Archives for June 2008

Summer Wedding

The number one tip for planning a summer wedding? Don't be afraid to break the rules! abc7 and the knot debunk five of the most common summer nuptial myths. Myth #1: You have to say "I do" outdoors If you live in a cooler part of the country where the lush, green months of summer are precious, it may seem like you absolutely must head outside for your summer wedding. But if an outdoor wedding isn't what you've always dreamed of, an indoor space can be just as summery (and much more reliable). … [Read more...]

Planning a name change? Contact Social Security!

If you are a bride-to-be, there’s one more important thing you may need to put on your list: contact Social Security if there’s going to be a name change. It's important tell Social Security if you legally change your name--if you don't it may delay your tax refund and prevent your wages from being posted correctly to your Social Security record, which may lower the amount of your future Social Security benefits.  Obviously, you should also notify your employer of your new name. Changing … [Read more...]

iVillage offers you a chance to win a Free Honeymoon!

Just thought the brides out there might be interested!! Enter the Countdown to Wedding Bliss Sweepstakes, brought to you by iVillage and Schick® Intuition®, and get on the road to your happily-ever-after. One Grand Prize winner will receive the lovers' getaway of her choice to one of five top honeymoon destinations; eight Weekly Prize winners will receive wedding and registry-related gifts worth up to $1,000! Plus, be among the first 100,000 iVillage members to respond and you can get a *FREE … [Read more...]

7 Wedding Gift Registry Sanity-Savers

Amidst the joys and sorrows of planning a wedding, the last thing you need is more stress. Registering for gifts can be a fun way to de-stress... but it can also be a source of new angst. Here are seven ways that you can simplify the registry process -- and save your sanity, inspired by Dawn Williams. 1. Don't overthink the process Remember: You can always take things back!! Between your invitations, dress, bridesmaids, flowers and everything else there is to worry about, the last … [Read more...]

Traditional Gifts for your 1st Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations! You have (almost?) made it through your first year of marriage, often considered the year of adjustment. I bet you didn't know that the first anniversary comes complete with it's own symbolism, color, gemstone, flower and gift-giving traditions! Well, it does, according to the experts! (Side note: I think it is so interesting that this couple, Bob and Sheri Stritof, know the joy of a happy marriage-- they've been married for 44 years-- but also the heartbreak of an unhappy … [Read more...]

The Guy’s Guide to Wedding Guest Attire

Although I do have a few opinions about men's fashion, I am far from being an expert. So on the topic of what a man should or should not wear to a wedding, I'll defer to Daniel Billet, your guide to men's fashion and grooming at Mr. Billet was accustomed to wearing black suits quite often, and what could be more appropriate for a wedding than a nice black suit? That's what he was thinking until he got the invitation to his nephew's daytime wedding in July. What does one wear to a … [Read more...]

Damage Control: How to Cancel a Wedding

Unfortunately, not all engagements lead to a walk down the isle. Sometimes the wedding is called off, and the bride and groom need to work quickly to control the damage. Marcy Blum, wedding and event planner, provides six steps to ensure a wedding's cancellation goes as smoothly as possible. 1. Let your guests know as soon as possible. If your wedding is called off after the invitations are mailed and time is running short before the planned date, then you--or a friend or a family … [Read more...]

Do-it-yourself wedding projects

Whether you are looking to save money, or just want a hands-on wedding planning experience, there are many DIY projects that can be cost-efficient add charm to your wedding. provides this list of DIY wedding tasks: Wedding Favors Simple Floral and Candle Centerpieces Cupcakes (instead of a wedding cake) Ring Pillow Flower Girl Basket Using an Ipod instead of an MP3 player. (Enlist a tech-savvy friend to make sure your first dance song, entrance music, cake cutting … [Read more...]

Soothing the Pre-Wedding Jitters

Sure, it's normal to feel some stress and worry as the big day approaches. Dear Sugar attributes it to the commitment that comes with a marriage, as well as the time, energy, and money it takes to plan a wedding. I'd say, if I was wearing that wedding dress, I'd be more than a little bit nervous too. Dear Sugar has some tips to quiet those butterflies in your stomach. The advice is sensible, as long as you are not having serious doubts. For normal wedding jitters, follow these tips to help … [Read more...]

Got Glamour? Bobby Pins are a Bride’s Best Friend

Although there are many styles to choose from when getting your hair done on your wedding day, sweeping the hair off your face will always be classic. If you want a flattering look that radiates glamor and elegance, nothing compares to the up-do. "And, it cannot be done without the bobby pin," says Jessica Churchill, educator and up-do specialist at the Salon Professional Academy in Appleton. "They are nice because you don’t see them and it looks like the hair is just magically up.” Far … [Read more...]