EIGHT HABITS COUPLES THERAPISTS SAY ALWAYS END A MARRIAGE
And no, having an affair isn’t on this list.
TALKING TRASH BEHIND EACH OTHER’S BACKS.
It might sound like advice on avoiding high school drama, but speaking in a mean-spirited way about your partner when he’s not around—not just poking innocent fun at his Star Wars obsession—is a red flag that, surprisingly, is pretty common, says Cole. And it could have a lot to do with your friends. “Women may fall into this habit if they’re surrounded by people doing the same thing,” she says. “If your close group of girl friends are constantly talking poorly about their own husbands, it may feel more normal for you to chime in and say, ‘You think yours is bad? Listen to mine.'” Read the rest of this entry »
7 THINGS THAT REALLY IMPRESS WEDDING GUESTS
Yes, your wedding may be all about you, but as any good host or hostess knows, if your guests aren’t having fun, well, neither are you. To create an event that has everyone up on their feet, moving, grooving and having the time of their lives, try incorporating a few of these crowd-pleasing elements and wedding planning ideas into your big day. Trust us; they’re guaranteed to not disappoint! Read the rest of this entry »
20 WEDDING ETIQUETTE QUESTIONS, ANSWERED BY PROS
What should you do if you don’t want to be a bridesmaid? What if you RSVPed yes to a wedding, and now you can’t make it? As a bride, are you required to give everyone a plus-one? Do you have to send handwritten thank-you notes, and how long do you have to do it? Clearly, attending—and throwing—a wedding doesn’t come without a million and one questions, many of which can veer into sticky, awkward, potentially friendship-ruining territory.
We talked to two pros—international etiquette expert Sharon Schweitzer, author and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, and Michael Cerbelli, CEO and president of New York City wedding and event planning firm Cerbelli Creative, who worked on Billy Joel and Sir Paul McCartney’s weddings—to get their insight on the most fraught and sensitive wedding-related situations. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s a saying that the devil is in the details. And when it comes to wedding planning fights, that saying couldn’t be truer. “While you may argue about the big things, like the budget or venue, you’re likely going to bicker most often about the little things,” warns Amy Nichols, owner of and co-founder of The Poppy Group. “Recognizing early that even the small things require cooperation and consideration will help the wedding planning process flow much more easily.”
With that in mind, here are five little things that can lead to big wedding fights, and how to solve — or better yet, avoid — each one. Read the rest of this entry »
SAVE MONEY ON THE VENUE
Perhaps the most attractive reason for having a backyard wedding is the fact that they can be so budget-friendly. “Maybe [couples] feel as if they can spend their money elsewhere and can achieve their Pinterest goals, rather than spending money on a [conventional] venue space,” said Sarah Campbell, owner and wedding planner at Pollyanna Events. Saving money on renting a traditional venue can free up a large chunk of the budget for things like decor, rentals, and catering. Read the rest of this entry »
Ugh, it’s like, don’t your friends realize you have a life too!? Obviously, you’re super excited for them and you’d never in a million years miss the opportunity to stand by their side as a bridesmaid on their wedding day, but seriously, if you have to buy another bridesmaid dress you’ll never actually wear again (despite what the bride says), you might scream! Well that, and the fact that your bank account is taking a major hit too. Besides saving up and grinning and bearing the whole dress thing though, here are seven other ways to survive wedding season when you feel like you’re the perpetual bridesmaid, courtesy of the professional bridesmaid herself, Jessica Janik, Founder of The Invisible Bridesmaid. Read the rest of this entry »
Whether it’s hanging in front of a window or from a bedpost, the dress deserves to be captured in its full glory.
BRIDESMAIDS GETTING READY
A good photographer knows that plenty of special moments arise when bridesmaids get ready together.
MAID OF HONOR ZIPPING UP THE BRIDE
It’s one of the last finishing touches before the bride says “I do” and an important duty of being her right-hand gal. Read the rest of this entry »
You can’t please everyone! When it comes to weddings especially, this statement couldn’t be truer. No matter how hard you try or what precautions you take, there are bound to be a few yawn-inducing moments in every big day (yes, even at the best of them).
So what tends to bore guests to tears then? We went straight to the source to find out. Moral of the story: anything that requires people to pay attention without eating or socializing for too long won’t win the crowd.
- TONS OF TRADITIONAL DANCES
“The billion dances they do! The first dance, father daughter, mother son, grandparents, money dance, bridal party dance, etc., etc. Usually by the time they’re done my buzz has already worn off.” — Candace Read the rest of this entry »
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Edison bulbs had their moment, but they’re a teeny tiny bit played out at this point. A better plan: Bring back the good ol’ fairy lights and string them lightly in areas that might need a little extra ambiance. Just make sure they’re an accent, not a focal point.
Call us romantics, but there’s something so delicate and lovely about lining your reception tables with pretty buds in mismatched vases in lieu of over-the-top floral centerpieces. Read the rest of this entry »
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Yes, we know it’s your big day and it’s all about you, but keep in mind that your wedding is a big moment for mom too. While it’s not your job to appease her, you can keep the peace and get her involved without sacrificing your sanity or vision. From allowing her to invite a few of her friends to simply asking for her opinion on certain things, here are six ways to make the mother of the bride happy as a clam.
- LET HER HOST HER OWN SHOWER
If your mom’s like most mothers of the bride, she’s been waiting for this day ever since the day you were born (literally) and can’t wait to throw a party in your honor. So while you may not want to have multiple showers or travel back home just to get showered, is it really the worst thing in the world to let mom have her moment and not make her share it with others? Hey, more gifts and cake for you, bride!
- GIVE HER SOME INVITES TO DISH OUT
Even if it’s only a few, your mom will be super stoked and appreciative to invite a couple of her closest friends to attend your big day. Every party’s more fun with your BFFs by your side, right? Chances are, she’s been your rock throughout this whole process and helped you every step of the way too, possibly even footing the bill for many things. So if you can, make a little room in your guest list to show mom just how much you appreciate her. Read the rest of this entry »