There are a million reasons why someone offering to help out at your wedding will actually cause more hindrance than help. Distance, time, ability… whatever. These people are offering their help because they care about you and want your day to be as awesome as possible. So what's the best way to accommodate these helpers without pulling your hair out?
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of Advice posts.
Because Ann Landers isn't especially helpful when you're trying to figure out invitation etiquette for your polyamorous parents or trying to figure out what non-floral item to hold when you're walking down the aisle.
Jamie and Tim had an intimate small ceremony with friends and family in their home. They are also World of Warcraft nerds to the nth degree. So I wrote a WoW inclusive ceremony for them. It was about 10 minutes long. Here's it is…
My fiance loves to wear a bow tie and suit jacket, and equally loves to wear little dresses — and she's at an absolute loss as to what to wear for our July 2014 wedding! She's got a faux-hawk with the sides of her head shaved, and loves playing with gender expectations. Sometimes she's soft-butch, sometimes she's femme.
The idea of wedding dress shopping was something I had always found challenging. As someone who is short, round, and very busty, I hated the idea of being clamped into an off-the-peg sample dress four sizes too small. I looked at dresses aimed at curvier brides and saw that most of them were ugly, and seemed to be about hiding your body, not celebrating it. I knew any dress I bought in a bridal store would have to be massively modified to fit me. So instead of dealing with all that, I started thinking about having a dress made-to-measure.
For a lot of women, their first experience with a structural shaping garment other than a bra is a corset-back wedding dress — and they quickly learn that a corset is a bit more complicated to wear than a bra. (What, you mean I have to reach in and shift stuff around to get it sitting right?) When you compress the average torso in a corset, the person's back skin tends to fold a bit on itself. This is commonly referred to as "back cleavage" or the "Venus Fold." Let's talk about it.
The truth is, sometimes people wind up hating their wedding photos. While there's nothing you can do about it after the job is done, there are some things you can do beforehand to lessen your chances of hating your photos.
I want to propose to my boyfriend with the ring that would then become his wedding band. The problem is… I want to make it a surprise, and I don't know his ring size. Does anyone know other sneaky ways to find their partners ring size?
My fiancé and I are having our ceremony in a public garden in New Jersey and have been told that we are not allowed to bring chairs for our guests. We have discussed buying nice picnic blankets and laying them about for our guests to sit on, but I would still like something a little more "chair-like." How do you create comfortable seating rather than just having guests on their feet the whole time?