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…

Tips for an outstanding military wedding

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Is there anything more elegant than a military wedding? I’ve never been to one, but who doesn’t want to experience the pomp, circumstance and extra elegance earned by service members? Military weddings are pretty much the same as any other type of wedding, with the exception of dress and a few ceremonial details. Gentlemen in the service are allowed to [...]

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Wedding Ideas: Things We Need to Stop Doing

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High wedding season is in its last month, which means I’m processing all the trends I’ve seen thus far this summer. Some things – like desert bars, less-formal portraiture, and non-strapless gowns – look like they have some real staying-power and could be new wedding staples. At the same time, there are some elements that are due for some updates [...]

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Do Me A Solid: favors that don’t suck

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Good morning glorious world! It’s wedding central over here! Getting in touch with brides, both former and future, watching the new season of Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (which is great for the gowns, hilarious for the Southern shenanigans, NASCAR-driving fiances and child brides), clicking through the wedding photos of people I haven’t seen since high school… it makes [...]

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A Cover-Up (the good kind)

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Ah, it’s midsummer. The days are long enough to afford us extra playtime, and the sun which bakes us during the day leaves just enough warmth to make the evenings pleasant. Is it any wonder most people dream of marrying in the summer? Summer brides have it good. With the overwhelming bias towards strapless gowns, the warmth of the season [...]

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The Happy Groom: More Man-Friendly Wedding Ideas

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As I’ve mentioned before, I feel bad for grooms and groomsmen. Weddings are overwhelmingly geared towards women: women get the shower, women get the fancy outfit, the flowers, the pampering. I’m always trying to find new ways to make wedding planning and weddings more fun for men. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Feel free to chime in with [...]

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Five Things You Never Thought Of…Until it’s Too Late

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Is there such a thing as overplanning? Well…yes. But not when it comes to a wedding. You only get one shot at this (riiiight?!). You’ve been planning for months, if not over a year – in some places, 2 years. You have taken precautions. Followed all the advice from your magazines and gifted planners. You have a rain-plan, touch-up makeup [...]

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