Should You See Your Bride or Groom Before the Wedding?

Welcome to the Weekly Wednesday Survey!  Every Wednesday the Wedding Confessionals Crew tackles one wedding related hot topic and reveal all of our different takes on the subject.  Get ready, y’all.  This group’s got some STRONG OPINIONS!

Should you see your bride/groom the day of the wedding before the ceremony?  Is it good to keep traditions, or is it too old fashion and not practical these days?

Erika: I think not seeing each other the day-of is a sweet, romantic tradition and, lets face it, it’s also probably a good idea to avoid the other most stressed out person in the building on the day of the ceremony.

Brooke: I’m FASCINATED by anyone who can pull this off.  There’s so much coordination, communication and chaos on the day of a wedding, that you pretty much NEED to be linked to your bride/groom-to-be hours before the ceremony.  I think that this tradition only works if one of two things is going on.  A) One of the people involved is totally checked out and not involved in the actual planning of the day, like a very old school straight dude who can’t be bothered with “all this girly stuff.”  (BTW, I kinda hate that dude.)  Or B) The couple REALLY wants this tradition to stay alive, and are on their phones the whole day in order to stay in sync with each other.  In the end, I think it’s kinda romantic and sweet for those who try to do this, but I also think couples don’t need to force this to happen if they don’t want.

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Is Dieting to Fit into a Tight Wedding Dress Worth It?

Welcome to the Weekly Wednesday Survey!  Every Wednesday the Wedding Confessionals Crew tackles one wedding related hot topic and reveal all of our different takes on the subject.  Get ready, y’all.  This group’s got some STRONG OPINIONS!

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Should a bride starve herself to fit into a tight dress, or just buy a roomier one she likes a little less and skip the dieting?

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Can I Write the Bride’s Thank You Cards for Her?

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Dear Wedding Confessionals,
My younger sister is getting married.  I’m her Maid Of Honor, which I take very seriously.  In helping her plan her wedding, I’ve tried to give advice because I’m much more organized and practical than she ever will be.  I was hoping some of my planning skills would rub off on her, but so far I’m getting nowhere.

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When You’re the Last One to Get Married, Does Anyone Care?

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Dear Wedding Confessionals:

I have been blessed to be surrounded by many smart, nice, generous, beautiful girlfriends. We have been through thick and thin together, and one by one they have all found their husbands. I tallied up that I have been in 9 weddings, 2 of which I was the MOH.  I’ve co-hosted and/or thrown all on my own just as many engagement parties, bridal showers and bachelorette parties and smiled through countless hours of bridezilla freak outs. All of which I was so happy to do and never thought to count all that up, until now. I’m the last one of the group to get engaged and no one seems to care. My question is, how do I get all my girlfriends excited for my wedding, now that theirs are over?

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Smile for the Camera!

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Confessional:

My uncle has a side business of being a wedding photographer on the weekends.  During the busier summer seasons, he works larger weddings and picks up a second person to help with getting all the shots he needs for these more demanding, expensive clients.

Years ago, I was in between semesters in college, and I got the gig to be his assistant.  The cash was good, and as a naturally tech savvy guy, I was pretty comfortable using his digital cameras, even though they were a pretty new thing to most people.

It was a blur of a summer. Just a flood of white dresses, boring speeches and awkward dancing.  But one wedding I will never forget.  From the moment we showed up to snap pics of the bride getting ready, she was really rude to my uncle and me.  We weren’t her first choice for the photographer gig, and she let us know it.  I guess her mom had chosen us and was paying for it as a gift.  But my uncle, being a total pro, just rolled with it and told me to try my best to stay quiet and out of the way. Continue reading