Ask the Editor: Should I Attend My Gay Brotherâ€™s Wedding?
My brother is gay and getting married to his long-term boyfriend.Â Iâ€™m religious and donâ€™t approve of his lifestyle, or gay marriage in general.Â We still see each other regularly and I am always polite to his boyfriend, but both... Read More
Ask the Editor: Can You Invite Guests to Just the Reception?
Can people be invited to just the ceremony or reception, but not both?â€”Risa, Austin, TX This question comes up most often for those having a destination wedding.Â While it is problematic to invite many people to your wedding, but much... Read More
The Importance of Budget â€œWiggle Roomâ€
When you set the budget for your wedding, itâ€™s always smart to allow for some â€œwiggle room.â€Â The more you delve into your wedding planning, the more unexpected costs you will find.Â Most likely, you will not only end up... Read More
Considering a Holiday Weekend Wedding?
Although the couple might be thinking that a holiday weekend is a surefire way for guests to be able to attend, often the opposite is true.Â Especially during the summer, holiday plans are often booked far in advance.Â Although people... Read More
How Much Cake Should I Order?
Especially if you are getting married during a peak season, you have realized that you have may have to make decisions and reserve vendors prior to receiving your RSVPs.Â If a cake vendor needs to know how big of a... Read More
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
The Great Debate: Fondant vs. Buttercream
Fondant Pro: In the hands of the right baker, fondant helps to create some of the most epic and aaah-inducing wedding cakes.Â Most â€œsculptedâ€ cakes are frosted mainly with fondant, and even simple fondant-based accents can look incredible. Con: To... Read More
Trying to Decide on an Invitation?
Your invitation is one of the first indications your guests may have about your wedding. Although you don’t have to, it’s fun to make an extra effort when picking out your invite so that it matches the theme of your... Read More
First Meeting with Florist
As with most wedding vendors, choosing the right one can seem overwhelming. Here are a few quick tips: Do your research ahead of time. Whether from their own websites or real weddings, check out examples of their work. When you... Read More
Symbolism of Flowers
Particularly during the Victorian era, symbolism was an important part of the courting process.Â Flowers had significant meanings and when a beau gave one, it was his own sort of hidden message to his sweetheart.Â When you plan your floral... Read More
Choosing Liquor for Your Bar
If you have decided to have an open bar at your wedding, chances are you are trying to decide which liquors for the bar to provide. More than likely, your caterer or bartender has a list of liquors to choose... Read More
Your Floral Checklist
Below is a list of the most standard arrangements, bouquets, and other various floral products you will need for your ceremony and reception. Wedding Party: Bouquets for the bride, maid of honor, and bridesmaids Flower girl petals or flowers &... Read More
Ask the Editor: How do I Pick a Caterer?
We’ve decided that we want a fun buffet of appetizers at our reception, but I am just so overwhelmed by the amount of caterers out there. We’ve been to a few different tastings, and everything has been delicious. How do... Read More
Tips for Cutting the Cake
Cake-cutting, a reception tradition based on symbolizing the new coupleâ€™s commitment to taking care of each other, is often stressful for the bride and groom, but it neednâ€™t be.Â Often couples are nervous about how to actually best cut the... Read More
What is a Fake Cake?
Some brides on a smaller budget opt to have a fake display cake to save money.Â These Styrofoam-based decorations are put out on display (either alongside real cake layers or by themselves), while the cake served to guest is pre-cut... Read More
What is a Cake-Cutting Fee?
Many reception venues charge cake cutting fees, often at an average of about $2 per slice.Â Although that doesnâ€™t sound like much, for larger weddings this can add hundreds of dollars to an already stretched budget.Â Commonly, cake cutting fees... Read More