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                                                              site’s editors as they go to        of passage but also a public expression of       ers. You’ll also find 16 games for Jack and
                                                              bridal shows and press              their personality as a couple. In this regard,   Jill (co-ed) showers, and you can browse
                                                              events. You also can watch          and with newfound freedom over the years,        descriptions of 86 shower themes.
                                                              wedding video clips from The        couples are now picking and choosing the             Tools on the site include various check-
                                                              Martha Stewart Show, and            traditions with which they will abide;           lists, a Budget Planner, a Toast Generator,
                                                              there’s a place to post your        thus, adding to each individual wedding          a Color Palette, and a Floral Generator that
                                                              own wedding photos.                 a sense of style unique to the couple get-       suggests flowers based on your colors, the
                                                                                                  ting married.                                    season, or the bridesmaids’ dresses. You
                                                              Achieving                               “For example, at our wedding, my hus-        also can download a Wedding Planning
                                                                                                  band’s best man was his sister, his sole         Guide and a Bridesmaid’s Guide.
                                                              Wedded Bliss                        sibling. It was important for him to have            Through links to a site called Pash Wed-
                                                                   How do you stick to a wed-     her standing by his side, even though she        dings (, you can
                                                                ding budget? “Maintain a          didn’t fit the traditional concept of what       download lists of questions to ask florists,
                                                                spreadsheet with a list of        a best man should be—namely, a man.              consultants, caterers, photographers, video-
folded pocket square. It’s a particularly nice   vendors. Next to each vendor, type your          But she did fulfill the traditional duties       graphers, and other wedding professionals
choice for a suit or morning jacket worn         estimated expense. Next to your ‘guess’-         handsomely; she stood by his side for sup-       you’re considering hiring. You also can post
at a daytime event. … Helpful hint: The          timate, type the vendor’s actual cost. Re-       port. And I believe that choice said some-       questions to wedding pros (including not
thicker the fabric, the more billowy your        view the data every day and adjust to            thing about us.”                                 only a caterer and photographer but also
finished pocket square will be. For silk         what you are willing to spend more money             Bliss Weddings offers advice in such         a DJ, bridal makeup artist, destination
squares, aim for a puffy look. Linen and         on as well as what you can cut down.”            categories as Beauty & Health, Budget-           wedding specialist, relationship guru, and
cotton fabrics will result in a crisper fold.”      You’ll find advice such as this on            ing, Ethnic Weddings (Filipino, Japanese,        an author of wedding books).
    You’ll be able to fold perfect pocket        Bliss Weddings (          and Jewish), Fashion, Grooms, Guests,                For links to more than 300 other
squares after you consult the step-by-           Founded by newlyweds in 1994, it’s not           Honeymoon & Destination Weddings, In-            wedding-related websites, visit the Wed-
step instructions with a photo for each          nearly as polished and professional look-        vitations & Stationery, Jewelry, Second-         dings section of the Yahoo! Directory
step, which is indicative of the level of        ing as or Martha Stewart’s            Time Brides, Superstitions, Toasts/Vows/         (
helpful detail you’ll find in many sections      site, but it lives up to its goal of providing   Poems, and Wedding Entourage. There’s            Weddings). It lists sites with informa-
of the site.                                     “unique, modern, creative, and fun ideas.”       even a glossary that defines acronyms used       tion on traditional, charitable, and even
    Martha Stewart Weddings also offers             The site offers ideas for both traditional    in online wedding forums (for instance,          green weddings.
a large collection of online tools called My     and nontraditional weddings. “The modern         FMIL = future mother-in-law).
Budget, My Checklist, My Timeline, My            engaged couple is no longer tied to tradi-           The site includes advice from the ed-
Guests, My Seating, and My Vendors. Look         tion of what is ‘acceptable’ and what is         itor as well as user-submitted suggestions.         Thomas Pack is a freelance writer who
in the site’s Community section for message      not,” says editor Cheryl Gabiola Galvez.         A good example is the collection of in-          lives near Louisville, Ky. Send your com-
boards and interactive wedding quizzes.          “Engaged couples more than ever realize          structions for 146 bridal shower games, in-      ments about this article to itletters@info
A Bride’s Guide Blog lets you follow the         that their wedding day is not only a rite        cluding many submitted by the site’s read-

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