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Jennifer Lata Rung is the author of multiple bridal books including The Idiot’s Guide to Being a Groom (now in its third edition); The Everything Creative Wedding Ideas Book; The Everything Bridesmaid Book; and The Idiot’s Guide to Being Father of the Bride. Currently she oversees content for Buffalo Brides magazine and the annual Buffalo Brides Wedding Planner.

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Long Distance Shower!

ask jen by Melissa | posted on September 12, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
I'm going to be getting married soon, but quite a few of my bridesmaids are from out of town. Between that and trying to get out of work, they will likely not be able to be at my shower. How do I handle this situation?

Melissa from Youngstown


When Should I Send Invitations?

ask jen by Julie | posted on June 25, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
I'm getting married locally in September and would like to know when I should send out my wedding invitations. Friends and family have given me a broad range from five weeks to three months. Please help!

Julie from Tonawanda


Sister, Sister

ask jen by Stephanie | posted on May 12, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
Our wedding is scheduled for next September and we’ve booked the venue, caterer, DJ and pretty much everything else. My fiancé’s sister just got engaged – and set her wedding date for two weeks before ours! I feel like they’re stealing our thunder, not to mention making it hard…


Eloping Vs. Traditional Wedding

ask jen by Ashley | posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
My fiance wants to elope and get married at a resort far away from home; just the two of us. I've always had my heart set on a traditional wedding and reception with all of my family and friends. I'm very close with my family, but he isn't; I think part of his desire to elope has to do…


Sit Down Meal vs. Food Stations

ask jen by Alex | posted on April 07, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
What's better for a wedding reception; a sit down meal or food stations?

Alex from Tonawanda


Inviting Kids To The Wedding

ask jen by Stephanie | posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
Should family members' children be invited to the wedding?

Stephanie from Grand Island


Who Gets Invited To The Shower?

ask jen by Taylor | posted on March 24, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
Who should we invite to the wedding shower?

Taylor from Amherst


Choosing Bridesmaids

ask jen by Diamond | posted on March 18, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
How do you choose between old and new girlfriends for your bridesmaids without hurting feelings?

Diamond from Buffalo


Making Everyone Happy

ask jen by Jessica | posted on March 10, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
How can I make everyone happy before and during my wedding?

Jessica from Snyder


Something Borrowed, Something Blue…

ask jen by Jessica | posted on March 03, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
During my wedding planning, my mother reminded me that I need to have something old, new, borrowed, and blue. What is the meaning of all of that?

Jessica from Clarence


Picking Out The Reception Menu

ask jen by Elizabeth | posted on February 24, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
I really would like my reception to be as memorable as possible and I know that guests tend to remember the food rather well. Do you have any advice on what food I should select for my menu?

Elizabeth from Alden


Where To Shoot Engagement Photos In WNY

ask jen by Autumn | posted on February 17, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
My fiance and I are looking for locations to have our engagement photos taken. We have discussed a few different places, including Glen Falls Park, Delaware Park and Niagara Falls. We would like to know if there are any other good options for us out there.

Autumn from Buffalo


Bridesmaids Gowns

ask jen by Anna | posted on February 10, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
I'm having some difficulty telling my bridesmaids that they will have to pay for their own gown. Three of them have never been in a wedding before and I don't want them to think that I'm being stingy and rude. How shall I tell them?

Anna from Tonawanda


Wedding Planning Dilemma

ask jen by Mom & Dad of the Bride | posted on February 03, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
Our daughter has planned her wedding weekend inviting her future husband's family. Our daughter has decided that it would be nicer to have the wedding day with her husband's family and then spend the following Saturday evening with her family at a private dinner.

She told us this is…


Looking For An Outdoor Wedding

ask jen by Jane | posted on January 27, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
I really would like to plan an outdoor wedding. Am I crazy?

Jane from South Wales


Flowers For A Winter Wedding

ask jen by Rebecca | posted on January 20, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
As far as flowers and decorations go, I want to have something unique for my winter wedding. What should I do? How do I go about making my selections?

Rebecca from North Tonawanda


Hands Off Planning

ask jen by Taylor | posted on January 10, 2014 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
I'm engaged to be married this fall. My fiance told me early on that he's not that interested in helping to plan the details of the wedding and reception; likely because he'd prefer to elope. He agreed to a small wedding because he knew what it would mean to myself and my family.



Invitation Help

ask jen by Stefanie | posted on December 30, 2013 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
When should invitations be mailed out if the wedding is in mid-July?

Stefanie from Amherst


Memorable On A Budget

ask jen by Amanda | posted on December 16, 2013 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
My wedding won't be royal by any stretch of the imagination. How could I go about having a great wedding, but on a budget?

Amanda from Buffalo


Making Peace

ask jen by R.S. | posted on December 09, 2013 at 5:00am

Dear Jen,
My husband and I are divorced and don't have a good relationship. He is presently living with his new girlfriend. Our daughter is getting married and I'm curious as to how we should handle the parents' dance. Does that even need to happen? Could i dance with some other relative, since…


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