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Selecting your bridal party-bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers, etc.-can be a stressful, but rewarding, task. So what do you do when a loved one suddenly can't stand next to you as you say "I do?" Our etiquette wedding experts answer your bridal party questions in our daily post.
What do we do if one of the attendants backs out right before the wedding?
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Traditionally, once an attendant accepted the role, only illness or a death in the family was a reason to back out. Today, a critical business trip or work-related issue can force a groomsman or bridesmaid to have to step down. If this happens early in your planning, before all of the attendants have confirmed, you may ask someone else to fill the role-a close friend or relative whom you think would be honored by the invitation. It's a kind gesture to absorb any costs of his or her participation, as the substitute wouldn't have been
- BRIDES | Love + Sex – Fri, Aug 16, 2013 12:32 PM EDT
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The Ace of Wands card suggests that the potential for a new sexual attraction, love connection, fertility or readiness to pursue intimacy could be liberating, but you may have to take matters into your own hands if communication or inhibition is an issue. Enthusiasm, passion and spontaneous or innovative romantic plans or announcements could be present in your love life or relationship at this time.
Some women really don't take breakups well. It's almost as if that one love affair that ended signifies every bad relationship and heartache. I can admit to feeling the same. I was a blubbering fool when a man didn't reciprocate loving feelings. I thought I was unlovable and whined about never feeling loved by a man. I would sob for days, throwing myself a pity party for one. I know women who go slightly insane when their relationship is o-v-e-r, OVER, and I'm sure that you do too. Click through for the 7 most ridiculous ways to deal with a breakup! -By Chaunie Brusie
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beachDo you see that beach there? And those two beach chairs side by side? Oh, and that lovely little alcoholic beverage beside them? Well, come this winter, that picture-perfect beach scene will be even more perfect… Because my husband and I will be in it.Read More »from Why We’re Taking the Honeymoon We Never Had
I. Can't. Wait.
The other day, I confessed my fears about getting pregnant again, but there was a bit more to the story than that.
One of the big reasons I'm a little apprehensive about getting our family planning skills perfected is because, for the first time ever in our marriage, my husband and I are going on a tropical vacation. For four days. With endless beaches and unlimited alcohol and our own room.
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I was pretty sure that I was pregnant again this month, but after receiving a monthly visitor I can only call my BFF right now, it's starting to sink in that this trip is really going to happen. And I know - oh, do I know - that it is going to be a very good thing for our
- RealBeauty.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Aug 16, 2013 10:26 AM EDT
If you're not into the cookie cutter wedding, this jewelry offers a fresh take on the old school tradition. Plus, we've got beauty tips for the big day, however you decide to do it.
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Surely you've clutched the side of your seat as he roared down the driveway. Aaron Traister explains the male need for speed. REDBOOK.Read More »from Finally, the Answer to Why Men Drive like Well, Men
Cars hold a special place in the imagination of the American man, even ones who, like me, feel like they're trying to read a book in braille when they open the hood.
I'm a laid-back guy who enjoys hunkering down with the paper on the train, but when I drive I take on a weird, type A personality. Why do men have this near-Pavlovian response when we get behind the wheel? It bewilders my wife, Karel, and you too, I figure. I'll try to explain what's going through his mind as he drives, but be forewarned: My only car is a 2003 Honda Element, so it's going to be a bumpy ride.
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"We're making great time"
These words are like a narcotic, stimulant, and aphrodisiac to a man. Once someone has uttered them, the car will begin to move faster, his focus will deepen, and the need to make even better time will set in.
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How long should a first date last? You might be surprised!You know if a first date is going to Nowheresville the minute you walk in the door. But when you've already committed to a dinner, it's impossible to turn around and run like hell out. So you suck it up, have a horrible time, and leave feeling discouraged and exhausted, which makes you reluctant to want to meet anyone new ever again.
Rather than drop out of the dating game, what you need to do is learn to play smarter. Renowned biological anthropologist and Match.com's scientific adviser Helen Fisher, Ph.D., says the trick is to keep your first dates, especially if you met online, to 20 minutes. (If it's a setup, like your bestie's brother or you already met once at a party, aim for 45 minutes to an hour max.)
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"You size up someone physically in less than one second-too tall, too short, too fat, too thin, too old, too young, too stuffy, too scruffy," says Fisher, author of Why Him? Why Her? In that
Have you ever wondered what on earth your wedding planner or florist was talking about when he or she used the word "dragee" or "nosegay"? Before you get started with your planning, read our glossary of wedding terms to see what you need to know and brush up on before your big day. You'll be a wedding expert in no time!
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Chocolate-and candy-covered almonds that are often served at wedding receptions or given out as favors. The treats are often packaged in groups of five to represent happiness, health, longevity, wealth, and fertility.
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A style of woman's shoe that reveals the arch of the foot.
Photo: Johnny Miller Nosegay
A small bouquet or flower arrangement usually given as a gift to the mothers of the bride and groom before the wedding ceremony.
Fabric or ribbon details used on hats, cakes, or wedding decor.
A metal rim that encircles the entire gemstone and is an alternative to prongs.
- Lover.ly | Love + Sex – Thu, Aug 15, 2013 2:29 PM EDT
By Rachel Wilkerson, Lover.lyRead More »from Are You My Type? 5 Tips for Finding Your Wedding Font
Have you ever looked at gorgeous wedding stationery online and wondered how to get that look for your own invitations, save-the-dates, or escort cards? Us too! So today we're going into the wild, National Geographic-style, to spot the fonts used on some of the most popular styles of wedding stationery. As you design your dream wedding invitations, here are some fonts you may want to consider using.
1. Old-timey/Western Invitations
old-timey carnival invites
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As more and more couples throw whimsical weddings, fun, old-timey invitations like these are becoming more popular. This invitations uses Edwardian Script, Goudy Handtooled, and Rosewood. You might also consider the rest of Adobe's lovely Old Western font collection; we love Mesquite and Juniper.
2. Minimalist and Modern Invitations
minimalist modern invites
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photo: Grant Cornett Ever wish you could wave a wand and your wedding day would organize itself? Wedding planning doesn't have to rule your life. Check out these wacky confessions and real-life tips from brides who've been there.
Get Your Marriage License "We didn't know we were supposed to get the marriage license! We thought the pastor would bring it. When he said, 'Do you have papers for me to sign?' we looked at each other and said, 'Papers?!' We now have two anniversaries, one the day of the wedding and one the official day of signing. We still laugh about it." --Lindsey, 29, Sedro-Wooley, Wash.
Print Directions From the Wedding Ceremony to the Reception "I was driving to one of our receptions a few days after the wedding, and my fiancé fell asleep. I got lost and tried to make up for lost time but couldn't because there was construction. We were almost an hour late to our own reception. At least one guest had to leave before we got there." --Christie, 34, Rexburg, Idaho
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