10 Trending Fall Wedding Ideas You’ll Love


Are you planning an autumn wedding?

Get ready to fall in love with these gorgeous, festive ideas for your décor, attire, food, and more! Read on and make your seasonal wedding stand out.


Leafy Décor

This is the perfect opportunity for you crafty DIYers out there. Decorate mason jars, hang gilded gold or silver leaves, make confetti, create a wedding arch with bright leaves and flowers, or line your wedding aisle walkway! You can also use leaves as cute place cards, on your invitations, or for your guest book.

Vibrant Flowers

The season’s most abundant flowers include sunflowers, chrysanthemums, carnations, freesias, junipers, roses, marigolds, asters, or dahlias. Pack your bouquet with bright colors, make a floral crown, and feature pumpkins or gourds for centerpieces. Incorporate greenery, lotus pods, feathers, or berries.

Autumn Themes

Fall is ideal for a variety of wedding themes. You can host a rustic or glamping celebration; a laid-back bohemian bash; or a vintage-inspired garden party. A falling in love theme also nicely fits with this season. There’s nothing more magical than an enchanted forest wedding—except for a Halloween-style soirée! If you’d prefer to avoid a specific theme, you can incorporate classic autumnal colors.


Pop of Color

Bold colors are the hallmarks of a good autumn wedding. Rich fall hues include marsala, cranberry, plum, emerald, yellow, navy, and orange. Balance them with neutrals like ivory, charcoal, dove grey, brown, and black. Want a splash of sparkle? Copper and gold are the trending metallics. For a more rustic and down-to-earth look, you can use plaid table runners, chair covers, or napkins.

Pumpkins Galore

Would any festive fall wedding be complete without pumpkins? You can write on or carve them for your save-the-dates, make welcome signs, line your aisle, feature them in centerpieces, or use pumpkin place settings. Jack o’ lantern lights are a spooky and fun addition to a Halloween theme. For a fairy-tale celebration, paint pumpkins white or bejewel them with rhinestones.

Golden Lighting

The days in autumn grow shorter. When daylight fades, you can illuminate your reception with lanterns, candles, strung lights, mason jar lanterns, chandeliers (even outside), light-up signs, or jack o’lanterns. Be sure to light up your walkways, the aisle, your dance floor, and tablescapes. It’s worth your time to get this right: beautiful lighting creates a magical ambiance.


Signature Drink

Signature cocktails have been a huge hit at weddings the past couple years. Autumnal beverages include spiced rum cider cocktail, apple cider sangria, pumpkin apple shandy, maple-bourbon smash… Mix just about any form of spirits with berries, cinnamon, or pumpkin spice to create something nice! Hot chocolate, pumpkin spiced coffee, or sparkling cider floats are delicious, non-alcoholic options.

Seasonal Dessert

Fall is a great time to serve utterly mouth-watering morsels. Decorate your cake on an autumn or harvest theme, or go with a naked cake covered with berries. If that’s not your thing, you can serve pies or pie pops, candied apples, s’mores, turnovers, autumn brittle, pears, or candied nuts. A full-on candy station filled with your favorite goodies is a fun option, too!


Scarves, Jackets, Cover-Ups

Let’s talk comfort. Autumn kicks off the beginning of snuggle weather! For extra warmth, you can provide blankets for your guests after the sun goes down. Keep your bridesmaids warm and dry with plaid jackets or scarves, and be sure to choose a cover-up for yourself, too! Bring an umbrella if there’s a chance it’ll rain (some brides even wear boots if it might be cold).

Enchanting Hair

Now we’re at the best part: your hair. Autumn hairstyles include braids, loose curls, messy buns, and chignons with flowers or leaves tucked in. Fall flower crowns typically feature bold colors and greenery. Another gorgeous option is to wear a sparkling tiara, comb, or garland. For a Halloween wedding, try feathers or black French net. Your veil provides an ethereal finishing touch.


Want even more inspiration? Follow us on Instagram for bridal style updates, and check out our Fall Weddings board on Pinterest for an overload of pretty wedding ideas.

Blush Wedding Inspiration


In honor of breast cancer awareness month, this October we decided to highlight beautiful blush wedding accessories!

Made for the pure romantic, this charming shade of light pink is a delightful choice for a ceremony in any season. Whether you’d like to incorporate pink for a loved one or just want hues of rose quartz in your wedding, we’ve got some utterly gorgeous options!

Celebrate your love wearing one of our sparkling crystal headpieces, dreamy blush tulle veils, soft floral crowns, or rose gold headpieces! Scroll down to check out our top ten blush wedding ideas.

Beautiful Blush Gown

To start this party off right, decide if you’d like to wear a traditional white color (such as diamond white, ivory, or white) or if you’d like a gown with pink undertones. Blush and champagne gowns can be very flattering and offer a pretty, feminine alternative to the standard shades of bridal white. Try on a few and see what works best with your overall vision—then start planning the rest!

Stunning Accessories

For any formal wedding, stunning shoes are a must. Select a pair of sparkly heels in a neutral or your accent color. Coordinate your accessories, too! You can go with pure rhinestone sparkle or opt for a gold or rose gold headpiece. Check out our latest collection to see if a comb, clip, headband, or pins best fit your vision. Adding a belt beautifully enhances your gown with unique style. (For ideas, look at styles like BT050 or BT072.)

Accent Colors that Wow

Hues that pair well with a soft shade of light blush include neutrals like white, champagne and ivory. To add a bit of glamorous sparkle, try yellow gold or rose gold metallics! You can feature gold or sequins in your bridesmaids’ gowns, accessories, tablecloths, and general décor. Other colors that pop are marsala, magenta, grey, black, sage, and navy.

Blush & Lace Options

Lace is a naturally feminine, romantic choice for any blush wedding. You can incorporate lace in your wedding invitations, table settings, or chair backs. For accessories, many of our headpieces feature lace, and some of our prettiest lace veils are available with blush tulle! (This includes styles like V7034, V7273, and V7300. Ask your consultant if the lace veil you love might be available with blush tulle.)

Soft Floral Décor

Every beautiful blush wedding deserves abundant flowers. Play up this charming theme with a romantic bouquet and centerpieces. The most popular pink flowers are peonies, roses, and lilies; you can check your wedding season and select plants that will be in bloom. Add greenery or inexpensive options like baby’s breath, daisies, carnations, and/or hydrangeas. If you’re planning a spring wedding, cherry blossoms are a lovely touch.

Sweet Sparkle

Light pink lends itself to a feminine, romantic style. Drop earrings in silver or gold, stunning bracelets, and opulent shoulder jewelry are beautiful options. If you have your heart set on floral accessories, try a twinkly headpiece like 6635, a flower headband like 6645, or a soft clip like 6435 in blush. If you’d prefer a more glamorous look, try romantic halos such as 6589 or 6500. Your accessories should make you feel like a princess.

Classic Cakes & Pink Bubbly

Carry through your theme with pink desserts, too! For your wedding cake, you can select fresh blush blooms or a textured, ombré pink frosting. Sparkling layers and intricate patterns are trending. You can also skip the traditional tiered confection and opt for pink frosted cookies, cake pops, or donuts. Pink sparkling champagne? Yes, please!

Blushing Bridesmaids

Soft pink dresses for your bridesmaids are a no-brainer. You can pair neutral shades or a deeper accent color to create an interesting palette. FYI, floral bridesmaids’ gowns are trending big this year. Complement the look with flower garlands or golden headbands. (Hint: you can mix and match floral crowns like 6655 or 6571.) Feel free to add pearl or rhinestone jewelry, too!

Dapper Groom’s Style

Your groom can wear a black tux with a soft blush accent—or get creative and try something different. Navy suits and vintage styles are trending! You can add succulents and non-floral touches to the boutonnieres, or choose darker accent colors like sage, grey, and navy. Incorporate your groom’s personal style with couture cuff links or tie pins for the men.

Sweep You Off Your Feet Veils

Blush weddings are enchanting, and a veil completes your look with effortless romance. Scattered lace appliqués or a pretty Alençon lace trim will perfectly accent a graceful ensemble. (Some of our beloved cathedrals available with blush tulle include V7034CX, V7336C, and V7175C). Our ivory luxe tulle veils are ultra-soft and delicate, creating an absolutely dreamy look. (Check out V7333C or V7337).

And that’s it—now you’re ready to style a gorgeous blush wedding! For even more inspiration, feel free to check out our Pinterest boards. Follow us on Instagram to see pretty styled shoots, new designs, and industry trends.


8 Sparkly Wedding Day Accessories for Any Black Dress


Black is a chic wedding color in any season.

It provides a flattering contrast for light shades such as white or blush; makes bright hues like orange or green totally pop; and pairs famously with metallics. Sparkling silver accessories and glittering gold statement pieces both look fantastic with a LBD!

Whether you’re shopping for your bridesmaids or rocking a black gown yourself, these fun and formal accessories will turn heads.


Golden Goddess Headband

Enrich your hair with a glorious array of gilded leaves. Style 6676 is a tie headband featuring gold leaves and sparkling rhinestone accents. Totally opulent, this goddess-worthy item beautifully mirrors nature’s autumnal bliss. Style it with an ethereal gown for maximum impact.


Bling It On Headband

Shine on, you crazy diamond! Style 6611 is a gorgeous headband encrusted with glittering rhinestones. Add glamorous sparkle to your ensemble by pairing it with twinkling jewelry and a stunning veil. Create an ensemble worthy of a princess for your big day—you’re worth it!


Jazz It Up Belt

Add that extra something to your bridal party’s wardrobe. Style BT072 features round and marquise rhinestones in a narrow, linked design finished with ribbon ties. Sparkling with opulent beauty, this unique design is available in either silver or gold to match other accessories.


Enchanting Evening Belt

Embellish any formal black gown with our gorgeous belt style BT010. Available in black, diamond white, ivory, or white, this beautifully beaded masterpiece features a silver design glittering with rhinestones on a wide satin sash. This otherworldly accent is perfect for the elegant bride.


Icing on the Cake Bracelet

Bedazzle your wrists with a lovely bit of classic bling. Style BC134 is available in gold or silver and features square stones surrounded by halos. Add a touch of charm to your bridal look and enjoy wearing this sparkling accessory for anniversaries to come.


Art Deco Age Bracelet

Style a crush-worthy vintage look with your LBD. Style BC145 adds Art Deco style and sparkly pizazz to any ensemble. Available in gold or silver, this lovely design completes your edgy theme with swanky opulence. Pair it up with a headwrap or dazzling earrings to finish off your look.


Moonlight & Sunlight Earrings

For an enchantingly gorgeous look, style EA232 features pear-shaped rhinestones in a dazzlingly decadent design. Choose sparking, sunny yellow gold or shimmering, moonlit silver for your ceremony and reception. Equally perfect with a LBD or elegant gown, these sleek drops add pure glamour.


Regal Romance Earrings

Create a look of timeless beauty and romantic allure. Pretty floral drop earrings EA204 feature vintage-inspired filigree and sparkling, pear-shaped rhinestone drops. Show off exquisite style by adding a twinkly bracelet or metallic halo for your hair.


How are you dressing up your LBD? Follow us on Instagram for styling ideas!

10 Headpieces for Your Fairy-Tale Princess Wedding


“…let down your veil!” 

Source: Jen Fuj Photography for Bel Aire Bridal

Did you grow up watching princess movies? After trials, misunderstandings, and often moral peril, the happy couple finally end up together—and all of us watching get those warm, fuzzy feelings that come from believing in true love.

Princess-style weddings are naturally sentimental and lovely. The incredible beauty of overcoming all obstacles for true love touches the core of what relationships are about. Not to mention, the traditional attire of royalty—long skirts, tiaras, and sparkling accessories—is perfect for a bridal ensemble!

Celebrate your own love story by styling a graceful ensemble worthy of a fairy-tale. Check out this hand-picked selection of beautiful accessories we think you’ll adore.

Diamond in the Rough



We all know that true beauty lies within. That doesn’t mean you can’t style a glamorous, exotic wedding look! Lavish your locks with a glittering tiara like style 6698. Studded with twinkling rhinestones and crystals, this lovely statement piece pairs wonderfully with a dramatic veil.

You might like My Bridal Style: Glamorous

Bookish Beauty



The best love grows out of friendship. Celebrate your relationship with a sweet, vintage-inspired look sure to turn heads. Style 6675 is a beautifully decorated tie headband glittering with rhinestones. This radiant accent may be worn as a belt or paired with a veil for unique ensemble.

You might like My Bridal Style: Vintage

Melting Hearts



Every relationship includes a circle of supportive family and friends. Celebrate your special day with a beautiful tie headband that is perfect for you or your bridesmaids! Sparkling style 6610 transforms your look with glittering, linked oval rhinestones and graceful pearls. Wear it alone or with a veil.

You might like My Bridal Style: Trendy

True Love’s Kiss



Sometimes you find love when you least expect it. Style your free-spirited, boho-chic wedding with a beautiful, nature-inspired headband 6683. This glittering piece features tiny rhinestone flowers and gilded metallic leaves, and may be worn in silver or gold.

You might like My Bridal Style: Bohemian

Enchanted Dreams



Love is an adventure, don’t you think? Crown your hair with lovely organza flowers and glittering rhinestone accents for a sweet, romantic bridal ensemble 6551. This tie headband may be styled to the front or in the back, with or without a veil.

You might like My Bridal Style: Romantic

Eternal Rose



True love endures all trials. Add classic elegance to your bridal ensemble with a timeless tiara like 6210. Wrought in stunning filigree and glittering with rhinestones, this gorgeous headpiece shines with everlasting beauty. This design is available in either silver or rose gold.

You might like My Bridal Style: Classic  

Southern Charm



Love is a gift worth celebrating. Create a personalized look for your special day with style 6632. Incorporating crystals, rhinestones, faux pearls, and metallic leaves, this weaving tie headband adds unforgettable charm to your wedding day ensemble.

You might like My Bridal Style: Trendy  

Midnight Magic



True love is utterly enchanting. Bring your dream wedding to life with a gorgeous tiara. Sparkling with brilliant crystals and rhinestones, this fairy-tale headpiece crowns your ensemble with dreamy beauty 6627. Wear it with a veil or embroidered belt to complete your look.

You might like My Bridal Style: Glamorous

Heart of the Sea



The heart knows what it wants. Style a gorgeous, beachy look with a lovely pearl-studded headband 6531. Featuring faux pearl flowers, glittering rhinestones, and luminous crystals, this lovely bit of hair jewelry sparkles like a lost treasure. Add a veil with scattered pearls to complete your ensemble.

You might like My Bridal Style: Destination

Rarest Flower



Love takes courage and blooms in its own time. Style 6605 is all about the pretty little details, featuring a delicate array of miniature flowers sparkling with brilliant crystals. Style a unique look by pairing this nature-inspired design with a flowing veil or dainty jewelry.

You might like My Bridal Style: Romantic   


Are you planning a fairy-tale wedding? Follow us on Instagram for styling inspiration, and check out our cathedral veils and lace veils for more princess-worthy accessories options.

5 Silly Wedding Superstitions Explained


Ever wonder why it’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding, or why bridesmaids used to dress alike?

Superstitions have long influenced the ritual of getting married. Practices vary from culture to culture—sometimes even between regions! The tradition of burying the bourbon is common in the South, for example, and few brides in the Northeast would forget their something blue.

In the spirit of this spooky month of October, here are a few silly, fun superstitions that still play a part in the process of getting engaged and married. Enjoy!

#1: Setting a Date

Choosing a day to get married has always been important. The month of May was thought to be unlucky in both pagan and Christian traditions. Want the stars to align? Some cultures believe in selecting a date based on your astrological signs! Many people will avoid getting married on days such as Friday the 13th, and very few will tie the knot on non-official American holidays such as Superbowl Sunday or Black Friday. Numerology plays a part, too—dates like 10/10/10 and 12/13/14 were highly coveted!

#2: First Look

The superstition that it was bad luck for a groom to see his bride before the wedding arose from purely superficial reasons: in arranged marriages, parents worried that he might break off the engagement if she wasn’t attractive enough. Nowadays, this is just a fun tradition that allows the bride and her party to dress up together, while the groom and his buddies get ready on their own. The “first look” is a sweet moment that some couples choose to photograph ahead of the ceremony.

Bride's-squad-000081941281_Medium-(1).jpg#3: Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride

Is it true that if you’re always a bridesmaid, you won’t become a bride? Is there a limit on how many times you can be in a friend’s wedding before dooming your love life? Actually (as with the tradition of buying a diamond engagement ring), this saying was appropriated from a clever advertisement for mouthwash. That’s right. Mouthwash. So relax and have fun at your friends’ weddings. Your love story will unfold at its own pace, in its own time.

#4: Losing the Engagement Ring

Some women joke about “accidentally” losing the engagement ring if they don’t like it. While this might be tempting if he selects something truly abominable, the theory is that if you lose your wedding ring, your marriage will fail. Unfortunately, we can’t survey divorced couples to check if either one of them lost their ring during the engagement… Maybe buy a ring holder, just in case.

#5: Choosing a Dress

Did you know that your wedding gown comes with its own superstitions? In the past, women usually selected their best frock for the big day. The rhyme went that if you wore black, you’d wish yourself back (as in, you’d regret it). Wearing red, you’d wish yourself dead! If you wore blue, your love would be true; if you married in brown, you’d live in town. Nowadays, most brides choose a shade of white, but it’s completely acceptable to flaunt any color or design your heart desires, including ombré, floral, watercolor, or metallic.

Are you superstitious? Let us know what traditions you’ll incorporate on the big day!





Our Top Picks: Gorgeous Gold Lace Veils


Autumn brings us glorious color changes. This season’s outdoor weddings feature fantastic shades of crisp apple, golden brown marshmallow, dandelion yellow, deep plum, and smoky orange.

Gold accessories beautifully complement the colors of fall. Whether your wedding theme features neutral tones, rich harvest colors, earthy gem hues, or rustic-chic patterns, a bit of sparkle adds subtle glamour to your celebration.

This week, we’re featuring our metallic lace veils that look especially gorgeous in gold. Feast your eyes on this radiant display, and pick your favorite!



Add effortless charm to your bridal ensemble. Style V7281 blends graceful design with rich embroidery. A 2-tier metallic rolled edge veil flows to waltz length, with metallic floral appliqués dancing along the edge. This ethereal foldover may be worn back for silhouette-shaping style, or forward for a romantic walk down the aisle.



Classic elegance meets modern style in V7277. A 1-tier metallic rolled edge veil with metallic floral lace appliqués gracefully falls to fingertip length. This lovely design evokes the beauty of a garden with its gilded leaves and roses. Pair it with a gold headpiece and jewelry for an utterly enchanting ensemble.



Style V7270 embodies pure elegance. A 1 tier fingertip veil with metallic rolled edge and metallic floral lace, this vintage-inspired design blooms with rich detail. Scalloped floral lace along the curve of the veil creates a feminine aesthetic lustrous in its beauty. Pair it with classic drop earrings or a golden floral comb for a posh, pretty look.



Is there anything more eye-catching than an incredible cathedral veil? Style V7287C features the same gorgeous lace appliqués as style V7277, but in an ultra-romantic cathedral length! Blissfully beautiful metallic lace gives your ensemble rich color and opulence. Tie it in with your gown by adding a gold belt or headpiece for glamorous sparkle.



Our most dramatic gilded cathedral design, style V7325C pulls out all the stops. A delicate metallic rolled edge and breathtakingly beautiful embroidered lace embellishes the edge of this scalloped design. Dramatic floral flourishes and the occasional sparkling rhinestone create an exquisitely gorgeous veil fit for any fairy-tale wedding.


Want to see more? Check out our lace veils and cathedral veils pages for more options. Be sure to stop by our Fall 2016 headpiece collection or belts to create a total look for your wedding.

7 Reasons You Should Wear a Cathedral Veil


Source: Jen Fuj Photography for Bel Aire Bridal

Are you ready to look incredible?

Veils are a stylish part of the wedding outfit. Some women assume they will wear one; others firmly decide they won’t. Until you try one on, however, you won’t understand why a veil truly makes you feel like a bride.

When you have your gown fitting, try on a few different veil styles. Once you see all the options, narrowing it down can get difficult! If you’re wearing a formal gown, however, a cathedral veil is a lovely way to go.

Here’s why you should choose a cathedral for your big day.

It’s SO Romantic

Cathedral veils are seriously swoonworthy. Heart-fluttering. Jaw-dropping. You can get a foldover that shrouds your face in alluring bridal beauty; a blusher that can be lifted away for the kiss; a dreamy cut edge that blows in the breeze; a pretty lace trim that makes you feel like a princess. This ultra-long veil is ultra-romantic, pure and simple.

There’s Nothing More Traditional

Bridal veils have been a tradition since ancient times for various cultural reasons. While social norms have obviously changed over time, we still observe some traditions to honor the past and pay homage to familial practices. Mantillas and cathedral veils are a beautiful option if you are religious or simply want to respect certain cultural traditions.


Source: Jen Fuj Photography for Bel Aire Bridal

Long Veils Are Fun

Ever see couples wrapped in about a mile of tulle veil? Kissing beneath a veil? Riding bikes with the veil floating on the breeze? There are probably a hundred ways that you can photograph your long veil. You can have fun staging all kinds of photos with it, and the pictures will be amazing.

Adds Beauty To Your Outfit

A cathedral veil adds formal beauty to your wedding day ensemble. You can select a design with scattered lace appliqués, lace trim, beautiful beading, an embroidered edge, glittering rhinestones, metallic lace, a simple ribbon edge, and/or multiple layers… Your options abound. Find a long veil that complements your gown’s style and unlock the beauty of your whole outfit.

Heirloom Quality Accessory

Did you know that you can pass along your veil? Your lovely cathedral veil makes a sentimental heirloom. A future daughter, friend, niece, or sibling might just love wearing it as their something borrowed. It’s worth investing in an elaborate, beautiful accessory like a cathedral veil if you plan to re-use it in the future.

You’ll Look Truly Bridal

Anyone can put on a white dress. A cathedral veil is uniquely bridal and transforms your whole outfit. Because it is so long, you can enjoy wearing it for your walk down the aisle and either bustle it or switch to a shorter veil for your reception. Photos often capture you from the neck or waist up, so a veil will make your wedding day pics stand out.

It’s Dreamy & Dramatic

Short face veils and French net have a chic, vintage-inspired vibe. Shoulder length veils and blushers look flirty and fun. Longer veils such as elbow, fingertip, or knee length are very figure-flattering. And longer veils still such as waltz or floor length are graceful. Cathedral veils add the most eye-catching drama and dreamiest elegance to your wedding day outfit.


Source: Jen Fuj Photography for Bel Aire Bridal

If you’re hosting a formal or semi-formal event, a cathedral veil honors the beauty, grace, and sentimentality of your big day. To explore your bridal style and find a design you’ll love, browse our cathedral veils page. Then hit up your local bridal retailer and try a few on!

6 Amazing Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary


Your wedding was beautiful, and the honeymoon was amazing… and now you’re faced with the challenge of how to top all that. Every year.

Sadly, while Pinterest abounds with wedding ideas, the anniversary tag comes up with fewer posts. Husbands get in trouble for not doing anything, but many wives also insist it’s not that big of a deal. So couples wind up on a regular date, if they do anything at all.

How did we come to this?

Arguably, your anniversary should mean much, much more than your wedding. You’ve stayed together and have proven yourselves to each other. Truly, your love is worth celebrating!

You each deserve a partner who will shower you in love and appreciation on your special day. Check out these 6 ways that you can make this year’s anniversary one to remember.


Creative Gifts

While traditional, a gift can be tricky. The point is to show your partner that you appreciate them—and that you get them. It should be romantic and meaningful, so this occasion is set apart from other gift-giving times such as Christmas, his/her birthday, or V-day.

Countless blogs have urged people to depart from flowers and get more creative. By all means, focus on your partner’s quirks and give them something they’ll enjoy—be it a funny coffee mug, an engraved (insert any item here), or framed photos.

If you can’t afford Waterford crystal every year, relax. A sweet handwritten card or act of service goes a long way.  In fact, if your partner’s love language is quality time, focus instead on planning an activity.

Night Out

Getting dressed up and going out on a date cannot be overrated. When you’ve been married for a few years, it’s fun to get out of the house! All you have to do is plan ahead. Hire a babysitter or ask family to come over and watch the kids/pets. Then hit the town and enjoy being grown-ups!

You can try a new restaurant, watch a live play, visit a comedy club, go to a concert or symphony, or go on a shopping spree. Rent an upscale hotel room and pretend you’re on your honeymoon. Go out to eat so neither of you has to cook. The idea here is have fun and come back refreshed.


Night In

A romantic evening in is a lovely way to celebrate your wedding anniversary. Incorporate elements of the proposal or your honeymoon. Light nice candles and use soft sheets. Enjoy a bubble bath, massages, or your favorite movies. Play games or quiz each other. Go through photo albums. Light a fire and pop some bubbly. Whatever is extra-special for you—now is the time to indulge.

If you think your partner’s preferences may have changed (which happens) or they are under a lot of stress, you can always ask them how they’d like to celebrate. Your objective is to create an atmosphere of intimacy and/or relaxation.

Crossing the Line

A vacation is a super fun way to celebrate. You don’t have to hop on a plane to have a great time, either! Visit a tourist destination, a state or national park, or just a nearby city. For relaxation galore, schedule a spa visit. If you’d rather shop, explore restaurants and check out eclectic local spots. Tour a winery, or historic monument. Plan out things to do and enjoy your trip.

For a milestone anniversary, a trip to another country is an exciting option. Some couples go on bigger vacations every other year or every five years. Do whatever works with your situation—the important part is to get away together.

Adventure Trip

If you want adventure, find a natural spot with plenty of activities. Do something out of the ordinary, like riding a hot air balloon or sky diving. Go parasailing, rock climbing, or hiking. Try river rafting, snorkeling, skiing, snowboarding, or sailing. Go zip lining or mountain biking.

Your mission: take lots of pictures, and come home in one piece. Want something a bit less intense? Go glamping or rent a yurt on the coast. Nature is for everyone. You can visit gardens or climb a mountain. Just do something amazing.

Dreams Come True

Has your partner always wanted to go to Disneyland? How about Harry Potter World at Universal Studios? Maybe a local amusement park or water park is their idea of fun. Whether he/she would love to geek out at a pop culture museum or catch a show on Broadway, this is your chance to shine.

Make their dream come true! Celebrate by planning a surprise trip to a theme park or destination they’ve always wanted to visit. You’ll have a great time and it’ll be worth making them so happy.



How have you celebrated anniversaries? Share your favorite ideas!  

5 Ways to Manage Wedding Planning Stress


Feeling overwhelmed? You’re not alone! Most brides-to-be experience moments of stress, anxiety, or turmoil while going through the wedding planning process.

On one hand, dealing with everything from difficult family issues to frustrating vendors is good training for marriage. You’ll handle much greater challenges in the years to come. On the other, this is supposed to be a happy time. Really and truly. Your wedding is an occasion to celebrate, and the preceding months shouldn’t be miserable.

When you’re feeling the strain, try these five things to lift your spirits and get back on track.


Set Boundaries

Is your stress coming from people? From simply planning a massive event? Are you struggling to make decisions? First off, set boundaries. Don’t let other people invade your emotional space or call you every single day with questions. Kindly but firmly take control of your timeline. Avoid planning the wedding every night, and do not let it consume all your free time. Unless you’re a born multitasker, it’s ok to take this one step at a time. Learn to let go of things that, in the grand scheme, don’t really matter.

Get Help

Many brides choose to hire a wedding coordinator. If you’d rather not or can’t afford it, learn to love delegating! Yes, this is your wedding, but that doesn’t mean you have to be responsible for everything. Appoint tasks to your mother, mother-in-law, maid of honor, siblings, and close friends. Ask your fiancée to take over challenges that you’re struggling with. You can still have the final say or weigh in on decisions without having to follow through on every little thing.

Move & Breathe

Top stress relievers are exercise and meditation. Stay active and take care of your body. Work out regularly, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, and drink plenty of water. Avoid burnout by keeping in good physical shape, and rejuvenate your mind with meditation or calming music. Spend time in nature. Stop and think about the important things, and remember that your life will continue after the wedding. It is one day in your entire marriage.

Indulge Yourself

Sometimes, you just need chocolate. Or lots of ice cream. Or your favorite pizza. Not to say that your healthy diet/exercise regimen should get tossed out the window (in fact, junk foods can make stress hormones like cortisol worse), but an occasional night of guilty pleasure isn’t the worst thing in the world. Watch your favorite tv show or read something non-wedding related. Get your head in a good place, so you can jump back into the swing of things tomorrow.

Celebrate Your Partner

Keep in mind the whole point of this wedding is to celebrate your relationship. Marriage is a serious commitment, but that doesn’t mean you have to act serious every second of every day. Take time out and enjoy being in love. Have fun and laugh! Go on dates. Remember the wonderful things about your partner that made you want to get married, in the first place. Once you focus on what truly matters, you’ll find the other stuff just isn’t that big of a deal.

If you’re experiencing problems that go beyond the “regular” stresses of planning a wedding, identify the issues and figure out how to solve them. Pre-marital counseling could help. Or maybe a large wedding simply isn’t for you at all, and a more intimate ceremony (or elopement) is a better fit.


Want to learn more about how to manage pre-wedding stress? Check out these great resources: