Wedding Roundup #027

The Ultimate Maid of Honor Toast Writing Guide

I’ve been a maid of honor twice. I’ve thrown two decently decadent bachelorette parties, and I’ve attempted, but ultimately failed, to bustle two gorgeous wedding gowns. My real talent shined when it came to writing two unforgettable maid of honor wedding toasts. As a professional wedding toast-writer, I know how to capture what’s in your heart and wordsmith it into a speech that will get the audience to laugh and cry at just the right moments, while the bride feels the love well past the last dance.

With the holidays just around the corner, there’s a good chance your best friend will become engaged sometime between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Prepare yourself. For many MOHs, writing the toast is the most dreaded bridal party ...

The Every Girl

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The #1 Best Wedding Trend Is The Freedom to Not Follow Trends

We are in a sweet spot for nuptials.  Every one of us has the opportunity to not know what we are supposed to do when we get hitched.  Just as same sex couples have done for decades, we can all—yes, straight people too—create our own events, rituals, and celebrations, completely on our own terms.  Exciting, right? I have even written a book on this phenomenon, “Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other NonTraditional, Twenty-First Century Weddings,” (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014 Hardcover; 2017 Paperback) which is now out in audiobook form, narrated by me.  And yet, many of the questions I am asked—by the media, but also in life (mostly by straight people)—are about same sex wedding “etiquette.” ...


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The Expert’s Guide To Hosting A Surprise Wedding

We think we can all agree that weddings are joyous occasions. They’re celebrations of love, commitment, romance and hope, and there’s usually a swish open bar and the chance to do the Macarena with minimal public ridicule.

But that being said—weddings might be fun, but not everyone is down for the pre-wedding kerfuffle. You know: elaborate invites! Hen’s nights! Rehearsal dinners! Bridal party spats! Every single person you meet asking you whether you’re planning to serve chicken or fish (as if that matters)!

And—we get it—every single big life event involves some type of uncomfortable build-up aspect—it’s fairly unescapable, and weddings are no different. But, if you’re really not into the fuss and fretting, and you’re more on the ‘low-key bride’ side of the tracks, why not consider a surprise wedding?

Elle Australia

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