July 31, 2014, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Is it ok to split the cost of your engagement ring?

TAGS: ENGAGEMENT RING, JEWELRY, PROPOSAL, WEDDING RING


Weddings are all about tradition, but some traditions are meant to be broken. Do you have to have a cake? No. Garter belt? Definitely not. Take your husband's last name? Totally up to you.




The same goes for engagement rings. Women everywhere dream of their engagement ring long before their boyfriends have thought of popping the question yet we expect our partners to know exactly what we want. AND, to start setting aside precious resources to save for a giant investment. Should an engagement ring really amount to three month's salary? Does it even have to be a diamond? Your finances will soon be joint - so how much is going to be spent on a ring should be a mutual decision.


From budget to design, more and more couples are choosing a ring together. The Knot surveyed 14,000 brides in 2013 all about their engagement and jewelry. Turns out,
most women are somewhat involved when it comes to their engagement ring. 64% are involved in selecting ...

Jan. 28, 2013, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

What to Look for in a Wedding Website

TAGS: WEDDING WEBSITES, WEDDING RSVP TOOL, BRIDAL PARTY, ACCOMMODATIONS, REGISTRY, WIX, WEDDING BLOG, MAPS, ITINERARY


These days it's difficult to choose how to set up a wedding website. Almost every big wedding related site has a host of tools including a website feature. Some websites offered integrate with seating charts and RSVP and others offer a custom URL. Problem is, you might prefer a template from an entirely different website provider.




We're getting to the bottom of it. We interviewed the experts at Wix.com to get into the real nitty gritty of wedding websites and what you should look for when choosing a provider.


Top 4 Things to Look for When Choosing a Wedding Website


Jan. 23, 2013, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Renee Strauss of Brides of Beverly Hills Shares her Wedding Dress Shopping Secrets and 2013 Trends

TAGS: RENEE STRAUSS, ST. REGIS MONARCH BEACH, WEDDING VENUES, BRIDAL FASHION SHOW, WEDDING INSPIRATION, BEACH VENUES, CALIFORNIA WEDDING VENUES


On February 10, 2013, you can mix and mingle with Renee Strauss and other wedding industry professionals at the St. Regis Monarch Beach bridal showcase. Watch the couture fashion show highlighting Renee's top trends for 2013 while you sip bubbly and enjoy delicious treats. RSVP (full details below) by February 7th for your complimentary ticket and to be entered to win your honeymoon at the The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico.


Renee Strauss of Brides of Beverly Hills


Check out Renee's top trends and tips for finding your wedding dress. We're thrilled to give you a sneak preview of the trends you'll drool over at the showcase.


Renee's Top Five Bridal Fashion Trends for 2013:


  1. COLOR & BLUSH WEDDING GOWNS

  2. Color is a huge bridal trend right now! Brides are really loving the "blush" tone that can be seen in many of the wedding dresses this year.


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Jan. 22, 2013, noon by SMARTBRIDE

Average Wedding Budget: How Does your Wedding Stack up?

TAGS: WEDDING DRESS, TUXEDO, INVITATIONS, FLOWERS, WEDDING CAKE, DECORATIONS, RENTALS, VENUE, PHOTOGRAPHER, FAVORS, DJ, ENTERTAINMENT, WEDDING BUDGET

Ever wondered how your wedding budget stacks up? Here's a quick look at what brides are expected to spend on their wedding dress, groom's attire, engagement ring, flowers, cakes, decorations and rentals, invitations, photography and more.



Infographic Courtesy of Wedding Crowd

Jan. 18, 2013, 7 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Trash the Dress vs Fearless Bridal: Vote for your Favorites

TAGS: TRASH THE DRESS, FEARLESS BRIDAL, WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY, HONEYMOON PHOTOGRAPHY, BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY, WEDDING PHOTO IDEAS



Are you having a Trash the Dress photo shoot? or planning a Fearless Bridal session?


We explore how the Trash the Dress theme is evolving in our semi-annual photo gallery on MSN.

Vote below on your favorite

(p.s. there are 3 separate votes!)