The batsh*t crazy keeps on coming: I just got an email from a frustrated wedding guest -- we'll call her Gretchen -- who is currently in school and recently lost her job and hasn't gotten around to giving her childhood friend (whom we'll call Brandy) a wedding gift.
The bridal industry -- and everything related to it -- is like no other. Because many people love weddings for their romance and their beauty, there are a lot of professionals who want to enter the business, particularly the wedding dress business.
You've waited for this day your whole life. Not the wedding. Not the proposal. No, no. You've dreamed for years about the very first time you try on wedding dresses. You've invited all your besties, maybe even Mom and Dad.
You want to exchange vows on top of a mountain in the middle of Montana or hand-make everything including the soy candles? But all those personal and untraditional choices sometimes come with their own setbacks.
If it's true that we put our money where our mouth is, then for many American couples, weddings aren't about the spirituality. In other words, the priority of our society -- when it comes to weddings, at least -- is on the material things, not the spiritual ones.
Although Mason jars have definitely had their moment, they are not going away anytime soon. Couples are now just getting more creative with how they use them and are finding some amazing ways to upgrade them in their weddings.
Last December, San Jose, CA hairstylist, Jen Bulik, received the worst news possible and was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. She and her boyfriend of six years, Jeff Lang, a yoga instructor, decided to marry as soon as possible.
As a therapist practicing since 1995, one of the most common requests I receive is for a good book about marriage. This request is especially common among newly engaged couples and people who are struggling to decide whether to marry their current partner.
And in the end, all of those fairy tales we've read as brides have caused us to build castles that only crumble. But if you go into any situation with a more realistic perspective, you can say forget the fairytale -- I'll write my own story.
Like bridezillas, groomzillas can be emotionally tied to their opinions being heard and of course implemented. If his opinions are not crossing over from dreams to reality, he can make the worst bridezilla look like a Sunday sweetheart.
Ask yourself: What are my top three dream elements? Is the food most important? The band? The dress? Craft your budget around what you know you want, to splurge there and cut back on some things that aren't as important?