The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

He popped the question, you cried your eyes out and now you have a beautiful ring on your finger. Awesome. But now, fun time is over – so to speak. You’ve got so many events to plan that you need to keep your head in the game.

There are a lot of factors that can ultimately make the wedding planning process more bearable – from the support of your family and friends, to the love you get from your husband-to-be and finally the infamous checklist. It might seem like a drag right now – I mean who wants to write down a checklist and be reminded of the hoard of chores – but it’s really the safest way to get all things done. While some would say to leave it all to fate and to not overstress about it, others argue that it would be far less overwhelming to break down the entire process, bit by bit. The good news is, you have a year or more to plan the wedding of your wildest dreams so try to relax as much as you can instead of blowing it all out of proportion – like we all tend to do.

So bride-to-be, brace yourself for some serious mind-blowing organization procedures.

  1. First things first: determine your budget. Obviously, that’s something you need to do with your fiancé. We know doing the math is not the most enjoyable thing to do, but fear not, there’s a fairytale wedding for every budget.
  2. Once you’ve got the first issue sorted out, it’s time to prepare the guest list. Now whomever you invite to the engagement party, you’re going to have to invite to the wedding as well. And no, you don’t have to invite every single person you’ve said hi to in the past year. Start by writing down the names of your family members, your fiancé’s, your friends and then add whoever you wish to add.
  3. Now this is perhaps one of the most important part of any wedding planning process: the wedding planner. In order to hire one, you should really consider your options; ask around, word-of-mouth is the best feedback you can get.
  4. Pick a venue and set a date. It all depends on the theme of your wedding, come to think of it. If you want a beach wedding, you might consider looking for a venue by the beach and so on.
  5. Now that you have that figured out, think about the caterer, the photographer, the florist and the DJ (or live band). But these are all tasks the wedding planner will easily help you do, along with the multitude of other decisions.
  6. Once all the above points are handled, you can proceed to the wedding dress dilemma and select your options.
  7. Register for the wedding list. Enough said.
  8. 6 months before the wedding, consider choosing your bridesmaids dresses.
  9. Send out save-the-date cards to all your invitees – you don’t want to be late for that.
  10. Four months before the wedding, start checking out the invitations to organize the table and settings.
  11. Select and order your cake – yum.
  12. Three to two months before the wedding, you should start booking hair and makeup appointments.
  13. Touch-base with all your organizers, suppliers and other appointments.
  14. Send out the invitations and check-in all the RSVPs.
  15. Try to stay sane and remember, you’re not alone!


Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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Keep Your Wedding Guest List under Control

Perhaps one of the hardest tasks a bride can do is narrow down a never-ending list of guests for her wedding. After all, no person wants to be the one to over-invite or under-invite, especially if said person has the weakness of wanting to please everyone.

So if you belong to this category of people, then allow to us un-burden you. Believe it or not, there are more ways than others to shortlist your wedding guests and you can definitely pull it off without having to get the nasty eye from the people you didn’t get the chance to invite. Bride-to-be, if you’re having a hard time trying to select your wedding guests, we’ve got you covered.

Scroll below as we take you through some tips and tricks to alleviate the “invitation” pressure!

  1. Being in love means you want to share your wedding day with the whole wide world. But when reality kicks in, you’ll soon realize that neither your venue of choice nor your budget permits you to do so. Enter the “Draft 1” guest-list. Make a small estimate of the number of family members and friends you want to invite, just to have a clearer idea. From there, you’ll be able to move more freely.
  2. Keep in mind that some of your invitees will have plus ones. So if you think that you probably won’t be seeing said person after the wedding, then it’s sure as heck not worth inviting him/her.
  3. Also, one of the most important factors in the wedding guest list is the parents. Whether they’re paying for your big day or not, it’s nice to take their guests into consideration.
  4. Now once you take all these factors into account, you’ll probably end up with – to say it mildly – a pretty huge list. So with all these names and plus ones in mind, you’ll want to consider who are the people who will really be supporting you throughout your marriage and who will not. The ones that you know can make an impact are definitely the keepers.
  5. Lastly, keep a little margin for the people who probably won’t attend your wedding. You can replace them with a little something we like to call “List B”.


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A Romance on Sandy Beaches

You’re planning for your big day and deep down, you know that nothing beats a beach wedding at the end of the summer. As the sun rays become quite subtle to allow you to celebrate your love for the outdoors and the sea, a breeze comes to make the setting and your comfort something every bride dreams of! I don’t know about you but that’s my idea of a picture-perfect wedding. With destination weddings stealing the spotlights nowadays, it’s only natural for us to narrow down a list of 5 beaches that will certainly make their way to your list of dream places that will make your big day one to be forever remembered – by you and your guests.

Have you ever watched an animated series where its characters dance on the beach in flower crowns and long tasseled skirts? Well, this is Hawaii and believe it or not, it would be a great destination for your wedding with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean making for a perfect backdrop.

Second on the list is Goa, which brings together fun, adventure and peace in one of the most picturesque beach scenes in the world. No matter which resort or beach you choose, this place in India will never fail in making your big day a great one.

No list of beach wedding destinations can exclude Greece and more specifically Santorini. If you are looking for a romantic venue surrounded by the sea and beautiful scenes in blue and white, this is definitely your place to be.

Looking for an island where you can also stay for your honeymoon and relax? The Maldives will definitely offer you an experience like no other. With privacy and luxury taking over your wedding day, your expectations of a dreamy wedding will be exceeded.

Another one of those places where you can celebrate your wedding and spend your honeymoon is Bora Bora. This romantic paradise ends our list on a beautiful note.


Article Written by Mirella Haddad

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What Your Bridesmaids Are Not Telling You – 5 Things That Annoy Them

Having a good and solid bridal party is probably the best thing you can have – after the groom of course. So it only seems fair that the bride tries her best to please her bridesmaids, correct?

So bride-to-be, this time around, we’re addressing the conversation to you. Whether you like it or not, there are some things that you’re doing – although unintentionally – that might be really putting off your bridesmaids. You’re probably thinking to yourself right now “but it’s my day”. Well it is, but paying close attention to your bridesmaids’ feelings is of dire importance.

So, we’ve noticed that there are a few crucial details that can really annoy your bridal party if you don’t pay attention to them. Scroll down to find out more…


  1. The inevitable dress. Sure, the thunder is yours, but don’t go picking the absolute worst dress for your bridesmaid(s). Here’s the thing, while we know you have your bridesmaid’s interest at heart, you sometimes tend to forget about three important factors: her body type, her style and her financial standing.
  2. The hairdo. You know how you personally want to look your ultimate best when going to a wedding? Well so does everyone else. So you can understand if your bridesmaids want their hair done in a certain way, can’t you? That said, if you impose a common hairdo, you’re going to get burned at the stake.
  3. Ah, the shoes. The issue of height and whatnot has always been an impending question for the bridal party. What do you do if one of your bridesmaid is taller than you are? Well first things first, don’t undermine her. So what if she’s taller? You’ll be the queen of the ball with the fairytale dress either way, so don’t sweat it.
  4. Being ungrateful. If there’s one thing we know about bridesmaids is the length they would go to keep the bride happy. That could range from organizing the bachelorette party, the bridal shower and to helping out with the wedding itself. So failure to thank them is a big no-no.
  5. Finally, getting all worked-up if one of your bridesmaids can’t attend one of your many events. Don’t forget that we’re in the 21st century, which means you probably have friends from the four corners of the world. So say you’re organizing a big celebration and your living-abroad bridesmaid can’t make it; What would you do? For starters, don’t break out in hives – it’s nothing personal, we all have lives of our own and the important thing is that she makes it to your wedding.


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10 Necklaces to Flaunt Your Simple Style on Your Big Day

CHANEL, 1.5 1 Camélia. 5 Allures high jewelry collection, Perles Desinvoltes necklace
Tiffany & Co., Tiffany Paper Flowers necklace
Cartier, Résonances de Cartier high jewelry collection, Harmonie pendant
Van Cleef & Arpels, Snowflake high jewelry necklace
Chaumet, Laurier precious jewelry collection necklace
Messika Paris, Journées de la Haute Joaillerie high jewelry collection, Diamond Spears necklace
Chopard, Magical Setting high jewelry pendant
Boucheron, Nature Triomphante high jewelry collection, Cigale des Neiges necklace
Piaget, Sunlight Escape high jewelry collection necklace
CHANEL, 1.5 1 Camélia. 5 Allures high jewelry collection, Diamant Essentiel necklace
Tiffany & Co., Blue Book 2018 high jewelry Collection necklace
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If you think that your wedding look is all about the elaborate jewels you have to wear, you are absolutely wrong! For me, beauty lies in everything that is simple and subtle – especially if your body’s proportions and wedding dress allow you to go in this direction. Some brides just wear fine jewelry pendants and stud earrings that allow them to stay true to their style. However, you might be one of the beautiful ladies who would like to feel very special on their big day and in fact, you have all the right to make this wish come true.

Luckily for us, the jewelry world caters to all tastes and styles – always leaving you no choice but to look stunning on your wedding day without opting for elaborate designs. This allows us to remind you that high jewelry is not all about pieces bursting with details, as this field is taking a different direction over time, just to prove that simplicity is at the heart of every beautiful creation.

Are you in quest for the perfect high-jewelry necklace for this much-awaited day of your life? In fact, we have narrowed down a list of the best ones out there! You can also check out our Tips to Pick the Ideal Jewelry for Your Wedding Look


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Wedding Dress Shopping – The Do’s and Don’ts

He finally popped the question. Score. Your fairytale ending is finally happening and you can’t wait to plan the perfect wedding. But before you go all bridezilla on us, let’s just say that there’s more to the subject than meets the eye.

Planning for a wedding is all fun and games until you realize that there’s a whole lot about the process that no one really told you about. For instance, how hard it is to find a location that suits both your budget and preferences, or how extremely frustrating it is to work on the list of invitees. Another subject they deliberately forgot to warn you about is the whole wedding dress shopping debacle. You think you usually like shopping? Think again…things are about to get a little stressful milady. But fear not; take a deep – deep – breath and let us guide you through the whole process with our ultimate Do’s and Don’ts tips.

First things first, do figure out if you want to have it custom-made or you want to pick an already existent one. Once you do, you can start narrowing your options peacefully and ultimately, set your expectations accordingly.

Don’t underestimate the time factor. One thing’s for sure though, you do not want to shop too early, for the simple fact that you might be missing out on the latest trends and you do not – in any way whatsoever – want to shop too late. Start the wedding dress hunt at least 9 months before the big day, as you have to take into consideration alterations, the tons of fittings or even the shipping times.

Do figure out what style of gown you would want, what would suit your body type and of course, figure out the theme of your wedding. For instance, if you’re going for a wedding on the beach, then your wedding gown should go with the theme – along with your veil, your headpiece and everything else. Pinpoint your likings and preferences, gather around moodboards and show them to your designer/wedding advisor.

Don’t forget about the importance of social media in this matter. Save gowns that have caught your attention on Instagram, Pinterest or any kind of platform really. You’ll come to see that there are brands you hadn’t even heard of and styles you hadn’t even thought about until now.

Do make bridal salon appointments, but the trick here is to schedule them all over one day or one whole weekend, so as to compare your choices with one another. Another tip is to call the salon beforehand and share with them your preferences so they can help you narrow down your choices. Take one person with you and don’t let the opinions influence you a lot.

Speaking of, don’t make the mistake of bringing with you the whole bride tribe. Choose them wisely, because at the end of the day, you need someone supportive and someone you truly get along with.

Do listen to your gut. If you’re not that comfortable with the dress, it means it’s not the dress. You should be able to picture yourself walking down the aisle in it and you should be able to move your arms enough to dance the night away come the big day.

Now that we’ve got your attention, figure out how you can manage wedding planning stress.


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10 Sizzling Mother-Of-The-Groom Dresses

There are a lot of rules and dress-codes in the fancy world of weddings – for instance, only the bride should wear white and the bridesmaids’ dresses should ultimately complement each other. And as for the mother of the groom, her look should be ever-so understated and in harmony with the mother of the bride’s dress.

Basic traditional guidelines clearly state that the mother of the groom should wait for the mother of the bride to choose her dress before picking hers, in order for them to complement each other. That said, both dresses should obviously not match but merely flow well together. And one of the many bridal protocols require her to steer clear of off-white and white derivatives so she doesn’t steal the bride’s thunder. But of course, since we’re in the 21st century and rules are always meant to be broken, the guidelines have been revisited and have given the mother of the groom much more liberty in her choices. At the end of the day, what matters most is that the bridal “party” is happy and so, the mother of the groom should always check with the bride and groom when it comes to the dress.

To help you out, we’ve selected 10 fabulous gowns just below. Shop away!


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