Six Must-Haves in Your Purse on Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day will bring together all of your favorite, most-loved people. Being surrounded by everyone you love is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which means you must be prepared with everything you love as well. There are six must-haves that you cannot leave home without if you want your wedding day to be perfect. No matter what gorgeous clutch you select to match your dream gown, make sure you pack these six essential items inside:

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The Maid of Honor Dilemma: What to Do if You Don’t Know Whom to Choose

Maid of Honor Dilemma

If you think the 2020 Presidential election is political, ask a bride what it’s like to have to choose a maid of honor out of her three sisters, two besties, and five cousins. If you are lucky enough to have many special women (and men, because hey, it’s a new decade) in your life that you’d love to have by your side while you say your I dos, choosing just one maid of honor can seem inconceivable. Fortunately, we’re here to tell you that in the era of anything goes weddings, modern brides have a variety of options for how they can structure their bridal party so that no one’s feelings are hurt, and you’re surrounded by all the most special people in your life on your wedding day.

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How to Take the Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie

Thanks to social media, spreading the news that your SO finally popped the question is as easy as hitting the share button—however, it requires the perfect photo of the rock. How can one best show off the glimmer and glam of their engagement ring, and express in imagery the elation of knowing they are going to marry their one true love? Read our engagement ring selfie tips for our expert advice.

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Wedding Etiquette: How to Extend Invitations to Your B-List

Photo by Jill Swirbul Photography

The guest list. It’s one of the most daunting and stressful wedding planning requirements. If your budget was unlimited (but let’s be honest, that possibility affects a tiny percentage of couples), you’d invite everyone you’ve ever known to attend your big event. In reality, you’ll need to find the sweet spot between what your budget can accommodate, and what your reception venue requires as its minimum number of guests.

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How to Pull Off a Classic Holiday Wedding

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Couldn’t you hear the dulcet tones of Michael Buble’ as you read those last words? The holiday season means snow-dusted pinecones, hot toddies by the fire, family gathered around the menorah and the kind of grateful togetherness that only happens once a year. The only thing better than the holiday season is getting married during the holiday season. If you’ve decided to get married in December, then you’ve just … Raised. The. Bar. To go all-in on a classic holiday wedding, and do it in a way that would make Rosemary Clooney proud, then follow this advice:

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Five Modern Wedding Invitation Designs that We love for 2020


The latest trends in wedding invitations mirror the latest trends in weddings themselves (obvi). It’s all about creating a look that is seemingly effortless and entirely unique. We’re bringing you five of the hottest trends in wedding invitations for 2020 and showing you how to execute each one in a way that will leave your guests awed and amazed. Pin these to your wedding fantasy Pinterest board, because you’re about to be wowed.

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The Modern Bride’s Get Beautiful Checklist

Your wedding is six months away (squeal!), which means it’s time to start beautifying every aspect of your appearance from your hair to your complexion to your nails. Any woman who has ever made a beauty transformation knows that these things take time (your hair, for example, only grows about a half-inch per month), so we’ve got your preparation checklist. We’re bringing you everything you need to be the perfect glowing bride on game day—we mean your wedding day.

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Your Wedding Photo Checklist

Like all modern brides, you don’t want to just experience your wedding, you want to document it for the world. Thanks to advanced technology (hello, Insta!) you’ve seen no shortage of wedding photos, and you want yours to be just as shareable, likable, and unbelievable.

When you meet with your wedding photographer, share with him or her your goals for your photos, including the tone, theme, location, and setting variety. Also share your budget, of course. No matter what you envision, make sure you talk to your wedding photographer about capturing these six magical moments. These are the wedding day memories that every bride tells us she remembers with clarity and appreciates having documented for eternity.

1. The Dress—Just the Dress

Don’t be jelly, bridezilla. Your dress is its own celebrity—ehrm, we mean entity—which means you must document it on its own. We love images of the dress spread out on a smooth, soft comforter, hanging in a window with rays of sunlight peeking through its lace, or dangling from a chandelier. Just thinking about it gives us all the feels.

2. Getting Ready with Your Squad

You’ll want to remember the laughter and tears you shared with your maid of honor and bridesmaids (no matter how large or small your party). Candid photos of you and your girls with your hairstylist and makeup artists are priceless. Also, don’t forget the moment before you all put on your dresses—especially yours.

3. Your Quartet

We don’t mean the four-piece orchestra that will play during your cocktail hour, but by all means, snap a pic of them too. We mean your something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Someday, you’ll want to show the photo to your daughter as inspiration. *wipes tear from eye.*

4. The Look

When you’re a wedding guest, and the bride appears at the end of the aisle for the very first time, do you stare at her in awe? Of course not! You look at the groom to see if he’s smiling with exuberance or about to weep thankful tears. You only get to make one first impression on your groom on your wedding day (because he best not be seeing you before the ceremony!) so capture it forever.

5. Dancing with Dad

Another beautiful wedding moment that never fails to elicit tears is the moment when the bride dances with her dad. No matter which special man or woman you choose to share that first family dance with, snap it and love it.

6. The Cake Smash

This is a tradition that dates back generations (for real—check this out). Whether you choose a dessert table, three-tiered cake, or Sundae bar (or all three), you must capture the magical moment when you and your groom smoosh sweet treats into one another’s faces. Then, frame the photo and put it next to the one of your parents and grandparents making the same move.

Which magical moments didn’t make our list? Tell us in the comments below, or better yet, share your photos and tag us on Instagram.

RSVP to me Recognized with Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Award

Kelly Samm Adams, owner and founder of RSVP to me, Sweet by RSVP to me, and Periwinkle Designs has been recognized among the gift industry’s superstars by Stationery Trends Magazine in its Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards. The program acknowledges the new generation of gift industry elite. From shop owners and managers to stationers and company founders, with this award, Stationery Trends pays homage to forty individuals for their seemingly countless contributions to an industry we adore.

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