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
Ask the Editor: Should I bring a gift to an engagement party?
I just received an invitation to my friend’s engagement party. Do I need to bring a gift? –Veronica, Anchorage, AK You are not required to bring a gift to an engagement party; however, taking a gift is never wrong... Read More
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
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
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,... Read More
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... Read More
Ask the Editor: Agnostic Guest at a Religious Wedding
My friends are getting married next week, and I am going to the wedding. The only thing is that they are religious and I’m agnostic. I considered not going to the ceremony because I know there will be praying at... Read More