Confession: I'm Having Wedding Weight Anxiety

I have a confession to make.My name is Loryn, and I do care about how much I weigh on my wedding day.It took me a long time to write this post for two reasons. First, because I knew it would be in direct contradiction with my last post, where I promised you, the readers, I would be body positive. Second, because it would admit that I care about something that I promised myself I wouldn’t worry about....more
It is natural to care but bravo to you for recognizing that stress plays a role in weight. ...more

Windex, Wonky Prongs, and Wedded Bliss

My engagement ring is completely fake.  Well, the setting is real, actually:  a circa 1995 gold and silver Tiffany style setting, with a wonky prong that after 20 years borders on being horizontal.  The oversized prongs were originally designed to hold a carat-sized diamond securely to the setting, preparing for an investment so important that it calls for protection and dependability, for power and stability—platinum.  I, however, have all that pomp and circumstance holding tightly to a cubic zirconia....more

7 Websites That Make Online Wedding Planning Easy

The most important day of your life is also one of the most stressful of days to plan. Your wedding is something that you are going to remember for the rest of your life, so you want to make sure that everything is going to be perfect and go smoothly on your special day.Image: Africa Studio via ShutterstockNot only is wedding planning stressful, it is incredibly expensive. The average wedding these days costs around $30,000, and that doesn’t necessarily include the cost of the honeymoon. Luckily, there are several online tools you can use to make wedding planning easier, and less expensive. Here are some of our top picks....more

To the Small Things of Marriage

In a couple of weeks, my husband and I will celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary.  We've discussed possible plans.  I suggested a weekend spent organizing our house.  While I believe that one will be vetoed as simply too un-anniversary-like, I'm cool with us not doing it big or giving each other expensive gifts.  I have told him as much and I believe he would like it notarized.  ...more

Should I Thank My Cousin For Making My Crappy Wedding Veil?

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I just got married less than a month ago and everything is spectacular on that front. However, I have a little “Thank You Card” etiquette question. My cousin made my veil; a birdcage, which is important to note. She is a design school graduate and a professional haberdasher, so I trusted her. I wasn't just having her do a family favor. She also offered to make hair dealios for my bridesmaids (clips, pins, headbands and such)....more
You sound like a really graceful and truly nice person. liked your idea, thanx for sharing.more

How to Make an "Oops, I Burned Dinner" Kit for a Bridal Shower

A friend of mine is getting married and we have always joked that she is a poor cook. Even though I recently sampled her cooking and know that this is NOT true, I thought it would be funny to play off of this idea for her bridal shower gift... and so the "Oops, I Burned Dinner" KIT was born....more

The 5 Worst Types of Bridezillas

According to, the average American wedding costs approximately $28,427 – and that’s not even counting the honeymoon! No wonder brides are so stressed. But, that’s no excuse. Being a Bridezilla can cost relationships, time, and dignity....more
I appreciate your article.  I do have issue with $28,427 for the average American's wedding.  ...more

Creating a Wedding Day Timeline

For your wedding day (or weekend) to run smoothly, it’s important to create a timeline so everyone is clear where/when events are happening, and so that it’s easy to stay on track. Your wedding day is going to be a busy one, and any sense of order you can get will make a huge difference. Being only a week and a half away from the wedding and having had our final meetings with all of our vendors, I am in full force finalizing the timeline. Here are some tips I can offer to far....more

DIY Framed Ring Holder

The Framed Ring Holder has been floating around Pinterest for a few years now but it's still a popular, personalized gift to hold your wedding ring and engagement ring. It's really easy to make and can be personalized to the recipient's taste. I included one in each of my friends engagement gifts baskets but they also make great bridal shower gifts, wedding gifts and birthday gifts. Easy, personalized gift.  ...more

5 Keys to a Successful Marriage

As of today, my husband and I have been married for 25 years. When people hear how long we’ve been married, I get one of two possible responses:“Congratulations! We’re coming up on (fill in a number of years).”“Wow! How do you do it?”This post is directed at the second group, who wonder how we’ve stayed together so long....more