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  • 22 Jun 2022
        Cocktail hour is an essential part of your wedding day as it gives your photographer time to capture shots of the couple and their wedding party. But if you're nervous about guests feeling bored while they wait for the bride and groom to make their grand entrance, there are fun activities you can plan for them while they wait-especially if you're heading off-site for more than an hour. A full bar and great appetizers are sure to please your friends and family, but the addition of games and activities will surely make you the best host ever. Here, we share eight great ways to keep your guests occupied while you're off taking photos.   Lawn Games Lawn Games Encourage guests to mingle with each other during outdoor cocktail hour. Go beyond the quintessential corn hole and do a series of lawn games so more guests can participate. I suggest Bocce Ball, Giant Jenga, or [create] a customized crossword puzzle about [you and your future spouse].   Mix It UpUpgrading your bar selection is sure to be a hit with your guests. Hiring a mixologist can offer up new cocktails while also teaching your guests about craft drinks-as well as history behind drinks special to your location. Interacting with your guests, while educating them about their favorite drink is a sure fire way to keep your guests engaged during the cocktail hour.   Get Crafty Make your cocktail hour activity a little more permanent by establishing a fabric station where guests can write well wishes on squares to be included in a quilt that you'll cherish throughout your marriage. The options of crafting during cocktail hour are as endless as your creativity.   Read All About It In lieu of traditional programs, create a custom newspaper of the story of the both of you as a couple. Not only is it informative, but also a way to show the connections that the couple [has] to each attendant.  
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  •     Cocktail hour is an essential part of your wedding day as it gives your photographer time to capture shots of the couple and their wedding party. But if you're nervous about guests feeling bored while they wait for the bride and groom to make their grand entrance, there are fun activities you can plan for them while they wait-especially if you're heading off-site for more than an hour. A full bar and great appetizers are sure to please your friends and family, but the addition of games and activities will surely make you the best host ever. Here, we share eight great ways to keep your guests occupied while you're off taking photos.   Lawn Games Lawn Games Encourage guests to mingle with each other during outdoor cocktail hour. Go beyond the quintessential corn hole and do a series of lawn games so more guests can participate. I suggest Bocce Ball, Giant Jenga, or [create] a customized crossword puzzle about [you and your future spouse].   Mix It UpUpgrading your bar selection is sure to be a hit with your guests. Hiring a mixologist can offer up new cocktails while also teaching your guests about craft drinks-as well as history behind drinks special to your location. Interacting with your guests, while educating them about their favorite drink is a sure fire way to keep your guests engaged during the cocktail hour.   Get Crafty Make your cocktail hour activity a little more permanent by establishing a fabric station where guests can write well wishes on squares to be included in a quilt that you'll cherish throughout your marriage. The options of crafting during cocktail hour are as endless as your creativity.   Read All About It In lieu of traditional programs, create a custom newspaper of the story of the both of you as a couple. Not only is it informative, but also a way to show the connections that the couple [has] to each attendant.  
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  • 22 May 2022
          I love Detroit, I really thing the whole city give a variety of different locations for people engagement photos. From Classic to casual there are so many hidden gems to find. These locations are some popular locations my couples love getting their photos taken at. Belle Isle Conservancy : Belle Isle is a great place for stunning dreamy greenhouse engagement photos from the fountain to The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. This is such a classic and elegant spot. You do need a permit to have your engagement session here, Your engagement photographer should be able to acquire it for you.     The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum: I love The Detroit Institute of Arts, the back steps are really the showstopper. This is a popular spot so be aware you may have to wait your turn if others are there using them . You can only be outside, you cannot have your session inside the museum. The entire grounds are breathtaking so you are going to have a beautiful session here.   The Belt-Library Street Collective: such a hot spot and so cool if you have never been there before. Its a great little artist alley around Library St. Know that if you go on a Saturday around sunset tables come out as the alley is the outdoor dining patio for a handful of restaurants in the Alley. Weekdays or Sundays are the best.       Bloomfield Hills Engagement Session Locations: Bloomfield Hills is the location of the National Historic LandmarkCranbrook Educational Community and other historic sites listed on the national register of historic places.   Cranbrook House and Garden: Incredible vistas at every turn, the relaxing melody of water streaming out of several iconic fountains, the comforting smell of flowers in one of the many remarkable gardens, the feeling of history and architectural wonder all around you…just a taste of what awaits at Cranbrook House and Gardens, located at the heart of the Cranbrook Educational Community, a National Historic Landmark   Ann Arbor Engagement Session Locations: Ann Arbor is such an amazing college town. There is so much to explore and take photos of, it could be manicured parks, to the grungy downtown look you want for your photos,. This place has it all, this is only a few of the hidden gems that is in Ann Arbor. There is so much to explore. Delhi Metropark: Nestled in a quiet bend of the Huron River, Delhi Metropark offers natural beauty to enjoy. You’ll find mature stands of oak trees, open lawns and well-maintained ecosystems along the water that herons, turtles and deer call home. Come relax in the fresh air with family and friends under our picnic shelter or give kids the space to explore on our playground. Start a bike ride from the park or explore the river by canoe or kayak.    
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  •       I love Detroit, I really thing the whole city give a variety of different locations for people engagement photos. From Classic to casual there are so many hidden gems to find. These locations are some popular locations my couples love getting their photos taken at. Belle Isle Conservancy : Belle Isle is a great place for stunning dreamy greenhouse engagement photos from the fountain to The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. This is such a classic and elegant spot. You do need a permit to have your engagement session here, Your engagement photographer should be able to acquire it for you.     The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum: I love The Detroit Institute of Arts, the back steps are really the showstopper. This is a popular spot so be aware you may have to wait your turn if others are there using them . You can only be outside, you cannot have your session inside the museum. The entire grounds are breathtaking so you are going to have a beautiful session here.   The Belt-Library Street Collective: such a hot spot and so cool if you have never been there before. Its a great little artist alley around Library St. Know that if you go on a Saturday around sunset tables come out as the alley is the outdoor dining patio for a handful of restaurants in the Alley. Weekdays or Sundays are the best.       Bloomfield Hills Engagement Session Locations: Bloomfield Hills is the location of the National Historic LandmarkCranbrook Educational Community and other historic sites listed on the national register of historic places.   Cranbrook House and Garden: Incredible vistas at every turn, the relaxing melody of water streaming out of several iconic fountains, the comforting smell of flowers in one of the many remarkable gardens, the feeling of history and architectural wonder all around you…just a taste of what awaits at Cranbrook House and Gardens, located at the heart of the Cranbrook Educational Community, a National Historic Landmark   Ann Arbor Engagement Session Locations: Ann Arbor is such an amazing college town. There is so much to explore and take photos of, it could be manicured parks, to the grungy downtown look you want for your photos,. This place has it all, this is only a few of the hidden gems that is in Ann Arbor. There is so much to explore. Delhi Metropark: Nestled in a quiet bend of the Huron River, Delhi Metropark offers natural beauty to enjoy. You’ll find mature stands of oak trees, open lawns and well-maintained ecosystems along the water that herons, turtles and deer call home. Come relax in the fresh air with family and friends under our picnic shelter or give kids the space to explore on our playground. Start a bike ride from the park or explore the river by canoe or kayak.    
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  • 25 Apr 2022
        1. Make a Surprise Entrance Bride or groom, who doesn't love a grand entrance? Viral clips of bridal parties dancing up the aisle are everywhere, so look to transport instead. It's lovely to be picked up and chauffeured to your reception, but this actually offers the perfect opportunity to surprise your wedding guests before they've even laid eyes on your outfit. Decorated trailers, wagons, horseback, bicycles, a fire truck, a motorbike with a sidecar, a tractor, a vintage double-decker bus or a vintage VW camper van ... if it's fun and you have access to it, then arrive with a bang! Everyone can pile back into the ceremony space when they've finished cheering!   2. Take Song Requests No we don't mean everybody stands in line at the DJ box (even though that tends to happen anyway!). Taking a song request from your guests can be done in advance and then seamlessly woven into the wedding band or DJ's set. Simply, add a line on the RSVP where guests can fill in their song choice and watch their face light up when it starts to play!   3. Make Wedding Welcome Bags The people you love can often travel long distances to be there on your wedding day, so what better way to surprise your VIP guests and also show them you appreciate their effort than by placing wedding welcome bags in their rooms. Add an extra special touch by choosing locally made or sourced items to the selection, and a handwritten welcome note. F   4. Silent Cocktail Menu Add intrigue to your day with a silent cocktail menu, which is also a great way to give a personal nod to your guests. How does a silent cocktail menu work you ask? Simply assign a special signature cocktail to each table, and place a card with a note of explanation as part of the table setting (like the one pictured above that says: "Secret squad surprise. Say table 11 at the bar for a luxury libation") so that your guests know something special awaits them.    5. Plant Table Games Placing games on each table is not only fun, but are a great way to loosen up the crowd, or act as icebreakers for guests who don't know each other. Create a themed trivia quiz, or print out Dingbats - visual word puzzles of famous sayings - for people to guess. Alternatively, you could play Irish Wedding Bingo (more on that, as well as a handy prinatable here!). One table game that's growing in popularity at weddings is the After Eight Challenge before the speeches. How does it work? Take an After Eight chocolate, place it on your forehead and attempt to get it into your mouth, without using your hands! Let's just say the photographs of this will be some of the funniest of the whole day. Make sure to have a little cup or token for the winner - they'll deserve it!   6. Get Creative With your Guest Book Your guest book is one of the mementos you'll keep for years after the wedding, but it doesn't have to just be a decor focal point, as it can actually be a fun way to surprise your guests!  Make sure to leave signage instructing your guests what to do, and ask someone in the bridal party to remind guests to sign, so it's full by the end of the day.   7. Get Creative With Speeches When it comes to your wedding speeches don't be afraid to rip up the rule book. Sure you can have the usual suspects stand up to say a few prepared words, but why not open up the floor to other guests. An unexpected open mic session could result is some hilarious anecdotes being shared, and maybe even a few (happy) tears being shed. Needless to say, you don't have to stick rigidly to the traditional time or place for speeches either. Why not gather everyone outside if the weather is good, to say a few words before setting off some fireworks? Or even break up the speeches with unexpected entertainment! More on that below.     8. Create a Spot for R&R While it might be high energy and shenanigans everywhere else, having somewhere quiet and comfortable to chill out can also be a nice surprise for guests. Creating a quiet room, or a space away from the dance floor, is great for older guests, those with social anxiety or sensory issues, or guests who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You can add cosy blankets if it's outdoors, or if it's indoors create a setting with low, ambient lighting, plenty of cushions and lay out some traditional board games or books as alternative activities.   9. Surprise Entertainment These days couples are thinking beyond the band, and adding to their live wedding entertainment line up with less conventional acts like magicians, drag performers, mixologists, fire breathers, Celtic drummers and more. Check out our favourite unique wedding entertainment ideas to truly add the wow factor to your celebration and impress your guests, whatever their tastes, and yours, may be!     by JESSICA O'SULLIVAN
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  •     1. Make a Surprise Entrance Bride or groom, who doesn't love a grand entrance? Viral clips of bridal parties dancing up the aisle are everywhere, so look to transport instead. It's lovely to be picked up and chauffeured to your reception, but this actually offers the perfect opportunity to surprise your wedding guests before they've even laid eyes on your outfit. Decorated trailers, wagons, horseback, bicycles, a fire truck, a motorbike with a sidecar, a tractor, a vintage double-decker bus or a vintage VW camper van ... if it's fun and you have access to it, then arrive with a bang! Everyone can pile back into the ceremony space when they've finished cheering!   2. Take Song Requests No we don't mean everybody stands in line at the DJ box (even though that tends to happen anyway!). Taking a song request from your guests can be done in advance and then seamlessly woven into the wedding band or DJ's set. Simply, add a line on the RSVP where guests can fill in their song choice and watch their face light up when it starts to play!   3. Make Wedding Welcome Bags The people you love can often travel long distances to be there on your wedding day, so what better way to surprise your VIP guests and also show them you appreciate their effort than by placing wedding welcome bags in their rooms. Add an extra special touch by choosing locally made or sourced items to the selection, and a handwritten welcome note. F   4. Silent Cocktail Menu Add intrigue to your day with a silent cocktail menu, which is also a great way to give a personal nod to your guests. How does a silent cocktail menu work you ask? Simply assign a special signature cocktail to each table, and place a card with a note of explanation as part of the table setting (like the one pictured above that says: "Secret squad surprise. Say table 11 at the bar for a luxury libation") so that your guests know something special awaits them.    5. Plant Table Games Placing games on each table is not only fun, but are a great way to loosen up the crowd, or act as icebreakers for guests who don't know each other. Create a themed trivia quiz, or print out Dingbats - visual word puzzles of famous sayings - for people to guess. Alternatively, you could play Irish Wedding Bingo (more on that, as well as a handy prinatable here!). One table game that's growing in popularity at weddings is the After Eight Challenge before the speeches. How does it work? Take an After Eight chocolate, place it on your forehead and attempt to get it into your mouth, without using your hands! Let's just say the photographs of this will be some of the funniest of the whole day. Make sure to have a little cup or token for the winner - they'll deserve it!   6. Get Creative With your Guest Book Your guest book is one of the mementos you'll keep for years after the wedding, but it doesn't have to just be a decor focal point, as it can actually be a fun way to surprise your guests!  Make sure to leave signage instructing your guests what to do, and ask someone in the bridal party to remind guests to sign, so it's full by the end of the day.   7. Get Creative With Speeches When it comes to your wedding speeches don't be afraid to rip up the rule book. Sure you can have the usual suspects stand up to say a few prepared words, but why not open up the floor to other guests. An unexpected open mic session could result is some hilarious anecdotes being shared, and maybe even a few (happy) tears being shed. Needless to say, you don't have to stick rigidly to the traditional time or place for speeches either. Why not gather everyone outside if the weather is good, to say a few words before setting off some fireworks? Or even break up the speeches with unexpected entertainment! More on that below.     8. Create a Spot for R&R While it might be high energy and shenanigans everywhere else, having somewhere quiet and comfortable to chill out can also be a nice surprise for guests. Creating a quiet room, or a space away from the dance floor, is great for older guests, those with social anxiety or sensory issues, or guests who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You can add cosy blankets if it's outdoors, or if it's indoors create a setting with low, ambient lighting, plenty of cushions and lay out some traditional board games or books as alternative activities.   9. Surprise Entertainment These days couples are thinking beyond the band, and adding to their live wedding entertainment line up with less conventional acts like magicians, drag performers, mixologists, fire breathers, Celtic drummers and more. Check out our favourite unique wedding entertainment ideas to truly add the wow factor to your celebration and impress your guests, whatever their tastes, and yours, may be!     by JESSICA O'SULLIVAN
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  • 07 Apr 2022
    I DID NOT take this photo nor do I own the rights to this photo     In today's technology-obsessed culture, stealing several hours of gadget-free time for an unplugged wedding ceremony should be a gift to your guests. But, prying Instagram-obsessed friends away from their devices may pose a #problem for some. The gadget-free wedding trend certainly isn't for everyone, but for couples wishing to take the plunge, how exactly do you go about enforcing a no cell phone policy without taking the fun out of the affair?   What Is an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?  An unplugged wedding ceremony is a ceremony in which the couple requests that guests put away cell phones, cameras, and any other devices in order for them to be present in the moment.   I have had the pleasure of covering over 15 unplugged weddings and I have to say its very special for family and friends to sit back and enjoy the moment instead of worrying about posting photos and videos online. Not to mention the bride and groom don't have to worry about unflattering photos leaking, or not being the first to share their special day.     When guests aren't fixated on texting or capturing the money shot of the bride walking down the aisle, the event immediately grows in intimacy. "For the couple, it focuses the entire energy of the whole ceremony onto what's actually happening and that sacred moment of the actual wedding," says van Son, which is, you know, the reason your nearest and dearest have gathered together in the first place.   Eliminating phones and cameras is also a blessing from a photographer's perspective. "It gives us clear shots, which is awesome," adds van Son. "We don't have to struggle to find an angle and it's a more visually appealing look than phones in the air." Because no couple should have extended limbs obstructing their professional pics. And, let's be honest—of the snippets from each guests' unwarranted photoshoots, one or two might make it to Facebook or Instagram, while the rest will merely live on their phones, out of sight, for all eternity.   Know that, with this fad, you're not obligated to restrict technology for the entirecelebration (unless you're so inclined). As long as guests remain respectful of the photographer at the reception (van Son cites stories of iPad-armed relatives blocking her first dance shots), there's no reason why everyone can't resume their normal phone activities after the ceremony. After all, that wedding hashtag content won't create itself.   First things first—send out a heads-up before the wedding...and then a few more. "If you're going to do it, make it clear in advance, and also repeat it," advises van Son. "Saying it another couple of times somehow helps." Spread the word through your save the dates, wedding website, and/or day-of ceremony program for one final reminder. However, van Son warns that some guests may think that they're exempt from the no-phone rule (i.e. the groom's aunt who simply MUST get a photo from the aisle). Signs spaced throughout the venue can easily help spread the word, but they have become a bit commonplace, meaning attendees may not acknowledge them. For a more effective method, have your wedding officiant gently mention it during his/her welcome speech. "They're an authority figure, so people tend to listen to that," she says.   If you prefer a more hands-on method of separating your guests from their phones, try providing a cell phone storage station or baskets where attendees can individually tag and stow their devices safely, labeling the space with a quirky sign stating, "Hold the Phone!" or "Call It a Day!". Above all, make sure your guests don't feel compelled to fork over their phones if the device is truly necessary (say, for urgent business matters or a family emergency), and refrain from jumping into punishment mode if a guest sneaks a selfie or two. Ultimately, banning phone and camera use at wedding ceremonies fosters a stronger bond between newlyweds and their guests. "I think our culture has gone to a place where everything is so instant and connected, to a point where we're not connected," says van Son. "It's nice to slow down." Two thumbs up for this refreshing movement.       source   Tyler Atwood and Blair Donovan              
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  • I DID NOT take this photo nor do I own the rights to this photo     In today's technology-obsessed culture, stealing several hours of gadget-free time for an unplugged wedding ceremony should be a gift to your guests. But, prying Instagram-obsessed friends away from their devices may pose a #problem for some. The gadget-free wedding trend certainly isn't for everyone, but for couples wishing to take the plunge, how exactly do you go about enforcing a no cell phone policy without taking the fun out of the affair?   What Is an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?  An unplugged wedding ceremony is a ceremony in which the couple requests that guests put away cell phones, cameras, and any other devices in order for them to be present in the moment.   I have had the pleasure of covering over 15 unplugged weddings and I have to say its very special for family and friends to sit back and enjoy the moment instead of worrying about posting photos and videos online. Not to mention the bride and groom don't have to worry about unflattering photos leaking, or not being the first to share their special day.     When guests aren't fixated on texting or capturing the money shot of the bride walking down the aisle, the event immediately grows in intimacy. "For the couple, it focuses the entire energy of the whole ceremony onto what's actually happening and that sacred moment of the actual wedding," says van Son, which is, you know, the reason your nearest and dearest have gathered together in the first place.   Eliminating phones and cameras is also a blessing from a photographer's perspective. "It gives us clear shots, which is awesome," adds van Son. "We don't have to struggle to find an angle and it's a more visually appealing look than phones in the air." Because no couple should have extended limbs obstructing their professional pics. And, let's be honest—of the snippets from each guests' unwarranted photoshoots, one or two might make it to Facebook or Instagram, while the rest will merely live on their phones, out of sight, for all eternity.   Know that, with this fad, you're not obligated to restrict technology for the entirecelebration (unless you're so inclined). As long as guests remain respectful of the photographer at the reception (van Son cites stories of iPad-armed relatives blocking her first dance shots), there's no reason why everyone can't resume their normal phone activities after the ceremony. After all, that wedding hashtag content won't create itself.   First things first—send out a heads-up before the wedding...and then a few more. "If you're going to do it, make it clear in advance, and also repeat it," advises van Son. "Saying it another couple of times somehow helps." Spread the word through your save the dates, wedding website, and/or day-of ceremony program for one final reminder. However, van Son warns that some guests may think that they're exempt from the no-phone rule (i.e. the groom's aunt who simply MUST get a photo from the aisle). Signs spaced throughout the venue can easily help spread the word, but they have become a bit commonplace, meaning attendees may not acknowledge them. For a more effective method, have your wedding officiant gently mention it during his/her welcome speech. "They're an authority figure, so people tend to listen to that," she says.   If you prefer a more hands-on method of separating your guests from their phones, try providing a cell phone storage station or baskets where attendees can individually tag and stow their devices safely, labeling the space with a quirky sign stating, "Hold the Phone!" or "Call It a Day!". Above all, make sure your guests don't feel compelled to fork over their phones if the device is truly necessary (say, for urgent business matters or a family emergency), and refrain from jumping into punishment mode if a guest sneaks a selfie or two. Ultimately, banning phone and camera use at wedding ceremonies fosters a stronger bond between newlyweds and their guests. "I think our culture has gone to a place where everything is so instant and connected, to a point where we're not connected," says van Son. "It's nice to slow down." Two thumbs up for this refreshing movement.       source   Tyler Atwood and Blair Donovan              
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  • 05 Apr 2022
        There will be more weddings in the United States in 2022 than any other year since 1984, according to a new survey by The Knot. The wedding planning site estimates that some 2.6 million weddings will take place this year, a boom that follows a record number of cancellations, postponements, elopements–and lots of Zoom nuptials–during the past two years. “Weddings are, without a doubt, back to pre-pandemic levels,” says Hannah Nowack, Real Weddings editor at The Knot.     While some couples will certainly continue to host small, intimate micro-weddings and minimonies, wedding vendors, venues and planners note a return to traditional ceremonies with larger guest lists. In the second half of 2021, The Knot saw the average guest count climb up to 110. In 2022, the average number of guests is projected to be 129, which is in line with pre-pandemic numbers, when the average was 131. “After so many months of planning, and time spent away from loved ones, these couples are eager to reunite and celebrate with a blowout bash,” says Nowack.    Jennifer McNicholl got engaged in December of 2020, before the nationwide rollout of the first Covid-19 vaccines, but immediately knew she would still opt for a big, traditional Long Island wedding. “I planned a big traditional wedding right from the start,” says McNicholl. “I didn’t hesitate because by 2022 the vendors and I were confident that we wouldn’t be in a state of emergency.” Last week she sent out invitations to all 250 guests for her July 2022 wedding. Couples are also ready to once again shell out more green for their white wedding. The Knot found that, on average, couples spent $28,000 on their ceremony and reception, back in line with 2019 levels. And for the sixth year in a row, October will be the most popular month (17% of all weddings), with October 22, 2022, being the most sought-after booking date. Other trends include the rise of domestic destination weddings and weddings as multi-day events, which hotel venues are ready to capitalize on. Venues and hotels are now adjusting to the return of the big wedding, while still answering to the bride who craves an intimate gathering.   “Big ‘traditional’ weddings will never go away . . . but intimate, smaller weddings are also here to stay,” says Vasso Power, director of catering at The Gwen, a hotel located in the former McGraw-Hill building in downtown Chicago. Two years into the pandemic, The Gwen reports that 65% of all wedding inquiries are for smaller affairs and micro-weddings. “Requests for 20- to 30-person weddings at The Gwen have increased tremendously and we receive inquiries daily,” says Power. “The most popular package is the non-package,” she continues. “In essence, it’s all about customizing the experience to reflect the couple’s style. With smaller weddings, there is more of an opportunity for the culinary team to play with flavors and cuisine that is meaningful to the couple.” Value-focused planning is another big priority for the newly engaged, especially for Millennial and Gen-Z couples. “Instead of simply seeing their nuptials as a fun celebration, they're also finding ways for the big day to leave a positive, lasting impact,” says Nowack. In addition to dealing with supply chain issues, brides are more mindful about wedding wastefulness and the pandemic’s long-lasting effect on small businesses, new brides are supporting the local economy and environment whenever possible. As a result, hiring local vendors, relying on seasonal flowers and produce are becoming central to the wedding planning process. Domestic destination weddings are especially popular post-pandemic, according to Nowack. “With the uncertainty couples may feel when it comes to international travel regulations, we're seeing some to-be-weds opting for U.S.-based destinations that remind them of international spots,” says Nowack. Marcy Cline, a hair colorist in New York City, is maid of honor to a couple getting married in Miami next month at The Villa Woodbine, a venue designed by Walter de Garmo, famous for his Mediterranean-Renaissance style. “They’re expecting more than 100, and people are flying in from out of the country,” she says. The bride and groom also don’t have any safety measures in place, and have been pretty easygoing about planning—up until the weeks leading up to their Jack-and-Jill wedding shower in January, right after the omicron spike during the holidays. “Finally, they were pretty nervous,” says Cline, “but their wedding will go on as planned.” In 2021, The Knot found that 85% of couples enforced at least one health and safety measure, with three on average. Affianced couples in 2021 were able to plan without any delays due to vaccines, eased restrictions and a rise in available testing. But like McNicholl, many 2022 brides are altogether ditching the norms that the brides of 2020 and 2021 had to enforce. “There are no masks, no restrictions at all,” says McNicholl. “I'm paying thousands of dollars to my photographers, and I want to see the emotions and happiness.”       written by Tanya Klich     
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  •     There will be more weddings in the United States in 2022 than any other year since 1984, according to a new survey by The Knot. The wedding planning site estimates that some 2.6 million weddings will take place this year, a boom that follows a record number of cancellations, postponements, elopements–and lots of Zoom nuptials–during the past two years. “Weddings are, without a doubt, back to pre-pandemic levels,” says Hannah Nowack, Real Weddings editor at The Knot.     While some couples will certainly continue to host small, intimate micro-weddings and minimonies, wedding vendors, venues and planners note a return to traditional ceremonies with larger guest lists. In the second half of 2021, The Knot saw the average guest count climb up to 110. In 2022, the average number of guests is projected to be 129, which is in line with pre-pandemic numbers, when the average was 131. “After so many months of planning, and time spent away from loved ones, these couples are eager to reunite and celebrate with a blowout bash,” says Nowack.    Jennifer McNicholl got engaged in December of 2020, before the nationwide rollout of the first Covid-19 vaccines, but immediately knew she would still opt for a big, traditional Long Island wedding. “I planned a big traditional wedding right from the start,” says McNicholl. “I didn’t hesitate because by 2022 the vendors and I were confident that we wouldn’t be in a state of emergency.” Last week she sent out invitations to all 250 guests for her July 2022 wedding. Couples are also ready to once again shell out more green for their white wedding. The Knot found that, on average, couples spent $28,000 on their ceremony and reception, back in line with 2019 levels. And for the sixth year in a row, October will be the most popular month (17% of all weddings), with October 22, 2022, being the most sought-after booking date. Other trends include the rise of domestic destination weddings and weddings as multi-day events, which hotel venues are ready to capitalize on. Venues and hotels are now adjusting to the return of the big wedding, while still answering to the bride who craves an intimate gathering.   “Big ‘traditional’ weddings will never go away . . . but intimate, smaller weddings are also here to stay,” says Vasso Power, director of catering at The Gwen, a hotel located in the former McGraw-Hill building in downtown Chicago. Two years into the pandemic, The Gwen reports that 65% of all wedding inquiries are for smaller affairs and micro-weddings. “Requests for 20- to 30-person weddings at The Gwen have increased tremendously and we receive inquiries daily,” says Power. “The most popular package is the non-package,” she continues. “In essence, it’s all about customizing the experience to reflect the couple’s style. With smaller weddings, there is more of an opportunity for the culinary team to play with flavors and cuisine that is meaningful to the couple.” Value-focused planning is another big priority for the newly engaged, especially for Millennial and Gen-Z couples. “Instead of simply seeing their nuptials as a fun celebration, they're also finding ways for the big day to leave a positive, lasting impact,” says Nowack. In addition to dealing with supply chain issues, brides are more mindful about wedding wastefulness and the pandemic’s long-lasting effect on small businesses, new brides are supporting the local economy and environment whenever possible. As a result, hiring local vendors, relying on seasonal flowers and produce are becoming central to the wedding planning process. Domestic destination weddings are especially popular post-pandemic, according to Nowack. “With the uncertainty couples may feel when it comes to international travel regulations, we're seeing some to-be-weds opting for U.S.-based destinations that remind them of international spots,” says Nowack. Marcy Cline, a hair colorist in New York City, is maid of honor to a couple getting married in Miami next month at The Villa Woodbine, a venue designed by Walter de Garmo, famous for his Mediterranean-Renaissance style. “They’re expecting more than 100, and people are flying in from out of the country,” she says. The bride and groom also don’t have any safety measures in place, and have been pretty easygoing about planning—up until the weeks leading up to their Jack-and-Jill wedding shower in January, right after the omicron spike during the holidays. “Finally, they were pretty nervous,” says Cline, “but their wedding will go on as planned.” In 2021, The Knot found that 85% of couples enforced at least one health and safety measure, with three on average. Affianced couples in 2021 were able to plan without any delays due to vaccines, eased restrictions and a rise in available testing. But like McNicholl, many 2022 brides are altogether ditching the norms that the brides of 2020 and 2021 had to enforce. “There are no masks, no restrictions at all,” says McNicholl. “I'm paying thousands of dollars to my photographers, and I want to see the emotions and happiness.”       written by Tanya Klich     
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  • 05 Mar 2022
          Three hundred and sixty-five days—and counting! The first year of marriage is in the books, which means it's time to celebrate. Any couple who tied the knot in the midst of a global pandemic deserves an epic first anniversary celebration (and a seriously thoughtful one-year anniversary gift too). Whether you're shopping for your spouse or your favorite newlyweds, we've raised the bar when it comes to finding the best presents for this amazing milestone. From sentimental keepsakes to cool, practical presents, there's something on our list to suit every spouse and every couple. But before we get started, find out everything you need to know about the traditional and modern first-year anniversary gifts below. (Hint: This year is also known as the paper anniversary.)Decided to go down the traditional route? There are so many creative ways to honor the paper anniversary (aside from writing a sweet card, of course). We've found some of the coolest paper anniversary gifts you've probably never thought of before, from origami earrings to book subscriptions. Ready to get started? Find the perfect first anniversary gift for your husband, wife or the happy couple right here.           Thoughtful Photo Book     As far as paper gifts for your first anniversary go, a custom photo book is one of the most sentimental. Fill it with snapshots looking back on your first year together, starting from the day you each said "I do." This timeless photo album comes with a linen cover protected by a full or partial dust jacket showcasing an extra-special memory (one of your favorite wedding photos, maybe?). ORDER NOW       Wedding Invitation Cuff Links     Here's another unique paper accessory you might not have seen coming. These special cuff links are personalized with little pieces of your wedding invitations. Durable and designed to last, your S.O. can truly wear their heart on their sleeve in the form of this romantic present.       Letterpress Wedding Vows       Why not have your wedding vows elegantly printed on luxe paper? Not only is this a lovely reminder of your wedding day, but of the promises you both made. Print them out yourself or leave it to a professional; this letterpressed option is totally wall-worthy.       Fun Adventure Journal     You've probably had your fair share of date nights after a year of marriage, so it's totally normal if you're starting to run out of ideas. If that's the case, this bestselling book is the solution. The pages come printed with surprise, scratch-off activities for you two to do together, from blindfolded baking to recreating your grandparents' first date. To help hold onto every memory, you can also upgrade to a gift set that comes with an instant camera.    
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  •       Three hundred and sixty-five days—and counting! The first year of marriage is in the books, which means it's time to celebrate. Any couple who tied the knot in the midst of a global pandemic deserves an epic first anniversary celebration (and a seriously thoughtful one-year anniversary gift too). Whether you're shopping for your spouse or your favorite newlyweds, we've raised the bar when it comes to finding the best presents for this amazing milestone. From sentimental keepsakes to cool, practical presents, there's something on our list to suit every spouse and every couple. But before we get started, find out everything you need to know about the traditional and modern first-year anniversary gifts below. (Hint: This year is also known as the paper anniversary.)Decided to go down the traditional route? There are so many creative ways to honor the paper anniversary (aside from writing a sweet card, of course). We've found some of the coolest paper anniversary gifts you've probably never thought of before, from origami earrings to book subscriptions. Ready to get started? Find the perfect first anniversary gift for your husband, wife or the happy couple right here.           Thoughtful Photo Book     As far as paper gifts for your first anniversary go, a custom photo book is one of the most sentimental. Fill it with snapshots looking back on your first year together, starting from the day you each said "I do." This timeless photo album comes with a linen cover protected by a full or partial dust jacket showcasing an extra-special memory (one of your favorite wedding photos, maybe?). ORDER NOW       Wedding Invitation Cuff Links     Here's another unique paper accessory you might not have seen coming. These special cuff links are personalized with little pieces of your wedding invitations. Durable and designed to last, your S.O. can truly wear their heart on their sleeve in the form of this romantic present.       Letterpress Wedding Vows       Why not have your wedding vows elegantly printed on luxe paper? Not only is this a lovely reminder of your wedding day, but of the promises you both made. Print them out yourself or leave it to a professional; this letterpressed option is totally wall-worthy.       Fun Adventure Journal     You've probably had your fair share of date nights after a year of marriage, so it's totally normal if you're starting to run out of ideas. If that's the case, this bestselling book is the solution. The pages come printed with surprise, scratch-off activities for you two to do together, from blindfolded baking to recreating your grandparents' first date. To help hold onto every memory, you can also upgrade to a gift set that comes with an instant camera.    
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  •     Cocktail hour is an essential part of your wedding day as it gives your photographer time to capture shots of the couple and their wedding party. But if you're nervous about guests feeling bored while they wait for the bride and groom to make their grand entrance, there are fun activities you can plan for them while they wait-especially if you're heading off-site for more than an hour. A full bar and great appetizers are sure to please your friends and family, but the addition of games and activities will surely make you the best host ever. Here, we share eight great ways to keep your guests occupied while you're off taking photos.   Lawn Games Lawn Games Encourage guests to mingle with each other during outdoor cocktail hour. Go beyond the quintessential corn hole and do a series of lawn games so more guests can participate. I suggest Bocce Ball, Giant Jenga, or [create] a customized crossword puzzle about [you and your future spouse].   Mix It UpUpgrading your bar selection is sure to be a hit with your guests. Hiring a mixologist can offer up new cocktails while also teaching your guests about craft drinks-as well as history behind drinks special to your location. Interacting with your guests, while educating them about their favorite drink is a sure fire way to keep your guests engaged during the cocktail hour.   Get Crafty Make your cocktail hour activity a little more permanent by establishing a fabric station where guests can write well wishes on squares to be included in a quilt that you'll cherish throughout your marriage. The options of crafting during cocktail hour are as endless as your creativity.   Read All About It In lieu of traditional programs, create a custom newspaper of the story of the both of you as a couple. Not only is it informative, but also a way to show the connections that the couple [has] to each attendant.  
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  •       I love Detroit, I really thing the whole city give a variety of different locations for people engagement photos. From Classic to casual there are so many hidden gems to find. These locations are some popular locations my couples love getting their photos taken at. Belle Isle Conservancy : Belle Isle is a great place for stunning dreamy greenhouse engagement photos from the fountain to The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. This is such a classic and elegant spot. You do need a permit to have your engagement session here, Your engagement photographer should be able to acquire it for you.     The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum: I love The Detroit Institute of Arts, the back steps are really the showstopper. This is a popular spot so be aware you may have to wait your turn if others are there using them . You can only be outside, you cannot have your session inside the museum. The entire grounds are breathtaking so you are going to have a beautiful session here.   The Belt-Library Street Collective: such a hot spot and so cool if you have never been there before. Its a great little artist alley around Library St. Know that if you go on a Saturday around sunset tables come out as the alley is the outdoor dining patio for a handful of restaurants in the Alley. Weekdays or Sundays are the best.       Bloomfield Hills Engagement Session Locations: Bloomfield Hills is the location of the National Historic LandmarkCranbrook Educational Community and other historic sites listed on the national register of historic places.   Cranbrook House and Garden: Incredible vistas at every turn, the relaxing melody of water streaming out of several iconic fountains, the comforting smell of flowers in one of the many remarkable gardens, the feeling of history and architectural wonder all around you…just a taste of what awaits at Cranbrook House and Gardens, located at the heart of the Cranbrook Educational Community, a National Historic Landmark   Ann Arbor Engagement Session Locations: Ann Arbor is such an amazing college town. There is so much to explore and take photos of, it could be manicured parks, to the grungy downtown look you want for your photos,. This place has it all, this is only a few of the hidden gems that is in Ann Arbor. There is so much to explore. Delhi Metropark: Nestled in a quiet bend of the Huron River, Delhi Metropark offers natural beauty to enjoy. You’ll find mature stands of oak trees, open lawns and well-maintained ecosystems along the water that herons, turtles and deer call home. Come relax in the fresh air with family and friends under our picnic shelter or give kids the space to explore on our playground. Start a bike ride from the park or explore the river by canoe or kayak.    
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  •     1. Make a Surprise Entrance Bride or groom, who doesn't love a grand entrance? Viral clips of bridal parties dancing up the aisle are everywhere, so look to transport instead. It's lovely to be picked up and chauffeured to your reception, but this actually offers the perfect opportunity to surprise your wedding guests before they've even laid eyes on your outfit. Decorated trailers, wagons, horseback, bicycles, a fire truck, a motorbike with a sidecar, a tractor, a vintage double-decker bus or a vintage VW camper van ... if it's fun and you have access to it, then arrive with a bang! Everyone can pile back into the ceremony space when they've finished cheering!   2. Take Song Requests No we don't mean everybody stands in line at the DJ box (even though that tends to happen anyway!). Taking a song request from your guests can be done in advance and then seamlessly woven into the wedding band or DJ's set. Simply, add a line on the RSVP where guests can fill in their song choice and watch their face light up when it starts to play!   3. Make Wedding Welcome Bags The people you love can often travel long distances to be there on your wedding day, so what better way to surprise your VIP guests and also show them you appreciate their effort than by placing wedding welcome bags in their rooms. Add an extra special touch by choosing locally made or sourced items to the selection, and a handwritten welcome note. F   4. Silent Cocktail Menu Add intrigue to your day with a silent cocktail menu, which is also a great way to give a personal nod to your guests. How does a silent cocktail menu work you ask? Simply assign a special signature cocktail to each table, and place a card with a note of explanation as part of the table setting (like the one pictured above that says: "Secret squad surprise. Say table 11 at the bar for a luxury libation") so that your guests know something special awaits them.    5. Plant Table Games Placing games on each table is not only fun, but are a great way to loosen up the crowd, or act as icebreakers for guests who don't know each other. Create a themed trivia quiz, or print out Dingbats - visual word puzzles of famous sayings - for people to guess. Alternatively, you could play Irish Wedding Bingo (more on that, as well as a handy prinatable here!). One table game that's growing in popularity at weddings is the After Eight Challenge before the speeches. How does it work? Take an After Eight chocolate, place it on your forehead and attempt to get it into your mouth, without using your hands! Let's just say the photographs of this will be some of the funniest of the whole day. Make sure to have a little cup or token for the winner - they'll deserve it!   6. Get Creative With your Guest Book Your guest book is one of the mementos you'll keep for years after the wedding, but it doesn't have to just be a decor focal point, as it can actually be a fun way to surprise your guests!  Make sure to leave signage instructing your guests what to do, and ask someone in the bridal party to remind guests to sign, so it's full by the end of the day.   7. Get Creative With Speeches When it comes to your wedding speeches don't be afraid to rip up the rule book. Sure you can have the usual suspects stand up to say a few prepared words, but why not open up the floor to other guests. An unexpected open mic session could result is some hilarious anecdotes being shared, and maybe even a few (happy) tears being shed. Needless to say, you don't have to stick rigidly to the traditional time or place for speeches either. Why not gather everyone outside if the weather is good, to say a few words before setting off some fireworks? Or even break up the speeches with unexpected entertainment! More on that below.     8. Create a Spot for R&R While it might be high energy and shenanigans everywhere else, having somewhere quiet and comfortable to chill out can also be a nice surprise for guests. Creating a quiet room, or a space away from the dance floor, is great for older guests, those with social anxiety or sensory issues, or guests who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You can add cosy blankets if it's outdoors, or if it's indoors create a setting with low, ambient lighting, plenty of cushions and lay out some traditional board games or books as alternative activities.   9. Surprise Entertainment These days couples are thinking beyond the band, and adding to their live wedding entertainment line up with less conventional acts like magicians, drag performers, mixologists, fire breathers, Celtic drummers and more. Check out our favourite unique wedding entertainment ideas to truly add the wow factor to your celebration and impress your guests, whatever their tastes, and yours, may be!     by JESSICA O'SULLIVAN
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  • I DID NOT take this photo nor do I own the rights to this photo     In today's technology-obsessed culture, stealing several hours of gadget-free time for an unplugged wedding ceremony should be a gift to your guests. But, prying Instagram-obsessed friends away from their devices may pose a #problem for some. The gadget-free wedding trend certainly isn't for everyone, but for couples wishing to take the plunge, how exactly do you go about enforcing a no cell phone policy without taking the fun out of the affair?   What Is an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?  An unplugged wedding ceremony is a ceremony in which the couple requests that guests put away cell phones, cameras, and any other devices in order for them to be present in the moment.   I have had the pleasure of covering over 15 unplugged weddings and I have to say its very special for family and friends to sit back and enjoy the moment instead of worrying about posting photos and videos online. Not to mention the bride and groom don't have to worry about unflattering photos leaking, or not being the first to share their special day.     When guests aren't fixated on texting or capturing the money shot of the bride walking down the aisle, the event immediately grows in intimacy. "For the couple, it focuses the entire energy of the whole ceremony onto what's actually happening and that sacred moment of the actual wedding," says van Son, which is, you know, the reason your nearest and dearest have gathered together in the first place.   Eliminating phones and cameras is also a blessing from a photographer's perspective. "It gives us clear shots, which is awesome," adds van Son. "We don't have to struggle to find an angle and it's a more visually appealing look than phones in the air." Because no couple should have extended limbs obstructing their professional pics. And, let's be honest—of the snippets from each guests' unwarranted photoshoots, one or two might make it to Facebook or Instagram, while the rest will merely live on their phones, out of sight, for all eternity.   Know that, with this fad, you're not obligated to restrict technology for the entirecelebration (unless you're so inclined). As long as guests remain respectful of the photographer at the reception (van Son cites stories of iPad-armed relatives blocking her first dance shots), there's no reason why everyone can't resume their normal phone activities after the ceremony. After all, that wedding hashtag content won't create itself.   First things first—send out a heads-up before the wedding...and then a few more. "If you're going to do it, make it clear in advance, and also repeat it," advises van Son. "Saying it another couple of times somehow helps." Spread the word through your save the dates, wedding website, and/or day-of ceremony program for one final reminder. However, van Son warns that some guests may think that they're exempt from the no-phone rule (i.e. the groom's aunt who simply MUST get a photo from the aisle). Signs spaced throughout the venue can easily help spread the word, but they have become a bit commonplace, meaning attendees may not acknowledge them. For a more effective method, have your wedding officiant gently mention it during his/her welcome speech. "They're an authority figure, so people tend to listen to that," she says.   If you prefer a more hands-on method of separating your guests from their phones, try providing a cell phone storage station or baskets where attendees can individually tag and stow their devices safely, labeling the space with a quirky sign stating, "Hold the Phone!" or "Call It a Day!". Above all, make sure your guests don't feel compelled to fork over their phones if the device is truly necessary (say, for urgent business matters or a family emergency), and refrain from jumping into punishment mode if a guest sneaks a selfie or two. Ultimately, banning phone and camera use at wedding ceremonies fosters a stronger bond between newlyweds and their guests. "I think our culture has gone to a place where everything is so instant and connected, to a point where we're not connected," says van Son. "It's nice to slow down." Two thumbs up for this refreshing movement.       source   Tyler Atwood and Blair Donovan              
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  •     There will be more weddings in the United States in 2022 than any other year since 1984, according to a new survey by The Knot. The wedding planning site estimates that some 2.6 million weddings will take place this year, a boom that follows a record number of cancellations, postponements, elopements–and lots of Zoom nuptials–during the past two years. “Weddings are, without a doubt, back to pre-pandemic levels,” says Hannah Nowack, Real Weddings editor at The Knot.     While some couples will certainly continue to host small, intimate micro-weddings and minimonies, wedding vendors, venues and planners note a return to traditional ceremonies with larger guest lists. In the second half of 2021, The Knot saw the average guest count climb up to 110. In 2022, the average number of guests is projected to be 129, which is in line with pre-pandemic numbers, when the average was 131. “After so many months of planning, and time spent away from loved ones, these couples are eager to reunite and celebrate with a blowout bash,” says Nowack.    Jennifer McNicholl got engaged in December of 2020, before the nationwide rollout of the first Covid-19 vaccines, but immediately knew she would still opt for a big, traditional Long Island wedding. “I planned a big traditional wedding right from the start,” says McNicholl. “I didn’t hesitate because by 2022 the vendors and I were confident that we wouldn’t be in a state of emergency.” Last week she sent out invitations to all 250 guests for her July 2022 wedding. Couples are also ready to once again shell out more green for their white wedding. The Knot found that, on average, couples spent $28,000 on their ceremony and reception, back in line with 2019 levels. And for the sixth year in a row, October will be the most popular month (17% of all weddings), with October 22, 2022, being the most sought-after booking date. Other trends include the rise of domestic destination weddings and weddings as multi-day events, which hotel venues are ready to capitalize on. Venues and hotels are now adjusting to the return of the big wedding, while still answering to the bride who craves an intimate gathering.   “Big ‘traditional’ weddings will never go away . . . but intimate, smaller weddings are also here to stay,” says Vasso Power, director of catering at The Gwen, a hotel located in the former McGraw-Hill building in downtown Chicago. Two years into the pandemic, The Gwen reports that 65% of all wedding inquiries are for smaller affairs and micro-weddings. “Requests for 20- to 30-person weddings at The Gwen have increased tremendously and we receive inquiries daily,” says Power. “The most popular package is the non-package,” she continues. “In essence, it’s all about customizing the experience to reflect the couple’s style. With smaller weddings, there is more of an opportunity for the culinary team to play with flavors and cuisine that is meaningful to the couple.” Value-focused planning is another big priority for the newly engaged, especially for Millennial and Gen-Z couples. “Instead of simply seeing their nuptials as a fun celebration, they're also finding ways for the big day to leave a positive, lasting impact,” says Nowack. In addition to dealing with supply chain issues, brides are more mindful about wedding wastefulness and the pandemic’s long-lasting effect on small businesses, new brides are supporting the local economy and environment whenever possible. As a result, hiring local vendors, relying on seasonal flowers and produce are becoming central to the wedding planning process. Domestic destination weddings are especially popular post-pandemic, according to Nowack. “With the uncertainty couples may feel when it comes to international travel regulations, we're seeing some to-be-weds opting for U.S.-based destinations that remind them of international spots,” says Nowack. Marcy Cline, a hair colorist in New York City, is maid of honor to a couple getting married in Miami next month at The Villa Woodbine, a venue designed by Walter de Garmo, famous for his Mediterranean-Renaissance style. “They’re expecting more than 100, and people are flying in from out of the country,” she says. The bride and groom also don’t have any safety measures in place, and have been pretty easygoing about planning—up until the weeks leading up to their Jack-and-Jill wedding shower in January, right after the omicron spike during the holidays. “Finally, they were pretty nervous,” says Cline, “but their wedding will go on as planned.” In 2021, The Knot found that 85% of couples enforced at least one health and safety measure, with three on average. Affianced couples in 2021 were able to plan without any delays due to vaccines, eased restrictions and a rise in available testing. But like McNicholl, many 2022 brides are altogether ditching the norms that the brides of 2020 and 2021 had to enforce. “There are no masks, no restrictions at all,” says McNicholl. “I'm paying thousands of dollars to my photographers, and I want to see the emotions and happiness.”       written by Tanya Klich     
    Apr 05, 2022 83
  •       Three hundred and sixty-five days—and counting! The first year of marriage is in the books, which means it's time to celebrate. Any couple who tied the knot in the midst of a global pandemic deserves an epic first anniversary celebration (and a seriously thoughtful one-year anniversary gift too). Whether you're shopping for your spouse or your favorite newlyweds, we've raised the bar when it comes to finding the best presents for this amazing milestone. From sentimental keepsakes to cool, practical presents, there's something on our list to suit every spouse and every couple. But before we get started, find out everything you need to know about the traditional and modern first-year anniversary gifts below. (Hint: This year is also known as the paper anniversary.)Decided to go down the traditional route? There are so many creative ways to honor the paper anniversary (aside from writing a sweet card, of course). We've found some of the coolest paper anniversary gifts you've probably never thought of before, from origami earrings to book subscriptions. Ready to get started? Find the perfect first anniversary gift for your husband, wife or the happy couple right here.           Thoughtful Photo Book     As far as paper gifts for your first anniversary go, a custom photo book is one of the most sentimental. Fill it with snapshots looking back on your first year together, starting from the day you each said "I do." This timeless photo album comes with a linen cover protected by a full or partial dust jacket showcasing an extra-special memory (one of your favorite wedding photos, maybe?). ORDER NOW       Wedding Invitation Cuff Links     Here's another unique paper accessory you might not have seen coming. These special cuff links are personalized with little pieces of your wedding invitations. Durable and designed to last, your S.O. can truly wear their heart on their sleeve in the form of this romantic present.       Letterpress Wedding Vows       Why not have your wedding vows elegantly printed on luxe paper? Not only is this a lovely reminder of your wedding day, but of the promises you both made. Print them out yourself or leave it to a professional; this letterpressed option is totally wall-worthy.       Fun Adventure Journal     You've probably had your fair share of date nights after a year of marriage, so it's totally normal if you're starting to run out of ideas. If that's the case, this bestselling book is the solution. The pages come printed with surprise, scratch-off activities for you two to do together, from blindfolded baking to recreating your grandparents' first date. To help hold onto every memory, you can also upgrade to a gift set that comes with an instant camera.    
    Mar 05, 2022 120

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