Thanks, but, no Thanks – I Don’t Want that Wedding Gift!

January 27, 2011
Thumbnail image for Thanks, but, no Thanks – I Don’t Want that Wedding Gift!

By the time your actual wedding rolls around, you may have not been able to wait and have already gone out and bought some items from your registry.  Or, maybe you received a particular gift at your bridal shower and the same exact thing at your wedding.  And there is always a least one relative […]

Read More →

Wedding Cash Bar Etiquette

January 27, 2011
Thumbnail image for Wedding Cash Bar Etiquette

As much as all of your guests would love it, sometimes, it just is not possible to fit an open bar at your reception into your wedding budget.  When that happens, and you are going to be asking your guests to pay for their own drinks, that is what is known as a cash bar. […]

Read More →

Vow Renewal Etiquette

January 27, 2011
Thumbnail image for Vow Renewal Etiquette

You survived the wedding planning and all of the stressing over details for a moment that was over in a flash.  Why would you want to go through all of that again?  After planning my wedding, I had new found respect for those who flew off to Vegas for a quickie wedding! People choose to […]

Read More →

Hats off at a Wedding?

January 27, 2011
Thumbnail image for Hats off at a Wedding?

Hats are a great way to show off a trendy sense of style, illustrate a flamboyant personality, shield your head from the sun and, back in the day, were an acceptable (actually, required) part of day to day society.  But what about today?  And what about weddings?  Should you wear a hat to a wedding?  […]

Read More →

Here Comes the Bride & Her Big Baby Bump

January 13, 2011
Thumbnail image for Here Comes the Bride & Her Big Baby Bump

As the old song goes, “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage”, but, that does not always happen in real life. Below are some tips to remember in relation to etiquette and the pregnant bride. * First and foremost, just because someone is pregnant is not a reason […]

Read More →

First Dance Etiquette

January 13, 2011
Thumbnail image for First Dance Etiquette

The first dance at a wedding represents just that: the newly married couple’s first dance – shocker!   Although boring to some guests at a wedding, who might be lulled off to sleep by the slow music combined with the open bar, it is tradition and something that cannot be skipped. The first dance is a […]

Read More →

Multiple Wedding Showers = Multiple Gifts?

January 13, 2011
Thumbnail image for Multiple Wedding Showers = Multiple Gifts?

I am getting married later this year.  As I am not originally from where I live now, I will be having one bridal shower where I reside currently (for my friends)  and another for my friends and family back home the next time I am in town.  As it becomes more common for people to […]

Read More →

Money Only Grows on Trees at Weddings

January 13, 2011
Thumbnail image for Money Only Grows on Trees at Weddings

It is very important that you be aware that by having a money tree at your reception, you are breaching one of the fundamental basics of proper wedding etiquette: never, ever ask for or expect gifts, including money.   Keep in mind that while the money tree might be perfectly acceptable in some cultures, it is […]

Read More →

Wedding Etiquette on Inviting their Better Half

January 13, 2011
Thumbnail image for Wedding Etiquette on Inviting their Better Half

You may not consider all of the boyfriends and girlfriends of your friends and family to be their better half.  Perhaps your best friend has just started dating someone and you don’t even know that person.  What is proper etiquette when it comes to inviting your friends’ partners?  Is it acceptable to invite half of […]

Read More →

Etiquette for Wedding Toasts

January 13, 2011
Thumbnail image for Etiquette for Wedding Toasts

Some of the most heartfelt and tear-jerking sentiments are shared during the wedding toast.  More often than not, though, some of the most embarrassing moments happen because of the wedding toast.  These top ten tips on wedding toasting will help keep you in the former category. Be prepared. Don’t think you can just get up […]

Read More →

How to Choose a Ring Bearer

January 13, 2011
Thumbnail image for How to Choose a Ring Bearer

Sometimes, choosing a ring bearer for your wedding is easy.  You only have one cute nephew?  Done.  Other times, it is a bit of a challenge as you try not to appear to pick a “favorite” amongst nephews, younger brothers, your friends’ kids, your cousins’ kids and the list goes on and on.  No matter […]

Read More →

Customized Stamps – A Do or a Don’t on your Wedding Envelopes?

January 13, 2011
Thumbnail image for Customized Stamps – A Do or a Don’t on your Wedding Envelopes?

These days, you can customize everything at your wedding.  Your aisle runner can bear your wedding date.  The DJ can shine a swirling light with your initials on the dance floor.  Your toasting glasses can be engraved with your names.  Is there no limit to it all?  When does customization go over board? There are two […]

Read More →

Death and Your Wedding Ring

January 1, 2011
Thumbnail image for Death and Your Wedding Ring

Wedding vows are meant to be held dear until “death do you part”, but, what happens when death so savagely rips away your loved one?  Do you continue to wear your wedding ring?  If so, how long is proper?  Or should you never take it off?  Should you bury the deceased’s wedding ring with them?    […]

Read More →

The Wedding’s Off – Who Pays for the Bridesmaid Dresses?

January 1, 2011
Thumbnail image for The Wedding’s Off – Who Pays for the Bridesmaid Dresses?

After reading “Who Pays for What – Wedding”, we all know that the bridesmaids are usually responsible for paying for their own dresses.  But, what happens if the wedding is canceled?   Who is responsible for the expense, then? In order to accurately represent this situation, it needs to be examined from both sides. On one […]

Read More →

Wedding Garter Etiquette

January 1, 2011
Thumbnail image for Wedding Garter Etiquette

An old tradition in weddings is the removal of the bride’s wedding garter.  This tradition was not brought about to have the bride and her family be embarrassed by a drunken groom climbing under her dress and removing the garter with his teeth, but, rather as a symbolic gesture of the groom throwing away his […]

Read More →

You’re Divorced – What’s the Proper Thing to Do with the Ring?

January 1, 2011
Thumbnail image for You’re Divorced – What’s the Proper Thing to Do with the Ring?

So, happily ever after did not last quite…forever.   Whether you are now divorced or your engagement was called off (or, heavens forbid, you got left at the altar) there are certain rules of etiquette that must be followed in regards to your wedding band and/or engagement ring.  No matter how much you now hate the […]

Read More →

Children Dress Code from the 1900’s

December 31, 2010
Thumbnail image for Children Dress Code from the 1900’s

In the 1942 Edition of Etiquette, The Blue Book of Social Usage Emily Post clearly states that children should be dressed as they like. Ms. Post wrote entire books about proper behavior for children, but when it came to dress she decided two paragraphs were enough. “Clothes of children need no comment because children should […]

Read More →

Honeyfund – The Death Knell to Wedding Etiquette

December 20, 2010
Thumbnail image for Honeyfund – The Death Knell to Wedding Etiquette

Wedding gift registries were established long, long ago to help the new couple set up their new home together (back when people moved straight from their parents’ homes to newlywed bliss).  As people wait to get married and/or live together before getting married, the day to day household necessities are usually purchased long before marriage […]

Read More →