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Katy is a wedding planner and wedding blogger from Dallas, Texas. She enjoys planning weddings, especially when it comes to helping the bride pick the fun stuff like the perfect cake, or prettiest flowers. Katy also knows a lot about fashion, and with her eye for style she can help any bride, or guest, find just the right thing to wear to an upcoming wedding, so feel free to ask for any tips if you want them!

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Finding the perfect, most romantic, all inclusive honeymoon resort doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to rush out and get a passport in order to honeymoon abroad. In fact, there are many beautiful honeymoon resorts located right here in the United States. Below is a list of our top ten picks for the best, all inclusive honeymoon resorts in the USA.

10. Amelia Island Plantation, Florida

10. Amelia Island Plantation, Florida

http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/AmeliaIsland.aspx

Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, on 1,350 acres, this hotel resort is a luxurious resort that offers a lot of activities. If you enjoy nature, the island has a beautiful sunken forest for you to explore, and a nature center on site. With an all-inclusive honeymoon, you will be able to enjoy meals in any of the resorts many restaurants, and activities that include golf, fishing, shopping, horseback riding, and much more.

9. The Point, New York

9. The Point, New York

http://thepointresort.com/

Located only two and a half hours away from the city, The Point is a luxurious, secluded resort that is perfect for almost any honeymoon. The hotel, located in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains was the home of William Avery Rockerfeller. Inclusive honeymoons include all meals and drinks, and use of all of the sporting facilities. Depending on the season, activities can include boating, water skiing, golf, and fishing. With only 11 guest rooms, this hotel resort offers seclusion, and exclusivity in a beautiful, romantic setting.

8. The Retreat at Balcones Springs, Texas

8. The Retreat at Balcones Springs, Texas

http://texasretreat.com/

Situated only a few minutes from Austin, The Retreat at Balcones Springs has 44 country style guest cabins, and a multitude of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. The all-inclusive rates include all meals and drinks, and use of the entire property and amenities. Available activities include: a private, spring fed lake for canoeing, fishing, or swimming. For the adventurous couples, there is a 903 foot long zipline that spans the lake, Skeet shooting, and horseback riding.

7. The Inn at palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

7. The Inn at palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

http://www.palmettobluff.com/the-inn.aspx

This beautiful cottage style resort is located on the May River, between Savannah and Hilton Head Island. The resort offers two different size cottages, and with a fireplace, steam shower, plasma TV, and screened in porch. An all-inclusive honeymoon will include meals and drinks, and many outdoor activities such as fishing, swimming, kayaking, golfing, and horseback riding. Some honeymoon packages also include complimentary matching robes, a three course romantic dinner, daily breakfast, couples massage, and a ‘lovers’ bath.

6. Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado

6. Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado

http://www.vistaverde.com/

If you are a newlywed couple with a ready-made family, plan on taking the children with you on your honeymoon, and love the outdoors. Vista Verde Ranch may be the ideal place. Located near Steamboat Springs, this authentic ranch offers both summer, and winter packages, that can be designed to suit your individual needs. Rates include all meals, and activities, and there are many activities to choose from. Summer activities include swimming, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, water sports, rock climbing, and mountain biking. During the winter, you can enjoy cross country skiing, horseback riding, snowboarding, yoga, and sledding.

5. Paradise Point Resort & Spa, California

5. Paradise Point Resort & Spa, California

http://www.paradisepoint.com/san-diego-vacation-packages.php

This exclusive resort is located on a private, tropical island minutes from San Diego. The resort features guest bungalows, beautiful scenery, lagoons, and full size marina, and many activities such as tennis, volleyball, and a full service spa. Paradise Point Resort offers many different pack vacations, including honeymoon and many different romance packages.

4. Villa Roma Resort, New York

4. Villa Roma Resort, New York

http://www.villaroma.com/

This recently restored resort is located in the Catskills of New York. The resort offers two ski slopes, a tube run, a chair lift, and a ski school for beginners, but skiing isn’t the only thing to do there. If you are a foodie, the Italian Festival Weekend in March offers some amazing food, wine and entertainment. The all-inclusive packages include daily meals, and many activities including dancing lessons, swimming, a sports complex, nightlife, ice skating, and more.

3. Blackberry Farm, Tennessee

3. Blackberry Farm, Tennessee

http://www.blackberryfarm.com/

Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm has been named the number one small hotel in the USA, and has also received some major culinary awards. The hotel is an ideal, romantic location for an all-inclusive honeymoon and offers activities such as horse drawn carriages, rose petal turndown, complimentary champagne, and more. Blackberry Farm offers many activities such as fishing, swimming, yoga, hiking, and watersports.

2. Cambria Pines Lodge, California

2. Cambria Pines Lodge, California

http://www.cambriapineslodge.com/

Located on 25 beautiful acres in Cambria, between Lost Angeles and San Francisco, this lodge offers two different types of accommodation: a luxury suite, or a rustic cabin. Activities include a full service day spa that offers massages, facials, body treatments, and more. The on-site restaurant offers organic produce that is hand-picked from the lodges own garden, and locally produced wines. Basic rates include daily breakfast and full use of all the amenities, and there are special packages available geared towards more specific interests such as food, wine, and adventure.

1. Cove Haven Resorts, Pennsylvania

1. Cove Haven Resorts, Pennsylvania

http://www.covepoconoresorts.com/

This resort has a long history of catering to honeymooning couples looking for a little extra romance. There are actually three Cove Haven properties, and each one offers romantic, sensual, all-inclusive honeymoons, with activities and amenities designed specifically for romance. Romantic activities include champagne towers, heart shaped hot tubs, and private saunas. Other activities include hiking, tennis, dancing, miniature golf, and more.

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Couples who are getting married plan out their special day down to the last detail. Dresses, tuxedos, music, candles, colors, bouquets, centerpieces, and the reception are all part of the happy day along with the details of the ceremony. Couples can find their floral arrangements when they look at the delightful collections of Costco flowers. Lovely fresh flower arrangements for every part of your special day are available for you to browse through on the Costco web site. They have everything you need in one convenient place and ordering has never been easier when you use the Costco web site.

10. Calla Lily Collection


The Calla Lily collection offers the elegant blooms for all of your wedding party. This collection comes with 40 pieces, 20 pieces, or 10 pieces. The 10 piece set includes a bridal bouquet, two bridesmaid bouquets, two corsages, four attendant boutonnieres, and one petite bouquet. The 20 and 40 piece sets include centerpieces and rose petal buds as well as more corsages and boutonnieres. The vases for the centerpieces are not included with the flowers.

9. Sweet Moments Collection

The pretty sweet moments collection includes assorted flowers and colors. The bouquets include roses and various filler flowers. You can order a 40 piece collection for large weddings, a 20 piece collection or a 10 piece collection for smaller weddings. The 40 piece collection includes a bridal bouquet, five bridesmaid bouquets, flowers for six centerpieces, one toss away bouquet, two hand tied petite bouquets, one rose petal buds, eight corsages, eight wrist corsages, and eight boutonnieres. The 10 piece collection does not include centerpiece flowers or rose petal buds.

8. Garden Wedding Collection


The garden wedding collections offer an assortment of garden flowers including roses in the bouquets. The bouquets can be accented with tulle netting. The boutonnieres are accented with green leaves as well as tulle. This collection is available in either 20 or 10 piece sets. The 20 piece set includes a bridal bouquet, two bridesmaid bouquets, one toss away bouquet, six each attendant boutonnieres and corsages, one rose petal bud, and three centerpieces without the vase.

7. Star of Bethlehem Collection


The Star of Bethlehem collection offers the delicate and beautiful Star of Bethlehem flowers in the bouquets and boutonnieres with green leaves. This set is available in a 40 piece set, 20 piece set, or 10 piece set. The 40 piece set includes one bridal bouquet, one maid of honor bouquet, four bridesmaid bouquets, one toss away bouquet, two mother petite hand-tie, 12 each corsages and attendant boutonnieres, 10 rose petal buds, and six centerpieces without the vases.

6. Wedding Rose and Star Collection


The beautiful wedding rose and star collection features bouquets with roses surrounded by white flowers and greenery. The collection comes in 10 piece sets, 20 piece sets, or 40 piece sets to cover your specific needs. The 10 piece set includes one bridal bouquet, two bridesmaid bouquets, one petite bouquet, two corsages, and four attendant boutonnieres. The larger sets include more bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres as well as some centerpieces without vases and rose petal buds. The 40 piece set also includes two petite hand-ties for mothers.

5. Calla Lily 14 Piece Set Collection


The 14 pieces of this calla lily collection include lovey bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres for your wedding party. The bridal bouquet is made of 30 mini calla lilies and satin ribbon with 12 pins. Each of the three bridesmaid bouquets are made of 15 mini calla lilies with 14 pins and satin ribbon. The six boutonnieres each have one calla lily, one blade of Bear Grass, one pin, and satin ribbon. The four corsages each have one calla lily, one piece of Eucalypto seeded, two pins, and sheer ribbon. The collection is available in assorted colors.

4. Simply Elegant Wedding Hydrangea Collection


The showy yet elegant flowers in the simply elegant wedding hydrangea collection offer an assortment of colors. Bridal bouquets can be accented with tulle. These lovely blooms are available in 40, 20, and 10 piece sets for your wedding needs. The 20 piece set includes a bridal bouquet, two bridesmaid bouquets, one toss away bouquet, six each corsages and attendant boutonnieres, one rose petal bud, and three centerpieces without the vases. The 40 piece set is for a larger wedding party and includes six centerpieces without vases, 10 rose petal buds, and two mother petite hand-ties.

3. Sunflower Collection


If you are planning a smaller wedding and love sunflowers, the sunflower collection from Costco is ideal for your needs. The collection includes a bridal bouquet, two each bridesmaid bouquets and corsages, four attendant boutonnieres, and one petite bouquet. Bouquets are made of brilliant sunflowers with smaller accent flowers. Boutonnieres and corsages are made of bright sunflowers, filler flowers, and ribbon.

2. Simply Elegant Wedding Rose Collections in Mixed Colors


Beautiful roses make wonderful bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and centerpieces. With the simply elegant wedding rose collections in mixed colors, you are able to choose two colors for your roses. The collections are available in 10, 20, and 40 piece collections. The color combinations available include terracotta and red, orange, yellow, or peach as well as red with white, light pink, or orange. Other options are peach and white, dark pink and orange, or light pink with white or yellow. Rainbow is another option for a mixture of colors.

1. Simply Elegant Wedding Rose Collection in Solid Colors


Roses are a popular choice for wedding floral arrangements and Costco flowers for weddings include the simply elegant wedding rose collections in solid colors. The 40, 20, and 10 piece collections include bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and centerpieces with solid color roses and greenery. You can pick the color of roses from a list including red, white, off white and terracotta. Other colors available are peach, yellow, orange, and dark or light pink.

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One of the important decisions when planning a wedding is the type and time of the ceremony that you will have. Many couples prefer a more casual type of event during the afternoon. Some couples plan outdoor events where attire that is more casual would be the better choice. If you are planning a casual or outdoor wedding, you can still find a beautiful gown. When you shop for your gown, you will find a large selection of short wedding dresses is available for you. Bridal shops including David’s Bridal and many retail stores that sell wedding gowns such as Nordstrom carry a variety of gowns for casual ceremonies. Any bride will look lovely in one of the shorter dresses on her special day.

10. Pisarro Nights Beaded Mesh Dress

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This lovely Beaded Mesh Dress by Pisarro Nights is ideal for any daytime ceremony. The tea length dress features a front and back deep V-neckline with a drop-waist. With the incandescent beads on the mesh overlay, the dress has a vintage style. The sleeveless dress is fully lined. This ivory colored dress is available at the Nordstrom web site.

9. Illusion Neckline Dress

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The pretty Cap Sleeve Dress by Oleg Cassini features beaded lace appliques and an illusion neckline. It is a tea length gown with style and elegance in ivory. The full skirt swirls with movement of the fully lined dress. The dress has a back zipper closure accented with small round buttons. You can find this lovely gown at many David’s Bridal stores as well as on their web site.

8. Fun and Flirty One Shoulder

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For the bride that is looking for a fun and flirty dress, this One Shoulder all Over Fringe Dress is an ideal choice. The dress features a trendy one-shoulder bodice. The asymmetrical tiers of fringe add fun movement to the dress as you walk or dance and give it a vintage 1920s look. The cute ivory colored dress is fully lined with a side zipper closure. The flirty wedding dress is available at many David’s Bridal stores and on their web site.

7. Lace Sheath

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The Marina Lace Sheath Dress is a vision of loveliness in ivory. The demure dress falls just above the knee and features a floral lace overlay, iridescent sequins, and a square neckline. Wispy eyelash scallops accent the edges of the cuffs, hem, and neckline. The dress has three quarter lace sleeves and the back has a V-neck design. It is a figure skimming dress that will look lovely on any bride. The Nordstrom web site has the dress available.

6. Ruffle Chiffon Dress

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This Ruffled Chiffon Dress by Donna Morgan features a soft yet elegant look with a fitted bodice that has pearly bead embellishments to hold the floral ruffles in place. The pleated waist allows the silky chiffon skirt to sway and swirl with movement. The dress has a sheer yoke and back panel with a keyhole and rouleau-button closure. It is partially lined and has cups in the bodice for support. You will find this Donna Morgan dress on the Nordstrom web site.

5. Strapless Tea Length Dress

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This Strapless Tea Length gown by Oleg Cassini features a snug fitted bodice embellished with beading and lace. The skirt is made full with the tulle that adds volume as it provides a flattering silhouette. The overlay on the skirt is adorned with lace and beading. The fully lined dress is ideal for any semi-formal wedding with old Hollywood glamour in a retro-chic fashion. The charming gown is available in many David’s Bridal stores as well as on their web site.

4. Strapless Gown with Cap Sleeve Shrug

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The Strapless tea-length gown has a cap sleeve shrug and it is part of the David’s Bridal Woman collection and features a form-fitting bodice. A contemporary ensemble is ideal for less formal ceremonies. The shrug is made of lace and matches the gorgeous lace on the dress. The A-line dress has a satin ribbon at the waist. The lovely dress is available in both white and ivory and can be found in many David’s Bridal store locations.

3. Donna Morgan Savannah Sheath Dress

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The Savannah Sheath Dress by Donna Morgan is simplicity tied with elegance. The strapless sheath has a straight neckline and slim pleated skirt. It is fully lined with a back zipper closure. The bow belt at the waist accents the classic lines of the dress. The white satin dress is found online at the Nordstrom web site.

2. Sweetheart Lace Dress

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This Sweetheart Lace Dress by DB Studio features a peek-a-boo hemline. The vintage style of the dress is accented by the lace tiered skirt. The dress falls just above the knee and the skirt has tulle-flounced detail under the lace. A sweetheart neckline is on the strapless bodice for a feminine look. The dress is fully lined and has a back zipper closure. This timeless gown is available online at the David’s Bridal web site as well as in many of the stores.

1. Strapless Organza Peplum

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This lovely Strapless Embroidered Dot on Organza Peplum dress by DB Studio features a sweetheart neckline. The embroidered dot organza bodice has a grosgrain ribbon at the waist and a stylish peplum skirt detail that gives it 3D floral detail. The slim satin skirt is the ideal complement for the detailed top of the dress. It is fully lined with a back zipper closure. The sophisticated gown is available on the David’s Bridal web site as well as in their stores.

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If you have flower girls at your wedding then you probably want to consider getting them a small thank you gift. While most flower girls are quite young, anyone appreciates a gift, and you can take the time to pick out something special for each one. The younger your girls are, the less you have to spend, but the more important it is for you to consider asking their parents first, and getting each girl the same thing in order to avoid chaos at your wedding. With that out of the way, here are ten great flower girl gifts that will make them smile.

10. A Bag of Sweets

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A small bag of candy is the easiest gift you can put together, but make sure that you don’t skimp on the bag. Just make sure you ask the parents for approval first, and that you ensure that no one is a diabetic. It’s also a good idea to check for allergies before picking out specialty candies but for the most part you should be fine with basic items like candy necklaces and lollipops.

9. A Doll

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Most girls love dolls, and by giving your flower girls one, you give them a way to remember your wedding forever. Consider getting a doll with a white dress or a wedding dress, but once again, it’s important to ask the parents first. If they don’t want their daughter to have a doll that is getting married then consider just buying something cute that they can play with.

8. Hair Ties

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Hair ties, especially brightly colored ones, are a must for children aged 3 to 12, so they are almost always a win. The only setback is that unless you get a nice set, their parents will probably think you went a little too cheap. Consider a nice hair set with age appropriate miniatures if you want to go all out.

7. A Coloring Book Set

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Most kids love to color and girls are no different. While there are wedding themed coloring books available, you may want to avoid them as some parents won’t appreciate them, and kids might eventually think they are boring. Instead, try looking for a fun girls theme and then buy the same book for each girl. Adding in a basic set of crayons or markers to the gift ensures that they have something to color it with.

6. A Trip

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If you’re feeling up to convincing the parents and paying for it, taking your flower girls on a trip to the zoo or a local attraction can be a great way to say thank you. You can also consider treating them to lunch or ice cream while you are out to make the trip a little more special.

5. Cash

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If you’re feeling lost then consider handing out small amounts of money as a thank you gift. Consider handing out a roll of quarters to younger kids who might lose paper money, and a thank you card with a single bill for older girls. Depending on their age and how well you know the parents, a gift of $5 to $20 each is usually appropriate.

4. A Kids Camera

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Picking out a kid’s camera for your flower girls is a great way to say thank you, and get some unique photos for your wedding. Remember to shop for age appropriate cameras that won’t break when dropped because some girls can be just as rough on their toys as boys are. Children’s cameras are typically inexpensive, but are a great way to make your flower girls smile.

3. A Dress

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If you want to make each gift a little more personalized, then you can consider taking your flower girls out shopping for a dress. You can buy the dress that they will wear to your wedding and then let them keep it, or buy them an everyday dress depending on your preference.

2. A Teddy Bear

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Girls love stuffed toys and a teddy bear is a classic gift that even your spoiled niece is sure to love. Options include wedding themed bears and basic or plain bears, but you should usually choose the toys based on your wedding theme, and how long you want your flower girls to play with the bear.

1. Jewelry

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Girls always love jewelry so if you’re looking for a sure thing try handing out small jewelry gifts. Faux pearl necklaces and bracelets are almost always wedding appropriate but many people also choose charm bracelet, monogrammed necklaces, and even birthstone jewelry. What you choose, and how much you spend, is entirely up to you.

 

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You need a variety of clothing to cover all your wedding activities. From your engagement party to your wedding reception, there are events where you will need a dress. Depending on the type of meal you are planning, rehearsal dinner dresses can vary from casual to formal. You will want something fun and casual if your meal is being held in the backyard. If your dinner is being held in a fancy restaurant, you will want something a bit formal. Shopping for a dress to fit this occasion, you can look online at sites that include Mod Cloth and at bridal shops including David’s Bridal. Retail stores including Nordstrom carry an assortment of dresses that would fit a dinner.

10. Short Strapless Sateen Dress

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A short strapless sateen dress is appropriate for a rehearsal dinner. The simplicity of the versatile dress is flattering. It has a chic look with a ruched bodice and fitted waist. The hem falls just above the knee. David’s Bridal carries this strapless dress in an assortment of colors including blue, watermelon, and wisteria. The dress if lined and it has a back zipper closure.

9. Maxi Dress

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A fun dress for a casual rehearsal meal is a maxi dress. From the backyard to a pizza party, the dress fits the occasion. You can find many designs including this striped maxi. The strapless maxi has a casual feel and flirty style. The fitted bodice hugs the body and the dress flares slightly in an A-line style. The classic black and white colors are ideal for any season. It is available at Mod Cloth.

8. Short High Neck Dress

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This stylish short dress with a high neck is fashionable to wear to any party or dinner. The ivory colored dress has a fitted bodice, a high neckline with a keyhole cut out, and natural waistline. An exposed zipper and sheer panel at the back add a modern appearance. With a short swing skirt, the sleeveless dress has a flirt quality. The cute dress is available at the Simply Dresses web site.

7. Short Lace Dress

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If your rehearsal dinner is a more formal affair, this lovely short lace dress with cap sleeves is an ideal choice. The ivory dress features a scoop neckline, cap sleeves, fitted bodice, and a gathered skirt. The back scoops lower and has a zipper closure. A satin band adorns the waist with a floral accent. The semi-formal dress is available at the Simply Dresses web site.

6. Jessica Simpson Sleeveless Dress

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This Jessica Simpson Sleeveless dress features a darling sweetheart neckline and sheer panel. The tiered skirt flows with a flirty appearance. The chic black dress is ideal for all parties. It is made of polyester, is lined, has a back zipper closure, and the hem falls just above the knee. The dress is available at the Belk web site.

5. Alex Evenings Tiered Chiffon

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This dressy black Alex Evenings tiered chiffon and lace sheath dress has classic lines. The soft chiffon tiers overlap and cascade down the short skirt. The cocktail dress has elbow length sleeves and a bodice of lace with a sequined floral pattern. The back zipper is hidden with a hook and eye closure. You can find the party dress at Nordstrom.

4. Jenny Yoo Strapless Chiffon Dress

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The soft, flirty, and feminine Jenny Yoo ‘Keira’ Convertible Strapless chiffon dress is ideal for any party. The pleated sweetheart bodice of the strapless dress has knotted twisted shapes. The dress features long panels that can be tied and wrapped over the bodice creating a variety of looks. The skirt is made of tulle crinoline and the dress is fully lined with padded cups and boning in the bodice to ensure a proper fit. The dress can be found at Nordstrom and is available in colors that include black, blush, and plum.

3. Sundress

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For a casual rehearsal dinner, this fun sundress is idea. The Traveling Cupcake Truck Dress in Floral Fruit is a sweet choice for a party. The playful print will make anyone smile with its flowers, strawberries, and butterflies. With a lightly padded bodice and skirt, that has gentle pleats, the halter style dress is figure flattering. The dress has an elastic back, an adjustable and removable strap, and button closure. This cute dress is available at the Mod Cloth web site.

2. Black A-line Dress

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A little black dress is a good choice for any event. This black AGB Cap-Sleeved A-line Dress features sparkling bead embellishments on the shoulders. The dress has a scoop neckline, short cap sleeves, lining, and a concealed back zipper. The hemline falls just above the knee. You can find the stylish black dress at the Belk web site.

1. Floral Dress

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This floral When Springs Fly dress has cornflower blue flowers and a navy blue band at the waist. The short skirt flares from the waistband to fall above the knee. The front has stylish V-neck. The lightweight dress is ideal for spring and summer dinners. It has a lined bust and side zipper closure. The dress is available at the Mod Cloth web site.

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Finding the perfect engagement ring is an important task. With so many designs and styles to choose from, it may seem like a challenge to find the right ring for your beloved. The cut of stones vary as much as the people who will wear the rings. A popular choice for many couples is oval engagement rings. The stones are stunning and may have a round appearance or appear to be more elongated depending on the dimensions. The wide selection of designs ensures you will find the ideal ring with an oval cut stone for your love. You can find oval stones at all fine jewelers including online sites such as Brilliant Earth and Ritani.

10. Rose Gold Trio Diamond

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The beautiful center oval stone is accented on each side by a cluster of three small diamonds in this rose gold trio diamond ring. A four-prong basket setting holds the center stone on the polished band. Intricate and decorative scrolling detail adorns the warm 14k rose gold band. This ornate ring is available at Brilliant Earth.

9. Celtic Love Knot

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This brilliant 18k yellow gold engagement ring features a stunning oval center stone in a four-prong setting. Framing the stone are graceful Celtic love knots formed in slender curves and loops with the metal. The knot is a symbol of two souls that are bound by everlasting love. You can find the ring at Brilliant Earth.

8. Tulip Cathedral

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The classic lines of this graceful design features a four prong setting that holds the solitaire oval center stone. Platinum prongs provide maximum strength to secure the stone. The raised cathedral tulip-inspired setting has open worked detail. You can find this ring with its simplistic beauty in 18k white gold at the Ritani web site.

7. Budding Willow

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Delicate floral buds and wispy vines adorn the Budding Willow ring. The band is made of 18k white gold and has a polished finish. The oval center stone is framed by the gracefully entwined buds. The ring features a trellis setting and rhodium finish. Brilliant Earth carries this delicate and feminine ring.

6. Oval Halo

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A stunning halo surrounds the brilliant oval center stone on this 18k white gold ring. Small round diamonds make up the halo and match the dazzling diamond accents that grace each side of the polished band. The antique design of the ring adds charm to the unique style of the ring. This fancy ring is available at the Brilliant Earth web site.

5. Double French Set

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This Double French Set ring features accent diamonds in an open V design framing the center oval stone. Accent diamonds are set into the sides of the setting for a decorative touch. A French setting means the diamonds are set close together and have exposed sides for maximum sparkle. This elegant 18k yellow gold ring is available at Ritani.

4. Diamond Band

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Small round accent diamonds adorn the sides of this 18k white gold band in exquisite detail. The diamonds are French-set to allow more light in the open sides for extra sparkle from the stone. The oval center stone is displayed brilliantly between the accent stones. The band has classic lines and a polished finish. This oval engagement ring with its simplistic beauty is available at Ritani.

3. Modern Bypass Micropave

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The Modern Bypass Micropave Diamond band engagement ring is made of palladium. With a modern look the rows of diamonds twist round the center oval stone. Micropave provides a paved effect with a surface of smaller diamonds that are set with small points of metal and no prongs. This unique ring is available at the Ritani web site.

2. Luxe Willow Diamond Ring

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This breathtaking Luxe Willow diamond ring features delicate vines that have small round diamonds. There are four marquise diamond buds adorning each side of the oval center stone. With a trellis setting and rhodium finish, this unique ring is made of 18k white gold. You can find this stunning ring at the Brilliant Earth web site.

1. Solitaire Diamond

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The traditional solitaire diamond is available as an oval engagement ring. This 18k white gold ring features a glittering oval diamond in a platinum prong setting. The knife-edge design is smooth and reflective. The setting has an X constructed into the design and along with the O shape of the ring represents a hug and kiss. The classic style ring is available at the Ritani web site.

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When you decide to use a bridal registry, you want to find a store that will have all of your kitchen needs covered. You want a place where everyone can have access to your list. Using the Macy’s Registry guide you will find all the best brands for your new home and new life together. Your list will include everything for the kitchen from the brands you know and trust. The web site walks you through the steps to create the ideal wedding registry.

10. Waterford

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Waterford has quality crystal that is beautiful as well as functional. The Barware Lismore collection features the diamond and wedge cuts in the design. They have crystal gifts, glassware, dinnerware, and flatware. When you add Waterford items to your gift list, you have several collections to choose from that include limited edition collections and holiday collections.

9. Vera Wang Wedgwood

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Vera Wang and Wedgwood come together for a dinnerware collection with modern design and classic style for your home. Collections include the Naturals Graphite, Flirt 5-piece setting, Duchesse Platinum, and Lace. The dinnerware ensures when you entertain, your table will look stunning. Other items in these collections include picture frames, stemware, vases, and ring holders. Serving bowls and candlesticks are available in the Orient collection.

8. Cuisinart

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Cuisinart has innovative kitchen cookware and appliances that make working in the kitchen a breeze. The iconic food processor and blender duet should be on any wedding list. Cuisinart has everything for your kitchen from fondue sets to citrus juicers. Choose all your counter top appliances for your gift list from Cuisinart. You will find coffee makers, toasters, and toaster ovens to add to your Macy’s registry.

7. KitchenAid

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The premium appliances from KitchenAid are perfect accessories for any kitchen. They are functional, durable, and versatile countertop appliances that include the popular stand mixer. KitchenAid also makes quality coffee makers, blenders, and coffee grinders. Any small appliance you need for your kitchen can be found in the KitchenAid line of products to put on your gift list. You can also add food processors, choppers, or slow cookers from KitchenAid to your gift list.

6. Anolon

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Anolon makes Hard Anodized bakeware, cutlery, and cookware. They make all the tools and gadgets that you will need for your kitchen. Their kitchen tools make baking a breeze. Anolon products cover all your baking needs from pizza pans to muffin pans. You can add stock pots, crisper baking pans, and fry pans to your gift list.

5. Lenox

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Macy’s has functional Lenox dinnerware for your gift list. Selections include dinnerware for all occasions from casual dining to formal table settings. The Opal Innocence set is a beautiful four place setting that looks stunning on any table. Other collections include Tin Can Alley, Garden Grove, and Pearl Beads. Lenox has beautiful holiday sets as well as the Butterfly collection.

4. Noritake

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Another top brand available for wedding registries at Macy’s is Noritake. They bring quality and beauty to dining tables with superior craftsmanship and attention to detail. The Colorwave Mix and Match collection offers striking colors and accenting shapes for a stunning table with the Japanese inspired dinnerware. Noritake has functional bakeware as well as stemware to complete your kitchen needs.

3. Calphalon

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Calphalon provides products that inspire the cook in everyone. They have their signature hard-anodized, non-stick and stainless steel cookware as well as all your bakeware needs. Kitchen gadgets, tools, and electrics are available from the Calphalon brand. From Bundt pans to personal pizza pans, Calphalon products will outfit your kitchen.

2. Kate Spade New York

2 Kate Spade of New York offers classic dinnerware designs that have playful patterns and color as well as stemware and other gifts. The Wickford Dinnerware collection features a fun dachshund pattern in green and white for a playful table setting. The monogram mug collection is ideal for morning coffee. With the Kate Spade of New York collections, you can add picture frames and clocks as well as dinnerware to your gift list.

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One of the top brands for the Macy’s wedding registry is the Martha Stewart collection. This is the number one brand couples add to their gift list when using the bridal registry at Macy’s. The collection includes dinnerware, bakeware, gadgets, and enamel cast iron cookware. The collection is functional and fashionable in the kitchen. Pick the Martha Stewart collection of colored enameled cast iron casseroles to add fashionable colors to all your cookware needs.

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When you go to pick out an engagement ring, you have many different types of rings to look at. Finding the perfect ring is important. This ring will be a symbol of your love and commitment. With the variety of engagement rings available, the hardest part may be deciding on which design you like best. The large selection of engagement styles of the Simply and Love collections of Vera Wang rings is sure to have something to dazzle you. The fashionable rings are found at Kohl’s. Gordon’s Jewelers, and Zales.

10. Diamond Flower

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This ring in the Simply collection has a charming flower design. The glittering round diamonds create a graceful flower with three rows of accent diamond on each side of the band in an open work setting. The 14k white gold band has a polished finish for an elegant look. This gorgeous engagement ring is found at Kohl’s.

9. Round Cut Crisscross Halo

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The Round Cut Diamond Crisscross Halo ring in two tone features a round center stone nestled in a square of accent diamonds. The white gold ring is accented by a scalloped 14k rose gold halo around the square of diamonds. The top of the band has a crisscross design with small round accent diamonds on each side of the center setting. You will find this dazzling ring from the Simply collection at Kohl’s.

8. Vintage Princess Cut

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This Vintage Princess Cut Diamond ring is part of the Love collection available at Zales. The band is 14k white gold and features a princess cut center stone surrounded by smaller round accent diamonds in a square frame. The band has a split shank that is lined with round accent diamonds. The signature of this collection is the two princess cut sapphires set into the bezel under the center stone that are a symbol of everlasting love and faithfulness.

7. Diamond Split Shank

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The warm tones of this 14k rose gold engagement ring from the Love collection of Vera Wang rings features a square frame of round accent diamonds surrounding the round center stone. The split shank of the band glitters with small accent diamonds and intricate milgrain detailing. The signature princess cut sapphires is set into the bezel of this romantic ring that is available at Zales.

6. Diamond Frame

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The Diamond Frame ring is from the Love collection and is available at Gordon’s Jewelers. This 14k white gold band features a round center diamond surrounded by small accent diamonds in a square frame design. More accent diamonds sparkle down each side of the band from the center stone. The signature princess cut sapphires is set into the bezel of this elegant ring adding a splash of color.

5. Vintage Double Row Diamond

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The dazzling 14k yellow gold Diamond Vintage Style Double Row engagement ring is part of the Love collection and is available at Gordon’s Jewelers. The round center diamond sparkles against the square gold frame holding small round accent diamonds. A double row of accent diamonds graces each side of the elegant band with an intricate milgrain edge. Two princess cut sapphires are set into the bezel of this lovely and timeless ring.

4. Diamond Three Stone Princess Cut

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This Princess Cut Diamond Three Stone ring has a classic beauty that features a center princess cut diamond flanked by two smaller princess cut diamonds. The ring is part of the Love collection and the signature blue sapphires are set under the bezel of the center stone. The three diamonds have accent diamonds surrounding them on all sides with intricate braiding for added elegance. You can find this dazzling ring at Gordon’s Jewelers.

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The Diamond Crisscross engagement ring is part of the Simply collection and features a round center diamond encircled with smaller accent diamonds. The 14k white gold band has an open worked setting that crosses on each side of the center stone for an entwined look. With understated elegance, the stones sparkle against the polished band. The stunning band is available at Kohl’s.

2. Princess Cut Diamond Solitaire

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A Princess Cut Diamond Solitaire on the 14k white gold band will sparkle and shimmer from every angle. The stone sits in a square setting with smaller accent diamonds that is slightly raised. Under the setting is an open worked design. Classic lines and simple elegance enhance the beauty of the ring. It is part of the Simply collection available at Kohls.

1. Round Diamond Solitaire

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The timeless beauty of the classic Round Cut Diamond Solitaire ring from the Simply collection features a traditional setting on this lovely engagement ring. The diamond is raised on a round setting with smaller accent diamonds. Open worked detailing adorns the top of the band under the center stone. This dazzling ring is available at Kohl’s.

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The ring that you choose as the symbol of your love and promise of commitment is a personal decision. Each woman has unique tastes and ideas on what the perfect ring should look like. Many women choose simple engagement rings for their splendid beauty. Simple does not mean plain but instead it means a pretty design that is understated yet elegant. The timeless beauty of this type of ring will never go out of style. With the many types of cuts of stones that are available, each woman will find her own ideal ring. Most jewelers including online web sites carry a selection of rings with various stones making it easy to find that ideal ring.

10. Heart

10 A romantic heart cut stone for your engagement rings is the ultimate symbol of love. A simple band is enhanced with a solitaire heart shaped stone. You can find diamonds as well as gemstones in the cut that will look lovey on a simple band of yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold. A prong setting holds the stone and shows it off. You can find a heart ring at Zoara web site.

9. Trillion

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The trillion cut stone is more than a triangle shaped stone. This stunning cut uses a facet pattern that is applied to an equilateral triangle. Diamonds and gemstones in this cut will add charm to a simple design and produce a lovely ring. A pale blue aquamarine in a trillion cut with diamond accents on a classic band makes a striking ring. Sears carries gemstones including the aquamarine trillion cut rings in 14k yellow gold or silver.

8. Asscher

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The sparkling asscher cut stone has a square shape that has a flat top surface with many small step cuts on the top edges. It has longer facets that reflect the light and shine. This cut features the bottom of the gemstone as an open culet design that gives the stone depth. A stone with this cut is unique and it will add elegance to any yellow gold, white gold or rose gold band. The Overstock web site has classic style rings with single asscher stones.

7. Radiant

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One of the fancy cut diamonds is the radiant cut. This cut has a brilliant facet pattern on both the pavilion and crown for a diamond that is more dazzling than one with the simple emerald cut. One ring with a radiant cut stone is the Moissantie Solitaire Engagement ring in either yellow or white gold. The solitaire stone glitters brilliantly on the slim band and is available at the Bonanza web site.

6. Emerald

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The emerald cut stone is a rectangle shape with some refractive brilliance. This cut of stone has elegance and grace. It is understated yet dazzles beautifully on a slim band making an ideal stone for a simple ring. A solitaire emerald cut diamond on a warm rose gold band is a stunning ring. You can find this ring on the Gemvara web site.

5. Oval

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A popular cut of stone for rings is the oval cut. This cut is a modification of a round cut stone. The stone will be rounded with squaring at the ends. It looks lovely on slender, long fingers. A solitaire oval cut stone looks beautiful on a band of any color. A Moissanite oval cut stone on a white gold band is a stunning simple engagement ring. You can find a ring like this on the Bonanza web site.

4. Pear

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A pear cut stone is referred to as a teardrop shape. The stone has a wider and rounded bottom with a narrow top and has an elongated shape. It is a combination of the marquise and oval shapes. A solitaire pear cut stone can make your fingers look slimmer because of the shape. A 14k white gold band with a solitaire pear shaped Moissanite is striking. A six-prong setting holds the stone securely in place. The dazzling ring is available on the Joy Jewelers web site.

3. Princess

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The princess cut stone is a popular choice for engagement rings. This cut has a square or rectangular shape and pointed corners. The pretty cut has looks lovely on any color of band. A solitaire princess cut on a 14k or 18k white or yellow gold band glitters on your hand. It gives a modern look to the traditional ring and the McQueen Jewelry web site carries this ring.

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A marquise cut stone is similar to the oval cut. It has pointed ends that should match and a rounded center. Most marquise cut solitaire stones have a six prong setting with one prong on each tip to protect them. A sparkling solitaire marquise 14k white gold ring is enchanting as a simple ring. Kay Jewelers carry this ring as well as their web site.

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The most popular stone cut for a solitaire ring is the timeless round cut stone. The traditional cut has a shape that has the most light saturation so your diamond has a higher level of shimmer. This cut of stone looks stunning on any color band. This traditional solitaire simple engagement ring has a sparkling round center stone on a shining band of 14k white gold. Most jewelers including Robbins Brothers web site have this classic ring.

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From the moment you become engaged, there are announcements to be made and invitations to be sent for various functions. Having one place to find everything you need each step of the way until your big day makes things easier for you. An online web site such as eInvite allows you to browse for all of your wedding essentials from the comfort of home. When you use the web site, you can personalize all of your cards and invitations while being confident your information is safe and secure. Using the online system to preview your order, you can rest assured it will arrive just as you created it.

10. Pillows

A dove colored ring pillow for your ring bearer to carry your rings to the altar makes an ideal keepsake of your special day. You can personalize the pillow with your names on the satin pillow. A white ribbon is tied around the cushion so you can tie your rings in place. The ring holder has a design of Mr. and Mrs. and it is just one of the lovely designs found on eInvite.

9. Announcements

You will find a wide selection of engagement announcements as well as save the date cards to let everyone know the happy news of your engagement. Colors vary and designs include this elegant announcement with a lace border in celery. Beautiful scrolling adorns one corner of the card. The dark grey color makes an ideal background for your announcement and complements the border.

8. Bridal Shower Invitations

One of the many designs for bridal shower invitations is this simple and charming light teal blue card. Turtledoves hold the delicate straps of a white wedding gown in the center of the card. The cards are 5×7 inches in size and come with crisp white envelopes. You can personalize the card with your details easily on the web site.

7. Rehearsal Dinner Cards

The selection of rehearsal dinner cards range from simple to elegant. A variety of colors is available including browns, pink, sage, and purples. This simple design features goblets above the raised text. Premium crafted white paper is used and you choose the ink color you desire for your details.

6. Accommodation and Direction Cards

For out of town guests, direction and accommodation cards are a nice touch. Simple cream directions cards enclosed with the wedding invitation will help your guests find you. The raised black text looks elegant against the cream background. The design complements any type of invitation they are enclosed with.

5. Place Cards

Place cards tell guests which table they will be seated at for the reception dinner. eInvite has a wide selection of place cards from plain and simple to more elaborate designs. This elegant paisley design card adds charm to the table. The folded design stands up next to the dinner plate with the name of the guest and table number.

4. Guest Books

The guest book makes a sentimental reminder of those who shared your special day. The buttercream fabric covering this guest book features raw silk finish. The cultured design provides a lovely place for guests to sign their names. Ink colors include burnished gold for your personalization on the cover.

3. Favors

Wedding favors are popular items many couples use as small tokens of appreciation for their guests sharing their marriage celebration with them. Favor boxes are small square boxes that hold mementos for wedding guests. This stylish black favor box is personalized with initials and floral scrolling. They make a nice remembrance for your guests to take home.

2. Programs

A wedding program allows guests to follow along as well as letting them know who is in the wedding party. This simple scroll program has an understated elegance. The black ink stands out on the white background. The designs of programs range from simple to formal and the card colors range from white to blues and greens.

1. Wedding Invitations

The designs and styles of wedding invitations available cover a wide range from modern to seasonal. Pocket invitations, wraps, and all in one are more options that are available. A traditional invitation is still a popular choice among brides. This vertical invitation features layered cream paper with a matching cream ribbon. They include cream envelopes and complimentary tissues for each invitation.

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One of the most important moments in your life is when you are engaged. This is a happy and exciting time and with it comes the announcement of your upcoming wedding. A big part of the excitement is finding engagement photo ideas for that all-important picture. Every couple has unique personalities and characteristics that make them special and expressing this in the photo is a fun thing to do. You can find photographers for this special portrait by looking online, or in the local phone book and newspapers. Photographers have props you can use to create a personalized photo to capture this happy occasion or you can bring things with you.

10. Flowers

One prop couples can use for their engagement photo is flowers. Depending on the time of year, you can use outside locations with wild flowers. Many parks have flower gardens that make ideal backgrounds for photos. Another idea is to use potted flowering plants. Hanging baskets of flowers or vases of fresh cut flowers work as props during cold months.

9. Balloons

Balloons put everyone in a happy mood. Using balloons as a prop for a photo for your engagement lets everyone know you are celebrating the moment. You can use a large bunch of balloons or several small groups of the colorful balls of air. Your portrait will have a fun look no matter how many balloons you use.

8. Rustic Barns

Using a rustic barn as a prop in the photo to immortalize your engagement is a fun idea. You are able to have your photo taken outside in the fresh air. Many photographers have places they can use for photos that include rustic barns. Whether it is a brick barn or wood barn, it will make a lovely backdrop for any photo.

7. Scrabble Tiles

A fun prop to use for spelling out your happiness is scrabble tiles. You can use the tiles in a variety of ways including spelling the word LOVE on a table and sitting next to the table. Add your engagement ring to the tiles as the letter O when you spell the word LOVE. Use the tiles in your hands to spell out your love for each other.

6. A Fence

Another scenic location is a field with a rustic wooden fence. A fence makes a fun prop because you can stand next to it or sit on the fence. Leaning against a fence with arms wrapped around each other is an ideal engagement pose. Metal fences are another option for this type of photo. Many locations including parks have fences you can use as a prop in your photo.

5. Vehicles

Adding any type of vehicle to your photo is a fun idea. From classic convertibles and muscle cars to a farm tractor, you can use any type of vehicle as a prop. Use a friend’s truck and sit on the tailgate for an interesting pose. Borrow a convertible and sit in the car or stand next to it for a fun pose. Add outfits to match the vehicle such as cowboy boots for trucks or tractors for fun poses.

4. A Bench

Using a bench as a prop for a photo gives you many options on poses. With everything from park benches to church pews, you can sit together to pose for your photo. You can lay head to head on a bench for a fun pose. Sit feet to feet on the bench for a different type of photo.

3. An Umbrella

From plain black umbrellas to fun colors or polka dot patterns, an umbrella will add a hint of whimsy to your photo. Pretty parasols are another option as a prop. Couples can pose behind the umbrella with only their legs showing. Strolling in the sun sharing an umbrella is another idea for an engagement photo.

2. Animals

Animals add a cozy or homey feel to photos. Using your pets in the photo to announce your engagement shows you will be blending homes as well as pets. Include your dogs or cats on your lap or standing with your as you pose for the photo.  If horses are your passion, you can use a horse as a prop for your photo. Other ideas for poses include couples standing on either side of the horse or one sitting on the horse with the other leading.

1. Chalkboards

Another fun and easy prop to announce your engagement is a chalkboard. Smaller chalkboards that you can hold in your hand work well. Write messages on the boards and the couple can each hold one. Tell people to save the date with messages on the boards. Use the boards to let people know you are in love and now engaged with words and hearts.

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When a bride-to-be is planning her trousseau, she is sure to include special lingerie for the wedding night and honeymoon. These items are delicate and need special care. An item that all brides need is something that will keep her delicate items from snagging on things as they are packed. There are varieties of lingerie bags she can choose from that will keep her unmentionables intact. Some of the bags are for packing the delicate items to keep them safe as you travel. Other bags are designed to help bras keep their shape and stay safe in the washer, as well as hold other underwear garments together in the wash. Each type of bag is useful for keeping satiny undergarments snag free and looking like new.

 

10. Travel Bra Bag

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When traveling, you need to pack your padded bras carefully so they will hold their shape. A stylish bra travel bag is the ideal solution to having your padded bras packed safely. The bag that looks like a padded bra has a zipper closure that ensures your undergarments are moisture proof and dustproof. The bag holds up to four bras, depending on the size of the cups. The other side of the bag has room for panties inside the mesh pocket.

9. Wash Me, Wear Me Bags

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A set of lingerie bags for clean and worn items make nice additions to any brides’ luggage. They are handmade items that are made to order. The white cotton pouches have drawstring closures. Brides can keep their fresh undergarments in the bag that says “wear me” and place the worn items in the matching bag that says “wash me” on the front. The fashionable pouches protect your delicate items and keep them together in your suitcase.

8. Personalized Bag

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Any bride would love a personalized bag for keeping her lingerie intact as she travels. A made to order pouch with the brides name or initials on the front is a thoughtful and useful gift. This type of pouch is typically made of white cotton material. They have drawstring closures to keep under garments separate when in a suitcase. The pouches have a 2-piece corset adorning the front above the bride’s name.

7. Pretty Panty Bag

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A white cotton bag with a satin ribbon makes a fancy place to keep your delicate items secure as you travel. The bags from Mariasch Studios, come with a black or pink satin ribbon closure. They have four different designs to choose from including seven pairs of pretty panties. The panties adorn the front of the bag in bright colors. Any bride would be pleased to pack her unmentionables in one of these cute bags.

6. Vintage Pink Rosebud Portfolio Satin Bag

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A pretty bag for silky unmentionables that is made of satin is sure to enchant any bride. The delicate pink rosebud pattern on this Etsy.com image is a purely feminine look. The vintage style is oblong with a flap that closes in the front with a small pink button. Bags like this are large enough to hold all delicate items securely in your suitcase. The pretty bag keeps delicate items discretely from view in your luggage.

 

5. Two Compartment Bags

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Another type of bag for keeping your silky delicate items in is a bag with two compartments. This gives you a compartment for clean items and another to keep worn items separate. This type of bag has a zipper closure for each pocket. This keeps undergarments securely hidden in your luggage. The silk bags can lay flat or you can roll them up to fit in your suitcase.

4. Floral Cotton Bag

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A floral print bag with small pink flowers is the ideal place to keep your lingerie tucked securely in your suitcase. The bag is made of 100% cotton with a white background and pretty pink trim. The bag has a pink handle and button. There are two pockets in the bag for clean and worn items. Each pocket is marked with “to wear” and “to wash” so you know which items are clean.

3. Pink Padded Wash Bags

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When the bride returns from her honeymoon, special bags help keep those satiny items safe in the laundry. A pink padded wash bag will protect bras and panties in the washer. The mesh bags allow water to freely clean items. All delicate items are cleaned without snagging on something while holding their shape. The zipper closure keeps items safely inside.

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Mesh laundry bags with a molded foam lining to keep padded bras in shape as they wash are ideal for any bride. The bags hold up to four padded bras. The bags are made of a cotton and polyester mesh. The mesh sides allow water to cleanse items. They have a nylon zipper closure to keep items securely inside while in the washer.

1. Embroidered Bag Set

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A set of ivory satin travel bags is an ideal gift for any bride. The bags shown above are from AdvantageBridal.com, and are embroidered with blue stitching. The lingerie bag with drawstring closure is embroidered with a corset and other lingerie. The matching travel bag has Bride embroidered on the front and has a zippered pocket as well as four gathered pockets. A matching satin eye mask completes the gift set.

 

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While you might not think of Uggs as traditional wedding wear, the line has recently begun to cater to women looking for non-traditional wedding shoes with comfortable, and dare we say stylish, alternatives to the foot numbing stiletto. Their ‘I-Do’ collection features a range of indoor and outdoor shoes including classic Uggs, but in wedding themed colors like silver and white. If you don’t have a local Ugg outlet, try looking online on Amazon.com for some of the best Ugg prices available, or check stores like 6PM.com to order online.

10. Walking is a Big Part of Your Wedding Day

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So you plan on walking from one end of the park to the other to take photos, talk with all of your guests and otherwise enjoy your wedding day? Or you’re having a destination wedding that requires a lot of walking? Chances are that unless you wear heels every day, your feet will be killing you in a regular pair of heels. Instead, why not try a nice comfortable pair of Uggs.

9. You’re Getting Married Outside

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If you’re getting married outside then you should seriously think about skipping the glamor and going for something a little more practical on your feet. With the chance of your heels sinking into the dirt combined with the extra opportunities to trip on rocks, you don’t stand a chance. On the other hand if you wear Uggs you can be the beautiful graceful you that you know you can be on your wedding day.

8. You’re Tall

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No husband wants his bride to tower over him in the wedding photos, even if she’s already a little taller than him without the heels. If you’re at level, only a little higher, or the same height as the guy you’re marrying then pick something without a heel. Like these glamorous Uggs!

7. You Plan on Dancing the Night Away

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Dancing takes a lot of energy and much of it is footwork. Unless you’ve been taking dance classes in your heels you might want to skip the stilettos and go for something that won’t end the night with you breaking an ankle. And in our opinion, that should be Uggs.

6. You’re Getting Married in the Cold

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It’s cold, it’s raining, and while you should be thinking about how happy you are to be marrying the man of your dreams, all you can think about is that your toes are turning blue from the cold in your pretty white slippers. Skip the cold feet syndrome and put on something warmer.

5. You’re Having a Winter Wedding

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While this might sound like the same theme as #6, it’s actually an entirely different issue. If you’ve ever worn heels in the winter then you know why. With winter comes snow, with snow comes ice, with both comes a lot of slippery surfaces that your heels will have little to no traction on. Unless you want to end up on  your face, please wear something practical with a good gripping sole.

4. Statements Are Your Thing

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Uggs are high fashion right now, and after skipping a year, they are now coming back hotter than ever. You don’t have to look like a fairytale princess to make a statement and in fact, Uggs make just the opposite statement. You’re a smart, practical lady with forward thinking fashion. Tradition? What’s that.

3. Comfort Matters

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Corns? Bunions? Blisters? No thank you! Most of us aren’t used to walking in heels and putting them on for the wedding day is just going to lead to a day of misery. You try smiling for the camera when you’re feet are killing you, but I’ll pass.

2. You’re Wearing a Long Dress

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99% of us brides wear a floor length (or longer) dress which eventually leads to the idea that no one will even see our shoes unless we choose to show them off. With that in mind, feel free to wear whatever you like under there. Just try not to wear those fuzzy bunny slippers you know you still have.

1. You’re Not a Fan of Heels

1 Let’s face it, at the end of the day if you’re not a fan of heels then you shouldn’t wear them. Ballet flats are boring, oxfords are prudish, and sandals are too beachy, so your only remaining option is some form of boots or slippers. Uggs are a stylish alternative and you can pick them up easily at any Ugg outlet.

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Let’s face it, weddings are expensive. Fortunately though, if you are even a little creative, you can save yourself quite a bit of money by doing some things yourself. Do it yourself centerpieces are a great way to save the bucks for what you really need it for later, which is the honeymoon. Do it yourself may scare some, bringing images to mind of very cheaply made wedding centerpieces, but with these ten ideas below you can make some awesome pieces that will look like you paid a fortune for them.

10. Wine Glass Lamps

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No need to buy a lamp, besides, where would you run all the cords? To make your own lamp centerpieces you can use simple, and cheap, battery run candles. Then you just grab some wine glasses to drop them into, and some vellum wrap shades and walla! You have 12 beautiful pieces for the center of the tables. Total cost for a set of 12 of these lamps is just $15 (if you have the glasses). If you don’t have the wine glasses, you can get them for $1 each at DollarTree.com.

9. Floating Candle Centerpieces

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Something great about making your own wedding centerpieces is that you can color coordinate them to match your wedding colors. You can use pretty much any glass bowl, jar, vase, or cylinder to float your candles in (even battery ones). Since it’s see through, you can then add colored beads, rocks, marbles, or even little twigs (or other unique objects), to the bottom of the container to help match your wedding theme. The approximate cost for 12 tables (3 floating candles at each center) can be done for as low as $140 (incl. vases).

8. Simple, Chic, and Personal Vases

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When adding flowers to a wedding the cost can raise significantly. To keep some floral ideas in your wedding, think simple, not fake. One real flower looks a lot better than a dozen fake ones, especially when you drop it in a bit more unique vase. For this idea, just find some glass soda, wine, or other beverage bottles, some vinyl lettering and a flower that you feel matches the best to your wedding theme. Using the vinyl letters the message can be whatever you want it to be, some choose ‘LOVE’ across four containers, or ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’ ‘Last Name’ across three. The cost for 12 table centers (assuming 3-4 vases per table), could be as little as $40 if you have the bottles already.

7. Tree of Your Life

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Glass jars, wine bottles, or even any vases you have laying around, can all make a ‘tree of life’ centerpiece the center of attention at the reception dinner. After finding some small twigs, around 12″-14″ long, attach some photocopied, wallet sized, black and white images of the couple to the “trees.” To attach them just use a paper punch to put a hole through the top and then tie on the pictures with a little piece of ribbon or string. Total cost? This one can be done for nearly nothing. We would guesstimate around $30 for 12 tables, that’s if you have to buy the containers and includes the printing and ribbon costs.

6. Sea Shell Candles

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For a beach themed wedding some sea shells filled with wax and a wick can make any table beautiful. For open shells that will hold a candle, the process is easy, for those that won’t hold a candle, it’s still not that difficult. Just buy some candle wax and the wick and you’re ready to go. Melt the wax according to the directions on the package and drop in the wick, each wick and wax set will have directions on how to do this. To add to this centerpieces charm, set the shells on top of a plate that’s covered in sand. Total cost for this wedding centerpiece on 12 tables will be around $40-50 (if you got the shells yourself).

5. Mini Paper Trees

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Making mini paper trees to add to the center of each wedding guest’s table is not only very inexpensive, it’s also something that can be used for several wedding themes. These are fun for country, outdoorsy, or even Christmas weddings. To create a mini paper tree you need little terracotta pots, some moss, styrofoam, skewers and paper of course. Cutting the paper in larger squares for the base and smaller as it grows its way to the top will create a pretty paper tree as you press the squares onto the skewers, click here for more directions. You can further decorate them according the theme when you’re done. Cost will run around $30 for 30 trees (this is calculating for the pots and moss).

4. Nature with a Vintage Twist

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Incorporating plants with antique, or at least antique looking, planters are perfect for a wedding with a strong theme of the same. Finding the containers may be an issue, but often you can find them at thrift stores or just by asking your friends to lend them to you for the big day. To protect any antique or vintage tins, line them first with a ziploc bag. Plants are easy to find at local nurseries, and to make them smaller you can usually break them up into multiples. The price for this will vary greatly depending on the containers, but may be as little as $20 for the plants and up to $150 if buying the tins (for 12 tables).

3. Pail Centerpieces and Place Savers

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Sometimes a centerpiece can serve more than just one purpose, and this is the case with this cute idea. This DIY needs just a few tiny things. First, you need adorable, tiny, galvanized tin pails. Next, the chalkboard paper, which comes as pre cut in little tags or in a roll. Now you just need some chalk and something to fill the bucket with. Fill it with something neat for them to take home and remember the wedding, or with some candies that they can enjoy while watching you light up the dance floor. Adding a larger center tin to keep up the theme will make it even better! Cost? This will vary depending on how many guests you have, but the tiny pails cost approximately $1.50 each if you get them at Amazon.

2. Fruit-tabulous Ideas

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There’s quite a bit that you can do with fruit for wedding centerpieces. Take apples and turn them into candle holders (simply core them and place a candle), spray paint your fruit in your wedding’s colors and place them on a platter, or lastly, paper mache them. The last look of a tray full of paper mached fruit, including pears, apples, oranges and lemons, will definitely make a statement. The only challenge to using real fruit as a decoration is that your time is limited to use it. Your cost will mostly be limited to the price of fruit, and can average from $50-$150 depending on the cost of the produce in your area.

1. Pumpkins and Squash, Not Just for Fall

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Using pumpkins and squash may seem only fit for a fall wedding when considering using them for decoration, but they fit into any time of year if they fit your theme. So much can be done with the variety of shapes that they come in, making them a great idea for table centers. Hot glue some flowers to a pumpkin and plop it in a planter to make a unique and memorable table decoration. Fake flowers will work fine for this project, and real pumpkins and squash will too. This is one last idea that won’t break the bank, your total costs should be less than $75 for a dozen tables.

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Wedding planning and project management have a lot in common, especially for larger weddings. If you want to make your wedding go more smoothly, or professionally plan weddings, then project management software can do a lot for you. What can project management software do for a wedding planner? The question is more, what can’t it do. Check out these top ten ways to use project management software for planning a wedding.

10. Managing Employees

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Planning a wedding means hiring a lot of people and they can be hard to keep track of. Consider using an online project manager, like ProjectManager.com,  to virtually track and add employees including a florist, baker, caterer, waiters or waitresses, bands, and more. The bigger the wedding the more employees you need so don’t forget stylists, makeup artists, and photographers either. Project management allows you to set schedules, keep track of payments and bills, and keep track of how many people you have already hired.

9. Food

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Did you know that you can start out planning your wedding food with project management by creating a list of available caterers and setting up a timeline to call each one? You can also schedule in who is responsible for taste testing or visiting each caterer, and you can include lists of what foods you want and what lists you have to send the caterer (such as a list of allergies) all right in one place. Because you can also collaborate with other people, you can invite your friends, your parents, or your best maid to a specific project and assign them tasks.

8. Purchases

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You can also use a project planning tool to plan purchases for a wedding? For example, you can plan buying online wedding supplies with enough time in advance to return them and get new if need be, and also plan specific shopping trips so that you can buy everything you need from one location all at once. While it won’t save you a lot of time, shopping for everything all at once and knowing when and where it is, you can go shopping with a lot more peace of mind because you know that you shouldn’t have to go back again.

7. Venues

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If you haven’t already settled on a venue then you can use a project manager for finding and listing venues in your area and then listing points about them. You should also be able to invite others to the discussion, list prices for each, compare options, and talk about the pros and cons of each option. You will also be able to include available dates where you can book the venue in order to factor it into your decision.

6. Entertainment

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Planning your wedding entertainment can be a hassle if you don’t have everything organize but that’s where project management comes in. You can plan everything from auditions to a timeline of entertainment events at your actual wedding and even set up playlists, requests, or anything else that you want. Project management lets you see where and how far along you are on each step of planning entertainment so that you know when and how to move forward.

5. Registry

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While you do need to put your registry into something that people can buy and check off of a list, you should also consider planning it out in advance. While this isn’t applicable to professional project managers, it is applicable to anyone who has to create a list of items that they actually need rather than just want. A registry has to include gifts that you need, like, and your guests can afford, which means that it does require some planning.

4. To-Do List

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Want a to-do list that tells you what to do and when you have to do it? A project manager will give you a full calendar with a timeline that shows you exactly when you have to do each thing on your to-do list. So, for example, if you want to set up band auditions at 2 months before the wedding, you can schedule this in so that you have at least a few weeks to make room for the usually 2-6 weeks advance booking required by most wedding bands. Once you apply this same theory to food, buying supplies, and writing out invites, you have a well organized to-do list.

3. Time Management

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You probably don’t want to spend all of your time on one or two things and the time management options in project management can help you with that. You can track your time to see which areas are giving you the most issues, which are taking the most time, and which you have to spend less time on. This feature is also great if you’re paying someone because they can show you exactly where you are paying them to spend their time.

2. Budgeting

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Budgeting is the most important part of any wedding planner’s schedule because usually it is the hardest to stick to. Budgeting allows you to plan how much money  you can afford to spend on each part of the wedding and then see where each expense goes. An expense tracker built into a project planner can actually allow you to track every penny of your budget in advance so that you can see where your money is going before you spend it.

1. Peace of Mind

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There are many things that you can do with project management software like projectmanager.com but the most important thing is that it gives you peace of mind. Proper planning and preparation makes planning a wedding that much easier because you know what you have to do and when you have to do it. Whether you’re a professional wedding planner or just planning your own wedding, a project manager offers better organization in every aspect of planning.

 

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Place cards are used at almost every wedding but they can get boring. If you want to make your wedding more unique, try skipping the plain cardstock for your place cards at your reception and have some fun with different display options. Alternatives to the standard card aren’t expensive and they add a unique touch to your reception. Although you can still purchase the standard place card along with your wedding invitation, look at one of these options for displaying them uniquely.

10. Apples

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Pick one of your favorite apples and tie or pin a paper leaf to the apple to serve as your place card holder. You can also use fake leaves or even real leaves. Be sure to indicate the name and table number your guest is to sit at with a dark permanent marker or use a printed option for a neater name.

9. Scrabble Pieces

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A fun way to display table seating is by using scrabble pieces to spell your guests last names and then write on the back their full name and table number. You’ll first need to glue the pieces together with wood glue and allow them to dry before writing on the back. You can use a colored permanent marker or even a jewel toned marker to write the name or invest in a wood stamp.

8. Find Your Dart

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Place several small dart boards around your reception check-in area with each of your guests names on a piece of paper pinned with a dart. You can also make a dart board and have each guest throw a dart to pick their own seating arrangement rather than make up the arrangement ahead of time.

7. A Small Potted Plant

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Small potted plants are great little keepsakes to use as place card holders. Any small potted plant will work well, you’ll just need a card holder inserted into the dirt. You can hand print your guests names and table number or have these small cards printed at your local print shop.

6. A Small Vial

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A small glass or plastic vial with a scroll indicating the name of your guest and their table number is a cute and simple way to display a place card. Make sure the name of your guest is visible on the outside of the scroll. These small vials can be used later on to store small items.

5. On a Lollipop

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Everyone loves candy. Display your guest names and table numbers on a large lollipop by using a printed label. These labels are easy to make at home and can be found at office supply stores. Create a stand for the lollipops by adding styrofoam (like what you use for flowers) and insert the lollipop stick into the tray. You can cover the styrofoam with fake grass, flowers, or tissue paper.

4. Mason Jars

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Start the reception out right by offering your guests a drinking cup that is theirs to keep for the whole evening and to take home. Mason jars come in a variety of colors and clear glass. Simply insert a fun straw and tie a piece of paper to the straw with your guest names and table number. Alternatively, you can wrap string around the mouth of the jar with the place card attached.

3. Hanging Tree

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A hanging tree is decorative and charming as a place card holder. You can find decorative tree branches at local craft supply stores. This place card holder is easy to make on your own. Simple purchase the branches, floral foam, a decorative pot, ribbon, and paper for the place cards. Add the floral foam to the pot and stick the branches in. Create your place cards and punch a small hole at the top for your ribbon. Hang the place cards from the tree at varying heights. You can also add a hint of color to the branches by spray painting them to match your wedding colors.

2. Kissing Bells

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If you’ve been to any wedding reception, you might remember the tradition of clinking your glass to get the new couple to kiss. Instead of banging on the fine glassware, offer your guest an alternative with the kissing bell. This bell can also be used as a place card holder.

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Wine corks are a great and simple way to display place cards. You’ll need corks that have been flattened on the bottom and cut with a small slit on the top for the card. You can either make the place cards at home with cardstock or purchase pre-printed ones.

Adding a little variety to the standard display of a place card is a great way to jazz up your reception from the start. Best of all, most of these items can double as parting gifts to your guests.

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If you’re looking for the perfect wedding ring, then Riddle’s Jewelry is the perfect place to look. The company has been in business for more than 60 years, and has a full range of jewelry including wedding rings and sets, watches, bracelets, and more. As a one stop shop for the bride or potential groom looking for wedding jewellery, they are hard to beat. While prices and styles vary, most buyers are sure to find something they love in the shop. Here are ten fabulous engagement rings you can find at Riddle S Jewelry in 2013.

10. Ladies Treated Blue and White Diamond Engagement Ring

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For the lady who likes a little color in her life, consider the Ladies Treated Blue and White Diamond Engagement Ring as the perfect option. This ring features a white gold band set with 1.5 Karats of blue and white diamonds. While not as pricey as a full white diamond ring, the brilliant colors of the blue diamond are sure to win her heart. This ring retails for $2,712 to $1,800 when available.

9. Ladies Diamond Engagement Ring in Yellow Gold

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Another non-classic, this Ladies Diamond Engagement Ring in Yellow Gold is recommended for the bride to be who either looks better with gold, or who isn’t extremely traditional. Keep in mind that while silver and white gold bands are traditional for engagement rings, many ladies simply prefer the look of gold. This ring features a square cut center diamond with inset smaller diamonds on either side, and glistening yellow gold for a total of 1.4 karats of gems. It’s retail price of $3,000 to $4,285 tells her that you’re not planning on skimping on the wedding, but make sure she likes gold before you buy it.

8. Square Cut Ladies Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold

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The Square Cut Ladies Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold offers classic glamor with a bit of modern sparkle, and is perfect for brides to be of all ages. The large square cut diamond sets off the entire look and feel of the ring, while smaller diamonds set to either side make it appear all the more glamorous. Plus, with 14 individual diamonds set into this $5,000-$3,000 masterpiece, she’s sure to be too dazzled by the diamonds to even think about saying no.

7. Elegant Vows Cluster Engagement Ring

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If you’re looking for an affordable but elegant engagement ring, then the Elegant Vows Cluster Engagement Ring is the perfect choice for you. The engagement ring is listed between $855 and $599 which is quite affordable compared to most Riddle S Jewelry. The ring itself features a band of slender diamonds with a single cluster of tiny diamonds accenting the center. Plus, any Elegant Vows engagement ring fits snugly over an Elegant vows wedding ring so that the bride can continue to wear both after the wedding.

6. Ladies White Gold Quad Engagement Ring

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Another square cut style that’s sure to win her heart, the Ladies White Gold Quad Engagement Ring is everything the glamorous bride dreams of in an engagement ring. A large square cut center stone draws the eye, while twists of diamond side stones keep attention, and wrap around the larger gem to accent it. The ring itself retails for $1,700 to $1,190 but with a clever design it makes it’s .75 carats of gems look like much, much more.

5. Ladies Diamond Unity Engagement Ring

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A slim band set with an astonishing 78 diamonds, the Ladies Diamond Unity Engagement Ring is a sure winner. The band itself features two loops of white gold, each set with diamonds, leading up to a center cut diamond with more diamond accents. The rings simple design, but luxuriant appearance is sure to win over even the hardest to please woman, and it’s more affordable than most would think at $900 to $1,285.

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Women who love opulence will fall instantly in love with this Ladies Unity Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold, although the groom to be most likely won’t have to worry about her leaving him for the ring. The rings main feature is a wide center bezel set with a large centerpiece diamond that is closely set with smaller diamonds to enhance and increase its size. The band is white gold with inset rows of diamonds on either side, and tooled edges. Except for the $3,712- $2,598 price tag, there’s nothing not to love about this ring.

3. Ladies Unity Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold

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Another ring from Unity, this white gold engagement ring is also a thriller, but in different ways. The Ladies Unity Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold is a modern classic that is sure to please the discerning bride with it’s large center stone, and inset double row of smaller diamonds. The unique look and feel of this diamond ring is sure to win hearts, especially for women who like their possessions to be a little different from the norm. The ring retails for $3,855 – $2,699 and is worth every penny to the woman who knows what she wants.

2. Ladies Quad Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold

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A simple band does nothing to take away from the splendor of the single karat diamond set into this ring. While not every bride will find this ring appealing, many will. Consider this ring as a great way to show your bride to be that it’s the big things that matter, and not the little ones. Plus, the single large stone is a very classic look for the bride who loves vintage. The Ladies Quad Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold retails for $3712 to $2,598.

1. Ladies Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold

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The Ladies Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold is a pure classic, and almost impossible to go wrong with. This ring has just enough diamonds to look glamorous and sultry, while spreading them out just enough to make it modern, classy, and elegant. The center cut 14 karat diamond is set with two lines of complementar 1-2 quality diamonds on either side. The ring costs $3,000 to $4,285.

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Registering for gifts is a time honored way to tell your friends and family exactly what you want them to get you for your wedding. Unfortunately, these items can sometimes be quite expensive. If you choose to register at Williams-Sonoma, you may be overwhelmed by the plethora of differently priced items that you can add to your registry. Rather than adding items that cost several hundreds of dollars, consider adding a few items under $50 to your WilliamsSonoma registry. These items can be useful or fun, but most of all they give your guests on a budget an option to purchase a less expensive gift that you actually want.

10. Glass Bowl Set

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A glass bowl set is a great choice for your registry because it is very versatile. In addition to mixing cakes or brownie mix in glass bowls, you can use them as a container for marinating meat or storing leftovers, or eve serving fruit. Some glass bowl sets come with plastic lids as well.

9. Measuring Spoons and Cups

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Having a nice set of measuring spoons and cups can make a difference to your kitchen in the years to come. Look for products that have actual measurement etched into the plastic or metal handle. Printed measurements fade over time, and can leave you guessing as to which size cup or spoon you had.

8. Pizza Stone

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A pizza stone is a fun item to add to your registry. These ceramic stones help homemade pizza cook evenly without burning the crust. You can also use a pizza stone to make calzones, cookies, french fries, and quesadillas. Pizza stones come in a variety of shapes including round and square, and in several different diameters.

7. Garlic Press

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If you and your fiance love garlic but hate to peel the skin and chop it, a garlic press may be your new best friend. This kitchen tool can hold one or two unpeeled cloves of garlic and when you depress the handle, the flesh of the garlic is extracted. This tool also eliminates the need for your hands to touch raw garlic and smell garlicky all day long.

6. Colander Set

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Colander sets are useful in the kitchen for draining pasta, cleaning berries, or rinsing vegetables. Colanders are also useful if you need to wash other household items that are tiny and need to be caught before going down the sink drain. Sets of colanders can be found in wire mesh, plastic, or stainless steel.

5. Ice Cream Scoop

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Anyone who loves treats deserves to own a good ice cream scoop. Inexpensive plastic scoops often break or don’t scoop very frozen ice cream without a lot of effort. Consider adding a heavy-duty metal ice cream scoop to your registry. Not only are these scoops reasonable in price (under $50), they are more functional than their plastic counterparts. Metal ice cream scoops cut through rock hard ice cream easily.

4. Salad Spinner

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One of the best ways to clean lettuce is to use a salad spinner. If you and your fiance love salad, this is the perfect gift to add to your registry. Salad spinners allow you to place torn apart lettuce leaves into a basket, and then place the basket into the spinner with water. All you have to do is turn the knob in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction and the spin forces the water around the leaves, which removes any dirt.

3. A Set of Wine Glasses

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A good set of wine glasses is almost as good as a fine wine itself. There are several different wine specific glasses you can add to your registry such as glasses for chardonnay, Bordeaux, pinot noir, and even Champagne. Each of these glasses is shaped differently, but if you just want all-around wine glass, almost any of them will be fine.

2. Microplane

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The microplane is one of the most useful kitchen tools but many couples forget to add it to their registry. Not only can a microplane create zest from any fruit, it can also be used to finely grate hard cheeses like Parmesan,fresh ginger, garlic, and whole spices. It is a very inexpensive tool, but definitely worth adding to your registry.

1. Cookbook/tablet Holder

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As more and more couples are starting to cook together, they often have a hard time trying to find the perfect spot to place a cookbook or iPad, or other tablet, on the counter. A cookbook/ iPad holder is the perfect remedy for this problem. These inexpensive holders allow your cookbook or tablet to be elevated and away from anything that might stain the pages of the cookbook or perhaps get the tablet wet.

Each of these items are priced under $50 and some cost even less. Adding affordable items from Williams-Sonoma to your registry allows the gift giver to stay within their budget if they have one. Plus, you can save money on all of the small items that you would need for your home anyway.

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10 Items to Add to Your Bloomingdale’s Registry You’ll Actually Use

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In addition to the excitement of actually planning the wedding, one of the first things many couples do together prior to getting married is to register for items that friends and family members can purchase as gifts. Items that you can register for range from inexpensive to exorbitantly priced gifts. There are many places to create a registry including online stores and in department stores like Bloomingdale’s. When you create your Bloomingdale’s registry, consider adding useful items such as the ones listed below. Not only will you be thankful you added them to your registry, your guests will also appreciate knowing they bought you something you will use over and over again.

10. A Good Set of Knives

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A good set of knives is an important item to have especially, if you and your fiance like to prepare your own food. Knives range in size from small paring knives to large butcher knives. When you register for knives, look for sets that have at least seven knives with a butcher block holder. A standard seven piece knife set will have a paring knife, utility knife, bread knife, carving knife, chef knife, and a 10 to 12-inch steel knife. The set should come with a sharpening steel rod for you to sharpen your knives if they become dull. Most sets also come with a pair of kitchen shears (scissors), which is especially useful when you are cutting fresh herbs or packaging. There are larger sets available, with some including anywhere from 13 to 20 knives. A set of seven is a good starter set to register for as a gift.

9. White or Ivory Dinnerware in a Set of 12

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Many women dream of having elaborate china to display in a cabinet or use for special occasions. While having a set of decorated china is beautiful, a more practical option is a set of dinnerware in white or ivory. Plain dinnerware is perfect for for everyday use. Having a set of 12 allows you to have enough pieces to serve six couples at a dinner party. Although it may seem ordinary to have plain white or ivory dinnerware, there is a reason. Patterns on dinnerware and china often go out of stock or out of commission. Should you break a piece, finding a replacement may be very hard. Plain white or ivory dinnerware usually never goes out of fashion, and replacement pieces are easy to find.

8. A Trash Can

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Although a trash can may seem like an odd thing to put on your registry, it is probably the most functional and needed item. Add a stainless steel trash can to your registry for use in the kitchen or bathroom. Sizes range from 12 to 38 liters. Most stainless steel trash cans are touch free, meaning all you need to do is press a pedal on the bottom of the can to open it. These trash cans use standard garbage bags and the exterior can be kept clean with a stainless steel cleaner spray or wipe.

7. Sheets for All Seasons

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Many newlywed couples bring their own sheets into the marriage and forget to register for new sheet sets that can be used for all seasons. Materials such as Egyptian cotton and sateen are good choices for a sheet set. When you register for sheets, try to pick neutral colors such as cream or tan. Staying neutral allows you to use these sheets with new comforters you may purchase later on. You may also want to register for more than one set.

6. A Good Manual Can Opener

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A good manual can opener can be a lifesaver when an electric can opener does not work or when the power goes out. Every newlywed couple should add one to their registry. Look for can manual can openers that have a grip on the handle. This will make it easier for your to hold and add pressure as you turn the knob on the cutting blade.

5. BBQ Tool Set

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It’s handy to have a good BBQ tool set when you plan on entertaining friends and family with a cookout. Cheap sets often rust and fall apart. Look for BBQ sets in stainless steel, both in the handle and in the actual utensil. Alternatively, you can use wood handled BBQ sets with a stainless steel utensil too. Most BBQ sets come with a spatula, tongs, basting brush, and a prong fork.

4. Seasonal Decor

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Another item that may seem odd to add to your registry is seasonal decor. However, if there is an ornament or piece of decorative holiday glass you’ve got your eye on, don’t be afraid to add it. This piece may have more meaning to you as a couple since it was given as a wedding present and you will be reminded of your special day each time you display the item. Many gift givers like to find unique items to give, and seasonal decor definitely fits that category.

3. Everyday Kitchen Tool Set

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Rather than asking for individual kitchen tools such as spatulas, mashers, whisks, or ice cream scoops, consider adding a kitchen tool set to your registry. Many sets come with at least 15 different pieces, all of which you will use in the kitchen. Sets can be made from all stainless steel or a mixture of nylon/silicone/stainless steel. Sets also come with a handy storage caddy to display on your countertop.

2. Digital Meat Thermometer

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There is nothing worse than trying to guess if a piece of meat has reached the right cooking temperature. A digital meat thermometer takes the guesswork out and allows you to know exactly if the meat is rare, medium rare, or well done by displaying the temperature on a small screen. Many people only think of using a digital meat thermometer for the holidays when trying to check the turkey or ham. Digital meat thermometers have a place in everyday use too, especially when you are barbecuing or baking a roast.

1. Luggage Set

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Instead of merging the luggage together that you had prior to getting married, add a complete set of new luggage to your registry. Luggage is the most often forgotten item to register for, and it is the most needed if you plan on traveling a lot. Look for sets that have two large suitcases, one for her and one for him. A carry-on bag, duffle bag for shoes, and a bag for toiletries are useful too. Bags come in a variety of colors and materials including nylon, leather, and Polycarbonate shell.

Your registry doesn’t have to be boring. Add some fun items in the mix too. However, be conscience about what you register for in terms of price. Having a mix of different price points can help your guests that are on a limited budget.

 

You can use a variety of wedding invitation kits to help create your wedding invitations while planning your wedding. These easy to use kits allow you to create personalized invitations based on card stock and images, so you can use your imagination to create any style of unique, traditional, or classic invitations to send to your guests. While wedding invitation kits can help you save money, they can also help you to add a personal or artistic touch to your invitations. These kits typically come in assorted colors as well as a variety of themes.

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10. Pocket Wedding Invitations

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Wedding invitation kits come in many styles and designs including pocket invitations. This creative design allows all the separate cards for the reception, RSVP, and directions to be included in a pocket. This keeps them all in sight and accessible for the guest. The return envelopes are also kept in the pocket with the corresponding card, making everything easy to access.

9. Graphics

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When you are using a kit to create your wedding invitations, you can choose the graphics you want to use. From hearts to flowers to cowboy boots, you can add different graphics to each part of the invitations. Kits with various graphics to choose from give you the option of adding fun to your invitations. You can decide on fancy or simple graphic to enhance your invitations and can even design different invitations per guest if you have the time.

8. Elegant Styles

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Some wedding invitation kits have an elegant style. They are embossed, have ribbon accents, and rich colors. Some have added rhinestone accents that add to the glamor. You can choose a design with a mixture of plain backs and designed fonts or go with bright colors for your invitations. Some cards even have ribbons that hold them closed.

7. Unique Shapes

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While envelopes are square or rectangle, that does not limit the shape of the invitation. Some kits have square cards for the ceremony, reception, and maps with a scalloped shape that folds up to fit into the square envelope. When opened these create a flower like appearance that can be very unique. Depending on the time of year these can be snowflakes, flowers, or just geometric patterns.

6. Complete Sets

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Some wedding invitation kits come in complete sets so that you have everything you need for creating beautiful invitations for your guests. Complete sets can come with cards for the reception, RSVP, directions, save the date, and thank you cards and images and graphics you need to decorate. Some larger cardstock may be included for the actual wedding invitation. You will have necessary materials for address labels, labels, and table cards. Envelopes to match are also included in the complete sets.

5. Foil

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You can choose a simple yet elegant kit for your wedding invitations with foil lined envelopes. The designs of the invitations can vary as well as the color of the foil lining. Some have a simple postcard type design for the invitations and thank you cards as well as the RSVP cards. Some styles have borders around them and are accented with hearts. Foil is a unique look, and often a nice surprise for the guests.

4. Floral Accents

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You can choose floral wedding invitation kits for a more decorative lining. The envelope lining comes in a floral design. Sometimes there will be a matching floral accent band on the folded invitations, a small ribbon holds the card together or even borders that have scrollwork on some of the cards. There are plenty of floral options, so look around until you find something that you like.

3. Bows

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Some kits used for making wedding invitations use bows as decorative accents. Some bows hold the invitation closed and others are purely decorative. Sheer bows can add a hint of romance to the cards while some satin style bows add a touch of elegance. You can find kits with bright, vibrant, and bold colors including cranberry and watermelon. Envelopes with matching linings and the bows stand out and some also have a decorative floral scroll design.

2. Western Style

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A fun selection of wedding invitation kits is a wanted poster design which is ideal for a western themed wedding. The invitations are printed like old fashioned wanted posters with photos and names, or dates, added to them. Other western style invitations have cowboy hats or boots on them.

1. Photos

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A popular design for wedding invitations is a photo invitation. This style is typically a postcard design with a photo behind the printing. Some have accent bows or borders. There are some with the photo at the top or bottom and the printing above or below the photo. Photo invitations allow the bride and groom to personalize their invitations with photos of themselves so that the guests immediately recognize the invite.

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