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How to Address Wedding Invitations
You’ve set the date, finalized the guest list and found the perfect wedding invitations—your big day is almost here! But how do you write the addresses correctly for all the different living situations nowadays when there’s only so much room on the envelope? Here’s a list of the etiquette conventions for everyone on your wedding guest list.

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Making wedding toasts memorable for the right reasons
The vows are said, the guests are seated and the champagne is poured.
It’s time for that most honored (and often feared) tradition—the wedding toast.

And if you’re the one tapped to do the honors, it can feel a little daunting. From the competitive toasting in the film Bridesmaids to Michael Scott’s inappropriate “tribute” in The Office, pop culture is filled with examples of terrible toasting.

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Bridal Shower Etiquette and Theme Ideas
Sometimes bridal showers feel like they require as much work as the wedding itself. If you’re the lucky one hosting the event, use these etiquette tips and bridal shower theme ideas to make planning a breeze.

Who should host?
The maid or matron of honor, unless she willingly gives up the hosting privileges to another close friend of the bride. Usually the mothers of the bride and groom do not host the bridal shower or are involved in its planning. Instead, give the mothers, and perhaps sisters, who may not know a lot of the guests a “job” to do at the bridal shower. For example, the groom’s mother can run the party games, and the bride’s mother can be the record keeper as the gifts are opened.

Who should I invite?The wedding party, mothers and sisters of the bride and groom, and 10 to 15 of the bride’s closest friends. A bridal shower should not include a large number of guests, in part because the bride’s friends are hosting. Do not invite anyone to the shower who is not also invited to the wedding. The same goes for bachelor and bachelorette parties. Multiple showers are OK, hosted by different friends of the bride. However, don’t invite the same person to more than one shower.

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Write Him a Love Letter
The first secret to writing a love letter to a man is brevity. Favor short notes. Men have economical attention spans, even for descriptions of their greatness. A fella wants to hear two things: 1) You’ve noticed his virtues, but 2) you dig him for mysterious reasons that have more to do with his elemental maleness than with his kindness, wit, intelligence or any of his countless admirable, but less George Clooney-esque traits.

Noticing each other is the most charming thing we humans do. Remember, a love letter has zero impact if it’s generic, if it could be written by anybody and to anybody. The key is the specificity and care with which you observe your beloved.

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How to be an F.O.B.: A survival guide for the father of the bride
Having recently been a father of the bride, I’d like to share with you a few of the questions that surfaced in the months before my daughter’s wedding—along with their sometimes (and sometimes not) surprising answers. Fathers, think of this as a cheat sheet to the most expensive half day of your life.

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Wedding wishes: What to write in a wedding card
Imagine yourself in the parking lot walking in to your friend’s wedding reception—pen in hand, necktie/pantyhose in a twist, desperately trying to think up a warm and meaningful personal message to write in your wedding card for the happy couple. One would hope you’re not really that last-minute, but even if you are, our friendly writing staff can help.

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Simply stunning DIY bridal shower decorations
Celebrate the bride’s upcoming nuptials with a shower that’s personalized just for her. All you need is a little bit of planning and our free printables to create these pretty party decorations.

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5 bridal shower favors your guests will love
Celebrate the bride’s upcoming nuptials with a shower that’s personalized just for her. All you need is a little bit of planning and our free printables to create these pretty party decorations.

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DIY bachelorette party survival kit and free printables
So you got the guy, you got the ring, and you got your bridesmaids. Or else you are a bridesmaid, and you’re planning the perfect bachelorette party for a friend. Either way, it’s time to let your hair down and start planning some bachelorette party fun. Check out these four bachelorette party ideas you can use whether your party is one evening out or a whole weekend away from it all.

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How to write wedding vows that wow
Wedding vows can be particularly meaningful when you write them yourself, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. But not if you start here! Our wedding vow writing tips, template and examples will help you organize your thoughts and express what’s really in your heart.

Part 1: The Declaration of LoveMake a simple statement about who s/he is to you. For example:

  • “Aisha, you are the most amazing woman I’ve ever met.”
  • “Matt, you are the one I want to spend the rest of my life with.”
  • “Sam, you are my very best friend.”


Say a few things about why s/he’s so wonderful. Things like:

  • “You are kind and caring, and one smile from you brightens my whole day.”
  • “You are dependable, yet full of surprises, and you are beautiful inside and out.”
  • “You make me laugh, you make me think, you make me pancakes, and you make me happy.”

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Wedding reception ideas
If you’re planning a wedding reception, you’re probably trying to figure out how to keep all those guests entertained, even though some (or lots) of them may never have met. Solving this problem doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of work—and if you do it right, you might just end up with some happy memories and a few keepsakes of the event. Here are 9 fun wedding reception ideas to get you started:

1. Sign up
Make time and space for guests to sign the guest book. Or, if you’re serving a meal, leave blank pages and pens on the tables so guests can write notes and draw pictures for you to peruse later. It’ll give them a good 10 to 15 minutes of entertainment, and you’ll have a keepsake.

2. Create a hashtag
Let your guests post photos and tweet to #lastnamewedding2014 or whatever you choose. They’ll have fun capturing the wedding’s moments, and you’ll have access to an incredible album of photos and quotes with almost zero effort.

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Showstopping DIY wedding cake toppers
Too bad finding the perfect wedding cake topper isn’t as tasty as finding the perfect wedding cake. But at least it can be just as much fun…if you make them yourself. Get inspired by these eight DIY wedding cake toppers. They’re so cute you might have to have eight wedding cakes at your reception, just to try them all…

Get the instructions and printables below for whichever steals your heart—and takes the cake.

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Say “I do” to a DIY wedding
Your wedding day is pretty darn personal already. I mean, it’s you. And your guy. And your family and friends. Your day. Your colors. Your music. So why not give the ceremony itself some of your personality, too? We’ve all seen traditional. Now make it yours.

Don’t feel like getting pelted with rice or birdseed? How about handing out pretty ribbon wands instead? Does a satin-and-lace pillow not suit your taste? Switch it up with homespun linen. Or forget the pillow entirely and send those rings down the aisle attached to a book. These are just a few of our DIY ideas, but remember, the important thing when planning a wedding ceremony is to make it your own—after all, you’ll be the one remembering it for a lifetime.

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Fun wedding reception games and activities
You’ve just said “I do,” you’re covered in birdseed, and you still can’t get Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” out of your head. Now it’s time to let your hair down and have some fun at the reception. The games below are guaranteed to bring out the playful spirit in friends and family—of all ages. Adjust them to fit your wedding’s theme or style.

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