Q: I’m going to pay for my bridesmaids to have their hair and makeup done the morning of the wedding. Is it okay to make that their gift, or should I also be getting them jewelry or something else?
Ask the Expert: Do We Have to Provide Transportation From Our Reception to All Hotels Where Guests Are Staying?
Q: Do we need to provide transportation to and from our reception for both hotels where we have guests staying? Or is it okay to just do so for the one at which most people are staying?
Question: In addition to being a guest at my friend’s wedding, I’ve also been invited to quite a few of the showers and parties that happen before the Big Day. It seems a bit excessive, not to mention costly, to bring a gift to each one of these celebrations but I feel uncomfortable showing up empty-handed. For the engagement party, bachelorette party, and other events of that nature, are gifts expected or required?
Question: I was thinking of typing up a form thank-you letter and then changing it a little to personalize it for each of my guests. Is it okay to have a typed thank-you note like this? Or is handwriting each of them a must?
It’s funny, most of the time, when you’re reading things like—well, this—any trouble that’s being referred to between a bride and a mother is usually the dreaded mother-in-law. But if you consider all of the conversations you may have had with girlfriends who were getting married—and if you consider for a minute who has more than likely annoyed you a good handful of times since you’ve gotten engaged—chances are another lady will come to mind: the mother of the bride.
Question: The RSVP date for my wedding is quickly approaching but I haven’t received as many response cards as I would’ve expected by now. What should I do if my guests don’t RSVP by the given date?
Question: My mother wants to throw my bridal shower. Is it inappropriate for her to host?
Question: I know that it’s customary to send a gift if you’re invited to a wedding that you can’t attend—but what about a bridal shower? Is it expected to that you’ll send a shower gift to the bride if you can’t make her party?
Question: My fiancé and I plan to get married at City Hall here in Philly but would still like to have a few friends and family in attendance for the Big Day. How many guests are you allowed to bring to the ceremony?