My Wedding Venue Was Double-Booked, and I Survived

"I’m so sorry, but there's no record of your wedding on our calendar—and that date has been booked by another couple."

These aren't words any bride wants to hear 75 days before her wedding day. Let’s rewind to the beginning of this story to better understand how my fiancé and I ended up in this mess (so you don't!).

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(Via Katelyn James Photography)

Just Got Engaged? Here Are the First 11 Things to Do

Congrats! If you’re reading this article, it’s highly likely that you are one of those lucky humans who, against all odds, has found someone you hope to spend the rest of your life with — and you’re excited AF. There are lots of decisions to be made, and everyone (repeat: everyone) is going to want to be involved in the wedding planning process. But before you freak out, remember this one truth: Your wedding is about celebrating the love you and your partner share for each other. This is your new motto. Read that sentence again if you must.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk logistics. After the Champagne bubbles have fizzled and the engagement party has come to an end, it’s time to start thinking about how you picture your big day unfolding. Don’t get swamped in all the nitty-gritty details just yet. Before you start researching garden wedding venues, here are the 11 important things every couple should immediately discuss after getting engaged.

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30 Wedding Mistakes Every Bride Makes (and How to Avoid Them!)

It’s no secret that when you’re getting married, there’s a LOT on your plate. Even well-organized couples can get the details jumbled with all that wedding planning. But there’s hope for you yet! We’ve created this handy guide to help ease your pre-ceremony stress so you can actually enjoy the celebration. From forgetting to tip your vendors to common communication faux pas, here are the 30 mistakes most brides make — and how you can avoid the same pitfalls.

1. You don’t include your partner in the planning. Even if your significant other doesn’t seem all that interested in the process, be sure to communicate the big decisions with them. You might be surprised what they actually care about. Plus, going cake tasting with your sweetheart is the best freakin’ chore ever.

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18 Hanging Flower Displays for Your Wedding

Maybe you’re hoping your Big Day will feel like an epic fairy tale wedding, or maybe you’re a more whimsical bride who prefers a boho wedding vibe. Either way, this latest wedding decor trend is sure to make all your dreams come true: hanging flowers. Florists are creating everything from small displays of buds delicately tied above tables to massive floral installations of over 14,000 stems. Read on to see 18 beautiful floral arrangements that you won’t be able to stop obsessing over.

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10 Money-Saving Honeymoon Tips from Real Couples

If you’re in the throes of wedding planning, the honeymoon budget has probably crossed your mind once or twice — or maybe all the freakin’ time. How can you host the biggest party of your life, enjoy a memorable vacay and NOT go into some serious debt? Don’t fret! Below, 10 real brides and grooms share their biggest savings tips for money-conscious newlyweds. So take a deep breath and start daydreaming about tropical drinks because, trust us, you’ll need a stress-free holiday after your big day!

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26 Reasons to Throw an Epic Brunch Wedding

Nothing is better than a boozy brunch — except maybe a beautiful wedding. When you think about it, there’s really no reason *not* to merge two of your favorite things. Picture it with us: a mimosa-filled reception tent, a towering waffle cake and ALL the bacon you can eat. And of course, there are the hidden perks: Your photographer is going to capture endless well-lit photos, and the vibe of the party can be as casual or formal as you’d like. Oh, did we mention that your morning wedding will be significantly less expensive than an evening affair? Read on for 26 more reasons why brunch receptions are becoming all the rage.

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29 Earthy Chic Wedding Ideas You’ll Obsess Over

Trend alert! After much Pinterest perusing, it’s safe to say there’s a huge push toward all things earthy-chic in the bridal world right now. Marble, cement, wood, greenery, agate and colorful geodes are some of the stylish decor choices couples are incorporating into their big day. Which vibe is best for your wedding? That’s for you to decide. But to help out, here are 29 earthy chic options that deserve to be on your Pinterest board.

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19 Ways to Save Serious Money on Your Wedding Decor

You’ve seen ’em on Pinterest: wooden farm tables, cascading bouquets, beautiful chinaware and four-tier gorgeous wedding cakes. Sounds like you’re planning your dream wedding — and you’ve got some seriously trendy decor ideas. But it’s no secret that tying the knot is expensive AF, so how are you going to have your cake and eat it too? (Pun totally intended.) Have no fear! There are tons of ways to cut back on all the little details, save cash and still capture those Pinterest-worthy wedding moments. Below, we’ve listed 19 decor hacks for budget-conscious brides. Happy pinning!

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27 Stunning Cascading Bouquets for Every Type of Wedding

Who doesn’t adore the romantic look of a cascading bouquet? Holding an oversized bouquet of lush blooms and ivy is probably one of our top wedding fantasies. Quick pop culture lesson: This flower arrangement was widely popular in the 1980s, thanks to the ever elegant Princess Diana. But now, the waterfall style is back in a fresh way! Pops of color, seasonal berries and succulents are just a few modern options to consider. Here are 27 diverse, Pinterest-worthy bouquets for the ethereal bride-to-be.

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How To Overshare: 7 Things We Forget We Do Daily On Social Media

Let’s own up to it: Social media is an addictive part of our everyday lives. In fact, habits like flipping through Facebook or Instagram have become almost second nature — 40 percent of Americans even admit to checking their smartphones while on the toilet. The problem with living simultaneously in both the digital world and reality? Sometimes we end up sharing way more than we realize.

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#StopTheTerror: Instagram Cause Calls For Peace Between Israel, Gaza And The World

Can social media make a difference in times of war?

Amid talks of a possible ceasefire between Israel and Gaza on Nov. 20, social media users are calling for peace by flocking to photo-sharing app Instagram. Under the hashtag #StopTheTerror, over 7,500 photos have been uploaded to show global support for reconciliation within the last four days.

Thirty-year-old Israeli television producer Ido Simyoni (pictured below) created this Instagram movement as a cry for peace in his country and throughout the world. While he states he “could have used the hashtag ‘stop the Palestinians’ or ‘stop the Hamas,’” he realized that the “campaign should not be political.”

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"Stop the Terror" Source: @ido8all

The Facebook 10 Commandments

The Facebook gods have spoken:

“If you violate the letter or spirit of this Statement, or otherwise create risk or possible legal exposure for us, we can stop providing all or part of Facebook to you.”

Ever glanced over Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities? We doubt you’ve given it much thought. Let’s face it: No one wants to browse a legal document when they log onto a social media site. But this relatively dense terms of service statement contains some important information about what “governs” Facebook’s relationship with the user, aka you.

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