How to Create the Perfect Wedding Toast, Have Someone Write it for You

by Azure

You love your maid-of-honor. She’s your best-friend, she’s been with you through grade school, summer camp, high school, and countless break-ups. You know she loves you and has hundreds of great things to say about you and your fiancé at the wedding, if only she were capable of writing a decent speech. Too bad speechwriters are only for politicians. Guess what? Now they aren’t. Oratory Laboratory takes the concept of speech writing and brings it to a level everyone can take...

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Father of the Bride, Is He Feeling Left Out?

by Azure

Whenever people asked my father how he felt about me, his youngest daughter, getting married he would say “Well, you know, the marriage industry is about disenfranchising men.” Now, perhaps I should explain that in addition to being a grump, my father is also an anthropology professor, so yes, he really does talk like that. Over the years, I’ve gotten pretty good at ignoring my father’s pronouncements, but I actually think he was trying to say something here, he felt left out....

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Father of the Bride

by Azure

I love my dad, but I hate trying to come up with gifts for him. There are only so many books, gadgets, and t-shirts I can buy him over the years. Every year, I desperately look for themes to try and inspire me. You though, you’re lucky, you have your theme, your wedding. How does your wedding tie in to your father’s day gift? Well, here are some ideas: 1) A photo album of pictures of the two of you, or just one nice one framed (this may be difficult if your dad is the family...

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Father’s Day Quiz (and a little giveaway)

by Azure

Last month, we got a lot of laughs out of moms in pop culture. In movies, bad/scary moms can be sort of funny, but dads, well, not so much. So, instead of listing the worst dads or the best dads, we thought we’d test your knowledge of pop culture. See if you can match the four father/daughter pairs below. 1. Jon Voight 2. Ravi Shankar 3. Jawarhalal Nehru 4. King George VI A. Norah Jones B. Elizabeth Mountbatten C. Angelina Jolie D. Indira Ghandi Still reading? We have a...

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How to Survive Your Father Daughter Wedding Dance

by Azure

In movies, the father/daughter dance always looks so beautiful: There are flashbacks and fuzzy camera work, everyone cries tears of joy. In reality though, it can be stressful, even if you don’t have a “complicated” family relationship. The truth is, most of us don’t have a lot of practice dancing with our dads, and a lot of dads don’t like to dance. Here are some tips on how to survive your father/daughter dance. 1) Talk to your dad Find out how your dad feels about...

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Ask the Wedding Maven: Psycho Families

by Azure

In this week's column, the Wedding Maven answers a question about how to handle relatives who are not sitting on the bride's side. Do you have a question about wedding relationships, etiquette or traditions? Write The Wedding Maven at onewedmaven@gmail.com

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Wedding Day Childcare To Keep the Whole Family Happy

by Azure

One of the most frequent types of questions I get for my wedding advice column is what to do about kids at the reception. Let’s face it, most brides don’t have kids, so trying to find a trustworthy sitter for the reception can be a shot in the dark. Services like Colorado’s Wedding and Event Sitters and the national Sitter City can help you out. Hey, don’t lose those URLSs - one day you may need them yourself!

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