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Decision 2019

  • December 1, 2018

The photo above started it all. It was from my older daughter’s wedding, and I made the decision to become a wedding planner just a few months after this photo was taken. And now, some 15 years later, I have…

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The Bride’s Dad Plans His Schedule Carefully

  • November 8, 2018

The father of the bride called me today with some very specific questions.  He travels internationally (extensively) for business, and he is trying to plan the next six months in his life so that he is available for the important…

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Bottoms Up

  • October 24, 2018

If you have read my prior posts about toasting at weddings, you know that I am a big believer in shorter-is-better. So when I received an email from a father-of-the-bride recently, I tried to gently explain that a 10-minute toast…

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A Look Back: A Wedding in A Week

  • October 10, 2018

I was visiting my younger daughter in England seven years ago when her boyfriend proposed. What a joy to share this time with them! They told me that they wanted a small, elegant wedding… in London, where they live… in…

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Wedding Guest Lists

  • September 26, 2018

You have friends. Your partner has friends. You as a couple have friends. You each have work friends. Your parents have friends. Your partner's  parents have friends. They all may have work friends. This looks like a recipe for a football field…

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Why I Won’t Help Plan This Wedding

  • September 12, 2018

I just spoke to a photographer by phone, who asked if I am available to finish planning a wedding that is taking place in just six weeks. The bride is not happy with her planner and is thinking about hiring someone…

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The Father of the Bride Has A Question

  • August 18, 2018

The email from the father of the bride said, Question regarding Rehearsal dinner, am I supposed to give an informal toast/thoughts for this?  The rehearsal will be at the groom's parents' house. And here is my reply: Typically (whatever that…

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The Catholic Bride and The Jewish Groom: Ten Ideas

  • July 21, 2018

The Catholic bride is insistent about getting married a church. The Jewish groom will agree but wants to bring his religious traditions to the wedding. A rabbi can be involved with the priest (where permitted), but what else can be done? One…

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The A-B-C-D-E of Engagement Parties

  • July 7, 2018

There seems to be some confusion about engagement parties, so here are some guidelines: A.  The announcement. Historically, the announcement of the betrothal of the bride and groom was made public at a party hosted by the bride’s parents. Today,…

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