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We’ve said it from the very beginning. Break the rules. It’s your wedding. Do what you want. We know that sometimes that’s easier said than done, but, ultimately, it is your wedding.

Through the past nearly 17 years of producing Real Weddings, we’ve tried to convey this message. We’ve never taken the tone, “you must do this” or “you must do that.” And we never will. If you want to do “The Chicken Dance,” do it. If you want to do the “Hokey Pokey,” do it (and P.S. we want to be invited to your wedding if you do…we love a good “Chicken Dance” and “Hokey Pokey!”).

But the one thing we will always encourage you to do: HIRE PROFESSIONALS. The professionals that we feature in the pages of Real Weddings, on and all of our social channels (side note, did you see we finally started our Tik Tok account? Check it out: @realweddingsmag) want nothing more than to help you create the wedding day of your dreams. They know how to make it happen. They know how to manage hiccups (and there are always hiccups). And, when you find them through Real Weddings, please tell them—we’ll appreciate it, and they’ll appreciate it!

Now, let’s get planning! In this issue, we’ve got massive photo shoot inspiration, with four stunning styled shoots, each with unique themes. On each of these shoots, we had a great time playing dress up and working with talented design teams to create inspiring décor sets. Oh, and if you want to see more photos from any of our shoots, be sure to tune in to our website for each photo shoots’ blog series—we’ll overwhelm you with more gorgeousness!

From “Things We Love,” “Signature Cocktails,” and our “Gift Guide” columns, to the featured real weddings and featured wedding pros in our “Style Files: The White List Directory,” and every page in between, this issue is bursting at the seams! Get inspired. Find your vendors. Plan the day of your dreams…all with Real Weddings: the magazine, website, blog and social media.

When you find your wedding dream team through Real Weddings—the magazine, blog, website, mobile app, mobile directory and our social media sites— be sure to tell your wedding pros that you found them through Real Weddings and that you’re a Real Weddings’ reader because without their support, we simply couldn’t do what we do to inspire you!

(Oh, and P.S. Tell them that you’re a Real Weddings’ reader because a lot of our partners have special offers exclusively for our readers. You can get a sneak peek of them on our website at:

As always, dear readers, happy planning!


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