05-bride-bridesmaids-black-stairs-purple-flowers-22501 Ask the Editor: MOG Wants to Host Day After Brunch

My son is getting married, and his fiancée’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 fiancé 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

couple-sitting-chairs-white-flowers-22501 Thank You Notes: DOs and DON’Ts

DO respond within three months of your wedding date or receiving the gift, whichever comes first. DON’T email. Yes, it is easier. Yes, it is cheaper. No, it doesn’t matter.  Nothing replaces the thoughtfulness and grace of a handwritten thank... Read More

06-church-bride-princess-veil-143643 Invitation Etiquette: The Stand-By List

In this economy, many couples are opting for an affordable way to invite as many people as possible to their wedding.  One such way they are doing this is creating a “stand-by” list.  Once they receive their early RSVPs, they... Read More

bride-walking-pink-tule-field-22501 Unexpected Additional RSVPs

If someone RSVPs with an unexpected additional guest, it is your choice as to how to proceed.  Generally, it’s best to set some guidelines when making your guest list and to stick to them as much as possible.  The more... Read More

centerpiece-pink-green-flowers-bird-22501 Rehearsal Dinner Guest List

Traditionally, the guest list for the rehearsal dinner includes everyone that was at the actual wedding rehearsal (all wedding party members), spouses of anyone participating in the wedding party, the immediate family of both the bride and the groom, and... Read More