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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘groom’
Posted: December 30th, 2012

Our annual bridal guide is full of terrific stories of brides who got married on the water, in the city and out in the country.

Here’s a link to the digital magazine — a page turner and a keepsake with dozens of local brides and their stories. The link gives you access to all pages — cover to cover.

Every year we put this together, I marvel at the creativity of our region’s brides. That’s Lauren Blazek on our cover — her wedding will take place at the Maritime Museum, and she posed on the Niagara for our cover photo shoot.

We have a story of rappelling adventure — engagement photos that are truly some of the best I have ever seen. If a wedding is in the future of anyone in your family, this is a must read.

Clever brides, grooms and much more are waiting on your doorstep in today’s Erie Times-News.

We also have the complete guide to Brides World inside — it takes place Saturday Jan. 5 at the Ambassador.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: November 9th, 2011

The drama of what a stepmother should wear to a wedding continues. As the stepmom of the groom this holiday season, I am in a quandary about what to wear.

The moms of the bride and groom will be wearing purple, so now, as a stepmom, I’m thinking it’s safe to look for something a little more colorful than that traditional beige that no one seems to be wearing anymore.

Here’s a hint to all moms and stepmoms of brides and grooms. If you do a search on wedding related clothing and use the word “mom,” the most popular style is this: dresses with boleros or long jackets.

Tiered dresses, like this one, to be fair, are more flattering than I thought they would be, but this design, akin to horizontal ruffles from chest to hem, just isn’t me.

Some of the colors and fabrics are stunning — subdued greens, grays and purples are very elegant. And the silks, taffetas and satins are rich. Some have a little bling on the side and a bit of bling around empire waistlines, but I’m still not a fan.

Next up, I’m looking at borrowing something, so all my friends on Facebook — help!

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Posted: October 6th, 2011

Weddings have arrived for our family, and being a stepfamily opens a new chapter with another wedding on the horizon. Fortunately, it’s not uncharted territory for us. My hubby’s oldest son got married a few years ago. As a stepmom, here’s what I learned:
1. It’s all about the bride and groom and their bio-parents — we steps have nothing to do, but offer support — to our spouses. Silence is golden, and if someone asks your opinion, stay vanilla. No matter what you say, you’ll wish you hadn’t opened your mouth. Now, I’m not saying that’s what I did the first time around. I’m just telling you what I learned.
2. Give the kids a specific sum of money and tell them to enjoy making their plans. It’s easier. That way, the decisions are up to the bride and groom. When all the parents get involved if there’s any disagreement, someone gets hurt. It gets ugly. Just write a check and be supportive. Once again, I’m not saying that’s what we did the first time around. I’m just telling you what I learned.
3. Get approval on your dress or suit or whatever you’re wearing. I DID do this. I wore navy blue. I know wearing beige is what some etiquette guru might suggest, but be careful. Beige isn’t always a good choice for a lot of reasons. Ask the bride and make her happy.
Enjoy it all, and smile. It’s over in a flash. The happiness you see on the kids in their wedding pictures will give you happy memories forever. And once you read all the advice and Q&As on The Knot, you’ll discover that other people had some terrible problems. Be thankful you didn’t have those wedding bell blues.