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: 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?
The fact that lists like this even exist always makes me laugh—what is it about weddings that brings out the most inappropriate, embarrassing and downright annoying sides of people? You would think that by now most guests are well aware of how to behave at such an event, and yet at almost every wedding you attend, you’re likely to find at least a few of the usual suspects: the drunk, the unannounced speech giver—the unannounced attendee!—the crazy relative, the girl trying to upstage the bride.
Is it me or does every movie (and TV) wedding involve some dramatic turn of events? As I’m writing this post, I’m wracking my brain for a wedding scene that actually goes off without a hitch—and I can’t think of one. And this video mashup only confirms my suspicions: Hollywood loves a crazy wedding, and therefore every Big Day we see on screen must have at least a little bit of drama.
You’ll see what I mean as you watch the below video, which showcases snippets from all of your favorite wedding-related movies (like Wedding Crashers, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Princess Bride and The Graduate) plus any films that feature an exchanging of vows.
With all of those I Do’s comes a whole lot of punching, wrestling and leaving people at the alter. Behold:
Do you have a favorite movie or TV wedding?
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?
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When Tim Thornton’s parents moved from Philadelphia to Florida, his mom always missed real Philly soft pretzels. Tim and his sisters weren’t even allowed to visit if they didn’t bring a few pretzels along, he says—and he knew there must be tons of Philly natives out there who miss the Wawa coffee, Tastykakes and other iconic products that you can’t get anywhere else. So he set out to create a gift box service that would deliver Philly’s favorite treats to anyone who wanted them—and BrotherlyBox was born earlier this year.
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?
Your engagement party is the first of many celebrations that’ll be thrown in your honor in the months leading up to your Big Day, and as with all things wedding-related, it comes with its fair share of etiquette guidelines. We’re not talking hardcore rules here, but there are a few basic things you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure that both the party planning, and the party itself, go off without a hitch.
In this day and age, where wedding toasts are now full-on performances, there’s a whole new kind of pressure for best men and maids (or matrons) of honor to make the most of their time on the mic. Thanks to all of those creative, musically-inclined people whose epic wedding speeches went viral, the bar has been raised—as if the job of reciting a touching, sentimental and funny but not at all offensive or inappropriate speech in front of a crowd of people wasn’t stressful enough.
When Philly native Mairin Barnes noticed that the gift-basket and favor options for weddings had become all too predictable, she decided to reinvent the gift-giving business with Sweet Whistle, her Bryn Mawr-based company that designs personalized gift boxes filled with artisanal snacks and wares from across the country. “My inspiration was to provide a modern, fresh and more celebratory approach to gift giving,” she says. “Our philosophy is that each box ‘wraps an experience.’”