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Planning a picture-perfect wedding day

Gilbert photographer 's tips to keep things uncomplicated

GILBERT – One of the many complications of planning a wedding is the photography – hiring the right photographer, making sure you get all the photos to commemorate your special day. It doesn’t have to be so complicated. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:42 PM

The miraculous return of a lost wedding band

Ours was a whirlwind courtship.  More...

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Make your first dance as a married couple even more special

Donna Summer may have sung about making the most of life with her song "Last Dance" in the 1970s, but during a wedding reception most of the focus is on the first dance of the evening when the newlyweds take to the dance floor for the first time afte More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:42 PM

Weddings and nontraditional families: Use patience and compassion

Families come in all shapes and sizes. During special events—particularly those steeped in tradition such as weddings— blended families may have to employ certain tactics to ensure the events go off without a hitch. More...

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“I do,” take two: Guidelines (but no hard rules!) for a second wedding

Couples are returning to the altar in increasing numbers, as second and third weddings are becoming ever more popular. More...

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Rein in destination wedding costs

Destination weddings can make for memorable affairs for brides, grooms and their family and friends. More...

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Through the seasons and storms of living, loving and marriage

“If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I'd like to do is to save every day 'til eternity passes away just to spend them with you” –Jim Croce   More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:42 PM

A crazy little thing called love

Everybody’s got a different story to tell

EDITOR’S NOTE: I asked my community of Facebook friends for their wedding stories. Here are a few of the short ones that I received. – Brian Miller, HTF staff writer  Windstorm wedding   More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:43 PM

Master wedding reception seating charts

After the vows have been exchanged and couples have donned their wedding rings, newly married couples and their guests often enjoy some well-deserved fun at the wedding reception.  More...

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Consider the pros and cons of Friday weddings

Couples give a great deal of thought to the day they choose to get married. Many engaged couples are more attached to a particular season than a specific day, but some couples will consider any time of year to say "I do."  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:43 PM

Casual weddings are gaining popularity; throw one to remember

Elegant, lavish weddings provide moments couples will remember for years to come. But while such storybook ceremonies and receptions remain popular, casual affairs are gaining popularity.  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:43 PM

Proposals, weddings and honeymoon tales shared by friends

I asked my Facebook friends last week what their proposals, weddings and honeymoons were like. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Harris and Judy Youngquist’s 1945 wedding story

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the book Life’s Journey, an autobiography co-authored by Harris and Judy Youngquist of Cook, MN, and printed in 2014. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Preparation and planning are key to a successful outdoor wedding

Outdoor weddings are romantic when done right, and a growing number of couples are exchanging vows amid an expansive garden or with the splendor of the pounding surf providing a picturesque backdrop. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Brides-to-be may consider hand-me-down gowns

Brides-to-be devote plenty of time to thinking about their wedding gowns, and some women spend months scouring stores for their ideal designs. But what if the perfect gown is already tucked away in a family member’s closet?  More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Bridal showers:

Did you know?

The modern bridal shower may trace its origins the 1890s. “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” says the first bridal shower hostess filled a paper parasol with small presents and turned it over the head of the bride-to-be. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Pets and weddings: Did you know?

Pets play important roles in their owners’ lives and are increasingly included in more activities, such as vacations, dining out and even weddings.  More...

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Symbolism: Did you know?

Symbolic gestures are commonplace during wedding ceremonies. The exchange of rings, stomping on a glass and lighting of candles are each among the various traditions associated with different faiths.  More...

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Modern trends in wedding videography

A couple’s wedding day is often a whirlwind for the bride- and groom-to-be. Happy couples hope to remember every little detail, but that can be difficult when so much is going on. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Good luck charms for wedding bliss

Couples’ wedding days are special moments, ones they hope pave the way to a life filled with happiness and good fortune. More...

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Responsibilities of bridal party members

Being asked to join a bridal party is both an honor and a responsibility. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:30 PM

The basics of shopping for wedding rings

Engagement ring purchases are usually a solo endeavor, with the groom having an idea of the ring style and color his bride-to-be prefers. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:30 PM

A mom's reminder of life's frailty

Every day I reflect on my role as a mother. Mother’s Day forces me to write it down. This is how I’m feeling about it all these days. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 07:35 PM

The right engagement ring: One step closer to yes

There are a few big purchases in life that you really don’t want to mess up—a first house, a health care plan, a new car, and especially, the engagement ring for your loved one. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 07:35 PM

Wedding day photography: Making it beautiful and memorable

The day has finally arrived! Months of envisioning, planning, imagining and dreaming about your wedding day is now a reality. The perfect dress, carefully planned details and beautiful flowers are essential to a couple's wedding day. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:42 PM

Wedding stories shared by friends from near and far

EDITOR’S NOTE: I asked friends on Facebook to tell their wedding stories for our HTF Wedding Edition. Here are the responses and pictures that they shared. – Kirsten Reichel, HTF staff writer on day. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:42 PM

Wedding rings are symbolic gestures of commitment, long-term tradition

Couples adhere to many traditions on their wedding days, including the exchange of wedding rings. Wedding rings symbolize the union of two people and their pledge to remain faithful to each other.  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:42 PM

Wedding day memorial ideas for the special loved ones in your life

Weddings are momentous occasions that are full of happy sentiments. But for couples who recently lost loved ones, an undercurrent of sadness may make wedding ceremonies and receptions somewhat bittersweet.  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:42 PM

Make proposals special and successful

A marriage proposal is a couple's first official step toward the altar. More...

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Add a twist to bouquet toss traditions

Part of what makes weddings such enjoyable events is the many traditions that are built into the day. Tradition lends familiarity to the proceedings and serves as unwritten cues for guests.  More...

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From white tie to casual, determining wedding day dress codes

Wedding invitations do more than merely announce that a celebration is on the horizon. Invitations provide key information about the ceremony and festivities to follow. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:43 PM

Did you know? The white wedding dress meaning

Though the idea that white wedding dresses symbolize virginity and purity is often cited as the reason behind wedding dresses being white, a 2014 exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London indicated that white wedding dresses were a symbol More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:43 PM

A do-it-yourself guide for your wedding

As the cost of the average wedding continues to rise, it's understandable that couples ready to tie the knot may be seeking any and all ways to save money.  More...

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Incorporate flowers into your wedding; they add beauty and ambiance

Weddings are special moments for couples and the guests they invite to share their happiness on their big days. More...

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How to handle a wedding around a holiday

While summer and fall are the most popular times of year to get married, couples can tie the knot whenever they choose, including on holidays.  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 09:43 PM

They got hitched at the Sturgis Hitchin’ Post

VIRGINIA – If you’re planning to get hitched, the Sturgis Hitchin’ Post just might be the place to do it. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

How to choose a northern Minnesota resort as your wedding site

There are hundreds of resorts in the Arrowhead Region and many of them are excited to host your wedding. In making your wedding plans, the first step may be to decide where you would like to have your wedding. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Things to keep in mind when considering a destination wedding

According to a study from XO Group Inc., creator of wedding websites TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, 350,000 destination weddings take place annually. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Tips for a do-it-yourself wedding

Those thinking about tying the knot in the months to come may be discouraged by how expensive weddings can be. But with a little ingenuity and a hands-on approach, couples can have a wedding that is inexpensive and memorable at the same time.  More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Make-your-own wedding invitations

Cost-conscious couples today seek different ways they can reduce expenses on their weddings. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Honeymoons: Did you know?

There are various theories as to the origin of the word “honeymoon.” One such theory suggests the word traces its origins to the Old English phrase “hony moone,” which suggests the honeymoon was initially steeped in cynicism. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Ceremonies: Did you know?

Though many couples still tie the knot in traditional religious ceremonies officiated by a minister, priest, rabbi or other religious leader, more couples are embracing less traditional ceremonies that can be officiated by secular officiants.  More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Month of June: Did you know?

Historically, June has been the most popular month for getting married. But some numbers now indicate that July and even October have begun to edge out June as the most popular months to tie the knot.  More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Creating a wedding registry now easier than ever

While many once popular wedding traditions might have fallen by the wayside, many others have withstood the test of time. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Marriage equality in today’s day and age

The face of marriage and weddings has changed over the years. The enactment of marriage equality laws has opened doors for same-sex couples who had been at the center of a long, controversial and decidedly dividing battle for many years. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:29 PM

Tips for taming wedding day nerves

When couples tie the knot, many changes are in store, many compromises will be made and many lasting memories will be created. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:30 PM

Customize your ceremony for a unique touch

Steeped in tradition, weddings have featured many of the same components for centuries. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:30 PM

The ‘something old, something new’ tradition

Wedding day tokens of good luck come in many forms, but “the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (a sixpence in your shoe)” adage remains one of the most popular luck-enhancing wedding traditions. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:30 PM

Three secrets to creating the shabby chic wedding of your dreams

(BPT) - Wedding trends come and go, driven by many cultural influences, but few are as enduring and romantic as shabby chic/shabby glam. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 07:35 PM

Tips to plan a socially conscious wedding

The selfish bridezilla might soon face extinction – many blushing brides now plan weddings that benefit others. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 07:35 PM

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