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Same-Sex Unions: Etiquette Q&A

same-sex-marriage-chicago-2013We live in a dynamic, beautiful, and ever changing world, and because of this, sometimes long held traditions are replaced by new ones. Learning what to do in these new situations is all a part of the fun, and the same applies to same-sex union and marriage etiquette. Here’s a quick and easy guide to the new way of thinking, so that you don’t have to waste any time guessing.

  1. What Rules Do We Have to Follow?

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Dealing with Bridesmaid-zilla

You’ve all heard the tale of Bridezilla, right? The bride-to-be who is so manic, micromanaging, and stressed out that she becomes a nightmare to her friends, family, and sadly her spouse-to-be? Yes, we’ve all seen it – and it’s just pitiful. I vowed to myself that when the time came for me to wear the white dress, even if I couldn’t manage to be cool, calm, and collected, at the very least I would be nice!

 

Little did I know that it wouldn’t be me who would try to make a mess of my wedding, but one of my bridesmaids.

 

Jamie K. was my best friend in Chicago when (more…)

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The Wedding Reception That Went Out with a Bang

wedding-fireworks-chicago-600x400There have been hundreds of Chicago weddings in the last year, but not a single one has used fireworks. Why? Well it’s illegal to buy fireworks in Illinois. Thousands of dollars worth of them are smuggled in from Wisconsin, Indiana, and Missouri each year for the forth of July – but the fines attached to them are so astronomical that only the most reckless souls will actually light them up.

 

As I child I always loved going into the city to watch the dazzling display of professional skylights overhead. There was something so exhilarating about watching enormous balls of flame burst above me in a spectacle of brilliant light and color. Getting ash in my hair because I sat closest to the front was always an added bonus.

 

So, I was getting married in two weeks – and we were having our wedding reception in the Chicago suburbs, well (more…)

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First Impressions

genoa-man-cooking-chicagoRaphael moved to Chicago from Genoa at the age of 16 and fell in love with American culture. He spent a majority of his youth waiting tables or working at cafés in Italy, and when he moved to the states he found it easy to find a job doing the same kind of work in a small restaurant in Little Italy. In such a place he had all the culture of back home -everyone who worked there spoke Italian – and the grandeur of the United States all wrapped into one. (more…)

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Preserving and Storing Your Wedding Dress

And we were dressed from head to toe in love…the only label that never goes out of style. – Carrie Bradshaw

wedding-dress-storing-chicagoYour wedding dress is more than just a dress. Like the rings, the bouquet, and the cake, your gown is a symbol of the love between you and your spouse, an enduring remembrance of the day you said “I Do.” But, even more than that, for a bride, the wedding gown has even greater personal significance – for all brides feel the most beautiful they’ve ever felt on their wedding day. (more…)

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Finding the Perfect Plus Size Dress

Having a beautiful, curvaceous body is something to celebrate! Every woman is unique, which is why there are so many varieties and styles of wedding gowns. There really is something for everyone. More and more, new and vintage dress makers are tapping into chicago-wedding-dress-pluss-size

and expanding the plus size market, giving full-figured beauties a whole new range of wedding dress possibilities. (more…)

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Finding the Perfect Wedding Ring

“Square cut or pear shaped these rocks won’t lose their shape! Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!” ~ Gentleman Prefer Blondes
perfect-wedding-ring-600x265Every relationship is unique, each story quite different. Sometimes, he proposes to her, other times, she proposes to him! Whatever the circumstances, if you are starting to make wedding preparations, you are probably in the market for a wedding ring. (more…)

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Jewish Wedding Rituals

Of all the wedding ceremonies in the world today, traditional Jewish weddings are among the most beautiful. There is a sweetness in their ritual, a joy in their performance, and a sincerity in their ceremony which is rare and unparalleled. Although on the surface they may seem formulaic, in their actuality they are truly something extraordinary.stamping-on-glass-jewish-wedding-rituals-600x357 (more…)

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