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So Long, Mom: Giving Away the Bride

I belong to a hard-to-explain “modern family,” but unfortunately no one seems to be gay or outwardly ethnic at this point. For us, “modern” could really just be replaced with “heavy on the divorces.” I don’t hide that my mom is now married to her third husband; it’s not something I’m ashamed of. I do […]

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Bride’s True Story: A Super Special Surprise

My sister, Claire, who lives near Santa Cruz, came down to San Diego (where I live) to visit and to help me start shopping for my wedding dress. My sister, Marjorie, who also lives here in San Diego, picked Claire up from the airport and brought her to my house since I had to work […]

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All the Single Ladies! (And Single Bridesmaids)

Oh Beyoncé. Thank you (both sarcastically and genuinely) for coming out with “Single Ladies” just in time for me to start my bridesmaid experience. You’ve made the whole experience, well, at least dance-worthy (and, provided a soundtrack for all the brides who tossed their bouquets). However, this song also makes all of us single bridesmaids […]

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A Moment Between Siblings

When I was 4 ½ years old my whole world came crashing down. My little brother was born. I had spent my whole short life being the center of the universe. Now, I had to share everything – the biggest being my bedroom. When I was seven and Billy was two, my safe haven was […]

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Toasted: My Heart Belongs to Daddy

Not sure what to say when it’s your turn to raise a glass of champagne to the bride and groom? Fear not. Sara Faith Alterman writes wedding toasts so you don’t have to. This week’s subject: Your dad, who’s getting remarried. Weddings are emotional things. They can be joyous and exhilarating, stressful and bittersweet. Today […]

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Mantrimony: sometimes even brothers grow up

The aisle bisecting the creaky stone chapel seemed to stretch for miles, my dress swishing across my hips as I moved, step by timid step, towards my high school sweetheart, KJ. Outside, raindrops tickled the Pisgah National forest with gentle fingertips, the cacophony of water meeting leaves providing an organic soundtrack for the bridal party’s […]

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An honored awakening

I am the matron of honor at my sister’s wedding tomorrow. I’m sharing this duty with another sister, a maid of honor. I hate the term “matron”. It makes me sound “matronly”, which is one of my biggest fears – being “matronly”. In every sense of the word – it brings to mind having children, […]

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So the Story Goes

When Susie came over to play for the first time in 3rd grade I was so excited to have a new friend. I’m an only child and play dates filled an outlet I was otherwise missing. About 10 minutes after she came over her mom called and said she was turning around to come back […]

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Male of Honor? Ha.

We asked the guys: Have you ever been in the bridal party on the girls side? Not only was I in the bridal party, I was my sister’s maid of honor. I wasn’t, of course, given that title (the other bridesmaids referred to me as the “male of honor”), but I stood closest to her, […]

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