William Gives Advice on Favors, Gifts and Seating Etiquette
What is the most popular wedding favor going on right now? Something easy to make/put together. Jessica Elizabeth Raybuck Dear Miss Raybuck, A handmade wedding favor is always the best as it presents an even more sentimental value to your... Read More
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
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
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
Ask the Editor: How Do I Cut the Guest List?
My fiancée and I would love to have a large wedding, but our budget is limited. If we cut the guest list, who do we cut? Zach, Madison, WI First, if you are trying to have a more lavish affair,... Read More
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
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
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
Ask the Editor: Should I Attend My Gay Brother’s Wedding?
My brother is gay and getting married to his long-term boyfriend. I’m religious and don’t approve of his lifestyle, or gay marriage in general. We still see each other regularly and I am always polite to his boyfriend, but both... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
William Fogler Talks Seating Arrangements with Divorced Parents
How to handle seating arrangements at the reception and ceremony when your parents are divorced? Our expert wedding planner offers tips for keeping everyone... Read More