Your Parents Are Paying for Your Wedding. Do You Have to Invite Their Friends?

Your Parents Are Paying for Your Wedding. Do You Have to Invite Their Friends?

You’re creating your wedding budget and you’re lucky enough to have your parents helping out with the bill, but does that mean they have control over decisions like who gets to attend the wedding? It can be hard to balance your wedding day wants with your parents’ when they are helping to pick up the check, so we called on the members of our vendor directory to share their advice for how to manage those expectations.

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Are YOU Responsible for Your Wedding's Toxic Vibe?

Are YOU Responsible for Your Wedding's Toxic Vibe?

We’ve talked about toxic parents, now it’s time to talk about...well, you. Sometimes the toxicity you need to avoid to enjoy your wedding planning is coming from you. This is a guide for how to check-in with yourself and also check yourself to avoid turning into a flesh-eating zombie.

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It's YOUR Wedding — Pump the Brakes on Your Parents' Toxic Behavior

It's YOUR Wedding — Pump the Brakes on Your Parents' Toxic Behavior

The stress to perform and pull off a wedding flawlessly can make anyone crack, but add in the pressure of complicated family dynamics and, baby, you’ve got the perfect recipe for a volatile soufflé on the edge of collapse.

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Thanksgiving Is a Sham Holiday. Give Yourself Permission To Enjoy It.

Thanksgiving Is a Sham Holiday. Give Yourself Permission To Enjoy It.

While I want all of us to remember the origins of this historically toxic holiday, I’m also going to acknowledge that a lot of people need this day. And if you need this holiday, I want you to give yourself permission to enjoy it.

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Hosting Thanksgiving? Here's How to Survive

Hosting Thanksgiving? Here's How to Survive

Halloween may have passed but there’s still time for one more horror story: This Thanksgiving, you’re hosting. Whether you’re already married, getting married, or recently married, family functions have a way of stressing everyone out.

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4 Tactics For Keeping the Family Peace at Your Interpolitical Wedding

4 Tactics For Keeping the Family Peace at Your Interpolitical Wedding

Whether we want to admit it or not, we have family with all kinds of political stripes and strife. How do you plan an event with them in mind? Welcome to your official guide on planning an interpolitical wedding!

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7 Not-So Obvious Details You Need to Tell Your Vendors

7 Not-So Obvious Details You Need to Tell Your Vendors

The big to do’s come easy when you first get engaged — set a date, find a place to get married, and book someone to feed everyone — but what most people don’t realize is that the minor details they forget to mention to their wedding day team can actually make or break your celebration.

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The Catalyst Wedding Review Podcast // Episode 7: Rachel Getting Married with Diana Ascarrunz

The Catalyst Wedding Review Podcast // Episode 7: Rachel Getting Married with Diana Ascarrunz

This week, Jen is joined by Austin, Texas, photographer Diana Ascarrunz to review the 2008 film, Rachel Getting Married. This movie proves that even joyous occasions like weddings aren't without emotional baggage and family drama, but in fact can sometimes amplify those emotions and make for a more stressful situation for everyone, especially if the wedding is also the first time you are reuniting with your family after a period in rehab. This film showcases a gorgeous, diverse, and musical backyard wedding, but it's not without bumps along the way.

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