You Know Someone Can’t Come to Your Wedding. Should You Send Them An Invitation Anyway?

iStock.com/Stacey Newman

iStock.com/Stacey Newman

I have a comfy blue chair in my office that colleagues sit in for all sorts of reasons and for all lengths of time—and it is also frequently the setting where people pose all manner of wedding etiquette questions to me.

Most recently, a member of PW’s marketing team popped over to ask me this: Her friend (a bride) knew of someone who could definitely not come to her wedding, and wasn’t sure if she should send them an invitation anyway—or if, since they had already basically covered her RSVP, mailing one out would be redundant and unnecessary. Weirdly enough, that’s the very question a friend had asked me at dinner the other week, and this week, a scan of HuffPo turned up this post. So apparently, this dilemma is a common one!

Now, I had offered up a vehement yes; that it’s still always the right idea to send an invite anyway, because it’s nice to give them the courtesy of being formally invited, and for them to have the courtesy of officially replying, and anyway, plans change! You might not necessarily know if their conflict goes away after they tell you about it. But the Huffington Post response was not as vehement, and anyway, with this coming up so frequently, I thought it time to check in with a few of our local wedding-planning experts. Here’s what they had to say:

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This New Website Makes Dressing for Wedding Season Easier (and Cheaper!) Than Ever

Le Tote

As we all know by now, wedding wardrobeswhether you’re hosting one, participating in one or simply attending one—often do not come cheap. Try as we might, sometimes it seems like there’s just no way around it, so it’s always helpful when a company makes the whole process a tad bit easier for both you and your wallet.

Meet Le Tote, a new fashion subscription service that lets you borrow clothing and accessories for just $59 per month. Each shipment contains three garments (think dresses, skirts and tops) and two accessories (jewelry, scarves and handbags), and unlike similar sites, you can keep the loot as long as you’d like. Once you send one batch of clothes back, they’ll immediately send you another one—or you can choose to purchase any or all of the pieces at discounted prices.

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And Here Is Another Non-Traditional RSVP Card for Your Wedding Invitation Inspiration

You know we love a good RSVP card.

We first delighted in this one, which was hilariously clever and yet succinct in the respond options it offered the guests receiving it. (A friend of mine actually ended up copying exactly that for her destination wedding a few months later.) We then chuckled at this one, which was a bit too long and maybe rambling, but offered a lot of pretty funny inspiration if you were looking to work up your own off-kilter RSVP card. And then we came up with our own Philly-ized response card for the back page of Philadelphia Wedding—and we’ll share that with you here soon.

But now, friends, we see this:

Yesssss.

Yesssss. | Photo via Twitter

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Ask the Expert: When Should I Send Out Thank-You Notes to Guests Who Didn’t Give a Wedding Gift?

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Shutterstock

Question: How long after our wedding should we just go ahead and send out thank-you notes to guests who attended our wedding but didn’t (at least, yet) give a gift? We are concerned that if we wait a year (since they supposedly have that long to send), it will just look like we are looking for a gift.

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