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Why We'll Be Pronounced By Our Names on Our Wedding Day

(13) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 10:12 AM

I'm getting married in May 2014. It's really exciting! But, as with any upcoming wedding, there are decisions that need to be made now in order for the big to go smoothly and as magically as any bride would want her wedding day to go.

As I've...

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How Paris Made Me Believe In Romance And Marriage

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2013 | 12:35 PM

Once again, I found myself in Paris. Once again, I was there to recover from a broken heart, and once again, it was because of the same person. I had yet to learn my lesson.

It was a last minute apartment swap. I had thrown my hands up in...

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The Most Important Wedding I'll Ever Attend

(11) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 12:58 AM

David and I often commend each other on "getting out." Unlike many of the people with whom we went to high school, David and I made a run for it and did "get out;" we made it all the way to New York City. The same cannot be said for...

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How My Dream Wedding Has Evolved In The Past 15 Years

(23) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:34 PM

Like a lot of women, I've been dreaming about my wedding since I was a kid. Back then it had very little to do with the commitment and more to do with the party, the colorful details and, of course, the dress.

As a child, I didn't question or...

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That Awkward Moment When You Run Into An Ex At A Wedding Unexpectedly

(160) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 1:15 AM

I was running late to Liz and Ian's wedding. The reception and ceremony were being held at a barn in the middle of nowhere in New Hampshire, and not being used to driving, as I'm a New Yorker, I got lost multiple times. By the time I arrived, the ceremony...

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The Big Lesson I Learned From An Anti-Bridezilla

(90) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 1:21 AM

Every newly-engaged woman starts out as a bride-to-be. Some stay that way, able to handle the ups and downs of wedding planning with poise, but there are others who evolve into monsters in human clothing. You know the type: the bridezillas.

A bridezilla, by definition, is a...

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How To Deal When Your Date Gets Wasted At A Wedding

(49) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 2:04 AM

If there's a troublemaker in sight, I'm drawn to them. Whether it be a female friend or a boyfriend, if they're prone to being up to no good, I'll manage to find them and get sucked into their lives. When I was younger I regarded it as a bad but...

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Why I Completely Support Sometimes Boycotting A Wedding Of Someone You Love

(471) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 2:10 AM

My sister has been engaged twice. Although if you remind her of this now, she will scoff and insist that she's only been engaged once and she married that man. However, what she has conveniently tried to forget is that once upon a time she was caught up in a...

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The Night Before My Friend's Wedding She Told Me She Didn't Want To Get Married

(1064) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 10:53 AM

We were sitting across the table, my friend and I, in a small New Hampshire town the night before her wedding. We were at one of those chain restaurants going over last minute plans for her wedding. I was co-maid of honor, and the other maid of honor was unable...

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Married Women Don't Care For You When You're The Only Single Woman At The Wedding

(413) Comments | Posted August 25, 2012 | 1:48 PM

When my friend Thal got married, I was the only single gal in attendance. This is by no means an exaggeration; it's the absolute truth.

All of the other attendees were already married or engaged. I, however, had just suffered a devastating break-up a couple months before and marriage was...

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I Gave Up Being a Maid of Honor for Fashion Week

(243) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 2:12 AM

I have never been fortunate enough to just be a guest at a wedding. I'm always in the wedding party and more often than not, I'm the maid of honor. For some reason I have that "maid of honor" appeal, or maybe, and far more realistically, the majority of my...

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