Q: I know that it’s standard practice to offer a vegetarian option for the dinner at our wedding, but these days, I feel like everyone is doing the gluten-free thing—including, we’re assuming, some of our guests. (Whether they’re all doing it for allergy reasons or because it’s a fad is another story.) Must we now offer a gluten-free option, too?
Here’s the thing: wedding vendors very often have super helpful advice and/or tips and/or do’s and don’t’s that would extremely useful for their couples to know—but a lot of this stuff is some seriously blunt real talk, and by the time they are your hired person, they’re probably not going to break it down for you in the same way that they can when they are just speaking in the general sense. Except that seriously blunt break down is what can be most helpful to hear.
Ever since social media basically took over the world, there’s been talk about the role that it should, or shouldn’t, play in the biggest day of your life. The pros and cons of documenting your wedding on Facebook and Instagram have been debated on multiple occasions, and we here at PW have our own opinions about how to handle the whole social media situation (hint: it’s always up to the couple to decide what they do and don’t want posted online).
The Washington Post mused today on whether the whole freezing the top tier of your wedding cake for the purposes of sentimental consumption on your first anniversary thing is a tradition that should just die already.
So, while I think that whether or not you choose to follow this tradition is completely a matter of preference and that it’s definitely not necessary for a tradition to not exist (or die) in order for a couple to voluntarily just, you know, not follow it, what I did find interesting in the piece was a whole slew of pointers for successfully freezing and defrosting your wedding cake, if that’s an effort you’re choosing to put forth.
They basically break down like this:
According to the peeps at MissNowMrs.com—the super smart and helpful website that will make changing your post-nuptial name not a nightmare, no matter what state you live in—October is the month in which most newlyweds finally get around to changing their last names to whatever new version they’re going with, whether you’re a recent bride planning to take your new husband’s last name, or a same-sex couple looking to combine and hyphenate, or what have you.
The reasons why the oh-crap-I-still-haven’t-changed-my-name moment comes crashing down on so many this month are pretty interesting—and will actually serve as a pretty great kick in the butt if you have been meaning to complete this task, yourself:
THE TASK: SHOPPING FOR YOUR HONEYMOON
- Why Source It Out Because your wedding-day shopping list (you know, that dress?) already runneth over.
- Who Can Do It A personal stylist at the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom, King of Prussia
- What They’ll Do After a quick phone chat to gauge your style preferences, she’ll be off to corral your honeymoon essentials. Better yet, walk the store with your shopper in a couple efficient hours to handpick everything from lingerie to beach-ready accessories.
- Cost Complimentary with purchase
Q: I’ve heard many tales about brides who are unable to sleep the night before their wedding and I’m worried that I’ll find myself in the same situation and be exhausted on my Big Day. Are there any tips and tricks I can use to ensure that I’ll get some shut-eye?
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?