8 Creative Ways to Serve Pizza at Your Wedding

Is there anything better than a slice of pizza? Well, maybeeee your fiancé (it honestly might be a toss up). So why not combine your two great loves by serving pizza at your wedding? Turns out, there are some super easy and fun ways to serve pizza at your wedding reception[1], regardless of how casual or formal your wedding might be.

From the cocktail hour[2] to a late-night snack[3] to a make-your-own-pizza station, here are our favorite ways to serve pizza at your wedding. But be warned: These cute and creative wedding ideas will definitely steal a pizza your heart! (Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves.)

While Getting Ready With Your Bridesmaids

It's going to be a long day, so you and your girls will need some cheesy sustenance. Have a few pizzas delivered to your bridal suite so you can chow down while getting ready[4] for the ceremony.

DIY Pizza Bar

Have your guests get their hands dirty with a DIY pizza bar. Let them pick toppings, cheese, and even the sauce. You can do this as the main dish or just as an ongoing option throughout the night.

Passed Appetizers

Birds of a Feather

Who says you need to have trays of fancy hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour? Instead of formal finger food, offer different kinds of pizza squares as an appetizer option.

Sub for Dinner Rolls

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Instead of serving bread and butter with the salad course, put a cheesy flatbread on the table cut into squares for your guests to share. Trust us: Nobody will complain about starting their night off with a good slice.

Dessert

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Because everything tastes better in chocolate, right? Forgo the mozzarella and tomato sauce, and serve up a lip-smacking dessert pizza. Think: a chocolate base, some strawberry jam, slices of bananas...yum! Feel free to think outside the box with your caterer[5] on this sweet treat.

Late-Night Snack

As the party goes on and guests sweat off some calories on the dance floor, offer a late-night snack of pizza slices. Either order in from your favorite local pizza place or coordinate with the venue to have them bring out some pies at midnight.

To Go

Christina L Mills/Still55 Photography

Wondering what to box up and give your guests as a take-home party favor[6]? Give them something they can munch on during their commute home or back in their hotel rooms. Fill up to-go boxes with mini slices or squares of pizza and have the venue keep them warm until the night ends.

With a Side of a Cute Sign

Pizza puns for the win! Adorn your pizza bar or buffet with an on-theme sign with a slightly cheesy (get it?) saying.

Ready to dig in? Shop wedding-ready pizza products below.

All You Need is Love and Pizza Rehearsal Dinner Invitation

Courtesy of WishfulPaperie

A rehearsal dinner pizza party?! Where do we sign up?

SHOP NOW: Etsy[7], was $6.99, now $3.49

Pizza Bridesmaid Scratch-Off Cards

Courtesy of PetalPaperCo

Pop the bridesmaid question by letting your besties know that you love them more than pizza—and that's a lot!

SHOP NOW: Etsy[8], $16 for four

After This We're Getting Pizza T-Shirt

Courtesy of DesignPunch

Who needs matching getting-ready robes when you and your bridesmaids have tees like these?

SHOP NOW: Etsy[9], starting at $20

Pizza Bar Sign

Courtesy of PaperSupplyStation

Your guests will instantly start drooling when they spot this sign at your reception.

SHOP NOW: Etsy[10], starting at $15

You Had Me at Pizza Custom Pizza Box

Courtesy of GraciousBridal

You can send your guests home with a slice, thanks to these adorable pizza boxes. Trust us—they'll be so grateful.

SHOP NOW: Etsy[11], $6.50 for eight

See more: Slice, Slice, Baby: Wedding Registry Must-Haves for Pizza Lovers[12]

Jen Glantz is a "professional bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire[13]. She's the author of All My Friends Are and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.[14]

References

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  2. ^ cocktail hour (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ late-night snack (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ getting ready (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ your caterer (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ party favor (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ Etsy (www.etsy.com)
  8. ^ Etsy (www.etsy.com)
  9. ^ Etsy (www.etsy.com)
  10. ^ Etsy (www.etsy.com)
  11. ^ Etsy (www.etsy.com)
  12. ^ Slice, Slice, Baby: Wedding Registry Must-Haves for Pizza Lovers (www.brides.com)
  13. ^ Bridesmaid for Hire (bridesmaidforhire.com)
  14. ^ All My Friends Are (www.amazon.com)

8 Real Brides Share Why They Kept Their Wedding a Complete Secret

Having a large wedding with a crowd of guests and a budget that equals most couples' down payment on a house isn’t for everyone. Some couples are even ditching the idea of keeping things traditional, instead running off to get married solo[1] or planning secret weddings that nobody but their small guest list[2] know about.

We’ve seen this trend before with celebrities, most recently Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth[3], who tied the knot at Christmastime without paparazzi or a crew of their celebrity friends. Nobody knew about the wedding until Miley posted a photo on Instagram a few days later.

Wondering what it’s like to have a secret wedding and who in the world would want that? Read on to hear the stories of eight real brides who share why they kept their wedding a complete secret.

1. Privacy meant a lot.

"I never wanted my wedding to be a show. I never wanted my wedding to include people I hardly cared about. I wanted it to be small and private. We kept our wedding a big secret. We told people we were having a holiday party at our house and then we surprised them with a wedding. We only had 30 people there, and we asked that they keep the party a secret. We wanted it to be a moment that was shared and something private, not something that would be posted on Facebook and judged by strangers. People completely respected our wishes." —Danielle U., 34[4]

2. We wanted it to be our moment.

"I felt like weddings weren't about the couple, they were about everyone else. My husband and I went on vacation for three weeks, got engaged, and then came back and told 25 of the closest people in our lives to meet us at a restaurant a week later. It was there we surprised them with a full-on wedding. No photos were allowed to be taken or posted. Most people outside of those 25 still don't know we're married." —Tracy S., 41[5]

3. Everything was drama.

"Weddings stress people out, and when I was first engaged, the act of planning one made me and my fiancé fight all the time. We both realized if we kept planning a big celebration, with the ideas of our family members, we'd probably break up. We ditched the big wedding plans, got married in the courthouse, came home and told everyone, and then a month later, our parents threw us a surprise wedding party. It was like they turned the tables on us, but it was drama-free." —Paulette B.

4. Social media messes things up.

"I'm a social media influencer and people think they know all about my life. One thing I didn't want them to be a part of was my wedding. I never announced I was even engaged, which was super hard, but it made me feel like I still owned a part of my life, and that was what I needed during a time when I had 100,000 followers on Instagram who felt they knew every move I made. I posted a picture a week after the wedding and it practically broke the Internet." —Chrissy A., 31

5. Nobody wanted us to get married.

"Both our parents didn't want us to tie the knot. They tried to split us up so many times. We never told them we got engaged or married. We only invited five friends to the courthouse. We've been married for over a year now and our parents don't know. They still want us to call it quits. Oh, well!" —Erin P., 24[6]

6. We saved close to $55,000.

"Our original wedding budget was $60,000. That was too much money for me to blow on one day! We ditched the idea of doing a traditional thing and instead, during Thanksgiving, told our parents and family that later that night we were going to get officially married with them by our sides. People were shocked. We ended up planning a small party the day after for 40 people, who just thought they were coming over to celebrate Thanksgiving part two. It was magical and only cost us $5,000." —Cheryl D., 29[7]

7. Too much friend drama

"After getting engaged, I asked nine friends to be my bridesmaids. Things got ugly between them. I felt like I was constantly dealing with their drama. I ended up telling all nine that the bridesmaid thing was over. My partner and I decided to leave most people out of our wedding. We invited 20 people total, which was close family and two friends each. It was the most drama-free day. It wouldn't have been if I kept it like I originally planned." —Raquel C., 39[8]

See more: 34 Shocking Secret Celebrity Weddings[9]

8. We always knew we would.

"A big part of our relationship has always been the thrill of adventure. When my husband proposed, we waited two months to tell our parents. We enjoyed celebrating the moment and keeping it just between us. For six months after that, nobody else knew, and our parents would constantly ask if we picked a wedding date. We knew all along we wouldn't, and before the end of the year, we secretly got married in Vegas. We waited another two months to share that with our family and eventually our friends. So far, that secret has been the biggest thrill of our lives." —Suzie B., 34


Winter Wedding Ideas: 10 Things All Guests Love at Winter Nuptials

There's nothing like a cozy winter wedding[1] in a snow-covered locale. But if you're planning wintertime nuptials yourself, there are a few extra things you may want to add to your list[2] so that you can keep your guests happy (and warm)[3] during your celebration.

Whether you are hosting your wedding in a place known for its freezing temperatures or a place with milder weather, here are 10 things your guests will be thrilled to see at your winter wedding.

1. An Outdoor Fire Pit

Photo by Sarah Kate Photography

If your venue allows it, having an outdoor fire pit is a great late-night pow-wow spot for your guests. They can head there with their post-reception coffee or even a final drink from the open bar while the wedding reception is winding down.

2. A Cozy Lounge

Having an outdoor wedding in the winter may be something you've always dreamed of, and if so, it's important to also have an indoor alternative. Even if you have a heated, tented reception, having an indoor spot attached to it that people can warm up in is key if it's freezing or snowing out.

3. Hot Beverages

Photo by Ruth Eileen Photography

In addition to an open bar, it may be a good idea to have a coffee and hot chocolate bar[4] open all night. That way, guests can grab a warm beverage when they are feeling a bit too cold.

4. DIY S'Mores

Photo by Dawn Charles

If you're getting married in the winter and are looking for a fun dessert[5] to serve, a DIY s'mores[6] bar is always a hit. This is a great addition to a fire pit (see above!).

5. Shawls or Blankets

Photo by Perry Vaile Photography

An extra-added layer of comfort throughout the night is essential when keeping warm and cozy! Some guests may be colder than others, so having a pile of extra shawls and blankets[7] for them to grab is a nice touch.

6. Outdoor Heaters

Photo by Katherine Rose Photography

If you’re set on having parts of your wedding outdoors[8], consider renting outdoor heaters to place around the space. That way, guests can kick the shivers and be fully present at your celebration. Even Jack McBrayer and Gwyneth Paltrow couldn't keep from huddling underneath a heater at the wedding of Scream Queens actress Trilby Glover[9]!

7. The Comfort Food

Keep guests warm with the kind of comfort food[10] they are used to indulging in during the cold winter months, from hot mac n’ cheese to appetizer tomato soup with mini grilled cheese. There’s nothing like a warm meal to make them feel full and comfortable at cocktail hour.

8. Cinnamon Sticks

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There’s no better winter scent[11] than the scent of cinnamon. Incorporate cinnamon sticks into centerpiece decorations, napkin holders, floral arrangements, or even with cocktails.

See more: 22 Festive Winter Wedding Ideas to Inspire Your Own Seasonal Soirée[12]

9. Twinkle Lights

Photo by David Bastianoni

The winter way to make your wedding a hit on Instagram is to have a wall of hanging twinkle lights so that people can snap a picture in front of it and use your wedding hashtag[13].

10. Caramel Chocolate

Photo by Jessica Blex; Design by Lovestruck; Calligraphy by Miranda Writes; Wax Seals by Wax Seals; Ribbon by FrouFrou Chic

When it’s time to cross party favors off your to-do list, consider packages of caramel chocolates as a sweet and wintery way to send your guests home after your wedding comes to an end.

References

  1. ^ winter wedding (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ your list (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ (and warm) (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ hot chocolate bar (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ fun dessert (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ s'mores (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ shawls and blankets (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ wedding outdoors (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ Scream Queens actress Trilby Glover (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ comfort food (www.brides.com)
  11. ^ winter scent (www.brides.com)
  12. ^ 22 Festive Winter Wedding Ideas to Inspire Your Own Seasonal Soirée (www.brides.com)
  13. ^ wedding hashtag (www.brides.com)

10 Tweets That Sum Up What It’s Like to Be Someone’s Plus One

When you’re asked to be someone’s plus one at a wedding[1], you might feel overwhelmed with emotions, questions, and items on your to-do list, things like what should you wear? Should you bring a gift? Does this mean you have to be on your best behavior or can you get a little wild?

As a wedding date, you might find yourself spending the night at a party with a room full of strangers that somehow become your best friends, or you might find yourself hanging, awkwardly, in the corner, wondering when the cake will be served and you can finally get out of there and go home.

Either way, read on for four tweets that perfectly sum up what being someone’s plus one can be like, depending on the wedding and the crowd.

1. It Can Be a Snooze Fest

If the energy at the wedding feels low and the people there aren’t too friendly, you might find yourself glued to your assigned seat, scrolling on your phone, reading an e-book, or having a staring contest with your date, who has to be there because they are related or friends with the couple whose wedding it is. If you find yourself in that position, turn to your date and make a game plan for how to squeeze some fun out of the night ahead.

2. You Have to Dress Up

Depending on the dress code[3] of the wedding, you might have to go out and rent a suit or a dress, find a specific outfit (if the wedding is themed), or watch a couple of video tutorials on how to tie a bow tie or what black tie really means, if that’s what you’re asked to wear. If you’re a wedding date where there is a strict dress code, plan ahead and plan early so that you’re not stuck scrambling for the right outfit the day of the wedding.

3. You May Meet a Lot of New People

If you know absolutely nobody at the wedding, at least be familiar with the bride and groom and ask your date to introduce you to them ASAP. That way, you won’t find yourself talking to the groom thinking he’s just another wedding guest. Either way, get ready to meet and greet quite a few people[5] that day as it’ll be jam-packed with new faces and plenty of handshakes.

4. You Might Have to Rise to the Occasion Last-Minute

Sometimes as a plus one, you’re asked to be a person’s wedding date the same day as the wedding. If that’s the case, act fast. Try to find a place where you can get the most appropriate thing to wear, even if that means borrowing it from someone else’s closet, and make sure you have enough time to get ready and get there on time. You don’t want to be the person who arrives midceremony and causes a ruckus as the couple is reading their vows.

On the other side of the coin, if you’re invited to a wedding and want to bring a plus one, you’ll have your own set of feelings that run through your head. Maybe you’ll feel more confident because you’ll be able to spend your evening with a partner in crime. With someone by your side, you can bust out your best dance moves on the dance floor beside them, cheers with glasses of champagne, and have someone to taste-test desserts with you as the night comes to an end.

Here are five tweets that truly sum up what bringing a plus one to a wedding is really like.

1. You Have a Dance Partner the Entire Time

A big plus of having a plus one is that you have someone to get down with you on the dance floor all night. Which means you don’t have to worry about people judging you for busting out your finest dance moves, solo, you now have a partner in crime to share the dance floor with you until the very last moment of the party.

2. You Have a Drinking Buddy

One of the biggest wedding perks for any guest is the open bar[9], which can serve up your favorite beverages all night long. That’s why when you have a plus one, you can have someone accompany you to the bar, cheers to a fun night with a glass of champagne or mixed drink.

3. You Can Share a Really Fun Date Night

Consider a wedding with a plus one a really nice date night where you can spend the night together dancing, chomping down on good food, indulging in yummy dessert[11], and having a great time, while surrounded by a hundred people who are also having a good time. Whether you bring someone you met recently as your plus one or you head to the wedding with someone you’ve been with for many years (or are married to) weddings can feel like the ultimate night out with your partner.

4. You Have Someone to Share With

With a plus one, you now have someone you can split things with at the wedding, whether that’s a selection of desserts from the dessert buffet to the chicken and the steak dishes you each order during the reception, you have a person you can share with to get the most out of the wedding and also to fill your plate up with even more of the things you like.

See more: 7 Hilarious Tweets About Being a Wedding Guest[14]

5. Sometimes You Want a Plus One for Fun

If you’re always the solo wedding guest[15], sometimes you just want to be allowed to bring a plus one so that you have the option to bring someone, even if that means you have to search high and low to find someone to bring. But sometimes you just want a plus one for a little fun (not as fun as this person in the tweet because that can make the couple stressed out to have to pay for a person who doesn’t show up).


6 Brides Share How They Incorporated CBD Into Their Wedding

One of the biggest trends taking over industries from food and drink to beauty and skin care is the introduction of CBD-infused products.

People are looking into items with CBD oil in them because, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes the sensation of getting high[1], CBD is not psychoactive at all. Those using it are flocking to it for it for other reasons since it’s said to help with pain, stress, and anxiety[2].

Which is why some brides are finding new and unique ways to bring CBD to their wedding[3], without scaring away guests if they don’t want to give it a try.

Check out these six brides who incorporated CBD into their wedding.

CBD Coffee

“We are big CBD users and we wanted to incorporate CBD into our wedding. We figured if we had the caterer use it in food or sauces that some of our guests would be weirded out. We decided to have a table where people could drink late-night CBD lattes. We figured it would calm people down, make them feel a little sleepy, and be a great way to end the night. Out of 115 guests, at least 75 people tried the CBD latte station. It was a huge hit.” —Reese G., 34

CBD Oil

“We live on the East Coast and got married in California (where my husband’s family lives). When we got there, I noticed my skin was so dry and that my usual moisturizer was failing me. His sister gave me this moisturizer with CBD oil in it. At first, I was like what is this and should I use it? She swore by it. I used it every day for a week leading up to my wedding and used it on my wedding day. Honestly, it worked better than my usual moisturizer. I didn’t want my family to know so I hid the bottle. There’s a weird stigma around CBD and I don’t want people to know I used it on my face.” —Marianne D., 28

CBD Lube

“We’ve been CBD lube users for the past few months. Maybe it’s just in my head but I think it helps me orgasm a lot faster and it makes sex feel better overall. As we were packing to head to the bridal suite, I literally asked my fiancé to make sure he packed the lube so that we had it with us on that night!” —Sharon E., 32

CBD Stress Relief

“I’ve never used CBD or even smoked weed before. I think that’s important to know because, before my wedding, I was new to this world. But as I was planning my wedding, I became the ultimate stressed-out bridezilla. Everything launched me into a having a major meltdown. My friend was like, 'I have a stress reliever spray. Let me spray it on your tongue.' So I said yes. It ended up being a CBD spray for stress. I don’t know how or why but it worked like magic. I started using it three times a day and had it close by with me on my wedding day.” —Tory P., 27[4]

CBD Snacks

“My husband and I use CBD oil a lot when we cook. We decided to bake our own late-night snack for our wedding and made double-chocolate CBD cookies. We packaged each one and had them displayed on a table with a sign that explained what CBD is and why it’s something guests should try. The cookies were gone in seconds. We didn’t even get to try them. It was a great idea for a late-night snack.” —Melissa R., 28[5]

See more: 11 CBD-Oil-Infused Beauty Products for the Chill Bride[6]

CBD Cocktail

“Before my wedding started, Instead of doing a champagne toast, I had the whole wedding party cheers with a CBD-infused cocktail. I wanted everyone to feel less anxious and stressed walking down the aisle and this is how I thought people could do that. It did make some of my bridesmaids super sleepy and some act a little too drunk.” —Serena W., 31[7]

References

  1. ^ getting high (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ anxiety (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ bring CBD to their wedding (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ stressed-out (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ late-night snack (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ 11 CBD-Oil-Infused Beauty Products for the Chill Bride (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ cheers with a CBD-infused cocktail (www.brides.com)

How to Return Wedding Gifts You Know You’ll Never Use

When your wedding is all said and done, you’ll hopefully be left with a handful of good memories, a couple hundred photos, and a pile of gifts[1]. As you’re ripping off the wrapping paper[2] and uncovering the items that your guests have given you, you might notice that some of those gifts will never be used[3], cared for, or looked at again.

So what should you do with the gifts that you’re most likely going to bury underneath a pile of things you never use in your garage or shoved in the back of a closet? You should try to return them[4] to get money or get something else from the store that you’ll actually use instead.

Here’s how you can return your unwanted wedding gifts. The best part is, the people who gave you the gift never have to know.

Sort Through Gifts ASAP

When the wedding ends, you’re going to feel tempted to want to sit back and relax, taking time off to recover from all things wedding. But before you kick your feet up and catch up on your favorite TV shows, the very first thing you should do is rip open the wrapping paper on your wedding gifts. Start sorting the items you received into two piles: a keep pile and a return pile.

If you received a lot of registry gifts at your bridal shower, be sure to separate them into piles right after as well.

After you’ve made your piles, start taking action. Examine the gifts in your return pile. Do you have a gift receipt for them? Do you know where they were purchased? To meet most store’s return policies, you want to bring items back within the month they were gifted to you. That way, you have a better chance at getting money back or a store credit.

Look Up the Store’s Return Policy

If you have a receipt for the gift, look up to see how long you have until you can no longer return it. Some stores give money back within 30 days and then after that, give store credit.

If you find that you don’t have a receipt for the gift, but you know exactly where it was purchased, it’s worth taking the item to the store, asking to speak with a manager, and explaining that it was given to you as a wedding gift. Stores like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Target, and TJ Maxx, have a reputation for being great with returns or working with customers who don’t have a receipt. Usually, they can scan the barcode on the item, see when it was purchased, and give you the amount that the item is valued at now (if it was purchased months or even years ago).

Ask the Gift Giver for More Information

Sometimes, after your wedding ends, you find that you are left with a pile of gifts that you have no idea where they were bought. If they end up in your return pile, strike up a conversation with the gift giver to inquire about more information. Casually ask them where they bought it from so that you can investigate the return policy.

See more: How to Write a Thank-You Note for a Gift You Returned[5]

Swap It, Sell It, Store It to Regift

If you’re finding yourself eyeballing a dead end when trying to return a specific item that you just don’t want, you might want to resort to getting your money back or your money’s worth in other ways. If you’ve been given a gift card[6] you know you’ll never use, you can swap it for another one using a website like Cardpool[7]. You can also sell your gifts on Facebook Marketplace or using the website Tradsey[8]. Or, if you’ve received a gift that you know you can’t use, but someone else would adore, you can store it away to regift[9] for someone’s next birthday, holiday, or wedding gift.

References

  1. ^ pile of gifts (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ ripping off the wrapping paper (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ gifts will never be used (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ return them (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ How to Write a Thank-You Note for a Gift You Returned (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ gift card (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ Cardpool (www.cardpool.com)
  8. ^ Tradsey (www.tradesy.com)
  9. ^ regift (www.brides.com)

7 Tweets That Sum Up How Crazy Expensive Weddings Can Be

When you’re planning out your dream wedding[1], one very important detail that you tend to skip right over is how much this whole ordeal is going to cost you[2]. Your dream wedding might be lined with beautiful flowers, live music, and a cake with so many tiers that it practically reaches the ceiling. But when you start to budget every single thing out, you begin to realize that planning a wedding pulls the cash out of all of the savings accounts you’ve worked so hard to grow.

Where does all the money go? Here are seven tweets that perfectly sum up just how crazy expensive weddings can be.

1. Hiring Vendors

One of the fastest ways you’ll start to see your money disappear is when it comes to hiring wedding vendors[3]. As you research and find yourself sitting face-to-face with florists, DJs, caterers, and venues, you’ll notice that you’re spending more cash than you ever imagined to hire each and every one of them.

2. Your Guests Will Never Be Impressed

As your planning your wedding, remember that the things you spend the most money on should be the things that you and your fiancé care about having. Most likely, your guests won’t even notice all of the details you include to impress them. They just want good music[5], delicious food, and an open bar.

3. Wedding Dress Expense

The dress of your dreams might come with quite the hefty price tag. Often times, your wedding dress will be the most expensive item of clothing you ever buy, which might feel a little odd since you only wear it for just one day.

4. It’s Just Getting More and More Expensive

The price of a wedding is getting more expensive as each year passes. That’s not only because we are all trying to make our weddings more unique than everyone else’s wedding but because some wedding vendors know that if they keep raising their prices, brides will keep coming because they need that Instagram-worthy flower[8] or donut wall.

5. Open Bar Means Open Your Wallet

One of your top must-haves might be having an open bar at your wedding[10]. While your guests will love you for having one, your wallet won’t. Open bars are pricey especially if you’re paying per guest or by the hour.

6. Always One-Upping Each Other

With social media and photos from celebrity weddings posted all over the internet, figuring out ways to make your wedding stand out and be talked about for months to come can make your wedding bill more expensive than you planned for.

See more: 7 Hilarious Tweets That Sum Up What Married Life is Really Like[13]

7. You’re Making the Wedding Bigger Than You Think

Set a budget[14] for your wedding and make sure that everything, from the number of people you invite to the venue you pick, falls within it. Or else, you’ll be spending more than you ever wanted to on a party that only lasts 8 hours.


7 Tweets That Sum Up How Crazy Expensive Weddings Can Be

When you’re planning out your dream wedding[1], one very important detail that you tend to skip right over is how much this whole ordeal is going to cost you[2]. Your dream wedding might be lined with beautiful flowers, live music, and a cake with so many tiers that it practically reaches the ceiling. But when you start to budget every single thing out, you begin to realize that planning a wedding pulls the cash out of all of the savings accounts you’ve worked so hard to grow.

Where does all the money go? Here are seven tweets that perfectly sum up just how crazy expensive weddings can be.

1. Hiring Vendors

One of the fastest ways you’ll start to see your money disappear is when it comes to hiring wedding vendors[3]. As you research and find yourself sitting face-to-face with florists, DJs, caterers, and venues, you’ll notice that you’re spending more cash than you ever imagined to hire each and every one of them.

2. Your Guests Will Never Be Impressed

As your planning your wedding, remember that the things you spend the most money on should be the things that you and your fiancé care about having. Most likely, your guests won’t even notice all of the details you include to impress them. They just want good music[5], delicious food, and an open bar.

3. Wedding Dress Expense

The dress of your dreams might come with quite the hefty price tag. Often times, your wedding dress will be the most expensive item of clothing you ever buy, which might feel a little odd since you only wear it for just one day.

4. It’s Just Getting More and More Expensive

The price of a wedding is getting more expensive as each year passes. That’s not only because we are all trying to make our weddings more unique than everyone else’s wedding but because some wedding vendors know that if they keep raising their prices, brides will keep coming because they need that Instagram-worthy flower[8] or donut wall.

5. Open Bar Means Open Your Wallet

One of your top must-haves might be having an open bar at your wedding[10]. While your guests will love you for having one, your wallet won’t. Open bars are pricey especially if you’re paying per guest or by the hour.

6. Always One-Upping Each Other

With social media and photos from celebrity weddings posted all over the internet, figuring out ways to make your wedding stand out and be talked about for months to come can make your wedding bill more expensive than you planned for.

See more: 7 Hilarious Tweets That Sum Up What Married Life is Really Like[13]

7. You’re Making the Wedding Bigger Than You Think

Set a budget[14] for your wedding and make sure that everything, from the number of people you invite to the venue you pick, falls within it. Or else, you’ll be spending more than you ever wanted to on a party that only lasts 8 hours.


5 Podcasts to Binge When Your Stress Levels are Rising During Wedding Planning

With all the wedding stress[1], endless to-do lists, and quick decisions you need to make for your big day, it’s important to have an outlet to turn to for an escape. As you get deeper and deeper into the planning process, you might notice that your friends are exhausted hearing about all your wedding details, your vendors are too busy to spend extra time with you, and the internet just seems overwhelming.

That’s where wedding podcasts come into play. Consider them your wedding savior and a place to go when you just want to plug your ears and fill your mind with fun wedding advice. Here are the best five podcasts to binge when you start to notice your wedding stress levels rising during the wedding planning process.

Think about that loyal, honest, and deeply funny friend that you have an imagine them dishing advice to you on a podcast. That’s exactly what Aleisha of Bridechilla[2] does week after week on this wedding planning show that covers the ins and outs of wedding must-have details, pop-up drama that you want to avoid on your big day, and the trends you should skip versus the ones you should splurge on for your big day. If you’re finding yourself feeling lonely, anxious, and overwhelmed during the planning process, even having this podcast on in the background will give you a handful of reasons to laugh off pre-wedding stress.

One of the major things that can happen to you while you’re deep in the wedding planning blues is feeling like there’s no more fun left in planning your big day. From Ring to Veil podcast should be your go-to show when you’ve just given in to too much stress and need a way to have your pre-wedding questions answered. Hosts Shannon Palmer and Kim Mills cover topics like how to write your own vows, whether or not you should just elope, and the meaning behind all the wedding traditions[3] you feel forced to include.

When you start to feel like you’re the only one in the world who is dealing with 99 problems before your wedding, you’re going to need an outlet to help you remember that all brides have their own laundry lists of drama, challenges, and family members they wish they didn’t have to invite[4]. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast, hosted by Christy Matthews and Michelle Martinez, share stories from real weddings so that you can learn from the mistakes of other brides and also steal some of their best wedding ideas for your own day.

As you’re doing all your pre-wedding research, one helpful spot to get advice is from a podcast that dishes interviews and tips from wedding vendors[5]. Hey Bride, a show hosted by Susana Rodríguez, gives brides tips and tricks from wedding industry experts and former brides. It’s a great podcast to binge during your commute or before heading to a vendor meeting so you know the right questions to ask.

See more: The 25 Best Wedding Planning Websites and Apps for Every Kind of Bride[6]

If you’re looking to take your mind off your wedding to-do list by listening to a show that’ll keep you engaged and laughing in the same way that your favorite reality show does, Wedding Confessionals is the podcast for you. Hosts Pam and Brooke talk about the things that nobody else is talking about: Should you change your name after your wedding[7]? What if you show up late to a wedding? Who can you leave off your guest list? You’ll get all your taboo wedding questions answered with this show.


7 Brides Share Their Weird (But Cool) Wedding day Must-Haves

Making your wedding stand out in people’s minds can be quite the difficult task in 2018.[1] From donut walls to live mariachi bands, it seems like people are truly upping the ante when it comes to finding ways to make their wedding feel unique, fun, and extra memorable.

Some couples decide to ditch traditions (like wearing a white dress or having a sit-down dinner) and instead infuse their personality into every single wedding decision.

Just look at these seven brides who have found a way to make their wedding a little bit weirder, or rather a little bit cooler (!) than the average celebration, with their one big wedding must-have.

A Petting Zoo

“My fiancé and I are extreme animal lovers. We have five dogs, three cats, two hamsters, twelve fish, and a horse. We decided that a cool thing to do at our wedding, during cocktail hour, was to have a zoo. It’s going to be a good way for guests to relax and take some awesome photos. We’re also paying a local petting zoo to come do this at our wedding and all that money we give them helps them out, too.” —Kelly T., 26[2][3]

Five Different Outfit Changes

“I work in fashion and I’m a designer. What does that mean for my wedding? It means I’m having not one, not two, but five outfit changes. I already bought three of the five dresses. I’m going to change once an hour until midnight. It solves all of my fashion needs and also my indecisive personally. It’s also cool because where else can I wear five extravagant dresses to?” —Diana G. 28

Old-School Arcade Games

“On my first date with my fiancé, we went to a bar that was also an arcade. We fell in love that night while getting to know each other and playing games like air hockey, Pac-Man, and Dance Dance Revolution. We spent a big chunk of our wedding budget on getting ten different arcade games rented for the night. We want our wedding to be fun, interactive, and reflective of our love story.” —Rebecca Y., 28[4]

An Area of Mattresses

“We want guests to be comfortable at our wedding and sitting in a stuffy chair at a round table beside guests they don’t know is lame. We’re scrapping the table idea, doing a buffet, and having mattresses brought in and covered with cool fabric. That way our wedding has a cool South Beach vibe and our guests can feel comfortable and at home when they are chilling during the reception.” —Laurel D., 31

Hired Performers

“We went to ten weddings last year. They were all the same. When we started planning our wedding, we vowed to spice things up. We hired a magician, professional party dancers, acrobats, and a stand-up comedian. We want our guests to have fun and interact with performers so that their night feels a little bit goofy but also extra memorable.” —Ashley D., 31[5]

A Different Kind of Meal

“We’ve been to twelve weddings in the last two years and the only thing I can tell you about all of them was that the food sucked. It just wasn’t good. We wanted to bring in food from our favorite spots. We are doing a Papa John’s pizza bar, an Olive Garden breadstick bar, a Taco Bell Taco Table, and a McDonald’s Big Mac station. We put that on the invitation so guests know what to expect and the RSVP’s back so far have people saying they can’t wait for the food at our wedding.” —Rose E., 28[6]

See more: 7 Hilarious Tweets About Being a Wedding Guest[7]

A Castle Bounce House

“I saw on Facebook that a new trend for weddings were bounce houses. I immediately turned to my fiancé and said, ‘We are totally doing this!’ We hired a bounce house company and we’re going to have a bouncy castle at the wedding. Guests will go nuts!” —Sharon F., 28[8]

References

  1. ^ in 2018. (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ cocktail hour (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ petting zoo (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ wedding budget (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ performers (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ can’t wait for the food (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ 7 Hilarious Tweets About Being a Wedding Guest (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ bounce houses (www.brides.com)