Welcome to Real-Deal-Brides

Whether you’ve just begun the planning process or are about to say “I do”, we are SO glad you are here. First, congratulations – you have embarked on what is sure to be one of the most important events of your life!

But you’ve probably also figured out by now that there’s a good amount of stuff happening that no one prepared you for. And that’s EXACTLY why we’re so glad you are here.

We hope that you found us through Alessandra’s book, The Real-Deal Bridal Bible. And if you didn’t, go grab yourself a copy now. (Seriously, we’ll wait.) Got it? GOOD.

Okay, now down to more business. This site is as it says: the “real-deal”. It exists for two reasons: 1) to provide you with real, raw, inside advice from brides and industry experts that you won’t hear anywhere else, and 2) to make you laugh through all of the crazy shenanigans that will go on during your wedding planning process. If you just got engaged, read this first. If you are not yet engaged, you should still read this first.

You don’t need us to tell you about obvious things you can read in your run-of-the-mill bridal magazine (although we think you’ll find lots of great advice here on all sorts of wedding topics). We are here instead to tell you how to stay ahead of the game in things like dealing with crazy in-laws, how to save a ton of money, and excellent tips like how you should pee facing forward in your wedding dress and secrets on how to make sure you get the most amazing photographs you could ever ask for, regardless of your budget.

We’re also here to provide you with great resources, vouched-for vendors, and helpful planning advice that will ensure you will have the wedding that best reflects YOU while keeping your sanity, finances, and relationships intact.

So, have a look around! Grab your copy of the book. And, most importantly, enjoy the ride.


About alessandra

Alessandra Macaluso is author of The Real-Deal Bridal Bible and What a Good Eater!, host of the Real-Deal Brides Podcast, and blogger at Alessandra’s work is featured in several anthologies, and she has contributed to The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, and many other online publications. Her original screenplay “Polar Suburbia” placed as a semi-finalist in the Moondance Film Festival. Alessandra is mom to two toddlers and a twenty-five pound Maine coon cat who believes he is a dog. She spends her time driving her OCD husband completely nuts with her constant rearrangement of scenery in their home. Learn more at and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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