The competitive world of Covid brides

2 May 2020 9:00 am

The competitive world of Covid brides

Dear Mary: How can I foil a notorious place-swapper at my daughter’s wedding?

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Q. I am arranging the seating plan for my daughter’s wedding and have a problem with one of her guests…

Cressida Bonas: Everyone seems to have very strong opinions about my wedding

18 January 2020 9:00 am

White House Farm began last week on ITV; a six-part factual drama about the notorious murders. I play Sheila Caffell,…

Dear Mary: How do I stop my husband eating everything in the fridge?

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Q. A friend of a friend has an apartment in Venice. I would like to commiserate with her about the…

It would be a big mistake to underestimate Corbyn

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Thud. It’s my advance copy of Dorothy Byrne’s new book, Trust Me, I’m Not a Politician, landing on the doormat.…

Dear Mary: Is it OK for a couple to ask us to contribute to their savings as a wedding gift?

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Q. Every three months or so my PA blossoms into a great beauty for a couple of weeks, then has…

Mary solves your problems: A family friend stays over all the time – but never actually asks us out

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Q. We have a family friend we don’t see nearly as much as we’d like. This is because he’s so…

Dear Mary

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Q. Our best friends own a house in Morocco which sleeps about ten. They rent it out but go two…

It’s got to be perfect

22 July 2017 9:00 am

When I order a cup of tea in Costa, the barista says: ‘Perfect!’ I ask for tap water in a…

Dear Mary: What can you do when your new neighbours stiff you on a restaurant bill?

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Q. We moved recently and new neighbours invited us to join them for dinner at a nearby restaurant. I planned…

Your guide to the coming moth invasion

2 April 2016 9:00 am

After this mild winter, you can expect a clothes-ruining epidemic. They’ve already got my best suit

Dear Mary: Must I have name badges for guests at my wedding?

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Q. My husband-to-be and I both work full time. We are getting married from his family HQ and his kind…

Dear Mary: Another way to deal with a maddening blackhead

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Q. Might I suggest an alternative solution to E.B. of London’s problem (3 October) about the person sporting a ‘maddening’…

Prue Leith’s diary: When did weddings stop being for parents?

8 August 2015 9:00 am

My Cambodian daughter and her husband have just got married again. Wedding One was a Buddhist affair in our drawing…

Dear Mary

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Q. When sending wedding invitations, does one put the full titles on the card, or can one just put, for…

Spectator letters: Why we should subsidise weddings

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Let’s subsidise weddings Sir: Fraser Nelson (‘Marrying money’, 15 November) points out that marriages tend to last longer than cohabitations and…

I’m off the booze. My daughter insists that I walk her down the aisle – not vice versa

3 May 2014 9:00 am

The vicissitudes of getting old are linked to the mystical innocence of childhood as one daydreams the precious time away.…

My 50 weddings

21 September 2013 9:00 am

The lessons of a perpetual guest

Dear Mary: How will I know if he really loves me?

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Q. To ask for money in lieu of a wedding present (Dear Mary, 3 August) is ghastly, but an established…

Gay civil partners should resist pressure to 'upgrade' to marriage

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Apparently I’ve proposed to my civil partner. He claims that on BBC Radio 2, on the Jeremy Vine show (he…