Our Wedding Hits the Big Time

I have been reading A Practical Wedding for five years. Yes, that is longer than I've known my husband.It's not just my love of all things wedding that drew me in; Meg and her team are having conversations that are vital for all women and those who love them. They are never afraid to examine the truth of things, whether fears about using the word "wife" and how that might change one's identity or what it's like to get divorced after putting a lot of effort into a wedding. It's real and it's … [Read more...]


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The Truth About Married Life: One Month In

Before I got married I heard three different things:1) Some people said that everything changes. It's a huge shift in your life and you really feel it.2) Some people said that nothing changes and nothing feels different.3) Some people said that there was a subtle shift and a deeper sense of security.I really thought that I would be number three. I was sure that getting married would make me feel something new. Particularly because it's something that has been on my list of top … [Read more...]


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Top Posts of August

August was a lot of fun with interesting discussion on a number of posts. This community is best when it's talking, so I love to see people engaging and wondering and explaining from their own perspectives.1) Happy Birthday, Krishna. I posted a short guide to the Hindu holiday of Krishna Janmashtami and it seems like everyone really enjoyed that one. It's gotten more hits than any other post on my blog ever and it's only been up since the end of August! I guess that means that a lot of … [Read more...]


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Ambaa Gets Married Again: Vedic Wedding Ceremony

Brad and I had a great, though brief, trip to Massachusetts for our Vedic wedding ceremony. (See the previous post for details of our larger intercultural ceremony)It started with a wonderful airport experience. We flew JetBlue and I think that was my first time with them, but it was very nice. I can see why they are known for customer service. Even making the announcements they used as an opportunity to be cheeky and just...human. Plus they gave us cookies and chips as snacks (even though … [Read more...]


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Hindu/Scottish: Ambaa’s Epic Wedding Post

My wedding weekend kicked off on Thursday August 15th with a dinner with my parents, brother, and mother-in-law. Friday my parents had lunch with my father-in-law and my brother joined Brad's 12 hour bachelor party (it started noon on Friday and went until a bit past midnight!) Meanwhile my parents and I went to pick up relatives at the airport and have dinner with them.Back at my apartment, my cousin Emily, a talented makeup artist from Los Angeles (check out her page Emily Does Makeup), p … [Read more...]


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T Minus 18 days

We are only two and half weeks from my wedding now! Where does the time go?When we first got engaged, it felt like I had a ton of time and was very impatient waiting. But somewhere around the thirty day mark, it finally hit me that this is happening and happening soon.I'm so looking forward to calling Brad my husband. I'm looking forward to seeing as many friends and family as I possibly can all together in one place and having fun together. It's going to be great.I'm also getting … [Read more...]


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Wedding Still To Do

I can understand now why wedding TV shows film the last week or two before the wedding. That's when the stress is really happening as everything starts to come together. We are four weeks out now and so all the things that I waited to do have to get done now!The time has really flown by.Already Done-Venue in place-Menu decided-Decor selected-Contract with videographer-Photographer selected-Wedding outfits purchased-Wedding jewelry purchased-Invitations … [Read more...]


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Lessons Learned From My Parents’ Marriage

I've been reading with interest a bit of a debate going on around Huffington Post Weddings about whether or not marriage is hard work. Some people are getting tired of hearing that oft-touted wisdom about relationships taking lots of work. My relationship thus far has been so easy and simple and loving that it's difficult for me to imagine what this work people talk about must be. But then I'm not even married yet, so my thoughts are not valid. As the comments suggest, neither is the opinion of … [Read more...]


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The Truth About Wedding Planning

Actually, the truth is, the experience is different for everyone. We all have different ideas about what we want our wedding day to be like and different relationships with the key players who will make it happen.So here is my real experience of wedding planning:Stress? No, not really.All you ever hear about is how stressful it is to plan a wedding. Perhaps it's because I'm not detail oriented and I really focus on big picture in almost every aspect of my life, but I haven't found it … [Read more...]


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