Amanda Packard

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You’re Engaged! What’s Next?

First things first. Congratulations!<p>Now, what?<p>Claire, BM editor here, as a fellow newly engaged bride-to-be, (that still sounds so weird to me!) I’m …

Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama to tie the knot soon? Couple 'always talk about marriage'

American actress/singer Demi Lovato and her long time boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama are reportedly planning to take their relationship to the next …

What to Do When You're Expecting an Engagement Ring

You know the time is coming. Maybe you and your boyfriend went ring shopping together a few months before, or you guy has been dropping hints. Whatever the case, you know the marriage proposal is imminent — and you plan to say yes! People always joke about what to do when you're expecting a baby, …

Prince William Broke Royal Christmas Tradition for His In-Laws

Further confirmation that Prince William is the best husband ever: He breaks royal tradition to include his in-laws.<p>While the royal couple would traditionally spend Christmas with the Queen at her estate in Sandringham — what's customarily known as a royals-only event — Prince William insisted that …

Wedding Details Guests Will Definitely Notice

Figuring out where to splurge and save on your big day can be a huge headache. After all, you want everything to be Pinterest-perfect, right? Unfortunately (sorry perfectionist brides!), when you're working on a wedding budget you can't have it all your way. You can, however, choose to spend your …

Should You Stop Having Sex Before the Wedding Night?

Have you ever heard that your wedding-night sex will be even hotter if you cut yourself off before the big day? "Keeping the sense of specialness by hitting pause with sex before the big day can add mystery and added value to the act, as a sacred ritual," explains Dr. Patti Britton, co-founder of …

Rules for Announcing Your Engagement on Social Media

Social media nearly gives you limitless options when it comes to announcing your engagement. But with more ways to show off that ring and wonderful man, you can also make a lot of social media mistakes — not the least of which is letting your announcement get lost on the wrong platform. Make your …

Wedding Thank-You Note Etiquette

Thanking your friends and family not only for their generous wedding gifts, but for also being part of your special day is an absolutely essential pre-and-post-wedding task (yes, engagement party and shower gifts require a thank you, too!). While a gracious note seems simple enough, there are some …

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter Are Expecting a Child

So <i>that's</i> why Sherlock wasn't revealing any clues about his wedding. Benedict Cumberbatch and his fiancé of two months Sophie Hunter announced today that they are expecting a baby!<p>"I am delighted to confirm that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are expecting their first child," <i>The Imitation</i> …

How to Tell Your Parents You're Engaged

He popped the question and you said "Yes!" Now what? Before you post engagement-ring selfies on Instagram or update your Facebook status, you should tell your parents. Give them the honor of hearing the news first. But how should you share the happy news? Wait for them to notice the ring? Blurt out …

6 Essentials to Remember When You Go Wedding Dress Shopping

Though wedding-dress shopping and fittings have built-in joy due to the circumstances, a few things can make those moments go horribly awry. We chatted with Ashley Steele of Borrowing Magnolia about what brides should remember if they want to have a seamless big-day shopping experience.<p>1. The time …

4 Times It's Okay to Freak Out at Your Wedding

When it comes to your wedding day, expecting the unexpected is a key skill to learn. Snafus do happen, and the best way to ensure a merry wedding is by determining how to overcome any issues that may arise. Here are four times it's alright to freak out about your wedding, and the solutions for …

What to Do When a Bridesmaid Backs Out | Brides

<i>Weddings never go 110 percent as planned. One of the more rocky change-ups to pending nuptials, though, is when a bridesmaid backs out of her attendant duties. There's a number of reasons why this might happen, from a more scandalous fight between she and the bride to a tragic family emergency, but</i> …

Common Wedding Invitation Don'ts You Should Avoid

*While there's plenty of information you need to include on your invitation, there's also a ton of potential faux-pas. From listing your registry, to disseminating what type of alcohol should be served, there's a number of wedding invitation don'ts you should try your best to avoid. Here, in no …

The Cast Of "Downton Abbey" Played Cards Against Humanity And It's So Very Wrong

"The class field trip was completely ruined by...?" "Bitches."

Celtic myths: the tales that might have inspired Star Wars and Harry Potter

Tales of monsters, Gods, spells and love affairs: Celtic myths reflected the social thinking and traditions of pre-Roman Celts of Britain, Ireland …

Ancient History

The British Museum: 250 Years On

David M. Wilson, former director of the British Museum, describes the founding of the famous institution.<p>To read this article in full you need to be …

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