Originally published on Inside Weddings, view here.

Wedding Tips & Trends from Top Event Professionals

From wedding-dress shopping to reception décor ideas and more, discover expert wedding advice!
Gather expert tips, trends, and ideas for your nuptials on shopping for your wedding dress, destination wedding ideas, “something blue” gift ideas, tasting tips, and much more!

If you got engaged this season, congratulations! We can’t wait to help provide inspiration for the events leading up to your wedding day, as well as your ceremony and reception! Should your budget allow, we always recommend hiring a wedding planner to help organize the celebration; however, even if you’re planning the nuptials yourself, we are consistently sharing tips from the esteemed members of our Editors Circle, who are some of the nation’s top wedding professionals.

Regardless of who is on your wedding team, you’ll have a number of decisions to make before the big day. As you’re preparing for your “I dos,” we’re sharing some of the latest trends and expert advice from wedding planners, event designers, wedding registry specialists, and more on a range of topics, both on the website and in the magazine. Wedding trends are constantly changing – as are expectations from your wedding guests – and etiquette advice is almost always necessary, so it’s important to look to the professionals to know what to do and how to prepare for likely the biggest event of your lives.

When it comes to planning your wedding events, searching for a wedding dress, and adding items to your wedding registry, you may not know where to start – especially if you haven’t helped a friend or family member prepare for their wedding day. To help, we’ve gathered tips and suggestions from the experts on a range of topics to inspire you and your beloved as you plan your nuptials.

Read on for ideas that will help you to have the wedding celebration of your dreams – you’ll find advice on everything from who to bring to your wedding-dress shopping appointments, to finding unique elements that will make your destination wedding extra special, to creating a picture-perfect wedding reception design that stands the test of time. Happy planning!

Destination Wedding Advice

“When it comes to destination-wedding invitations and paper goods, I always encourage couples to do two things: have fun and educate your guests! Have fun by including characteristics of the destination (a gorgeous rendering of your location, for example), and educate by including information that is helpful to them (like dress code or great places to visit in town).” – Michelle Durpetti of Michelle Durpetti Events

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