William Talks Budgets and Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses

I am trying to plan a wedding in San Diego myself…..the bride…..for about 60-75 people on about $3,500.00….any reception tips or resources? Christina Sarff from Facebook Dear Ms. Sarff, This may sound like a small budget for a wedding but... Read More

couple-sitting-chairs-white-flowers-22501 Cancelled Engagement: The Announcement

If the wedding invitations or save-the-dates have already been sent, you do need to send an announcement as soon as possible. You can do this either by mail or by phone, whichever you prefer. Be brief and to the point.... Read More

centerpiece-pink-green-flowers-bird-22501 Cancelled Engagement: The Ring

First, if the bride was who ended the engagement, she absolutely needs to return the ring. This also applies if the ring is an heirloom or stone from the groom’s family. However, the waters grow murkier if the groom broke... Read More

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... 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