The Wedding Photo List You Need to Take

All brides know that wedding photos[1] are one of the most important parts of the wedding day. So coming up with a must-have wedding photo list should be high on your wedding planning priorities. These are the memories you'll cherish forever and even look back on the very next day ("It goes by in a flash," they all say). That's why you want to make sure your photographer nails every photo op, starting with the getting-ready photos all the way through your (sparkler) exit.

Step one to checking off this to-do list is to hire a wedding photographer[2] you're excited about—and put your trust in the professional! You are hiring just that—a professional—who should know what they're doing, after all. But even so, it's nice to have some general knowledge of wedding photography yourself. As your 101 guide, we put together a wedding photo list of the must-have moments to capture—from the pretty detailed shot of your wedding-day jewels to the table settings and invitation suite.

Of course, you don't have to get all of these wedding photos[3] in order to create the perfect album, but it's nice to think about them. (They'll put you in the detail mind-set at least as you buy those special bridal shoes and design your custom invitation suite.) So before you get shopping and pinning away, scroll down to see some of our favorite images from real weddings on Once you make a mental checklist of your own, feel free to chat about these photo op moments with your photographer—or better yet, send a link to this article!—but once you do that, leave it to your photographer. From there, all you can do is put your trust in them, have fun, and be present in your big day. After all, the prettiest brides are the happiest ones, right?!


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20 Ways to Use Love Quotes for Wedding Decor That’s Beautiful and Meaningful

Searching for wedding decor that's both stylish and sentimental? Showcase sentiments in a super stunning way by using love quotes for wedding decor.

Any wedding is filled with an abundance of words: the promises you make, the toasts you share, the vows[1] you take, the lyrics you blast on the dance floor. And planning[2] all that takes a lot of work! It involves hours (and hours) of creating the ceremony with your officiant, scouring the internet for the perfect readings and verses, and searching Spotify[3] for the songs that feel right for the first dance, father-daughter dance[4], and the rest of the night. So why not put all that hard work on display by using love quotes for wedding decor? Sure, your guests will hear the special readings and songs you selected, but what if they could see them too?

Well, they can! As you'll see below, we're all for incorporating sweet love notes, quotes, or really any saying into your wedding decor[5]. Think about your vows scrolled on your cake, a meaningful verse written on the ceremony backdrop, song lyrics up above the bar, and more. And that's not all: We're now seeing brides and grooms add special verses to their fashion as well, with a message incorporated into the dress's design, or inside the groom's lapel. Finally, as perhaps a new take on this wedding decoration quotes trend, we like the idea of personalizing and sharing a specific quote with each guest. (Think: a lyric from your favorite song, an excerpt from a book you both love, et cetera.) To do this, we've seen couples using a letter as an escort card or adding a note at each place setting.

That said, we think you're more than capable of coming up with new, creative ideas[6] to write a message of your own. So, to inspire you, we put together a gallery of 20 photos that illustrate some of our favorite ways to put your love notes—or inside jokes or inspirational quotes—on display. Whether you decide to showcase a sonnet, song lyrics, or an original verse, we can't wait to see how you incorporate the wedding decoration quotes trend on your big day. And, more importantly: We can't wait to see what you have to say!


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2019 Wedding Trends, According to Top Wedding Planners

Attention, ladies: With the new year comes new brides-to-be (like you!) and new wedding trends. And while we will always love the trends and creative ideas we saw in 2018—think games for guests[1], brides wearing hats (seriously, see here[2]!), and basically anything Harry and Meghan did[3], we're also ready to dive into the world of weddings of 2019.

Which is why we called on some of the industry's top wedding planners[4] to see exactly what they're predicting in wedding trends for 2019. You'll have to keep scrolling to see exactly what they said below, but (spoiler alert!) one thing is certain: The rules are all out. Think mismatched bridesmaids dresses, coeds on each side of the aisle, and more. Also out? Wedding welcome bags and parties without any color (literally!). In terms of what's in, they say we're all still obsessed with the world's hottest power couple (hi, Harry and Meghan) and are excited to see couples experiment with fresh color palettes and put unexpected twists on the traditional wedding in the year come to.

Keep reading for more exciting, modern, and on-trend ideas, broken down by the pros who came up with them. Oh, and they're also sharing which trends to avoid and their best pieces of tried-and-true advice for the newly engaged. So, basically, we've got you covered as you dive into this whole wedding planning thing! YGG!

Jesse Tombs of Alison Events[5]

Photo by Tec Petaja; Design and Planning by Jesse Tombs; Floral Design by Ariella Chezar

The year’s biggest trend: "2019 is all about embracing color and new color combinations that have never been done before," Jesse says. "We see the trend veering away from soft classic colors and heading in a more fun, pumped up direction." Case in point: "Living Coral," the Pantone Color of the Year[6]. "We see 2019 clients leaning more towards younger, fresher palettes with pops of bright and bold color that is fun, youthful and often somewhat daring," he adds.

Trend to do away with: "Welcome bags! Time and time again, we see many of the expensive, well thought-out items get left behind in hotel rooms," he says. "Instead, consider giving a nice bottle of wine and a handwritten note, or making a donation to your favorite local charity in the guests names honor."

Excited for in the new year: "We have a couple who is focused on supporting underserved communities and working with female owned and operated local businesses for their wedding day," he says. "This is an exciting prospect for us and a first for Alison Events to have a client that is so locally, globally and environmentally minded when planning their special day. We can't wait to see how it all comes together!"

Can't wait to see a couple do: "A food and wine-focused wedding," he says. "We love when clients embrace food and beverage as an integral part of the wedding celebration!"

Best planning advice: "Get personal! Hire vendors you connect with on a personal level, not just ones that suit your aesthetic or budget," he says. "Get to know a vendor over coffee or a glass of wine to make sure they are a good personality fit for your project and are someone you would want to spend a year of your life with planning such a big and important day in your life."

Sunna Yassin of Bash Please[7]

Photo by Lauren Ross

The year’s biggest trend: "Non traditional bridesmaid dresses in an eclectic mix in a color palette," she says.

Trend to do away with: The ladies at Bash Please had two words on this subject: "Photo booths!"

Can't wait to see a couple do: "We love the idea of a bride and groom walking down the aisle together or having your guests stand during the ceremony to make it feel inclusive," Sunna says. "These moments can truly set the tone for the rest of the wedding."

Best planning advice: "Before jumping on Instagram or Pinterest, talk to a few friends or relatives who recently got married, " she recommends. "It's always helpful to hear from people you trust about what they ended up enjoying the most about their own celebration!"

Michelle Rago of Michelle Rago Destinations[8]

Photo by Abby Ross; Planning by Michelle Rago Destinations

The year’s biggest trend: "For 2019, we are seeing both Portugal and Spain to be on the rise in terms of wedding destination inquiries," Michelle says. Also, vegan menus: "We're seeing a surge in requests for not just vegan dishes as an option but the entire wedding meal from start to finish," she adds.

Trend to do away with: "The doughnut wall—and right behind that, the 'naked' wedding cake," she says. And wedding favors! "We encourage more meaningful communications such as handwritten notes to each guest upon arrival or spending a bit more with your photographer and videographer to send photo and video keepsakes when the wedding is over," she says.

Excited for in the new year: "I am hoping for less of a synthetic approach to luxury and a more meaningful and authentic approach to the overall guest experience," she says. "Instead of having 15 entertainers in costume, perhaps bring your guests in a day earlier or stay one day longer and have a long lazy lunch to truly connect?!"

Can't wait to see a couple do: "I am dying for a couple to do a fabulous party on the Orient Express because I think train travel is so chic," she says. "My second hope is for a blow-out wedding that is a complete surprise for all the guests!"

Best planning advice: "Don’t limit yourself in choosing a location," Michelle suggests. "There are so many amazing places in the world. We think spending a bit more time finding the perfect spot will make for the most memorable wedding."

Virginia Edelson of Bluebird Productions[9]

Photo by James & Schulze; Planning by Bluebird Productions

The year’s biggest trend: "2019 will be the year of mixed and untraditional wedding parties—gone are the days of six bridesmaids and six groomsmen," she says. "Instead, we'll see see a mix of genders standing on both sides of the aisle. Or even no one at all!"

Trend to do away with: "We're ready to see the days of showing off for the sake of showing off go away," Virginia says. "Let's make weddings return to something that feels a bit more personal and heartfelt. They should be authentic expressions of love and a gift to your guests to celebrate this new commitment."

Decor trend of the year: "Our 2019 clients are very interested in creating 'installations' and incorporating art into their weddings in 2019," she says." Personally, as an art history major and lover of art, this is very very exciting for me!"

Excited for in the new year: "We want to see couples experiment more in their fashion choices with different colors, textures, silhouettes, and eye catching accessories," she says.

Best planning advice: "Be organized. Know your budget. Have honest communication with yourselves and your vendors," she says. And finally: "Get rid of Pinterest!"

Tara Guérard of Tara Guérard Soirée[10]

Photo by Liz Banfield

The year’s biggest trend: "Bars with more specialty and special cocktails custom made with fresh ingredients," she says.

Trend to do away with: "After parties," she says.

Excited for in the new year: "Brides wanting to be a little different, creating a day that is memorable for everybody," she says.

Can't wait to see a couple do: "Have a day wedding!," Tara says. "I imagine lunch in the garden, with the bride in a tea length dress and an orchestra playing."

Best planning advice: "Wait to go on your honeymoon a week after the wedding so you can go home, rest, and repack," she advises. "That way, no days are wasted just sleeping and being exhausted on your most romantic trip!"

Jacin Fitzgerald or Jacin Fitzgerald Events[11]

Photo by Tec Petaja

The year's biggest trend: "I think the Royal Wedding will continue to have an impact on weddings moving forward, with dainty bouquets resurfacing and large floral and greenery installations creating this 'moment' as you enter the venue," she says.

Excited for in the new year: "I am really excited about some new destinations we are working with, and bringing in some fun unexpected elements into the paper goods," she says.

Can't wait to see a couple do: "I would love to see a couple shake things up a bit when it comes to the order of events for the wedding weekend—maybe a welcome brunch followed by cocktails and a walk or a team event of sorts...Something to break the ice but also get people to mix and mingle," Jacin says.

Best planning advice: "Take some time to think about your top two to three priorities, whether it's your venue or band, photographer or florist, and break up the planning backwards from there," she advises. "Many couples feel pressure to hit the ground running in order to get their date, and start out stressed versus taking a moment to think it all through."

Neillie Butler of Mariée Ami[12]

Photo by Davy Whitener

The year's biggest trend: "Design plans will be more focused on deep colors with a modern flair," she says. "Darker colors will accent the traditional pale hues to add more interest, and the rich tones can be pulled in through furniture and linens, while leaving the blooms light and airy." In terms of colors, Neillie says she imagines working with emerald greens, smoky greys, and blues paired with blush, mauve, and, of course, Pantone’s color of the year, coral, in the year to come.

Excited for in the new year: "We are most excited about incorporating pattern and textures in the overall design plan," she says. "We have more and more clients who are open to marrying interior design with wedding planning; basically designing receptions to feel like a bold dining room or a swanky hotel lobby is definitely the direction we are going."

Can't wait to see a couple do: "I would love to see a couple truly focus on the guest experience," Neillie says. "There are many ways a bride and groom can make their wedding interactive and more memorable and entertaining for their guests. This could be anything from how the guests are served hors d’oeuvres and drinks to unique forms of live entertainment to grab the attention during cocktail hour."

Best planning advice: "For all of the newly engaged, my best piece of advice is to remember this is the beginning of a relationship that will last a lifetime," she says. "This is supposed to be a fun time for all and we strongly encourage kindness, love and patience to all involved in the planning processes. At the end of it all, you want to look back on this time and only feel happiness!"


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The Best Wedding Planners in America

You’re tackling this wedding[1] as a team of two (you and your partner), but it’s more like a squad of three…or more. That is, if you’re one of the 28 percent of couples who hire a professional wedding planner[2] (slash designer, coordinator, therapist, friend) to help with everything from balancing budgets to setting tablescapes[3] and instigating the sparkler send-off for the grand finale. After all, this is probably the largest and most expensive party you’ve ever thrown, and it’s helpful to have someone by your side who’s done it before.

With that in mind, we created a master list of the most talented full-service wedding planners and designers from coast to coast. These are the people we follow on social media and feature[4] again and again in Brides. Here, they're grouped by region, but remember: You don’t have to be in the same area to hire one or to feel inspired by their Instagram feeds. Keep scrolling for the best wedding planners in America. (Fair warning: All of their pics are really, really pretty!)

See more: The Brides Best Wedding Photographers[5]


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10 Creative Ideas of Your 2019 Wedding

Here at BRIDES, we like to dedicate the month of December (hello, engagement season!) to brainstorming creative wedding ideas for the year ahead. What will the dress trends[1] be? Is baby's breath[2] still back? Is there a new food truck[3]? But here's the secret: We're not inventing these ideas out of nothing! Instead, we look to real couples who are throwing real parties, and planners who are doing the same for inspiration. (That is, after all, the whole point of the real weddings[4] on our site.) So while we could easily tell you to scroll through pretty pics from now until 2019 for all the best inspo, we thought we would instead do you a favor by highlighting some of our favorite ideas right here.

Below, you'll find 10 trends/things/thoughts that we're excited for in 2019. And we're revealing all of our best secrets! You'll find decor moments we're obsessed with, practices we want to steal (um, we mean politely borrow), and concepts we can't wait to see couples execute. Basically, these are the ideas that could take your wedding from "cool wedding" to "wedding of the year." And not to brag, but we kinda know our stuff: We look at wedding pictures All! Year! Long!

Keep reading to see exactly what we're talking about, but we hope you take these ideas and create some of your own as well. We'll be right here ready to swoon over your wedding pics when you do!


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55 Beautiful Cakes for Every Wedding Venue

Oftentimes, choosing a wedding cake[1] feels like checking off yet another box on your wedding to-do list. (Bouquet? Check! Dress? Check! Cake? Check!) But, today, it doesn't have to be that way. Rather than ordering some traditional cake for ceremonial purposes, you now have the option to treat it as both a design element and a delicious menu[2] item. So, basically, it's time to get creative!

In terms of the cake's design, it's often smart to start by thinking about your venue[3]. The venue sets the scene for the rest of your wedding and also affects what material the cake can be made of (fondant can be hard in direct sunlight, et cetera). Plus, we think it's fun to have the wedding cake match the venue's aesthetic and the rest of the day's design details. So, if you're into that idea as well, we suggest you start by imagining what exactly you're looking for (five tiers, a single tier, etc.) and thinking about design elements you like ("drip" elements[4], fresh flowers, geometric designs[5]).

As you'll see below, we're especially into recreating textiles in buttercream, using local flora as accent pieces, and even adding fruit toppings. So, to show you exactly what creative ideas we're talking about, we compiled a list of 55 wedding cakes (yes, 55!) that will perfectly fit in at a farm, beach, garden, and more.

Keep scrolling to gather inspo for your own celebration, and remember: You can customize all of the cakes below to your wedding[6], venue, and taste—quite literally!


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29 Fall Wedding Decor Ideas We’re Loving in 2018

There's something exciting about a change of season, and especially so when that season is fall. With fall comes good weather, great food, and even better company (everyone is back together after summer vacay!). Plus, beyond the general good vibes that come with the season, fall is naturally a beautiful time of year. There are gorgeous leaves on the trees; bright flowers (like dahlias, marigolds, and zinnias) in bloom, and fresh produce[1] (apples, pears, pumpkins) in season.

Basically, all the highlights of fall double as elements of a great (and beautiful!) wedding. So, when gathering inspiration for the season, our editors decided to focus on what exactly makes a fall wedding so special, year after year. (It is the most popular season to say "I do," after all.) And this time, after years of twisting the look of fall with new takes on fall colors, et cetera, we found ourselves drawn to environments and palettes that felt almost stereotypically fall. But not in a cheesy way—there's not a pumpkin or gourd in sight in this gallery. Instead, we thought about the warm hues of the flowers and leaves (reds, yellows, oranges), plus the textures (woods, ceramics) associated with being in the great outdoors. And as you'll see in the gallery we created below, combining these textures and colors can result in gorgeous, natural, and seasonal wedding perfection in every shape and form (from tablescapes[2] to invites and more).

Plus, in addition to our general inspo for the season, we threw in a few surprises from you. Take our new favorite color pairing (spoiler: it's yellow with blue!) and guest-pleasing ideas (think mini beer flights[3]). So keep reading to see what is inspiring us this season—we hope it will inspire your own big day as well. And if you're still seaching for more pretty pics after all these slides, head over here[4] and here[5] for even more seasonal ideas. After all, we wouldn't dare limit our fall wedding inspiration to one post!


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10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Stand Out During Wedding Season

We all know summer is the season for weddings. And if you're like the rest of us, you're probably trekking from city to city, coast to coast, and country to county every other weekend for yet another friend's special day. And as much as we hate to say it, the pattern can start to feel the same. (Ceremony, cocktails, dinner, dancing, you know the drill....) So, with that in mind, we got to thinking: How do you make your wedding stand out among the rest?

Well, first of all, make it about you and your partner. It's your day and your friends and family should leave thinking just that! So if you're sailors, do it by the water. If you're foodies, make the menu a priority. And so on. But beyond all the personalized details[1] (which, believe us, we can't get enough of), there's another secret to making your wedding stand out: And that's to make your guests happy, well-fed, and comfortable.

With those three principles in mind, we curated a list of 10 fun, seasonal ideas[2] that are sure to please every single person on your guest list[3]. But, before we get started, we need to add one final principle: Make it Instagrammable! Cause if your friends' feeds are blowing up with sunset group portraits, boomerangs of signature cocktails clinking, and videos of your killer band on stage, we'd say that your summer wedding was quite the success. And we think your friends will more than agree.

See more: 25 Ways To Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony[4]


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5 Cheesy Poses Your Photographer Probably Hates

Wedding and engagement photos[1] aren't as easy as they look. Most of us aren't models (let alone photogenic) so creating a romantic pose with your partner doesn't always come naturally. We get it. But we also know that there are a few poses that you don't need to be an expert to realize they're just bad. You know what we're talking about: that junior high shot of two hands making a heart in front of the sunset. Or that unnecessary groom-crawling-up-the-skirt pose that literally no one, probably not even the couple, wants to see.

But time and time again, wedding photographers[2] are asked to capture these cringe-worthy moments[3] on camera, much to their chagrin. If your photographer is recommending to nix a pose, they probably know what they're talking about. (Remember, these people do this for a living.) So think twice about that beach-front jump for joy—we promise, you'll probably regret it.

These are photographers' five least favorite wedding and engagement photo poses[4], so cross these off your list now.

The Prom Pose


One person behind the other, hands clasped in front in a proto-Heimlich. You know it. You did it.

The Jump for Joy


Please leave the stop motion animation to Wes Anderson.

The Heart Hands


Like a BFF locket sprung to life—or a Taylor Swift[5] concert, circa 2011—your hand makes one half and bae’s makes the other.

See more: The 5 Things Your Wedding Photographer Wishes Every Bride Knew[6]

The Garter Anything


Too many issues to fully enumerate, but here’s a tip: Take a hard pass on anything that entails a camera (or a groom) up your skirt.

See more: What You Can and Can’t Retouch in Your Wedding Photographs[7]

The Kitschy Class Pic


Avoid posed group shots, including hiding your faces with bouquets[8] or showing off matching socks. (We see you, groomsmen.)