Welcome to the safe place.

We are the ultimate secret of womanhood; the things you won’t tell your boyfriend, and won’t tell anyone but your closest friends: we are closet wedding consumers. We keep track of bridal fashion, even if we are single (or already married.) We have super-secret documents on our hard drives with lists of potential venues, decor, floral arrangements, and stationary. We watch all those shows on TLC, and secretly look at the wedding mags in drugstore aisles. We are Wedding Lovers Anonymous.

What is TGW?

TGW is our Kryptonite. Our red sun. Our arsenic. It is The Generic Wedding, it has the potential to destroy us. As lovers of all things wedding, we are very prone to the effects of The Generic Wedding. Symptoms include fatigue, ennui, and cynicism. We strive to keep our love for weddings healthy by constantly finding new ways to celebrate matrimony. Feel free to share your suggestions with us, as TGW is a crafty and deadly affliction, constantly evolving and taking today’s new ideas and making them the standards of tomorrow. Damn the Man, save the Weddings!

On to the articles…

When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It: Dressing curvy brides and bridesmaids

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For many a bride, after the engagement party and champagne toasts, the very first thing on her mind is the wedding dress. And, more specifically, how she wants to look in said dress. Perusing the fashion magazines is helpful only up to a point, and that point is when you realize, standing in a salon in front of a three-way [...]

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How to Wear a Wedding Gown: Tips for Making Sure the Dress Doesn’t Wear You.

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Hello all! We took a hiatus to work on some other projects, but we’re back to blogging on all things, great and small, relating to weddings. Happy new year to all! After seeing all the December engagements pop up on Facebook – did you know that December is the most popular month of the year to get engaged? – I [...]

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How (and Why) to Create a Wedding Dessert Bar

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I think one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding is picking your food. It’s officially “in” to be a foodie, and weddings are fantastic occasions to come up with interesting menus and really please the palate. While (thankfully) engaged couples are starting to move away from the standard chicken/steak/pilaf standards, dessert still seems to be rather boring. [...]

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How to Tell if Your Wedding Photographer is Worth His Fees

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I came across this while perusing my facebook & twitter feed. It plays right into what I’ve been thinking for months now…there are a lot of photographers out there claiming to take creative, amazing photos. But what they deliver is usually the same, tired shots. Not that they aren’t beautiful…but if you’re paying through the nose for original and creative [...]

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How to Escort a Bride

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There is an epidemic sweeping the bridal industry. It knows no bounds, affects weddings of all sizes and cultural traditions. It is insidious, negates the atmosphere and mood so painstakingly created by many people, months in advance. And it is public. Easily seen, and forever captured on film. I’m talking about a poorly escorted bride. I know this falls under [...]

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How (and why) to Elope

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Elopement has traditionally been viewed as a bad thing. The dictionary defines it as “to run off secretly to be married, usually without the consent or knowledge of one’s parents.” It’s come and gone from fashion: it was common enough in the 1920s and 1930s, though became distinctly out of style in the 1940s before going almost extinct in the [...]

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