8 Boring Signs That Someone Is Your Soulmate

By Samantha Iacia

Finding The One isn’t always about red roses and fancy dates—and that’s perfectly okay! Here are the mundane, unromantic (but equally important) signs that someone is your soulmate.

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Anyone who’s been in a long-term relationship knows that while it’s important to keep the romance alive, it’s the little day-to-day things that really help solidify your bond. That’s where these unexpected signs that someone is your soulmate come into play—and we’re not talking about butterflies, expensive gifts, or grand professions of love, even though they certainly don’t hurt when it comes to showing someone how much you care. Instead, there are other clues that can indicate a one-of-a-kind connection to let you know if you’ve found your soulmate (but if you’re already thinking you have, then you probably don’t need us to tell you). 

KEEP READING FOR EIGHT BORING—BUT MAJOR—SIGNS THAT SOMEONE IS YOUR SOULMATE. 

THEY GET ON YOU ABOUT STAYING HEALTHY. 

Whether it’s motivating you to drink more water, bugging you about scheduling a follow-up appointment with your dentist, or intervening before you eat a whole box of cookies by yourself during a Netflix binge, it could be a sign that someone is your soulmate if they’re pushing you to stay healthy. This is because they want to keep you around for the long haul—and they’re not afraid to challenge your bad habits if it means helping you become your best, healthiest self. As long as you’re not feeling forced into changing who you truly are, we’d call this a win-win. 

YOU TRUST THEM TO DO YOUR LAUNDRY AND OTHER CHORES.

Doing someone else’s laundry is an oddly intimate thing, right? But if your partner doesn’t mind sorting through your dirty clothes to save you the trouble of doing it yourself (and you’re not embarrassed about your smelly workout tops that have been collecting odors in the hamper), it’s a strong sign that your relationship has reached a deeper level. Whether it’s sorting your laundry a specific way, buying avocados at the perfect ripeness level, or putting the throw pillows in the proper order after making the bed, letting your partner handle tasks that you’d otherwise be picky about means that you feel in-sync with each other and trust your partner enough to know your nuances. For any self-proclaimed control freaks out there, this is major—and if your S.O. actually takes the time to pair up your socks after they come out of the dryer, you’re headed for eternal soulmate bliss. 

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THEY’VE EXPERIENCED YOUR SSB (SECRET SINGLE BEHAVIOR) AND DIDN’T RUN FOR THE HILLS. 

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, everyone has an SSB, otherwise known as your “Secret Single Behavior.” Basically, this is anything you do at home that you’d never do in front of anyone else—especially a significant other—for fear of embarrassing yourself. But if your partner has witnessed things like your strange skincare routine (microneedling for the sake of better collagen? sure!), unconventional midnight snacking habits, or your threadbare but unbelievably comfortable sleep t-shirts and didn’t bat an eye, they’re probably a keeper.  

YOU’VE SURVIVED A ROAD TRIP TOGETHER.

Cruising down the open road with your S.O. seems idyllic at first—you’ve got your playlists, your snacks, and you’re ready for an adventure to somewhere new (preferably with plenty of Instagrammable moments along the way). But inevitably, there are probably going to be a few bumps along the way. Flash forward to about six hours into your 20-hour journey, when you’ve been sitting in the same cramped position for hours, one of you is tired of driving, and you can’t agree on windows up or down. No matter how much you and your partner love each other, being confined in such a small space can amplify even the silliest of disagreements, simply because there’s nowhere else for either of you to go. Arguing with each other doesn’t mean that you aren’t meant to be—in fact, successfully recovering from a disagreement with your partner can actually help strengthen your relationship over time. If you’ve had a less-than-romantic road trip with your partner and lived to tell the tale, it’s a good indicator that you’ll be able to handle similarly tense situations in the future.

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THE TWO OF YOU ACTUALLY DON’T AGREE ON EVERYTHING.

It takes courage to speak your mind sometimes, especially in the game of love when emotions are at stake. That’s why in newer relationships, it’s not uncommon for people to hold back certain thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs until they feel more comfortable revealing themselves. While it’s important to be aligned with your partner when it comes to the bigger picture (life goals, children, etc.), you should also remember that you’re still two individuals—and that it’s okay to see things differently from time to time. Soulmates often help each other to feel complete, meaning your partner might have opposite traits that balance out your own. In the end, if you feel respected and mature enough to butt heads with your partner occasionally—and you still love each other when all is said and done—it’s a good sign that someone is your soulmate. 

YOUR BOND HAS PLAYFUL QUIRKS THAT NO ONE ELSE UNDERSTANDS.

Maybe you’ve made up code names for your weird relatives, or maybe you have your own language comprised entirely of emojis. Whatever your relationship quirks are, creating “secret” habits as a couple or doing something silly with your partner that would make zero sense to the outside world means that you’ve been able to accept and connect with each other in a way that no one else can. 

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THEY’RE KINDA FORGETFUL, EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR RELATIONSHIP.

Outside of your relationship, your partner could have the worst memory in the world. But if they’re constantly surprising you by recalling little things that have happened throughout your relationship, it’s one of the biggest signs that someone is your soulmate. We’re not just talking about remembering birthdays and major milestones—a soulmate will have (consciously or subconsciously) made mental notes about all of the little things, too, like the first texts you sent to each other or the moment they knew they were in love.  

YOU JUST FEEL SAFER AND AT EASE WHEN THEY’RE AROUND.

Soulmates are called soulmates for a reason. The connection you have with each other is capable of going beyond any physical presence so that even when you’re not actually together, you’re still experiencing a strong bond. Some people believe that soulmates find each other because they share the same energy, and when you’re with your partner, your energies balance each other. This explains why you probably feel calm simply by sitting next to your S.O. on the couch and why you might feel unsettled when you’ve been apart from each other for too long.

How to Be the Best Wedding Guest During COVID

By Kim Forrest

Being a wedding guest during COVID is going to be a different experience than in the past. Here’s how to take proper precautions, while still celebrating the happy couple.

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If you’ve been invited to a wedding during the COVID pandemic, you might be feeling torn. Of course, you want to celebrate and support the couple, but your health and safety should always come first. It’s essential to ensure that the couple is following state and local guidelines when throwing their event before deciding whether or not you’ll attend. And beyond buying a gift and choosing an outfit, there are several steps and safety measures you’ll need to take as a COVID wedding guest as well. 

Here’s everything you need to know about being a good wedding guest during the COVID pandemic. 

Ask questions before RSVPing. 

First things first—if you think attending a wedding will compromise your safety, you are in a high-risk category, or that the couple isn’t following state or local gathering regulations, you should decline the invitation. Check the couple’s wedding website to see if they’ve included a section about precautions they’ll be taking on the big day. If not, don’t be shy about reaching out to the couple directly to ask questions. How many guests will be attending? Will you be adhering to social distancing? Will the event be held indoors or outdoors? How will food be served? If you feel comfortable with the couple’s plans, you can RSVP yes. Alternatively, if you don’t wish to follow the safety guidelines, you can decline. 

Think about your travel plans. 

These days, traveling has its own inherent risks. Think about the extent to which you can travel to attend a wedding. Will you have to fly or can you drive? Would you have to stay overnight and if so, where? Can you even travel to the wedding’s location based on state regulations (some states are requiring visitors from certain hotspots to quarantine upon arrival and/or provide proof of a negative COVID test)? If these risks and restrictions make traveling to a wedding’s location difficult or impossible, it’s okay to RSVP no—and hope the couple live streams the wedding so you watch the proceedings. 

Send a gift in advance. 

While most guests send wedding gifts before or after the wedding, some still do bring gifts or cards to the actual event. During the COVID pandemic, bringing a gift to the wedding is discouraged for safety reasons. Too many people will end up touching the gift, which increases the chances of passing germs and exposure. Even if you’re giving the couple a check, mail it to them, rather than handing it over on the big day.

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Talk to loved ones about their comfort levels. 

If other loved ones will be attending the wedding, talk to them in advance about everyone’s comfort levels for contact during the event. Some people may be comfortable giving hugs and dancing, while others would prefer to keep distance. You want to make sure you’re on the same page with your family members and friends to avoid awkward moments, like Uncle Bob trying to give you a bear hug when you are adhering to social distancing. The couple should also provide distancing rules that should be enforced and followed. 

If you’re experiencing symptoms, stay home. 

This is a big one—if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, do not (we repeat, DO NOT) attend the wedding. It’s better to be a last-minute no-show than potentially expose the couple and their guests to illness. And if you know that another guest is experiencing symptoms and still intends on attending the wedding, you should let the couple know so they can take appropriate action. 

Wear a mask. 

Masks are the most essential accessory this wedding season. While many couples are providing masks for their guests, you should still bring your own face covering. It’s an important safety measure, and bringing your own ensures you’ll have a mask that is comfortable, fits you properly—and matches your outfit. Looking to buy a face covering for the occasion? Shop our favorite wedding masks.

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Follow instructions. 

A COVID wedding will likely be quite different than any wedding you’ve attended in the past. You’ll have to wear a mask, stay distanced from other guests, practice good hand hygiene (hello, sanitizing stations!), and more—check the couple’s wedding website to learn more about how the day will go. Food may be served in a different manner and there may or may not be dancing. Do your best to roll with the punches, follow instructions from the couple, venue, and wedding professionals, and avoid any grumbling about the unique experience. Remember, the couple surely wishes their wedding could have taken place under different circumstances, and any griping from guests will just make them feel worse. So follow the rules with a smile, and focus your energy on celebrating, not complaining. 

Here’s How to Throw an Outdoor Bridal Shower During COVID

By Kim Forrest

It’s still totally possible to enjoy an outdoor bridal shower during COVID—here’s everything you need to know from the guest list to games, and much more.

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While many weddings and pre-wedding events have been dramatically altered, postponed, or canceled due to the COVID pandemic, it’s totally possible to have a successful outdoor bridal shower during this time. With a few minor adjustments, you can take part in most of traditional bridal shower activities—opening gifts, playing games, enjoying food and drink, and more. Yes, there are a few safety measures you’ll need to include, but a fun outdoor bridal shower is well within reach.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to throwing the ultimate outdoor bridal shower during COVID.

Communication is key.

The guest of honor and hosts (usually bridesmaids and/or family members) should have an open and honest discussion before starting to plan an outdoor bridal shower. Everyone should be on the same page when it comes to safety measures and social distancing, so that the event can be planned accordingly and precautions can be communicated to guests. Keeping guests as safe as possible should be the ultimate goal here.

Find an outdoor space.

Experts agree that outdoor celebrations are safer than indoor events, so your best bet is to find an outdoor space for your bridal shower. A loved one’s backyard is a good option, provided that it’s big enough for your guests to maintain distance. Parks are another idea, though you might need to acquire a permit to host an event there. Restaurants or other venues with large outdoor spaces or covered patios can likely accommodate outdoor bridal showers, as well. You’ll also want to consider coming up with a rain date or reserving tents for your event in case of inclement weather. And bonus: Outdoor spaces are usually so pretty on their own, they require very little added decor.

Keep the guest list small.

It’s essential to review your state’s gathering restrictions before creating your guest list. Many states aren’t allowing events of more than 50 people, so it’s best to keep your guest list to your very nearest and dearest to ensure your event doesn’t get too crowded (we’re thinking 20 guests or fewer). We’ve also seen “shift showers,” where 2-5 guests visit with the guest of honor for hourlong shifts throughout the day. Another option: You can always livestream your outdoor bridal shower so that those who aren’t able to attend can enjoy the festivities from home.

Share safety guidelines before the event.

Your guests will likely have questions about the precautions you’ll be taking at your outdoor bridal shower. How many guests will be attending? Will masks be provided or should guests bring their own? Will social distancing be enforced? How will food be served? What’s the best way for guests to greet the guest of honor? What should a guest do if they’re not feeling well on the day of the event (answer: stay home!)? Include an insert with the invitation or send an email outlining these safety measures so that guests can decide if they feel comfortable attending.

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Ask for gifts to be sent beforehand.

Guests traditionally bring gifts to a bridal shower, but for a COVID event, it’s best to have shower gifts sent to the host or bride in advance. This lessens contact between the guests and the guest of honor on the day of the event, and makes it easier and safer for the guest of honor to open her gifts on the big day, should she choose to. Information on how and where to send gifts in advance should be provided in an invitation insert or via email.

Display social distancing signage.

Even if you outlined rules in advance, guests may get excited when arriving at your outdoor bridal shower and conveniently forget about social distancing. By displaying a few well-placed signs throughout your event, you can gently remind your guests to maintain distance and wear masks. Hand sanitizing stations are also a good idea near entrances and exits. 

Provide boxed meals.

Food is an important part of a bridal shower, but potlucks and COVID do not mix well. Instead, we recommend enlisting a caterer or local restaurant to provide boxed meals or bento boxes for each guest, so that everyone can safely eat without contact.

Offer spaced seating.

At most bridal showers, the bride sits in a decorated chair or “throne” while guests gather around. This can still occur at an outdoor bridal shower during COVID, as long as spacing is maintained. Guests’ chairs should be placed six feet apart in a large semicircle, so everyone can watch the bride open gifts without getting too close. Boxed meals, favors, and games can be placed on each guest’s chair, as well.

Enjoy games and activities.

Aside from watching gifts being opened, there are other bridal shower games and activities you can partake in from a distance. While the toilet paper wedding dress competition might be out, games like “Guess the Dress,” “Bridal Emoji Pictionary,” “Bridal Bingo,” and “What’s in Your Purse?” can likely be played safely.

Share speeches.

While hugs and kisses are probably out at an outdoor bridal shower during COVID, there are other ways for guests to show their love for the bride. Toward the end of the shower, each guest can be invited to stand at their seat and say a few heartfelt words about the guest of honor.

Here’s How to Write Funny Wedding Vows That Are Actually Funny

By Kim Forrest

You don’t have to be a stand-up comic to write some truly funny wedding vows. Check out this guide to writing vows that will have your guests—and your spouse-to-be—chuckling.

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If you’re planning to write your own wedding vows (44 percent of all couples do!), you probably want to craft a speech that’s romantic, meaningful and yes, entertaining. If you’re not used to public speaking, writing funny wedding vows can feel quite daunting—even if you have a good sense of humor. Being funny and writing funny are two different things (ask anyone who’s ever tried stand-up comedy!). So how do you create funny wedding vows that will actually get your guests laughing? It’s all about mixing the jokes with more sentimental words, and keeping your vows natural-sounding, rather than like something out of a sitcom script.

Ready to start writing your funny wedding vows? Here’s how to get started, with some examples to get your inner Mrs. Maisel working.

Write your vows in three parts.

If you’re struggling to get started, think about writing your vows in three parts: Tell a story, share what you love about your partner, and make promises to your soon-to-be spouse. The story should be short, perhaps an anecdote about how you met, when you fell in love with your partner, or a time when you helped each other. Then, you can list reasons you love your partner, ending by making promises about your future together. Each of these sections can include moments of humor.

Break up the sappiness with humor.

Here’s the thing about funny wedding vows—you don’t want your guests to be rolling with laughter the entire time. Instead, keep the majority of your vows on the more romantic or meaningful side, and then add a few jokes in to surprise your guests and keep them interested. Wedding vows are serious business, and your love for your partner is no joke. A few carefully-chosen one-liners will be more effective than a full-on, joke-filled stand-up routine.

Be self-deprecating, don’t roast your partner.

This is not the time to make fun of your future spouse. Even if your partner loves a good joke, embarrassing them is not the way to go. Sure, making fun of small things that are common knowledge, like your partner’s inability to load a dishwasher is okay, but there’s no need to talk about the time that he got totally wasted and threw up in a corner at the office Christmas party. You can also turn the teasing on yourself: “I promise to finally clean out my side of the closet” or “I promise to let you take a break from cooking once in a while and finally learn how to boil water.” Oh, and definitely avoid making negative references to either of your families—this is not the time or the place.

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Feel free to borrow from other sources, but tread lightly.

Using quotes from movies, literature, or songs can add a sweet touch to your funny wedding vows—but use them sparingly. Simply reciting a list of quotes from other sources feels like impersonal and not from the heart. Even if you’re struggling to come up with the right words to say, it’s better to keep your vows on the shorter side rather than use a bunch of borrowed words. Instead, include one or two quotes during your vows—and make sure they feel true to you and your relationship. 

Avoid inside jokes.

You and your partner probably have a lot of inside jokes that only the two of your understand. Unless you’re eloping, there’s no need to refer to your inside jokes during your vows—your loved ones will just get confused and thrown off track. While you and your partner might think they’re hilarious, remember that your vows are probably being heard by a lot of other people who want to understand what you’re saying. Save the inside jokes for a love letter you deliver the morning of your big day.

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Need some funny wedding vow inspo? Here are a few ideas:

I promise to always love you, even when the Giants lose to the Cowboys.

I’ll always be the David to your Patrick. (Hello, Schitts Creek fans!)

I vow to keep the eye rolling to a minimum while you watch The Bachelor.

I promise to keep your favorite Trader’s Joes snacks in the house at all times.

I vow to be the ultimate Instagram spouse and take as many photos in front of that random brick wall as you want.

I promise to let you have the last deviled egg—or at least split it with you.

I promise not to watch the next episode of Euphoria without you.

I promise to hire a plumber instead of trying to fix it myself.

I promise to protect you from spiders forever and ever.

I vow to hold the cilantro—every time.

How to Write a Love Letter on Your Wedding Day!

By Kim Forrest

The letter you write to your future spouse on your wedding day should be thoughtful, full of love, and totally from the heart. With that being said, we do have a few rules and tips to making sure your wedding letter is a total success.

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We love the tradition of couples exchanging sweet wedding letters on the day they get married. Whether the wedding letters are funny, emotional, or a combination of the two, writing a wedding letter to your bride or groom is a great way to “communicate” if you haven’t seen each other since the day before — and the reactions are often priceless. Even if you’re not an avid writer, you can still create a wedding letter that your bride or groom will treasure. Check out our wedding letter writing tips to help rid you of that pesky writers’ block!

Here are a few how-tos for writing a heartfelt love letter to your bride or groom on the wedding day.

Have a plan in place

If you would like to exchange letters the morning of your wedding, discuss it with your partner in advance. Your future spouse may not be aware of this tradition, so while pre-planning removes the element of surprise, it will ensure that you’ll each write and receive a wedding letter on the big day.

Brainstorm in advance

Start thinking about your wedding letter a few weeks before the big day, considering details and anecdotes you might like to include. Keep a running list of ideas on your phone or in a notebook so you won’t forget anything once you sit down to write that wedding letter to your bride or groom.

Find a quiet writing spot

While you can write your wedding letter days (or weeks!) before the big day, we think it’s a nice tradition to actually write that letter to your almost wife or husband the night before or the morning of your wedding. Your emotion will be at its peak, and the feeling is sure to come through in your writing. We understand that things may be a bit crazy the morning of your wedding, but it’s important for you to have some private time to both collect yourself and to write your wedding letter. Our recommendation — write the letter shortly after you wake up the morning of your wedding, taking advantage of your last few moments of “alone time.”

Use nice stationery

You’ll be extra-excited to write that letter to your bride or groom on the wedding day if you’re using beautiful stationery and a new pen. It seems minor, but will make the experience feel that much more enjoyable. You can either buy a card with a message that sums up your feelings (though you should still include a handwritten note) or write your own wedding letter on plain stationery.

Share your feelings

Start off your wedding letter by sharing how you’re feeling at that moment, emphasizing the excitement you’re probably feeling about becoming your beloved’s husband or wife in just a few short hours. Are you feeling overjoyed? Emotional? Even if you’re not the type of person to wear your emotions on your sleeve, now is the time to spill.

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Praise your partner

Take a few moments to talk about what you love about your future spouse. Is it their kindness and sense of humor? Their loyalty to family and friends? Feel free to use personal anecdotes to make your point. Here’s a sample of what to include in that letter to your bride or groom on the wedding day, “I love how you always protect me—even if it’s from a spider while I’m in the shower!” or “You’ve been my rock during difficult times and I am so grateful to you for that.”

Tell a story

If you’re feeling stumped, think of a single story that really sums up your future spouse’s best qualities. Was it the time he drove three hours to help you dig your car out of the snow? Or the time she sat by your sick grandmother’s bedside and read to her for an afternoon? Think about the moments that really defined you as a couple—and take this opportunity to show your appreciation.

Talk about the future

Your wedding day is not only about celebrating your past, but also about looking forward to an incredible future together. In the wedding letter to your bride or groom, talk about the things you’re looking forward to in both the short term (your wedding and honeymoon!) and the long term (buying a house, starting a family, traveling together, etc.).

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Don’t be afraid to be cheesy

You’re talking about the love of your life here, so this is the time to use a bit of flowery language and lots of lovey-dovey words, even if it’s not usually your style. You can end the wedding letter with a sweet “I can’t wait to start our life together” or “See you at the end of the aisle!” — a little sappy, but certainly meaningful and sweet.

It’s a letter, not a school paper

Don’t worry too much about spelling and grammar. If you make a mistake in your wedding letter, don’t feel like you have to start the whole thing over again — just cross it out and keep writing. Your almost-spouse will love your note the same way he/she loves you — flaws and all.

Keep it short and sweet

Try to keep your wedding letter to about a page, if possible. Time will be of the essence on your wedding day, and you don’t want to spend hours writing and reading notes.

Find a trusted “letter carrier”

Seal the wedding letter to your bride or groom in an envelope and give to a trusted friend or family member to deliver to your partner. This wedding letter is super-personal, and you don’t want your nosy little cousin reading it before the intended recipient does!

20 Ways to Wear a Veil With Your Wedding Hairstyle

By Samantha Iacia

Whether you’re sporting a formal updo or long, loose waves, here’s the lowdown on wedding hairstyles with veils.

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Once you’ve decided how to wear your hair on your wedding day, it’s time for another question: how to wear a veil. If you’re on the fence between veil or no veil, these beautiful wedding hairstyles with veils make a strong case for wearing one (and might we add that being a bride is pretty much the only opportunity you’ll have in life to wear something so dramatic!). While veils are a classic bridal accessory, there’s more to them than simply throwing a piece of tulle over your head and calling it a day. First, you should brush up on the wedding veil styles to decide what works best for you, and then you’ll need to think about how it will pair with your chosen hairstyle. Your wedding hairstylist will be able to give you some pointers, but we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas to get you started.

Here are all the different wedding hairstyles with veils you can choose from for your bridal look. 

Chignons and low updos with veils

These are some of the most popular wedding hairstyles with veils, and since chignons are extremely versatile—you can make them as casual or as formal as you like—they work for a range of wedding seasons, venues, and dress necklines. When adding a veil to a chignon, messy bun, or low ‘do, you have two options: the veil can be tucked into the top of the hairstyle to lift it slightly up and out, or you can add the veil to the underside of the bun instead (keep in mind that this will leave the veil closer to your neck and shoulders, and will also make the fabric appear a few inches longer).

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Add a pearl or beaded headband to a loose chignon, then finish by pinning your veil to the base of the hairstyle for a classically romantic look. 

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Finish your messy bun or low ‘do with a side braid for a wedding hairstyle that’s elegant but not overly formal (and still catches the eye once you take the veil off!).  

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If you’re wearing a hijab, turban or other head covering on your wedding day, look for local seamstresses and bridal retailers who can design a custom veil or headpiece to fit exactly what you need.

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A birdcage veil is simple and sweet, and it never goes out of style. Choose this no-fuss accessory if you want an iconic bridal look without the hassle of a longer veil. Birdcage veils look especially elegant paired with low chignons and slight bouffant styles. 

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A smooth, flyaway-free chignon is a go-to hairstyle for medium-length and long veils—plus, keeping all of the hair away from your face means you can show off a lovely pair of earrings.  

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For an ethereal, perfectly undone vibe, leave a few loose sections of hair around your face, then curl them slightly to add volume and texture. Pin your veil to the underside of the chignon and voilà: goddess bride.

Half-up wedding hairstyles with veils

For half-up wedding hairstyles with veils, the veil should be attached to the bottom half of the style. The hairstyle and veil should rest at the crown of your head or just below it. Many brides opt to include a sparkly hair comb, fresh flowers, or other decorative accessory at the top of the veil for added wow factor.

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A rhinestone comb adds just the perfect hint of sparkle when tucked into a curly half-up style. This is an easy way to make your hairstyle feel slightly more formal if your veil is on the more simplistic side.

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Add a headband to your half-up hairstyle as a stylish way to keep flyaways in place—especially helpful if you’re having an outdoor ceremony or reception. 

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Dainty flowers (like these sweet wax flowers) will give your wedding hairstyle a free-spirited vibe. 

Long wedding hairstyles with veils

Long, loose curls are another extremely popular wedding hairstyle with a veil, especially if you’re going for an effortlessly romantic look. Unlike half-up styles and buns, the comb of the veil won’t have anything to “hook” into if you’re planning to wear your hair down. You’ll either need to pin it in place using bobby pins, or you can consider adding a few clip-in hair extensions to serve as an anchor for the veil. Bonus factor: they’ll make your tresses look extra voluminous! Another option is wearing a mantilla veil, which sits on the top of your head (usually attached with a couple bobby pins) instead of at the back.

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Divide your hair into two sections with a deep side part, then clip one side back using a sparkly barrette. Finish with a long cathedral-length veil for a regal look that would be perfect for a glamorous winter wedding. 

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If you’re into making a statement, use fresh flowers instead of a barrette to pin one side of your hair back. Oversized blooms, like roses, peonies, and these phalaenopsis orchids will be impossible to miss.  

Suzie Lopes Photography
SUZIE LOPES PHOTOGRAPHY

If you’re wearing braids on your wedding day, secure a few strands at the back of your head with your veil for an easy, quick style.  

Michael & Carina Photography
MICHAEL & CARINA PHOTOGRAPHY

If your wedding veil is decorated with lace appliqués, position them at the front just above your forehead for a dramatic, vintage-inspired look. 

down hairstyles with veils
TYLER BOYE PHOTOGRAPHY

This simple wedding hairstyle with a veil is also one of the most timeless options. If you’re going for total minimalism, skip the sparkly barrettes and wear your veil closer to the top of your head to show off loose, bouncy waves.  

mantilla veil
VICKI GRAFTON PHOTOGRAPHY

Mantilla veils are worn very close to the hairline, covering almost all of your head and shoulders. They’re an ideal option if you need to have your hair covered for religious reasons, or if you like the ultra-romantic look. 

High updos and top knots with veils

High updos are perfect if you want to keep your hair out of the way and polished all day long, or if you need a hairstyle for a summer wedding. Traditional updos are always a classic option, but braided buns and top knots are great for brides in search of a less formal style. A veil looks elegant and chic when fastened underneath the updo. For a retro-inspired look, go with a bouffant style and place the veil closer to your hairline in front of the bun.

Natural Looks by Victoria
NATURAL LOOKS BY VICTORIA

Smooth your hair back into a bun, add a deep side part, and finish with an oversized curl to one side of your updo for a glam, retro vibe. 

Crystal Sepulveda Makeup
CRYSTAL SEPULVEDA MAKEUP

Finish an elegant twisted updo by using loose tendrils and side bangs to beautifully frame your face and highlight your décolletage. 

braided top knot for wedding
STUDIO PHRENÉ

Whether you’re getting married in the summer and need to keep your hair off your neck, or you just feel best with your hair in a cute bun, this whimsical hairstyle is even better when you add a braid. Finish the look by pinning a veil to the underside of the ‘do. 

The Maine Tinker Studio
THE MAINE TINKER STUDIO

If you have full bangs, you can clip your veil in front of your updo (right at the start of your bangs) for a mod ’60s-esque effect. Winged eyeliner optional! 

Glamour by Shaniqua
GLAMOUR BY SHANIQUA

Brides with a lot of hair or very full updos (like this gorgeous braided bun) can add a sparkly hair comb or barrette in addition to the veil.

10 First Dance Songs That Sound Sweet but Are Highly Inappropriate

By Kim Forrest

These songs might sound OK at first listen, but we’ll show you why they don’t belong anywhere near your first dance.

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Here’s the thing about first dance songs—it can be pretty hard to find that “perfect” tune to start your reception off right. Turns out there are a lot of songs that sound romantic—great title, slow tempo, beautiful singing, swelling violins, etc.—but if you really, really listen to the lyrics, you’ll realize that it’s totally not appropriate for a wedding. A lot of songs you might think are ideal first dance songs are actually about breakups, cheating, even death. Bottom line, be sure to actually listen to any contenders before picking the winner.

And please, please, please do not choose any of these first dance songs.

“Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor

Sure, the title of this classic might make you think it’s appropriate for a wedding, but it’s far from it. This song is actually about a really devastating breakup. Depressing lyrics include “It’s been so lonely without you here/Like a bird without a song.” First dance songs should feature lyrics that are generally more upbeat and romantic and these are the opposite.
Instead try: “Dreams Are More Precious” by Enya

“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion

We don’t care how many times you saw Titanic, but any song about a loved one perishing in a ship crash has no place at a wedding. Seriously, this song should not be played at any point during your big day – not during the processional, not during the reception, never. Your guests should focus on you and your partner’s happy love story, not the image of Leo barely hanging on to that piece of wood.
Instead try: “The Power of Love” by Celine Dion

“Keep on Loving You” by REO Speedwagon

Even if you listen to the chorus of this song, “And I’m gonna keep on lovin’ you/Cause it’s the only thing I want to do,” you might think it’s an ideal first dance song. But listen closely to the opening lines: “You played dead, but you never bled/Instead you laid still in the grass all coiled up and hissin’” This power ballad is really all about a woman cheating on her husband—certainly a less than ideal way to kick off your reception.  
Instead try: “Open Arms” by Journey

“If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul

“So for my personal point of view/Get an ugly girl to marry you” should be reason enough to avoid this song at all costs. Even if you’re planning on playing it as a joke it’s still quite insulting, and some people will probably take offense. Just stay far, far away from this song at your wedding.
Instead try: “Grow Old with You” by Adam Sandler

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

Originally performed by Dolly Parton, the Whitney Houston version of this song gained popularity in the 1990s because of the uber-romantic film The Bodyguard. The tune does have quite a few romantic lyrics, but it’s actually the ultimate breakup song. Listen closely and you’ll hear lyrics like, “We both know I’m not what you…need.” So yeah, maybe best to skip this one as your first dance song.
Instead try: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston (hey, it worked for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!)

“Marry Me” by Thomas Rhett

With a title like “Marry Me,” this country tune has to be wedding-appropriate, right? Wrong. This song actually tells quite a sad story of lost love. “Yeah, she wanna get married/But she don’t wanna marry me.” Lyrics like that don’t really have a place at a wedding reception.
Instead try: “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett

“How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes

A woman begging her partner not to leave her is not an ideal way to start your wedding reception. Sure, “You are my world, my heart, my soul” is a sweet lyric, but the song’s message is one of an imminent breakup or loss, not a happy ending. This song was popular at weddings in the 90s, but it’s really kind of a downer.
Instead try: “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain

“I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men

There’s a line between songs that are romantic and songs that are just too romantic. It’s best to avoid tunes with graphic lyrics that might cause Great Aunt Sophie to blush. Instead, choose a song with lyrics that are a little less, er, intimate.
Instead try: “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo

“Need You Now” by Lady A

If you really listen to the lyrics of this country tune, you’ll soon realize that it’s kind of about a drunken late-night phone call—probably not the best theme for your first dance.
Instead try: “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding

“Stay with Me” by Sam Smith

We’ve actually seen this song on a few lists of the best first dance songs, but we’re not quite sure why. While Sam Smith’s vocals are absolutely amazing and the music feels super-romantic, the lyrics are definitely not wedding appropriate with talks of a one-night stand. Trust us, you don’t want the words “This ain’t love, it’s clear to see” anywhere near your wedding reception.
Instead try: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

7 Ways to Make Hand Sanitizer Look Cute for a COVID Wedding!

By Kim Forrest

Practicing good hand hygiene is just one of the safety measures couples and their guests should take. Here’s how to create a hand sanitizing station at your wedding that’s both useful and stylish.

Willow Lane Paperie
WILLOW LANE PAPERIE

If you’re hosting a wedding amid the COVID pandemic, there are certain safety measures you need to take—enforcing social distancing, offering masks, and encouraging good hand hygiene, to name a few. Creating hand sanitizer stations throughout your event is one way to remind your guests to clean their hands. And while you can certainly place a large container of hand sanitizer on a table and leave it at that, there are some ways to make a sanitizer station a bit more festive to complement your wedding decor.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating a hand sanitizer station that combines hygiene with style.

1. Talk to your venue about proper placement.

First, think about how many hand sanitizer stations you’ll need and where they should go. The most obvious spots would be near the entrance and exit, near restrooms, and any doorways that guests will walk through. Your venue may have other ideas about the best spots for these stations, so be sure to coordinate with them—and keep your wedding planner in the loop, as well. While there’s no need to go overboard with the number of hand sanitizer stations you offer, you also don’t want there to be too few and run the risk of queues of guests developing.

2. Work with your rentals company and florist.

Once you’ve decided the number and locations of your wedding hand sanitizer stations, reach out to your caterer and/or rentals company and florist to make sure you have the proper equipment and decor. Your caterer and/or rentals company can provide the necessary tables and linens (some might even be able to rent out hand sanitizer dispensers, as well), while your florist can provide some added decoration to the stations, if you’d like. A few simple floral arrangements can help these stations match your wedding’s color palette and style.

3. Touchless dispensers are best.

From a hygiene perspective, touchless hand sanitizer dispensers are the lowest risk option. Your guests will simply place their hands under the dispenser, receive a squirt of hand sanitizer, and be on their way—fewer opportunities to spread germs. However, these touchless dispensers can be expensive and harder to come by—though again, your venue, caterer, and/or rentals company may be able to provide them. If simple pump bottles are all you’re able to provide for your hand sanitizer stations, that’s totally fine too—you can even add a custom label to the bottle to dress it up, if desired.

4. Hand sanitizer is important, but don’t forget the wipes.

The issue with pump bottles of hand sanitizer is that everyone has to touch the pump to receive the hand sanitizer. By providing sanitizing wipes, as well, guests can use the wipe instead of their fingers to use the pump for a more hygienic experience. The wipes can also be used as a barrier if guests must touch door handles or other “touchpoints” throughout your venue. If you’re providing wipes as part of your hand sanitizer stations, a nearby trash receptacle is a must, as well.

Note: Disinfecting wipes are hard to come by these days, so if you’re planning a wedding for the coming months, shop for these early and often.

5. Add some signage.

A well-worded sign prominently displayed at each hand sanitizer station can politely remind guests to clean their hands as much as possible. Whether you’re looking for a sign that’s simply worded or funny, there are lots of options available.

6. Make sure someone is monitoring for refills.

Throughout your wedding day, it’s important to make sure that the hand sanitizer stations are always well-stocked. Be sure to ask your wedding planner or venue coordinator to check these stations repeatedly and make refills if necessary. If the stations become crowded and lines start to develop, your pros can also direct guests to other nearby, less crowded, sanitizing spots.

7. Consider giving each guest their own bottle.

Another way to ensure your loved ones are practicing good hand hygiene is by providing each guest with their own bottle of hand sanitizer. While most people carry their own sanitizer these days, it’s still a nice gesture to give them out—and one of the more useful wedding favors you can provide (and you can even have the bottles personalized, if you’d like!). Instead of putting them all in a basket for guests to grab, place a bottle of hand sanitizer on each ceremony chair or at each place setting.

Supplies for wedding hand sanitizer stations

touchless sanitizer dispenser

This touchless hand sanitizer dispenser will minimize exposure at your stations.

Svance touchless liquid hand sanitizer dispenser (sanitizer not included), $41, Amazon

hand sanitizer

Large pump bottles of hand sanitizer aren’t super easy to find these days, so be on the lookout as you make trips to the store.

Germ-X hand sanitizer, $17, Amazon

hand sanitizer

Use these mini bottles of hand sanitizer as wedding favors.

Sipa hand sanitizer, $30 for 23, Amazon

hand sanitizer

Dress up a standard bottle of sanitizer with a custom label—we like this modern, minimalist version.

Cecelia Sebastian Co hand sanitizer label, $10, Etsy

hand sanitizer labels

Add personalized labels to your hand sanitizer favors.

Glam Paper Co wedding hand sanitizer labels, from $10, Etsy

hand sanitizer

This label option features on-trend greenery.

The Papered Wedding sanitizer labels, from $14, Etsy

hand sanitizer spray

We love how these mini spray bottles of sanitizer look like perfume—perfect for sticking inside a purse or pocket.

ModParty personalized hand sanitizer favors, $20 for 5, Etsy

sanitizer sign

Signage is an important part of any hand sanitizer station—this one gets the message across.

Plus One Style hand sanitizer printable sign, $4, Etsy

sanitizing sign

Another simple yet elegant sign design.

Willow Lane Paperie sanitizer station printable sign, $5, Etsy

sanitize sign

Your guests are sure to chuckle when they see this sign.

Pink Champagne Paper printable hand sanitizer sign, $5, Etsy

faux bois sign

This faux bois sign is ideal for rustic-themed celebrations.

Artful Jen hand sanitizer sign, $3, Etsy

A Guide to Wedding Dress Shopping From Start to Finish

By Samantha Iacia

Finding a wedding dress should be exciting, not stressful. Bookmark these wedding dress shopping tips to stay on track and prep for all your bridal appointments.

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STOPGOLOVE FILM PHOTOYOUR DREAM BRIDAL

The search for your wedding dress is definitely one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. From bridal Pinterest boards, trend reports, and Instagram saves, to shopping with your BFFs and trying on a wedding dress for the very first time, there are so many OMG moments that happen as you look for your perfect dress. Because this decision is also an incredibly crucial one, we’re helping you through the entire process with this guide to wedding dress shopping that covers the most important steps—and fills you in on the details you might not have thought about yet. So whether you’re in the process of creating your wedding dress budget, vetting the best bridal shops in your area, searching for money-saving tips, or wondering how the alterations process works, start here.    

Our guide to wedding dress shopping will help you say ‘I do’ to the gown you’ve always dreamed of.

Laura Memory Photography & Videography
LAURA MEMORY PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY

When to buy your wedding dress

Waiting until the last minute to shop for your wedding dress isn’t what we’d recommend, period. Even if you find your wedding dress on your very first shopping trip, it can sometimes take up to six months for the dress to be ready (especially if it’s made-to-order), so it’s better to start shopping as soon as possible—ideally, at least a year before your wedding. You’ll also need to factor in time for alterations and finding the right accessories to match your gown. Our wedding dress shopping timeline breaks it all down, step-by-step.  

Bridal Path
BRIDAL PATH

How to find a wedding dress shop

When you’re on the hunt for your wedding dress, it’s best to visit bridal shops that match your style, budget, and desired experience. The shop(s) you choose should not only carry the designers and types of dresses you want to try, but the staff should make you feel welcomed, relaxed, and excited to find your gown. To help you and your loved ones have the best possible experience, we’ve pulled together our go-to rules for finding the best bridal shops for you.

a&be bridal shop
A&BE BRIDAL SHOP

Wedding dress questions to ask a potential shop

Another way you can make sure you’re visiting the best bridal shops is by asking about their policies and offerings in advance. Questions like, ‘Which designers do you carry in-store?’ or ‘What are your payment plans like?’ will help you determine if a potential shop is the right fit—without requiring you to spend time visiting those that aren’t.  

Simply Wandering Photo
SIMPLY WANDERING PHOTO

What to do if you need a last-minute wedding dress

Step number one: Don’t panic. You might be pressed for time, but all hope is not lost! First, try calling bridal salons in your area to ask if they have any dresses that are available for a rush order. Sample sales are another option—this is when bridal shops sell dresses off the rack, which means you can take your purchase home the same day. If you’re not able to buy a dress locally, the next best thing is a trusted online wedding dress retailer, like David’s Bridal or BHLDN. 

Flaura Botanica
FLAURA BOTANICA

How to save money on a wedding dress

Falling in love with a gown that’s out of your price range can feel like your worst nightmare come true. You try on the dress, it gives you all the feels, and then your stomach drops at the sight of that price tag (cue crying emoji). But there are several budgeting hacks you can follow to help avoid sticker shock AND find a gown that won’t break the bank, such as visiting trunk shows or limiting customizations. Here’s how to be smart with your wedding dress budget while also getting everything you’re looking for. 

Wild Daisy Bridal
WILD DAISY BRIDAL

Wedding dress fabrics

We’re betting you already know the basics—tulle, lace, etc.—but many popular wedding dress fabrics can seem surprisingly similar upon first glance. Fabric can play a big role in how your wedding dress looks, feels, and costs, so we suggest taking a few minutes to familiarize yourself with some of the most common options.   

Bethany Michaela Photography
BETHANY MICHAELA PHOTOGRAPHY

Wedding dress necklines

Each type of wedding dress neckline offers a different look and varying level of coverage, so whatever you choose should ultimately be based on your personal preference and what makes you feel the most fabulous. Whether you want a plunging v-neckline, a romantic strapless sweetheart neckline, or a modern one-shoulder neckline, this glossary explains all of your options to help prep you for that first wedding dress appointment.    

Dennis Roy Coronel Photography
DENNIS ROY CORONEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Wedding dress silhouettes

Ahead of your bridal appointment, there are six wedding dress silhouettes we’d recommend learning. Not only will this help you convey what you’re looking for when you talk to your bridal consultant, but you can focus on dresses with the silhouette(s) that you think best reflects your overall wedding vision. One last thing: Even if you know you definitely want a specific silhouette, it’s important to be open-minded if your consultant recommends trying on a variety of others, just in case. You might be pleasantly surprised!  

Sarah Brookhart Photography
SARAH BROOKHART PHOTOGRAPHYWREN BRIDAL

The best wedding dresses for every body type

It’s true, not every dress will be the perfect fit—and that’s okay! What’s most important is finding a gown that makes you feel like a million bucks, regardless of what you or someone else thought you should wear based on your body type (remember to keep these body-positive tips in mind during your appointment). But whether you’re looking to elongate a petite frame, draw attention to your waist, or enhance your curves, there are some tried-and-true ways to do it—and you can start by trying on wedding dresses that are typically flattering for your body type. In the end, there’s no right or wrong, so consider this as your general starting point.  

Kate Edwards Weddings
KATE EDWARDS WEDDINGS

Wedding dress shopping etiquette 

You’ve done your homework budgeting for your dress, bookmarking inspiration, and researching bridal shops. Now, it’s time to visit a salon and try on a wedding dress (finally, the fun stuff!). But before you agree to a spur-of-the-moment shopathon with your MOH, there are some basic wedding dress shopping etiquette rules we’d recommend following, especially if you’re bringing a group of friends or relatives along. For example, did you know that an appointment is required at almost all bridal salons? Yup—unlike those scenes in movies and television shows where the bride walks by a dress shop and spontaneously decides to go shopping with her friends, you’ll probably need to call ahead. These golden rules will ensure your dress shopping experience runs smoothly and remains drama-free for all parties involved.

Michelle Ramirez Photography
MICHELLE RAMIREZ PHOTOGRAPHY

How to know you’ve found your wedding dress

As the saying goes, when you know, you know. When you finally find your dress, there might be tears involved—but if not, that’s okay too! While every bride’s reaction to finding her wedding dress is different, there are a few major giveaways that will let you know you’re ready to make it official.  

Bohemian Road Photography
BOHEMIAN ROAD PHOTOGRAPHY

Wedding dress alterations

So you’ve found THE dress. Yay! But slow that bridal roll, because you’re not done just yet. Now it’s time to focus on alterations and fittings—two major things that will help your wedding dress fit like a glove. Even if your dress was made to your measurements, chances are it will still need a little bit of tweaking, such as raising the hem or taking in the waist if you lost weight. Regardless of your tailoring needs (minor or major), it’s a good idea to know what the alterations and fitting process entails before meeting with your seamstress.

The 5 Biggest 2020 Wedding Trends You Need to Know

By Kim Forrest

Our 2020 wedding trends are ideal starting points as you plan your celebration. Whether you’re into ‘90s nostalgia or going eco-friendly, these ideas can work for every wedding style and personality!

moon bounce
ASHTON KELLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Here’s the thing about wedding trends—they don’t really matter all that much. We know, that may sound weird coming from a wedding-focused company, but it’s the truth. Yes, it’s nice to familiarize yourself with 2020 wedding trends if you’re getting married soon, but remember that your wedding should be all about you and your partner. If some of these trends resonate with you and you’d like to use them in your wedding, awesome. If not, no biggie. You’ll find that these 2020 wedding trends are less specific and more open to interpretation (no “pampas grass is the new greenery” here) so you can take your own spin on them. Because after all, the things that make your wedding unique are the things that make them amazing.

On that note, here are the top 2020 wedding trends to consider incorporating into your own celebration.

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CORINNA ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

1. ’90s babies are getting married—and featuring unique nostalgic elements in their weddings.

The average age of a person getting married in 2020 is 33, meaning that many soon-to-be weds came of age in the 1990s. So it’s not too surprising that couples are looking to that decade to infuse their event with a dose of nostalgia. Some of the 2020 wedding trends that hearken back to the ‘90s include holographic and iridescent stationery elements (hello, Lisa Frank!), as well as celestial-inspired details (an updated take on those glow-in-the-dark stars every ‘90s kid had on their ceilings). From a fashion perspective, minimalist gowns a la the ultimate ‘90s bride, Carolyn Bessette, are trending, as are accessorizing with barrettes. For a #tbt-meets-wedding vibe, ‘90s babies are even including all-white moon bounces (an elevated take on the beloved birthday party entertainment) as a throwback activity guests will love.

velvet lounge
EMILY K TIMMONS PHOTOGRAPHY

2. The “grandmillennial” look is the new vintage.  

Today’s couples are embracing the look of yesteryear. No, we’re not talking about the 1920s Art Deco vibe or the early 20th century Downton Abbey style that gained popularity in recent years. We’re talking about a modern take on the looks our grandparents loved—putting an eclectic twist on super-feminine patterns and details (think The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel meets Glossier). For example, pastel hues like pistachio green, lavender, and butter yellow are popping up more than ever, as well as grandma-inspired décor elements such as dried flowers, wallpaper, and ribbon. We’re also loving how today’s couples are mixing and matching patterns popularized in years past, such as buffalo check, gingham, toile, bold florals, and Chinoiserie. Expect to also see richer textures, like velvet, on the rise as 2020 wedding trends for both wedding décor and attire.

beer tap
VISION EVENTS

3. Yes, Instagram-worthy wedding details are trending—but they have to feel personal, too. 

Here’s the ultimate challenge for today’s soon-to-be weds: Create an event that feels personal but that’s also good for the ‘gram. One of the best ways to do this is through food. From conveyer belt hors d’oeuvres to vending machine-style champagne stations, abundant charcuterie board centerpieces to unique non-cake cakes such as cookies, cinnamon buns, and pancakes, couples (and their caterers) are letting their creativity shine during every menu course. Unique escort cards provide another opportunity to surprise and delight—we’ve seen everything from coconuts to shots of liquor, baguettes to pins directing guests to their tables. Couples are even taking Instagram-worthy entertainment to the next level—in the bathroom, stationing tarot card readers, champagne stations, and other fun activities near or even inside the restrooms. Couples are also taking an Instagram-worthy yet personal twist with their wedding portraits—instead of taking romantic photos in picturesque gardens or parks, they’re heading to their favorite fast-food eateries or coffee shops to enjoy #eeeeats while wearing their wedding finery.

drunk on love napkins
MICHEL B. EVENTS

4. When it comes to wedding decor, the bolder, the better. 

If we could sum up our 2020 wedding trends in one phrase, it would be this: Go bold or go home. No longer are couples concerned about wedding details being “too much”—they’re embracing wow-worthy visual and tactile experiences like never before. Whether it’s donning a maximalist wedding dress with lots of embellishments, exaggerated sleeves, and ball gown skirts, including statement décor such as metallic spray-painted flowers or hanging floral centerpieces, or including sassier language or puns that would make Grandma blush on neon or letterboard signage or stationery (hello “drunk in love”, “sh*t just got real”, or “you guac my world”), couples aren’t afraid to take their wedding details to the next level.

charitable favors
HONEYBEE EVENTS

5. Couples are thinking about the bigger picture—not just their wedding, but how it can impact the world.

Sustainability is not just a 2020 wedding trend—it’s a way of life, and that extends to planning a wedding with the environment top of mind. For example, the micro wedding trend is gaining traction as couples strive to create a smaller environmental footprint with their big days. Décor elements are being reused—from ceremony structures repurposed for the reception space to bouquets doubling as centerpieces. On the culinary front, we can also expect to see more meatless weddings, or weddings that feature inclusive menus that appeals to guests with different dietary needs and restrictions. Edible flowers are a no-waste way to adorn ice cubes, desserts, salads, and more. And charitable favors—allowing the couple to donate to a meaningful cause—aren’t going anywhere.