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

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.... 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

26-couple-cut-cake-white-purple-pink-flowers-22501 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

engagement-couple-kissing-apple-81469 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

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