Wedding Ideas and Inspiration

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Hallmark Channel is celebrating June Weddings with all new romances that remind us just how special love is. Swipe right to see our tips and tricks for successful wedding planning, and get all the inspiration you need for you or a loved one's wedding! From how to write your own wedding vows, to what to write in a wedding card, and even bridal shower ideas, we have you covered.

And don't miss all-new June Weddings movie premieres on Hallmark Channel, Saturdays starting June 3 at 8/7c.

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Wedding Gift Etiquette for Everyone
Whether it’s the first wedding of the year you’re attending or your final, gift shopping for the happy couple is tricky! We've all been there before, and the wedding guest struggle is real. So we've compiled some wedding gift etiquette tips—from how much to spend, to what to do if the couple doesn’t have a registry—to make your life a whole lot easier.

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How To Give a Toast From the Heart
At some point in your life, you’ll need to give a toast. You might get advance notice as a Maid of Honor or host of a retirement celebration. Or it might occur to you suddenly, in the middle of a gathering of your best friends, that “this calls for a toast!” Here’s a secret about toasts: the best ones come from the heart. Try not to worry about being eloquent or memorable or perfect—focus on letting the person or people you toast know they matter.


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Wedding Photography Poses & Ideas
So, after months (or years!) of planning, your wedding day is finally on the horizon. Just in time for you to freak out about how you’re going to capture every single special moment that occurs on the big day.

Don't worry – we’ve got you covered!

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How to Wrap a Wedding Gift
Bringing your gift to the wedding? We’ve got wedding gift wrapping ideas that will give your present some serious presence on the gift table, whether you’re gifting one big present, a few small presents, or even giving cash or gift cards. These ideas work wonderfully for wrapping bridal shower gifts, too!

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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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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.

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.

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...And What Are the Best Party Favors?
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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What to Write in a Bridal Shower Thank-You Note
Of course, receiving lots of gifts all at once means having a long list of thank-you notes to write. But not to worry — this is completely doable, even for a bride-to-be busy planning a wedding or a newly married couple working on getting settled. All you need is love…and a little strategy.


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Write a Love Letter
So it's your wedding day, and you're racked with nerves — will all the details work out? Will it rain? Will guests like the food? Try to remember why you're doing this, and ground your anxious energy by writing your soon-to-be betrothed a love letter. It's the kind of gesture we 21st-century types don’t make every day, and that’s exactly what makes it so special. It’s something a little out of the day-to-day…unexpected…above and beyond. Odds are good your partner is going to want to read, reread, and hang onto it for a good long while. Love letters are just that meaningful!

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Wedding Wishes: What to Write in a Wedding Card
Imagine yourself in the parking lot walking into your friend’s wedding reception—pen in hand, 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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And if you’re attending a wedding between LGBTQIA+ partners, what you write to may end up sounding a lot like what you’d write to a straight cisgender couple. However, you might choose to tailor what you write to the couple’s LGBTQIA+ identity through word choices, or with a message of support or pride.

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DIY Bachelorette Party Survival Kit with Free Printables
So you got the partner, you have the ring, and you’ve secured your bridesmaids. Or else you are a bridesmaid, and you’re planning the perfect bachelorette party for a friend or loved one. Either way, it’s time to let your hair down and start planning some bachelorette party fun! Check out these 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.

First, start by making a simple statement about who they are 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.”

Then, say a few things about why they are 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 some fun wedding reception ideas to get you started:

1. Signing the Guest Book
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 #lastnamewedding2023, 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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