Your To-Dos Before the I-Dos

Wedding Traditions: Cutting the Cake

You know what to eat, but what — if anything — do you say during the cake-cutting ceremony?

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Wedding Invitations: Inviting a Distant Relative

A bride’s grandparents want to invite a distant relative, but her mother refuses. What to do?

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Wedding Traditions: Military Weddings

Some military-wedding traditions can be confusing to a civilian — even when it’s the bride!

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Wedding Transportation: Booking a Limousine For Your Wedding Day

What steps should you take when booking a limousine for your wedding day?

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Bridesmaid on a Budget (Part 4): Do I Need to Give a Wedding Present If the Bridal Party Is Already Planning a Group Gift?

Our local bridesmaid can save some cash by participating in the group gift

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Wedding Invitations: How to Estimate the Number of Guests Who Can Come to Your Wedding

A bride’s reception hall can only accept a limited number of guests. How many invitations should she send?

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Bridal Shower Gift Idea: The Wedding Quilt

Need a bridal shower gift for the bride who has everything? The Wedding Guru has the perfect suggestion

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Wedding Planning: The Best Lighting to Set Mood, Tone and Theme

Lighting helps set the mood of your special day. But which lighting effect should you choose?

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The Proper Way to Elope (And Host a Reception After)

What’s the best way to elope?

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Boring Wedding? How to Get the Party Started

Liven up a lame wedding with fun and games

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Wedding and Party Favors: Making a Donation In Lieu of Wedding Favors

A bride feels selfish replacing her party favors with a donation made on behalf of her guests

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Wedding Photography: Do I Need to Include My Step-Parents in My Wedding Photos?

Here are two very common scenarios when including step-parents in wedding photos

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Wedding Processional: What Order Does the Wedding Party Follow?

First comes love, then comes marriage... but who walks at the procession? And in what order?

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What to Wear at a Wedding: Tuxedo vs. Black Tie vs. Formalwear

What’s the difference between tuxedo, black tie, and formal attire?

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Wedding Day Tips: Avoiding Belly Bloat and Staying Slim

Avoid belly bloat before your wedding — or any event — with these easy tips

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How to Submit Your Engagement Announcement to the Newspaper

Just engaged? Congratulations! Here’s how to share the news with your community

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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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