weddings: creating your perfect day

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    Top 10 most expensive places to get married

    While the national average wedding cost may be $29,858, if you live in a larger city, like Manhattan where the average wedding costs $86,916, you may find yourself spending close to triple of that number! Take a look at some of the other most expensive places in America to get married.

  • This Sunday, Dec. 1 2013 photo provided by the couple shows Jeremiah Pyant, left, and Jeff Robertson during their proposal ceremony in Cancun, Mexico. Winning a contest held by the American Civil Liberties Union, they and four other couples will get logistical and financial help from the ACLU to get married the week of April 28, 2014 in one of the 17 states, plus Washington D.C., which do allow gay marriage. They hope to marry aboard a hot air balloon taking off from Texas, where same-sex marriage is banned, and fly over the border into New Mexico, where it is legal. (AP Photo/Mexican Wedding Photography, Mikel Razo)

    ACLU picks winners in national gay-wedding contest

    The American Civil Liberties Union's primary work is litigation, but this month it's moonlighting as a wedding planner as part of its role in the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

  • This March 24, 2014 photo shows a DIY photo booth in Concord, N.H. Photo booths are increasingly popping up at wedding receptions as a fun way to provide guests with souvenirs, but renting one can cost upwards of $1,000. Brides and grooms willing to forgo some of the fancier options may opt for a DIY version made with little more than a refrigerator box and an iPad mounted on a tripod. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

    DIY photo booth forgoes frills, focuses on fun

    Photo booths are increasingly popping up at wedding receptions as a fun way to provide guests with souvenirs, but renting one can cost upwards of $1,000.

  • In this June 20, 2009 photo provided by Miami University, during Alumni Weekend of its bicentennial year, Miami University invited married alumni and other friends of the university to attend a mass vow renewal ceremony in Oxford, Ohio. The event was an appropriate celebration for the Ohio college that boast that 14 percent of its alumni are married to other alums. (AP Photo/Miami University)

    Matchmaker U: Colleges try to engage married alums

    Miami University is one of many schools that keeps tabs on married alums and finds ways to celebrate them.

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    5 bad luck wedding superstitions you can ignore

    There are a lot of wedding superstitions (both good and bad), but just trying to keep up with all of them will only add to your wedding stress. So skip it. This list has all the silly superstitions that are totally okay to ignore — or put your own twist on if you choose!

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    What would a 'Game of Thrones' wedding look like?

    Watch any episode of "Game of Thrones" and you'll understand what we're talking about. Golden goblets and other regal details on the show are perfect majestic wedding elements – minus the whole Red Wedding thing. If you're in need of some serious Westeros style at your ceremony and reception, we've gathered up eight gorgeous ideas that Daenerys Targaryen would definitely approve of.

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    Celebrity couples most likely to get engaged in 2014

    Celebrity engagements are so much fun to follow because every detail is bound to be over-the-top — from the proposal (like when Kanye rented out an entire stadium to propose to Kim) to the huge, sparkly engagement ring and, of course, the wedding. Plus, as trendsetters, celebs can be a source of inspiration even if you can't afford a million dollar ring. Here are our celebrity wedding predictions for 2014.

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    Marijuana making its way into weddings?

    We’re not making this up. Some couples are looking for ways to include marijuana in their wedding day plans – from cannabis reception centerpieces to special brownies at the bridal shower. And while we don’t expect it to become as popular as, say, the signature drink at cocktail hour, many of the Colorado and Washington state-based wedding planners and experts we talked to gave us reason to believe that we can expect to see more of it over the next year.

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    Outdoor spring wedding ideas to inspire you

    The great outdoors provides a glorious backdrop — and a wealth of decorating inspiration — for an unforgettable New Hampshire wedding. For the most impact in an outdoor setting, use intense colors.

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    Creative DIY wedding centerpieces

    Let your guests dine in style! From galvanized buckets to glass hurricanes, these ideas for floral arrangements, candle groupings, and more will put the finishing touches on your big day.

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