Somebody Help Me! We’re Having a Wedding!

 John and I have known for four and a half months that Dan was going to propose to Brittany. We were visiting them in Charleston last March and while the guys were grilling Dan said:“Mr. John,” (So Southern!) “Since we’re alone right now I wanted to tell…I mean ask you if it’s ok with you if I ask Brittany to marry me?”John: “Oh, thank goodness!”OK, just kidding, what he really said was something like, “Well we just want her to be happy.”...more
good luck with the wedding! Will it be in Charleston?more

10 Lessons Learned When Katrina Bamboozled My Wedding

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since my wedding was interrupted by a little thing called Hurricane Katrina. At the time it seemed surreal, and though it wasn’t anything like the wedding we had planned, in many ways it was even better.Over the last few months I’ve watched other natural disasters attack our country – from heartbreaking wildfires to torrential storms and now the recent destruction of Hurricane Isaac.  So many lives were affected in tragic ways and everyone has a different story....more

Pinterest and nausea

Good afternoon, ladies! This is my first official post and mostly just an attempt to dip my toe in BlogHer water... You know, is anybody out there??This weekend has me in bed feeling queasy after a very long week of work. I'm a grad student literally thisclose to finishing; alas, my thesis is getting in the way. The upcoming GRE English test has me reading more than I can possibly fit into my brain, Ph.D. applications are due in December--on top of a regular load of classes. ...more

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