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A few weeks ago, I answered a question from a bride who was having a second wedding ceremony for the same marriage. That column, prompted this question: Dear Wedding Maven, I have another question about one couple having multiple weddings. My daughter's fiancé is being deployed to Afghanistan next April. Between now and then, he will be away for months at a time for training exercises. ... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven, My daughter’s friend is hosting a bridal shower for my daughter. The shower is scheduled to be at the friend’s house. Invitations have gone out. We have just learned that this friend’s mother is dying – she’s been given four weeks to live (which is right around the same day as the bridal shower). My daughter thought this was a horrible imposition on the... (more)
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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, For immigration reasons, my fiancé and I had a civil ceremony last year. Because our church has certain requirements before performing a wedding, we couldn’t do our church ceremony at the same time. We do not consider ourselves married. Our actual wedding, a religious wedding ceremony, is in October. My mother is insisting that I not tell anyone about our first... (more)
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It used to be that hiring a wedding planner was something for the rich and famous. Today though, it’s becoming increasingly more common for everyday brides and grooms, with everyday budgets, to hire a planner. With good reason, hiring a planner can actually wind up saving you as much money as it costs, with the added benefit of reducing stress. Choosing the right person can make a huge... (more)
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Dear Wedding Maven, My fiancé and I have both been married before, and currently live together. We would prefer that our guests refrain from giving us gifts. We want our friends to come celebrate with us, but not feel required to spend money and effort on gift-giving. Since wedding gifts are traditionally meant to furnish a new couple's home, it just seems tacky to expect guests to give... (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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Dear Wedding Maven, I just found out that the "terrific" guy I've been dating is already engaged! Do I tell his fiancée? If I do, I'll feel bad for ruining her engagement, but if I don't I'll be letting some innocent woman marry a creep. Help! The Accidental Other Woman Dear Accidental, One thing I’ve learned as a professional busybody is that you never really know what effect... (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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