14 Gorgeous Pastel Wedding Decor Ideas to Get You Excited for Spring

Spring is upon us, and with wedding season about to kick off, it’s all about the blooming flowers, green grass, and a million shades of pastels. And while there’s no *wrong* way to incorporate your favorite season into your wedding, you have to admit that pastel hues give off a vibe that practically screams *spring.* Scroll on to find ways to play up mints, lavenders, and more for your wedding.

1. Flower Crown: Your flower crown is the perfect way for you to show your love for pastels — opt for the soft colors of spring rather than more bold hues often seen in a fall palette. This trend is a fabulous display of your personal style and, hey, the more flowers the better. (via Julie Paisley / Style Me Pretty)

2. Cakeball Cake: Your cake doesn’t have to just be a quiet detail that fades into the background. Make it a statement piece with pastel flowers. (via Cake Apothecary)

3. Ribbons: There’s something about pastels that are already a bit whimsical, so when you bring in flowing ribbons that move with the wind, the effect is all sorts of ethereal and swoon-worthy. (via Daring Juliet / Style Me Pretty)

4. Tie the Knot: The tie can sometimes be a missed opportunity for your wedding color palette. Get crazy with it! Don’t limit your options to just pastel — checkered or patterned prints can also come into play if your wedding is more casual or takes place in the early afternoon. (via Kate Connolly Photography / Style Me Pretty)

5. Table Decor: Since your linens help to determine the color scheme of your reception, consider pastel colors. Keep them soft and neutral and incorporate a punch of color with napkins and floral centerpieces. (via Esther Sun Photography / Style Me Pretty)

6. Macaron Cake: If spring had an official cookie, it would definitely be the macaron. If you want to have a pastel dessert, this is how it’s done. (Rustic White / The Perfect Palette)

7. Photo Backdrop: Don’t forget about the photo booth. Make a backdrop out of pastel ribbon and tulle. (via Beaux Arts Photography / Kelly Oshiro)

8.Pastel All-Around: Now this is what we call being consistent with your theme. The way the white candles and seat cushions play off each other highlights the pastel tones in the linens and flowers. But it’s the softness created by all the pink that gives us serious feels. (via Hunter Ryan Photography / Wedding Chicks)

9. Flowers: Although you should most definitely include pastels in your flower game, it’s important to mix in a variety of textures like the greenery used here. (via Esther Sun Photography / Elizabeth Anne Designs)

10. Centerpieces: Pale pink wild flowers with a pop of color give this centerpiece an uber rustic vibe in the best way. Since this centerpiece has so much going on, neutral table linens are key. (via Hannah McClune Photography / Rock My Wedding)

11. Invitations: Your invites pretty much set the tone of your theme for your guests, since they’re the first piece of your wedding that friends and family see. If you plan on going all out with pastels for your spring nuptials, start with a watercolor design that’s both soft and refreshing for spring. (via Just My Type Stationery)

12. Bridesmaid Dresses: Having everyone wear different styles and colors in your wedding party is very on trend right now, but pastel tones are what give this look a little uniformity, so not one sticks out. Add a bouquet, and your squad is ready to walk down the aisle. (via J. Layne Photography / Southern Weddings)

13. Wedding Shoes: Though not everyone may see your shoes, if they flawlessly blend with your pastel theme, your photographer will jump at the chance to photograph them. (via Alisandra Photography / Grey Likes Weddings)

14. Bridal Bouquet: Ah, your bridal bouquet. We would for sure say it has a starring role on your wedding day, so if any detail should flaunt some pastels — it’s this one. (via Mango Red / Bride and Breakfast)

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Planning a wedding is an unforgettable experience and can lay the foundation to one of the most exciting milestones of a couple’s journey together in life, if not *the* milestone.

Between the surge of endorphins of a proposal that sweeps you both into an unreal level of romance to the non-stop swarm of loving messages from family and friends, the timespan from proposal to wedding day can truly feel like a fairytale. My favorite part? The giddy “OMG”s shrieked each time you look down or pass a mirror and catch a glimpse of your hand with its shiny new companion. A bit less magical than rocking your dreamy new ring, however, is taking on the ever-daunting task of bringing every detail of your dream wedding to life.

For years, whether it’s on Pinterest, Instagram, or scribbled in a weathered journal you kept from younger years, most romantics like myself have kept a tally of what their wedding would one day look like. And before you know it, it’s time to shift from casually pinning and saving ideas to hitting the ground running IRL. From narrowing down the perfect location and tablescapes to finding the ultimate dress (or two!), curating the moving parts to your wedding is a process you’ll want every bit of advice and wisdom that you can get your (newly shimmery) hands on.

Should you decide to take the exciting leap of celebrating your wedding abroad, the online search for diving into everything from venue options, foreign cultural traditions, language barriers, and more can feel endless. At times, there may even be a lack of information (or translated equivalents) that will leave you scouring message boards or other online forums for other couples who have been in your shoes. But fret not — there are plenty of brides who have perfected their big day in beautiful, exotic locations across the globe. Whether it’s a gorgeous Mediterranean gathering, an island-inspired bohemian escape, or any dreamy vision in between, I’m here to tell you that with the right tips at hand, you can make your wedding abroad come to life — without blowing your budget— embellished with equal parts adventure and unforgettable bliss.

How To Plan A Destination Wedding In 2023

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For our wedding day — or rather, week of celebrations — we selected Bodrum, Turkey as our destination. With family members traveling from the US, Europe, and the Middle East, this beautiful coastal town on the Turkish riviera made for the perfect backdrop to our international guest list. Think royal blue Aegean waters, picturesque Mediterranean islands, and white sailboats floating in the distance. Not to mention, we loved the excuse to provide (and strongly advocate for) an unforgettable vacation for everyone we love in a gorgeous, exotic destination. Here are ten things I learned from planning my wedding abroad!

1. Your Fantasy Location Might Not Be Your Final Choice

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While gathering initial inspiration for your wedding abroad, you may be dead-set on a popular location that you’ve spent years gushing over photos of online. However, many top destinations are now pricier or have limited in availability due to high exposure online and increased demand from new international appeal. In addition to reaching out to those top favorites on your venue wishlist, I recommend taking a look at lesser known destinations in the same country or region you’re interested in. By doing research beyond viral locations, you can find amazing hidden gems that feature the same landscape or cultural elements, but at a more affordable price. Plus, you provide a more custom experience than some of the “cookie-cutter” types of plans that are routinely repeated for weddings at larger venues in high demand.

When selecting Turkey as the destination for our wedding abroad, we initially thought Istanbul was the obvious choice for a venue. However, once taking a closer look at other lesser known, gorgeous locations along the Turkish coast, we discovered that basing our wedding in the luxurious beach town of Bodrum would mean less hustle and bustle of the capital city and a more peaceful, laid back experience. Our wedding planner, who was based locally in Bodrum, could easily coordinate everything needed for our special day in town. By bypassing excessively popular venue options in Istanbul and opting for a more “hidden gem” feel in Bodrum, our wedding party was able to all stay within walking distance (or a short cab ride away!) to everywhere we included in our lineup of events, eliminating the stress of getting in and out of a larger city. During the entirety of our stay in Bodrum, we experienced five star service and treatment from everyone from hotel concierge to taxi drivers to the owner of the restaurant where we hosted our Rehearsal Dinner. The small town feel made it feel like we, as Bride and Groom, were the talk of the town, with everyone itching to show us just how amazing local hospitality could be – and boy did they succeed!

Pro tip: Reach out to friends, family or your extended network for those who've traveled in/around the country you have in mind for your wedding. They might have a personal take on a stunning location to keep in mind that’s lesser known to tourists.

2. Choose A Home Base For Your Crew & Festivities

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The best way to offer a seamless experience at your wedding destination is to have a hotel and/or resort as the “home base” for your friends and family to all enjoy each other's company in one place. By selecting a clean, comfortable, and quality uniform accommodations for everyone in your party, you can simplify the process of coordinating plans to see one another, address incoming questions about events and in general keep things much smoother having everyone at the same place. Plus, it allows your guests to get cozy and socialize with one another while you’re on bride and groom duty.

In having the majority of our guests stay at the same resort (including us!), we were able to see everyone conveniently, get quality time by the pool or the beach, as well as refer everyone to the same on-site eateries for meals, drinks, and more. Our absolute favorite part of our wedding experience abroad was being able to essentially “live” with our loved ones gathered all in one place for almost a week, enjoying daily Turkish breakfasts along seaside views and seeing our guests leisurely enjoy the amenities of the resort, without the stress, confusion or separation of everyone at different hotels.

The concierge at the hotel is also highly aware of — and often prioritizes — larger bookings and parties, so they're equipped and ready with information to guide your guests on local tips, recommendations and information for getting around town. And of course, a financial perk is that with a large group accommodation, you should be able to negotiate a great discount on standard rates for rooms, suites and villas. Trust me – as bride and groom, you’ve earned the villa!

Pro tip: Design and send over a stylish itinerary for the hotel staff to print + place inside each of your guests’ rooms along with an optional souvenir to serve as a warm welcome for your family and friends. They can refer to the itinerary for all event information from date, time, location, and dress code for all of your wedding events.

3. A Wedding Planner (+ Odd Planning Hours) Are Non-Negotiable

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Even the most buttoned up brides will need the assistance of a wedding planner for their international nuptials. Between possible language barriers, cultural customs, and a close-knit local network of vendors that are much less visible to the social media eye, having a wedding planner based in your destination who's familiar with the local community is truly non-negotiable if you’re based in the States. While some couples might start their wedding planning journey by seeking a wedding planner first, followed by landing ceremony and reception venue(s), we started our wedding planning by securing our dream venue and resort (same place!) first and foremost. After that, we got wedding planner recommendations from the venue manager — this way, the venue team had a set recommendation for a wedding planner who had worked on their property before and was familiar with the in’s and out’s of what would work best on-site according to our ceremony and reception visions. We worked with the amazing Eda Kanitürk of @edavecicekleri to bring our dream wedding vision to life. Once your wedding planner and venue are locked in, it truly opens up the rest of the process in such a fun way, with your planner at your (virtual) side to guide you through the rest of details, choices, and approvals.

Keep in mind that with English as their second, third, or even fourth language, there will likely be a need to over communicate and clarify exactly what you’re looking for. Visuals, mood boards, and video examples are key in communicating your vision and helping your planner understand your style and taste fully, beyond any language and cultural differences. From tablescapes and floral arrangements to music and unique decor, it's absolutely crucial as a bride to share as much inspiration as possible with your planner so that you can feel confident knowing that when you wake up and walk down the aisle on your big day, that any misunderstandings will be minimized thanks to a thorough planning process.

In respect to the expected time zone differences between you and your wedding planner, expect early mornings, late nights, and weekends as opportune moments to schedule calls and check-ins. Frequent weekly check-ins with your planner in the beginning of the process are imperative to lay out the foundation of your wedding, share all of the inspiration, and get key vendors locked in and approved. In the few weeks leading up to the wedding, cue up any last check-ins about once a week to seal all of the final details and plan for in-person meetings preceding the wedding, once you are planning to finally land in your destination abroad. After months of planning, it was such an exciting moment to meet our planner in person in Turkey and have her assist on site throughout all of our celebrations, leaving us stress free and in pure wedding bliss.

Pro tip: Communicating via WhatsApp was an extremely useful tool for us, as we were able to text over questions as they were top of mind to us and have our planner address them via text or on our many thorough calls. We were able to share much of our visual inspiration by sending photos this way as well!

4. Vendor Choices Will Be More Limited (But That Might Be a Good Thing!)

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In executing the vision for your perfect wedding, choosing your vendors is such a critical piece of the puzzle. From the wedding cake to the DJ to hair and makeup, it can be overwhelming to narrow down a competitive market and compare quotes, offerings and style differences between them all. However, one ironic perk of planning a wedding abroad is actually having fewer choices at your fingertips for vendors. While it seems counterintuitive, the classic saying “less is more” comes to mind. In my experience, it was surprisingly refreshing to have our wedding planner only present 2-3 options for key vendors for floral, cake, hair, makeup, and DJ options.

As someone who absolutely loves the challenge of scouring online profiles and reviews of local vendors, it was far less stressful to have the options narrowed down for me right off the bat, due to a naturally smaller pool of wedding industry services in Turkey. By only having a few options to choose from, it allowed me to focus on the ones at hand and truthfully let go of the micro-managing I tend to feel Stateside. With a language barrier between myself and most of the vendors, I leaned heavily on my visual examples to speak for themselves, and it worked!

The most interesting part of the puzzle? Choosing our reception menu without being able to have a tasting on-site in Turkey. As a giant foodie, this was laughably the biggest surprise to myself and my then-fiance, who could see that I was enjoying the process of letting go and trusting that everything would be perfect, despite such little differences in planning abroad. In the end, the food was to die for and everyone in our party raved about it!

A stark reality of planning a wedding abroad is realizing how over-the-top the industry can be in the United States, with so many overpriced options and fluff around certain services. Choosing from only 2-3 makeup artists, hair stylists, cake options, DJs, etc, quickened the process and allowed me to freely focus on the big picture of how our wedding day was going to *feel* for everyone there. It taught me the art of letting go and trusting the process, which I (and the rest of any type-A brides out there!) will be forever grateful for.

5. Your Guest Count Will Likely Be Lower (In A Beautiful And Intimate Way)

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Much like expectations for your vendor pool, your expectations regarding the guest list and overall turnout will realistically be much lower for a wedding abroad. Even with the closest of friends and family members, it's great etiquette to keep in mind that there will be likely less of those invited who are able to make the lengthy trip, depending on the location, logistics, time off, personal, and work projects, etc. While it was naturally ideal for us to hope that every single person invited would tag along and take part of our big day, we were very understanding with all of our guests who had valid reasons as to why they couldn’t travel to across the globe, despite their loving wishes and happy blessings. Our wedding party happily turned out to be a close-knit family affair, with over 80 guests and relatives attending – many of whom we hadn’t seen in over twenty years. For this reason, the tighter and more intimate setting and guest count allowed us to truly connect with our loved ones in a way we’ll never forget. And for those friends who did make the journey to celebrate us, it created a new level of gratitude.

Pro tip: Since those family and friends who can’t attend your wedding abroad are still eager to celebrate you as Bride and Groom, seize the opportunity and host an amazing pre- or post- party celebrating your nuptials in an easier-to-access location where people can easily gather and you can enjoy a mini wedding with your Stateside crew! With my family based in Miami, we invited our closest friends for a beautiful pre-wedding dinner party under the stars, followed by a mini Bachelorette weekend to kill two birds with one stone! This weekend getaway was a fantastic way to make the most of everyone’s time who had traveled to be in Miami, knowing they wouldn’t be able to make it to Turkey. It was a hit and one of the most memorable moments of our pre-marriage season!

6. Embrace Local Cultural Traditions + Educate Your Planner On Your Own

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Just as food, fashion, language, and landscapes vary from place to place, wedding culture and customs in each country are heavily influenced by years of tradition and spiritual practice worldwide. While there’s every wedding style under the sun in the States, you may encounter or more streamlined or one-way tradition when conducting weddings abroad. First and foremost, it’s an important distinction to consider your wedding abroad to be a symbolic — meaning it's non-legally binding in that country. That way, a lot of the paperwork is avoided in the destination of your choice and you can focus on keeping the ceremony and reception purely as a celebratory event. That being said, in order to make your marriage legal back in the States, you'll have to take the steps and carry out a legal ceremony either before or after your wedding abroad.

When it comes to popular Stateside wedding practices, you might have to map out, educate, and provide your planner with visual examples of certain customs that are second nature to American wedding planners. Elements like a bouquet toss, cake cutting, first dances, and parent dances aren’t things you can assume your wedding planner will include, so make sure to clearly outline which American wedding traditions (or others!) you’ll want to highlight on your special day.

In planning our wedding in Turkey, we had to take a few key details into our own hands like asking our some of our favorite family members to serve as the officiant during our ceremony and the emcee/announcer during our reception, as officiants aren't a traditional part of weddings in Turkey and our DJ — like many vendors — wasn't comfortable speaking English. These quirks made us great problem solvers and allowed us to get our family and friends involved with heartfelt favors that made our vision come to life on an even more personal level.

Additionally, we wanted to complement our reception set up with a traditional Sofreh Aghd, a Persian wedding table bedazzled with items meant to bless the bride and groom on their union, including sweets, candles, fresh flowers, mirrors, and more. It was important for me to walk through each step in curating the Sofreh Aghd with our wedding planner and send her the exact inspiration and details to work off of in gathering the items locally. Thanks to our endless chats, her resourcefulness in Turkey and her general amazing taste, the Sofreh turned out even more beautifully than I ever imagined.

​7. Your Money Will Go Much Further

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A popular reason many couples dip their toes into planning their wedding abroad is not only the allure of an exotic backdrop, but the fantastic perk of knowing that your dollar will often stretch much further in other countries when it comes to paying for a wedding. Where the industry in America is inflated beyond belief, the market abroad can be very humble with offering truly luxurious locations, services, and planning at a much lower price.

To clarify, the picture-perfect wedding of your dreams will likely still cost you a pretty penny abroad, but the amount will likely be significantly lower overall in comparison to mimicking the same setup you have in mind in the States. This financial benefit can influence everything from getting a five star hotel or resort experience at half the price that you’d pay in the US, to the ability to deck out your venue with a deluxe variety of floral arrangements at a much lower price point. With a bit more wiggle room in your budget, you may have the option of adding unique little touches to your event that make your guests feel truly special such as a small gift, covered meals, or other little mementos that show how much you appreciate them making the journey to celebrate you.

For us, having our wedding in Turkey allowed us to give our entire party a five star experience at a seaside resort with daily complimentary breakfast — and I’m not talking about a sad muffin and orange juice, because it was a full on over-the-top traditional Turkish breakfast served daily! And if you're a numbers person, I have the receipts to prove my destination wedding was a huge savings!

  • $6,000 included ALL wedding planning services from our planner and all florals, decor, and tablescape items for the wedding ceremony and reception. In my local area, wedding planner services are at ~$5-10K alone, and florals at $2-5K. I feel like this is really where we got the biggest bang for our buck and got the look and services we wanted for half the price!
  • $20,000 for combined resort and venue cost covering 3 locations on the property for 3 separate events, also including all appetizers, dinner, cake + unlimited alcohol/open bar at our wedding. In my research, a similarly plated multi-course dinner alone would be ~$15-30K, and coastal/waterfront venue rental for something similar to ours would be $10K+
  • $500 for bridal hair and makeup, which would usually go for $1-2k.
Those three factors add up to a savings of $36.5k — and that was just a handful of areas we were able to save! Imagine the possibilities!

Pro tip: Consider your now-expanded budget an opportunity to host 1-2 additional events or gatherings beyond the wedding day to make your guests who have traveled feel truly special. We hosted a Welcome Party complete with a fully catered traditional Turkish feast and a cultural ceremony the day after our wedding that highlighted dance, music and you guessed it – another delicious feast for everyone to remember forever. Hosting three back-to-back gatherings was something we never would have been able to afford in the US, so it was our pleasure to spend a bit of our carved out funds on our guests who traveled far and wide to be with us. Plus, who doesn’t love multiple bridal looks to shop for! 😉

8. Your Honeymoon Just Got Cheaper

Just like most couples who find the thrill in traveling and exploring new territory together, planning our honeymoon was the most exciting pay-off of the wedding planning process. Knowing we’d be able to keep the party going and experience our first week together as husband and wife on our honeymoon was thrilling. While many modern couples are deciding to push their honeymoon out to cater to work schedules, or just to get a breather after bringing your monumental moment to life, we decided to keep it old school and dive right into ours!

By basing your wedding abroad, you'll be in a much better position to purchase affordable plane tickets and hop right over to your honeymoon destination if it’s in reasonable proximity to your wedding destination. From Turkey, we were easily able to hop on our plane to Spain and Italy, where we sipped, ate and vacationed our way in newlywed bliss. Not only did our entire spend on plane tickets for our entire trip pre and post wedding add up to much less than starting off Stateside, but we also enjoyed the nice perk of having already adjusted to the European time zones so we could be active without worrying about the jet lag crash!

Some couples might opt for staying put at their wedding destination abroad for their honeymoon, as they bid adieu to beloved wedding guests and enjoy some romantic R&R without the buzz of friends and family around. If you’re already in love with the resort or hotel you’ve made yourself home at for the wedding, why not just extend your stay and get a super relaxing honeymoon without the hustle and bustle of any further travel?

Pro tip: Book your travels on a mult-city plan from the airline you fly the majority of your trips with. You’ll not only save money by letting their algorithms place together all the legs of your trip in one fell swoop, but also lots of time in honeymoon planning, which post-wedding organizing, is the best gift of all. We used Turkish Airlines for our combined travel to and from Turkey, Spain, Italy and the US.

9. Post-Wedding Logistics Are Important

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Perhaps the most important and overlooked element of all is what happens AFTER your wedding. While a Stateside wedding might mean being closer to home or able to cater to the logistics of where decor, gifts, wardrobe, and other details will be kept once the party’s over, it’s a much more crucial process to plan this portion of your wedding out if taking place abroad.

Everything from your formal dress(es), tuxedos, and suits to thoughtful gifts, jewelry, or new funds from loving family and friends must be safely transported back to the US. Without a car or an option to leave and pick up anything at a later time, it was a very key part of the process for us to research dollar limit amounts and pre-plan packing logistics for how to get these important items back home. Not to mention, we had a whole honeymoon’s worth of travel ahead of us, and we didn't want the pressure of holding on to these irreplaceable items!

Your family is the most trustworthy, and if you’ve got a close relative who lives nearby back home, it’s best to give them an important heads up and ask if they're willing to help by transporting items back home with them until you make it back yourself. For us, we planned ahead and brought one extra compact carry on each, where we’d plan to place my wedding dress (gently rolled up!), my husband’s tuxedo (again, rolled up in a designated suit carrier), as well as any physical gifts we received and could safely pack alongside. Two of our relatives who live close by to us in California were happy to assist as they were traveling directly back home after the wedding in Turkey and upon arrival from our honeymoon, we were able to retrieve our items. It was a foolproof system, but only because we planned ahead and reached out for assistance ahead of time so they knew what the plan was.

As far as any financial gifts, we wanted to avoid having any physical forms of money gifted to us at the wedding so we didn't have to carry it or deposit it into our accounts while abroad, so we offered our guests the convenient option of donating to our Honeymoon Fund on our wedding website. This was definitely the easiest way to go, and highly recommended for anyone else planning their big day to not only use this digital feature, but also take advantage of creating a free wedding website to fill your invited loved ones with all of the exciting details!

10. The Best Part: It Will Feel Like A Vacation!

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Of course, *the* key element that drives the dream of hosting a wedding abroad in a gorgeous setting is providing yourselves and your favorite people with a trip of a lifetime. For those with families spread out across the globe (or the US!), inviting beloved family and friends to celebrate this exciting milestone all together in one exotic place is an irresistible opportunity to reunite and enjoy a vacation as one big, amazing group. For those with to-be-spouses with the majority of family in faraway places, it also is a heartfelt way of making it easier for his/her family members to attend without worrying about the extensive costs of a ticket to the US.

By choosing Turkey, we were able to embrace all of our family members from the US, Europe, and the Middle East in a central location and spark a reason to drop their daily routine and meet for a momentous occasion, all while enjoying a vacation of a lifetime by the sparkling Aegean Sea. Witnessing the looks of relaxation, happiness and joy on everyone’s faces amidst beach-side breakfasts, festive outbursts of dance and song and zen-laced moments on strolls around town were the greatest gift of all. Knowing that a wedding abroad was not only centered on our union as one, but our family’s ability to reunite made us like all of the extensive planning was worth every last drop.

Pro tip: Given the climate of each location will vary, keep a close eye on the typical seasonal weather around the time of year you’re aiming for your wedding to take place and consider that the temperature and daily forecasts will have a large impact on the comfort of you and your party upon visiting. From wind to rain to above or below average temperatures, it’s wise to ask your planner first thing in the process to advise the optimal times of year to host your wedding and avoid any unfriendly weather conditions as best as possible.

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If you’re thinking of planning your wedding and the idea of doing it abroad is intriguing to you and your future spouse, take this as your sign to go for it and don’t look back! It’s a bold decision to depart from the norm and think outside of the box. You might be met with resistance from your families, but I promise you that if you follow your heart, everyone will be absolutely amazed once it all unfolds on that special day. Whether it’s 10,000 or 10 miles away, there’s a magical place that has your name (+ future new last name!) written all over it. Happy planning, bride!

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There are two things I know for sure: Ken loves Barbie, and Ryan Gosling loves Eva Mendes. The couple met on the movie set for The Place Beyond the Pines in 2011, and have created such a beautiful life together! Eva's just as excited for the Christmas remix of "I'm Just Ken" as we are, and Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes' constant support of one another is making us think back on all their cutest moments.

A Full Timeline Of Ryan Gosling And Eva Mendes' Relationship

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August 2011 — Ryan Gosling And Eva Mendes Meet During The Place Beyond The Pines

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes took a chance at romance after they played a couple in 2011's The Place Beyond The Pines. Once they were linked, they were seen walking around Disneyland "like a dating couple, [walking] very closely, holding hands and their arms touching side-by-side," according to a PEOPLE eyewitness.

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November + December 2011 — Ryan Gosling And Eva Mendes Spend The Holidays Together

During Thanksgiving in 2011, Eva Mendes was filming Holly Motors in Paris, so Ryan Gosling took a trip to the City of Lights so they could spend the holiday together. They also ended up going on Funny or Die's Drunk History Christmas the next month to reenact a 21+ version of The Night Before Christmas *and* spent New Year's together!

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September 7, 2012 — Ryan Gosling And Eva Mendes Attend The Toronto International Film Festival Together

To promote The Place Beyond the Pines, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes spent a lot of time together on the TIFF red carpet. Years later in 2019, when Kelly Clarkson pulled up the picture, Eva couldn't help but gush over Ryan — especially since they hadn't announced they were dating at the time. “Oh my God, that’s so old," she says of the photo. "That’s literally me going, ‘I’m not in love with him. What? I’m not in love.’ ‘Cause we were trying to be very professional."

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May 2014 — Ryan Gosling And Eva Mendes Work Together On Lost River

Ryan and Eva reunited on a film set again for Lost River, which was both Ryan's directorial debut and served as a semi-autobiographical story for him. "For me, it was crucial to work in this intimate, low-budget, small way, with people I had worked with before, because I feel like in my experience that’s where everyone was at their best," Ryan tells Sunday Style (via Mangalorean). "They know what is at stake for you personally, and all the work that’s gone into getting there."

Eva also told her Instagram followers in a since-deleted postthat Lost River is the project she's most proud of. "There was one film I'm extra proud to be a part of," she said. "A dark fairy tale. A magical fantasy. To all the struggling single mothers, to all of us in cities that feel like they're burning down or flooding around us, to everyone fighting for the ones they love, this was a good one."

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September 12, 2014 — Eva Mendes Gives Birth To Their First Child

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes welcomed Esmerelda Amada Gosling into the world in September of 2014. Eva later said that she didn't even want kids until she got together with Ryan. "I was lucky enough to work my bum off for 20 years," she tells Nova 96.9's Fitzy & Wippa (via PEOPLE). "I never wanted babies before until I fell in love with Ryan, and it kind of worked out to where I was 40 and having my first baby. I think I was 42 for the second one, so it worked out in that way that I had a career and then I change my focus to my family."

Ryan also went on to tell GQ in 2023 that he was in a similar place before meeting Eva. "I wasn’t thinking about kids before I met her, but after I met Eva, I realized that I just didn’t want to have kids without her," he says. "And there were moments on The Place Beyond the Pines where we were pretending to be a family, and I didn’t really want it to be pretend anymore." I could cry!!

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December 7, 2015 — Ryan Gosling Gives A Rare Interview About His Relationship

While Ryan and Eva have kept their relationship very private, he told Hello! that "I know that I'm with the person I'm supposed to be with" and that literally the only quality he looks for in a woman is "That she's Eva Mendes. There's nothing else I'm looking for." Swoon!

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April 29, 2016 — Ryan Gosling And Eva Mendes Have Their Second Child

Eva Mendes gave birth to her and Ryan's second baby, a daughter named Amada Lee Gosling, in April 2016 — after keeping the pregnancy a secret until it was almost time to deliver! Amada is named after Eva's grandma.

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January 8, 2017 — Ryan Gosling Dedicates His La La Land Golden Globe To Eva Mendes' Brother

While accepting his Golden Globe for Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Ryan Gosling made sure to let the world know just how much of a role Eva had played in the process. “I would like to try and thank one person properly, and say that while I was singing and dancing and playing piano,” he says in his speech, “my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother with his battle with cancer.”

Eva's brother, Juan Carlos Mendes, had passed away the previous April and Ryan took the opportunity to dedicate the award to him.

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February 12, 2020 — Eva Mendes Reveals Ryan Gosling Is A Great Cook

When an Instagram account asked what Eva and Ryan liked to cook, Eva revealed just how amazing Ryan is with food. "Ryan is an amazing chef AND baker," she says in her reply. "For reals. Incredible. No joke. I'm not sure that what I do is cooking. It's more like steaming veggies and juicing and making rice. He really cooks. I survive." Can I get Ryan Gosling to make me a meal sometime?

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January 1, 2022 — Ryan Gosling Shares About Their Quarantine Life

“Time, in general, is something I think about a lot now. My kids are growing up so fast I need to keep an eye on the clock in a way I never used to,” Ryan Gosling tells GQ. “I feel like I need more time to process [how much the pandemic played into that]. But [Eva and I] have two kids, so we spend a lot of our time trying to keep them entertained.”

While they enjoyed their time together, Ryan's also candid about the effect of lockdown on their children: “Our kids were at a difficult age not to be able to see other kids and interact with people, even though Eva and I did our best.”

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June 2022 — Eva Mendes Embraces The Kenergy

When the world went crazy for every bit of Barbie news, so did Eva Mendes. "So. F. Funny," she says in an Instagram caption sharing the first look at Ryan Gosling's Ken. "So. F. Good. So F excited for you to see this…#Thatsmyken."

"It's a funny photo and he's trying to be funny, so it worked on all levels," she goes on to say on The Talk. "But when I saw it, when he sent it to me from work, I was like, 'Can I please have that underwear? Please, I never ask for anything'...So, anyway, I do have it. I'm wearing it right now."

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November 2022 — Eva Mendes Begins Dropping Hints She Married Ryan Gosling

When Eva showed off a new tattoo on her wrist in November of 2022 on Instagram, fans immediately began dissecting its meaning. The tattoo, which reads "de Gosling" (which is similar to Mrs. Gosling) could mean that Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are actually married! She went on to tell Today in Australia (via DailyMail) that "Everyone is so welcoming here and my husband Ryan is here, and we are having the best time." 👀

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August 9, 2023 — Ryan Gosling And Eva Mendes Love Family Time

In the midst of crazy release schedules and commitments (not to mention the actors' strike), Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes always prioritize their family life. "When they are not working, they are all about their girls," a source tells People. "Ryan is such a fun dad. He is goofy and his girls love it." The source continues by saying the family loves to go to the beach or the desert (same TBH).

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December 18, 2023 — Eva Mendes Can't Wait For The "I'm Just Ken" Christmas Remix

If the original version of "I'm Just Ken" wasn't good enough, Ryan Gosling is blessing us with a Christmas remix — and Eva Mendes is just as excited as we are. "Ken not wait for this," she says in an Instagram caption.

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January 13, 2024 — Ryan Gosling Mentions His Family During His Acceptance Speech

At the 2024 Santa Barbra International Film Festival, Ryan Gosling won the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film — and he totally deserves it! With a career that includes iconic films like La La Land and Barbie, as well as The Notebook, Blade Runner 2049, and Crazy Stupid Love, all kinds of film lovers have gotten to see Ryan's work onscreen. During his acceptance speech, Ryan got choked up talking about how acting allowed him to meet "the girl of [his] dreams."

"I dreamed of one day making movies and now movies have made my life a dream," he says in his speech. "So the way I see it, there's no way I have contributed half as much to cinema as cinema's contributed to me."

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January 24, 2024 — Eva Mendes Celebrates Ryan Gosling's Oscar Nomination

After the Oscar nominations were announced January 23, Eva Mendes took to Instagram to celebrate Ryan Gosling's nomination for Best Supporting Actor. "So proud of my man. So much hate when he took on this role," she says alongside screenshots of the first (very negative) reviews of his casting. "So many people trying to shame him for doing it. Despite all the #Notmyken ridicule and articles written about him, he created this completely original, hilarious, heartbreaking, now iconic character and took it all the way to Oscars. So beyond proud to be this Ken’s Barbie."

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February 22 - Eva Mendes Announces Upcoming Children's Book

Yesterday Eva Mendes shared with People that she's penned a children's book named Desi, Mami, and the Never-Ending Worries that'll debut September 17. It's all about a little girl who's always worried that her scary brain is the real monster she's afraid of at night. Through gentle reminders, Desi's mom helps her understand that being afraid is normal and teaches her how not to let scary thoughts control her.

Eva Mendes told People the books is like "a love letter to my kids and yours" because "...Learning how to train our brain to work for us and not against us is easier said than done!" Since we know racing thoughts doesn't just affect adults, we love that Eva is finding a way to share some of her parenting tips with other parents.

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Joey King loves her dogs, like, a lot. We're on a Zoom call (I'm in New York and she's at the Pasadena Humane Society for this month's Hill's Pet Clear the Shelters campaign) and she's gushing about her shelter pups Fable and Jesse. I can't help but ask about Fable, not only because she's super cute but also because it's one of the coolest dog names I've ever heard.

"Me and my fiancé [producer and director Steven Piet] made this whole list of names 'cause it was so exciting," King says. Even though she grew up with animals, she never got to name one. That is, until now. "[The name] stuck in our heads because a fable is usually a tale or a lesson given that always involves an animal. And I think that rescue animals have so much to teach us and they really are like little fables. She's just the sweetest soul who has so much to learn, but also so much to teach us."

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"[Jesse] was found down south and then brought to the shelter in Chicago," The Kissing Booth actress says. "Like when would those two dogs ever cross paths? And now they're brother [and] sister, they're best friends and they provide so much love and joy in our lives."

Pets are definitely an example of unconditional love and joy (not to mention that 87.3 percent of Americans are happier with a pet in their lives), and Jesse and Fable prove that to King every day. "I find so much joy and inspiration and open-heartedness from hanging out with animals," she says. "I'm just really happy that I get to be here today to like, help take photos and help get these animals adopted."

When I point out that there's no such thing as a bad dog picture, she adamantly agrees: "No, they're all good. Even the ones that are blurry and they're walking away from you, it's still a dog in a photo. Chef's kiss."

Not only do Fable and Jesse make King's everyday more special, but they also play a central role in her favorite weekends. "On Saturdays I like to take the dogs on a long hike, which is really nice 'cause [it] expends their energy and they get a lot of sniffs in — they love to sniff around," she says. "And then there is either room for breakfast tacos or [a] bagel with lox and cream cheese going on there."

Another recent weekend activity? Her bachelorette party! "It was so much fun. My sisters did an amazing job of planning everything," she says. "I went to Napa Valley, I'd never been before, [and] went wine tasting with some of the most amazing and close people in my life. And it was just nonstop fun. We will be talking about that weekend forever."

I ask whether anything has inspired her when it comes to wedding planning, and she laughs when she admits that all of her wedding Pinterest boards are no longer stylish. (Honestly, same!)

"It's funny 'cause my Pinterest board from when I was younger was disgusting. Like, it's awful," she jokes. "So now, like my taste is so, so different. So I definitely did not pull inspiration from myself when I was younger. But I just loved planning it with Steven. We've got great wedding planners, Alison Bryan Destinations, and they've got such good taste. So having such great guidance has been really helpful too because you know, I've never planned a wedding before."


Taylor Swift - I Can See You (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) (Official Video)

There's one more thing I *have* to ask about. Long before she adopted Fable and Jesse, or started planning her wedding, Joey King worked with Taylor Swift on singer-songwriter's "Mean" music video in 2011. When Speak Now (Taylor's Version)came out, King was reunited with not one, but two Taylors for the "I Can See You (Taylor's Version)" music video.

"It was so fun to make," she says. "Being on that set and hanging out with Taylor Lautner and Taylor [Swift] — everyone is so like overwhelmingly normal and wonderful. Like we were just having a good time hanging out and making something together."

The video, in which Lautner (who was Swift's boyfriend when she wrote the original Speak Now) and King are spies rescuing a trapped 2011-era Swift, ended up being a huge cultural moment. Swifties were thrilled to see all three back together — both in the video and onstage at the Eras Tour on July 9.

"It's not necessarily at the forefront of every second in your mind," King says of the experience. "But then when you take a second and zoom out and realize how special this moment is, it was really inspiring and also just made me feel very lucky to be part of it all. Especially having that history of the 'Mean' music video to now, [they're] really cool bookends. It's very neat."

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Miley Cyrus is an absolute powerhouse, and she has an incredible family behind her who have supported her along her journey to become the woman she is today! While Miley, Billy, and Noah are probably the most recognizable Cyrus family members, Miley has a number of other siblings who prove that talent really does run in her family. If you've been curious about who makes up Miley Cyrus' sibling support system, here's the full 4-1-1!

Who are Miley Cyrus real siblings?

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Miley Cyrus has a total of five siblings! Braison and Noah are the children of Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, making them Miley's full siblings. Brandi and Trace are Tish's children from her first marriage with Baxter Neal Helson. Billy Ray also has a son named Christopher from a previous relationship with a woman named Kristin Luckey.

Are Miley and Noah half sisters?

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Because of how beautifully blended the Cyrus family is, there has been confusion surrounding how Miley and Noah are related. Miley and Noah are full siblings are not half sisters, contrary to popular belief! Miley is seven years older than Noah, and the two seem to be very close.

Everything To Know About Miley Cyrus' Siblings

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Brandi Cyrus, 36

Brandi Cyrus was born on May 26, 1987, and was adopted by Billy Ray in December 1993. Brandi is also in the entertainment industry, though in a completely different way than Miley. She previously co-hosted a show on Bravo called Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design andConquer. Now she co-hosts two podcasts called Your Favorite Thing and Sorry We’re Stoned.

Like Miley and Noah, Brandi and Noah seem to have a very close-knit relationship! Brandi has joined her sister at multiple awards shows and is never shy about gushing about her younger sister's undeniable talent.

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Trace Cyrus, 34

Trace Cyrus was born on February 24, 1989, and was also adopted by Billy Ray Cyrus after he married Trish Cyrus. Trace is also a musical icon and is the lead singer of the popular band, Metro Station. A fun — and often-forgotten — fact is that Trace was previously engaged to Brenda Song! He was also with musician Taylor Lauren Sanders, and he's publicly credited Miley for helping him get through that difficult breakup.

Christopher Cyrus, 31

Christopher Cyrus was born on April 8, 1992 to Kristin Luckey. Though the rest of his siblings remain in the spotlight, Christopher chooses to live a more low-key life. There is little known about what he is up to, and he's not currently publicly active on social media.

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Braison Cyrus, 29

Braison Cyrus was born on May 9, 1994, in Nashville and shares the musical abilities that much of his family boasts. He has performed his music and showed off his talent on shows like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He got married to Stella McBride Cyrus in November 2019, and the sweet couple welcomed their first baby on June 8, 2021. Their adorable little boy is named Bear Chance Cyrus!

Earlier this month Braison announced his Nashville residency at the Hillsboro Village, proving that he's still carrying on the family's musical legacy.

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Noah Cyrus, 24

Noah Cyrus was born on January 8, 2000, and began her life in the spotlight at the early age of 2 through her appearance on her dad's show. She was also featured on Hannah Montana a few times! Nowadays, she doesn't seem to be pursuing acting anymore, preferring music instead.

Noah is incredibly talented like her older siblings and even earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 2001. Miley has been very vocal about her pride for her little sister and how she's who she looks up to. Noah has also been open about how it wasn't easy growing up as Miley's sister because she was constantly being compared to her.

Now, Noah seems to have happily established herself and her talent in her own right and she is engaged to a fashion designer named Pinkus.

Is Miley Cyrus related to Dolly Parton?

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If you've ever watched Hannah Montana, you've seen firsthand that Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton have undeniable chemistry. Dolly gives off "cool aunt" vibes, and the two are often seen performing together! This has led to speculation that Miley and Dolly are actually related. This is not the case, but these strong and talented women do have a special bond, and Dolly is Miley's godmother!

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There are some rom-coms you can never watch too many times. For me, it's Set It Up and 13 Going on 30. There is just something about the magic of watching two friends fall in love that restores my faith in humanity every time I press play. Plus, it doesn't hurt that both of those movies revolve around female writers in New York City. It's like I'm watching a different version of my life play out onscreen!

In honor of a friend's 30th birthday, I just rewatched the 13 Going on 30 movie, and in addition to my usual kicking-my-feet-and-screaming reaction the whole time, I noticed a detail about the end I'd never seen before — and it makes the whole movie so much more impactful.

What happens at the end of 13 Going on 30?

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After Jenna returns from her time jump (which I'm firmly convinced is a dream), reconnects with Matty, and bravely confronts Tom-Tom and the Six Chicks, we see one of my favorite rom-com endings ever. Jenna and Matt (played by Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo) tie the knot and settle into a charming pink house before sharing a packet of razzles. However, one detail about the whole scene means I'll never watch 13 Going on 30 the same way again: the house they move into as a married couple mirrors the dream house Matty thoughtfully created for Jenna's 13th birthday party.

The fact their real house looks exactly like the dream house is much more than a fun design detail. This connection between their past life and their present life carries profound emotional implications because it reflects Matty's unwavering devotion to Jenna's dreams.

Do Matt and Jenna end up together in 13 Going on 30?

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We see right from the beginning of the movie that there's always been a bond between Matty and Jenna. They have inside jokes, and even though they both have opposite reactions to middle school popularity, they know they can count on each other. And the dream house is the one object that represents both how well Matt knows Jenna and how much he genuinely cares about what she cares about.

His willingness to create the dream house in the first place highlights his attentiveness and kindness, especially since it's filled with so many things she loves. Matt's entire arc — from making the dream house to splitting a pack of Razzles at the park because Jenna loves them — shows that he loves with his actions. After he warms up to the idea that Jenna's in his life again, he loves her with open arms, and it takes Jenna learning he's engaged to someone else to realize she loves him back.

What is the lesson of 13 Going on 30?

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Jenna finally accepting Matt and his pink house after throwing him out of her birthday party as kids highlights her own growth as a character. After an entire movie where Jenna moves through her supposed dream life, the 13 Going on 30 movie ending highlights that her true dream life is one spent with the person she loves — not one that gives her a glitzy lifestyle at the expense of all her relationships.

The end of the movie isn't about giving up an independent lifestyle or swapping the excitement of New York City for the suburbs. It's more that Jenna did get everything she ever wanted — the job, the money, the fashion — but she was doing it all alone. She got to the top, and it didn't make her happy. To me, the true lesson in 13 Going on 30 is that relationships in all their forms are so much more meaningful than whatever material things we could accumulate.

Where can I watch 13 Going on 30?

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13 Going on 30 is streaming on Netflix right now. You can also watch a 13 Going on 30 cast reunion in The Adam Project, which brings Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo back together!

Why did Mark Ruffalo almost quit 13 Going on 30?

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Mark Ruffalo is literally such a perfect Matt that I can't believe he almost backed out of 13 Going On 30 altogether! Because of his initial hesitation to dance in the Halloween party's "Thriller" scene, Jennifer Garner had to convince him to stay in the movie.

"The dancing was horrible. I almost didn't want to do this movie," he says in an interview. "I literally read it and I'm like 'I can't do this movie. I can't get up and do those scenes'...When [Jennifer Garner] dragged me out (onto the dance floor) she was literally dragging me out and I had hours of rehearsal with a dance coach who taught me how to do all the moves and stuff and still, when we got into actually shooting it and there were 300 extras around, I did not want to do that scene."

But Mark Ruffalo's nerves (and his self-perceived lack of dancing skills) definitely go unnoticed onscreen. And the fact that Mark can seamlessly capturing the essence of stepping out of your comfort zone for love shows just how perfect he is for the role — and makes me love him even more.

What do you think about the 13 Going on 30 ending? Do you think Jenna's time jump was real, or a dream? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments, and check out 5 Details From The Summer I Turned Pretty Ending That Reveal Who Belly Ends Up With In Season 3!

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