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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You'll need:  1. 3 cake pans (sizes: 11", 8", 4.5") 2. A cake stand (aprox "12 round) 3. A pound cake recipe 4. Buttercream frosting (4 cups) 5. 1 frosting knife 6. Flowers + herbs (make sure they are organic and edible!)     Bake your cakes the night before and let them cool overnight. Put together with toothpicks holding the layers.     Once you have placed your toothpicks, stack your cakes carefully!     Almost there...     Voila!     Measure layers to make sure that all the cakes are centered from all sides.     Frost with frosting knife -- get the knife wet to make it extra smooth.     Clean off edges of the cake stand. Keep refrigerated until right before serving.     Your cake is ready to decorate now!     Have fun adding edible herbs and flowers.     Herbs will hold up for a long time, but add the flowers last minute so add them that morning, securing them with frosting.     Using a pound cake recipe is your best bet because they do not crumble. Buttercream frosting can melt easily, keep your cake as cool as possible before serving!     Your gorgeous cake is ready!     The best part ... tasting the sweet creation.      

     

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    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Ann's Bridal Bargains       Add the perfect finishing touches throughout your wedding with ribbon. All you need are a few accent ideas and a little imagination!   Tie different colors of chiffon ribbon in a knot around a favor box to create a finished look and a secure spot for favor cards. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Attach multi-colored satin and chiffon ribbons to the end of a wooden craft stick to create simple, affordable ribbon wands! Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     Pink paper lanterns become adorable pieces of chair décor when hung with bright purple satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Get creative with your invitation! We cut two slits, one on each side of the initial, to allow the threading of a large, brown satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Ecru satin ribbon shines against mocha, two-piece favor boxes, lending a little extra luster to each favor. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Enhance the look of a wedding program by wrapping a brown satin ribbon around the fold and finishing it with a knot and tassel. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Satin bows can help tie your wedding colors to your wedding favors for a completely coordinated look. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     A red ribbon accents this invitation’s heart design for a cute, romantic look. Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     For easy chair décor, dangle satin ribbons! They add the perfect amount of color to a ceremony or reception. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Create texture and elegance with a ribbon and feather centerpiece! Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Two satin ribbons, secured by a favor label, create a stylish closure for these clear favor bags. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.        
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  • You'll fall in love with this exotic wedding locale... (expert advice)
    Photos by AMResorts
    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Dreams Resorts & Spas

    Looking for a gorgeous, exotic place for your destination wedding? There are about a million reasons why Huatulco, Mexico is the perfect spot, but here are the top five reasons why you'll fall in love...

    5.  Gorgeous Surroundings.

    Huatulco has it all - waterfalls, lagoons, lush tropical jungle, and traditional Mexican dwellings. Imagine the amazing backdrops you’ll have for your wedding photos!

     

    4. It's Home to Two Impeccable Resorts.

    Choose between the family-friendly Dreams Huatulco or the brand new, adults-only Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa to host your most special event. Both resorts offer the Unlimited-Luxuryexperience, where everything is included. You and your guests will be privy to gourmet a la carte dining, premium beverages, 24-hour room and concierge service, daily adventures, nightly entertainment and so much more.

     

    3. Have a “Wedding Weekend” Instead of a “Wedding Day.”

    The best part of a destination wedding is having a getaway with your nearest and dearest. Plan a 'welcome' cocktail party with little extras that incorporate the culture, like a tequila tasting, a cigar roller, or a Mariachi band. Host a day-after brunch where everyone can recap the amazing time they had at the wedding before they tee off at the nearby Tangolunda Golf Course.

     

    2. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Green.

    Huatulco is a sustainable tourism destination and has been recognized with the prestigious Green Global Certification for their commitment to conserve and preserve the local environment.

     

    1. Bragging Rights.

    Your wedding at Dreams Huatulco or Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa will surely wow your guests. They’ll get to experience a wedding beyond the standard reception hall, and your experience will be stress-free, thanks to the tailor-made wedding packages and dedicated on-site wedding coordinators.

    Discover the meaning of Unlimited-Luxury at any Dreams Resort & Spa or Secrets Resort & Spa. With locations in Huatulco, Cancun, Riviera Cancun, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Cana, La Romana and Montego Bay, your dream destination awaits!

     

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  • You'll fall in love with this exotic wedding locale... (expert advice)
    Photos by AMResorts
    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Dreams Resorts & Spas

    Looking for a gorgeous, exotic place for your destination wedding? There are about a million reasons why Huatulco, Mexico is the perfect spot, but here are the top five reasons why you'll fall in love...

    5.  Gorgeous Surroundings.

    Huatulco has it all - waterfalls, lagoons, lush tropical jungle, and traditional Mexican dwellings. Imagine the amazing backdrops you’ll have for your wedding photos!

     

    4. It's Home to Two Impeccable Resorts.

    Choose between the family-friendly Dreams Huatulco or the brand new, adults-only Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa to host your most special event. Both resorts offer the Unlimited-Luxuryexperience, where everything is included. You and your guests will be privy to gourmet a la carte dining, premium beverages, 24-hour room and concierge service, daily adventures, nightly entertainment and so much more.

     

    3. Have a “Wedding Weekend” Instead of a “Wedding Day.”

    The best part of a destination wedding is having a getaway with your nearest and dearest. Plan a 'welcome' cocktail party with little extras that incorporate the culture, like a tequila tasting, a cigar roller, or a Mariachi band. Host a day-after brunch where everyone can recap the amazing time they had at the wedding before they tee off at the nearby Tangolunda Golf Course.

     

    2. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Green.

    Huatulco is a sustainable tourism destination and has been recognized with the prestigious Green Global Certification for their commitment to conserve and preserve the local environment.

     

    1. Bragging Rights.

    Your wedding at Dreams Huatulco or Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa will surely wow your guests. They’ll get to experience a wedding beyond the standard reception hall, and your experience will be stress-free, thanks to the tailor-made wedding packages and dedicated on-site wedding coordinators.

    Discover the meaning of Unlimited-Luxury at any Dreams Resort & Spa or Secrets Resort & Spa. With locations in Huatulco, Cancun, Riviera Cancun, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Cana, La Romana and Montego Bay, your dream destination awaits!

     

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    A lush utopia for destination weddings and honeymoons (expert advice)
    Photo by Sandals Grande Riviera
    Sponsored by Sandals Grande Riviera

     

    Boasting Negril's world-renowned seven-mile beach, majestic waterfalls, lively locals in Montego Bay and the untouched South Coast, Jamaica is an exhilarating destination for weddings and honeymoons. The warm tropical climate, mouthwatering jerk cuisine and thrilling activities also make it one of the friendliest hosts in the world and truly an authentic Caribbean experience. Immerse yourself in the island’s laid back, “No worry" attitude or explore countless adventures.

    Imagine getting lost in a lush utopia where the beauty of the sea meets the awe-inspiring landscape of the mountains. Your tropical dream wedding and honeymoon will come true in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  Rich greenery, mountains that loom over white sand beaches and the world-renowned Dunn's River Falls are what make Ocho Rios such an extraordinary destination. Beautifully nestled in the center of Jamaica's North Coast, Ocho Rios is home to natural wonders and colorful craft markets alike. The best way to experience the real Jamaica is to get up close and personal with it. Tour companies like Island Routes Adventure Tours offer a range of excursions to help you do just that. 

    One of the prime destination wedding and honeymoon hotspots in Jamaica can be found at Sandals Grande Riviera Beach and Villa Golf Resort.  Their philosophy: it’s “Your Wedding. Your Style.” is a concept that allows you to plan the wedding of your dreams. With Sandals' exclusive online inspiration board tool you can design to your heart’s desire and at your own pace! The resort also offers an impressive list of complimentary wedding amenities and services.

     

    At Sandals Grande Riviera, you'll have direct access to the natural splendor in the Ocho Rios region of Jamaica’s St. Ann Parish. Considered to be the true Garden of Eden and the largest Sandals Resort, it is situated on the slopes of over 100 acres of beautiful hillside gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea.  This grand resort presents the most diverse wedding and honeymoon experiences by offering more accommodations, dining options and activities than any other Sandals Resort. In fact, you'll benefit from their careful curation of three unique experiences in one: the vibrant beach culture of the Ochi Beach Club, the private Riviera Villas with pools nestled along lush gardens, and the Great House with a sky-sized zero entry pool and swim-up pool bar.

     

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  • A few simple steps to do it up right (expert advice)
    photo by Purple Peony Couture
    By Lisa Butterworth for our sponsor, Etsy Weddings

    What do you do when one of your best friends gets engaged? If you’re like me, beyond the excited squeals and enthusiastic hugging — you have no idea.

    I met my friend Jeanette when we were five years old. Five! And when one of your best friends gets engaged — as Jeanette recently did — it's time to celebrate her. Here’s a helpful breakdown of the party-planning process — so when it comes time to throw your best girl a bridal shower, you can honor her in style.

    Photo & Invite Design by Erin Mowry

     

    1. Pick Invites

    We’re going the simple, eco-friendly route and sending email invites through PaperlessPost.com, but there are a ton of adorable, tangible shower invite designs on Etsy, as well as download-and-print options.

    Clockwise from top left: Light shower invitation by Youngwanderlust; Hydrangea invitation by Digibuddhapaperie; Whimsy invitation by Yellowbrickgraphics; Love is sweet invitation by Pinkcreativeinvites; Coed shower invitations by Cadencepaige; I Do couples shower invitations by Minkcards. See more shower invites... 

     

    2. Decorate

    This is where a theme comes in handy. If you have a specific vibe, you can decorate accordingly. If your party doesn’t have a theme, pick a color scheme to bring it all together. A few areas you’ll want to decorate: serving buffet, bar area, gift table, activities area, table for favors. Don't forget about centerpieces, string lights, hanging decorations, banners, and food markers for added flair.

    Clockwise from top left: Poppy hanging flowers by Whimsypie; Engagement ring cookies by Peapodsnyc; Bride-to-be banner by Fancyflamingo; Mossy pot place cards by Fairyfolk; Corset cookies by Pastrytartbakery; Mr. and Mrs. chair banner by Purplepeonycouture; Candy heart tree by Astylishdesign; Something blue wedding cake cookies by Lindasedibleart. Browse more décor...

     

    3. Plan a Menu

    Plan your menu according to the theme of your party or the time of day. If you’re intimidated by all that kitchen prep, make the shower a potluck and have everyone bring copies of their dish’s recipe (here are a couple of adorable, (1) free downloadable (2) recipe cards for such an occasion).

    Photo by Erin Mowry

     

    4. Snag Fun Favors

    It’s the hostess’s job to send all the party-goers home with a little favor. To go with our beachy, West Coast theme, we’re making friendship bracelets for all of the ladies. Make sure your favor is small but meaningful and tie it in with the theme of your party as best you can.

    Clockwise from top left: Personalized seed bomb favors by Visualingual; Pinwheels by Pickledparlor; Personalized honey jar labels by Elsiej; Succulent favors by Tobieanne; Personalized photo sleeve by Myonesweetdaydotcom; Unicorn farts lip balm by Longwintersoapco; Gin and tonic soap by Aromaholic. Shop for favors on etsy...

     

    5. Shower Her with Gifts

    The bride-to-be is almost certainly registered with at least one department store, but often it’s more fun to shop off-list, especially for a shower present. Kitchenware and home décor are excellent go-to gift genres, but a sassy piece of lingerie will always be welcome, too.

    Clockwise from top left: Bride panties from Bridalbooties; Chill pill soap by Kcsoapsnmore; Vintage clock from Ethanollie; A Guineafowl Gathering painting by Unitedthread; Ceramic salad bowls by Blueskypotteryco; Dry rub spice trio from Craigsmarket; Customized rubber stamp by Housethatlarsbuilt; Personalized wood initials ring by Braggingbags; Vintage ceramic teapot from Hindsvik; Wood ampersand by Hindsvik.  See more gift ideas for the bride-to-be...

    Whew! That’s a lot of steps. The most important thing to keep in mind is to create an environment that will allow your guests to have fun, even if the cupcake frosting isn’t perfect or the décor doesn’t totally come together. As long as it’s memorable, and the guest of honor feels loved, you’ve done an amazing job.

    Lisa Butterworth is a writer and editor soaking up the eternal sunshine in  Los Angeles. When she's not on the hunt for the latest and greatest in girl  culture as the West Coast editor of BUST magazine, she's flea marketing,  taco trucking, and generally raising a ruckus.

     

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  • 1. Simple, Classic, Bedding

    Bold, colorful borders lend a modern touch to this crisp 300-thread-count cotton percale Italian bedding. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.

     

    2. Patterned, Hotel Collection Bedding

    Luxurious comfort meets sophistication in this refined bedding collection. It features an understated, elegant design and is a Macy's exclusive.

     

    3. Table Lamps

    Guests will jump at the chance to light up your life with chic lamps. What a perfect registry request! Available at Crate and Barrel.

    4. Solid Colored Duvet

    You'll be spending one-third of your lives here, so it makes sense to make it fabulous. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

    5. Luxurious Linens

    Cozy up next to luxurious Turkish cotton! These towels are loomed with dense loops for superior absorbency and incomparable softness. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.

     

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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick

    Don't get us wrong—we love, love, love the classic look of a floor-length wedding gown. But after rings have been exchanged and vows have been said, what bride doesn't want a dress that's a little easier to move in? We're big time advocates of a second (and shorter!) reception dress here at Project Wedding, and this sweet little Kirribilla number from Weddington Way is one of our faves right now. Add a few bits of (elegant) bling and finish off with a shiny cobalt shoe for a city chic ballroom celebration. 

    You Might Also Like: Black Tie Bridal Ensemble

    Where to Buy: Kirribilla Celeste Little White Dress ($420) • Ban.do Crystal Swirl Brooch Bobbi ($130) • New Look pleated satin box clutch ($22.02) • Lydell NYC stud earrings ($25) • Kate Spade Emison satin peep toe pump ($328) 

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  • Statement skirts are one of our favorite ways to turn heads down the aisle. And while we're all for intricate layers of ruche and tulle, there is definitely something to be said for bigger, bolder, and simpler. One of the most creative twists on the big ball gown we saw on Spring 2014 runways was the wide panel tier. Skirt layers got larger and longer, and we think the look is just perffect for the bride who wants to look a little more playful on her big day. What's your take on the style? Let us know in the comments! 

    no. 1 Amsale • no. 2 Alyne 

    no. 3 Marchesa • no. 4 Ines Di Santo 

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  • Now that you're engaged, it's important you learn how to take care of your ring. Here's how. (expert advice)     photo by Todd Rafakovitch   When it comes to engagement ring care, you'd be surprised how many women overlook the importance of ring upkeep. Just imagine – you are faithfully brandishing your ring on a daily basis with all of the everyday wear and tear that comes with your regular activities.

    Whether you're scrubbing caked on grease from last night's dinner or planting seeds in your garden, chances are your engagement ring has been right along for the ride. In order to rid your precious ring of unwanted dust, dirt, and yes…dead skin particles that have come in contact with your ring, commit to memory the following engagement ring care tips:

    Cleaning: For diamond engagement ring care, simply soak in warm water for at least 30 minutes using a liquid detergent. Another method for engagement ring care regarding diamond settings involves soaking your ring in a solution consisting of 50 parts ammonia and 50 parts cool water. Once out of the solution, use a soft brush to tap the front and back of the ring, in hopes of loosening any dirt. Rinse again in the solution, and then pat dry.

    Wedding Ring Prongs: Engagement ring care also means that you should treat ring prongs to a bit of tender loving care. Over time, they can become weakened, bent or loose. Check your stone by holding it up to your ear and slightly tapping it. A loose stone will produce a slight rattling sound. To prevent loss of your stone, have a trusted jeweler inspect your engagement ring, provide a professional cleaning, and look over your prongs.

    Storage: When not wearing your diamond engagement ring, carefully store in a separate jewelry case or individually lined compartment, which keeps diamonds from rubbing against other pieces of jewelry. This can produce a scratch.

    Protection: If you engage in hard labor on a routine basis, follow the important engagement ring care tip of simply taking off your ring when doing activities, such as operating heavy machinery or construction work. This will help avoid breaks, splits, cracks, and looseness. Keep in mind that even digging in the ground while gardening can cause damage to an engagement ring – there's a lot of rocks hidden in the dirt!

     

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You'll need:  1. 3 cake pans (sizes: 11", 8", 4.5") 2. A cake stand (aprox "12 round) 3. A pound cake recipe 4. Buttercream frosting (4 cups) 5. 1 frosting knife 6. Flowers + herbs (make sure they are organic and edible!)     Bake your cakes the night before and let them cool overnight. Put together with toothpicks holding the layers.     Once you have placed your toothpicks, stack your cakes carefully!     Almost there...     Voila!     Measure layers to make sure that all the cakes are centered from all sides.     Frost with frosting knife -- get the knife wet to make it extra smooth.     Clean off edges of the cake stand. Keep refrigerated until right before serving.     Your cake is ready to decorate now!     Have fun adding edible herbs and flowers.     Herbs will hold up for a long time, but add the flowers last minute so add them that morning, securing them with frosting.     Using a pound cake recipe is your best bet because they do not crumble. Buttercream frosting can melt easily, keep your cake as cool as possible before serving!     Your gorgeous cake is ready!     The best part ... tasting the sweet creation.      

     

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    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Ann's Bridal Bargains       Add the perfect finishing touches throughout your wedding with ribbon. All you need are a few accent ideas and a little imagination!   Tie different colors of chiffon ribbon in a knot around a favor box to create a finished look and a secure spot for favor cards. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Attach multi-colored satin and chiffon ribbons to the end of a wooden craft stick to create simple, affordable ribbon wands! Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     Pink paper lanterns become adorable pieces of chair décor when hung with bright purple satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Get creative with your invitation! We cut two slits, one on each side of the initial, to allow the threading of a large, brown satin ribbon. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Ecru satin ribbon shines against mocha, two-piece favor boxes, lending a little extra luster to each favor. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Enhance the look of a wedding program by wrapping a brown satin ribbon around the fold and finishing it with a knot and tassel. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Satin bows can help tie your wedding colors to your wedding favors for a completely coordinated look. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     A red ribbon accents this invitation’s heart design for a cute, romantic look. Concept byAnn's Bridal Bargains.     For easy chair décor, dangle satin ribbons! They add the perfect amount of color to a ceremony or reception. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Create texture and elegance with a ribbon and feather centerpiece! Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.     Two satin ribbons, secured by a favor label, create a stylish closure for these clear favor bags. Concept by Ann's Bridal Bargains.        
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  • You'll fall in love with this exotic wedding locale... (expert advice)
    Photos by AMResorts
    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Dreams Resorts & Spas

    Looking for a gorgeous, exotic place for your destination wedding? There are about a million reasons why Huatulco, Mexico is the perfect spot, but here are the top five reasons why you'll fall in love...

    5.  Gorgeous Surroundings.

    Huatulco has it all - waterfalls, lagoons, lush tropical jungle, and traditional Mexican dwellings. Imagine the amazing backdrops you’ll have for your wedding photos!

     

    4. It's Home to Two Impeccable Resorts.

    Choose between the family-friendly Dreams Huatulco or the brand new, adults-only Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa to host your most special event. Both resorts offer the Unlimited-Luxuryexperience, where everything is included. You and your guests will be privy to gourmet a la carte dining, premium beverages, 24-hour room and concierge service, daily adventures, nightly entertainment and so much more.

     

    3. Have a “Wedding Weekend” Instead of a “Wedding Day.”

    The best part of a destination wedding is having a getaway with your nearest and dearest. Plan a 'welcome' cocktail party with little extras that incorporate the culture, like a tequila tasting, a cigar roller, or a Mariachi band. Host a day-after brunch where everyone can recap the amazing time they had at the wedding before they tee off at the nearby Tangolunda Golf Course.

     

    2. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Green.

    Huatulco is a sustainable tourism destination and has been recognized with the prestigious Green Global Certification for their commitment to conserve and preserve the local environment.

     

    1. Bragging Rights.

    Your wedding at Dreams Huatulco or Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa will surely wow your guests. They’ll get to experience a wedding beyond the standard reception hall, and your experience will be stress-free, thanks to the tailor-made wedding packages and dedicated on-site wedding coordinators.

    Discover the meaning of Unlimited-Luxury at any Dreams Resort & Spa or Secrets Resort & Spa. With locations in Huatulco, Cancun, Riviera Cancun, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Cana, La Romana and Montego Bay, your dream destination awaits!

     

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  • You'll fall in love with this exotic wedding locale... (expert advice)
    Photos by AMResorts
    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Dreams Resorts & Spas

    Looking for a gorgeous, exotic place for your destination wedding? There are about a million reasons why Huatulco, Mexico is the perfect spot, but here are the top five reasons why you'll fall in love...

    5.  Gorgeous Surroundings.

    Huatulco has it all - waterfalls, lagoons, lush tropical jungle, and traditional Mexican dwellings. Imagine the amazing backdrops you’ll have for your wedding photos!

     

    4. It's Home to Two Impeccable Resorts.

    Choose between the family-friendly Dreams Huatulco or the brand new, adults-only Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa to host your most special event. Both resorts offer the Unlimited-Luxuryexperience, where everything is included. You and your guests will be privy to gourmet a la carte dining, premium beverages, 24-hour room and concierge service, daily adventures, nightly entertainment and so much more.

     

    3. Have a “Wedding Weekend” Instead of a “Wedding Day.”

    The best part of a destination wedding is having a getaway with your nearest and dearest. Plan a 'welcome' cocktail party with little extras that incorporate the culture, like a tequila tasting, a cigar roller, or a Mariachi band. Host a day-after brunch where everyone can recap the amazing time they had at the wedding before they tee off at the nearby Tangolunda Golf Course.

     

    2. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Green.

    Huatulco is a sustainable tourism destination and has been recognized with the prestigious Green Global Certification for their commitment to conserve and preserve the local environment.

     

    1. Bragging Rights.

    Your wedding at Dreams Huatulco or Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa will surely wow your guests. They’ll get to experience a wedding beyond the standard reception hall, and your experience will be stress-free, thanks to the tailor-made wedding packages and dedicated on-site wedding coordinators.

    Discover the meaning of Unlimited-Luxury at any Dreams Resort & Spa or Secrets Resort & Spa. With locations in Huatulco, Cancun, Riviera Cancun, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Cana, La Romana and Montego Bay, your dream destination awaits!

     

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    A lush utopia for destination weddings and honeymoons (expert advice)
    Photo by Sandals Grande Riviera
    Sponsored by Sandals Grande Riviera

     

    Boasting Negril's world-renowned seven-mile beach, majestic waterfalls, lively locals in Montego Bay and the untouched South Coast, Jamaica is an exhilarating destination for weddings and honeymoons. The warm tropical climate, mouthwatering jerk cuisine and thrilling activities also make it one of the friendliest hosts in the world and truly an authentic Caribbean experience. Immerse yourself in the island’s laid back, “No worry" attitude or explore countless adventures.

    Imagine getting lost in a lush utopia where the beauty of the sea meets the awe-inspiring landscape of the mountains. Your tropical dream wedding and honeymoon will come true in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  Rich greenery, mountains that loom over white sand beaches and the world-renowned Dunn's River Falls are what make Ocho Rios such an extraordinary destination. Beautifully nestled in the center of Jamaica's North Coast, Ocho Rios is home to natural wonders and colorful craft markets alike. The best way to experience the real Jamaica is to get up close and personal with it. Tour companies like Island Routes Adventure Tours offer a range of excursions to help you do just that. 

    One of the prime destination wedding and honeymoon hotspots in Jamaica can be found at Sandals Grande Riviera Beach and Villa Golf Resort.  Their philosophy: it’s “Your Wedding. Your Style.” is a concept that allows you to plan the wedding of your dreams. With Sandals' exclusive online inspiration board tool you can design to your heart’s desire and at your own pace! The resort also offers an impressive list of complimentary wedding amenities and services.

     

    At Sandals Grande Riviera, you'll have direct access to the natural splendor in the Ocho Rios region of Jamaica’s St. Ann Parish. Considered to be the true Garden of Eden and the largest Sandals Resort, it is situated on the slopes of over 100 acres of beautiful hillside gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea.  This grand resort presents the most diverse wedding and honeymoon experiences by offering more accommodations, dining options and activities than any other Sandals Resort. In fact, you'll benefit from their careful curation of three unique experiences in one: the vibrant beach culture of the Ochi Beach Club, the private Riviera Villas with pools nestled along lush gardens, and the Great House with a sky-sized zero entry pool and swim-up pool bar.

     

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  • A few simple steps to do it up right (expert advice)
    photo by Purple Peony Couture
    By Lisa Butterworth for our sponsor, Etsy Weddings

    What do you do when one of your best friends gets engaged? If you’re like me, beyond the excited squeals and enthusiastic hugging — you have no idea.

    I met my friend Jeanette when we were five years old. Five! And when one of your best friends gets engaged — as Jeanette recently did — it's time to celebrate her. Here’s a helpful breakdown of the party-planning process — so when it comes time to throw your best girl a bridal shower, you can honor her in style.

    Photo & Invite Design by Erin Mowry

     

    1. Pick Invites

    We’re going the simple, eco-friendly route and sending email invites through PaperlessPost.com, but there are a ton of adorable, tangible shower invite designs on Etsy, as well as download-and-print options.

    Clockwise from top left: Light shower invitation by Youngwanderlust; Hydrangea invitation by Digibuddhapaperie; Whimsy invitation by Yellowbrickgraphics; Love is sweet invitation by Pinkcreativeinvites; Coed shower invitations by Cadencepaige; I Do couples shower invitations by Minkcards. See more shower invites... 

     

    2. Decorate

    This is where a theme comes in handy. If you have a specific vibe, you can decorate accordingly. If your party doesn’t have a theme, pick a color scheme to bring it all together. A few areas you’ll want to decorate: serving buffet, bar area, gift table, activities area, table for favors. Don't forget about centerpieces, string lights, hanging decorations, banners, and food markers for added flair.

    Clockwise from top left: Poppy hanging flowers by Whimsypie; Engagement ring cookies by Peapodsnyc; Bride-to-be banner by Fancyflamingo; Mossy pot place cards by Fairyfolk; Corset cookies by Pastrytartbakery; Mr. and Mrs. chair banner by Purplepeonycouture; Candy heart tree by Astylishdesign; Something blue wedding cake cookies by Lindasedibleart. Browse more décor...

     

    3. Plan a Menu

    Plan your menu according to the theme of your party or the time of day. If you’re intimidated by all that kitchen prep, make the shower a potluck and have everyone bring copies of their dish’s recipe (here are a couple of adorable, (1) free downloadable (2) recipe cards for such an occasion).

    Photo by Erin Mowry

     

    4. Snag Fun Favors

    It’s the hostess’s job to send all the party-goers home with a little favor. To go with our beachy, West Coast theme, we’re making friendship bracelets for all of the ladies. Make sure your favor is small but meaningful and tie it in with the theme of your party as best you can.

    Clockwise from top left: Personalized seed bomb favors by Visualingual; Pinwheels by Pickledparlor; Personalized honey jar labels by Elsiej; Succulent favors by Tobieanne; Personalized photo sleeve by Myonesweetdaydotcom; Unicorn farts lip balm by Longwintersoapco; Gin and tonic soap by Aromaholic. Shop for favors on etsy...

     

    5. Shower Her with Gifts

    The bride-to-be is almost certainly registered with at least one department store, but often it’s more fun to shop off-list, especially for a shower present. Kitchenware and home décor are excellent go-to gift genres, but a sassy piece of lingerie will always be welcome, too.

    Clockwise from top left: Bride panties from Bridalbooties; Chill pill soap by Kcsoapsnmore; Vintage clock from Ethanollie; A Guineafowl Gathering painting by Unitedthread; Ceramic salad bowls by Blueskypotteryco; Dry rub spice trio from Craigsmarket; Customized rubber stamp by Housethatlarsbuilt; Personalized wood initials ring by Braggingbags; Vintage ceramic teapot from Hindsvik; Wood ampersand by Hindsvik.  See more gift ideas for the bride-to-be...

    Whew! That’s a lot of steps. The most important thing to keep in mind is to create an environment that will allow your guests to have fun, even if the cupcake frosting isn’t perfect or the décor doesn’t totally come together. As long as it’s memorable, and the guest of honor feels loved, you’ve done an amazing job.

    Lisa Butterworth is a writer and editor soaking up the eternal sunshine in  Los Angeles. When she's not on the hunt for the latest and greatest in girl  culture as the West Coast editor of BUST magazine, she's flea marketing,  taco trucking, and generally raising a ruckus.

     

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  • 1. Simple, Classic, Bedding

    Bold, colorful borders lend a modern touch to this crisp 300-thread-count cotton percale Italian bedding. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.

     

    2. Patterned, Hotel Collection Bedding

    Luxurious comfort meets sophistication in this refined bedding collection. It features an understated, elegant design and is a Macy's exclusive.

     

    3. Table Lamps

    Guests will jump at the chance to light up your life with chic lamps. What a perfect registry request! Available at Crate and Barrel.

    4. Solid Colored Duvet

    You'll be spending one-third of your lives here, so it makes sense to make it fabulous. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

    5. Luxurious Linens

    Cozy up next to luxurious Turkish cotton! These towels are loomed with dense loops for superior absorbency and incomparable softness. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.

     

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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick

    Don't get us wrong—we love, love, love the classic look of a floor-length wedding gown. But after rings have been exchanged and vows have been said, what bride doesn't want a dress that's a little easier to move in? We're big time advocates of a second (and shorter!) reception dress here at Project Wedding, and this sweet little Kirribilla number from Weddington Way is one of our faves right now. Add a few bits of (elegant) bling and finish off with a shiny cobalt shoe for a city chic ballroom celebration. 

    You Might Also Like: Black Tie Bridal Ensemble

    Where to Buy: Kirribilla Celeste Little White Dress ($420) • Ban.do Crystal Swirl Brooch Bobbi ($130) • New Look pleated satin box clutch ($22.02) • Lydell NYC stud earrings ($25) • Kate Spade Emison satin peep toe pump ($328) 

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  • Statement skirts are one of our favorite ways to turn heads down the aisle. And while we're all for intricate layers of ruche and tulle, there is definitely something to be said for bigger, bolder, and simpler. One of the most creative twists on the big ball gown we saw on Spring 2014 runways was the wide panel tier. Skirt layers got larger and longer, and we think the look is just perffect for the bride who wants to look a little more playful on her big day. What's your take on the style? Let us know in the comments! 

    no. 1 Amsale • no. 2 Alyne 

    no. 3 Marchesa • no. 4 Ines Di Santo 

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  • Now that you're engaged, it's important you learn how to take care of your ring. Here's how. (expert advice)     photo by Todd Rafakovitch   When it comes to engagement ring care, you'd be surprised how many women overlook the importance of ring upkeep. Just imagine – you are faithfully brandishing your ring on a daily basis with all of the everyday wear and tear that comes with your regular activities.

    Whether you're scrubbing caked on grease from last night's dinner or planting seeds in your garden, chances are your engagement ring has been right along for the ride. In order to rid your precious ring of unwanted dust, dirt, and yes…dead skin particles that have come in contact with your ring, commit to memory the following engagement ring care tips:

    Cleaning: For diamond engagement ring care, simply soak in warm water for at least 30 minutes using a liquid detergent. Another method for engagement ring care regarding diamond settings involves soaking your ring in a solution consisting of 50 parts ammonia and 50 parts cool water. Once out of the solution, use a soft brush to tap the front and back of the ring, in hopes of loosening any dirt. Rinse again in the solution, and then pat dry.

    Wedding Ring Prongs: Engagement ring care also means that you should treat ring prongs to a bit of tender loving care. Over time, they can become weakened, bent or loose. Check your stone by holding it up to your ear and slightly tapping it. A loose stone will produce a slight rattling sound. To prevent loss of your stone, have a trusted jeweler inspect your engagement ring, provide a professional cleaning, and look over your prongs.

    Storage: When not wearing your diamond engagement ring, carefully store in a separate jewelry case or individually lined compartment, which keeps diamonds from rubbing against other pieces of jewelry. This can produce a scratch.

    Protection: If you engage in hard labor on a routine basis, follow the important engagement ring care tip of simply taking off your ring when doing activities, such as operating heavy machinery or construction work. This will help avoid breaks, splits, cracks, and looseness. Keep in mind that even digging in the ground while gardening can cause damage to an engagement ring – there's a lot of rocks hidden in the dirt!

     

     

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