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Wedding Showers & Parties

If you know a newly-engaged couple, it's time for celebrations! Read some ideas for wedding showers and parties to celebrate the happy pair.

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Should you invite your mom to your bachelorette party?

You don't want your mom to feel like an outsider in the days leading up to your wedding, but are you courting disaster by inviting her to your bachelorette party? We'll guide you through this sometimes tricky decision-making process.


The Bridesmaid's Guide to Planning a Wedding Shower

Planning a wedding shower is never easy, especially when you're a bridesmaid. You've already got a lot on your wedding plate, but don't worry, we'll help you plan the ultimate party without taking too much extra time away from your busy schedule. See more »

Your Quick and Painless Guide to Planning the Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner is the kickoff to a full weekend of wedding festivities. And as the mother of the groom, your role is to plan it! Consider this your cheat sheet to hosting a memorable, streamlined event for the happy couple. See more »

Wedding Announcements 101

Thanks to Facebook, you can change your relationship status and instantly notify the world that you're getting married. So why would you want to print an announcement in the newspaper? See more »

Should you invite your mom to your bachelorette party?

You don't want your mom to feel like an outsider in the days leading up to your wedding, but are you courting disaster by inviting her to your bachelorette party? We'll guide you through this sometimes tricky decision-making process. See more »

10 Fun Things You Have to Do During Your Engagement

You've been envisioning an elegant bridal updo, but that's assuming you have any hair left when the big day is finally here. Every bride needs to have a little fun and make the most of her engagement. Here are 10 ideas for blowing off some steam. See more »

Who hosts the engagement party?

The bride foots the bill for her attendants' gifts. The maid of honor picks up the tab for the bachelorette party. But who pays for the engagement party -- and do you have to have one? See more »

Should you have a couple's shower?

Bridal showers can be stale, stuffy occasions where you rub elbows with your mom's friends. But what if you throw some sliders, beer and the groom into the mix? Modern brides are experimenting with couple's showers -- are you game? See more »

10 Original Themes for Your Bachelorette Party

Fishbowl margaritas and skanky lingerie: They're not for every bride. If she's more uptown than downtown or more tomboy than girly, the typical bachelorette party just won't do. Here are our 10 picks for a good time. See more »

10 Fun Bridal Shower Games

If the party guests range from the bride's little sister to the groom's great-grandmother, a good hostess knows she needs something to break the ice and get people mingling. In many party scenarios, games are the answer. See more »

How to Throw an Engagement Party on a Budget

Ever wonder why it's customary to buy a hostess gift? It's because the hostess breaks her back -- and the bank -- to put on a fabulous shindig! But you don't have to spend much to throw a memorable engagement party. See more »