05-pink-purple-green-red-flowers-22501 Popular Ceremony Readings

Looking for a ceremony reading or blessing? Here are five of our favorites: To Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh To love is not to possess, To own or imprison, Nor to lose one’s self in another. Love... Read More

orange-yellow-cream-wedding-color-board How to Choose Your Ceremony Readings

You know you want at least one reading at your wedding, but not sure what to pick? Here are a few tips: Pick something that is reflective of how you both feel about your wedding, relationship, or future.  The theme... Read More

couple-sitting-chairs-white-flowers-22501 Ask the Editor: How Do We Pick a Date?

My fiancé and I can’t seem to pick a date. We don’t really care when we get married and have no preference over a certain season or day. What are some other factors we should consider? – Matthew, Thousand Oaks,... Read More

purple-black-wedding-color-board The Importance of Budget “Wiggle Room”

When you set the budget for your wedding, it’s always smart to allow for some “wiggle room”.  The more you delve into your wedding planning, the more unexpected costs you will find. Most likely, you will not only end up... Read More

03-bride-veil-bridesmaids-blue-sash-brown-dress-107415 Considering a Holiday Weekend Wedding?

Although the couple might be thinking that a holiday weekend is a surefire way for guests to be able to attend, often the opposite is true. Especially during the summer, holiday plans are often booked far in advance. Although people... Read More

06-groom-groomsmen-pink-boutonniere-tuxedos-22501 Wedding Size and Family

Disagreements over the size of the wedding? Ultimately, the choice lies with the bride and groom, within the constraints of the budget. Now, that isn’t to say that the couple ought to veto whomever they want from the wedding when... Read More

mocha-blue-wedding-color-board When to Take Wedding Pictures

Often, the easiest time to take the wedding party pictures is before the ceremony. The makeup and hair is impeccable, the suits haven’t wrinkled, and the guests haven’t arrived.  Photographers can also take what is known as “first look” pictures’the... Read More

engagement-couple-kissing-car-window-81469 Try an Off-Season Wedding

Don’t care when you get married? Think off-season. Depending upon where you live, there are generally a few months when it seems like no one is getting married. For those in the northern half of the country, that is usually... Read More

ceremony-pink-dress-petals-umbrella-22501 Finding an Officiant

Looking for a wedding officiant and have no idea where to start? Although many couples generally select their officiant depending upon what religious services they attend, others face the daunting prospect of finding a virtual stranger to play such an... Read More

appetizers-cocktail-wedding-inspiration-board Trying to Decide on an Invitation?

Your invitation is one of the first indications your guests may have about your wedding. Although you don’t have to, it’s fun to make an extra effort when picking out your invite so that it matches the theme of your... Read More

reception-table-red-white-candles-139488 First Meeting with Florist

As with most wedding vendors, choosing the right one can seem overwhelming. Here are a few quick tips: Do your research ahead of time. Whether from their own websites or real weddings, check out examples of their work. When you... Read More

engagement-couple-rocks-purple-shirt-40306 Symbolism of Flowers

Particularly during the Victorian era, symbolism was an important part of the courting process.  Flowers had significant meanings and when a beau gave one, it was his own sort of hidden message to his sweetheart. When you plan your floral... Read More