04-groom-friend-tying-bowtie-22501 Ask the Editor: Conflicting dates?

My fiancé and I are planning our wedding, and just found out that one of our friends picked a wedding date three weeks from ours.  We share a lot of mutual friends.  We were engaged first and have been planning... Read More

couple-sitting-chairs-white-flowers-22501 Ask the Editor: How Do We Pick a Date?

My fiancé and I can’t seem to pick a date. We don’t really care when we get married and have no preference over a certain season or day. What are some other factors we should consider? – Matthew, Thousand Oaks,... Read More

orange-cushion-pink-embellished-shoes-22501 When to Send Save-the-Dates

Send out save-the-dates as soon as you like, but remember these things: Your wedding date MUST already be set, with necessary venues and vendors reserved. Destination weddings, and those involving travel for a large portion of guests, need as much... Read More

groom-parents-aisle-tan-dress-22501 Ask the Editor: Child Not Invited to Wedding

I just got the invitation to my friend’s wedding, and both my husband and I are on the invitation, but there is no mention of my daughter.  She is very well-behaved and will be hurt to not be invited.  Should... Read More

signage-wedding-inspiration-board Ask the Editor: When Should I Register?

When should I set up my wedding registries? Our engagement party is next month.  Is that too soon?—Chelsea, Jackson, MS You can register whenever you wish, but just so you know, guests aren’t required to bring a gift to an... Read More

centerpiece-pink-green-flowers-bird-22501 Deciding on a Guest List

The bride and groom should sit down and form a list, organized by priority. The first priority guests, or non-negotiable invitations, are people such as immediate family and very close friends.  Second-priority guests are extended family, and friends. Third-priority would... Read More

centerpiece-white-flowers-vase-candles-22501 Ask the Editor: Engagement Announcement

My fiancée was married before.   Is it still fine to put an announcement in the newspaper, or is that in bad taste?—Jon, New York City, NY You can absolutely still have a newspaper announcement, provided the following is true: Your... Read More

bbq-bash-wedding-inspiration-board Ask the Editor: Should I send engagement announcements?

I know that you can only send save-the-dates to people who are invited to the wedding, but what about printed engagement announcements? –Stacy, Orlando, FL Traditionally, printed engagement announcements aren’t something you should send.  You should announce your engagement through... Read More

13-black-white-couple-walking-aisle-22501 Order of Rehearsal Dinner Toasts

The host of the dinner, traditionally the groom’s father, starts the toasts during dinner.  Some gatherings have only a few toasts, others can carry on for quite awhile, so best to start this during the meal.  After the host, the... Read More

groom-bowtie-white-flower-22501 Just Say “No” to Cash Bars

You may be tempted to have a cash bar for a variety of reasons, from cutting costs on your already swollen wedding budget to wanting to avoid having your guests overindulge before having to travel home from your wedding.  And... Read More

24-bride-groom-first-dance-reception-tent-22501 Ask the Editor: Wedding Invite vs. Announcement?

What is the difference between a wedding announcement and a wedding invitation?— Amelia, Montpelier, VT A wedding invitation is what you send to invite potential guests to your wedding.  A printed wedding announcement is intended to only announce the event... Read More

appetizers-cocktail-wedding-inspiration-board Ask the Editor: When should I send my invitations?

I am getting married in July, and I know that there are several other weddings this summer that my friends may be attending.  I want to give people plenty of notice, so when should I mail my invitations?—Parker, Boise, ID... Read More

ceremony-pink-dress-petals-umbrella-22501 Ask the Editor: What Should I Call My In-Laws?

My fiancé and I dated for several years before getting engaged, and both know each other’s families well.  I have always called his parents by their first name.  When do I start calling them Mom and Dad?—Katy, Waterbury, CT No... Read More