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April 25

Wedding Advice and Tips from Newlyweds

Once the big day comes to a close, there’s no one with better insight on what mattered, which details weren’t worth stressing over and how to keep perspective on the whole process than the newlyweds themselves. Here’s what some of our Facebook fans had to share:

“Enjoy every single second… it flies by so quickly… even the planning!” – Melissa

“Don’t get too drunk at the alter xx” – Samantha

“Elope….I wish I had! This is stressful!” – Courtney

“Relax. Don’t sweat the little things. Things will go wrong and there is no reason to stress over it. I had probably one of the worst things happen (my grandpa passed away 4 days before the wedding funeral was day before) everything else that went wrong was nothing compared to that.” – Emily

“Let family and friends help!! I know it’s “YOUR” big day. But you can’t do it all. I was sooo glad that I didn’t mind letting my mother in law, and my mom, and my husbands aunt help out. If I would have been a total control freak, it would have been miserable for me and them!” -Rheanna

“Pick three things you care about the most and let the rest go. I cared about location, the dress and photography. As I found myself crying over the font to use on the napkins that would be thrown away, I realized I was wasting my precious time and energy on things that didn’t matter and/or that I didn’t even care about.” -Brittney

“If your wedding planner has you just breeze through the ceremony rehearsal, and you want to practice it again, practice it again! It’s your day…don’t let someone else dictate what’s important.” -Whitney

“Skip the little (but super costly) details that people won’t even notice/care about.. things like: personalized napkins (they end up in trash anyways.. got to Target or other retailer and get funky/fun solid or patterned ones in your colors…” -Samantha

“Take a few minutes at your reception to stand back and watch all the hard work you did come to life! It was one of my favorite moments when my husband and I sat at our sweetheart table and watched our guests enjoying themselves!!!” -Amy


January 23

The Perfect Proposal: Things to Know

We’ve heard that 80% of engaged or married women say their marriage proposal wasn’t exactly romantic, and we think that’s just plain sad! Sure, not everyone wants to plan out an elaborate scavenger hunt across the city or arrange for a flash mob to take over the street to help pop the question, but there are some simple things you can do to ensure that your proposal is as memorable and wonderful as it deserves to be.

Here are our top tips for the perfect marriage proposal:

1. Know What You Want.

Planning a wedding is one thing, but planning to spend the rest of your life with someone is an entirely different story. Make sure you really know what you want. Can your relationship survive the best of times and the worst of times? Will this person be your partner through thick and thin? Can you stand his or her mother at every family holiday? A happy proposal starts with true commitment.

2. Get Family and Friends Involved.

My personal favorite proposal stories are private, but then include friends and family for a celebration after. Have them make a surprise appearance or play a part in the big event and it’ll make it that much more special for your future spouse.

3. Find the Right Ring.

Don’t get cynical on me just yet! I don’t mean that the ring you choose has to be gigantic or pricey, but it does have to reflect the person you’re giving it to. From vintage styles to chic and modern ones, offbeat colored engagement rings to heirlooms handed down through the family, all you have to do is make sure it’s the right style. After all, this is one of the only accessories that will be worn every day for the rest of your lives together!

4. Pick the Perfect Place.

Get creative and make it personal. There are probably places in your city where everyone seems to propose (here in San Francisco, it’s Coit Tower), but if that spot isn’t personally relevant to you it won’t have the same impact. Trust me—you could propose at the diner you two love to go to for Sunday morning breakfast and it’ll mean more than a fancy restaurant you’ve never been to before.

5. Make a Speech.

I know you’re probably nervous and hoping to just blurt out, “Marry me!” to get it over with, but this is a special moment and the person you’re asking to spend the rest of his or her life with you is going to be hanging on every word. Now is the time to dig deep and come up with a few short things you want to say to lay a foundation of love, respect and trust to build a marriage upon. Just don’t get cliched—no one wants to hear that they had you at hello!

What’s your best advice for someone getting ready to pop the question? Leave us a comment and let us know!