reception-table-red-white-candles-139488 How to Make Your Seating Chart

Making a seating chart?  Whether you have a formal seated dinner or a buffet, some couples find it easiest for everyone to assign seating. Just remember, that if you choose to do this, you need to take care because, by... Read More

04-groom-friend-tying-bowtie-22501 Ask the Editor: Conflicting dates?

My fiancé and I are planning our wedding, and just found out that one of our friends picked a wedding date three weeks from ours. We share a lot of mutual friends. We were engaged first and have been planning... Read More

centerpiece-pink-green-flowers-bird-22501 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

06-groom-groomsmen-pink-boutonniere-tuxedos-22501 Wedding Size and Family

Disagreements over the size of the wedding? Ultimately, the choice lies with the bride and groom, within the constraints of the budget. Now, that isn’t to say that the couple ought to veto whomever they want from the wedding when... Read More

wedding-details-signage-photo-bunting-escort-cards-22501 Engagement Parties: Who hosts and who attends?

Who is invited: First and foremost, much like bridal showers or bachelor parties, don’t invite anyone you don’t intend on inviting to the wedding (the exception being if you are having a small destination wedding, with a reception at home,... Read More

centerpiece-pink-green-flowers-bird-22501 Gay Wedding Guest List

As more states continue to legalize gay marriage, an issue for many gay couples is whether or not to invite friends and family who don’t approve of their “lifestyle”. The etiquette surrounding gay marriage is new, but some things are... Read More

vintage-engagement-couple-apple-farm-81469 Design Your Wedding Around Who You Are

Knowing who you are as a couple is critical to planning a wedding that is reflective of who you are. The best weddings are not the ones that come with the heftiest price tags or most lavish receptions. A wedding... Read More

ivory-maroon-wedding-color-board Friends Left Out of Your Wedding Party?

Unfortunately, it is hard to avoid hurt feelings at any wedding. Inevitably, any event with that much emotion and protocol surrounding it is going to offend someone at some point. Which is not to say that you should shrug that... Read More

engagement-couple-kissing-apple-81469 Wedding Co-Ed Party Ideas

Afternoon tea not your friend’s style?  For some women, a co-ed couple shower makes more sense than a traditional bridal shower. Of course, if you have a co-ed shower the event has to be as non-traditional as the guest list.... Read More

closeup-white-flowers-tan-dress-22501 Bachelorette Party Basics

Who to invite: Generally, the bridesmaids and close female friends of the bride. If including junior bridesmaids, the activities should be age appropriate. Do not invite anyone to the bachelorette party that is not invited to the wedding. Where to... Read More

carnival-wedding-inspiration-board Ask the Editor: Best Woman? Male Bridesmaid?

One of my fiancé’s best friends is one of his female cousins. I’m fine with her being in the bridal party, but I know it would be more meaningful if she stood on the groom’s side. I’ve heard it’s been done... Read More

groom-bowtie-white-flower-22501 Cancelled Engagement: Graceful Answers

So, the wedding is cancelled and the engagement is off. All the bills have been split and details settled. And now, you have to face curious acquaintances chomping at the bit to get the juicy details. Of course, it is... Read More

couple-sitting-chairs-white-flowers-22501 Cancelled Engagement: First Steps

Immediately tell your family and everyone involved in the wedding that the engagement is off. Likely, most costs your family and wedding party members have associated with the wedding can be recouped, to some degree, given enough notice. Although this... Read More

Groom’s Etiquette Expert on Groom Showers

Photography by Ashley Brokop Question: The bride usually has several showers that include an all-female guest list, so why isn’t there an all-guy bridal, er, “groomal” shower? Groom’s Etiquette Expert, Chris Easter’s Answer: Believe it or not, groom showers (also... Read More

Double Happiness!

When Caroline called her best friend, Denise to invite her to be maid of honor at her wedding, she had no idea Denise would have a request of her own. Her boyfriend had just “popped the question” that day and... Read More