Wedding Advice: The Garter Brides

The Garter Brides (Ann Blumenthal Jacobs, Patricia Ryan Lampl and Tish Rabe) are the authors of the soon-to-be available book Love for Grown-ups: How to Marry for Life When You've Already Got a Life, a guide to finding love and happiness after the age of 35 (available here, here, and here) - a one-stop shopping guide for the mature woman who wants to meet, has met, or is building a relationship with a mature man.

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Image Courtesy of: Barnes & Noble

The Garter Brides started when Ann and Pat wore the same garter at their weddings, then shared it with other brides who were 35 and up all over the country and even Italy! Tish became a Garter Bride when she married for the first time at 36 to a man she met in high school.

Today, The Garter Brides are here to answer your wedding/marriage questions LIVE IN PERSON! Well, no. But they did send me a video of them answering the questions that y'all sent in – and did a KILLER job. Check it:


Thank you, Garter Brides! I loved your advice (and those were some killer questions, tulle Nation. Click here, here, or here to buy Ann, Pat and Tish's book, Like their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter!

In other news, this is random but I thought y'all would enjoy it. Remember when The Boy and I got married in Alaska? Well, we got a certified marriage license before we left for Texas. But while we were at the Bureau of Vital Statistics (sexxxiest name evah), I totally fell in love with a fancy-schmancy one that they had hanging on the wall. Basically, the State of Alaska makes a little extra money on the side (they're version of hookin'?) by selling commemorative marriage licenses and birth certificates. And I adored this one (excuse the paper pieces – they're my quickie DIY version of a privacy bar!):

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I love it! It reminds me of all the gorgeous Native art and carvings that are everywhere up there. It was a bit pricey for a piece of paper but since the entire wedding was so unexpected and unplanned – I wanted something lovely and splurge-y to display in my home. Silly but true…

So Tulle Nation, what did you think of The Garter Brides? Did you think that they're advice rang true? Or would you have suggested something different? And what about that loverly marriage cartificate? Start talkin'!