As receptions and traditions become less formal, gone are the days where there has to be an elaborate departure for the bride and groom. Often, the couple is partying alongside their friends and family until the wee hours of the... Read More
Ask the Editor: How Do I Cut the Guest List?
My fiancée and I would love to have a large wedding, but our budget is limited. If we cut the guest list, who do we cut? Zach, Madison, WI First, if you are trying to have a more lavish affair,... Read More
Deciding to Invite Children
The debate over whether or not to invite children can be a difficult one, especially if a large number of your potential guests have children. Many factors can play into your decision, such as the level of formality at your... Read More
Small or Large Wedding?
Choose a small wedding if: You have a very small budget and can only afford a very basic ceremony and reception. You only have a small group of friends and family. In the Facebook age, we seem to think that... Read More
Ask the Editor: Should I Attend My Gay Brother’s Wedding?
My brother is gay and getting married to his long-term boyfriend. I’m religious and don’t approve of his lifestyle, or gay marriage in general. 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? Risa, Austin, TX This question comes up most often for those having a destination wedding. While it is problematic to invite many people to your wedding, but... Read More
The Importance of Budget “Wiggle Room”
When you set the budget for your wedding, it’s always smart to allow for some “wiggle room”. The more you delve into your wedding planning, the more unexpected costs you will find. 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. Especially during the summer, holiday plans are often booked far in advance. 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. 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.Most “sculpted” cakes are frosted mainly with fondant, and even simple fondant-based accents can look incredible. Con: To some... 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. Flowers had significant meanings and when a beau gave one, it was his own sort of hidden message to his sweetheart. When you plan your floral... Read More
Choosing Liquor for Your Reception 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