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Your To-Dos Before the I-Dos

We Eloped Before He Was Deployed; Is It OK to Ask For Gifts?

A military couple eloped before the husband was deployed. Now that he’s returned, they want to throw a dinner party. Is it proper to ask for gifts?

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Help! My Groom Is OCD!

One numbers-obsessed groom stands in the way of a bride’s clever idea for honoring their loved ones at their wedding

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Do We Have to Reciprocate a Generous Wedding Gift?

Are you obligated to return the favor when someone gives you a wildly expensive wedding gift?

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The Right Way to Deal With No-Shows at a Wedding

Emergencies aside, there’s no reason why an RSVP “yes” should turn into an empty seat at your wedding. No guest? No gift? No good

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I Hate Where I’m Sitting at This Wedding

A guest questions the seating arrangement at a wedding she attended. Should she complain to the bride, or just deal with it?

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What to Do When A Not-So-Close Friend Asks You to Plan Their Wedding

One reader questions why a friend’s wedding planning was tasked to her — and how she can get out of it

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Best Wedding Decoration Ideas, Centerpieces, Colors, and Party Favors for Every Season

Which time of the year are you getting married? Here are some colors and décor ideas for every season

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The Difference Between a Bridal Shower Gift and a Wedding Gift

What’s the rule for finding a bridal shower gift (and how is it different than the wedding gift)?

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When Is It Okay to Buy a Wedding Gift That’s Not On the Registry?

One grandmother wonders if sticking to the registry will prevent her from finding the perfect wedding gift

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Is This the Strangest Place for a Wedding?

Our Wedding Guru was asked about the most unusual wedding venue she’s ever come across, and her answer might have you pinching your nose

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A Cake’s Three Worst Nightmares at Outdoor Weddings

Seagulls, sunlight — wedding cakes sure have to battle the elements during outdoor weddings. Here’s how to defend your dessert

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Do I Have to Cut the Cake at My Wedding?

Don’t like cake smushed in your face? Terrified of sharp objects? Yes, you can skip the cake-cutting

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What the Heck Is Fondant?

Seriously, inquiring minds need to know

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Does Your Wedding Cake Have to Actually Match Your Wedding?

One bride-to-be finds herself in a color quandary when choosing her wedding cake

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Does the Size of the Engagement Ring Really Matter?

Size matters (but it shouldn’t) when it comes to one guy’s engagement ring

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Is It Okay to Take the Centerpiece at a Wedding?

Everyone does it, but is it actually appropriate to grab the centerpiece at a wedding?

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Your To-Dos Before the I-Dos

About This Blog

Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

This blog hails from HudsonValleyWeddings.com, the one-stop resource for services and products, promotions and specials, a Regional Bridal Show schedule, Wed Shop, and links to money-saving and wedding-related Web sites.

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