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Monthly Archive for January, 2012

One Spring afternoon, I took my friend as my date to a wedding where I could bring a plus one.  We sat in the middle of the church pew watching the couple say their vows in a traditional Lutheran ceremony.  Hymns were sung, scripture was read, and in general, the wedding ceremony was a no-frills […]

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There is a great cost-saving trend that finds couples booking their reception venues on Friday evenings or Sundays.  While it makes it a bit more difficult for traveling friends and family, it can literally save thousands of dollars by choosing any weekend time other than Saturday. Off-peak weddings can make a huge monetary difference and, for […]

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Not a Party for the Wedding Party

If you are looking for the most fun you’ve never wanted to have, look no further than being a bridesmaid. Not that I have any experience in this department. But from what I see regarding roles and responsibilities, it doesn’t seem to be much of a picnic. If you really want to punish someone, just ask […]

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I lived in Southern California for a few years. The area I lived in was 120 degrees in the summer and a balmy 70 in the winter.  Nothing irritated me more than after my steering wheel melted and just sitting down would us all to sweat, a person who never lived there would say, “But […]

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Save the Date… or Don’t

When Fiance and I finally decided on a venue and a date after 2.8 years of being engaged, we immediately told those critical to making our day special: Our parents Our siblings Our friend the officiant Not to say that everyone else on the guest list isn’t important. We just assumed that those aforementioned would […]

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A Tale of Two Dresses

I made a costly mistake. In 2009, shortly after we became engaged, I had the opportunity to travel to many countries off the beaten path with Fiance. Vietnam, stop number seven on our itinerary, had much to see and do; but we were told one thing that was an absolute must was to visit one […]

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With the tween sensation of Twilight hitting the bookshelves post-Harry Potter and then turning into a five part movie series, vampires and the forbidden romance seems to have taken hold on the romance world.  True Blood, Zombieland, and other tv shows and movies have continued the forward momentum. From the lure of the loves that […]

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I’m pretty sure my anti-bride’s guide to wedding planning suggested that the groom is responsible for picking out the tuxedo/garb/costumes for the dudes in the wedding party. So I was a bit surprised when Fiancé tapped me on the shoulder on Monday and requested my presence at his appointment with Men’s Wearhouse. Not knowing a […]

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Freedom in Simplicity

I recently left my job of long hours and little personal reward to do something I perceive as a better fit… for less pay. Any rational human being would wonder what possessed me to take a salary cut when I have above average bills to pay (thanks, New Jersey) and only a few short months […]

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One of my best friends got married to his beautiful, intelligent, charming wife in the early summer of 2001. I arrived a week early to help with all of the preparations since, as his Best Man (well, we chose Simply the Best as my title since I happen to be female) those details fell within […]

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