If you have a relationship/dating question I can help answer, you can send me your letters at [email protected](be sure to read these guidelines first). In honor of Wedding Week on Dear Wendy, I’m re-posting this helpful list, originally published on February 6, of a bunch of wedding must-haves you can totally skip if you want, no matter what your grandmother or best friend (or, ahem, Gator Girl) says. You know who needs a chair for your 20-minute ceremony? Anyone who wishes there was a place for the dollar dance needs to go back to 1987 and finish watching that episode of “Moonlighting” where Bruce Willis said something sexist.14. For a variety of reasons, we had our wedding on a Friday. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram. They’ve stood in lines at Disneyland for five times longer.13. Anyone who wants to bust a move when Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” starts playing will find a corner or push a few chairs out of the way or climb on top of the table to make that shit happen.
Five months later, Drew and I were married in a sunny garden in Central Park on a Friday morning surrounded by about 70 of our closest friends and family. And yet, despite our apparent missteps as planners, we had a beautiful wedding — one that some of our guests still count among their favorites, several years later. Or individual flutes of chocolate mousse that people can clink together for a “toast.” Or, if you really want a cake-cake, go to a bakery, order a large sheet cake and have them write your names and wedding date on the top. That just saved you another several hundred bucks.10. But there are probably worse ways to spend a Friday off in the summer than at Central Park, followed by a delicious — and free — lunch in Manhattan with your family and/or friends.
I wore a dress I bought on e Bay for about a hundred dollars. For any of you stressing about all the details you’ve been told you have to include in your wedding, here are 20 wedding “must-haves” we happily skipped — or could have skipped — and you can too (if you want! We sent an email to people as soon as we had a date and venue picked out. Now, if someone in your life wants to throw one of these for you — or, in my case, surprises you with one — enjoy yourself and be genuinely appreciative. And if there’s not, then people could have sent their regrets and we would have understood.15. Personally, I hated the idea of a professional makeup artist.
And if you want to include them, that’s perfectly fine, too.). No one complained that they had one less thing to stick on their fridge or pitch in the garbage after marking it on their calendars, and we saved at least a couple hundred bucks on cards and postage.2. Because you’re already getting a party with gifts and attention and accolades. And people will already be spending enough time and money to be there for you.3. But don’t think just because you don’t have these parties that your wedding will be any less special or your marriage any less valid.4. Make a playlist on your i Phone — or whatever you use — and hook it up to a portable speaker and be done with it.5. Despite what some people may say, a wedding website is not necessary — even for weddings with more than ten guests. Bridesmaids, groomsmen, a Maid-of-Honor, a best man, a ring bearer, flower girl, blah, blah, freaking blah. Go to Youtube and see how easy it is to pick up some flowers at a wholesale market or even a drugstore and make your own bouquet. That just saved you, like, several hundred bucks.9. I wanted to look like myself, not like what some stranger thought a bride should look like.
You know what people did in the olden days before the internet? And creating one does increase the odds of getting stuff you actually want and will use. You know who will be sad if you don’t give a handful of your guests special titles and make them dress in matching outfits? If you decide to use a professional makeup artist, have some photos to show the makeup person for inspiration, and make sure you do a practice run beforehand or you may end up looking like a Dolly Parton drag queen in your wedding photos.16. It’s fine if you want one, but if you don’t, just skip it. I think most people can figure out how to walk down an aisle without practicing first.18. If you have only a small number of out-of-town guests, like we did for our wedding, it probably doesn’t make sense to reserve a block of rooms at one hotel.
They included all necessary information on the invitation and answered the phone when people called with potential questions.6. But you know what will happen if you buck tradition and skip a registry altogether? You’ll remember who was at your wedding through photos and cards you’ll save.17. It’s perfectly nice to email those guests a list of, say, 1-3 recommendations of conveniently-located, reasonably-priced, comfortable hotels and let them go from there.19. We had assigned seating, but I’ve been to weddings that didn’t.
And while I do think it’s easier — and a little more comfortable — on guests if they don’t have to hustle to find a table where they know someone or where there are enough seats for the people they want to sit with or where they have to save their seats with their purses or cell phones or what have you once they find a spot — you know what will happen if you spend hours making a seating chart?One way or another, guests will find a place to sit. And you’ll probably have fewer grey hairs to cover up on the big day.20. Everything you need to know, you can find on the internet for free. This page was updated on – some info about this update here: Rules and disallowed content updates This page, the content guidelines page, and the kicked banned from the chat page were updated 1-30-2015.Synopsis in a new blog post here: In addition to the rules posted here, there are content guidelines that need to be followed as well.No one under 18, or pretending to be under the age of 18 years, is allowed to use this site.If you are aware of a user who is not 18 or older you need to alert the moderator(s).