centerpiece-white-flowers-vase-candles-22501 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

bbq-bash-wedding-inspiration-board 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

13-black-white-couple-walking-aisle-22501 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

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

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... 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

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