couple-hug-pink-flowers-field-22501 What is a Fake Cake?

Some brides on a smaller budget opt to have a fake display cake to save money.  These Styrofoam-based decorations are put out on display (either alongside real cake layers or by themselves), while the cake served to guest is pre-cut... Read More

closeup-white-flowers-tan-dress-22501 Ask the Editor: Bridesmaid Luncheon vs. Bridal Shower

Is a bridesmaid luncheon just another name for a bridal shower?—Olivia, Portland, OR No, it isn’t.  Although if you are having a small bridal shower, the guest lists may be nearly identical, the events serve two different purposes. A bridal... Read More

01-dress-buttons-lace-hankerchief-22501 Remember to Return Rented Attire

Before the wedding, pick a groomsmen or family member to return any rented attire, and make sure that all of the groomsmen know how to package their attire back up and who to give it to.  If you have a... Read More

orange-yellow-cream-wedding-color-board What is a Cake-Cutting Fee?

Many reception venues charge cake cutting fees, often at an average of about $2 per slice.  Although that doesn’t sound like much, for larger weddings this can add hundreds of dollars to an already stretched budget.  Commonly, cake cutting fees... Read More

orange-cushion-white-flowers-22501 Best Man and Groomsmen Responsibilities

Groomsmen Responsibilities: Attend wedding-related functions, such as the engagement party, bachelor party, and rehearsal dinner. Purchase a gift for the couple (this can be a joint gift from all of the groomsmen, if you all wish to do that) Helping,... Read More

engagement-couple-walking-apple-orchard-81469 Groom as Family Spokesperson

One of the main duties a groom must do is communicate well with his family.  Direct communication between all parties is best, but sometimes there are misunderstanding or delicate issues, and it is critical that the groom take charge in... Read More

New-york-Pedi-Cab-newlyweds-82995 Cancelled Engagement: Returning the Gifts

You must return all wedding gifts (including any given for wedding-related events, such as showers or engagement parties). Include a short note announcing that the engagement has been called off, but still make sure to thank them for the thoughtfulness... Read More

rustic-engagement-couple-outdoors-40306 Planning a Bachelor Party?

Planning a bachelor party? Important things to remember: Don’t force the groom to do anything that he doesn’t want to do, or that his fiancé has requested that he avoid. If she has asked that there be no trips to... Read More

wedding-details-signage-photo-bunting-escort-cards-22501 Engagement Parties: Who hosts and who attends?

Who is invited: First and foremost, much like bridal showers or bachelor parties, don’t invite anyone you don’t intend on inviting to the wedding (the exception being if you are having a small destination wedding, with a reception at home,... Read More

wedding-details-signage-photo-bunting-escort-cards-22501 Ask the Editor: Engagement Party vs. Bridal Shower

My parents hosted an engagement party that all of our friends attended.  Does this mean that I can’t have a bridal shower since the guest list would look so similar? –Lulu, Nashville, TN An engagement party and bridal shower are... Read More

centerpiece-white-flowers-vase-candles-22501 Honeymoon Planning for the Groom

The tradition of the groom planning the honeymoon is not as common as it once was, but is still a lovely idea, particularly if the groom is not heavily involved in planning the wedding with his fiancée.  Wedding details can... Read More

aisle-multicolor-flowers-white-chairs-22501 Ask the Editor: Honeymoon Registries

My fiancé and I are both in our mid-thirties. Between the two of us, we have everything we need for our home, but would love to take a long honeymoon. I saw an online honeymoon registry and was intrigued.  Are... Read More

couple-sitting-chairs-white-flowers-22501 What to Wear to Your Engagement Session

Be yourself. Select clothes and makeup that look like you. Don’t wear red lipstick if you normally never use anything but lip balm. You want your friends and family to both recognize you and think that you look fantastically in... Read More

orand-black-wedding-color-board Like Your Photographer

While you are meeting with photographers and looking at their portfolios, don’t forget to engage them in conversation.  Your photographer will be the wedding vendor that you have the most amount of contact with.  If you can’t stand the photographer,... Read More