Choosing someone to read something at your wedding should not be delegated to anyone who simply didnâ€™t make the wedding party â€œcut.â€Â Make sure to choose someone is naturally extroverted, good in front of large groups of people, quickly adaptable,... Read More
Ask the Editor: Bridesmaids and Family
My fiancÃ© and I both have two siblings.Â My two brothers will be groomsmen.Â One of his sisters will be a bridesmaid, and the other one I chose not to invite.Â I don’t know her that well, and as this... Read More
How to Ask if She Wants to be a Bridesmaid
Participating in a wedding is both a large financial and time commitment. Between travel, gifts, parties, and of course, the dress, it isn’t unusual for a bridesmaid to spend hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars. So, make sure that when... Read More
Something Old, Something New
The Victorian tradition linked to the phrase â€œsomething old, something new, something borrowed, something blueâ€ is undoubtedly the most popular wedding superstition in the U.S.Â Whether you are a bride looking for your own items, or a bridesmaid preparing them... Read More
Friends Left Out of Your Wedding Party?
Unfortunately, it is hard to avoid hurt feelings at any wedding.Â Inevitably, any event with that much emotion and protocol surrounding it is going to offend someone at some point.Â Which is not to say that you should shrug that... Read More
Unique Bridal Shower Ideas
Looking for a unique bridal shower?Â Try having one that features a specific theme.Â Themed showers have several advantages.Â First, if the couple already has all the basic household and lifestyle items they will need to start their new life... Read More
Can a bachelor or bachelorette party be too celebratory? Yes, if it affects the necessary activities of the next day.Â A couple things to remember: Do not, under any circumstances, schedule these parties on the night before the wedding. Ever.... Read More
Co-Ed Party Ideas
Afternoon tea not your friendâ€™s style?Â For some women, a co-ed couple shower makes more sense than a traditional bridal shower.Â Of course, if you have a co-ed shower the event has to be as non-traditional as the guest list.Â ... Read More
Bachelorette Party Basics
Who to invite: Generally, the bridesmaids and close female friends of the bride.Â If including junior bridesmaids, the activities should be age appropriate.Â Do not invite anyone to the bachelorette party that is not invited to the wedding. Where to... Read More
Ask the Editor: Best Woman? Male Bridesmaid?
One of my fiancÃ©â€™s best friends is one of his female cousins.Â Iâ€™m fine with her being in the bridal party, but I know it would be more meaningful if she stood on the groomâ€™s side.Â Iâ€™ve heard itâ€™s been... Read More
Party Like You’re Getting Married Tomorrow!
Photography by Cameron Ingalls – see more at www.cameroningalls.com Before I get to the fun and original rehearsal dinner themes, I think it’s important to point out that while traditionally the rehearsal dinner is hosted by the Groom’s family, it... Read More
Be Prepared, Be Very Prepared
Jessica Strickland – see more at www.jessicastrickland.com You’ve chosen your photographer decided on the menu and completed your seating chart in a way that will keep your future mother-in-law’s cougarlicious divorced gal pals as far away from the young single... Read More
Let the Good Times Roll…and Roll, and Roll: A Guide to Extended Wedding Celebrations
Photography by Cameron Ingalls – see more at www.cameroningalls.com After the knot is tied, when the toasts are over and the dust has settled back on the dance floor, many newlyweds feel like they blinked and missed the party. Their... Read More
Drink Before You Speak! And Other Unwritten Laws of Wedding Toasts!
Photography by The Wiebners – Joel and Rita Wiebner – see more at www.thewiebners.com Some people are lucky enough to be able to speak candidly in front of a group, with grace and wit and impeccable timing. I hate them.... Read More
Ask the Editor: How do I Host a Bridal Shower?
I am throwing my friend a bridal shower, but I havenâ€™t ever attended one. What do I serve and who do I invite? - Karissa, Los Angeles, CA There are very few definite rules when it comes to bridal showers.... Read More
Bachelorette Parties In Your Own Backyard
The Bachelorette Party, otherwise known as a “Hen’s Night” or “Stagette” or “Kitchen Tea” (this one comes from South Africa, where apparently the brides-to-be are demure and refined), is an evolving tradition during which the bride gets together with various... Read More