Nude Wedding Shoes* Source : A Practical Wedding

I really wanted to wear nude shoes on my wedding day. I was initially torn between nude and leopard, but I decided on nude. Specifically closed-toe, not-patent, actually comfortable nude shoes. I also knew that finding them was going to be a challenge. When you’re not white, your definition of nude (or the medical-sounding flesh-colored), is [...]

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Open Thread: Work-Life Balance Source : A Practical Wedding

I am, ironically, writing this post with a baby crying himself to sleep in his crib because we’re having a sick day and our backup babysitter is out of town. Situations like this are normally the focus of the work-life balance conversation: women and childcare and gender expectations. And it’s tough, I’m not going to [...]

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Bridesmaid Dresses You Should Wear As Wedding Dresses Source : A Practical Wedding

Laurel Dress, by Watters ($236) When we went on our great wedding dress shopping expedition last year, the hands-down winner of most flattering and affordable gown went to a champagne colored bridesmaid dress from Watters Bridesmaids. (That’s me wearing it up there. WITH NO BRA, GUYS. Magic.) It’s $236, made of crinkle chiffon, and fits [...]

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Right In The Middle Source : A Practical Wedding

by Sarah Erdlen I’m sick of Beginnings. Well, to be more accurate, I’d welcome a(nother) new beginning if only it would stick. I started a new job this fall. A job that, on paper, should have fit me to a T. Instead, I found a toxic work environment. This alone is hard to deal with, [...]

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Graphic Design 101: Understanding Layout Source : A Practical Wedding

CREATING YOUR OWN WEDDING INVITATIONS, PROGRAMS, OR OTHER PAPER GOODS CAN BE OVERWHELMING IF YOU’RE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE BASICS OF DESIGN. BUT FEAR NOT! BECAUSE LONGTIME APW SPONSOR AND DESIGNER ELEANOR MAYRHOFER OF EM PAPERS HAS OFFERED TO BREAK IT DOWN FOR US OVER THE COURSE OF A MINI-SERIES APTLY TITLED: GRAPHIC DESIGN 101. by Eleanor [...]

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A Colorado City Hall Wedding Source : A Practical Wedding

Cherie, Physical Therapist & Large, Education Administrator Photographer: Harper Point One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: ”I don’t know, a day of bliss? There was bliss.” — Large Soundtrack for reading: ”Go To Hell” by Raphael Saadiq http://apracticalwedding.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Raphael-Saadiq-Go-to-hell-2011Stone-Rollin.mp3 Other cool stuff we should know about My partner and I are simple and budget-conscious. We bought a [...]

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I Almost Got Engaged Source : A Practical Wedding

by Georgina Lodge A few days before Christmas I realized, with an unexpected twinge of dread, that my boyfriend was going to propose. John came home from a solo shopping trip looking sheepishly excited. “You’re going to love your gift,” he ventured. I grunted and didn’t look up from my book, so perhaps to entice me, [...]

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On Sale Now: Shoppable Inspiration from Cover to Cover Source : Weddingstar

Happy Wednesday everyone! And, seeing as it’s Wedding Wednesday, I couldn’t think of a better time to show off some of our favorite spreads from our new 2014 magazine. With a fresh look and feel, all of us can’t wait for you to be inspired with shoppable ideas from cover to cover! Sharing everything from [...]

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{Real Wedding} Theresa & Rob: A Vintage Winter Wedding Source : Weddingstar

Happy Monday everyone! Today I’ve got a beautiful winter wedding to share with all of you from right here in Alberta. Meet Theresa and Rob – they tied the knot in December in a fittingly (and gorgeously!)  themed vintage winter wedding. Using a combination of antique elements, Theresa’s cunning crafting skills and a little dash [...]

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Go Behind the Scenes Of Our 2014 Magazine Source : Weddingstar

Woohoo, it’s finally Friday and that means the weekend is only a few more hours away! To help get you ready for a weekend full of wedding bliss, I wanted to share a very special video with all of you. As you all know, our brand new magazine has hit newsstands everywhere and we couldn’t [...]

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Planning Perfection: Creating the Ultimate Wedding Welcome Bag Source : Weddingstar

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope your week is treating you right and your wedding plans are coming along perfectly. With the new year upon us, it’s the perfect time to start something new or tie up some of those loose ends you’ve been meaning to accomplish. And, I can’t think of a better time to [...]

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{Real Wedding} Tejal and Bobby: Opulent Indian Wedding Source : Weddingstar

Happy Monday everyone! And, do I have an amazing treat to help get your week started off right. Thanks to the photography genius of Nadia D., you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from the amazing wedding of Tejal and Bobby! Not only is Tejal one of the most beautiful brides you’ll ever [...]

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Fashion Friday: Sprinkled Caviar Nails! Source : Weddingstar

Woohoo, TGIF! And, I want to help you get the weekend started off right with today’s brand new DIY tutorial – Sprinkled Caviar Nails. Putting a new spin on the uber-trendy caviar nail, I’m showing you how to create a one of a kind look that’s perfect for your wedding day, bachelorette party or even [...]

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Be Inspired with Some of our Favor-ites! Source : Weddingstar

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today, I have a little special something to help keep you inspired for the rest of the week – a post all about our most favorite favors (say that 10x fast!). From our brand new releases to old stand-bys that we still adore, I’m sharing our top 7 picks to help inspire [...]

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{Real Wedding} Kira + Ryan: An Unforgettable New Year Source : Weddingstar

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had fantastic weekends – and continue to have a fabulous Monday with a little wedding inspiration from this week’s newest real wedding couple; meet Kira and Ryan! Tying the knot on New Year’s Eve last year, they made their debut into the new year as newlyweds and I [...]

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And A Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe: A Wedding Staple Explained Source : Weddingstar

{ Beverly Clark Lucky Silver Sixpence } Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful first couple days of 2014 (I sure know I have!). And, I’m hoping to make your Friday even better with today’s post – which is all about the sixpence! Now, some of you may be scratching your head [...]

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{Real Wedding} Coco & Steve: A Simply Elegant San Francisco Wedding Source : Weddingstar

Happy New Year everyone! Today I am so excited to share an amazing city hall wedding with all of you. Coco and Steve have completely revolutionized what it means to have an elegant and charming wedding. Tying the knot at the astoundingly beautiful City Hall of San Francisco, these photos are proof that your big [...]

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Gift Guide #2: For Your Tech-Savvy Girlfriend Source : A Practical Wedding

Vintage Email Stamp from Wit & Whistle ($18.75) Are you friends with someone who likes taking a lot of pictures, blogging and tweeting, grammar, pinning pretty things, and getting shit done? (i.e. Are you friends with me?) I love giving gifts, and picking out gifts for people who have been especially good to me (by, [...]

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Ask Team Practical: Scheduling A Wedding Around Holidays Source : A Practical Wedding

Q: We’re currently planning for an October 25, 2014 wedding. However, the more I think about it, the more I worry it will conflict with Halloween. Halloween falls on the following Friday, so I’m not sure if people will be celebrating on the night of October 25th or the night of November 1st (or even [...]

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The Visitors Source : A Practical Wedding

Eric and I have a running joke about the ongoing sporting match in our house between the “home team” and “the visitors.” We are the home team. Our future children are the visitors. We are unofficially keeping score. Every time we see a tiny cable-knit sweater, the visitors score. Every time one of the dogs [...]

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Introducing Matt Gari Foto in Philadelphia & The Tri-State Area Source : A Practical Wedding

Sometimes I think hiring a wedding photographer can be exactly like this gift-wrapping scene from Love Actually. Which is to say, there are often lot of unnecessary frills in the experience. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with frills (I, for one, can’t get enough of stupid luxuries like hotel towel origami), for those who [...]

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Victory Source : A Practical Wedding

by Sarah Siering I will marry my love on April 12, 2014. People keep asking if that date means anything, and I tell them it does not. We selected April 12th for very practical reasons. Mark is a teacher, and while spring break, winter break, and the whole flippin’ summer are the awesome side effects [...]

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Gift Guide #1: What To Get Your New Not-Wife Source : A Practical Wedding

Vivace 2 Note Spray ($90) K and I aren’t celebrating any holidays this year because we’re shortly heading out for a proper post-wedding getaway in Costa Rica, and we’ve agreed that this vacation will be present enough. I cannot wait for the beach and the jungle and the bike rides and the many hours devouring [...]

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Liz & James Source : A Practical Wedding

Liz, Conference Services Consultant & James, Carpenter Photographer: Jason Macqueen One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Fun outdoors with friends and family, followed by great food and a killer party. Soundtrack for reading: “Thank You Too” by My Morning Jacket http://apracticalwedding.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/My-Morning-Jacket-Thank-You-Too.mp3 Favorite Thing About the wedding A personal, intimate, and surprisingly warm ceremony. Other cool [...]

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Elisabeth: Notes from K—Have We Changed? Source : A Practical Wedding

by K A few weeks ago E and I were driving up to Maine late on a Friday night. We were chatting like you do in the car, not talking about anything difficult, catching up on the week. It must have been two or three weeks after the clambake (E called it our wedding, I called it [...]

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Leslie & Kris Source : A Practical Wedding

Leslie, Events Manager and Blogger & Kris, Technical engineer Photographer: Christina Richards One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Small and intimate, where San Francisco and Stockholm unite. Soundtrack for reading: “When You Say Nothing At All” as performed by Ronan Keating http://apracticalwedding.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/01-When-You-Say-Nothing-At-All.mp3 Other cool stuff we should know about I’m from San Francisco and Kris is [...]

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Holiday in the Forest: A Rustic Chic Winter Tablescape Source : Weddingstar

With the snow swirling and festive music everywhere we turn, our thoughts are all on the beauty of winter as the magic of the holidays approaches. And today, we wanted to share our favorite way to make a little magic of your own – with a gorgeous tablescape! Taking inspirations from all the wonders of [...]

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{Real Wedding} Patricia + Jorge: Fuchsia in Florida Source : Weddingstar

Full of fuchsia, Patricia and Jorge’s December wedding in Florida is stunning! From their petal strewn aisle to their amazing bright bridesmaids dresses, every look is a treat! Not to mention that if you’re like us here in Alberta, P + J’s gorgeous sunny wedding is a fantastic escape from the blustering cold and snow [...]

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Fashion Friday: A Treat for Your Hands from Katy at Nailed It! Source : Weddingstar

Happy Friday everyone! Today we’ve got another wonderful guest blog from nail genius Katy (Nailed It) that’s all about keeping your hands in tip-top shape for winter! From the best practices to keep your hands smooth and looking great to a 30 minute winter manicure, Katy promises you’ll have the best lookin’ hands in the [...]

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Southern California Wedding Photographer: Sargeant Creative Source : Styleunveiled

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San Francisco Wedding Photographer: Lyndsay Undseth Photography Source : Styleunveiled

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Frilly Lavender and White Wedding Cake – RooneyGirl BakeShop Source : Styleunveiled

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San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographer: Jaime & Chase Photography Source : Styleunveiled

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Forgetting, Remembering, & The Holidays Source : A Practical Wedding

by Martha Parents often tell their children that life isn’t fair. They tell little Tommy and Susie that life is tough, and sometimes recommend getting a helmet. They try to instill good values in their children. They teach Tommy to put others first and tell Susie she shouldn’t let her emotions control her behavior (and [...]

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Ask Team Practical: Timing Your Thanks Source : A Practical Wedding

Q: I’m a newlywed and dealing with the loss of my Dad. His funeral was a few months after the wedding and a lot of guests attended both. I hope you don’t think my question is trivial, as it is important to me. I am struggling with the timing of my wedding thank you cards. [...]

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Stephanie & Iain Source : A Practical Wedding

Stephanie, Blogger & Iain, Software Engineer Sometimes I feel like I had two weddings. Mostly because a mere three months and one week after my wedding, my younger sister got married. Sure I felt a sense of relief after my own to-do list was finished in March, but it wasn’t until after her wedding in [...]

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Smitten Chickens Photography In NYC Source : A Practical Wedding

If you’ve spent much time in the comments of APW, you probably already know Sarah Hoppes. She’s the bright, funny, supportive lady whose sole mission in life appears to be making you feel awesome about yourself. What you might not know is that Sarah is also an APW sponsor, and one half of the dynamically [...]

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Introducing Marble Rye Photography! (Serving All of CA) Source : A Practical Wedding

Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes you get to hire and work with someone who not only does phenomenal work, but is also just a good person. A good person who has their heart in the same place that you do, that shares your values. For those of you looking for a wedding photographer in California [...]

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Ask Team Practical: Marrying Young Source : A Practical Wedding

Q: So I am in a situation and I am not sure what to do. I am eighteen and my boyfriend is nineteen. We have been dating for a little over a year and a half. We have known each other for close to seven years. Well, we are madly in love!! I feel like [...]

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Real Bride Alicia: Tips for Planning Perfection Source : Weddingstar

Hey guys – Happy Wednesday! Today I’d like to take a moment to introduce another one of our beautiful real brides – meet Alicia! You might remember her from our Engagement Shoot 101 post a few weeks back in which she posed alongside our dapper staff photographer to show off some great ideas for your [...]

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{Real Wedding} Jennifer + Stephen: Fairy Tales Come True Source : Weddingstar

A very happy Monday morning everyone! Today I am so excited to be sharing Jennifer and Stephen’s gorgeous December wedding! Dripping in elegance, their day is like something straight out of a dream! From Jennifer’s stunning dress to J+S’s jaw-dropping venue, every photo is abound with some of the most amazing wedding inspirations I’ve ever [...]

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Tradition Explained: The Bouquet Toss Source : Weddingstar

{This beautiful bouquet comes from Laura & Nathan’s spring soiree} Ah it’s finally Friday again – and I think that’s a perfect time to demystify another of our classic wedding traditions: the bouquet toss! As part of our “Tradition Explained” series, you’ll be fascinated to know where this wedding staple comes from and how today’s [...]

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Tips From the Pros: Traveling With Your Wedding Dress Made Simple from DestinationWeddings.com Source : Weddingstar

{ Photo via Modern Vintage Weddings } You have your dream wedding dress. You have the perfect resort. Now, you just need to pack your wedding gown for your travels. Here are some expert tips on how to travel with your wedding gown. Call Your Airlines Policies vary greatly by airline. Be sure to call [...]

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See It, Do It: Peel-And-Stick Letters Source : A Practical Wedding

We’re introducing a new feature today! See It, Do It is a hybrid of How We Did It meets How To (Lite). It’s our answer for those of you who want to submit your wedding, but maybe don’t have a whole story you want to tell. If you have a cool lazy-girl project that you [...]

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Kelley & Matt Source : A Practical Wedding

Kelley, Hair Stylist & Matt, Entomologist Photographer: Hart & Sol West (APW Sponsor) One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: Our wedding was a handcrafted, highly-personalized, casual, giggly, and sexy celebration of our love for each other and our love for our friends and family. Soundtrack for listening: ”La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong http://apracticalwedding.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/12-La-Vie-En-Rose-Single-Version.mp3 Other cool [...]

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