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Dear Wedding Maven, A few months ago I agreed to be a bridesmaid for a friend of mine from college. I like her, but I don’t think of her as one of my best friends. I think she asked me because she hasn’t made a lot of new friends since college. I recently got engaged myself, and she’s been making it clear that she’s expecting to be a bridesmaid for me as well. She also keeps... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven, My brother is getting married. I have already agreed to be a bridesmaid in the wedding. But, my husband and I just found out that I will be about 8 months pregnant then. Should I drop out? I’m puzzled about how I would order a dress, who knows what size I will be at the time of the wedding? Plus, how am I going to stand up for an entire service? On top of all 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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Not many women think of being a bridesmaid seven times as lucky, but as I’ve been getting ready for my own wedding, I realize that it was. I’d been a bridesmaid for three sisters by the time I was 20, not to mention watching them get ready for their friends’ weddings. By the time my own friends started getting married, bridesmaiding was in my blood. But not everyone gets so much... (more)
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Psst… You. The maid of honor. Yes, you – the one with the elevated heartbeat and the deer-in-the headlights look. You’re freaking out about your toast, aren’t you? Admit it: You’ve been giving serious thought to setting off a smoke bomb just as dinner is being served and then crawling out under the table in the confusion. There, there. Take a few deep breaths. This seems scary,... (more)
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So you have this roommate from college who’s still a dear friend and has a voice like the sun rising over a frozen lake. Asking her to sing a song that’s meaningful to you and the groom will add a sweet, personal touch to your wedding. Same deal with your buddy who’s a great, effortless public speaker. You know he’ll choose a reading that’s funny and touching. He can also add just... (more)
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As you’ve probably been noticing, choosing your wedding attendants isn’t always easy. I’ve often wished for enough siblings to be one of those lucky women who can set a strict “sisters only” rule and be done with it with no hard feelings. But I don’t, and you probably don’t either. Assuming you do want bridesmaids, it becomes a dilemma. College friends? High school pals?... (more)
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Being asked to be part of a wedding is wonderful. But, the part nobody likes to talk about is money. You hate asking, the bride hates bringing it up, and everybody gets awkward. Every wedding is different, so you will have to talk about it with the bride and groom at some point, but here are some basic guidelines to get your conversation started. The maid of honor and bridesmaids • You... (more)
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My friend Erik used to get seriously bummed out when he received wedding invitations. He’s a professional videographer, and most of his invitations came with a note that the happy couple has had a terrific idea! What if he did their wedding video? Wouldn’t that be great? And that could be his wedding present! All terrific, well-intentioned ideas. Except that Erik never got to enjoy a... (more)
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If you’re lucky enough to be a bridesmaid, you’ve got a few formal duties that we’ve listed for you. But if you want to be a really good bridesmaid, you’d better get familiar with your secret duties. The bride in your life will love you forever. Preparing for the wedding • Deal with the crazy. Your friend, sister, or cousin is no longer the woman she once was, and she won’t... (more)
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