What to Wear to a Beach Wedding

As part of my summer wedding blog series, I’ve chosen the best dresses, shoes and accessories to wear to a beach wedding with a casual dress code....more

The New Age of Save-the-Date Cards

Save-the-date cards are a critical step in planning your wedding. I recommend sending out save-the-dates 9 months to a year before your wedding if possible.  While these can add an extra cost, they are an important step, and there are many new alternatives to the basic.For couples who are worried about costs, try creating a website. Many wedding planning sites offer them for free. Send an email out to all guests with a link to the website – easy enough!Here are some other traditional and nontraditional ways to get creative with your save-the-dates:...more

Father of the Bride

I used to think a wedding was a simple affair. Boy and girl meet, they fall in love, he buys a ring, she buys a dress, they say I do. I was wrong. That's getting married. A wedding is an entirely different proposition. I know. I've just been through one. Not my own, my daughter's. Annie Banks Mackenzie. That's her married name: Mackenzie. You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. An adorable little girl who looks up to you and adores you in a way you could never have imagined....more

Saying "I Do" to "Sexy Bride Disease" and Other First World Problems

Somewhere, out there, the strapless wedding dress is making people feel bad, and activists are encouraging women to "just say no" to looking bad on the big day.This is possibly less exciting than the invention of panties that prevent camel-toe, and likely less problematic, but moving on. photo credit Robert PeateThis should probably go ahead and just go on the list of First World Problems for the day, but since "Say Yes to the Dress" is still kind of on my bad-TV-respite radar -- (meaning, I watch Teen Mom, et. al because (a) it makes me feel better about my life and (b) it requires zero brain cells and (c) it's one of many televised drama's I get to feel all judgey about in the privacy of my own home, because I'd never spend a jillion dollars on a dress [more like 100]) -- I thought I'd weigh in....more
The sexy bride disease is really in bad taste. A bride should be happy on her wedding day, not ...more

Planning Your Wedding Is Important, But So Is Your Marriage!

This is an amazing article. I'm in the beginning phases of planning my wedding and a lot of what ...more

Manners & Misfits: Reasons to care about wedding etiquette

For a while now, a dominant trend in weddings has been personalization and originality. Wedding vendors have responded with goods and services custom-tailored to suit your retro, rustic, gamer, steampunk, or rockabilly wedding. Even so, the wedding section at your local bookstore is likely filled with books on traditional etiquette. That might seem constraining to conformity-averse couples (I'm half of one myself) who are comfortable bending rules....more

OH MY GOSH!...We're Officially In The "Zone" As Of Yesterday!

Yesterday was the 26th of March; 27th birthday of my middle son AND...exactly TWO MONTHS until Caitlin's wedding!  As the mother-of the-groom, I always referred to the "Zone" as six weeks before the wedding.  As the mother-of-the-bride, I feel that the "Official 2 month mark" is the zone for us. ...more

Show & Tell: Resources for Crafty Brides

Not to knock Martha Stewart Weddings, but there are many other resources out there worth exploring, and something for every type of crafter. I have an uneven track record when it comes to creative projects. As a person with some artistic ability and imagination I feel like I should be craftier, but I've left a lot of projects unfinished over the years, most of them ruler-heavy. I need to be impressed with myself early on in the life of a project to stick with it. The sites I gravitate toward include lessons learned by trial and error and proudly displayed crafting flops....more

Five Hundred Lunches and Counting

 @sharongreenthal A book sounds wonderful! I know that I would read it.   :)more

Etiquette & Elopement

I know those two words don't really go together--eloping isn't so much a rules game. But they might if you are a fully-grown adult who no longer makes decisions for parental effect (OK, those qualities can coexist). I guess what I'm saying is that the reasons people "elope" are diverse and guidance regarding how not to offend might be a help....more