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Dear Wedding Maven, I have two aunts on my mother's side of the family. Her younger sister and I have always been close (we are only 15 years apart), because she and my mother were close for most of my childhood. Since they have had a falling out, my mom gets annoyed that we still talk. On the other hand, her older sister has not been around much until my grandmother died this... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven, I’m a newly engaged woman. My fiancé and I have not decided on our bridesmaids, maid of honor, groomsmen and best man. My mother is very demanding and controlling. She wants to be the mother of the bride as well as the maid of honor. I have told her that I don’t think its a good idea, but every time we talk she brings it up. I love my mother but I don’t want her... (more)
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Ask the Experts is a bi-weekly wedding advice column designed to let you ask your pressing wedding questions to a panel of wedding professionals. If you have a question for our experts write asktheexperts@onewed.com Dear Experts, My fiancé and I each have a stepparent. We’d like to include them in the ceremony, but don’t want to confuse their role with our parents roles. We each... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven, I'm engaged to a wonderful guy, but I have an odd problem. His family is rather traditional, and his mother expects us to have a "normal" traditional, Christian wedding. I'm far more in favor of a gothic handfasting, but I know that my fiancé will be disowned if I do anything too outrageous. I really don't want to cause any problems, but it's my day, and I truly don't... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven, Both my parents are remarried and they all hate each other. My stepparents have been in my life for 10 years and I want to include them both. My mom has already made a comment about how my stepmom is not my “mom” and didn’t raise me but she also thinks my step-dad should be included. I want my stepmom to be a part of the unity box, where my mom, his mom and my... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven, My nephew recently got married in Chicago. My daughter was a flower girl in the wedding, and we spent close to $800 traveling to the wedding, buying her dress, and buying a gift. We got a holiday card from my nephew and his new wife and inside was a preprinted photo thank you note. There was no mention of the gift, no personal note, not even a signature. I’m so offended... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven, My family grew up giving and receiving family bridal showers. There are several cousins, however, as each of us had our turn, many of us moved away. Now is the time when the last cousin is getting married. She lives in the midwest, and the rest of us are in three other states. Is there an acceptable way to give her a shower by mail? Could there be some creative... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven I have a bridesmaid problem. One of my bridesmaids doesn’t shave her legs or underarms. It’s not a political thing, she just can’t be bothered. I don’t really care, but my mother keeps bringing it up because the girls are wearing strapless dresses. She keeps telling me that I need to ask my friend to shave for the wedding. She says it will distract from the overall... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven Is there a polite way to let people know that they are NOT invited to my wedding? We are having a fairly small wedding and I get the feeling that a lot of friends and co-workers assume they’ll be invited, when in fact, we’re only inviting family and our very closest friends. I get a lot of questions about the wedding and wedding planning and I’m worried that people... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven, I am looking for suggestions for the wording of a bridal shower invitation. I’m the maid of honor, I live in Illinois, but the bride lives in Arizona. We are having her shower in Illinois, when she’s home for a visit, but don’t want her to have to ship the gifts home. Can we ask people to send the gifts to her home in Illinois, but bring a picture? Thanks Long... (more)
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