How to Have a Secret First & Father-Daughter Dance, for Spotlight-Averse Brides  

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Well isn’t this just the week of my clever friends sharing with me their clever wedding ideas!

Today, it’s about my friend Erica and her plan—which she has given me her blessing to share and you her blessing to steal!—for doing the special dances at her upcoming fall wedding (you know, she and her groom, she and her dad, etc.) but kinda not doing the special dances at her wedding. Here’s what we mean.

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Trying to Decide If You Should Hire a Wedding Planner? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions 

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Obviously, for a lot of couples, the question of whether or not to hire a wedding planner will have first and foremost to do with their budget. When it comes to figuring out what funds you have to pay what vendors, well—sometimes it’s just a matter of: Well, we can’t bake a wedding cake ourselves, but we can make phone calls, so a planner is going to get cut.

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Not Having Bridesmaids? You Can Still Officially Invite Your Best Girls to Be Your Non-Bridesmaids

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One of my best friends, Jess, recently got engaged, and she and her fiancé are not doing the whole big wedding-party thing. No bridesmaids, no groomsmen—just his brother standing up for him and her sister standing up for her.

But, you know how, when a friend asks you to be a bridesmaid, there is usually a prelude—whether she does it in writing or over a bottle of wine—about how much she loves you and how big your friendship is in her life and how she’s so pumped you’re going to share in this particular time and experience with her before she says and, you know, Will you wear the dress? Well, turns out you can still do that part without asking them to wear the dress.

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Give This Handy Cheat Sheet of Her Duties to Your Maid of Honor 

The good thing about whoever you choose as your maid of honor is that even without any official instruction or a fun little checklist like the one below, chances are, she is someone who would do most of the things a maid of honor is “supposed” to do just by instinct, because she’s your BFF. She’d kick off the planning for the various festivities and help you with whatever was overflowing from your to-do list and tend to you on your wedding day to make sure you were without a single worry, and everything else in between.

And while the extremely valuable “in between” stuff (talking you off a ledge when you and your mother are at each other’s throats over the centerpieces, etc., etc.) might not be included on here, we thought this was a handy little cheat sheet you both would appreciate. Take a look.

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PW Reader Ring: Deirdre & John

Deirdre's ring!

Deirdre’s ring!

The couple: Deirdre McCarthy & John O’Kane, Philadelphia.

The ring: This is a vintage platinum ring with a round European-cut diamond with two baguettes on either side, and smaller round diamonds on the ends of those. It’s has the original setting and baguettes—the only thing it got was a good cleaning.

This ring belonged to my paternal grandmother and was then passed on to my dad, who used it to propose to my mom. After 25 years, she decided to keep it safe and they bought her another ring.

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