rustic-engagement-couple-outdoors-40306 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

ceremony-pink-dress-petals-umbrella-22501 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

urban-music-wedding-inspiration-board 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

purple-black-wedding-color-board Tips for Cutting the Wedding Cake

Cake-cutting, a reception tradition based on symbolizing the new couple’s commitment to taking care of each other, is often stressful for the bride and groom, but it needn’t be.  Often couples are nervous about how to actually best cut the... Read More

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

couple-sitting-chairs-white-flowers-22501 Fun Family Dance Songs Perfect for Your Day

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... 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 Wedding Planning Checklist & 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