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    Running around bridal market is not for the faint of heart, which is why we took care of the "running" part for you. Now you can just kick back and enjoy all of today's gorgeous.

    ANGEL SANCHEZ We love Angel Sanchez for the strong architectural lines in his wedding dresses. (Even though the branches are kind of killing this shot.)

    TRULY ZAC Zac Posen's latest collection for David's Bridal looks like it's straight off the red carpet—it's SO reminiscent of his couture line.

    THEIA Heavy on the sparkle and shine, the latest gowns from designer Don O'Neill were inspired by mythical sea goddesses.

    ALYNE This Chantilly lace wedding dress feels so sweet and youthful to me.

    MARCHESA FOR WEDDING PAPER DIVAS You guys are going to adore this stationery collection, which is heavy on the high-drama details.

    REEM ACRA Everything in Reem's latest collection was fresh—from the opening dance number (by dudes!) to the pared-down silhouettes. Love and love.

    KELLY FAETANINI Kelly just has a way with subtle color. She's dubbed the blue-gray color of this skirt "dove blue." And I dubbed the whole thing "breathtaking."

    Which of theses wedding dresses is your favorite?

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    It's your wedding and you can invite who you want to—seriously! Whether you're having a tough time narrowing down the guest list or are on the fence regarding a certain friend or family member, we're breaking down which people you shouldn't feel pressured to invite.

    light pink bridesmaid dresses

    Photo by: Debra Eby on Wedding Chicks via

    Your Friend's Of-the-Moment Boy Toy: With the average cost of a wedding creeping up to nearly $30,000, offering a plus-one to every guest might not be in your budget. If this is the case, it's OK to ask your single friends to come sans date. Be sure to ask your fianc�� to play by the same rules. This way, all the stag guests will have plenty of people to talk and dance with throughout the night — and who knows, maybe they'll make a new love connection!

    Any of Your Exes: This is just asking for trouble—even if you think you and your fiancé are OK with it. Inviting former flames can cause some super awkward moments. For example, what if your ex asks you to dance or your new hubby's former girl gets too close for comfort? Or worst-case scenario: One of them objected to your marriage! Eek!

    Your Bestie's Kid: Obviously, you love that little bundle of joy, but a fussy baby or toddler isn't fun for anyone at a wedding—Mom included. Politely ask your guests to leave their kids at home. You could also hire a wedding sitter (or two or three) to watch any tots that will be attending your wedding during the ceremony and afterward.

    Your Family Members You Hardly Know: If you've only even met Aunt Sandra from your dad's side once in your entire life, then you shouldn't feel obligated to send her an invite. (Though it's a different story if your pops is paying and he requests she attends.)

    Your Childhood BFF You're Not Close To Anymore: She was a huge part of your life growing up, but you've drifted apart. If you've more or less lost touch besides the occasional Facebook message, don't feel bad about leaving her off the guest list.

    —Written by Elizabeth Mitchell for Brides

    Anyone else you think you shouldn't feel obligated to invite to your wedding?

    More from Brides:

    *4 Inexpensive Date-Night Ideas You Haven't Tried Yet but Should

    *11 Things to Do After Getting Engaged

    *50 Ways to Slash Your Wedding Budget

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    Ladies, I am tired. But I will not rest until y'all have gotten your fill of hot-off-the-runway wedding dresses, so here goes:

    BHLDN The skirt on the middle dress is removable, so you could wow 'em at the reception.

    MODERN TROUSSEAU Lots of pretty back details at Modern Trousseau. Guys, I'm REALLY digging the butt bow in the second pic, which you can totally take off after your pictures.

    OSCAR DE LA RENTA Off-the-shoulder dresses are definitely a trend this season. I love the architectural bodice on this gown.

    MARCHESA This mega-romantic collection really struck a chord with me. (Insider scoop: I was sitting within arm's reach of the recently engaged Jamie Chung.)

    Oh, and this happened before the show:

    RIVINI I called this Rivini moment "romance in motion." Click it to watch the final procession of dresses.

    The show ended on a majorly fun note, with the models snapping selfless on the runway, because that's what one does in 2014.

    MONIQUE LHUILLIER After they walked the runway, Monique's "brides" turned into a super-pretty backdrop. I'm loving the cool color on this dress, and the other light blue gown in the background.

    Check out the pretty manis a Monique, created with Butter London's new bridal polish set, Sweet Somethings. SO lovely for a real live bride!

    JENNY PACKHAM I'm obsessed with the front and the back of this sweeping gown.

    CAROLINA HERRERA The entire collection was simply divine.


    Which of these wedding dresses is your favorite?

    More from Bridal Market:
    * New Wedding Dresses Galore: 7 Shows (and 1 Small Dog!) Make for a Very Busy Day

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    We're three days into bridal market, and the pretty wedding dresses just keep on coming. I'm not sure how the designers continue to impress, show after show, but check out all the gorgeous below. Impressive, no?

    WATTERS No matter what you're looking for—from a classic A-line to a bridal romper {yes, really! }—they had it on the Watters runway.

    INES DI SANTO Ines always wows the crowds, and this season was no exception. I mean, look at this statement-making gown. W. O. W.

    CHRISTOS There were so many eye-catching details on the Christos runway, like the teeny 3D flowers on this stunner.

    KENNETH POOL The asymmetrical illusion back of this high-impact gown made me gasp.

    ANNE BARGE My new favorite wedding dress accent: the peekaboo side. How glamourous and graceful is this gown?

    AMSALE We know (and adore) Amsale for her refined silhouettes, and she didn't disappoint this season. This ultra-sleek gown is perfection.

    Which of these wedding dresses is your favorite?

    More from bridal market:
    * Hot-Off-the-Runway Wedding Dresses: Here's Your Sneak Peek at All the Latest Gorgeous Gowns
    * New Wedding Dresses Galore: 7 Shows (and 1 Small Dog!) Make for a Very Busy Day at Bridal Market

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    Vera Wang decided to debut her latest collection of wedding dresses via video, and we have the privilege of sharing that video with you here. I hope you love it as much as I do.

    I'm going to check out the dresses in person next week, so obviously I'll have all the up-close-and-personal photos for you soon, but I thought you'd enjoy this sneak peek. So fun.

    Thoughts on the newest Vera Wang wedding dresses? Which of the wedding dresses is your favorite?

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    I hate to make you ladies wait, but I was wiped out after bridal market yesterday. So, without further ado, here are all the amazing things I've enjoyed over the past couple days.

    MORE FITNESS HALF-MARATHON A few months ago, I thought it made total sense to run a half-marathon during bridal market. Which explains why I was in Central Park at sunrise yesterday. Great race though!

    HAYLERY PAIGE I knew the moment I saw it that you guys would swoon over this wedding dress. (The color is called moonstone!) And boy was I right—it has more than 22,000 likes on Instagram!

    LAZARO Speaking of swoon-worthy, this fantastic ombre gown has the most delicately beautiful bodice. I can't wait to share the official photos so you can see it all in detail.

    ROMONA KEVEZA This Romona Keveza gown made everyone in the room gasp. We need to get a real-live princess in this gown, stat.

    SAREH NOURI I know this is going to sound nuts, but I didn't realize how pink my Sunday was until I started going back through the pics. This pink gown is absolutely magical. (It can also be made in white, but I adore that color!)

    ELIZABETH FILLMORE I started this morning at Elizabeth Fillmore, where I fell in love with the aptly name Monet dress, which features a watercolor-inspired print on the most lovely tulle.

    LIANCARLO This two-in-one wedding dress has a removable tulle skirt. I adore the light-gold coloring, which would just make a bride glow.

    ARUNA SETH I spent the afternoon in Aruna's shoe suite, falling in love with shoe after shoe. The three shoes on the bottom, below, are all new additions to her bridal collection, and the top shoe is a favorite from last season.

    And I wasn't just going to sit there among all those shoes and not try some on, obviously. How amazing are the booties on the left? And the shoe on the right (with the stunning heel) is in the most to-die-for shade of deep green.

    So that's pretty much a wrap for now. I have four more appointments in the next three days, so look for pics from those on Glamour's Instagram.

    Which of these wedding dresses is your favorite? And which pair of shoes would you wear?

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    I know I'm not the only one around these parts with a bad case of royal wedding fever. I mean, we've been waiting for months for Prince Harry to propose to Cressida Bonas—but it seems another royal-ish wedding might be in the works much sooner. I have some reliable royal insiders who are certain Pippa Middleton and Nico Jackson are going to announce their engagementvery soon. (And, yes, I know Pippa's not technically a royal, but when you're the only aunt of the future king of England, your wedding is basically a royal wedding, right?)

    After William and Kate's wedding (and that much-buzzed about white bridesmaid dress) Pippa was a fixture on the international social scene, but we haven't heard much about her over the past several months. "Pippa's been very intentional about keeping a low profile at the request of the royal family," royal wedding expert Anne Chertoff (who has the latest scoop on Harry's love life here) has heard from her network of Brit insiders. In fact, Pippa canceled all the U.S. publicity events following the release of her entertaining book, Celebrate, reportedly at the request of the royal staff.

    Pippa's allegedly been leaving the limelight for William and Kate and Prince George, especially in the lead-up to their three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand. But after they return, Anne says we can expect an engagement announcement from Pippa sooner rather than later. "Pippa and Nico have definitely talked about marriage. I can almost guarantee we'll see a ring on her finger before we see one on Cressida Bonas."

    Anne's guess is that the wedding will be relatively small. Since it's not an actual royal wedding, it will likely be held at a smaller church or a private estate. As far a wedding dress goes, Anne speculates that she'll go for a lesser-known British label, like Amanda Wakeley or Sassi Holford.

    And for the wedding shoes, my guess is Aruna Seth. (And not just because I adore Aruna shoes!) Pippa wore Aruna's Lynn heels in silver at her sister's evening wedding reception, and she's also been spotted around town wearing the Beatrice pumps (see a photo of her wearing them here) and carrying the brand's Romina Day Bag. If I were in charge of picking wedding shoes for Pippa, I'd go with a closed-toe version of the Candy heel—which I Insta'd a photo of just yesterday.

    Thoughts on Pippa Middleton and Nico Jackson's pending engagement? Do you believe the rumors? Or have my sources hit the Pimm's a little too hard?

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    The name Mira Zwillinger might not be at the tip of your tongue when you're asked to name your favorite wedding dress designers. But if she keeps up all this gorgeous, she'll be a crowd favorite soon. Here are five dresses from her latest collection that I'm still daydreaming about.

    Wedding Dress 1

    Wedding Dress 2

    Wedding Dress 3

    Wedding Dress 4

    Wedding Dress 5

    Yes, No. 3 is a crop-top wedding dress, which sounds cray. But it's really working for me here.

    Which of these wedding dresses is your favorite?

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    I've been so bogged down with bridal market that I've been neglecting pressing celebrity wedding matters, like the Kimye wedding, which is a mere six weeks away. And while I've been running around town chasing down wedding dresses, the rumor mill has been churning. Here's the latest:

    THE VENUE: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West swung by Chateau Louis XIV, a reconstruction of a classic 17th-century palace, over the weekend, sparking rumors that the manse will play host to their nuptials. From E!: "The over-54,000-square-foot palace features 14 different kinds of rare marble sourced from all over the globe and extensive gold leaf throughout the home." Yep, that sounds about right.

    THE WEDDING DRESS: A Hollywood Life source is reporting that Kim will wear a second dress by Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy's creative director, which I totally believe. But the same source also speculates that she's choosing between Lanvin and Monique Lhuillier for her first wedding dress. Lanvin makes sense (she wore Lanvin on the cover of Vogue), but I'm not sure about Monique Lhuillier. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Monique, but I don't see Kim going with a traditional bridal designer. And if she does, I assume she'd go back to Kardashian family friend Vera Wang. (Although Vera designed all three of the gowns for Kim's ill-fated second wedding and Khloe's dress when she married Lamar—plus, all the bridesmaid dress for both weddings—so maybe they've had their fill of Vera.) As Fawnia mentioned yesterday, during her Paris trip, Kim paid a visit to Riccardo Tisci, Balmain creative director Olivier Rouseteing, and Alber Elbaz at Lanvin. I'd pick any of those designers over Monique for Kim's wedding dress.

    THE WEDDING PARTY: Hollywood Life is also reporting that Beyonce will definitely be one of Kim's bridesmaids, which I don't buy. I'm assuming Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall, and Kylie will all have a spot in the wedding party, so it seems weird that she'd throw Bey into the mix. Plus, I don't feel like they're that close. I'd guess Kim's longtime friend Brittny Gastineau over Beyonce if there's going to be a rando included, but my guess is she'll keep her wedding party sisters-only.

    Thoughts on the latest Kimye wedding rumors? Which designer do you think she'll wear? Will they swap vows in that palace? And will Bey be in the wedding party?

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    We got a sneak peek at Vera Wang's spring 2015 wedding dresses with her video "show" over the weekend. Here's a closer look at three of my favorites, which all have romantic floral accents:

    Wedding Dress 1

    Wedding Dress 2

    Wedding Dress 3

    Which of these wedding dresses is your favorite?

    I love them all for different reasons. I adore the lace on the second and the ballerina-y feel of the third. But I'd probably choose to wear the first, if I got to pick.

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    I don't watch Game of Thrones, but based on the sounds coming from our TV when my husband watches every Sunday night, I'm fairly certain that I would not let George R.R. Martin plan my wedding. Here's what our friends at College Humor thought he might do from behind the wedding planner's desk. (This is probably NSFW, unless you're wearing headphones. Also, there are spoilers from the previous episode!)

    LOL! "STRONGLY opposed."

    Would you host a Game of Thrones-themed wedding?

    I would totally let Judy Blume plan my wedding.

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    That New Kids on the Block tour must have earned some nice residuals: Donnie Wahlberg proposed to Jenny McCarthy with a positively massive yellow sapphire engagement ring. Here are the deets on their engagement. And here's a snap she just shared on Instagram. Holy huge:

    If you click over to People you can see it better. Looks like an 6- to 8-carat yellow sapphire in a diamond halo flanked by trapezoid diamonds with more diamonds on the band.

    Thoughts on Jenny McCarthy's engagement ring from Donnie Wahlberg?

    It's seriously humongous!

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    Designer Romona Keveza didn't have to look far to find inspiration for her latest collection of wedding dresses: Many of her newest wedding gowns were inspired by her own red carpet designs. Check 'em out:



    JENNIFER MORRISON (Taylor Swift, Nicole Kidman, and Nikki Reed have also worn this dress.)


    ANGELA KINSEY (Khloe Kardashian and Carrie Underwood have also worn this dress.)

    Which of the red carpet dresses do you like best? And which of the wedding dresses is your favorite?

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    Spring 2015 Bridal Market is in full swing, and you know what that means—OK, a lot of jaw-dropping new wedding dresses, but also fresh inspiration when it comes to wedding hairstyle ideas. Here are a few of the pretty styles we've seen during designers' presentations, with backstage details on how you can try the looks for yourself (or have your stylist do it during your hair trial!).


    Classic chignons at Monique Lhuillier, by Nina Dimachki for Kerastase

    The how-to:

    1. Apply a quarter size of Ciment Thermique to clean, dry hair, from mid-length to the ends. Then layer with a generous amount of Spray-a-Porter, applying in sections for even distribution. Blow dry with a bristle finishing brush, pulling hair away from the face

    2. Spray a light veil of Powder Bluff onto the hair to create a dry, matte effect. Gather hair into a ponytail at the nape of the neck, securing with a bungee hair elastic. Spray the ponytail with additional Powder Bluff to enhance the matte effect

    3. Twist the ponytail to compact the hair while twirling it into a classic chignon. Pin in place while making sure no ends are popping out. Spray with Laque Dentelle to finish.


    Voluminous ponytails at Jenny Packham, by Jeanie Syfu for Tresemme

    The how-to:

    1. Apply Tresemme 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse liberally to all sections of the hair, then rough dry.

    2. Brush out the hair with a Mason Pearson brush to work the product in and apply clip-in hair extensions from the nape of the neck to just above the ear, as needed.

    3. Tease hair in small sections and lightly spray with Tresemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.

    4. With your fingers, gather hair at the nape of the neck and secure with an elastic.

    5. Take a small strand of hair from underneath the ponytail and wrap around the base to cover the elastic and pin into place.

    6. Loosen the ponytail just behind the ears at the nape to create a round shape. Gently pull a few wisps of hair from the ponytail to frame the face and fluff the hair lightly with fingers.

    7. Finish with Tresemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray for long-lasting volume.


    Knotty updos at Marchesa, by Akemi Tamaribuchi for Kerastase

    The how-to:

    1. Apply a quarter size dab of Ciment Thermique to clean, dry hair. Then layer on a generous amount of Mousse Bouffante and Spray-a-Porter, working in sections for even distribution.

    2. Beginning at the crown, lift and twist two-inch sections and blow dry upward to create volume and texture. Work around the head and clip each section up to cool and set.

    3. Use a small round brush to refine hair around the temple area and/or baby hairs around the hairline. Spray a generous amount of Powder Bluff to tame these strands.

    4. Divide hair into four segments: left/right sides, crown (top) and back (nape of neck). For the back section, create an "S" shape underhand braid to cover the section, braiding two inches away from the scalp to create looseness. Pin the lengths of the braid into the design for hold.

    5. Drop sides and crown/top portions to find the natural parting. Beginning on the less dense side, create a knot with the section just behind the temple. Pin the knot loosely into place before creating another knot along the section. Continue to pin knots, placing them above the braid. Do the same for the heavier side of part, making sure to look for balance and softness.

    6. Allow small hairs around the temple and hairline to drop, adding softness to the design. Finish with Laque Dentelle hairspray.

    Which of these wedding hairstyle ideas from Spring 2015 Bridal Market do you like the most?

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    There was a lot of prettiness happening when I swung by the showroom yesterday to check out the latest from White by Vera Wang, Vera's collection for David's Bridal. Here are four of my favorite things:

    THE LASER-CUT FLOWERS ON THIS BALL GOWN Vera's people tried to explain how this fabric was made, but I still don't get how she's making a dress with so much detail work AND a $1,898 price tag. I suspect there might be witchcraft or elves involved.

    THIS MUTED BLING Here's a subtle way to do sparkle: Veil outsize gemstones in tulle, so they're bling-y without being blinding. (Close-up on the right.)

    THE HEMLINE ON THIS BRIDESMAID DRESS My photo kind of stinks, but trust me when I tell you this bridesmaid dress is formal and fun. Peek-a-shoe!

    I own the big-bow shoes, so I can tell you they're seriously wearable. (And cute. Who doesn't love a giant bow?) I'm loving them and pink, and I'm loving the white tassel shoes. Such a fun detail. And the shoe/bootie (shoo-tie?) on the right would be so cute with jeans.

    Which pretty thing is your favorite?

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    Happy Friday! What are you doing today? Probably not much, after you get mesmerized by all the sparkle in these engagement rings. Enjoy!

    Engagement Ring 1

    Leslie's boyfriend picked this ring all by himself, then proposed in a suit with a dozen roses. "My own personal bachelor!"

    Engagement Ring 2

    Save the Date reader Ellen got engaged in September.

    Engagement Ring 3

    Jeenee's boyfriend proposed on her birthday. "It may have taken him seven years, but it was worth the wait," she says.

    Engagement Ring 4

    Tanya's boyfriend proposed by Super Bowl Boulevard in NYC in February. Their wedding is September 26, 2015—their nine-year anniversary.

    Engagement Ring 5

    This sparkler belongs to a reader named Kristine.

    Which of these engagement rings is your favorite?

    P.S. Barring any breaking celebrity wedding news, I'll be gone for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week, recovering from bridal market. (Which means catching up on laundry—and, hopefully, sleep. #glamourouslife.) I'll be back with more amazing wedding dresses—and everything else—on Thursday. I'll miss you!

    If you'd like to share a photo of your ring on Save the Date, you can click here to submit it with the contact form. Or you can email a photo to glamour[dot]weddings[dot]girls[at]gmail[dot]com. I try to run reader engagement ring posts often, so take your time and send a biggish, nonblurry photo! (Please DON'T send an Instagram photo or add text or special effects!) And if you've already sent a pic, sit tight—it's coming!

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    As fabulous as it is to look at other people's wedding photos—because so many of them are spectacular—this is always something that's important to remember: for every gorgeous picture, there's one that went awry. Case in point: me and my husband. Let's try to figure out why we thought this was a good idea on our wedding day, shall we?


    ...right. Unintentionally hilarious, which is definitely an upside (I laugh whenever I see this pic—and the good news is that there were tons of lovely photos to supplement this one). So that's the first pose to avoid: looking like the floating heads of woodland elves, far from your spouse.

    Photographers often work with you based on certain time constraints, so it's good to have an idea of what might make for a great pose—while remembering what make for a bad one, too. Luckily, pro photographers will know the difference. Bearing that in mind, here are some poses you might consider not striking during your wedding photo session:

    The Jumping-in-the-Air Pose: It can be done—and it can be done well!—but think about the physics at play, here. You're in a dress; action shots are challenging (especially when there are two people to coordinate); gravity.

    The Groom Peeking-Out-of-Your-Dress

    The Bride-Lying-Down Pose: I've never understood the appeal of this one, but lots of people seem to like it. A bride lying in the grass at her attendants' feet—or anyone's feet, for that matter—is a little awkward. (Plus: grass stains. Right?)

    Any Pose That Makes You Uncomfortable: Seriously, if you're not into facing away from the camera while holding your bouquet next to your shoulder blades because your strapless bra is digging into your back and it hurts—it's OK not to do it!

    Still, according to Liz Lopez of Liz Lopez Photography, these aren't hard-and-fast rules: "My theory is that it's worth trying every and all poses you can think of—what one couple may love, another may not like at all," she says. "It completely depends on the personalities of the newlyweds you're shooting and how crazy, refined, traditional, or out-of-the-box they are. It's always OK to be fun and be creative!"

    Are there any poses that you've got marked down as ceremony "don't"s?

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    Your wedding dress will be one of the most beautiful and memorable pieces you ever wear, it’s just one part of your overall bridal look. Your hair plays an equally large part, and there’s no better way to make it look extraordinary than with a pretty hair accessory.

    Now that spring is finally upon us, flowers are sprouting up everywhere and serving as inspiration for romantic, girly (but grown-up) accessories. Here are a few ideas on how you can show your love is abloom at a springtime wedding:

    Crown yourself with a delicate vine:
    jannie-baltzer Jannie Baltzer Bailey Headpiece, $352,
    Go gilded with a rose-adorned comb:
    jennifer-behr Jennifer Behr Rosabel Comb, $262,

    Uplift a tousled chignon with delightful petals:

    Debra Moreland Dogwood Floral Hairpins, $240,

    Shimmer and sparkle in a crystal-embellished headband:
    jenny-packham-2 Jenny Packham Acacia Headdress II, $725,

    Add edge with a mesh veil:

    Colette Malouf Crochet Wire Crystal Veil, $665,

    Aren't these absolutely mesmerizing? Many of these accessories can be worn beyond just your special day: A crystal headband or gold clip will look equally charming with a white t-shirt and boyfriend jeans—or a lacy dress.

    Which floral hair accessory do you like best for a spring wedding? Do you plan on keeping it simple with hair pins or glamorous with a beaded headband?

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    This year's Boston Marathon was filled with emotion—joy, triumph, inspiration, celebration—and, for at least a few couples, the event was especially memorable.

    Greg Picklesimer ran the Boston Marathon last year, and he says when the bombs went off, life was quickly put into perspective: "After last year I realized the people you love and your life can be taken so quickly. ... I didn’t want to lose that so I decided to come back and seal the deal." So, this year, he had an engagement ring in his back pocket during the race—and when he spotted his girlfriend, Carla White, at the finish line, he dropped to one knee and proposed. Carla told a CBS Boston reporter that she had been "waiting for [Greg] her whole life"—she said yes.

    I don't have a ton of details about this one, but apparently Erin was stopped one mile from the finish line at last year's Boston Marathon. This year, she ran it again—blindfolded, in order to help raise money for the National Braille Press, with her boyfriend Joe as her guide. And look what happened at the finish line:

    And there are still more people who popped the question yesterday! Tom Louden proposed to his girlfriend, Mary; after running his 16th Boston Marathon, John Duncan asked girlfriend Jody Nili to marry him.

    Super sweet. What do you think?

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    Let’s face it: Wedding preparation is pricey—even if you aren't the one planning to walk down the aisle. Between engagement gifts, lavish bachelorette parties, and head-to-toe bridal party outfits (not to mention alterations!), weddings are not designed for the penny-pinchers at heart—especially if you’re dealing with a more high-maintenance bride.


    "It's a Fritz-Bernaise, ladies."

    New to bridesmaid territory? Even though your new full-time job comes with a laundry list of responsibilities, it shouldn’t have to come with a jaw-dropping price tag. Lighten up on the bill—without sacrificing on the thought behind it—with these money-saving tips:

    1. Communicate financial concerns to your fellow bridesmaids well in advance. Sure, talking money can be a downright uncomfortable experience (for all parties involved), but it’s important that you’re up front about managing a tight budget from the get-go. Think of it like ripping off a Band-Aid: Get the conversation over and done with so you can rest easy.

    2. Map out sales, and hit them hard. 99.9 percent of the time, bridesmaid's dresses look tacky. So why shell out for a dress you’ll never wear again? Scour the Internet (and Twitter!) for sample sales in your area—you’ll be amazed by how frequently they crop up. Just be sure to talk to your bride first about what kind of dress she wants you to wear.

    3. Skip the professional hair and makeup. As with dresses, many bridesmaids end up unsatisfied with their hair and makeup on the big day. One way to avoid that? Skip all the fuss and primp on your own. If you’re looking to switch things up for the occasion, try a new eyeshadow palette or ask a friend to help curl (or straighten) your hair.

    4. Remember, it's the thought that counts, not the cost.If you can’t afford your bride’s registry, show how much you care with a thoughtful gift. Sites like Etsy are perfect for scoring handmade items at the right price point. Think unique art, one-of-a-kind photography for their new home, or trinkets for decorating. You can never go wrong with something from the heart!

    Are you going to be a bridesmaid this year? How do you plan on saving on expenses?

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