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Being a bridesmaid

Being a bridesmaid

Most bridesmaids are up against a lot of other challenges as well, not the least of which is the expense of "serving" a best friend or relative. But they want to do right.

Bridesmaids: Things to consider when an attendant is pregnant

Bridesmaids: Things to consider when an attendant is pregnant

Brides-to-be thinking of asking a pregnant friend or family member to be in the bridal party should know such a request is common.

Wed in faith: A celebration, an act of worship

Wed in faith: A celebration, an act of worship

The Rev. Terry McCloskey at Redemptorist Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo. emphasizes that the marriage ceremony is both a joyful and a serious ritual in the Roman Catholic Church as it is in the world's major faiths.

What's your fancy? Wedding themes can add up to extra fun

What's your fancy? Wedding themes can add up to extra fun

The goal of planning a wedding is to create an experience that everyone will remember for years to come. For some couples, a theme wedding is the best way to accomplish just that.

A great DIY wedding

A great DIY wedding

Those thinking about tying the knot in the months to come may be discouraged by how expensive weddings can be. But with a little ingenuity and a hands-on approach, couples can have a wedding that is inexpensive and memorable at the same time.

Is a wedding loan right or can you trim something?

Is a wedding loan right or can you trim something?

Should you borrow to pay for the big day?

Relationship status: MARRIED

NEW YORK

Relationship status: MARRIED

As her grandfather sat pleasantly perplexed at her wedding, Lauren Barnes reached into the recesses of her strapless white gown, whipped out her iPhone and accepted her groom's Facebook relationship change to "married." "Nothing's official," she said, "until it's Facebook official!"

Have fun with your engagement photos

Have fun with your engagement photos

Engagement photos may be part of a package negotiated with the photographer who will be covering the wedding day. Some couples enlist the help of a friend or a budding photographer to capture an engagement shot.

The ‘eyes and ears’ of your wedding may be worth added expense

The ‘eyes and ears’ of your wedding may be worth added expense

With a photographer snapping hundreds of pictures, having a video may seem like an unnecessary luxury. However, people often find that having a wedding video to cherish long after the day has passed is well worth the price.

Groom's cakes no longer just simple or Southern

Groom's cakes no longer just simple or Southern

Traditionally a gift from the bride to her new husband, the groom's cake was usually a simple affair, made with fruit and liquor, and perhaps chocolate. It is believed to have originated in Victorian England and arrived in the United States in the mid-19th century, where it became popular mostly in the South. Take today's trend of highly personalized weddings, add the fact that more grooms are involved in wedding planning, and throw in the popularity of extreme baking shows such as TLC network's " Cake Boss," and you'll find that humble groom's cakes have evolved into works of edible art.

Wedding cakes employ tasty talents

Wedding cakes employ tasty talents

When it comes to creating a special wedding cake , you need more than flour, eggs and sugar. You even need more than imagination. You need some artistic skill. There are many wonderful cakes to be had in the Capital Region, thanks to the talents of local bakers at places such as Crisan in Albany and Villa Italia in Schenectady.

Wedding’s done - now for the honeymoon

Wedding’s done - now for the honeymoon

After the thrill of wedding festivities dies down, couples often jet off to a honeymoon retreat and begin an entirely different adventure.

Packing for your honeymoon should be more than an afterthought

Packing for your honeymoon should be more than an afterthought

Some people are good at packing and can execute the task rather easily. Others are left with a bulging suitcase that won't pass muster at security clearance or meet size and weight guidelines imposed by airlines. Nevertheless, anyone can become a packing pro with a few guidelines.

Tweaking  tradition on the dance floor

MECHANICVILLE

Tweaking tradition on the dance floor

I’ve been to dozens of weddings and receptions. Like most people, I enjoy watching the bride dance with her dad and the groom with his mom. It is a sweet moment between two people who share such a special bond. But the father-daughter and mother-son dances are not usually included among the “highlights” when people talk about the reception afterward.

Heading outdoors? Think positive but plan for the negative

Heading outdoors? Think positive but plan for the negative

You dream of an outdoor wedding, but also have recurring nightmares about wedding day downpours, mosquitoes and mud; guests huddled miserably under a battened-down tent; Aunt Sophie twisting an ankle in a gopher hole. What to do? You could restructure your dream to fit the climate-controlled safety of a banquet hall, but why settle? You can have a wonderful outdoor wedding. All you've got to do is plan it right.

Begin with a personal touch: Handmade wedding invites

Begin with a personal touch: Handmade wedding invites

A growing number of couples have decided to make their own wedding invitations. Some do it for the fun of it, others to express their creativity, still others to save money. Home printing capabilities and the ever-increasing selection of invitation-making supplies has made the project very doable.

A dream wedding need not be hard on the environment

CAPITAL REGION

A dream wedding need not be hard on the environment

When you walk down the aisle, will you leave behind a huge carbon footprint? Without thoughtful planning, the answer to that question is likely to be yes. The lavish trappings of a traditional wedding result in amazing amounts of waste. And much fuel is burned in transit. But there are some simple ways to make your big day easier on the environment.

Lighting can transform a wedding space

Lighting can transform a wedding space

You'd be hard pressed to find a bride who doesn't make flowers, centerpieces and tablecloths a priority when it comes to creating a certain mood for the wedding. But talk to wedding lighting designer Bentley Meeker -- whose clients have included Chelsea Clinton and Catherine Zeta Jones -- and he'll tell you that simple tricks, such as changing the color of light bulbs, can create the desired ambiance more effectively then roses and fancy tablecloths ever could.

Layoff dims but doesn't doom one bride's wedding

Ten weeks before my wedding, I put 140 invitations -- beautifully letter-pressed on Crane lettra paper with silver ink -- into the mail, eagerly anticipating the flood of RSVP cards marked yes. Two days later, my soon-to-be-husband got laid off from his newspaper job.

More couples turn to a friend to perform wedding ceremony

More and more engaged couples are turning to friends or family members to perform their wedding ceremony. They say it is more personal, relatively stress-free and cheaper.

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