Picks and Pans Review: Wed-Time Stories
Pregnant bridesmaids? Color-scheme crises? Future mother-in-law conflicts? Don't fret: A number of Web sites and wedding news groups (alt.wedding and soc.couples.wedding, which also have Web sites) can help you choose diamonds, resolve family squabbles or just vent your jitters. Take Kathleen Dyson of Los Angeles, who was planning her second wedding. "I wanted to wear a white, frou frou dress, and I knew that's not cool," Dyson says. "But I got a lot of support online from others who wanted the same thing." In these female-dominated news groups—a Net rarity—the male perspective is not always welcome (one hapless hubby was chastised for complaining about the radical new hairdo his bride sported on W-day). Dozens of personal Web pages, in which couples replay the sights (photos and videos), sounds (clips of ceremony music) and culinary sensations (menus) of their weddings, also have popped up. Fun, but there's no getting out of the thank-you notes.
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