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.

Petal & Veil

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).


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. 

Caitlin Rose Photography

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!).  

Hijab Couture Bridal

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.

Audra Wrisley Photography

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. 

Ingrid Peréz Artistry

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.

half-up hairstyle with a veil

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.

Camille Leigh Photography

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. 

Poppy & Bloom Floristry

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.


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.  

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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.

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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.  

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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

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

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

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.    

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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

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

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

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

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!

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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.


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

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.

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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

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

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.

The Best Wedding Hairstyle for Every Zodiac Sign!

Article By: Whitney Teal

Before you commit to a bridal ‘do, bookmark this list of zodiac hairstyles to consider for your wedding day.

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If you’re a believer in astrology, you know that your zodiac sign can influence everything from your personality to your love life, career, and more—and if you’re getting hitched in the near future, it can also help you decide on a wedding hairstyle. There’s an ideal zodiac hairstyle for brides of every sign, whether you’re a get-down-to-business Capricorn or a statement-making Leo. If you’re still on the fence about choosing a wedding hairstyle, why not see what the stars have to say?

Here are the best zodiac hairstyles for every sign—see if yours matches your style! 

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Aries hairstyle (March 21-April 19): Cotton candy hue

Your wild, creative spark need not be dimmed when choosing your wedding hairstyle, Aries. Marry your desire for a wedding-appropriate ‘do with your childlike imagination by donning a trendy braided style with a hint of bright color, like playful pink. 


Taurus hairstyle (April 20-May 20): Regal gathered curls

Your sign is associated with the gathering of crops and cashing in on a hard-earned harvest, so it’s no wonder that those born under the bull know how to live the good life. Your wedding day will be no exception, and your guests will no doubt be wowed by your glamorous fête. Create a wedding hairstyle that matches the event with high, gathered curls to elongate your neck and show off your shoulders. Finish with a regal headpiece or veil.

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Gemini hairstyle (May 21-June 20): Braided crown with loose curls

It’s no surprise that you like to experience the best of both worlds, Gemini. Your twin sign will love this zodiac hairstyle since you’ll have a chic updo in the front while also channeling your more free-spirited side with loose curls in the back. Add a beaded crown for a bit of tasteful sparkle. 

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Cancer hairstyle (June 21-July 22): Half-up, half-down

You’re already expecting your day to be filled with happy tears, so you’ll want your hair off your face when the waterworks inevitably start, Cancer. Don’t fight them—just prepare! A loose half-up, half-down style gives you the option to add curls for a romantic look while keeping strands out of the way for your all-day cryfest, er, wedding.

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Leo hairstyle (July 23-August 22): Regal golden hues

You’re the only zodiac sign ruled by the fiery sun, and this association with warmth shows in your personality, Leo. Your ideal wedding hairstyle is as radiant and luminescent as the sun, so if you’re not naturally blonde, add gold highlights or balayage to your strands—or take the plunge and go full on Beyoncé with a honey-hued mane.

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Virgo hairstyle (August 23-September 22): Bold flower crown

As an Earth sign, you appreciate the floral and the verdant, Virgo. Your sign is the ultimate Mother Earth figure, meticulously tending to nature’s bounty. That’s why a statement flower crown is the best zodiac hairstyle for you to serve up your goddess vibes.

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Libra hairstyle (September 23-October 22): Balanced middle part with free-spirited texture

If there were ever a Libra mantra, it would be something like “free to be you and me.” Leave the blow dryers, curling wands and flat irons out of the equation for your wedding hairstyle, Libra. Rock your natural texture, whether pin straight, kinky coily, or somewhere in between. Balance your ‘do with a middle part to finish the look.


Scorpio hairstyle (October 23-November 21): Sleek ballerina bun

You’re smoldering, intense and calculated in your every move, Scorpio, so it wouldn’t surprise us if you plan to edit every detail of your wedding hairstyle. You’ll love a sleek and chic high bun—tell your stylist to skip the trendy flyaways, because you won’t want a hair out of place. Top it off with an elegant veil, spritz your wedding perfume and you’re ready for the big day.

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Sagittarius hairstyle (November 22-December 21): Messy chignon

No one ever accused you of being too serious, Sagittarius. You know how to enjoy life and not sweat the small stuff, so a carefree updo with loose tendrils framing your face is ideal for your upcoming wedding adventure. Complete the look with an eye-catching comb or barrette that speaks to your artistic side. 

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Capricorn hairstyle (December 22-January 19): Elegant low bun

The last thing you want is to spend your wedding day waving strands out of your face, Capricorn. A sophisticated low bun that shows off your texture and allows you to effortlessly add beautiful hair accessories will match well with your no-frills personality.

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Aquarius hairstyle (January 20-February 18): Fishtail braid

Let your inventive and unorthodox nature shine on your wedding day, Aquarius. Opt for a head-turning zodiac hairstyle, like a mesmerizing fishtail braid accented with flowers or greenery. The otherworldly style will also leave your neck and shoulders bare for any eye-catching jewelry you have planned.

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Pisces hairstyle (February 19-March 20): Old Hollywood waves

Caring, laid-back, and well-liked by all, you’re a sucker for romance and positivity in your daily life, Pisces. Your wedding hairstyle is the perfect place to really embrace your cheerful outlook, so ask your stylist for bouncy Old Hollywood-esque waves that will help you feel like your absolute best self without being over-the-top. (And, don’t worry if your hair isn’t naturally long or voluminous—no one will know if you add some extensions!). 

How to Plan a Wedding Step by Step!

Article By: Kim Forrest

Just got engaged and not sure where to start? Here’s our step-by-step guide to planning a wedding to make it as simple and straightforward as possible, so you can keep stress at a minimum.

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Your wedding will likely be the biggest party you’ll ever throw—and figuring out how to plan a wedding step by step can feel pretty daunting at first. Whether you have over a year or just a few months to plan your big day, focus on one task at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed by the planning process. If you’re in a time crunch, go ahead and delegate some of these responsibilities to family members and friends—they’ll likely be glad to help you as you navigate this process. If you find a wedding checklist a bit overwhelming, here’s a list of the basic steps you’ll need to complete to ensure your big day is a success. Of course, there are more tasks you may want to tackle, but we’re just talking the must-dos here. Ready to go into planning mode? Here’s how to plan a wedding step by step.

1. Set a Wedding Budget

When it comes to figuring out how to plan a wedding—you’ll need to decide how much you can spend on your wedding. It might not be the most fun part of the process, but it’s a task that really needs to be completed first. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a venue, vendor, dress, etc. and realize it’s completely out of range. So sit down with your parents or other potential contributors to come up with a total budget, and then divide it up by vendor or service accordingly.

2. Get Inspired

One of the most fun parts of planning a wedding step by step is gathering inspiration. Think about how you want your wedding to look and feel. Are you going for a super-classic and formal vibe? Or perhaps a wedding style that’s more relaxed and rustic? The choice is yours, but it’s a good idea to start perusing Pinterest, Instagram, and wedding websites to start considering wedding colors, décor ideas, and more. We recommend starting this process early on, but kicking it into high gear once you’ve selected your venue and set a date.

3. Start Your Guest List

While you don’t have to have a final guest list until a bit later, when thinking about how to plan a wedding step by step, coming up with an estimated guest count early on is important. There’s a big difference between a 50-person wedding and a 300-person wedding, particularly when it comes to your venue options. So before you start browsing wedding venues, get an idea of how many guests you’ll host. 

4. Pick Your Wedding Party

How that you’ve got your guest list, it’s time to choose the people who will stand beside you on your big day—your wedding party. So go ahead and select your bridesmaids, groomsmen, groomsladies or bridesmen (or anyone else you want in your bridal party) and ask them to take on this important role. Check out our favorite bridesmaid proposal ideas to get started.

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 5. Narrow Down the Dates

You won’t officially “set a date” until you book your venue. But, we recommend choosing a few potential wedding dates before you start looking at venues. First, think about the season in which you’d like to wed—and if a Saturday night wedding is a must (convenient, but potentially more expensive and competitive) or if you’re open to a wedding on a different (perhaps less in-demand) day. Then, take a look at the calendar, taking into account work schedules, holidays, family conflicts, etc., and narrow things down to a few choice dates. Having some potential wedding dates in mind will be very helpful during the venue selection process.

6. Choose a Venue

Now that you have a budget, an estimated guest count, and a few potential wedding dates in mind, you have all the information you need to book a wedding venue—one of the most important parts of our how to plan a wedding guide. Read online reviews of wedding venues near you, visit a in person, and work with your partner to find your dream wedding location. Once you’ve thoroughly read your ceremony and reception venue’s contract and signed on the dotted line, you’ve officially set a date for your wedding—and the real fun begins!

Note: Some couples hire a wedding planner before choosing a venue, others wait until afterwards—it all depends on the type of assistance you need.

7. Start Your Wedding Registry

Pretty much immediately after you announce your engagement, your loved ones will ask: “Where are you registered?” When thinking about how to plan your wedding step by step, it’s a good idea to create your wedding registry relatively early on in the process. Your family members and friends may want to purchase engagement gifts—you can always make changes and additions to your registry later on. Use our wedding registry checklist to get started.

8. Create a Wedding Website (and Wedding Hashtag!)

Setting up a wedding website is the easiest way to do keep your guests in the loop, and one of the most important steps to planning a wedding. Make sure to include all of the important information about your big day on your website—date, location, travel information, room block details, and more. Now’s also the time to create your wedding hashtag to use on social media leading up to your wedding day.

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9. Book Vendors

The average couple hires 13 vendors to help create their dream wedding day. That may seem like a lot, but it’s important to hire the right people to ensure that your big day runs smoothly. We recommend following this vendor booking timeline to figure out when to book each pro, from your wedding photographer or videographer to your florist and DJ to your officiant, and reading online reviews to help choose the best of the best.

10. Finalize Your Guest List

If you haven’t already, it’s time to create your final wedding guest list. Remember that if your parents are contributing financially to your big day, they’ll get a say in who’s invited. Be sure to keep your venue’s capacity in mind as well, and don’t invite more people than the space can handle. Even though you’ll likely receive regrets from some guests, you don’t want to risk it.

11. Send Save-the-Dates

It’s time for your guests to mark their calendars! Save-the-dates should be sent as far in advance as possible to ensure that your loved ones can plan accordingly.

12. Purchase Your Wedding Dress and Other Attire

Give yourself plenty of time to find the perfect outfit for your wedding day. Particularly when it comes to wedding dresses, it can take months from the time you purchase your attire until it’s properly tailored and ready to go, so don’t wait until the last minute.

13. Figure Out Rehearsal Dinner Details

The rehearsal dinner, which usually takes place the night before the wedding, requires some planning as well. Traditionally, the groom’s family plans the rehearsal dinner, but it’s important to figure out who’s planning (and paying) for this event well in advance—and make sure a venue is booked and details are hammered out in a timely fashion, about six months before the big day.

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14. Plan the Honeymoon

You may be thinking a lot about how to plan your wedding step by step, but don’t forget about the honeymoon! If you’re planning on jetting off on your honeymoon shortly after your wedding, it’s time to choose a location, book your travel and accommodations, and start planning an itinerary.

15. Attend Those Pre-Wedding Events

Engagement parties, the bridal shower (or a co-ed wedding shower), the bachelor and bachelor party, and more—your schedule will likely be jam-packed with pre-wedding events. While the soon-to-be married couple usually has little role in planning these celebrations, you’ll need to clear your calendar to attend as guest of honor.

16. Send Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are usually sent six to eight weeks before the big day—and the RSVP deadline is typically about two or three weeks in advance. Sending your invites on time is one of the most essential steps to planning a wedding.

17. Buy Wedding Bands

An important symbol of marriage, be sure to browse and purchase your wedding rings a few months before your nuptials. Pick a wedding band that matches your engagement ring, is comfortable (you’ll be wearing it pretty much all the time!) and suits your personal style.

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18. Create a Wedding Reception Seating Chart

Work with your venue and planner to determine how many tables your wedding reception venue can accommodate. Then, use an online tool to figure out who sits where—keeping relationships and family dynamics in mind. Once you’ve finalized your seating chart (usually a week or so before your wedding), be sure to send to your caterer, venue, and stationer so that escort cards can be created.

19. Get a Marriage License

If you’re thinking about how to plan a wedding step by step, remember one of the most important tasks—obtaining a marriage license so that you and your partner can actually get legally married! Every state has different marriage license laws, so be sure to study up beforehand. Make sure that you get your marriage license at the right time—in advance if there’s a waiting period in your state, but not too far in advance if the license expires after a certain amount of time. If you’re interested in changing your name after the wedding, that marriage license will be a critical step in the process.

20. Confirm Wedding Details with Vendors

In all likelihood, you’ve been in close contact with all of your wedding vendors in the days and weeks leading up to your big day. Make sure that you’ve tied up any loose ends and all of your vendors have all the information they need (and have been properly paid!). Wedding planners are super-helpful in this regard, and will assist you in making sure your vendors know where and when to be present for your wedding ceremony and reception.

21. Get Married!

The big day is finally here! You, your partner, your families, and your vendors have worked hard to follow all the steps to planning a wedding—so enjoy every minute!


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Chrissy Teigen Reveals She Bought Five Wedding Dresses Before Marrying John Legend

Article By: Joyce Chen

The couple married in Lake Como in September 2013.

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Chrissy Teigen’s wedding to John Legend was the stuff dreams are made of—on the surface, at least. The couple, who will soon be celebrating seven years of marriage, dealt with a lot of unplanned surprises (including a ceremony that was four hours delayed). But in typical Teigen and Legend fashion, they rolled with the punches and turned the negatives into positives, enjoying their destination wedding in Lake Como, Italy, to the fullest. 

The pair, who initially met in 2007 on the set of Legend’s music video for “Stereo,” got married in September 2013 at the luxurious Villa d’Este overlooking Lake Como, a sentimental spot for the two of them given that they had vacationed there many times throughout their courtship. Together with 125 of their closest family and friends, the couple celebrated a love seven years in the making. “12 years ago today, I met the man of my dreams. And 5 years ago today, we got married,” Teigen captioned a throwback photo of the couple on their fifth wedding anniversary. “We have two babies and some pups and a life I am grateful to have. My everything, I love you and am so proud of the story we’ve created.”

Here, we take a look back at the couple’s wedding day, and all the perfect imperfections that made theirs one to remember.

Chrissy Teigen Bought Five Wedding Dresses

Teigen, who is the first to admit that she is an “anxious” person, admitted in a tweet in early May that she actually bought five wedding dresses in the lead-up to her wedding. The unexpected admission came after a fan tweeted that she once saw Teigen at a Barneys store buying a Celine bag so she “wouldn’t feel guilty about asking to use the bathroom.” Added the fan: “I knew I loved you before but that solidified it.” Teigen responded in the affirmative. “Wowowowow anyone that knows me knows this is very true all too often,” to which her friend pointed out on Instagram another point. 

“Sort of like that time you bought 5 wedding dresses you knew you would never actually wear because you felt guilty about ‘just trying on dresses’ which is precisely the point of TRYING ON wedding dresses I love you,” Teigen’s friend chimed in. The Sports Illustrated model responded, “THOSE WENT TO GREAT HOMES.”

In fact, at their wedding, Teigen ended up wearing a total of three different Vera Wang gowns: a full-skirted ballgown for the ceremony, a figure-hugging mermaid silhouette for the dinner, and a red trumpet dress for dancing at the reception.

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The Ceremony Was Delayed Four Hours

Throwing a destination wedding was a challenge for a number of reasons, but one that Teigen did not expect was that some of her and Legend’s family members were hours delayed due to travel issues. Consequently, the couple decided to hold the ceremony until their loved ones could make it—which, naturally, had a domino effect on the rest of the wedding day. 

“[The guests] had a lot of cocktails, because the ceremony was running about four hours behind,” Teigen previously told The Knot in 2017. “Yeah… [some of our] family missed their flight. The flight was canceled, and I wasn’t even aware of it because everyone wanted to keep it a secret from me. They didn’t want to stress me out. So whatever it was, it was a lot.”

Chrissy Teigen on What She’d Change From Her Wedding

When asked, Teigen told The Knot that the one thing she would want to do differently if she could turn back time is to have more time to pen more meaningful vows. “I swear to God. I really want to get married again, because I really want to do my vows the right way,” she said. “I was very anxious. I know I’m a good writer. That’s what I take pride in, and I feel like I was so nervous and so rushed, that I didn’t really write them the way I would normally write.”

“When I do it the next time,” she joked, “I’m ging to make sure that they’re very heartfelt and not generic, and really from the heart.”

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend had a massive row at Kim K's wedding
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The Couple Had a Lot of Help From Local Wedding Vendors

Teigen and Legend tried to incorporate as much local fare as possible to make their wedding even more meaningful for their guests, many of whom flew from out of town to attend. “Make sure to dine at small, little, local restaurants,” the model advised. “Not only do your guests appreciate it a lot, but it makes it seem very cozy, relatable, cool and fun—as opposed to going to some ballroom where you have this huge catered affair. I think people really prefer going to some local little Italian spot and being amongst the people in the area. I think people really appreciate that.”

The couple also worked with local vendors and a planner on the ground in Italy, which Teigen told The Knot was crucial to the overall execution of their big day. “Make sure to get a planner that is versed in a destination wedding, because obviously, there are so many language barriers,” she said. “It’s really tough to get vendors, and you can get so many more discounts if you know somebody within the area who’s able to get those discounts for you. If someone is coming into a new city, there’s no way that they’re going to have that kind of relationship that’s able to get you the discounts on the florals and the tables. I think when you know somebody, you’ll end up saving a lot of money.” 

Floral and event designer Mindy Rice outfitted the Villa d’Este (where John Krasinski and Emily Blunt also married) with lush floral arrangements and hints of copper that created the ideal backdrop for the supermodel’s three different wedding dresses. Photographer Aaron Delesie documented the day. The couple also hired planner Lisa Vorce to help them with more local vendors and details.

The Cookbook Author Loved Their Wedding Cake

The Cravings cookbook author had a random hankering for the couple’s wedding cake in April 2018, and shared a stunning image of the massive creation. “Someone tagged me in a photo of my wedding cake and my fatass wants cake so bad now so here is a pic of my wedding cake,” she captioned the photo. “It was carrot with cream cheese frosting and it was awesome. I miss you, giant cake.”

The impressive cake appears to be largely naked, standing four tiers tall, with fresh flowers and greenery eucalyptus leaves acting as sweet decor between layers. Teigen previously told People magazine that she worked with her pastry chef and design team to come up with the show-stopping design. “I’m not a big sweets person, which is why I’m really specific about the cake, which is going to be a really multi-layer cake,” she told the magazine a few months before the wedding.

Teigen Advises Brides to ‘Laugh at Everything’

One of the biggest takeaways that Teigen took from her experience was that brides and grooms will ultimately have to live and let live with some of the finer details of the day. “I’m a very anxious person by nature,” she told The Knot. “I’m very shaky and I really hate planning. … I think wedding planning is having a good core group of friends who love you and are willing to take it on. But also, to be okay with the surprises that come along with everything. Let your planner do it. S–t’s gonna happen, laugh about it. You’re not going to care after that day. It’ll be funny to you. So you really have to be able to shrug things off and just enjoy it. Laugh at everything!”