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

05-bride-bridesmaids-black-stairs-purple-flowers-22501 Wedding Advice Day After Brunch

My son is getting married, and his fiancè’s family has already said they have everything under control for the wedding.  I don’t want to be a nuisance, but I would like to plan something fun in addition to the rehearsal... Read More

nyc-times-square-taxi-cab-82995 Hosting a Bridal Shower?

Hosting a bridal shower? Things to remember: It is best if the host isn’t related to the bride. Sometimes the bride’s family’s house may be the best place to hold the shower, and that’s fine. However, the invitations and the... Read More

closeup-white-flowers-tan-dress-22501 Ask the Editor: Bridesmaid Luncheon vs. Bridal Shower

Is a bridesmaid luncheon just another name for a bridal shower?—Olivia, Portland, OR No, it isn’t.  Although if you are having a small bridal shower, the guest lists may be nearly identical, the events serve two different purposes. A bridal... Read More

wedding-details-signage-photo-bunting-escort-cards-22501 Ask the Editor: Engagement Party vs. Bridal Shower

My parents hosted an engagement party that all of our friends attended.  Does this mean that I can’t have a bridal shower since the guest list would look so similar? –Lulu, Nashville, TN An engagement party and bridal shower are... Read More

engagement-couple-tree-purple-shirt-40306 Ask the Editor: Are Favors Necessary?

My fiance is telling me that in addition to paying for a lavish party for our guests, we also need to buy wedding favors to thank them for coming.  Is this really necessary?  Brian, Salt Lake City, UT Many people... Read More

bride-bridesmaids-tan-dress-22501 Ask the Editor: Bridesmaids and Family

My fiance and I both have two siblings.  My two brothers will be groomsmen.  One of his sisters will be a bridesmaid, and the other one I chose not to invite.  I don’t know her that well, and as this... 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

09-bride-groom-bodies-facing-eachother-ceremony-91495 Gift Registry Basics

Gift registries are a tricky balance.  You want to make sure that your gift registry is easy, respectful, and well-organized. Here are a few helpful tips: Register for a wide variety of items. Don’t be afraid to break out of... Read More

bucket-umbrellas-chairs-fans-22501 Charity Registries

Especially for those getting married after they have already set up their own households, gift registries can sometimes feel unnecessary.  For some, a charity may be a great way to go.  A couple of simple rules when opting for charitable... Read More

thank-you-card-parchment-139488 Ask the Editor: Who gets a “Plus One?”

Am I required to let anyone I invite to the wedding bring a date?–Tifanie, Boston, MA In a perfect world, wedding budgets would be limitless and everyone could bring a date.  However, all too often guest lists need trimming.  You... Read More