Category Archive

conflict resolution

Dealing with wedding planning conflict sucks — especially when it’s family drama. These are our wedding advice posts all about helping you deal with arguments, disagreements, boundaries, and frustrations. We even have posts full of copy-n-paste responses to negative wedding feedback!

A sad mother of the bride asks: “How do I tell my friends I can’t invite them?”

“My 44 year old daughter is planning and paying for her own wedding. The guest list is at 200, and she has agreed to let us invite 6 close friends… but what do I say to all our other friends who may be expecting to be invited?”

My immigrant family disowned me: 5 ways to cope when your parents won’t attend your wedding

When I got engaged, my immigrant family disowned me. This post is the guide I wish I had, for all my fellow first-generation children of immigrants who are planning a wedding without their parents’ approval.

A quirky rooftop elopement in Las Vegas (with special guest Chewbacca!)

I had a microwedding, here’s how I minimized hurt feelings from guests

I only had a dozen guests at my wedding. For those of you who may also be having tiny microweddings due to Covid, here’s my advice for how to talk to guests who weren’t invited and may be dealing with hurt feelings…

Lanterns, swords, and romance at this royal winter wedding

Should I invite my dad and brother to my wedding, if they don’t like my fiance?

My boyfriend and I have now lived together for over a year and a half, and have decided to get married (yay!)… But my dad and my older brother still don’t like him. Do I ask them to come to the wedding, or no?

Avoiding wedding fights: plan your wedding planning

Avoiding wedding fights: how to plan your wedding planning

Your engagement should be a joyful time. You have a lifetime ahead of you with the person you love. What could be better than to celebrate that love surrounded by friends and family? And yet, somehow things go awry. Conflicts flare. And the time that should be so happy — the build-up to your wedding — is fraught with possibilities for strife.

The good news is you can avoid most of the problems by planning your wedding planning. That’s right. Plan how you’re going to plan.

Advice for the Bride box as seen on Offbeat Bride

Unsolicited wedding advice: How to create a win/win situation

I recently read an article addressing the psychology behind unsolicited advice. The article focused on a research paper titled “Advice Giving: A Subtle Pathway to Power,” which confirms what most of us have likely suspected: unsolicited advice more for the benefit of the adviser than the advisee. So how can you work with this to make unsolicited advice less irritating, and more helpful?