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So Many Pictures, Need to Whittle

Give your best strategies, tips, software, etc to whittle down a ton of pictures to reasonable, shareable amount. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Jul 8, 2014 - 5 answers

A playlist which prefers to play songs I REALLY like over filler?

I'm wondering if it's technically possible to "weight" a song's importance on a playlist so that it has a higher chance of being played. With that weigh ranging from "100% certainty" to "do not care one way or the other." [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Jun 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for examples of wedding photography done differently

I'm shooting a friend's wedding this weekend and I'm looking for inspiration and ideas for non-standard wedding photography. NOT 'the happy couple's beautiful day' but something different. I'm not the primary shooter so I was thinking of doing something more 'fine arts', perhaps even dark... but I'm not yet sure where to take it. [more inside]
posted by scrm on Jun 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Inviting only *some* family to our wedding?

We’re in the very earliest stages of wedding planning, trying to come up with a guest list so that we have approximate numbers in mind when we look into venues, etc. How can - or should - we balance a seriously lopsided family tree with our desire to have our friends there (and not go bankrupt/remain engaged forever)? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Austenite on Jun 24, 2014 - 47 answers

Am I wrong to be totally unenthused about a friend's wedding?

A friend is having a 2-day wedding to a man whom only one of the 4 of our invited group has met, in a location that's an expensive pain in the butt to get to, and will make us all late for work Monday. None of us really want to go. Are we horrible people? [more inside]
posted by area.man on Jun 19, 2014 - 38 answers

What is the greatest recording of the Blue Danube Waltz?

What is the greatest recording of the Blue Danube Waltz? I want to dance to it at my wedding. I have Googled and whatnot. I want to hear personal suggestions from MeFites.
posted by trip and a half on Jun 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Bachelorette in DC?

Looking for a couple of nice, loungey spaces for a gathering of about 6 pretty relaxed women (mid-20's) in DC on a Thursday evening. The bride is pretty low-key, but loves 90's dance music. Ideally, we would: 1) relax at a pool during the afternoon 2) Have a relaxed dinner 3) Drinks at a lounge or low-key club Looking for suggestions for #1 and #3! Thank you!
posted by brynna on Jun 10, 2014 - 7 answers

wedding reception activity for tables that people would want to do?

We are getting married and we want to have mini pinata-type things on each table at the reception (11 big tables). We want to put some fun stuff in the pinata (like glow sticks for later on) - including - some sort of activity. We want people to break open the pinata and then have to do something as a table. Not terrible or terrifying, very fun. 5-10 minutes. But what? What are your ideas for fun activities they can do? ALSO, what else should we put in the pinata that is fun and (ahem) cheap? Thank you!
posted by andreapandrea on Jun 8, 2014 - 19 answers

Bay area/wine country wedding venue help?

My fiancée and I are getting married next year, and are looking for venues in/near wine country, or elsewhere in the Bay area. We would like an all-in-one facility, so have been looking at large houses to rent so far, which have the added bonus of letting the wedding party sleep on site, but are open to other possibilities. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice for this search? [more inside]
posted by LooseFilter on Jun 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Wedding gift for a friend moving to Guam?

One of my oldest friends is getting married this summer and moving to Guam a few weeks later. As this is a big move, most of the traditional wedding gifts (e.g. housewares) don't make sense. What could I get her for a meaningful wedding gift?
posted by sciapod on May 20, 2014 - 9 answers

You ARE My Country Ham Doctor!

We have two delicious 17 lb. direct-from-the-farm country hams to do up for our wedding in June, and are seeking advice on best ways to prepare them. Hams are frozen, cured, with hocks already taken out, and with the rind left on. Suggestions? Tips? Tricks? Glazing options?
posted by Lipstick Thespian on May 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Paris wedding ring shopping?

We are going to be in Paris next week, and want to go wedding ring shopping at a sort of vintage or antique jewellery store. I'm looking for a simple band for my tiny fingers. I'm looking for a nice band for under about $450, used is good. We don't want to go to the Wedding Ring Superstore or wherever. Do you know the perfect place to shop? Ideally, we walk in to a place with a lot of rings, I try on 6 of them, and BAM. job done. Thank you!
posted by andreapandrea on May 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Sartorial emergency for impending wedding

I'm attending a wedding in a week and have been told by a relative that I should bring a suit. I don't have a suit, haven't owned one in a long time. I'm needing to unearth my inner Italian to get some threads that work for this occasion. [more inside]
posted by diode on May 11, 2014 - 16 answers

dress me for my wedding - where can I find this suit?

I want to get married looking like this. Where can I find this suit, or one like it, in a size 16? Thanks! I am in the UK.
posted by Mistress on May 8, 2014 - 12 answers

We both want a baby - but can't agree on when

My fiancee and I are getting married in August 2015, next year. We have had all the big talks about our future, including children. Previously, we were happy to wait until we were married to have children, but recently she has been changing her mind. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Petrot on May 5, 2014 - 36 answers

No witness for our NYC wedding

My (hopefully) soon-to-be wife and I both have really severe social anxiety issues. Unfortunately, we need a witness for our City Hall wedding tomorrow in NYC. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2014 - 30 answers

Help two Mefites in love have wedding photos and a rehearsal dinner?

I'm looking for recommendations for Toronto wedding photographers and rehearsal dinner venues that are fun, inviting, professional, but not overly expensive, and which might still be available for this September. [more inside]
posted by ilana on May 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Unique Philadelphia area wedding venue ideas needed

Fiance and I are attempting to plan a wedding for less than 150 guests in early March 2015 in the Philadelphia area. We currently live in Montgomery county, but we are open to considering locations in the 5 county area (and are learning toward Philadelphia, which will make things easier on our out of town guests). We want to keep the venue/catering/booze costs around $15,000 if possible, which seemed super easy before we started searching. Help! [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on Apr 27, 2014 - 18 answers

Is this dress too white to wear to a wedding?

Is this dress too white to wear to a wedding? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Apr 27, 2014 - 51 answers

Was I out of line in having this conversation during a bachelorette?

Friend invited her ex-boyfriend to her bachelorette event. During the event, he revealed to a few of the attendees that he still has feelings for her. Bride became angry at each of us for indulging in this conversation. Was I out of line? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2014 - 31 answers

Planning and Atlanta wedding. Well...trying to

Another wedding question... So, newly engaged, which is awesome, but now that we've started trying to plan it, I feel so incredibly overwhelmed...and not in a good way. The first thing we need to do is figure out where. We have a budget of $5000 max, and every place I have researched or contacted has been at minimum $2000-$3000, and 90% of these would force us to use their own caterers and vendors. We are ready to try something nonstandard, but I have never even been to a wedding before, so...we am having problems coming up with ideas for a small wedding and reception of like 50 people max. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Apr 23, 2014 - 36 answers

someday, yummy sundae

we are having a sundae bar at our wedding. what is the best (cheapest) way to get very large quantities of candies and chocolates for a sundae bar for 175 people? We're willing to spend money on delicious, but not on packaging. We are willing to ship stuff, but not to pay extravagant fees to do so. We are willing to buy at Costco, but it seems like cheaper should exist somewhere? Also, what are your favourite sundae toppings that you would be excited to see at a sundae bar? Also, if you have any tips about how we should lay it out in a cute way, please feel free to inspire us. thank you!
posted by andreapandrea on Apr 21, 2014 - 20 answers

Wedding venue cancelled on me

I need alternate venue choices for my May wedding in Katy, TX. [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Apr 10, 2014 - 17 answers

dressy styles for a 60-something fashion-averse lady

I have a relative who needs to get dressed up for her kid's wedding. She's asked me for advice, and I'm not sure where to look. Snowflakes, people, there are so many snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Apr 4, 2014 - 14 answers

Fashion Emergency

What do you wear to a wedding that is "casual?" [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Apr 2, 2014 - 29 answers

I hate dressing up. There, I said it.

Can I wear these shoes with this dress? To a wedding? On one of those farms specifically made for people to get married at? In Florida? Pictures within. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Apr 2, 2014 - 46 answers

Wedding outfit? Difficulty level: gender neutral plus sized female

I am actually incapable of dressing up and not feeling like a ridiculous fraud. I have to attend a relative's wedding this summer. I cannot figure out what on earth I can wear. I'm in my late 20s so I'm running out of time in the "I'm young and can only dress semi-appropriately please don't kick me out of your event" department. Snowflakes below the fold. [more inside]
posted by neurotic narwhal on Mar 30, 2014 - 41 answers

Need a goofy/ironic variation on a "China" gift for our 20th anniversary

4 years ago, I posted this question, about coming up with weird interpretations of "traditional" anniversary gifts, and y'all came up with some brilliant answers. I ended up going with the "periodic table" idea, which we continued through our 17th, 18th, and 19th anniversaries. Our 20th anniversary is May 1, and now I need a twist on the theme of "China." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2014 - 23 answers

Sentimental or useful wedding-day present for friend abroad

My best friend - the loveliest, dearest, most wonderful of friends - is getting married in London and I can't be there. What can I send for her to open on her wedding day to let her know that I am there with her in spirit? [more inside]
posted by leitmotif on Mar 22, 2014 - 11 answers

He ain't heavy...

How do I deal with an immediate family member with substance abuse problems at my upcoming wedding? When do I put my foot down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2014 - 38 answers

Do I marry/have kids with longterm love if I'm not ready due to career?

I love my partner - we have known each other for over a decade and have been together for over five years. I am in my 30s and he wants to live together/get married and/or start a family. I have insisted we wait due to my graduate school (and later) career struggles. Now we are older and our time frame for children (if not settling down with children in mind later) is diminishing. I don't know the right thing to do - specifics inside... [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on Mar 21, 2014 - 25 answers

Photos that have been drawn on?

Can you share with me photos that have been drawn on? Samples after the jump - [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Mar 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me feel excited about getting married!

My wonderful fiancé and I getting married this August. While I'm happy at the thought of "officially" starting a life together, we've been together more than eight years, and it doesn't feel like a huge deal any more. I'm also stressed about my career, which is occupying my mind most of the time. The actual wedding is being organized entirely by my parents, and neither of us are thrilled about what the ceremony's shaping up to be. What can I/we do to make the whole getting hitched thing more meaningful for us? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2014 - 22 answers

How to quell impending blog doom from Aunt Lisa

How do I ask my aunt not to write about me in her blog (specifically wondering about wording), and how do I politely stick to my guns if she pushes back? Snowflakes after the fold. [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker on Mar 17, 2014 - 27 answers

How to discourage an ill-advised marriage without alienating the person?

My partner's 18 year old sister wants to marry her boyfriend of one year. They both live at home with their respective parents, are not planning to pursue post-secondary school, and are financially insecure (she does not work, he works part time). They have recently converted to a fundamentalist version of a new faith, and their plan is to rely on her disabled mother who would lose her benefits by caring for them - the mother is against this but of course loves her daughter. Their religious community is encouraging them (but not offering financial aid). What can we do to support her but not her decision? [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on Mar 9, 2014 - 27 answers

At least now I have a decent playlist for my funeral

Radiohead music during a wedding ceremony? It's (hopefully) more likely than you think. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Mar 6, 2014 - 21 answers

men's wedding band that is not so.... expensive

After going to a few brick and mortar shops in NYC, we have a bit of sticker shock over how much a simple men's wedding band can cost. We're looking for a 4mm 14k yellow gold half round band size 10. We're hoping to spend under $300. Does anyone know any brick and mortar stores in NYC where we could could find a ring for under this price? Reputable website recommendations are also welcome, but we would prefer to see the ring in person before buying it, if possible. [more inside]
posted by dysh on Mar 3, 2014 - 20 answers

Best Man Alternative Titles

I have a great best man. I do not want to have a "co" best man at my wedding. I have another friend who is very close to me, and I want to give him a title that signifies he isn't simply a groomsmen but is one of my very closest friends. Is there another title I can give him which will make him feel important and that's not BS. Thanks, Z
posted by quiverandquill on Feb 28, 2014 - 21 answers

Late 18th c. early 19th c. wedding at Trinity Church = wealth?

I'm inclined to think that any young lady whose father walked her down the aisle of Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan in a late 18th or early 19th century wedding was probably born to wealth. Pretty size-able wealth. Are we talking robber baron wealthy, or what? Or was the church actually available to all comers?
posted by John Borrowman on Feb 28, 2014 - 9 answers

International wedding registry headaches

Difficulty level: Dutch/Canadian/Australian. Mr Fish and I are getting married in July. A lot of Mr Fish's Canadian family are coming, and this is my first time meeting a lot of them. We absolutely do not expect gifts but we're already getting questions about registries. Do international registries exist? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Feb 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Wedding Registry Language

“Cash is an option too! Don’t forget that!”. Help us come up with proper cash gift language to put on our wedding registry website. [more inside]
posted by SeparateAccountForWeddingQuestions on Feb 24, 2014 - 31 answers

Wedding Planner Getting Married in Hawaii on a Budget

I am getting married in Hawaii - that much is certain. It is going to be a small wedding (because of travel requirements). When I say small, I mean probably 10 and 20 would be the absolute most. [more inside]
posted by locussst on Feb 20, 2014 - 12 answers

Looking for an awesome wedding present involving preparation of cheese

My dear friend got married late last year and I'm a little behind on sending him and his new wife a wedding present. I'd like to find them something ~$50, related to cheese (like a cheese smoker or a really cool cutting board—they love cheese and will be opening a small cheese shop soon). I'm having a very hard time finding such a thing. They also like vintage, retro, rockabilly, steampunk and the like. They are in California and I am in England; sending them something from the US would be preferable but if there's something uniquely British here and not too much cost to ship I could manage that too. Any ideas for specific items to purchase would be most welcome, thanks!
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Wedding venues at Scottish castles?

We'd like to have a small, lovely wedding on the grounds or in the gardens of a Scottish castle. The internet leads me down a sweaty, confusing little rabbit hole. [more inside]
posted by letahl on Feb 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Wedding Travel

I need to get to NYC for a wedding rehearsal on Friday. There is going to be an insane snowstorm her tomorrow. Should I try to get an Amtrak for tomorrow morning (cheaper) or try for Friday morning (kind of expensive)? Will snow stop the trains? Should I just try to go tonight (imposing on people)? I already bought a bus ticket for Friday morning a few weeks ago but I'm guessing the roads will not be great between the cities. Is this a wrong assumption?
posted by josher71 on Feb 12, 2014 - 13 answers

GypsyJazzFilter

Looking for suggestions for songs to ask our gypsy-jazz wedding band to play! [more inside]
posted by Miko on Feb 10, 2014 - 13 answers

How to bring connectivity to a remote area for a wedding?

So we're looking at wedding venues in fairly remote spots (in the US) where there's no cell phone or Internet connectivity for at least 5 miles in any direction. We'd like to be accommodating of our guests, so what can we do to bring connectivity to these venues? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Feb 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Spanx my dress!

What undergarments should I wear with my wedding dress? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker on Feb 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Custom printed mailing labels

I've discovered the one thing you cannot buy online: printed mailing labels. Or can you? [more inside]
posted by SeparateAccountForWeddingQuestions on Feb 5, 2014 - 22 answers

I recently got engaged...now what?

I recently got engaged, and am so happy about this! But, I am not the type of girl who always dreamed about what my wedding would be like...basically, I'm more of a casual-type person who is not super into party planning (nor is the hubby-to-be). :) I feel like we need some help in figuring out how to make this wedding happen, but I don't want to get sucked into all the wedding industry stuff...we are not rich, and to the extent we will want to spend money on this, it is probably not on things like ridiculously expensive flower arrangements. So, two questions: [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Feb 4, 2014 - 32 answers

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