Raise your hand if this phrase has come out of your mouth, “I wish I could lose (5, 10, 20) pounds before the wedding.” Or maybe for you it’s not so much about losing weight, but having Michelle Obama arms in your sleeveless dress? If you have pre-wedding fitness ...

Dear Readers, Usually the letters I receive have questions for me, and I answer the questions. Yesterday though, I got an email from my husband’s um, let me see if I have this right, second cousin, once removed about my husband’s third cousin, who I don’t believe ...

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 ...

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 ...

Just because you’re getting married doesn’t mean you have to put the brakes on romance. A good love letter puts a zing in your partner’s step for days on end. And since they bring that zing back home to you, how can you go wrong? Need a ...

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 ...

It seems like everywhere you turn there’s another article about how to have a wedding on a tight budget. My problem with these articles is that they either tell me things I already know (ice sculptures are an unnecessary expense, a big guest list will be more expensive than ...

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 ...

Special feature by Chloe’ Yelena Miller, personalized wedding poet and wedding blogger. Your wedding should reflect you and your love, not a generic love story. Your goal is to find something meaningful to share with each other and your guests. Once you know you are getting married, keep an eye ...

Special feature by Robbin Montero of A Dream Wedding You’re home from the honeymoon and busily settling into your new life. There is much to do, but you also have loose ends to tie up concerning your recent marriage. Most important among those tasks is properly thanking those who ...

It used to be easier. Your family belonged to a church or synagogue; you got married at that church or synagogue. The same man who baptized you or did your bat-mitzvah performed the ceremony. Today though, thankfully, it’s a little more complicated. Why thankfully? Because more and more couples ...

Special feature by Jennifer Angeloro of Jennifer Angeloro Photography. Since our company is located in Fort Myers, Florida, by the Gulf of Mexico, we photograph a lot of beach weddings. If you are planning a beach wedding on a west coast beach, here are a couple of important helpful tips ...

If you're just diving in to wedding planning and feeling overwhelmed with expenses, Pure Ambiance Event Planning has some great basic tips on reducing your costs. Happy planning! Special Feature by Kisha Barner of Pure Ambiance Event Planning 1) Having a wedding in winter months is definitely cheaper than ...

1. Be clear on the dress code. It’s a backyard… But it’s a wedding… You can’t blame your friends and family for being confused about what to wear. Don’t say, “whatever you feel like” when someone asks – it drives people crazy. Let your loved ones know ...

1. Don’t hide it. The staff on your ship is likely to have a few treats they can slide your way. And everyone likes honeymooners. As long as you ask instead of demand, the crew will do whatever they can to help you out with a request. 2. Keep ...

If you want to make my mother cry, ask to see her wedding photos. She doesn’t have any. A family friend took them, something went wrong… now, over 45 years later she’s still upset about it. I don’t want that to happen to you, so I talked ...

Special feature by Susan Alexander Shapiro of BravoBride If you just got married, you might be staring at a closet full of candles, vases and other wedding items that you’ll never use again. Instead of shutting the door and dealing with it later, consider selling your items to another ...

Even though there are a lot of jokes about people getting married for the gifts, I think most brides are actually a little nervous about registering. Here you are, picking out items that are supposed to furnish your home, and last you a lifetime, and you’re exposing your taste ...

1. Above all, be clear about your budget. Most caterers are happy to work within any budget, but they do need to know what it is! Even low-balling is better than making a caterer run back and forth to rental companies trying to figure out your magic number. That said ...

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 ...