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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Pre-Wedding “Shadow Weddings” Commit You to Each Other’s Dark Sides Before You Tie the Knot. Who’s In? 

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This week, there has been a bunch of talk on this idea of the “shadow wedding.” We saw it on Jezebel and we saw it on Good Morning America and we poked around the actual Shadow Wedding website. (Because this isn’t a general thing that people are just kinda doing, you see—it is a particular service provided by a particular couple who have set up a particular shop in order to sling the shadow wedding.)

This is basically the deal with the shadow wedding:

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Study: When Household Chores Aren’t Equally Divided Among Newlyweds, Women Will Be Unhappy, Men Will Shrug Shoulders 

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So somehow we hadn’t seen this, but this spring, a bunch of researchers at the University of Illinois examined 220 couples who had been married for less than two years, asking them, basically, 1) how they perceived male and female household duties, and 2) how it has come to be that they actually divide those household duties. They found that:

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8 Helpful Tips for Working With Your Tailor to Alter Your Wedding Dress 

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We have heard so many nightmare stories about wedding-dress alterations here at PW—but thankfully, we’d have to say that the wedding-dress-tailor-to-the-rescue stories probably outweigh the scary ones. Anyone who has had just the right change made to a dress—or seen a few miracles unfold on shows like Say Yes to the Dress—know what these talented people can pull off, and that they seriously can save the day.

But working with your tailor or seamstress effectively to alter your wedding dress—whether it’s just bringing up the hem so you don’t trip down the aisle or basically redesigning the dress—relies, just like any other wedding vendor, both on communicating exactly what it is you want and making sure that this person is the right person to do it.

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We Are In Love With This Philly Florist’s Paper Bridal Bouquets

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Photo by Courtney Apple

When Philly florist Anna Coy first started her company, To Hold & To Have, last year, she was mostly making bridal bouquets out of fabrics, crystals and other embellishments—but one day at a bridal show, a couple asked if she could make flowers out of the pages of a book. “They wanted the paper roses to be the standout for their ‘love story’-themed wedding,” she says, “and we were all so happy with the outcome, I knew there was something special there.”

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