Burlesque bachelorette party: boas, gloves, and good times

You guys, we're coming into bachelorette and hen party season, which means that we know some of you are like, "Wait, what are the options for NON-penis cake bachelorette parties? Are there bachelorette party games and activities that don't involve bars?" (No shame in penis cakes or bars, of course. I mean, I personally love a good penis cake. And a good bar.)

BUT! Seattle and Puget Sound area folks! You've got an amazing bachelorette party alternative — and it's one I even have very first-person experience with: The Academy of Burlesque.

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Are your parents helping pay for your wedding? Have them read this.

The only rule is to talk openly and honestly about expectations clearly before accepting any money — is the money a loan? A gift? If it's a gift, does it come with stipulations or expectations? Talking about money is uncomfortable and awkward for everyone, but it's critically important for parents who might be contributing to weddings to be VERY clear about what their expectations are… and to watch out for predatory marketing that targets parents…

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Honoring a wedding you're not invited to: advice for an estranged mother

My daughter has estranged me and excluded me from her wedding.

A few good friends are keeping me company that day and I would like to plan an authentic small ritual to honour and celebrate my daughter and her fiance's love and union. Nothing religious, but something spiritual. Can you offer suggestions?

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Wedding as a political act: 8 ways to show your wedding is part of the resistance

We've talked for years about folks who've used their weddings as political statements, most notably with marriage equality back before it became legal nationwide… but we're in a different era now, and I'd argue that things are way more overwhelming than they were back then.

Let's talk about a few ways to make a political statement with your wedding…