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Quick, what will be your guests’ first impression of your wedding? Here’s a hint, it will happen long before they get to the ceremony, see the dress, or eat the cake. Your wedding invitation (or save the date card) is your guests’ introduction to your wedding. It tells them where to go, what to wear, and what kind of event to expect. Today, when we rely so much on electronic... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven, My fiancé and I were planning to have a small, intimate destination wedding and then a reception with all our friends and family when we returned home. We made this very clear to everyone. My future mother in law unilaterally decided to double the size of our destination wedding by inviting their entire extended family (more than 20 people) over the phone. She then told... (more)
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A few weeks ago I answered a question from someone who wanted to know how to get out of a contract with a wedding photographer. This week, I received a similar question from the owner of a banquet facility. Dear Wedding Maven, I own a banquet facility and my contract clearly states that the deposit is not refundable upon cancellation. Unfortunately one of my brides is cancelling her... (more)
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In this week’s column, the Wedding Maven answers a question about family members who are less than kind. Dear Wedding Maven, I am getting married in October for the second time, and I remember what my family did days before my first wedding. My mother and sister are a bit neurotic and crazy. They are pretty much selfish and attention hogs. So, during the rehearsal dinner they secretly... (more)
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Hi there, Following my column a few weeks ago about dress codes for wedding guests, I got this very short email: Can a guest wear white to a wedding? First, let me just say how much I love the succinct nature of this question. I’d love to be just as short, but then, you know, I wouldn’t really have a job. I’m from the South and I thought it was a universally known rule that... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven, A good friend of mine is getting married. I’ve been invited to the bachelorette party, which I’d love to attend, but I feel like things are getting out-of-hand. Included with the invitation was a note saying that each guest needed to contribute $30 to help pay for the limo to take us from place to place. It also said that the gift should be “personal” and... (more)
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In this week’s column, the wedding maven deals with confusion over wedding dress codes. Dear Wedding Maven, I recently got a wedding invitation from a friend who is getting married at his parents’ house. The invitation said a cocktail reception would follow the ceremony. So, I assumed I’d be wearing a cocktail dress. Then, slipped inside the envelope was another note saying... (more)
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In this week’s column, Wedding Maven Marta Segal Block answers a question about wedding contracts. Dear Wedding Maven, My friend and his fiancee signed a contract with a photographer for their wedding in summer 2010. They realize now that they can’t afford it, but the photographer won’t let them out of the contract. Please let me know what they can do. Thanks, Friend of the... (more)
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This week, columnist Marta Segal Block takes a break from brides and checks in with some moms. Dear Wedding Maven, My daughter wants to have “a reverse wedding.” She wants to wear black and have all her bridesmaids in white. I’m not sure about this. What do you think? Signed, Mother of the Woman in Black Dear Mother, When I first read your letter I thought your daughter was... (more)
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When my husband proposed to me almost the first words out of my mouth were “Can we elope?” Luckily, he said “no.” Even at the time, I was secretly glad. Now, seven years and two kids later, I’m incredibly grateful that we had a wedding. At times, planning it drove me crazy, but I’m glad we did it. The most common reasons for a “planned elopement” (as opposed to a couple... (more)
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