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How do I choose a ring? When are peonies in season? Who should host the rehearsal dinner? What’s the difference between an A-line and a ballgown? Where can I have an outdoor ceremony? Get answers to these questions, plus etiquette advice, planning pointers, exclusive designer profiles and more.

18 Hot Wedding Decor Ideas

Top Houston wedding designers, florists and decorators tap big trends and alluring looks for wow weddings.

11 Romantic Houston Venues

Wildflower-filled meadows, serene chapels and glittering ballrooms—Houston's fabulous event venues offer sublime celebration spaces.

8 Wedding Etiquette Questions Answered

Orchestrating such an important event as your wedding takes some fancy footwork, a sense of humor, and, of course, lots of expert advice! Here are some of your most popular questions answered about the do's and don'ts of wedding-planning.

9 Tips for Planning a Great LGBT Wedding

Everyone is here for you, to celebrate your marriage and your commitment. The party will be great, but I can promise that if you have a thoughtful, meaningful ceremony, the party will be even more amazing.

Q&A With Texas Celebrity Chef Tim Love

If you’ve caught him on CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup,” the Food Network’s “Top Chef: The Cruise,” or in any of his many appearances on national shows including NBC’s “Today Show” and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” you know that chef Tim Love is a consummate entertainer and a master with a slab of good meat.

6 Essential Wedding Day Attire Shopping Tips

Choosing wedding attire presents a distinct conundrum: namely, how to dress oneself for arguably the most traditional of rituals, while still being fabulous, unique and stylishly on trend. Follow this essential advice for selecting, buying and caring for your “Yes, yes, YES!” dress and attire.

5 Social Media Rules for Weddings

If you’re hooked on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and/or Twitter—or know that a large percentage of your guests are likely to be—but unsure of how big or how small a role you want social media to play in conjunction with your big day, this social-media advice is for you.

10 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Menu

Offering a menu that is a reflection of you is a way to share a taste of who you are, where you come from, what you like and what you love. Think that sounds like a complicated recipe? Not so, say Houston culinary experts, who are ready, willing and excited to fulfill requests for beloved comfort foods.

LGBT Marriage: Buying, Giving and Wearing Wedding Rings

A common question many gay couples have is, “Does the person who was proposed to have to ‘propose back’ with a ring?” With gay and lesbian couples, there’s no right answer about who proposes, who gets a ring, and what that ring looks like. While there is no standard “gay-engagement ring” or “gay-wedding band,” this can, however, be one of the first areas where you as a couple express your personality through your wedding.

DIY vs. Don’t Try

So what should you DIY—and which wedding components should you probably not try? We’ve got your tips for a wedding that is as personal as it is, well…perfect!

4 Ring Buying Rules

An engagement ring and wedding band are no mere pieces of jewelry. Each is a symbol of something much more precious than fine metals or rare gems: everlasting love. Which is why, for most couples, your wedding rings are almost certain to be the most important, and expensive, jewelry items you’ve ever purchased—and why choosing rings, whether you do it together or individually, can be fraught with intense pressure. And that’s where we come in, with these essential ring-buying tips.

5 Registry Tips for Couples

You or your spouse-to-be may be the one to pick the flowers, wedding theme, and tablescape ideas. But your gift registry is one area where both parties can, and should, take an active part in planning. So get in there and get registered!

Picture Perfect Wedding Albums

There is nothing like a beautifully crafted physical album to preserve your most cherished photos, and endure as a family keepsake for generations to come. Creating a wedding album to treasure forever—and to be cherished for generations to come—starts before the first photo is even shot, with good planning.

All Night Fun

From ceremony accompaniment to selfie stations to beats that get everyone moving on the dance floor, memorable wedding entertainment comes in many sounds, sizes and sorts. Keep guests entertained from start to finish, for a lively, lovely fete they will never forget.

The Voice Of Video

Rather than mere footage of the big day, the modern wedding video is the cinematic narrative of a profoundly personal milestone.

10 Awesome Invitation Ideas

The details that go into your invitation suite, from paper type to printing technique to color palette to embellishment, all work together to give guests a glimpse of the type of event that awaits them.

3 Steps to Pre-Wedding Fitness

If you’re concerned about the state or shape of your bod, take heart: getting started is much easier than you may think! Here are three steps to getting fit, healthy, and happy for the big day and beyond.

20 Don't-Miss Wedding Day Shots

As a professional, your photographer is trained to know and capture all of the nuances necessary to keep your event alive and fresh in your mind for years to come. And these are the shots you want to make sure he or she gets, before they’re gone:

5 BIG Seating-Chart Questions Answered

The RSVPs are in. The centerpieces are selected. The menu is set. It’s time for…the dreaded seating plan. If you’re in a tizzy about organizing your reception tables, we’re here to calm your nerves.

Local Flavor: Wedding Menus with Texas Taste

The best way to give your guests a taste of the great state of Texas…is to give your guests many tastes of the great state of Texas. That’s because Texas, with its rich cultural history and unique geographic location, offers a delicious array of flavors, ingredients and emblematic dishes just waiting to be savored on your special day.

The Good Stuff

The world of wedding registries is seeing a renaissance in traditional items and luxury goods—and that’s a good thing. While trendy ergonomic lemon squeezers and countertop espresso machines can be fabulously fun additions to today’s newlywed nests, it’s the fine china, the good crystal, the luxury linens, that are likely to be with you through the years, and become heirloom pieces to be passed down to and enjoyed by future generations.

A Guide to Gorgeous

You’ve found the perfect partner, and then the perfect sites for your ceremony and reception. You've selected sensational invitations, chosen the caterer, the musicians, the menu, the florist and your wedding-day duds. You’ve left no detail unattended—or have you? Deciding how you’ll look on your wedding day is a duty that demands special attention. After all, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event!

5 WOW Wedding Themes

Picking a wedding theme certainly can be overwhelming—if you look at it as a matter of decorating, rather than one of expressing your personality, your background, your tastes and your aspirations. Get inspired by these theme-design ideas from detail-oriented Houston wedding pros, and you’ll be well on your way to setting the perfect tone for your special day.

6 Smart Flower Buying Tips

Heading into your first consultation with a floral designer is enough to make your head spin. Between distinguishing your freesia from your phalaenopsis, to figuring out whether to go high, low or somewhere in the middle with your centerpieces, purchasing your wedding-day petals can be a lot more complicated than it sounds.

5 Surefire Stress-Busters for Busy Brides and Grooms

We can’t eliminate all the extra responsibilities you’ll be taking on as you make your way toward your beautiful day. But we can offer some simple, practical, even delightful, ways to reduce pre-wedding stress and actually savor the pleasure of this special time in your (crazy busy, insanely overscheduled, totally hectic) life.

How to Find Your Perfect Photographer

It pays to enlist a photographer who understands your vision and has the talent to capture it for eternity. While budget is certainly a factor in hiring your photographer, it’s only part of the picture. Just as important is finding a photographic style that excites you and a photographer with whom you click!

Look Your Bridal Best

Before the ceremony site is selected, the menu is finalized and the honeymoon is planned—perhaps even before a date is set — a bride-to-be knows one thing for sure; she wants to look absolutely beautiful on her wedding day. And, while the task at hand may seem overwhelming (My hair, my skin, my toes, oh my!), remember there are alternatives to experimenting with homemade remedies and miracle products.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

The bachelorette party is no longer that last night of freedom, but a celebration with a more mature vision. Pre-wedding celebrations have now evolved with creative twists that include exotic destinations and at-home spa luxuries - and with it, memories that last a lifetime!