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Origins of bridal customs

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Chances are those who have attended a wedding have witnessed some popular traditions take place. The bride wears a veil, a court of wedding attendants accompanies the bride and groom, and birdseed, rice or flower petals are tossed. But have you ever wondered why? The wedding customs are ripe with ...

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Bridal Countdown Checklist

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Wedding Countdown Download and Print out The Courier Bridal Wedding Checklist Check off  each action item as you go through your wedding planning process! 18-12 Months Before Announce your engagement Arrange for all the parents to meet, if they haven’t already Set a date (have a backup in case everything is booked) Set and go ...

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Spring Brides | After the Wedding: Thank You Card Etiquette

Receiving wedding gifts is an added joy of getting married. Writing thank-you notes for each of these gifts, however, can be a challenge. This is especially true if you receive a large number of gifts. Not to worry, with this simple guide, your thank-yous will be thoughtfully written and in the mail in no time. WHO TO THANK Everyone ...

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Spring Brides | Culture: Marriage in the Movies

The wedding-themed romantic comedy is a beloved genre — and brings with it a range of emotion. We enjoy every crazy bridesmaid, every heartfelt moment between a bride and her mother, and the general fuss that goes into and surrounds the wedding planning process. The following three movies, released 10 years apart ...

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Spring Brides: ‘The Look’ All About the Hair

Your hair is a central component of the overall bridal look. What you choose to do with it — and adorn it with — can dramatically change your finished appearance. How you look will be an obvious focus of wedding planning since everyone else’s eyes will be on you. But don’t ...

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Spring Brides Traditions: Plan an Elegant Bridal Tea

Spring is the perfect time to host an elegant bridal tea. Whether you are a bridesmaid or the mother of the bride or groom looking to honor the bride-to-be — or are a bride yourself — consider hosting a fancy get-together. It is inexpensive, chic and fairly easy to pull off without ...

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Spring Bridal Attire: Choosing Bridesmaids Dresses

Nothing can cause more drama than choosing bridesmaids dresses — especially if you have a large bridal party or opinionated attendants. The smart bride understands that this aspect of her wedding is less about her and more about her maids. HAVE KEY INFO IN HAND You should know your wedding colors and have your venue booked and your ...

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The Ceremony: An Intimate Affair

A small, intimate wedding has loads of romance to it — as well as many other advantages. While the large wedding has become a staple of contemporary American culture, the small wedding is making a comeback, and for good reason. Before you set your final budget and guest list, consider the following motivations ...

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Perfect Engagement Photos

Congratulations, you’re engaged. This is such an exciting time as you and your now fiance join together and make plans to share the rest of your lives together. After celebrating with friends and loved ones, one of the first things you will want to do is capture the moment in engagement photos. You’ve most ...

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What’s Your Dream Wedding-Day Look?

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Selecting your wedding outfit is a pivotal moment in your wedding-planning journey. Once you try on a dress and realize it's the one you want to get married in, that's the first glimpse you'll get of yourself as a bride — "exciting" doesn't even begin to sum it up! But ...

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