weddings

A Practical Wedding

When did weddings become so impractical, costing more than $26,000 on average? Meg Keene, A Practical Wedding Founder and author of the new "A Practical Wedding Planner" shares her insights and advice what an affordable, feminist wedding looks like and how to pull it off gracefully.

The Men's Engagement Ring Fail of 1926

17 Feminist Wedding Cake Toppers

One of the most sexist aspects of modern weddings just might be...the cake toppers? Sure, there are the standard bride and groom (or bride and bride, or groom and groom) standing next to each other in a neutral pose. But when you start sifting through the more novelty options, they quickly turn old school sexist. So many grooms hoisting brides above their heads like prizes and grooms-as-superheroes standing next to damsels-no-longer-in-distress brides! And then there are the awful ball and chain-themed ones, the bride gone fishing for a husband ones, and even the nagging bride dragging her (possibly drunk?) groom away from Call of Duty. So what about novelty "feminist" cake topper options? Though it admittedly took some digging, there are some out there that depict brides as more than shrewish housewives-to-be and sex objects. Because there's no sense in ruining perfectly good cake!

The Amateur Wedding Guest

Writer Jen Doll has attended so many weddings, she wrote a hilarious memoir about the nuptial tradition from the guests' perspective. Cristen chats with Doll about weddings and relationships, feminism and her new book, "Save the Date."

Gay Wedding Traditions

With same-sex marriage increasingly becoming legal around the world, Cristen and Caroline celebrate with a look at how gay weddings combine somethings old and new.

Why do brides wear white?

Are Americans Becoming Too Poor to Marry?

Here's a doozy of a claim: "Marriage is becoming a distinctive social institution marking middle-class status."...

A quick perusal of NYT "Weddings/Celebrations" reveals a certain similar cache among that envied in-crowd. For instance, Katie Baker over at Grantland noticed how boarding school alumni, people with Roman numerals attached to their names and Ralph Lauren employees...

Lavinia Warren: American's Most Famous 19th Century Bride

When Caroline and I discussed women in freak shows recently on Stuff Mom Never Told You, we left out one of the most notable personalities: Lavinia Warren. We mentioned her husband, Tom Thumb, the little person made famous by PT Barnum, but we failed to discuss Lavinia and their marriage, which captivated the American public.

Will you semimarry me?

The function of marriage in modern society is being closely reexamined now, as people wait longer to tie the knot, household gender dynamics tip toward more female breadwinners and a rising proportion of babies are born beyond the bounds of wedlock. This marital shakeup has given rise to the "semimarriage," writes Pamela Haag in her book "Marriage Confidential".