Advice From The Editor: When To Quit Clicking

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Even though it existed, Pinterest wasn’t very well known when I was planning my wedding. Now when I’m on the website researching wedding ideas and trends, I sometimes think “this would have been so helpful”. Oddly enough, however, I’m actually glad that I wasn’t a pinning pro while I planned my big day.

Why? For the same reason that it would have be nice to have as a resource: There’s just so much information. I see the thousands and thousands of wedding pins, and I can’t help but think about how hard it would have been to make decisions when every idea spawned hundreds of other ideas, and how dejected I might have felt facing all the other weddings (with their own incredibly thoughtful details) and more accomplished DIY-ers.  Continue reading

Advice From The Editor: Wedding Decor That Does More

I’ve yet to meet a bride who didn’t want at least a little decor for her wedding (and I’ve met some seriously low maintenance, “weddings aren’t a big deal to me” brides). So, while I wouldn’t exactly call decor the most crucial part of a wedding, I’d say it gets pretty high priority, and I’m betting you’ve already started thinking of yours. What I want to do today, however, is encourage you to think bigger.

I’m not talking about taking your decor in an even grander direction—though that can be fun—but about considering your wedding decor in the long term. Confused? Let me explain. Continue reading

Advice From The Editor: Picking A Maid Of Honor

Picking a maid of honor isn’t easy. Even when you think it’s easy. It’s a lesson I’ve seen many brides learn, and it can have a pretty big impact on your wedding day. So, today, I’m offering up my thoughts on how to tackle the tough decision…and why you shouldn’t always go with the obvious choice.

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Advice From The Editor: Five Things I Would Do Differently

With weddings, as with life in general, it’s good not to have regrets. Even the things that didn’t go according to plan probably happened that way for a reason, and wishing they were different accomplishes nothing but makes you feel worse about everything. I don’t believe in regrets, and, luckily, few things on my wedding day would have entered the category even if I did. That said, I do feel like I learned some lessons and there are a handful of things I would do differently if I was getting married all over again. These things don’t keep me up at night or take away from the wonderfulness of my wedding day, but they may just be able to make your big day even better, and that makes me think they’re worth writing down. Continue reading

Advice From The Editor: Should You Do Your Own Wedding Makeup?

Having other people—even experts—do my makeup stresses me out. Maybe it’s the lack of control since I’m not the one wielding the brush or the fear about the worst (if I had a dollar for every woman I’ve seen walking out of M.A.C. with dark eyeshadow right up to her brows this would be called “Advice From The Wealthy Editor”). So, when my wedding was approaching I was faced with a bit of a dilemma. Hire an expert or stick with my own skills, which were decent but not as developed as I would have liked? Continue reading

Advice From The Editor: Wearing It Your Way

One of the first things most brides think about when they get engaged is what they’ll wear, and even brides who say they’ve never considered their future wedding much usually can tell you a bit about what they want to put on. Of course, things get a little more complicated the moment you step in a wedding dress shop and see the plethora of options available (and, sometimes, can’t find one dress that’s even close).

In the end, however, there are some good guidelines to picking a dress that you’ll feel great in and that will stand the test of time (pictures last a lifetime, people).

Opting for a classic is an easy way to ensure your dress will still look pretty in 20 years (think simple lace styles with relatively minimal detailing and sleeker silk designs). Stay away from trends except in subtle ways since wedding dress fashion changes just as fast as street styles, and never opt for any trend that doesn’t do great things on your body. Continue reading

Advice From The Editor: Why You Should Listen To Yourself When It Comes To Your Wedding

Last week I was on a plane back from New York and was entertaining myself with the New York Magazine crossword puzzle. Part way through the flight, the stranger sitting next to me started leaning over my tray table and trying to figure out the answers for himself. And that, my friends, is what planning your wedding is like.

You’ll hear endless statements about how it’s “your day” and to “do what makes you happy”, but people can’t seem to help throwing in their own ideas on how your big day should go as soon as you mention the event. Continue reading