September 2016

When you are planning a wedding, there are a lot of things that can go wrong or become temporary obstacles.  Once planned, though, you’d hope that everything would go smoothly.  That is not always the case, and you (or someone from your bridal party) might have to have an awkward conversation or two with guests.  The point is, though, that there are some things that guests simply shouldn’t do, and you shouldn’t shy away from a gentle reminder of that fact.

Very likely, creating a wedding registry will be one of the more fun aspects of planning a wedding.  It will also, very likely, be the aspect most embraced by your spouse-to-be.  However, there are a few things that you should keep in mind, before you accept the scanner and start marking the items that you most desire. Although you will be excited about creating this list of potential gifts, don’t go into the process blind.  Be sure that you have a realistic list of things that are needed around the home.  While the electric wine bottle opener will be fun to own, if you are still eating off of paper plates, it might be better to register for dinnerware, for instance.

It is not unheard of for a young couple to ask that guests bring their own alcoholic drinks to the wedding reception.  It can be very expensive to provide booze for questions, especially for wedding with two hundred or more guests.  When the budget won’t allow for it, there are three choices:

  1. Have a dry wedding
  2. Include a cash bar
  3. Ask guests to bring their own
While the BYOB option can look attractive at first glance, there are a few things that you must consider.

All-white weddings are beautiful.  They have a timeless appeal, but they also require a lot of planning, forethought, and the ability to look past the spills and stains that are bound to happen. Preparation for the all-white wedding is essential.  If you want to ensure that all of your guests dress appropriately, you need to be sure that your invitations clearly state that you expect everyone to wear white.

Write the speech in pieces For many-, if not most people, writing a toast for a wedding is a stressful endeavor.  A large percentage of people feel uncomfortable speaking in front of others, and even the thought of it can be nerve-racking, so instead of overwhelming yourself, start writing several weeks in advance and write one small section at a time. Include an introduction Who are you?  How do you know the happy couple? How long have you been part of their lives? Not everyone will know you, so it is nice to include this in your speech.

They have become quite the trend at weddings over the past few years, but their popularity is certainly not waning.  Including signs, especially those in gorgeous frames, is the thing to do this wedding season.  Not only do they add a touch of elegance, they really do serve worthwhile purposes, which might just be reason enough to consider including one (or five) at your own celebration.

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