Results for Traditions & Etiquette

This week, columnist Marta Segal Block arbitrates a good old American culture clash. Dear Wedding Maven, My mom and two brothers live in a small town in Alabama. I live in Chicago. My mom doesn’t have a car and can’t afford a plane ticket, so I have to pay for her and my brothers to come to my wedding. I will also need to pay for hotel rooms. None of them have had a decent haircut in... (more)
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In this week’s column, Wedding Maven Marta Segal Block tries to iron out a few cultural wrinkles. Dear Wedding Maven, Ever since I saw Monsoon Wedding and Bride and Prejudice I’ve been interested in the idea of wearing a sari as a wedding dress. Now that I’m engaged, I’ve mentioned this idea to a few people, and no one else seems to think it’s a good idea. One friend even told me... (more)
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This week, the Wedding Maven tackles an island wedding that sounds like anything but a tropical paradise. Dear Wedding Maven, My 30-year-old son is getting married in May. He and his girlfriend have decided to do a destination wedding in the Virgin Islands. They have invited the girl’s family, me and my longtime significant other, the maid of honor, best man, and my son’s biological... (more)
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In this week’s column, Wedding Maven Marta Segal Block answers questions about ring etiquette. Dear Wedding Maven, I’m not engaged, or even seriously dating, but I have a question I’ve always wondered about. I have a moral issue with diamonds (and for that matter with spending a kazillion dollars on an engagement ring, and maybe with engagement rings in general...). At what point... (more)
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In this week’s column, Wedding Maven Marta Segal Block answers some questions about technical etiquette. Dear Wedding Maven, Is it tacky to send my save-the-date announcements via e-mail or evite? My mom says yes, but I don’t see why. My friends and I mainly communicate via e-mail, and it’s not like this is the invitation, so what’s the problem? Thanks, Modern Bride Dear... (more)
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This week, The Wedding Maven lays down the bridesmaid basics. Dear Wedding Maven, I’m recently engaged and certain friends are hinting around at being a bridesmaid. Other people are telling me to be very careful about choosing bridesmaids. Here’s my question: What the hell are bridesmaids? I mean, I know they stand in a row in matching dresses, but what is it they actually do? How... (more)
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If your idea of a Jewish wedding is a man singing “Tradition” and dancing with a bottle on his head, you may have watched “Fiddler on the Roof” a few too many times. In many ways, modern Jewish weddings are not all that different from any other ceremony. If you’re the one planning a Jewish wedding, Mazel Tov. You have a lot of different options and you probably want to consult... (more)
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Are you afraid to ask the caterer what a charger is and whether you actually need it on the table? Is your mother-in-law already asking you about your childbirth plans? Are you wondering if it’s proper to seat your mother’s second husband next to your father’s third wife? Is the best man’s plan for a bachelor party totally offensive? Etiquette and manners are important because they... (more)
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This week, the Wedding Maven deals with RSVP do-overs. Dear Wedding Maven, I think I’ve made a horrible faux pas. A friend invited me to her wedding. The invitation was addressed to “Jane Smith and Guest.” I had someone in mind that I wanted to bring to the wedding, but I didn’t think he’d be able to make it. The wedding is next week, and I just found out that my date can... (more)
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