Your To-Dos Before the I-Dos

Wedding Invitations: Can I Invite a Guest to a Wedding or Party If My Significant Other Can’t Attend?

Is it ever okay to invite a stand-in guest if your significant other can’t make it to the wedding or party?

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In Memoriam: Honoring Lost Loved Ones at a Wedding

A widower’s girlfriend is unsure how to honor his late wife at his daughter’s wedding

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Bridesmaid on a Budget (Part 3): Save Money on Wedding Costs

Some thoughtful (and affordable) gift ideas for the bridesmaid on a budget

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Paying for a Wedding: I Eloped the First Time; Do Mom and Dad Help Me Pay for My Second Marriage?

A bride-to-be gets a harsh lesson from the Wedding Guru regarding who pays for her second trip down the aisle

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Bridal Showers: How to Throw a Wedding Shower For a Long-Distance Bride

A maid of honor is tasked with throwing a bridal shower for her friend — from across the country

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Wedding Traditions: Giving the Toast (and What to Do When You Can’t Toast)

A bridal couple nixes the traditional toast — but the parents want to speak up

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Wedding Traditions: Wedding Cake Cutting and Garter Toss

When do you cut the cake and perform the garter toss at a wedding?

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Wedding Invitations: What to Do When Inviting Divorced Parents to the Wedding

A mother-of-the-bride is offended to learn her daughter invited her ex-husband — without consulting her

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How to Turn Down a Wedding Invitation (or Attend a Wedding Alone)

An attached wedding guest is invited — without a plus-one. Should she turn down the invite? Or go alone?

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Wedding Gifts for Second Weddings and Renewal of Vows

Many couples opt to elope and host a delayed reception. For ceremonies like these — and second weddings — is it appropriate to give a gift?

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Wedding Invitations: Do You Mail Them Even When Guests RSVP "No" to the Save-the-Date Cards?

The Wedding Guru clears up confusion caused when guests RSVP “no” to one thing (but may say “yes” to another)

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Destination Weddings: Do I Need to Pay My Pastor’s Travel Expenses?

Planning a destination wedding? If your officiant is coming with you, expect to dig deeper into your pockets

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Wedding Traditions: Jumping the Broom

The Wedding Guru explains the African-American wedding tradition of “jumping the broom”

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Paying for a Wedding: Post Wedding Bills Belong to the Bride and Groom, Not the Parents

The parents of a groom agree to help finance the wedding, but the after-ceremony bills are more than they bargained for

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One Marriage, Two Weddings: What to Do When You’re Invited to Two Weddings for the Same Bride and Groom

When a bride and groom practice two different religions, sometimes they’ll have two different weddings. Here’s what to do if you’re a guest of both

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Limiting Your Guest List at a Bridal Shower: Good Idea or Faux-Pas?

A mother-in-law plans a bridal shower — but excludes the bride’s family. What’s a bride to do?

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Your To-Dos Before the I-Dos

About This Blog

Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

This blog hails from 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.

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