I kind of hope no one ever asks me to be their best woman (I’m trying to popularize “best woman” as a substitute for “maid of honor.”) because I quake at the thought of speaking to a room full of people in fancy clothes. I don’t even know why, because most of the guests would probably be tipsy and wouldn’t remember if I flopped anyway. If you’re required to give a speech this wedding season, here are some tips. Basically, don’t insult anyone and try not to slur your words. And if you were thinking about asking me to be your best woman, I promise I will rise to the occasion. [The Times, U.K.] Keep reading »
They kinda make an adorable, dorky couple don’t they? [Crawford, TX, 5/5/08] Keep reading »
I’ve been reading this book I Was Told There’d Be Cake, a collection of personal essays by Sloane Crosley, for the last few months. Though I think the book, in general, is a little “try too hard”, there’s one story in particular that really struck a chord with me. “You On A Stick” is about the time that Sloane’s best friend from her youth called her up out of the blue, after not having spoken for years, and asked her to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. The essay ends up being about a lot of issues associated with being a bridesmaid — from the mundane and annoying tasks associated with the duty, like making a veil out of wrapping paper at the bridal shower, to the more serious issue of female friendships and what they mean. The latter hit home for me though — for the record, my bridesmaids will never have to make an asinine hat for me out of ribbons unless they put a gun to my head and force me to wear one — because I’ve been having a really hard time with this particular part of getting married. Keep reading »
Kate Moss is the face of Agent Provocateur’s bridal line, and the company has been releasing “artsy” video shorts over the past few days to go along with the print ads. In the first, harp music plays while Kate wears the “Sophie” babydoll near a wind machine. Hearts are everywhere, and it feels like a strange dream. Men would probably find it very alluring. After the jump, see a few designs from Agent Provacateur’s wedding collection. Our favorite is the “Kate” corset, but of course. Keep reading »
If you think the premise of the movie Made of Honor (bride’s best friend is a guy, and bride asks him to be her maid of honor) is a bunch of hooey, you thought wrong. Non-traditional wedding traditions, including asking a guy to be the man of honor, are becoming more common, according to WeddingChannel.com senior editor Christa Vagnozzi. In a poll by the website, 63 percent of brides said they’d ask their best friend to be a bridesman/man of honor if that person were a guy. This creates an added dilemma, however. What does a bridesman wear? Certainly not a chartreuse silk dress. “When it comes to what to wear, a bridesman should wear a tie, pocket kerchief, and boutonniere to match the bridesmaid dresses and bouquets,” WeddingChannel.com fashion expert Mara Urshel said. “As for the groomswoman, it’s best if she wears the same color as the bridesmaids, but not the same dress nor the same flowers.” Keep reading »
I was the kind of kid who never had my friends over to my house to play or for sleepovers because I would get really stressed out about entertaining them and making sure they had a good time. Even now I sort of dread having overnight guests or visitors from out of town — even my own family! — not because I don’t, like, love them and want to see them, but because I get serious anxiety over making sure they have THE BEST TIME EVER. I have a birthday party every year, sure, but do not for a second doubt that I have a knot in my stomach about people showing up until I get good and drunk. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I have loads of anxiety about planning a wedding that is both friggin’ awesome for me and the feef, but for our guests as well. So why not elope and save myself the gray hairs and crippling anxiety? Because I truly want to have a huge bash surrounded by our friends and family; I want to wear a pretty dress I will never wear again; I want a professional photographer to take our picture and airbrush out the three zits on my face that never go away; I want to have the kind of party that really embodies who the feef and I are.
I want to have a wedding, damn it. There. I said it. Keep reading »