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
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
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
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... Read More
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
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