Question: Our wedding is getting closer and one of our vendors seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth. What’s the best way for me to get their attention without threatening to use someone else?
Question: I just got engaged and am in the very beginning stages of planning, starting with looking at venues online. I know that if a place has an exclusive caterer, then that is the only caterer that can be used, but when it comes to their lists of “preferred” vendors, what does that mean, exactly? Do I have to use those florists, etc., or can I still bring in whoever I want?
Question: We have a bunch of guests coming in from out of town for our wedding, some of them a few days before the main event. Are we expected to plan activities to keep them entertained?
Back in January, we started talking about the various headaches that the pontiff’s visit to Philadelphia was going to cause local couples getting married that last weekend in September. The main focus at that point in time was nabbing hotel rooms for your guests—but now that we’re closer to the main event, and we know a lot more about what it will mean for the city (you’ll definitely want to pay attention to this “traffic box” business), not surprisingly, even more obstacles have come to light.
We just read about one couple in particular whose wedding was actually canceled by the Secret Service just before their invitations went out for the crime of being located too close to one of Pope Francis’s events (they were tying the knot at the Down Town Club; the pope is set to speak at Independence Mall that same night)—so we thought perhaps now might be the time to remind you of those tips we gathered from wedding planner Lynda Barness back when all of this hubbub was beginning:
Question: We are going to use a wedding photo-sharing app so that we can gather all of our guests’ fun pictures from our reception—but what’s the best way to spread the word and really get people to use it during the wedding? I don’t want to spend the week we get back from the honeymoon texting 200 people to ask them to send us their photos!
Question: Our save-the-dates are ready to be mailed, but my fiancé and I haven’t decided which of our guests will be invited with plus-ones. Is it okay to wait to indicate if people are invited with guests until the invitations go out?
Q: We had to change the date of our wedding from a Saturday to the very next day, that Sunday—but we’ve already sent out our save-the-dates. What’s the best way to let people know about the change? Do we need to resend save-the-dates?
Jimmy Fallon’s Horrifying Ring Avulsion Injury Is Another Reason to Make Sure Your Wedding Ring Fits
I was one of the many people in recent weeks who were fascinated to know what kind of finger injury Jimmy Fallon could have possibly suffered that would have kept him out of commission for so long.
I am also one of the many people who lost all feeling in their knees last night when Jimmy described what happened to him and his wedding ring, and who nodded along in confirmation when he warned the people of the world not to Google “ring avulsion”:
Q: In figuring out my dress budget, I’m trying to calculate how much I’ll be able to make back on it by consigning it at a store or selling it online. Is there a standard percentage I could use to try and gauge that as I’m shopping? I’d plan on doing it right after the wedding so the design is still current.
Q: We’re fine with people sharing and posting photos during the reception, but we’d prefer they don’t have their phones out during the ceremony. How do we go about conveying that?