This is Officially the World’s Worst Wedding Trend

I recently asked some friends what they looked forward to at their own weddings—the things they dreamed about and couldn’t wait to experience when they were about to be a bride or groom. I heard answers such as, “For me, it was just the vows. Just so excited to publicly announce/explain my love and to … Continued

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Don’t Put Toilet Wands on Your Wedding Registry

I’ve been going to tons of weddings in the past few years, and more and more of them have registries that read like grocery lists—Brita filters, $3 plastic measuring cups, coffee filters, $10 bathroom rugs, $20 plastic kitchen trashcans, and, my personal favorite, a disposable toilet wand. Ah yes, nothing says newlywed romance more than … Continued

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Don’t Upstage the Bride and Groom at their Own Wedding

In Jane Austen’s Emma, the title character attends a wedding and notices that the vicar, “when he was joining their hands to-day, he looked so very much as if he would like to have the same kind office done for him!” The reader will find out that he already knows whom he’d like to marry, … Continued

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It’s OK to Want to Get Married

One of my girlfriends recently got into a strange fight with her potential future mother-in-law. Her boyfriend isn’t particularly wealthy or famous; there’s no concern about my friend being a gold-digger, and yet his mother warned her son, “She just wants to get married.” This accusation stung, but it also confused my friend. She’s a … Continued

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How One Woman Planned Her Wedding in Only Five Days

Could you plan a wedding in five days? My guess is that most people would answer that question with a laugh. But my friend and former colleague did exactly that with both class and gusto. When I first saw The New York Times article, “I Planned My Wedding in Five Days. You Could, Too” float … Continued

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Millennials Ruin Everything

There is something about Millennials that compels them to ruin everything. In a surprising number of cases, they insist on ruining things for themselves, along with everyone else. They are almost certainly gearing up to ruin James Bond by insisting that the fictional spy hero be less problematic, and just last week some enterprising social … Continued

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To Wed or Not to Wed: The Case of Angelina Jolie

I’ve always had mixed feelings about Angelina Jolie. On the one hand, she seems like a psychopath with her tats and blood vials and she is definitely a home-wrecker. I don’t think I can ever forgive her for that horrible W  magazine spread when Brad Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston. Portraying a sort of … Continued

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Brad, Angelina, & the Marriage Doldrums

Without a doubt, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are Hollywood’s hottest couple–and after years of dating and adopting children from third-world countries into their nontraditional family arrangement, it looks like they are ready to tie the knot. The reality of family life, or some kind of reality, seems to be butting up against their political … Continued

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