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Saturday 01/27/2018
A Wedding's Cake
Posted: January 27, 2018

Whether sculpted in fondant or accented with a simple hydrangea, the wedding cake is the belle of the ball in the buffet line at a reception.

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And The Band Played On
Posted: January 27, 2018

When an engaged couple tells you they’re searching for a wedding band, they usually aren’t talking about the rings they will exchange at their ceremony.

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More brides leaving matchy-matchy bridal parties behind
Posted: January 27, 2018

Alison Kelly felt she had enough on her plate dealing with her own wedding gown and all the details of her mountain getaway nuptials without micromanaging how her bridal party would dress.

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Getting engaged? Tell an insurance agent about the ring
Posted: January 27, 2018

If you recently got engaged, the first person you might want to tell about your beautiful ring is an insurance agent.

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Saturday 01/28/2017
You really don’t know until you try it on
Posted: January 28, 2017

As a girl, she dreams of the moment she will walk down the aisle, every head turned her way, listening to the whispered “oohs” and “aahs” from wedding guests as they see her for the first time in her “perfect” gown.

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Photographers picture-perfect wedding
Posted: January 28, 2017

Every bride wants a picture-perfect wedding.

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Take your party to the spa
Posted: January 28, 2017

Brides and grooms have long enjoyed massages during their honeymoons, but taking their bridesmaids and groomsmen parties to a spa weekend before the wedding is becoming just as common.

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Favorable gifts for guests
Posted: January 28, 2017

Giving wedding guests a memento or favor to take home from the reception is as much of a part of the day as the cake these days. But you’ll need more than rice, bubbles and bird seed to impress, though sending home edibles and other useful tchotchkes are hits, according to Ashley Ashwander, owner of The Paper Chase, a stationery and gift shop in Decatur.

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Bridal getaways
Posted: January 28, 2017

Being a bridesmaid in 2017 means a little more than agreeing to wear the bride’s chosen dress design and maybe hosting a shower. Fashions have evolved and so have, in many instances, the roles of the bride’s right-hand women at the altar.

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Florists
Posted: January 28, 2017

Despite the groom’s insistence that all flowers are roses, there are almost unlimited options when it comes to arrangements and bouquets for today’s weddings, especially as florists can place orders year-round for specific flowers grown around the world.

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Catering
Posted: January 28, 2017

From backyard barbecues to Mexican food fiestas, wedding receptions have become an opportunity for the bride and groom to serve their guests a variety of creative cuisine.

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Friday 01/29/2016
We are storytellers
Posted: January 29, 2016

Wedding DVDs — or files, as many are now promptly uploaded to social media — have become a movie starring the couple of the hour.

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Agree on a budget
Posted: January 29, 2016

In the age of endless ideas thanks to expanding wedding media, the days of planning a small ceremony at the bride’s church with a modest reception in the fellowship hall – complete with pastel mints, nuts and white cake – are gone.

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I’m too sexy for my dress
Posted: January 29, 2016

Sexy in bridal gowns isn’t new, but barely there looks have leaped off the backs of Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez and made their way from red carpet to wedding.

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Laid-back grooms
Posted: January 29, 2016

Grooms, who for decades have strayed little from a classic but predictable black-and-white formal palette, have finally hung up their tuxes and in some cases, their ties.

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Trend | Rough
Posted: January 29, 2016

Modern grooms want to look clean-cut but like themselves on their wedding day, says Austin Shirey, owner of Greasy Hands Barber Shop on East College Street in Florence.

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No plans on stopping
Posted: January 29, 2016

Faye Mann could easily write a book, but the 76-year-old says she simply doesn’t have the time.

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Venues: Southern Visions
Posted: January 29, 2016

In 2014, when Kenneth Dawson opened Ava’s Place, a corrugated tin and wood barn wedding venue in Lauderdale County, it looked the picture of the shabby chic style of choice for outdoor weddings. It was polished but weathered, warm and antique.

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Thursday 01/28/2016
Honoring a loved one during day of celebration
Posted: January 28, 2016

In the days leading to her wedding, Lauren Chertok was heartbroken. Her beloved Aunt Rosie, who taught her to make meatballs and often came over for Sunday dinners, died just two weeks before her big day, leaving her large family enveloped in sadness.

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Saturday 01/31/2015
Small trinkets of appreciation
Posted: January 31, 2015

My mom always said weddings are strictly for the bride’s enjoyment, and I think she might be vaguely correct.

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Supporting Bridesmaids
Posted: January 31, 2015

Decades ago bridesmaids assisted their brides in dress shopping, makeup adjustments, runs to the bathroom and managing any pre-matrimonial breakdowns. Many of those roles hold true in 2015, but the times have changed, said Ashley Ashwander, a wedding planner in Decatur.

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The time to clean & preserve the gown... right after the wedding
Posted: January 31, 2015

After Barbara Hart’s wedding in 1989, her mom took care of the dirty work.

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Right track | Financial stability
Posted: January 31, 2015

Happily ever after is now predicted at only 50 percent.

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Planning a second celebration
Posted: January 31, 2015

The second wedding, like a second marriage, is a chance for couples to begin again, to do what they wish they had done the first time.

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From couture to affordable, more brides getting hitched in short wedding gowns
Posted: January 31, 2015

Helen Bradley isn’t one of those women who fantasized about her wedding as a girl, so when the time came to tie the knot on the 10th tee of a golf course, she wanted to be relaxed, comfortable and economical.

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Wedding-day shave: Barbers offer bonding, pampering to grooms and groomsmen
Posted: January 31, 2015

Ben Thompson was having trouble thinking of a way to thank the groomsmen in his wedding.

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Hair & makeup
Posted: January 31, 2015

Deep coral and siren red lips, eyes rimmed with winged liner and classic buns topped with short veils are a few trends Florence and Decatur hair and makeup artists anticipate this winter and into spring.

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Gems | Colorful Alternatives
Posted: January 31, 2015

Diamonds are still a girl’s best friend, but many brides prefer a bit of color, rare but tough stones and a rosy glow around their ring fingers.

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Your new last name
Posted: January 31, 2015

Just after the kiss at the altar, the newlyweds are announced with the same last name to show they are now one household.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Flower Girl 101
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Expert tips for helping these little girls do their best at your wedding – and have fun

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Calls of Wedding Duty
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 9:46 am

A roundup of traditional tasks for the maid of honor and best man

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Save the Special Date
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 9:45 am

2-12-12 was the last chance for a same-number wedding this century. Here’s why we love those all-the-same dates

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How to Gracefully Bow Out of the Wedding
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 9:44 am

Turns out you can’t be the attendant you promised to be. Here’s how to handle it

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'Tis the Season
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 9:44 am

A summer, fall, winter or spring winters? 2 pros weigh in on the wedding 'when'

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Healthy Habits for Wedding Wellness
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 9:47 am

Amidst of hectic wedding planning, follow these tips for feeling great

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Yes, Mom, You Can Help
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 9:48 am

Mom wants to lend a hand? Here are 5 great tasks to let her pitch in

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How to Say ‘No’ to Gifts
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 9:40 am

Maybe you and your fiancé have lived together for ages and already own enough dishes, wine glasses and linens to satisfy Louis XIV. How do you tell your guests that you simply don’t need any gifts?

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Our Wedding, Our Way
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 9:42 am

Cakes are tasty, DJs are a blast, and dinner is definitely important, but when it comes to a wedding, the most meaningful moment is the actual wedding itself – the ceremony. Happily, how you choose to orchestrate this key component of becoming husband and wife is mostly up to you.

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Let’s Ride!
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 9:43 am

Get to and from your wedding in style with these tips for booking transportation

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Tips for Timely Thank-Yous
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 9:49 am

Every bride wants to get thank-yous done as quickly as possible. Here’s how

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Thursday 11/19/2009
'New Moon': Forbidden romance sparkles on silver screen
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 12:46 pm

If you want to see that sparkle again, wait no longer.

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Circa’s stocking overflows in new show
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse is offering a huge buffet, overflowing with delicious favorites just in time for the holidays.

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Sunday 11/15/2009
A veggie tale
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 3:28 pm

A vegetable is an edible plant or part of a plant. However, the word is not scientific, and its meaning is largely based on culinary and cultural tradition. Therefore the application of the word is somewhat arbitrary and subjective. For example, some people consider mushrooms to be vegetables, while others consider them a separate food category. Some vegetables can be consumed raw, and some may (or must) be cooked in various ways.

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Monday 11/02/2009
Leona Lewis assaulted at book signing in London, England
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 3:28 pm

British singer Leona Lewis has allegedly been assaulted at an autobiography signing event in the Piccadilly region of London, England.

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Whitney Houston has 'wardrobe malfunction' during UK debut on TV show 'X Factor'
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 3:28 pm

American singer Whitney Houston's debut performance in the United Kingdom didn't go exactly to plan on Sunday night, causing a bit of controversy.

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Eric Saussine, director of the James Bond fan film Shamelady, discusses his movie
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 3:28 pm

The James Bond film series is one of the most popular and successful, having grossed over US$4 billion worldwide. The suave, sophisticated secret agent has secured his place in popular culture as the definitive action hero that has appeared in twenty-three films between 1954 and 2006.

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Wednesday 10/28/2009
Regular contibutor and British comedian Stephen Fry considers discontinuing messages on Twitter
Updated: April 04, 2014 - 3:28 pm

English author and comedian Stephen Fry made a series of messages on Saturday that suggested he may discontinue writing his regular messages on the social networking website Twitter.

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