Maybe you’ve been planning this day for as long as you can remember. Or perhaps you’re in a swivet about what to do or how you’re ever going to get it done—it’s a lot of work!

Sit down. Breathe deeply. Then allow these supremely gorgeous North American wedding venues to transport you. A little daydreaming could inspire the direction of your dream wedding. Or you may just find a new happy place to mentally retreat to for a dose of zen.

The Surf Lodge

The Surf Lodge

Montauk attracts Brooklynites looking to put sand between their toes and waves beneath their boards. Although the town draws crowds (it’s sometimes referred to as the Hamptons for hipsters), it maintains a tranquil cool that befits any wedding. The Surf Lodge offers both indoor and outdoor spaces to stage your ceremony or soirée. Whether on a sunny deck, beachside or in their clapboard restaurant, your partnership will benefit from good vibrations.

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What to wear?! Brides, help your friends and family out and share this story over on our sister blog, The Thread, which features four inspiring guest-of-wedding dresses. Read more to get to know our real-woman model, Kathy, and see our stylist suggestions for the perfect dress (hint: it’s all about rich, beautiful color) and accessories–no matter the occasion.

MIDNIGHT SHIMMER – Evening Wedding

guest-of-wedding-dress-daytime-wedding-1Adrianna Papell sequin mesh dress

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Stuart Weitzman ankle strap sandal | Minaudieres | Stackable rings | Crawler earrings

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On dressing for weddings: “I love that you can really dress to the nines for a wedding! For events like this, my philosophy is that it’s always better to overdress than under.

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You’ve thought of everything: a beautiful venue, stunning flowers, the best music for dancing the night away, perfect shoes. Don’t forget that you’ll actually want to be able to enjoy it all, and making sure that pair of wedding shoes is comfortable will make all the difference—think blisters, chafing and all-day pressure on the balls and heels of your feet. No, thanks! Slip in these Foot Petals cushions and protectors to turn any shoe that suits your fancy into something dreamy.

Shop: Foot Petals Bridal Collection

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Nikki shares the story—including its muddy beginnings—of marrying her fiancé, Chad, in his mother’s garden off the waters of the Pacific Northwest.

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Date and Location: August 30, 2014, at Lakebay, WA

The Venue: We wanted an outdoor wedding on Chad’s folks’ property. My mother-in-law has a gorgeous garden, and the scene was perfect for an intimate ceremony and reception.

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Brace yourself. We’re getting a little sentimental—but in the best way. We can’t help sharing some of our favorite quotes and sayings that are perfect for signs at your wedding or anywhere else you might want to add an extra, personal touch.

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Hayley shares the story of her real-life fairy tale—marrying her fiancé, Ryan, in a Scottish castle—brought to real life with photos and a beautiful wedding video.

Real Wedding Inspiration from Nordstrom Blogs: Hayely and Ryan.

Date and Location: January 28, 2014, at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

The Venue: We visited the seaside town of Crovie in 2011 and fell in love with Scotland. We wanted to have our wedding during the winter and in a beautiful location, so Edinburgh seemed ideal. It’s an amazing, historic city, and Edinburgh Castle is absolutely breathtaking.

Real Wedding Inspiration from Nordstrom Blogs: Hayely and Ryan.

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Or should we say dresses? Bridal Designer Hayley Paige gives us a sneak peek at the details of what she’s designing and what she and her maids will be wearing during her upcoming July wedding.

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1. Not a single dress has been made yet for my July 11th wedding. Gulp! I am kind of approaching the wardrobe like I would a typical bridal season: one style at a time and fresh off the pattern table. It’s nice to have a design room at my disposal, but it also gives you that added panache of fashion show pressure.

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Now that the honeymoon is over and you’re settling into happily ever after, be sure to thank Aunt Margaret for the waffle iron and all the rest of your family and friends for their lovely gifts.

SHOP: Thank You Notes

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As president of sales of the bridal division at Donna Morgan and special partner to the Wedding Suite over the years, Lauren makes us feel extra honored as she shares the story of her beautiful beach wedding to Edmund with us here on the blog.

Location: Wychmere Beach Club, Harwich Port, MA

Our Vision: Ed and I both love the water and the beach, so when we found Wychmere Beach Club we knew it was just perfect for our big celebration with all of our friends and family. Our vision was “traditional meets nautical”–with personal touches from us both.

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Looking for ideas and inspiration or just a few special touches for your wedding day décor? We’ve put together a few editor’s picks to help you do it up right.

1. Better than tin cans and soap crayons–this rear-window Just Married decal from kate spade new york.


2. Light up your love with a chalkboard marquee. Universal Ironworks Recycled Sign.


3. Voluspa petite scented jar candles: 8 different colors and scents perfect to coordinate with your color scheme and place around your venue–or use them as centerpieces and favors for guests.

4. Speaking of centerpieces–these personalized mason jars are perfect.

5. Poncho and Goldstein I’ll Love You Forever sign. Rustic and sweet.

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