5 Insane Things From Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, Spring 2015

If the wedding planning galaxy is a weirdo cosmic circus into which no woman is adequately prepared to be flung until it’s far too late, Martha Stewart Weddings magazine is that galaxy’s big fat Jupiter: Dazzling and marbled with soft, undulating peachy-pink colors on the outside; turbulent, full of hot air, and… » 5/21/15 1:45pm Yesterday 1:45pm

Am I Self-Indulgent Enough to Consider Hiring a Wedding Planner?

The other day I saw a child pharaoh on the subway. When she entered the packed car at rush hour, a seat was magically cleared for her, and moments after her tiny body was placed into it by an attendant, a lollipop was unwrapped and stuck into her grasp. A heavily armed iPad with a video of animated penguins dancing… » 5/13/15 5:45pm 5/13/15 5:45pm

Wedding Traditions to Keep, Wedding Traditions to Trash

Moments after you get engaged, you’re whisked away to a foreign, barren planet, left to survive and build a wedding with nothing but your bare hands, the Internet, and occasional drop-in visits from your fiancé, who bloop-bloops in on a little flying saucer and is like, “I suggest we have cakkkkeeeeee!!!” and then… » 5/08/15 6:10pm 5/08/15 6:10pm

I Will Not Be a Pinterest-Perfect Bride. I Will Not 'Trash' My Dress.

A Google search composed of the words “what kind bride you” yields around 52 million results. This comforts me because I’ve been engaged for around 4 months now and I still don’t know “what kind bride am.” Clearly, I am not alone. I have 14 months before my wedding and people say the time flies, so I need to know. » 5/03/15 4:30pm 5/03/15 4:30pm

​Labor of (Someone Else's) Love: My Summer Planning Weddings in Italy

When I was 20, my college's funded internship program wrote me a check for $3,000. Instead of hunkering down in an LA production office to slog through slush piles—as a film major actually invested in her future would probably do—I pursued an internship that cashed in on my incomplete Italian minor and weird penchant… » 2/06/15 1:30pm 2/06/15 1:30pm

Dallas Nurse With Ebola Flew to Cleveland to Plan Her Wedding

Nurse Amber Joy Vinson, 29, had "extensive contact" with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola last week at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Now Vinson is infected. And during the time between her exposure and diagnosis, Vinson was a busy bride-to-be, flying across the country to take… » 10/16/14 1:25pm 10/16/14 1:25pm

Hotel Threatens $500 Fine for Bad Reviews, Then Backpedals

Built by the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts, you’d think Union Street Guest House in Hudson, NY would be a bastion of fine service, serving strawberries and champagne dipped in gold and aristocracy as check-in treats. But this “vintage” joint prides themselves on snark, according to the New York Post. As part of… » 8/04/14 4:00pm 8/04/14 4:00pm

14 Pieces of Actual, No-Bullshit Wedding Planning Advice

There's a lot of wedding advice floating around the Internet. Problem is, a lot of it is useless fluff dreamed up by a) relatively well-heeled editors contractually obligated to spend their days inventing absurd nonsense to fill pages surrounded by advertisements b) people who've never planned a wedding/mistakenly… » 3/31/14 3:50pm 3/31/14 3:50pm