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Ladies, let’s get serious: You must have cake at your wedding. I don’t care where else you want to go nontraditional or cut costs. I will support you to the death on almost anything else, and so will most of your guests. You can get married on the nude by a stranger who got his or her ordination on the Internet. You can replace the DJ with tambourines and conga drums handed out to your... (more)
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I’m a wedding veteran. I’ve been to dozens of them, including my own first one. My friend Liz’s wedding stands out, though. (OK, mine stood out too, but for different reasons.) Liz didn’t want to deal with a lot of the wedding planning, so she just hired a DJ and never checked in with him about anything but what time he should start playing and what time he should stop. You know... (more)
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Just because you’re having a budget wedding doesn’t mean you have to short your guests on silly dancing at your reception. If you have a friend who is willing to play master of ceremonies – or don’t mind skipping an emcee entirely – you can have a perfectly groovetastic reception with just a sound system, an MP3 player, and a little planning. Pick songs you each love. It’s... (more)
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Every vegetarian in the world has had this conversation with a parent, grandparent, or in-law: “I’m a vegetarian.” “Oh. But you can eat chicken, right?” “Well, no. That’s meat.” “Oh. But it’s Easter. You’ll have a little ham for Easter, won’t you?” “Um.” “Oh, Well at least we have some green beans for you. You can eat those,... (more)
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Planning a wedding is stressful. Let’s not pretend. It’s a huge party for all the people you most want to make happy, and then in the middle of that you keep remembering that you’re committing the rest of your life to someone. It’s a big deal. Knowing you’re dealing with a writhing, tulle-and-ribbon-covered ball of stress is half the battle. For the other half, here are a few... (more)
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How to have a very, very simple reception: Have everyone park their cars in a circle in a nearby field. Set up a keg and a boom box and have everyone search their glove compartments for mix CDs. Bring cups, batteries, and bug repellant. Which, now that I think about it, sounds kind of fun. But if you’d like to go more elaborate, you may want some decorations. The first thing to... (more)
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Most wedding receptions involve a bar as part of the fun. It can be the most anticipated and the most dreaded part of the festivities. It’s also hands-down the best generator of post-wedding stories, which explains that last sentence. Here are a few pointers to help make sure your guests have plenty of the kind of fun that involves uninhibited laughing and dancing and hardly any of the kind... (more)
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Unless you and your groom both really want it that way, there’s no reason you should have to plan everything on your own. The wedding is about both of you, right? Here are few tips to help get your guy more involved. Have a seat. Sit down together and go through all the wedding tasks. Both of you should be absolutely frank about which things you’re interested in, which things you... (more)
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Writing your own vows? Good for you! It’s a beautiful way to make your ceremony personal and special. Freaking out? That’s totally normal. Even artsy writey types get nervous about writing their own vows. How do you sum up your love for someone with just words? But millions of people have done it well, and you can too. Here are a few pointers. Start writing early. Or at least... (more)
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“Oh. I guess we’re at the Unmarried Cousins Table.” And we were. I’ve also been at the Single Women Table, the College Friends Table, and the We Don’t Know What To Do with You Table. Sometimes it’s hilarious to figure out your table’s theme, but sometimes it just feels a little sad. It can make you feel like part of a pack, true, but it can also make that pack feel... (more)
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