couple-hug-pink-flowers-field-22501 What is a Fake Cake?

Some brides on a smaller budget opt to have a fake display cake to save money.  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

orange-yellow-cream-wedding-color-board What is a Cake-Cutting Fee?

Many reception venues charge cake cutting fees, often at an average of about $2 per slice.  Although that doesn’t sound like much, for larger weddings this can add hundreds of dollars to an already stretched budget.  Commonly, cake cutting fees... Read More

sweet-favors-wedding-inspiration-board How to Ask if Your Parents can Contribute to Your Wedding

First, how this conversation goes varies greatly on your relationship with your parents.  If, for example, you have always been close with them, and everyone is honest and direct, you really don’t need this question answered for you.  Approach them... Read More

couple-sitting-chairs-white-flowers-22501 Ask the Editor: Family Dance Songs

For the mother/son and father/daughter dances, are the songs supposed to be from the parent’s perspective, or the child’s?  What should the songs be about?—Hayden, Biloxi, MS There are no rules for father/daughter and mother/son songs…well, within reason (for example,... Read More

floating-placecards-white-dark-139488 Dance Order at the Reception

When you start the dancing depends upon what type of reception you are having.  If you are having a more formal affair with a sit-down dinner, you will want to wait until after dinner has concluded.  Otherwise, start the dancing... Read More

groom-parents-aisle-tan-dress-22501 Why Should You Hire a Wedding Planner?

Many couples immediately dismiss the idea of hiring a wedding planner because it sounds expensive.  At the onset, wedding planning sounds simple.  In reality, however, it can be very time-consuming.  Ultimately, you have to decide how much your time is... Read More

bride-bridesmaids-tan-dress-22501 Questions to Ask When You Tour a Venue

Whenever couples visit their ceremony and reception venues, chances are they get caught up in the scenery and imagining all their details coming to life.  So, before you sign off on the grand ballroom with the dramatic ocean view, make... Read More

New-york-Pedi-Cab-newlyweds-82995 Check the Venue’s Fine Print!

You enter the gardens and you know it…this is the place!  Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you read the fine print of any venue contract.  Many venues, particularly those with catering services, will either require you... 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

newlyweds-nyc-hotel-82995 Checklist & Budget Tools

Looking for something that will make wedding planning easier? Try the new mywedding checklist tool, which will allow you to organize all of your tasks in one central location.  For your convenience, our checklist is pre-populated with the most common... Read More

bbq-bash-wedding-inspiration-board Budgeting and Prioritizing

Chances are, no matter what your wedding budget is, you are going to have to make choices.  Having a dream wedding isn’t about having everything you want; it is about valuing what is most important to you, and planning your... Read More

centerpiece-white-flowers-vase-candles-22501 Destination Weddings & At-Home Receptions

When having a destination wedding, it is not always possible for you to invite everyone you want, or likewise, for your guests to attend. Particularly if your destination wedding is a great distance away, it makes sense for you to... Read More

engagement-couple-farm-40306 Sweet Table Themes

A relatively old-fashioned concept, the sweet table has re-emerged as a wedding must-have in recent years.  Some couples choose to have a large sweet table in lieu of a cake, while others have one in addition to the traditional wedding... Read More

lace-romance-wedding-inspiration-board Pre-cut Sheet Cakes

Pre-cut sheet cakes are starting to emerge as an affordable and time-saving alternative to traditional wedding cakes.  Oddly, these sheet cakes are most often used at both ends of the wedding budget spectrum.  For couples having elaborate weddings, with the... Read More

We Do!

There are many personal life situations that traditional wedding planning etiquette does not address. One example of this is how to incorporate children from a previous relationship into the wedding ceremony. The bride, the groom or both may have children... Read More

The Secret Sauce of Great Wedding Photos

Photography by Parris Whittingham – see more at www.pswhittingham.com So good you can taste em’ Brides and grooms often ask me, “How can you ensure my wedding photographs will be as good as the photos on your site?” The simple... Read More