Expert Wedding Planning Tips & New Trends

Top wedding planners and photographers share their advice for couples.

From selecting an invitation suite, to choosing a venue, and narrowing down your guest list, our magazine and website offer pages of advice and inspiration at your fingertips.

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If you're recently engaged, congratulations! We're excited to help you plan your celebration. From selecting an invitation suite, to choosing a venue, and narrowing down your guest list, our magazine and website offer pages of advice and inspiration at your fingertips. If you're hiring a wedding planner, they will certainly be able to help you keep everything organized. However, whether or not you have a team of professionals by your side throughout the process, we've compiled some advice from top planners, photographers, event designers, and more to share their insider tips with you on everything from the bridal gown to the guest book.

Take a look at expert tips and tricks from some of our Editors Circle members below: 

"Floral arrangements in vibrant colors are a great choice, especially in the fall when bright blooms are less expected. Instead of one pop of color, create a blend between multiple hues, then refine the tablescape with neutral linens and contemporary dinnerware." - Callista Osborn of Callista & Company

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Photo by Lauren and Abby Photography; Floral Design by Studio Mondine; Planning & Design by Callista & Company

"You have to love Plan B as much as your original plan. Things may go wrong and you have to prepare for unforeseen circumstances. Having a planner by your side will ensure that no matter the situation, your wedding day will turn out seamless." - Mary Wright Shah of Diamond Affairs Weddings and Special Events

"One of the first details seen upon entering the reception, the escort-card display serves as a fantastic opportunity to grab attendees’ attention and creatively tell a portion of the couple’s story. We love creating customized, multi-dimensional presentations, and well-done name cards that guests can take with them after the party as an added bonus! For example, we created this vibrant wall of inscribed tambourines for nuptials in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico." - Emily Clarke of Emily Clarke Events

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Photo by Sarah Kate, Photographer; Planning & Design by Emily Clarke Events

"This day should be a reflection of you, so make decisions that will help tell your personal story. If there’s a meaningful quote, have it written and placed somewhere impactful; or display escort cards that offer a personal touch – it will make your guests smile and feel a part of the celebration." - Merilee Hennings of EverAfter Events

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Photo by Bryan Miller Photography; Planning & Design by EverAfter Events

"We love using vintage postcards for guests to sign instead of a traditional guest book in order to incorporate the couple's personality. For instance, we had a pair use postcards from their home state, college towns, and favorite places to travel together." - Sara Fay Egan for Jackson Durham Events

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Photo by Karlisch Photography

"Trends we love!

Detachable Overskirts:
The biggest trend the industry has seen comes in the form of detachable wrap trains and overskirts, which many designers offer as an option to go from full skirt to sleek slit.

We’re seeing a return to the A-line silhouette after a long time of fit-and-flare styles.

The once preferred strapless neckline is slowly losing momentum. Currently sleeves, deep V-necks, and illusion styles are in!" 
- Christina DeMarco for Bridal Reflections

"Plan a special time with your father on your wedding day. Mothers usually help the bride get prepared and grooms get the “first look.” So why not tell your dad that you’d love to have him be the first person you see once you’re dressed and ready? There’s something so honoring about bringing both parents into this important moment." - Ira Lippke of The Day by Ira Lippke


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Photo by The Day by Ira Lippke

For more expert advice, discover what to do once you get engaged, read more planning tips from top wedding professionals, and see more advice and trends here.