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?
Question: We like the idea of having an after-party but it’s not in our budget to have guests frequenting the open bar for several hours after the reception. Is there a more informal, affordable way to keep the partying going?
Question: My groom and his groomsmen are gung-ho about performing some sort of choreographed dance at our reception, like the ones you see in all of the viral videos. The whole thing makes me a bit nervous, though. How can I make sure it doesn’t turn into a disaster on the dance floor?
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!