Wedding Presence

Dear Short Answers: With the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, I am expecting a flood of invitations to gay weddings this summer. I can’t possibly afford to buy everyone a gift — and I am not going to take out a loan to buy wedding presents. When couples are 40, or 50 or 60 [...]

Wedding Overload

Dear Short Answers: The son of two very close friends is getting married and I just received a wedding invitation. That’s all great — but the wedding is in OCTOBER 2014!!! They have established a website for their marriage — which I assumed would be a gift list and maybe some photos of the bride [...]

Be a Sport

Dear Short Answers: I was recently invited to a wedding and the guests were asked to dress in “Edwardian theme.” I am perplexed as to why the bride would want the guests to be dressed in fancy clothes. But I’m also annoyed that I have to buy a new outfit for one wedding that I [...]

Brave New World

Dear Short Answers: Under what circumstances is it acceptable to elope? Thinking About It Dear Thinking: It is quite acceptable if it is what you and your intended wish to do. If necessary, remind relatives and friends that it really is about the two of you. Like Unlike

Rx for Indecision

Dear Short Answers: I think my girlfriend expects us to get engaged. I’m still not sure and the idea of a wedding makes my head hurt. I can stall a bit longer but it is getting uncomfortable. The Guyfriend Dear Guyfriend: If you have issues with the relationship, then you need to discuss them with [...]

Not What You Want to Hear

Dear Short Answers: Do I have to go to the wedding of a niece I have hardly seen since she was a baby? Can I just send a gift? Grumpy Dear Grumpy: In these times, weddings, funerals, and any other events for which invitations are printed are often the ONLY times families assemble en masse. [...]

Whose Party is it?

Dear Short Answers: I recently got engaged and I’m quickly finding out that planning a wedding is as much about satisfying family members’ desires as it is your own. How do I say “no” to them? Bride2B Dear 2B: You can’t please all the people all the time. Decide now — is this your wedding, [...]

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