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
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
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
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
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
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.... Read More
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
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
Ask the Editor: Thank You Notes for Exchanged Gifts
I received several duplicate items from my registry, which I returned to purchase other items on my list. As I am writing my thank you cards, do I thank guests for the item they sent me, or the item I... Read More
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
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
Bridal Shower Invite Info
What should be included on the invitation: The name of the person hosting the shower The time, date, and location RSVP info, including the date you wish to receive RSVPs by Any theme information if it will require something unique... Read More
Wedding Bridal Shower Guest List
You can invite as many people as you want provided that they are invited to the wedding and the guest list size has been determined by the hostess. The hostess may ask for the bride’s input on what guests she... Read More
How Many Bridal Showers?
With the exception of any special types of bridal showers like those hosted by co-workers, or those conducted out-of-town, you really should try to limit it to one gathering. Hosting showers can be expensive and time-consuming, so it is best... Read More
Ask the Editor: How do I Host a Bridal Shower?
I am throwing my friend a bridal shower, but I haven’t ever attended one. What do I serve and who do I invite? – Karissa, Los Angeles, CA There are very few definite rules when it comes to bridal showers.... Read More
Best Men: Tips for the Toast
Photography by Linczak Photography The bachelor party is over and now it is time to write the dreaded toast. You knew this was coming. As best man, the trade-off for the awesome party last night (and getting your pick of... Read More