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Our next Dear Abby question is in regards to bridesmaids dresses which I know we ALL struggle with!

Q: My bridesmaids mean the world to me. They are all very different in their shapes, skin tones and financial status'. So, I thought I would make it easy on them and just ask them to buy their own black bridesmaids dress. Our wedding is in the Spring and will likely be outdoors. Will this work? Should I choose an accent color?

What do you guys think about wearing black in a...

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It's Dear Abby day and I am so excited to share this first question with you. One of my dearest friends, Cat of Cat Seto and Paper Studio in San Francisco, sent me this dilemma that her clients Tien and David are going through. Here's the story...

Tien and David met in grade school and wanted to get married in their
schoolyard. They recently discovered that the school denied...

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Our last question for today comes from Lauren...

Q4: I have found a really cool, yet unexpected (at least compared to the usual country club weddings) site for my wedding. It's the Oklahoma City Farmer's Market. The building has beautiful, if rough around the edges, architecture. Huge, paned windows, an enormous wood floor...it's a beautiful space. It does have its quirks. One that has me pausing are the murals...

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Our third question is from Valerie who is looking for a little color palette help...

Q3:Sadly I am at a complete LOSS about weddings. I was one of those girls who never thought about getting married and now that I am engaged, I have become obsessed. I am getting married in July at a winery in Calistoga CA. The ceremony is outside, then a formal dinner inside. I am wearing a gorgeous Jenny Lee gown with ivory over blush -- so it is a pearly color of white. No idea what colors to...

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Here is the second question of the day, and one that I am pretty sure a lot of brides are struggling with!

Question number two comes from Leasa...

Q2: Help!!! My best friend and maid of honor has informed me that she will be seven months pregnant by the time my wedding rolls around in October of this year. There is no way I would even consider taking my vows without her by my side, but I want her to look cute and stylish for the wedding (not dumpy). I also want her to...

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Today I thought we could tackle some Dear Abby questions that have been piling up in my inbox! I would love your help with these, as I know that so many of you out there have great ideas and creative solutions.

The first round of questions is from Sharon...

Q: I am getting married at South Seas resort, Captiva Island in October. My fiancé really wanted to wear a khaki suit so he is wearing the...

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One last Dear Abby for the day! I am going to begin writing in my answers later this evening and will finish up on tomorrow's AM post. I want to give you guys plenty of time to write comments and brainstorm with these brides!

I am planning a New York City wedding for November. The natural suggestion seems to be to go with a "fall colors" palette but for whatever reason I'm just not that into it -- probably because the church sanctuary where we're having our wedding has a beautifully...

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Our next question comes from Catherine...

"I am currently having a color palette problem. I originally was planning on having my bridesmaids wear a burnt orange dress and then incorporate fall reds, oranges and brown into the color palette. My bridesmaid dresses have been decided, and they are a T length chocolate brown. Now, this isn't too far off from my original idea, but I am having trouble with what color flowers to use. I think it is difficult because when discussing...

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! Today, we are all about color palettes. Choosing the perfect wedding color seems to be the most difficult part of planning a wedding for many brides. Either the colors that the couple have chosen clash with the reception venue or the bridesmaids don't like the hues that they have to wear...whatever the case, there are always stumbling blocks when it comes to your color palette.

So today, we are doing reader color palette questions. Our first...

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Although this questions isn't directly related to wedding style or decor, I wanted to share it with you because I know how difficult wedding registries can be!

Q5 - My wedding is set for June 21, 2008 (the Summer Solstice) and it's time for us to register for gifts. Being typical NYers, we don't have much space. So, I'm trying to keep our registry as simple as possible. That being said, I'm trying to decide whether to register for china. I have very simple everyday plates (white...

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This is a great Dear Abby question, as I know that many of you aren't interested in classic bridesmaid style dresses...

Q4 - I'm getting married on the Cape in September so we are definitely keeping true to a casually, chic beach wedding. But I am really not having a feeling for bridesmaid dresses. Do you know of any lines that make maxi style, long dresses? Something a little more modern in shape then just the traditional tee length style? This being said I have a range of...

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Another Dear Abby question for you...

Q3 - I am getting married in May 2008 in a church. My bridesmaid’s dresses are a tea length dusty rose color. My STD were beige, brown, and rose along with my invitations. Where do I go from here and can I change my color scheme for the wedding?? What other colors go with Dusty Rose??

Okay, first and foremost...as an invitation designer who firmly believes that invitations do set the tone for the entire wedding, I also...

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Another Dear Abby question...

Q2 - I know you often have challenges and questions with beautiful solutions on the blog, and thought you might like to address this one. I have a client who is 50 years old, marrying for the second time, and looking for a wedding dress. She asked if I had any ideas for a dress for her... I guess that's proving to be the toughest part of the planning! : ) She's a professional, a new grandmother, and I guess a bit "matronly", but she's got a...

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It's been a few weeks since we've done a Dear Abby session, and I have some really great questions from readers that I know you guys will appreciate. So, let's dive right in!

Q1 - I've been perusing your boards religiously for weeks, going back into the archives and waiting for your daily updates. But I've still not seen much addressing the problem I have: I'm looking for non-floral tablescapes. We're getting married on the beach in Mexico, and because the prices there for decor...

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One last question for the day!

Q. I hope you can help with some ideas for how to incorporate a wedding party into the ceremony. We have our immediate family standing in the front with us but where does the wedding party go? There are some family members that we definitely want to sit in the front rows but I also don’t want to overcomplicate this production. Also, have you ever heard of not having the party walk down the aisle but rather come from both sides of the room and then...

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Another reader question for you guys to tackle!!

Q. I am wanting to have a 1940s wedding theme. I am having my reception at an unconventional place because of budget, and I plan on hiring a wedding planner to help with converting this place that will place people in that time.

First things first, I am planning a wedding for 2009, no rush. I like the 40s swing era, because I love dancing and it is so fun to swing dance, even if you are not a pro. I am very flexible on the...

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It has been FAR too long since we've done a Dear Abby Session. I have some great reader questions that I want to share with you today with the hopes that collectively, we can help solve some wedding day dilemmas.

Q. So...here's my dilemma. I work for Rebecca Taylor and want to use something from our collection for my bridesmaids. I fell in love with a certain dress that was almost the right color, which I thought would be fine, but now it's driving me crazy. Now, I know that...

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This is our first Dear Abby in weeks, and I must say...it's a pretty good one! Reader and future bride Nicole, is struggling with a clear color palette for her upcoming September affair.

Q. I've put together the attached inspiration board, but I'm having trouble coming up with a palette that works for this time of year- on the cusp of summer and fall. I've been pondering sage green, lavender, with touches of ivory. I was considering brown as a neutral at first but I'm...

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I am trying out a new format for posting...2-3 smaller posts a day, rather than one long one. Today, we are going to start with a Q & A session. Later, we will some really gorgeous pictorial posts, so stay tuned!

I would LOVE to hear your input on these questions and I am sure that our "brides in need" would as well...

Question 1: I'm having our guests arrive at 1:00pm for a Victorian Garden party. We'll have our ceremony on the steps of a historic home. After the...

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Today is Q & A day...I have received a ton of emails over the last few weeks with some really great questions that every couple seems to face. Here are a few that I thought we could tackle together. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, then I will post my own answers later in the day. There is no right or wrong way to approach the answers...it is just great to hear from our huge variety of readers.

Question 1: I'm having a tough time coming up with a color palette...

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