Wedding Family & Wedding Gifts

Whether you're a family member or one-half of the happy couple, these articles will help with everything from registry ideas to how the proud families can help celebrate.


Every mother of the bride is naturally beautiful, but everyone can use a makeover every now and again. Your upcoming wedding is a prime opportunity for such a style overhaul!

Your friend asked you to be a bridesmaid, but you feel more like a bridesmatron. Should women of a certain age take a pass on this wedding custom?

As you decide who will participate in your wedding, you may wonder, "Is there an age requirement to be a bridesmaid?" The answer is kinda/sorta.

This list of movies is sure to help prepare you for your bridesmaid duties. There's something here for everyone, regardless if you're standing up for a best friend or a bridezilla (or a combination of the two).

Planning a wedding is an exciting but often very stressful time. A meddling mother can make things even worse. Here are five tips on how to deal with an interfering mom.

Are brides programmed to dislike the MOG? Sometimes it seems that way. You've been pitted against each other in movies, and you've had a real face-off in the bridal salon. But it's not over for the two of you -- you're in this for life!

It's awfully hard to be the mother of the groom, especially if you've been blessed with a bunch of boys and no girls of your own. How can you contribute meaningfully to your son's wedding without getting in the way?

According to wedding lore, the mother of the groom just has to show up, wear beige and be silent. You can build a better relationship with your future mother-in-law by getting her involved with the wedding -- here's how!

Every bride ends up with something she didn't register for. Maybe it's a bright red chip and dip set -- or sheets that fit a twin bed. Some brides luck out with extravagant-beyond-their-wildest-dreams gifts. Others get self-help books. You won't believe these presents!

His devotion to Mama is just one clue you've found a good, sensitive man. Sometimes, though, the apron strings can be tied a little too tightly. You're the No. 1 woman in his life now, so here's how to break old habits -- gently.

Sometimes, with registry gun in hand, a bride becomes drunk with power, and shoots a margarita machine and a set of shrimp forks. What other gifts will she regret tagging with that gun?

For your daughter's special day, you deserve to look elegant and beautiful. But many mother-of-the-bride dresses tend to be either dowdy or super-sexy. How do you strike the right balance? And what are the etiquette rules?

Registering for wedding gifts can be a time-consuming and tedious process. Wouldn't you rather do it in your comfiest pair of pajamas? Many modern brides opt to create their registries online, and a Web wish list might be just the thing for you.

Plenty of brides think wedding registries are stuffy and old-fashioned, but we just don't see them that way. After all, you need some items to set up your new home, and every bride deserves some pretty dishes. Before you register, read our top 10 tips for help rounding out your wish list.

You asked her to be your maid of honor because she's your best friend -- but you also assumed she'd do a good job. When passive-aggressive e-mails and snide remarks about the shower aren't working, here's how to cope with a dud MOH.

You wouldn't dream of asking anyone else to be your maid of honor, but you (secretly) wish that she didn't live three time zones away. Can you work the bride/maid of honor relationship if your best girl is a phone call and a flight away?

It's a privilege to be someone's maid of honor, right? But what if you barely know the bride -- or don't really like her? What excuses will get you out of being the bride's right-hand woman, and when do you just have to accept the position?

She's the one taking your teary phone calls and straightening your train during the ceremony. And planning your bachelorette party and entertaining your grandma at showers. What Superwoman do you choose for the role of maid of honor?

Engagements, showers and weddings are joyous occasions -- but that joy can cost you big time if you aren't careful. Do guests have to give all of these gifts? Technically, yes, but you don't have to rush.

Cut your guy some slack! He saved up for months to buy you that gorgeous diamond, and now you're on his case about table linens for the reception. Put him in charge of these 10 things, and he'll be more engaged with the planning.

"Just get me to the church on time" has long been the groom's mantra. Buck up, stud: You've got more responsibilities than that on your to-do list! We promise they're pretty painless.

Not just any guy will drop $150 on a tux and escort your fiancée's painfully awkward cousin down the aisle. You need a few good men to stand at your side as you exchange vows. Here's how to pick 'em.

If you're a mother, one of the happiest days of your life is seeing your daughter get married. But to make the before, during and after perfect, it takes a lot of planning, and the mother of the bridge typically shoulders a wide range of responsibilities.

Deciding to get married is the easy part. Planning the wedding is the hard part. Thank goodness for the help of your trusty mom. How will she be involved in the process?

Exchanging vows is a classy tradition. But suppose your groom also wants to exchange gifts. Where do you find the time -- and the money -- after planning the wedding?

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