The Great Name-Changing Debate: Part I

The Great Name-Changing Debate: Part I

One of the most annoying trends I’ve noticed as I scour the Pinterest universe procrastinating looking for inspiration is the proliferation of wedding paraphernalia advertising the bride’s future name. Things like wedding dress hangers spelling out “Mrs. [his last name]” in hand-fitted wire, or hoodies with the words “Future Mrs …” bedazzled on the back. … Continue reading

Calm Down Everyone, Pinterest is Not Ruining Weddings

Calm Down Everyone, Pinterest is Not Ruining Weddings

Last week, HuffPo blogger Rachel Weight asked if weddings are getting too “pin-dictable”, making the same observation highlighted last year in this wonderful Onion piece: “lately I’ve realized that these Pinterest-y weddings are all starting the look exactly the same. There’s almost a formula for them,” she wrote, going on to list the must-have elements of contemporary Pin-based nuptials: … Continue reading

Is your luxury wedding still short on narcissism? Hire a live painter!

Is your luxury wedding still short on narcissism? Hire a live painter!

Let’s say you’ve hired two photographers, enlisted a professional videographer, and created a custom Instagram handle and hashtag to capture each and every moment of the Most Important Day of Your Life. You’ve spent over $10,000 on these services, and by most measures of all things good and reasonable, this should be enough to ensure no … Continue reading

Would you want this ring?

Would you want this ring?

Introducing the rockless engagement ring – all of the symbolism, none of the (human) cost: Here’s the concept, via SashaPure: “Little girls grow up dreaming of it, big girls get jealous over it, and advertisers cash big checks on it. sashaPure questions which part of the ring is the most important—the shine of the gem sitting … Continue reading

The Inherent Conventionality of Unconventional Weddings

The Inherent Conventionality of Unconventional Weddings

“Fauxbivalence” – that’s Phoebe Maltz-Bovy’s term for “women who do want in on the institution [of marriage], but who find this somehow embarrassing.” It’s a growing phenomenon among upper-middle-class, well-educated, urban-dwellers, and since I’ve started planning my wedding, I’ve noticed it too. Some of my friends may even think I’ve succumbed to it, although I’ll happily admit … Continue reading