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Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed
Published: Friday, 18 April 2014 14:29
Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed

The Ohio gay marriage ruling has been stayed. Appeals will likely take months.

How to Get Legally Married in Vermont
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:19
How to Get Legally Married in Vermont

All you need to know about getting legally married in Vermont!

How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:44
How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island

Same-sex couples can be legally married in Rhode Island. 

Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 20:49
Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun

Patricia and Julissa were married under the hot desert sun of the Texas landscape!

Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:15
Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit

The 10th Circuit is hearing arguments in the Oklahoma marriage equality case.

Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:09
Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men

Guys, it's not all about the tux. Wow your man with some fun unmentionables!

Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:48
Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC

Barbie and Alexa decided to make their love legal on their 8-year anniversary!

Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:00
Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend

John Legend's song All of Me touches me to my core every time I hear it, and that's why I'm choosing it as this week's Wednesday Wedding Song.

Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:23
Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed

A federal judge is considering staying his recent ruling that same-sex marriage be recognized in the state.

Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:31
Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together

Patrick and Arive recently celebrated 10 years of love together.

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From the moment you announce your engagement on Facebook, to the final inspiration board you create on Pinterest, you will undoubtedly join the thousands of men and women who are now using technology to plan their big day. More than ever before, couples are turning to websites and apps to help organize their budget, find vendors and share with guests in an instant.

But while using these tools is a great way to keep yourself on task and in touch with your loved ones, there are some things that you shouldn’t use social media for. Here’s a quick guide on how you can keep yourself, and your guests, in check.

DO create a group on Facebook for your wedding party. This could be an easy place to exchange messages about appointments, show each other dresses or tuxes you like and plan events.

DON’T post news about your pending nuptials on Facebook, Twitter or other community site until you have informed those you are closest to via phone or face-to-face. Like it or not, some people will be insulted that you didn’t think to call them before announcing it to all your so-called “friends” or followers first.

DO select an app that allows you to organize your budget, appointments, playlists, likes and dislikes all in one place, at your fingertips, for whenever you need to reference it.

»» See 5 Must-Have Wedding Planning Apps

DON’T drive yourself crazy by checking and rechecking and triple-checking every little detail. Just because it is at your fingertips doesn’t mean you have to drive yourself nuts! Give yourself a mandatory technology break every now and then.

DO find a site that allows you to instantly upload photos or video (such as Weddings Snap, YouTube or Vimeo) from your events so you and your guests can share them right away.

DON’T be afraid to ask guests to only post tasteful content—it’s your right to do so! You can add this caveat to the notice you display at the reception or the card you hand out indicating which site guests should use. And feel free to edit these photos and videos so that no one sees that awful picture of Aunt Mildred doing the booty dance with Uncle Herman.

DO create Pinterest boards or Lover.ly bundles to plan the look and feel of your ceremony and reception. You can use these pins or boards to show vendors what you have in mind.

DON’T make all of these boards public. You want the friends and family members who follow you on these sites to be somewhat surprised by how you decide to decorate, or the dress or tuxedo you choose to wear. Save some of the reveals for the day itself.

DO set up an informative and interactive website for your guests. There are many options, both paid and free (we love Appy Couple!), that can help you map out all the major details, such as directions, hotel information, registry lists and bios of the cast of characters. But add some personal touches—such as a place for song requests or a video of the proposal. Guests will appreciate these sneak peeks, and look forward to your celebrating your wedding even more!

 

Photo: Real Wedding Jessica and Lacey, photography by Elizabeth Lloyd

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Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Published: Friday, 21 February 2014 00:56

Many consider the island of St. John to be the jewel in the Caribbean crown. Affluent and tranquil, this tiny tropical paradise is only 13 miles long and four miles wide.

Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Published: Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:11

Cruises serving the LGBT community have long been popular, but gay-friendly traveling options are widening as cruise lines increasingly welcome same-sex couples. 

Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:00

Mount Airy Casino Resort offers a picturesque honeymoon and wedding destination to gay, lesbian and allied couples alike.

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Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:00

As we approach our engagement party where our families will meet our partner for the first time, as well as each other, we are feeling really nervous that they will be uncomfortable and confused.