Your To-Dos Before the I-Dos

What Jewelry to Wear to Your Wedding If You’re Allergic

The bride wears white — not silver tarnish — to her wedding. Here’s how to prevent your jewelry from giving you a bad reaction

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We’re Low on Cash: Can We Ask Our Wedding Guests to Pay for Their Meals?

A local bride and her fiancé consider an epic breach of wedding etiquette; thankfully, the Wedding Guru stops them in their tracks

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Bridal Registry: What to Buy for the Couple Who Has Everything

Some bridal registry suggestions for the couple who has everything

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Should I Have a Bridal Registry If I’m Planning an Expensive Destination Wedding?

One bride is planning her wedding in Paris — an already-costly affair. Should her pricey destination wedding affect the cost of the items on her registry?

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Religious Weddings: Inviting an Atheist to Your Ceremony

A difference in religious beliefs should never get in the way of a friendship

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Wedding Gifts: Ordering from a Bridal Registry (and What to Do If the Gift is Lost in the Mail)

A local bride is told her wedding gift is in the mail — but she never receives it. What’s the best way to ask her guest about it?

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Wedding Gifts: Should I Give a Gift if I’m Out of Town?

A wedding guest wonders if she should send her niece an engagement gift if she can’t attend the party

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Paying for a Wedding: Divorced Mom and Dad Split the Cost... Sort Of

This mother-of-the-groom feels her ex isn’t putting in his fair share — and it could affect her cash gift

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Wedding Etiquette: When to Clap, When to Cry — and When to Use Your Cell Phone (Hint: Never)

Getting emotional is OK at a wedding, so long as you’re tasteful. Cell phones, on the other hand, are never acceptable!

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Wedding Invitations: Tips When Mailing Your RSVP Cards to Guests

Ensure a no-fuss guest list when mailing your RSVP cards with this quick and easy trick

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Wedding Gifts: How to Reject a Traditional Wedding Gift and Accept a Gift of Service

Accepting a wedding gift is rarely a problem (we should all be so lucky!); however, here’s what to do when you want to tell the gift-giver that a traditional gift is not necessary

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Budget Weddings: Big Family, Little Wallet

A bride and her in-laws come to blows regarding the size of the wedding

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Wedding Etiquette: Calling Off the Wedding Means Returning the Gifts

A guest is surprised to learn that her best friend canceled her wedding — and she’s not retuning the gifts

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Wedding Traditions: Should I Mail My Wedding Invitations in Two Envelopes?

Is it overkill to mail your wedding invite in a double envelope?

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Wedding Traditions: A History of Party Favors and Their Origins

It’s customary to take home a little memento from a wedding; today, one bride wonders how the party favor tradition came to be

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Bridesmaid on a Budget (Part 2): Save Money on Wedding Costs

Bridesmaid on a budget? Skimp elsewhere — the wedding gift is mandatory!

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Your To-Dos Before the I-Dos

About This Blog

Congratulations — you're involved in a wedding! Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride or hubby-to-be, an attendant or a guest, Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all your need-to-know questions about your nuptials.

Judy Lewis is the founder of HudsonValleyWeddings.com, the one-stop resource for services and products, promotions and specials, a Regional Bridal Show schedule, Wed Shop, and links to money-saving and wedding-related Web sites. In her spare time, Judy loves to compose poetry and create collages. She currently resides in Kingston with her husband and business partner, Jon.

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