The Best Bridal Shower Ideas That Pinterest Gave Us — Homemade Weddings

Ah, Pinterest. What would we do without you when it comes time to throwing parties? From food to decorations to cocktails, the site is chock-full of inspiration — but you know that already. Something else you already know? Pinterest can also be an overwhelming rabbit hole that can take over your life.

Don't waste time getting sucked into all those sometimes-too-crazy pins! Instead, just use this little cheat sheet of the best ideas and you can plan a shower for your bride-to-be in no time.


Real, Honest Confessions of 4 DIY Brides — Homemade Weddings

The problem with Pinterest is that doesn't give you the full story. Sure, it'll give you a ton of great ideas, but it doesn't tell you how many hours, tears, or Band-Aids were wasted during the process.

We talked to real DIY brides to get the honest truth. They told us how they pulled everything off, what they wish they had known, and what they would have done differently.

Rest easy: None of these ended in tragedy and no weddings were ruined in the making of these DIY moments.


The Publix Cake Is the Ultimate Southern Wedding Cake — The Ultimate Summer Wedding Guide

When you're planning and paying for a wedding, eventually you start to see dollar signs. According The Knot's 2016 Real Wedding Survey the average wedding cost is $35,329, which leaves brides looking to save where they can. For couples set on having a cake, one way to save money is to buck tradition and skip the specialty bakery.

Couples can make their own cake, enlist a talented friend, or those lucky enough to live near a Publix grocery store can order a cake the next time they pop in to pick up chicken, yogurt, and other weekday essentials.


8 Things to Know About Registering and Shopping on Zola — The Happy Ever After Kitchen

Whether you're getting married or shopping for the happy couple, chances are you've heard of Zola. The company launched in 2013 and quickly rose to fame as one of the top go-to registry sites.

Here's what you need to know about registering on the site or just shopping on it.


I Had a Dry Wedding – Here’s Why — Sober Celebration

My now-husband and I learned we had a lot in common when we first met, from mutual friends to a creepy knowledge of an obscure horror movie to the fact that he actually knew my brother from a random sports-card club they were in together during the eighth grade. One more thing we had in common? Neither of us drank alcohol, or had any plans to.


Recipe: Blackberry Croissant Breakfast Bake — Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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When you start your day off with something sweet, like this breakfast bake, it's pretty much a guarantee that it's going to be a good one. This bake does the impossible: It improves on flaky, buttery croissants by soaking them in a rich, custardy liquid and baking them with a slew of juicy blackberries. The result is pure decadence for breakfast — something we all need every once in a while.


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