sweet-favors-wedding-inspiration-board How to Ask if Your Parents can Contribute to Your Wedding

First, how this conversation goes varies greatly on your relationship with your parents.  If, for example, you have always been close with them, and everyone is honest and direct, you really don’t need this question answered for you.  Approach them... Read More

engagement-couple-walking-apple-orchard-81469 Prepare Your Guests

Whether you are having a religious service and inviting non-religious guests, or having a goth-inspired ceremony and inviting your conservative parents, you need to prepare those at your wedding for the unexpected. Use your program to explain any unfamiliar ceremony... Read More

signage-wedding-inspiration-board Cell Phone Reminder at Your Ceremony

Remember to ask your wedding guests to turn off their cell phones.  Few people can say that they’ve never had an awkward moment where it slipped their mind to turn off their ringer and it caused an embarrassment.  People are... Read More

reception-table-red-white-candles-139488 What Should be in the Ceremony Program?

What needs to be in the ceremony program? Include information about the service that some guests may not be familiar with.  For example, some religious ceremonies attended by non-religious guests may make your guests feel uncomfortable if they feel unprepared... Read More

reception-details-photos-display-family-22501 What is a Pew Card?

Pew cards are an optional enclosure in a wedding invitation that let a select group of family members and friends know that they are to be seated in a special section.  If you want a guest to have a specific... Read More

Ask the Editor: How Much Music? Ask the Editor: How Much Music?

How much ceremony music is appropriate?  There are several songs that I would like to incorporate, and I am having a difficult time narrowing them down. –Nina, Ft. Lewis, WA Although the wedding ceremony will go be very fast for... Read More

Ask the Editor: Processional Music Ask the Editor: Processional Music

I really hate the traditional “Here Comes the Bride” and would prefer to play something else.  Is that allowed?—Elise, Montgomery, AL You can play anything you want.  If you are concerned about people knowing it is time to stand for... Read More

groom-parents-aisle-tan-dress-22501 Why Should You Hire a Wedding Planner?

Many couples immediately dismiss the idea of hiring a wedding planner because it sounds expensive.  At the onset, wedding planning sounds simple.  In reality, however, it can be very time-consuming.  Ultimately, you have to decide how much your time is... Read More

bride-bridesmaids-tan-dress-22501 Questions to Ask When You Tour a Venue

Whenever couples visit their ceremony and reception venues, chances are they get caught up in the scenery and imagining all their details coming to life.  So, before you sign off on the grand ballroom with the dramatic ocean view, make... Read More

New-york-Pedi-Cab-newlyweds-82995 Check the Venue’s Fine Print!

You enter the gardens and you know it…this is the place!  Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you read the fine print of any venue contract.  Many venues, particularly those with catering services, will either require you... Read More

signage-wedding-inspiration-board Guest Etiquette Basics

When you receive your invite, check your calendar, and if necessary, inquire with your work about time off, check into travel arrangements, etc. You should RSVP with immediacy. Do not let it sit in a pile with your other mail.... Read More

newlyweds-nyc-hotel-82995 Checklist & Budget Tools

Looking for something that will make wedding planning easier? Try the new mywedding checklist tool, which will allow you to organize all of your tasks in one central location.  For your convenience, our checklist is pre-populated with the most common... Read More

bbq-bash-wedding-inspiration-board Budgeting and Prioritizing

Chances are, no matter what your wedding budget is, you are going to have to make choices.  Having a dream wedding isn’t about having everything you want; it is about valuing what is most important to you, and planning your... Read More

vintage-engagement-couple-apple-farm-81469 How to Pick Your Ushers

Often a couple will pick men to serve as ushers  who “didn’t make the cut” to be groomsmen, or they simply ask some of their groomsmen to serve double-duty.  An usher plays a critical role is helping to set the... Read More

How to Handle Wedding Bloopers

Over the years, I’ve seen many wedding bloopers and mishaps. Some have been little disasters, some amusing additions that become fond memories. In my experience the most common bloopers are due to the inclusion of young children in the wedding... Read More

11-ruffle-dress-shoes-bried-groom-107415 Want to Get Married Outdoors? No Sweat!

  There are lots of reasons to be married outdoors, and you don’t have to be limited to the hot summer months! With contingency plans, you can tie the knot in the great outdoors during any time of year (yes,... Read More