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Bachelorette Party Planning Really Does Bring Out The Worst In Women

Bachelorette Party Planning Really Does Bring Out The Worst In Women

I don’t know what it is, but bachelorette parties have a knack for bringing out the very worst in women. Inevitably, we all have different viewpoints on the ritual (some of us are pumped to wear penis hats and some of us aren’t), we have various amounts we can and will spend to celebrate our bride friend (anywhere from $50 to $5,000, depending on our disposable income) and we have varying degrees of comfortability with group activities (some of us OMG LUV IT! and some would rather drink Drano).

If you’ve ever been on a bachelorette party planning email chain, then you probably had one of three reactions. You were either: 1) the person planning the bachelorette party and therefore super enthusiastic about it and prone to using tons of caps, emails and text speak, 2) the hater who had to remind everyone that you don’t have an extra $5K lying around to do a weekend jaunt to Paris, or 3) the silent bystander left wishing she was never on the email chain in the first place. To make matters worse, we tend to be loathe to say these things directly because of our concern about being nice, which makes the endless stream of emails a virtual pass-aggro, power jockeying shit show. Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss perfectly capture the essence of how a typical bachelorette party planning email chain goes down. Even though they’re not real, they could be. It’s almost like they’ve been through the process before. I’m sure they have. After the jump, just one of the imagined responses to “Ali”‘s email above. [The Toast] Keep reading »

True Story: I Accepted A Marriage Proposal After Only 5 Months Of Dating

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True Story: I Accepted A Marriage Proposal After Only 5 Months Of Dating

Ours was the shortest courtship that I had ever heard of. Well, except for celebrities, but we all know how those turn out most of the time. Oh, and that girl I knew in college who went on a date with a college professor and was married to him two days later. Fool, was what we muttered under our breath. Over 10 years later, they’re still married, and now have two kids. Perhaps, we were the foolish ones to doubt them.

So when, after just five months of dating someone, I announced to my friends and family that I was engaged, the shock was, well, huge. Admittedly, I was shocked myself, and I expected others to be stunned by it, but the outpouring of public “Congratulations!” messages that were followed by private emails begging, “Are you fucking kidding me?” was something I surely didn’t expect – at least not to that extent. Keep reading »

The Force Is Strong With This “Star Wars” Wedding Photo

The Photoshopped wedding picture trend is showing no signs of slowing, and I, for one, am pretty happy about that. After seeing a wedding party being chased by a fearsome T-Rex and an engaged couple doing battle with a rogue zombie, it was only a matter of time before “Star Wars” entered the mix. Here we have newlyweds Mindy and John (along with their maid of honor and best man) facing down a group of AT-ATs making their way across Lake Michigan, courtesy of ridiculously talented photo editor Steven Kowalski. As I’ve always suspected, a lightsaber is the perfect wedding day accessory. [When Geeks Wed via Neatorama]

"Princess Bride" Wedding
Hey, it's your day -- do it AS YOU WISH! Read More »
Pinterest Ruined Wedding
Pinterest wedding
Planning a wedding with Pinterest? Total nightmare! Read More »
Zombie Wedding
These newlyweds are also "Walking Dead" fans. Read More »

Hitched: Saying Farewell

Marriage Pressure
She feels pressured to either get married or break up. Read More »
I Kept My "Maiden Name"
Andrea explains why she didn't take her new husband's last name. Read More »
I Took Her Last Name
Bucking tradition, this husband took his wife's last name. Read More »
Hitched

This week, my husband and I sat in a real estate agent’s office and put our first ever offer on an actual house on an actual piece of land that we would actually like to own.

“You guys are legally married, right?” the real estate agent asked. We said yes, we are.

“Do you have the same last name?” the real estate agent asked.

It’s a question I’ve become used to answering, and one of the first I tackled in the weeks after Patrick and I got drunk at the lake one hot September weekend and decided to get married. Keep reading »

Would You Wear A Shirtdress Wedding Gown?

Wedding Week 2013
Wedding season is here once again! Read More »
30 Wedding Hairstyles
Wedding Hair
30 gorgeous wedding hairstyles for the bride-to-be. Read More »
victor and rolf weddng shirt dress

Designer Victor & Rolf just launched a rather novel new wedding line. The capsule collection is called, appropriately, Married, and includes a wedding shirt dress. But like, a formal wedding shirt dress. It actually doesn’t look as bad as it sounds — and might be really great for something like a summer beach wedding. After all, you want a lot of freedom — and the option of wearing sandals — if you’re getting married in the sand. But is it too casual?

Check out the rest of the collection after the jump! [Fashionologie] Keep reading »

Hitched: What To Say To Wedding Busybodies

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Things only jerks will complain about on at your wedding. Read More »
Wedding Week 2013
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Hitched

What’s the kindest thing you can do for someone who’s getting married? Keep your mouth shut. I know that sounds harsh, but it’s true. If you’re asked for advice? Give it, judiciously. If you’re not? Please, please, please for the love of cummerbunds, hold your tongue. That goes for anyone, whether we’re talking parents of the happy couple or third cousins or that drunk dude at the bar.

When Patrick and I planned our wedding, which I will always remember fondly as being one of the most stressful times in my life, we were blessed with hands-off families and beer-in-hand friends who took their roles as sounding boards very seriously. The strangers, really, were the ones who gave us the most grief — the guy at the pub who wanted to know when we were having kids, the florist who couldn’t imagine a world without corsages, the saleswoman who told me I wouldn’t feel like a princess in a tea-length wedding dress.

What I wish I’d had then, and what I’m giving y’all now, is a handy list of phrases to keep in your back pocket for those moments when you’re so floored by a suggestion or bit of (bad) advice that you’re tempted to take it just to shut someone up. They’re all wedding-focused, of course, but I like to think they’ll work for anyone on the receiving end of a busybody’s interest. Keep reading »

More Brides Are Choosing To Keep Their Maiden Names, According To Facebook Study

I Kept My "Maiden Name"
Andrea explains why she didn't take her new husband's last name. Read More »
Guy Talk: Last Name
This man took his wife's last name. Read More »
Combined Last Names
Chris O'Dowd and Dawn Porter
Chris O'Dowd's new wife combined their last names together. Read More »
bride and groom

A wife taking her husband’s name is pretty much the essence of traditional marriage. But an increasing number of women, especially young women, are choosing to keep their own last names when they are married, according to a study by Facebook.

The social networking site took the names of women whose relationship statuses were set as “Married” and compared these names with the names of their husbands. Overall, about a third of women are now choosing to keep their last names when they marry. Researchers found that about 38 percent of women in their 20s took their husband’s name, while 26 percent of women in their 30s did.  Only 12 percent of women in their 60s kept their own name. Keep reading »

Maid Of Honor Toasts Happy Couple With Eminem Rap

Wedding Drunks
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Not Bridesmaid Material
Is it possible that some women aren't bridesmaid material? Read More »
Maid Of Honor Toasts Happy Couple With Eminem Rap
"Two lovers, two lovers walk down the aisle..."

Anyone who’s ever been to a wedding knows that when toast times arrives, the festivities can become a real snooze. But not when Jennifer Gabrielli is your sister and maid of honor! Gabrielli decided to toast her sister the bride and her new husband with a “musical snack” set to the tune of Eminem’s “Without Me.” She does Slim Shady — and the newlyweds — proud. [via HyperVocal]

Hitched: The Wedding Dress Body Project

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What's In A Name?
hitched photo
Why there's no way in hell Andrea Grimes will change her name. Read More »

Andrea is taking a much needed week off from her Hitched column this week, after spending the last few days reporting live from the Texas State Legislature as they attempted to rid the state of nearly all its clinics that provide abortions. (Thanks to Senator Wendy Davis and the rest of the “feminist army,” they failed.) So this week, I’m rerunning one of Andrea’s first Hitched columns, originally published on November 2, 2011. 

Wedding dress shopping. Here’s what happens to me: I walk into a bridal salon and tell the nice maternal saleswoman that I want a tea-length gown with no flowery accents. I am ushered into a dressing room where I am told that they have one tea length gown, it is covered in flowers, and did I want to try on, say, this $1,500 satin gown with a 14-foot train? For funsies? Repeat nine times. Nine. Nine.

“This is your one chance to be a princess!” one saleswoman told me. When I explained to her that my “princess” vision actually, like, seriously really did include a tea-length dress and she was just going to have to see if she could manage to wrap her mind around that, this total stranger looked at me like I had just shot her kitten point-blank in the face in the middle of the dress shop.

So, I went to the custom dressmaker. I told her what I wanted. She said she could totally do that, but she wouldn’t start the dress until next year, even though we’re getting married in April. Why?

“So you have time to get your weight where you want it.” Keep reading »

Watch This Boozy Beauty Ruin A Bride’s Wedding!

Wedding Drunks
14 types of drunks you'll bump into at a wedding! Read More »
I Hate Weddings
Here are a bunch of reasons why. Read More »
Wedding "Disasters"
worried bride
These things might happen -- but don't worry, you'll survive. Read More »
Drunken Dancing
No more champagne for this guest!

You would think an open bar at a wedding would be the perfect way to liven up the crowd and get everyone’s dancing shoes movin’, but not for this unfortunate bride. One of her guests was bathing in booze. In this video, a red-dressed beauty gets bombed and a bit too comfortable with her makeshift pole. I have a feeling that the bride hasn’t spoken to her since the big day. [via YouTube]

Update: It’s been brought to our attention that this video was made as part of Heineken’s Know The Signs campaign.

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