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Photographer: Jeanni Dunagan / Floral Design: Starflower / Dress: Lena Medoyeff / Ribbon: Tono & Co / Hairpiece: Twigs & Honey / Hair & Makeup Artist: Mai Prasertyotin Berg / Model: Samantha Nizich / Venue: Monet Vineyards
Photographer: Jeanni Dunagan / Floral Design: Starflower / Dress: Lena Medoyeff / Ribbon: Tono & Co / Hairpiece: Twigs & Honey / Hair & Makeup Artist: Mai Prasertyotin Berg / Model: Samantha Nizich / Venue: Monet Vineyards
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Groom’s Attire: Topman / Bow Tie: The Dainty Studio / Groom's Shoes: Magnnani / Bride’s Dress: Renz Rags / Bride's Veil: Blanca Veils / Bride’s Jewelry: Petite Delights / Belt: Glam Her Bands / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Photographer: Morgan Brooks / Videographer: Brittany Marshall / Venue: La Escondida / Florals: Bloominous / Donuts: Maybelles / Invitations & Stationery: Elli / Flower Girl Petals: Larkspur Hill / Hair & Makeup: Michelle Legoretta
Groom’s Attire: Topman / Bow Tie: The Dainty Studio / Groom's Shoes: Magnnani / Bride’s Dress: Renz Rags / Bride's Veil: Blanca Veils / Bride’s Jewelry: Petite Delights / Belt: Glam Her Bands / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Photographer: Morgan Brooks / Videographer: Brittany Marshall / Venue: La Escondida / Florals: Bloominous / Donuts: Maybelles / Invitations & Stationery: Elli / Flower Girl Petals: Larkspur Hill / Hair & Makeup: Michelle Legoretta
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We are rich this year with helpful wedding planning tips on Bridal Musings, from foraging for seasonal flowers and decorating a raw space, to answering wedding FAQs and preserving that gorgeous wedding dress.

I know I’ve been feverishly taking all this expert advice to heart as I start my own wedding planning, and I can’t wait to ask and answer loads of questions with all of you brides in the new year!

Maybe you’re newly engaged too (did someone leave a ring little box under the tree?!) or still puzzled over a few things, so we’ve rounded up our favorite planning advice to refresh together.

So here they are, ten of the best wedding planning posts from 2017…

1. FAQs for LGBTQ+ Weddings

 

Our good friend at Equally Wed helped us with one of the most important issues in the modern wedding world, answering FAQs for LQBTQ+ couples. We were so lucky to hear her advice on what to expect when wedding planning, what to do when you have a negative encounter with a vendor (hello blacklist!) and those tricky family situations.

It’s not all heavy though, Kristen inspires us with creative ceremony ideas, new traditions, best places to get married and style guides (with AMAZING suits).

2. 10 Apps & Online Tools To Help With Wedding Planning

Working in the photo and web world, I am totally a techie. One of my favorite new wedding apps this year was Joy (read all about your virtual wedding coordinator here). Earlier this year we rounded up 10 apps and online tools to make your wedding a breeze, and you better bet I’ve tested all of them!

3. 10 Incredible & Affordable Airbnb Wedding Venues Around the World

Photo by Airbnb via Bridal Musings

Another fab online travel tool that also works in the wedding world, is Airbnb! Check the “suitable for events” filter when you search and find all the best Airbnbs that double as wedding venues. Some are decked out with plenty of wedding-ready features, or buck the trends and go totally DIY.  Whatever you decide, we’ve got 10 of our favorite Airbnb wedding venues to start your search.

4. How To Design Your Raw Wedding Space

After you’ve found that fab Airbnb, airplane hangar, rustic barn, or campground, we’ve got tons of tips on how to decorate a raw wedding space, from planning to the big day-of.

5. 4 Tips To Make Shopping for Plus Size Swimwear A Breeze

Ashley Graham, we love you! We were so excited to share this year with Shafonne Myers of Pretty Pear Bride four fabulous tips on how to make shopping for plus-sized swimwear a breeze for the destination wedding or beachy honeymoon.

6. How To Choose Wedding Flowers For Each Season

I wish it weren’t so but I have quite the black thumb. I can take all the help I can get with choosing flowers, when to plant, when to harvest, names of those beautiful buds. I love wedding florals but I’m just not an expert. Thankfully, we had Hiding in the City Flowers to the rescue with their expert advice on choosing flowers seasonally, to make your theme, decor, and budget.

7. 10 Tips to Make the Most Of Your Hair & Make-up Trial

Don’t go into your hair & makeup trials empty handed! To help you make the most of your hair or make-up trials we’ve put together a bunch of tips to make the most of your hair and make-up trials – gathered from our own experience, friends’ trials, and from bending the ear off every hair stylist and make-up artist we meet!

8. 10 Ways To Feel Calm & Relaxed On Your Wedding Day

I am SO excited for our wedding day, I like to think I have a great outlook on it all (having been in the biz for quite some time) and am plenty go-with-the-flow, but that doesn’t mean I’m free of anxiety. Keeping calm even in happy, excited times can be stressful, and we’ve got 10 helpful tips to keep you relaxed on your wedding day.

9. How To Clean & Preserve a Wedding Dress

Spent a good long night boogying down on the beach (it’s in the cards for me!) and your train is looking a little sandy? Mulberry’s Cleaners gave us some great insight this year on how to clean and preserve your wedding dress.

10. What To Do When Your Wedding Photos Don’t Work Out

Oh how we hope this post isn’t for you! But if your wedding photos didn’t quite work out, we’re here to tell you that you can still capture some dream portraits with your love, and make it out alright.

Bijal & Nirag tied the knot with a traditional Indian wedding with six events over four days. But when their photographs sadly didn’t come back as they’d hoped, they opted for a do-over. And the results were pretty special.

For endless helpful tips head over to our planning section and catch up with all the best wedding posts of 2017.

 

Feature Photo: Jenna Bascom
Feature Photo: Jenna Bascom
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Styled shoots are so fun, from an editorial perspective, and a bride perspective. You get to see each wedding vendor’s talents, dreams, and unadulterated creativity. Every year we get so many unique ideas, learn the latest trends, and just have so much extra pretty to look at.

We’ve been lucky enough to feature a lot of gorgeous styled shoots on the blog this year, from all over the world. So as with the rest of our Best of 2017 round-ups, it’s been pretty tough to select our tight list of favorites. We’ve pulled together five of our favorite styled shoots (and thrown an extra in for fun!)

1. Wild Roses; Cool & Romantic White Wedding Inspiration

Captured by Marilyn Bartman Photography, with a concept and gorgeous gowns from Wild at Heart Bridal, this cool and romantic shoot features some of the most talented wedding vendors in the Nertherlands. (Sidenote: we’re kind of obsessed with Dutch weddings.)

2. Gorgeous, Romantic French Vineyard Wedding Inspiration

A classically romantic, French winery wedding shoot with chic modern details? Please, sign us up!  This styled shoot photographed by Cavin Elizabeth Photography shows you can revel in all the old romance of the French countryside, while still making the decor totally new and totally you.

The chic, monochrome stationary look like exclusive Paris Fashion Week invites, working seamlessly in with the light, understated, pink floral decor.

3. Dark Celestial Luminosity; Gorgeous Indigo & Gold Wedding Inspiration

This trendy celestial shoot (we’ve been stargazing quite a bit lately)  is crammed with ideas; mixing metallics with dark hues (that copper tub!), bringing in unusual colour combinations like flashes of pink or red with a largely indigo and purple backdrop, and inspiring innovative floral styling (floral hoops are huge for 2017!) and glamorous attire.

Photographed by Abigail Steed Photography, with styling and art direction by crack team, Alex of The Bijou Bride and Erica of Mr & Mrs Unique, with the help of some fantastic vendors and suppliers.

4. Opulent Wedding Romance In A Historic English Estate

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Are you as donut obsessed as we are? I’ve always contested that donuts are by far my favorite dessert, and would swap my wedding cake for a pile of maple bars (or add to, because no amount of desserts are too many!) We’ve seen donut walls hanging throughout trendy weddings lately and , and thankfully our friends at Shari’s Berries have created a super easy and trendy DIY Donut Wall tutorial to answer all our donut obsessions.

We’ve included a few favorite photos and handy pinnable graphic to get you ready to craft, then you can head over to Shari’s Berries’ Donut DIY for the full tutorial. What flavors will make your donut wall of fame?!

From Shari’s Berries

The team at Shari’s Berries created and styled this rustic donut wall tutorial for brides, complete with gold accents, fresh greenery and woodsy details to create a charming wedding look that your guests are sure to remember.

If you are a bride-to-be looking for a sweet alternative (or addition to) your traditional wedding cake, a donut wall is a sweet surprise that will create a major wow factor on your big day. Whether your wedding inspiration is ethereal romance or vintage charm, this delectable dessert option can be tailored to complement any decor.

For more fun wedding tutorials check our DIY archives, and be sure to send any favorite DIYs our way.

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Model: Nicole Hoffmann / Model: Ron Akke / Rentals: Sweet Pea Vintage Rentals / Table Flatware Rentals: Signature Party Rentals / Bride’s Dress: Blush Ivory / Hairstylist: Brush & Braid / Makeup Artist: Hayley Noel Artistry / Floral Design: Oak and Amble / Calligraphy: Hannah Mincer / Photographer: Maya Lora Photography
Model: Nicole Hoffmann / Model: Ron Akke / Rentals: Sweet Pea Vintage Rentals / Table Flatware Rentals: Signature Party Rentals / Bride’s Dress: Blush Ivory / Hairstylist: Brush & Braid / Makeup Artist: Hayley Noel Artistry / Floral Design: Oak and Amble / Calligraphy: Hannah Mincer / Photographer: Maya Lora Photography
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Video, Photography & DIY: ProFlowers
Video, Photography & DIY: ProFlowers
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