When it comes to wedding-day desserts, the all-important multi-tiered confection draped in fondant doesn’t have to be the only sweet treat your party guests get to nibble on—and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more darling companion to the coffee service at your reception than the heart-shaped teacup cookies coming out of local baker Jess Balmer’s Kitchen on Mermaid Lane.
Assuming you are just as big a fan of Ron Swanson (and the real human who plays him on Parks & Rec, Nick Offerman) as we are here at PW, we are quite confident you will get a tickle out of this hand-written response he sent back to a couple who invited him to their wedding recently. (Please note and enjoy that said couple used the hilarious RSVP card format we’ve shared with you before:
Question: My friend got married during a time when I was insanely busy and stressed, and I am just now realizing that I don’t think I ever sent them a gift—and the wedding was nearly a year ago.
How much did I miss the standard time frame for sending a gift? Is it ever too late, and at what point would be weirder/ruder to send one?
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?
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).
Local Bridal Guide: 5 Places to Find Philly-Themed Canvas Totes For Your Welcome Bags or Bridesmaid Gifts
When your guest list includes family and friends who are making the trip from out-of-town, it’s always a really kind gesture to have some sort of welcome bag or basket awaiting their arrival at the hotel. After traveling to the city, and especially after partying into the wee hours of the morning at your reception, they’ll be appreciative of the drinks, snacks, and maybe a few Advil, that you’ve stashed in their rooms.
This Flowchart Will Help You Determine When It’s Okay (and Not) to Leave a Wedding-Related Event Without Saying Goodbye
We’ve all got a friend or two who are masters of the Irish Goodbye (or as the creators of this graphic call it, “Ghosting”): One minute, you’re having an uproariously good time with them over a drink at a party, and the next minute you turn around to find them vanished, as if they were never there at all.
I had a roommate in college who did this basically every single night we ever went out (which was too many out of seven), and, as the peak of her fleeing occurred before texting was really a thing (yes, I am Old), the rest of us were always left to wonder whether or not she was in a ditch somewhere, had relocated to another party, or had simply decided she needed no more drinks and took herself home. Checking Anna’s bed whenever we stumbled in the door just became something we automatically did, like ordering a 3am pizza.
I have known both many a guest—and many a bride and groom—to do the Irish Goodbye at a wedding, which is why I found this flowchart so hilarious:
Not too long ago, numbers from a study done by the Knot showed that Philadelphia was the tenth most expensive city to get married in the country. Well, apparently, that’s only if you live here—because another recent breakdown also declares us the third cheapest city in the country to hold a destination wedding.
Why Wasn’t I At This Wedding Where the Guests Broke Into a Surprise Performance of “Seasons of Love”? (VIDEO)
I wasn’t sure I could love a (musical) wedding guest-delivered surprise more than I loved when a bunch of wedding guests at a celebration a few years ago broke into “One Day More” from Les Misérables—but this one is absolutely competing. Possibly even winning.
Conor and Claire Flynn were surprised on their recent wedding day when some of their guests stood at their seats and broke into “Seasons of Love,” officially one of the Best Songs Ever, from Rent. And much like the Les Mis one, it is glorious. Behold.
Now that’s a wedding gift right there.