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Family Issues and Weddings

No matter how hard you try to convince yourself that your wedding day is just about you and your fiance, in reality a wedding is the celebration of two families becoming one. And like most family affairs, a wedding can come with a lot of drama and questions that you need answers to -- fast. Before you start to panic, though, remember that you are not alone. Thousands of brides have dealt with the same issues, and they have all turned to The Knot for help. On this page, you will find answers to some of the most common -- and difficult -- family issues you will encounter as you plan your wedding. We will help you deal with wedding attire problems like, "Do our moms have to match at the wedding?" and what to do if your mom wants to wear white. We can help you deal with controlling mothers-in-law and difficult stepparents as well as how to include your new family members in all the festivities. We even have suggestions for how to keep the peace if your family members do not get along. Don't see your wedding question listed below? Submit it to Carley! You just might see your question and answer show up on our site.

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My mother has taken over our guest list. It wouldn't be that big of a deal (she's footing the bill, after all), except that the chapel we've chosen for the ceremony isn't exactly enormous -- it holds about 200. Is there any polite way we can rein in her list?

It's always tough when parents are paying for the wedding. Of course they should have a say in how their money is spent, but what happens if they get out of control? At least you have a bargaining chip... read more

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