Question: I need to book a shuttle to get my guests from the hotel to our venue, but I won’t know how many guests we have until a month before the wedding. How can I estimate accurately in order to book the shuttle?
Question: There’s quite a lot of stuff that’s been purchased from our registry—some of it a long time ago!—that we do not yet have, including some everyday items that we have since gone and bought ourselves since they are things we actually need. Is this unusual or fairly common after a wedding? Are people just waiting until they see us in person to give them to us?
Question: I wanted to write our own vows for our ceremony, but my fiancé wants to go with the traditional ones. Is there a way to personalize traditional vows to find a happy medium?
Question: Should vendor tips be handed out the night of the wedding or sent in afterward? And by whom?
Question: My fiancé and I want to do a buffet dinner because our reception is going to be pretty laid back and casual, but we don’t want our guests to stand in the typical buffet lines. How can we avoid having our guests wait for food?
Question: Because my fiancé and I aren’t doing a first look, we won’t be shooting any of our portraits before the ceremony. We’d still like to make it to some of our cocktail hour, though, so what’s the best plan for finishing up the photos we don’t get to between the ceremony and cocktail hour at some point later in the night?
Question: My wedding is not for a couple of weeks but I’ve already received a handful of early wedding gifts. Should I sent thank-you notes to these people as their gifts arrive, before the wedding—or is it proper etiquette to wait until after the wedding, so I can thank them for attending the celebration, as well?
Question: When I don’t sleep, I wake up with crazy puffy and creased eyes, and I just know I’m barely going to sleep the night before my wedding. When I wake up looking like an alien, what can I do before my makeup artist arrives to try and fix it?
Question: I’ll soon have to provide our calligrapher with a list of our guests’ mailing addresses, but I only have a handful of them. What’s the best way to go about collecting addresses from our friends and family?
Ask the Expert: I Bought My Veil Before My Dress—From a Different Shop. How Can I See the Look Altogether?
Question: I saw a veil I absolutely loved and ended up buying at the shop where we got my bridesmaids’ dresses … and then I got my wedding dress at a different shop. Now I’m wondering how trying it on with my dress will work so I can see it altogether?