Readers Ask: How can I “soften the blow” for people I do not invite to the wedding? Our Answer Whatever the situation is, whether it’s a friend you’ve lost touch with or a distant family member that lives across the country and you haven’t seen them since you were five, there’s a simple, easy rule …

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Breaking the bank doesn’t have to be an option when it comes to offering up an impressive wedding gift. Instead of emptying your pockets and dropping hundreds on a new mixer, why not create something with your own two hands and a personalized touch? Below you’ll find some great ideas that can help spark your …

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When it comes to the kiddos at the wedding, there are a lot of ways to fizzle out the awkwardness of the flame before it happens – no matter which side you’re on, be it host of the event or parent. Do I bring my kids? Should I invite everyone’s kids? What should I dress …

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Palestinian or any Middle Eastern weddings are definitely different from western weddings, however they are just as cool and fun. Expect a true experience, one that includes lots of loud music, plenty of food, and guests dressed up in their very finest, including their best jewels. There’s also local dancing in national costumes…in short, a …

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Nope. Adding the child element to any wedding means ensuring they are being watched the entire time and do not decide to eat the wedding cake. Adults-only weddings are increasingly common, so if you want to do it, stick to your big day guns. Allowing some friends to bring their rugrats and not others will …

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Skipping the whole bridesmaid thing is perfectly acceptable, so don’t stress about it for one more minute. If you would still like to include your friends and family in your ceremony, there are plenty of ways to do it. Enlist them to recite poems or other special readings, help guests find their seats, announce you …

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Anytime. The decision to elope is based on any number of things, such as not wanting to plan a huge shindig friends and family from all over the country must attend. Whatever your reasons for wanting to elope, they are yours and yours alone. You do not owe anyone anything, no matter how bad or …

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Your dad is being very selfish about your special day! Whatever grievances he has with your mom do not factor in. Invite both of them and explain to your dad in a calm way that you wedding is about you and your future spouse, not his problems with the woman who bore you. If he …

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In addition to helping plan an ah-mazing bachelor party, it is your job to assist with logistics, such as picking up the tuxedos and helping set up the engagement party. It is also highly recommended that you write a funny and heartfelt speech that makes everyone smile and laugh instead of cringe. Don’t sweat it …

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Oh dear. This is never an easy task, especially since many men slave over what type of ring to purchase. Since your now-fiance did not ask you what kind of ring you liked and surprised you with the proposal, you are kind of, um, in a bind. Your best bet is to wait for him …

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Not especially. Holding a wedding on the actual holiday may be considered inappropriate by some, yet both are three-day weddings for most people, save medical professionals and those in the service industry. Having a wedding over Memorial or Labor Day weekend is subsequently a way to ensure most of your guests attend because the have …

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Traditionally the bride and groom sit in the middle of the table with the parents of the bride and groom on either side. The best man, maid of honor, bridesmaids, and groomsmen fill out the rest of the table. If the couple decides not to have a bridal party, the siblings and best friends who …

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She didn’t ask you? Hmm. Generally speaking, couples review who they want to invite to their wedding together and come up with a list they both agree on. Regardless, it is a very good idea to talk to your bride about this, as it could simply be an oversight. If this is the case and …

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Both options have perks, as cash is simple and does not involve the couple making a trip to the bank. Checks are arguably more secure in the face of potential theft, however they also feature your account and routing numbers. Tradition can also dictate whether cash or checks are preferred, as cash is a standard …

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