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The Knot Weddings Magazine Spring 2020

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United States
XO Group Inc.
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
it’s a love story

It’s probably no surprise that weddings aren’t what they used to be. Rigid traditions and rules have given way to personalized celebrations and a reinvention of customs, from the walk down the aisle to the first dance (see p. 46 to see what I mean). Something else that’s changed? Marriage, and how couples are approaching it. Today, “how we met” stories more than likely involve a dating app, while the path to “I do” can involve major life decisions like purchasing a home or having a baby. Couples are more often fusing two cultures, backgrounds or religions not only at their wedding, but in their marriage too. The diversity of it all is making the stories of today’s couples more beautiful and unique than ever—and we’re here for it (see…

2 min
meet our contributors

PETRONELLA LUGEMWA CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF PETRONELLA PHOTOGRAPHY INDUSTRIAL ART P. 132 The keys to taking your best wedding photos are __________. Truly being in the moment, having fun, collaborative communication with your photographer and a thoughtful, well-planned timeline. The biggest misses I see come from unspoken expectations and unrealistic schedules. I definitely don’t recommend trying to recreate a specific Pinterest pose because that usually just ends up being stressful for the couple. As an alternative, share what vibes you liked best about an image and let the photographer use their skills to interpret it in a way that fits who you are and the day’s flow. I love capturing joy and excitement, like that moment when a couple and their loved ones fully celebrated the couple’s union in their own way, whether it was…

2 min
congratulations you’re engaged!

1 NAIL DOWN THE BUDGET Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing). 2 BOOK A VENUE Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then set the date. 3 YOUR CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day. 4 HIRE YOUR TEAM Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP. 5 DECIDE WHAT TO WEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Choose what your wedding party will wear too. 6 REGISTER+ CREATE A WEBSITE Head to TheKnot.com to start a wish list and site. Share the link so guests are in on the details, like room blocks. 7 BUY YOUR WEDDING PAPER Select invites, thank-you notes…

3 min
we’ve got you and you’ve got this!

1 FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE We know—you’re probably wondering where you should even start (totally normal, btw). First, download our app and take our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your vibe, (think: industrial with bohemian details). We’ll generate your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). EDITOR TIP Think about what you love as a couple—are you homebodies or always looking for an excuse to dress up and hit the dance floor? Your wedding should be a true reflection of who you are, so let your personalities lead your style. 2 KEEP ORGANIZED Not sure what to do when? Look no further than our totally customizable checklist. If you’re asking your future brother-in-law to officiate, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your to-do list.…

1 min
planning with the knot

SHARE THE LOVE We love a good meet-cute. Share your proposal story with us at HowTheyAsked.com GET READING We’ve got 10-plus titles full of advice, inspo and DIY crafts to bring your day to life. TheKnot.com/books PICK YOUR PAPER Customize everything from save-the-dates to invites for your wedding at Elli.com. DO SOME SHOPPING Find personalized décor, favors and wedding party gifts at TheKnotShop.com SHARE PHOTOS Prompt guests to download The Guest app, and their photos and videos will be shared in real time, no hashtag necessary! MAKE IT LAST Keep the flame alive while planning and beyond with Lasting. Download the app for on-the-go relationship counseling. GetLasting.com…

1 min
let’s get started on your wedding vision

DISCOVER WHAT YOU LOVE You’ll start by swiping right on images you love—these will be added to your final board (you can always add more). There’s also room to add personalized, must-haves (think: taco truck, dog-friendly venue or room for a sangeet). DEFINE YOUR STYLE No couple is just one set style—instead, you’ll get a series of words that describe your vibe. Bonus: You can use this lingo when talking with your pros. SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your inspo-packed vision board to your fam and the people bringing your day to life. Your series of images will help convey your idea of what a “romantic garden party” really looks like. PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALETTE We’ll even suggest colors that match your wedding style. Not quite right? Change them up as you plan. GET PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS We’ll…