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Expert Advice to Help You Plan (and Pull Off) a Wedding in 2021

In 2020 over 80 percent of engaged couples postponed their wedding plans, making 2021 what we’ve now dubbed the “Year of the Bride.” But with COVID precautions still in place, planning a wedding based on our “new normal” can be overwhelming (to say the least). So, we’re partnering with Ketel One Botanical to arm fellow brides-to-be with the ultimate primer to navigating the process. From how to throw a microwedding to dress shopping online, see below for expert tips to accomplish each task—and don’t forget to toast to the process along the way with a Ketel One Botanical spritz. You deserve it.

What Is a Microwedding?

And is it the best idea ever?

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An intimate (read: tiny) affair that’s friendlier than an elopement and roughly a billion times less stressful than planning a black tie destination extravaganza for 250 souls—not to mention, a great option to keep everyone safe. Here’s how to plan your own microwedding and why they’re actually the best idea ever—COVID or not.

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What Should I Serve?

For your wedding (and every celebration in-between)

ketel one botanical spritz Sponsored Ketel One Botanical/Victoria Bellafiore 

Ketel One Botanical is distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences. Combine it with club soda to create a Botanical Spritz cocktail—the perfect addition to an intimate affair. There are no added sugars or artificial sweeteners, and it only has 73 calories (and 0 carbs) per serving.* It’s also nearly effortless to create so make sure to keep a bottle on hand to celebrate all your mini milestones in planning.

Here’s how to make it:

1.5 ounces Ketel One Botanical (chose from Grapefruit & Rose, Peach & Orange Blossom or Cucumber & Mint)

3 ounces club soda (we like Fever-Tree)

Serve over ice with fresh garnish (shown with sliced grapefruit and edible rose petals)

*KETEL ONE BOTANICAL. Made With Vodka Distilled With Real Botanicals And Infused With Natural Flavors. 30% Alc/Vol. © Double Eagle Brands, B.V. Imported by Ketel One USA, Aliso Viejo, CA.* Ketel One Botanical (per 1.5oz.) & Soda Water (per 3 oz.): 73 Cals, 0g Carbs, 0g Protein, 0g Fat; White Table Wine (per 5 fl. oz., USDA ARS, National Nutrient Database May 2016): 121 Cals, 3.82 Carbs, 0.1g Protein, 0g Fat.

Where and How to Buy a Wedding Dress Online

...that actually fits

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Shopping for wedding dresses online can seem daunting on the Wild West that is the internet. But with a few helpful tips, like knowing your measurements, and heading to a shop that matches your needs, why not say “yes to the dress” with a tracking number? Here are our favorite tips for shopping for a wedding dress online, plus 18 stores offering incredible bridal selections right at your fingertips. Cheers!

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Two Wedding Planners Share Their Checklist

Ah, the age of social distancing

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Together, the two experts guided one PureWow editor through planning a wedding in the midst of the Coronavirus, and frankly, their advice rings true for so many situations beyond just postponing your walk down the aisle.

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