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A couple's religious faith or lack thereof often dictates how the duo plans their wedding, from the ceremony to the vows. However, nondenominational ceremonies are becoming more prevalent amongst couples who want to celebrate their love without any spiritual components. But what is the best course of action when a bride's (or groom's) parents are pushing for a religious union despite her desire for a nonsectarian ceremony? Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to host a nondenominational wedding with some traditional aspects toplease mom and dad.

There are a myriad of ways to lend traditional, religious elements to a nondenominational ceremony without overshadowing the union itself. First, consider utilizing traditional vows during your nuptials, or blending in a blessing from your parents' religion. The marriage vows of many religions possess common themes irrespective of their denominations, including friendship, commitment, mutual support, and respect. By melding your own beliefs with those of your family through the wording of your ceremony, you can stay true to your convictions while humoring your parents.

If you wish to keep your vows free from religious undertones, you may consider indulging your parents by including a symbolic gesture into your ceremony that directly pertains to their religion. For example, if your parents are Jewish, you can punctuate your "I do's" with a traditional breaking on the glass, design your ceremony space with a chuppah, or sign the ketubah.

See More: All of Your Tricky Religion Etiquette Questions, Solved!

Finally, your reception can pose a wonderful opportunity to embrace your family's religion without saturating your big day in divine elements. Couples who hope to include Christian customs in their reception might encourage loved ones to join in the blessing of the covenant, while those looking to honor the Jewish faith might celebrate with a conventional dance such as the Krenzl or the Horah.


Calling all brides: here's the right way to dress like a royal.

One of the most chic eras in fashion history made its mark on runways the world over this season–from Spring 2016 ready-to-wear, to the latest bridal collections and even on this week's Haute Couture runways, where we spotted fresh takes on the regal-yet-relaxed Edwardian era in Paris. Part Princess of Wales and part Game of Thrones, this trend has enough opulence for the glamour-girl while using fabrics that will leave the romantics obsessed. Here's how to get the look we're loving in small doses or from head to toe.

The Fashion

Loads of gossamer lace, mock necklines, empire waistlines, gilded embroidery and blouson sleeves are telltale signs that you're doing this look justice. Embellishments like ruffles, soft tiers and floral motifs are par for the course when channeling today's version of old-school royalty.

Alexander McQueen Spring 2016; Marchesa Bridal Fall 2016; Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal Fall 2016; Zimmermann Spring 2016; Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring 2016.


The Accessories

Lace flounces, encrusted minaudieres, brocade, ribbon collars and ruffled crowns take this look to the next level.

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016 handbags; Rochas Spring 2016 lace pump; Etro Spring 2016 ribbon choker; YUNOTME silk headband, $300,

The Beauty 

Rosy cheeks, dewy skin and dramatic headpieces add a period piece to an otherwise simple look, or up the ante on an already of-the-time ensemble.

Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring 2016; Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016; Rodarte Spring 2016.

The Jewelry

Glimmers of this look popped up in the season's engagement bling and in fine, aisle-worthy accessories. For the Edwardian-obsessed: look for pieces that have medieval vibes– like intricate metalwork, champagne diamonds or natural motifs like flowers and stars.

Stephen Russell pendant necklace, price upon request,; Gabriella Kiss cupid earrings, $520,; Colette tiara, price upon request,; Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. ring, price upon request,; Kwiat ring, price upon request,



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Once considered a part of street-art-filled Wynwood, bayside Edgewater, and the luxe Design District, Midtown Miami has become a destination all of its own now. Once home to a rail yard and industrial-style buildings, this new neighborhood, which popped up in the mid-2000s, was never one you'd ever think of using the word trendy to describe. But now, you can compare it to spots like New York's SoHo with chic shops andrestaurants all centered around a few well-designed, pedestrian-friendly streets, making it an easy spot to get around for guests without a car. Here are a few ways they can make the most out of a day in Midtown during your wedding weekend.

Where to Dine & Drink

SUGARCANE may only have been around five years, but it seems like it's been a staple on Miami's dining scene for decades. Recommend to guests that they head over for the happy hour (a local favorite) followed by a dinner sampling — a mélange of local and South American flavors streaming out of the three kitchens: robata, hot and raw bar.

Guests looking at the pricetags on menus around town may be worried they're in for a spendy weekend in Miami, but many chefs are stepping up to the plate introducing quality cuisine at affordable prices. Case in point: Blackbrick, one of the hottest Chinese restaurants in town, has Chef Richard Hales adding a special spin to Chinese favorites at reasonable prices. Just sample General Tso's Florida gator, and you'll see what we mean.

Bocce Bar
Bocce Bar is basically Miami's version of Eataly, with housemade pastas and antipasti dishes that source ingredients straight from Italy. Behind the bar, your guests can pick up Italian artisanal products from the restaurant's market, but they shouldn't skip over the bar itself, stocked with homemade aperitivos sure to get the evening started on the right note.

Things to See & Do

Squeeze in a Workout 
Fitness fanatics can keep up with their daily routines by booking a class at the newest Barry's Bootcamplocation in Miami. There's a reason why the hour-long classes have been dubbed "The Best Workout in the World," drawing a cult following of celebs and locals alike who love not only the secret fitness formula, but also the MALIN+GOETZ-stocked showers in the changing rooms.

Pamper Pre-Wedding
Guests who didn't have time to get a mani and pedi before hopping the flight down to Miami can resort to more than the hotel spa. Eco-chic Nail Bar is the perfect solution, with its chic pod-shaped chairs that hook up to iPhones and iPads, so they can not only control their choice of music while getting worked on, but they can also double task taking care of any last-minute arrangements they need to make before your wedding day.

See More: These Miami Wedding Favor Vendors are Sure to Please Your Guests!

Shop Design-Savvy Housewares
We won't tell if you just so happen to add an item or two from Bobby Berk Home on your registry as a subtle hint for any last-minute shoppers who need to find something in-person when they touch down in Miami. If you're a fan of mid-century modernism, this is definitely your place with collections inspired by the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Get Wedding-Day Ready 
Those who aren't part of your wedding party (but still want to get done up just as fabulously) can pop into Blo— and come out looking camera-ready with a speedy wash and blowout in under 30 minutes. Read real brides' reviews here!

Impress those guests! Head over to our Miami Vendors page to see tons of wedding décor, flowers, and show-stopping favors for your big day!


So a discussion ensued in the office about the cost of weddings generally and it all boiled down to how ridiculous some of this cost are and how people try to cut loose. Now there are certainly so many women out there that are bothered by the conundrum that is the cost of making and styling your hair on your big day. While we were discussing I said “why don’t I just cut my hair” and it came to me that there are lots of women out there who rock a low cut hairstyle and they would want to rock their low cut hairstyle on their wedding day. Hence the research for ways a would bride can rock their low cut hairstyle and still look beautiful and flawless; Here are some tips you can follow

  • One thing about low cut hairstyles is the fact that its an ornament friendly hairstyle but it all depends on the kind or type of jewelry you want on your head and you have to think of how you want to look




A veil is also a good way to accessorize as a bride with low cut, you have to choose the veil that would work best for you


  • Keep in mind that elaborate makeup would only take away from your look, so ensure to opt for a more natural look for your big day.


  • Before you pick an ornament for your hair think about your dress, this should give you an insight of what the right choice would be.


  • You can decide to keep things simple, no veil, bold makeup and no jewelry this is you approaching your natural side but still managing to keep it beautiful and stylish.


This tips for brides with low cut hairstyle would help you navigate and understand what your look would be on your wedding day without stressing.

Here is a Bridal Shower Checklist To Serve as a Guide

Planning a wedding takes a lot of work and so does planning a bridal shower. So if you are a maid of honor and you have been charged with planning the bridal shower then you have to create a checklist. So you ask, What is a checklist? A checklist is a list that contains things that need to be done, recommendations, points to consider and it is also used as a reminder.

Now don’t let the planning scare you as far as you have a bridal shower checklist all will be fine, here is a bridal shower checklist that breaks down all the fun of the pre-wedding party ;

3 Months

For a great bridal shower your plans have to start from around this time. Here’s you should be doing;

  • Set date.
  • Request guest list from bride.
  • Confirm venue.
  • Order invitations.
  • Decide theme.
  • Set a budget.

6-3 weeks to the D-day here is what you should be doing;



  • Put the address list together.
  • Send an Email of the travel date to the Out-of-town guest.
  • Have a meeting with all those planning to brainstorm ideas for decor, menu and so on.
  • Place orders for tables, chairs, linens, and other rentals necessary.
  • Delegate tasks and DIY projects to the committee.

1 Month to D-day, Here is what you should be doing;

  • Purchase items for food prep/serving, favors and decor.
  • Pick out flowers and Decors also purchase paper products.
  • Select games, music, icebreakers and other activities.
  • Check in on anyone making or bringing items.

1 Week to Date

  • Follow up with guests who haven’t RSVP’d.
  • Decide layout.
  • Assemble and prepare favors also order for balloons.
  • Purchase food and make a schedule for when to prepare food.

1 day to the Bridal Shower


  • Prepare food that can be made ahead.
  • Pick up flowers, balloons, and any purchased food or cake.
  • Prepare seating area.
  • Set up food and drink serving areas.

The Bridal Shower Day

  • Make sure house or venue is clean and smells nice.
  • Display balloons, and decorate space.
  • Set out drinks and food.
  • Have fun!

This bridal shower checklist is your guide get planning today!!!