5 Guidelines for Attending Your Ex's Wedding and Avoiding Fallout

5 Guidelines for Attending Your Ex's Wedding and Avoiding Fallout

It’s not an uncommon occurrence to stay friends with an ex, especially if it’s someone you dated in high school or college, or if you dated for a long time and have lots of mutual friends. So that means it’s not uncommon to end up in a situation where you are invited to the wedding of an ex. It can be hard to attend a wedding of an ex, especially if you’re single, but if you want to stay friends with your ex after their wedding day, here are a few guidelines to follow.

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Real Couples // Bamboo Green Florida Wedding: Nathan + Marcella

Real Couples // Bamboo Green Florida Wedding: Nathan + Marcella

Nathan and Marcella met in their early twenties while they both worked at the same place. While it started out as a friendship, they were no denying there was true love blossoming. The two dated for a few years before Nathan proposed to Marcella and they began wedding planning! Marcella and Nathan are so kind, genuine and their hearts are so full of love for each other and their families.

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Real Couples // Beautiful Rainy Engagement: Kaylee + Vincent

Real Couples // Beautiful Rainy Engagement: Kaylee + Vincent

Kaylee and Vincent met about a year ago and immediately had a connection. They both knew that dating wasn't something they wanted to do just for fun; they wanted to be serious about the person they spent the rest of their lives with. They knew within a couple of months that they were the ones for each other. They started dating August of 2016 and will be getting married in August of 2017! When you know, you just know. They knew how much they loved each other, and the rest was simple. During their engagement session, it rained the entire time, but it didn't phase them one bit. They danced to Nirvana and played in the rain. They were goofy and sweet and couldn't stop smiling.

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12 Photographers You Need to Follow on Instagram for Nontraditional & Diverse Wedding Inspiration

12 Photographers You Need to Follow on Instagram for Nontraditional & Diverse Wedding Inspiration

While wedding websites and blogs are a great destination for inspiration, wedding photographers are the original sources for beautiful wedding images, most of which are never published on blogs, in magazines, or on websites. If you are looking for original, nontraditional, and diverse wedding inspiration — or just a daily dose of love — then do yourself a favor and follow these talented artists:

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Autostraddle Stories // Digging Up the Truth Through Fiction Writing in Trump's America

Autostraddle Stories // Digging Up the Truth Through Fiction Writing in Trump's America

Fiction is about truth, in a deeper sense. And in the political times we’ve brought ourselves into, in this age of Trump and fake news and alternative facts, we are in dire need of the truth. Now, it could be said that “alternative facts” and fiction are technically synonymous — both are factually inaccurate or completely invented versions of events. But the important distinction is in the intention. The intention of spreading alternative facts is to obscure the truth. The intention of writing fiction is to reveal it. Fiction is about radical honesty.

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Ask A Wedding Planner // How to Handle Plus Ones

Ask A Wedding Planner // How to Handle Plus Ones

Dear Ciera,

So my partner and I are pretty much paying for our wedding ourselves. We have an amazing group of supportive friends that we’ve known for years, and we are the first of the group to tie the knot. While some of the couples are engaged, others are still casually dating, and we’re not too keen on covering the bill for basically strangers, but we don’t want to make our friends feel bad without a date. How do we figure out who to offer plus ones to?

Sincerely,

Over this Guest List

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Woke Wednesday // Meet Atlanta Wedding Photographer Kelley Raye

Woke Wednesday // Meet Atlanta Wedding Photographer Kelley Raye

We sat down with Kelley Raye to learn more about her deep-rooted entrepreneurial spirit, how she taught herself the art of photography, and how she and her wife scrapped their wedding plans after four stressful months to elope and travel.

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Real Couples // Fluid Fun, & Happy: Jasmine and Tyzayah

Real Couples // Fluid Fun, & Happy: Jasmine and Tyzayah

Jasmine and Tyzayah really challenged me as a photographer and industry professional. I love to talk about how much I love photojournalism and being spontaneous, but honestly I had gotten used to the typical wedding pattern and flow. These two wanted so little of what the industry suggests you should. The only firm times were the first look and time of ceremony. Otherwise, there was no schedule. They insisted on a focus on the experience and away from details. They asked for only light direction during portraits. They got married in a little downtown gallery that doesn't traditionally allow events. However, with only about 75 guests, the little space made for a perfect setting to enjoy art and each other. They were married by a friend and fellow musician in a standing ceremony. They broke glass, enjoyed some alone time, and had an accidental grand entrance and first dance into their party. They ate appetizers, drank box wine, and danced until they packed the tables away. They had a party that was truly fluid, happy, and fun. I don't think I'd seen a couple this engaged and joyful throughout the entire day. 

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The Official Bachelorette Blog of Trump's America // Week One

The Official Bachelorette Blog of Trump's America // Week One

This season was hotly anticipated by critics and civilians alike because Rachel (drum roll, please) is the first black bachelorette. Critics wondered things like: Will Rachel’s ascendance finally force Chris Harrison to reckon with the violent misdeeds of his white ancestors? Will this season feature smart, insightful, relatable conversations about interracial dating? What could someone as beautiful and witty and successful as Rachel possibly have seen in Nick Viall? 

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Real Couples // Pantsuit Glam at the Courthouse: Chloe + Mike

Real Couples // Pantsuit Glam at the Courthouse: Chloe + Mike

I LOVE SF City Hall! It is hands down one of my favorite venues ever!  So of course I was going to make sure we got to tie the knot there, and since we knew we didn't want to jump through all the hoops needed to legally get married in Mexico, like the blood test, my City Hall Dream worked out perfectly.  

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