. Gorgeous.

Oh wait, guess what? YOU CAN.

Rent the runway for wedding dresses. Check out the article here… You’re welcome :)

 

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“I Almost Got Engaged”

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 10.29.33 AM(Image courtesy of Gabriel Harber, A Practical Wedding) 

We all look forward to our engagement – specifically, to the proposal. We have a set idea of how it should happen (location, time, season, outfit, country, type of ring, public or private – you get the idea). And for some of us, the thought that the wedding proposal we receive may not go exactly according to our plans is terrifying!

Read one woman’s story about her upcoming engagement here.

 

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Wedding Questions: Do I Contact My Ex?

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 10.24.59 AM(Image courtesy of Lisa Wiseman, A Practical Wedding)

So you’re getting married. Maybe you’re still in contact with your ex. Maybe you’re still friends (or friendly). Do you invite him to your wedding?

Though the answer seems obvious (um, NO), let’s recap.

First, how would YOU feel if your fiancé were to invite his ex to your wedding – especially a long-term relationship ex? You don’t want to do that to your fiancé. Trust me.

Second, it makes you seem like have to prove something to your ex. That you’re “happy in your new relationship” and you have to show him that. You don’t have to do that. Really, you don’t.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, remember that that part of your life is over. You are done with him! Let it go! Be happy and enjoy your wedding!

For the article from A Practical Wedding, click here.

 

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