Jodie Foster marries girlfriend Alexandra Hedison!
In a NSFW podcast (so listen with your headphones on!), wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin slams opponents of marriage equality.
Ashley and Amanda had a quaint backyard wedding with a lot of Northern charm!
A federal lawsuit has been filed against Georgia's ban on same-sex marriage.
Go green for your wedding theme using eco-friendly elements, from flowers to photography.
Charlotte and Clare had an intimate wedding in Bristol!
Spring weddings can come with fickle weather. Plan ahead!
If you’ve been invited to a wedding and are unsure what to gift the brides or grooms, consider two factors: your own personal budget, and your relationship with the couple.
Susan and Jana were married in the Catskill Mountains!
My best friend just got engaged to her partner and I am thrilled for them both. She’s jumped into wedding planning with both feet, yet she confessed to me in an email exchange about color palettes and bridesmaid dresses that she feels like she’s already behind and should be doing things she doesn’t even know she should be doing. My friend just got engaged about 40 days ago, and it broke my heart that already she’s feeling the pressure of ‘getting it right’—and that I work in an industry that perpetuates that unfair cycle of pressure.
We all do it to each other, whether it’s said with love or isn’t:
“Ooh, let me see your engagement ring!” An innocent statement that most people enjoy, but spoken with just a hint of a know-it-all tone sometimes feels like a request to peek inside your partner’s bank account.
“Tell me your proposal story!” “Oh, I’m sorry there isn’t an exciting one to tell.”
“What’s your wedding date?” (Asked within 24 hours of the engagement) ”What do you mean you don’t know the date? Surely you must have an idea of the season, at the very least. Where do you think you’ll have the wedding? The date and venue set the tone for the entire event. You simply must decide!”
As much as we know that all of these items are important to some degree, they’re just benchwarmer topics to the most crucial one of all: that two people are so madly in love with each other that they want to spend the rest of their lives together and no matter how or where or when they say “I do,” the focus on their union shouldn’t get muddled in the details of the big day.
Because at the end of the extraordinary day, it really doesn’t matter if you wear a hounds tooth suit at your West Palm Beach wedding in June or a birdcage veil at your quaint wedding at a historic church in Quintana Roo, Mexico, instead of a Spanish mantilla veil. A few nasty biddies’ tongues might wag, but really, who cares if your grandiose monogrammed trio of silver-plated letters is far too large for your two-layer wedding cake for your 40 guests or if you forgot to bring your menus to lay out on the chargers at your wedding reception. I’m staring directly at my darling designer wife on that one, because she spent so long crafting the fleur-de-lis scrolls and the precise font that matched our invitations, response cards, wedding website, yada yada yada. All of these cohesive printed and online messages to our guests were supposed to speak volumes to everyone about what kind of couple we were, and I do believe that theory.
As a bride, I bought into the “you must plan everything down to the tiniest nosegay of violets perfectly placed every two feet along all the bathroom vanities” crap. And I loved it so much. I had a blast planning our wedding. But you know what? No one noticed the missing menus besides my wife—not even me.
Things will go wrong on your wedding day, whether you plan it all or not. And there will be ideas you don’t have the time, money or energy to incorporate. And that’s OK.
The high priestess of inner wisdom Maya Angelou once wrote, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I think this applies to weddings, too.
Your guests want to see you throw your head back and laugh so hard your belly hurts at an inside joke you and your partner share during your wedding toasts. They want to see you gaze into each other’s eyes with so much soulful knowledge and desire that they rekindle their own passion for their partner or change their own attitudes on commitment. Your guests are your dearest friends and family, and they just want to see you be happy. So let yourself be happy. And plan your wedding with that attitude—one of joy, not one of haste.
Ashley and Amanda had a quaint backyard wedding with a lot of Northern charm!Real Weddings 141
Charlotte and Clare had an intimate wedding in Bristol!Real Weddings 149
Susan and Jana were married in the Catskill Mountains!Real Weddings 114
Patricia and Julissa were married under the hot desert sun of the Texas landscape!Real Weddings 279
Barbie and Alexa decided to make their love legal on their 8-year anniversary!Real Weddings 223
Spring weddings can come with fickle weather. Plan ahead!Planning 47
Couture bridal designer Claire Pettibone launches an exclusive line of wedding stationery and invitations with Wedding Paper Divas.Planning 283
Go green for your wedding theme using eco-friendly elements, from flowers to photography.Planning 1824
The Commander's Mansion in Watertown, Mass., is a historic venue ideal for any couple looking to celebrate their marriage with meaningful style.Planning 226
Eric and Nick planned an entire day for their engagement photos, starting with their favorite coffee shop and ending with a piano serenade in the park!Engagement 148
Engaged couple Poppy and Sarah ventured into the idyllic fields of Alabama to capture their love before their wedding.Engagement 511
After 25 years together, Gary surprised Tom with a rather sneaky proposal in Maui.Engagement 335
Ginger and Emily, both lovers of the Midwest and residents of Chicago, got engaged while on a trip to Puerto Rico.Engagement 313
Stephanie and Lisa share a love for nature. When they got engaged, they knew that they wanted to document their love in a setting that felt at home to both of them.Engagement 342
Emily and Victoria proposed to one another 50 stories above the city of Toronto at the Panorama Lounge.Engagement 417
Jeff Robertson and Jeremiah Pyant are one of five couples who won their dream wedding!Headlines 171
What a way to start April—the popular NBC soap opera, Days of our Lives, will be making history by airing its first-ever wedding between two men!Headlines 507
The United States Department of Justice has announced that the federal government will respect and recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples in Michigan who were issued marriage licenses this past Saturday, March 22.Headlines 374
Michigan could be the next state to overturn the ban on same-sex marriages.Headlines 363
When Lucas Bane proposed to his boyfriend David Devora on December 11, 2013, he captured it all on film. And, when the video went viral, a former classmate who went to school with Lucas—one that used to bully him—sent him a Facebook message, complete with an apology.Headlines 410