Weddings

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As I morph into a crazy woman, I have a reason, I swear.

Somehow wedding planning turns many women into a middle-school girl — overly-sensitive, prone to eye-rolling, and unexplainable bursts of tears. I see it happening to me, but not for the typical reasons that most people get called “Bridezilla” (let’s not even get into the offensiveness of that term). I feel like I should be different because I, shamefully, just really don’t care about flowers and tablecloths, and aren’t the REAL crazies the ones who flip out when the bridesmaids shoes weren’t dyed to match their eyes? For me it’s the opposite. It’s the details of the day — or at…


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Wedding Dress Hunting and My Green Conscious.

For years it’s been the norm that grooms rent their tuxedos, despite the fact that you can buy a brand new gorgeous tux for less than the price of rental. Buying a tux makes sense because it’s highly likely that you’ll have another opportunity to wear one, at least if you’re marrying a musician who loves to attend galas. So why is it that Rent-a-Bridal-Gown is still hasn’t really caught on? It’s certainly more expensive to buy a dress than to rent one, and you will never have a reason to wear a wedding dress again. Somehow grooms still rent…


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Corporate Babble is Good for Weddings

One of my favorite ideas ever is Corporate (or Buzzword) Bingo.  It’s the game you play while in meetings, or listening to the head honcho talk, where you count the number of times you hear corporate-speak.  Words and phrases like teamwork, synergy, deal-breaker, game-changer, same page, culture, vision, mission, fast-track, blah, blah, blah. Don’t get me wrong, none of those things are bad by themsleves, but we all know that when they are strung together by a talking head, you need something to help you pass the time.  Well, I found a place where at least some of these phrases matter.  Wedding…


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I Should Have Been a Florist…Really!

Groom confession number 4 – I loved the meeting with the florist. I don’t consider myself a very “artsy” person.  I can’t draw, my ceramics professor in college called me his “special” student (why I took ceramics is a whole different blog), and in general I just never got the “high” that most creative types get from art.  Of course, it then seems ironic that my bride-to-be plays 1,200 instruments, paints, writes, knits, and takes advantage of just about every other artistic outlet known to man.  Opposites attract? This may all have changed for me.  I really should have thought…


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Wedding: Advice on Slashing the Guest List.

At first I was pretty miffed when I didn’t receive an invitation to the Royal Wedding, but now, having tortured myself over my own guest list for months, I understand. Kate, don’t worry … we’re still cool. I know that your Prince has a huge list of folks he’s obligated to invite — other princes, dukes, Elton John, etc. Also, y’all are older than your average couple, which means you’ve met lots more people. Keeping your list limited to 2000 must be about as hard as it is to keeping ours to, um, well let’s just say way-smaller-than-average. Between my…


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How to deal with wedding-related stress.

I’ve read multiple books on weddings over the past few months, and that’s not just to ensure I meet my 2011 GoodReads challenge, although it’s helping with that goal tremendously. There are thousands of books about weddings. We’ve thumbed through coffee-table books by famous wedding planners. We’ve read countless books about the planning process, each of which tells us how far behind we are. Mostly, however, I’ve been focusing on books about eco-friendly weddings and budget weddings. As you know, it’s not easy to combine the two, but if we had to describe our wedding in two words, those would…


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Why is everything two thousand dollars?

When I first started thinking about wedding, it occurred to me that everything costs $1000. And that’s ridiculous. Now, as I’m deeper into the planning, I’m finding that everything costs $2000. It angers me, as a musician, and makes me realize that I’m certainly not charging enough. I understand that photographers have many years of studying and perfecting their art, and that they are getting paid for more than just the six hours they are shooting photos.  It’s also for consultations, and assistants, and spending time touching up the photos later. And they all ask for $2000, it seems. My…


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I Should Have Been a Photographer

Photography is an art.  People who have the ability to tell stories with their images are amazing.  It requires talent, practice, and no shortage of expensive tools.  That being said, I think we might rely on our friends with iPhones and buy a message chair.  Or maybe just hire someone to “take my class picture.” The modern trend is to hire a photographer to do a “photo-journalistic” interpretation of your wedding.  They don’t simply take the basic family photos, but they also get the candid dance floor shots, and intimate loving moments.  For this, they charge a pretty penny.  While you…


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The Guest List…dun, dun, dun

Before I get too deep into this post, let me assure you, you are not invited to our wedding!  I don’t care if your uncle is related to Brigid’s mom, or you’ve been going to see hers shows since the Air Devil’s days.  We can’t invite you.  Please don’t ask. You may have guessed by now, but the Guest List seems to be the most stressful part of the wedding thus far.  Between having been born and raised here, and being pretty much famous, Brigid knows a few people in town who might expect to come to our wedding.  Add in my…


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Naked Lady Party … for Wedding Dresses?

I admit I’m a bit of a princess, in that I prefer Paris to camping, and diamonds to moonstones, but I’m not at all a fashionista. I’ve been wearing the same t-shirts since high school (although now people think I bought them at a vintage shop), and I own one pair of jeans. All of my newer clothes are friends’ hand-me-downs. My shoe style is Winter: cowboy boots and  Summer: flip-flops. Easy. So in answer to, “What are you wearing?” Well, as of now, I don’t know. I found one dress at a consignment store a few weeks ago that…