I have been to three destination weddings—in the Bahamas, Cabo, and Punta Cana—and each of them was absolutely fantastic. I’m so glad I went. In each of those cases, the friends were close enough that I wouldn’t have missed their weddings no matter where they were—but that aside, I’m able to look at each of those experiences and be really glad that I was a part of them.
When it comes to wedding registries, there’s nothing more classic than the monogram—whether it’s embroidered on sheets and towels, printed on stationery or etched into serveware, it continues to be the most popular way for couples to personalize any number of items on their wish list.
It’s one of the reasons there are actual websites now devoted to helping couples essentially “ask” for cash; we told you about one of them just this spring called Envelope, which allows couples to register for experiential gifts instead of bathroom linens.
Question: We have a bunch of guests coming in from out of town for our wedding, some of them a few days before the main event. Are we expected to plan activities to keep them entertained?
Here’s some exciting news to kick off your weekend: Minted—the online invitation shop that showcases the work of independent artists and designers—just launched its own wedding website service. So now, in addition to ordering so-pretty paper products through Minted, you can also create a beautiful website to keep your guests informed about all the details of your Big Day.
Minted currently offers 117 different website designs for you to choose from, all of which have matching wedding invitation suites and save-the-dates, too (you can still use Minted’s website service even if you don’t order your invites through them). And once you build your page, you can change the theme, design and layout at anytime during the planning process.
Question: We are going to use a wedding photo-sharing app so that we can gather all of our guests’ fun pictures from our reception—but what’s the best way to spread the word and really get people to use it during the wedding? I don’t want to spend the week we get back from the honeymoon texting 200 people to ask them to send us their photos!
At some point during the planning process, you’ll have to make a decision about whether or not to have kids at your wedding. Some brides are perfectly okay with having little ones scooting around the dance floor and are happy to extend the invite, while others prefer an adults-only affair (maybe with just a flower girl and ring bearer in attendance).
It all comes down to personal preference, but if you do choose to have a bunch of youngsters at your wedding, you’ll want to prepared with plenty of activities to keep them entertained—it’ll be a long day, and even the most well-behaved kids can get antsy and irritable.
There are few things more uncomfortable than sitting through an outdoor wedding ceremony in the summer. We’ve all been there, and I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a tad difficult to focus on the romantic words being said when makeup is sweating down your face, your thighs are sticking to the seat and you’re in dire need of a cold drink.
Weather, unfortunately, is one of those stubborn factors we just can’t control, and if you’re a summer bride, the possibility of extreme heat is definitely on your radar. Now that doesn’t mean you should forgo your dream of an outdoor ceremony or a beach wedding, but it’s in your (and your guests’) best interest to be prepared with ways to keep cool.
Q: We had to change the date of our wedding from a Saturday to the very next day, that Sunday—but we’ve already sent out our save-the-dates. What’s the best way to let people know about the change? Do we need to resend save-the-dates?
The topic of what couples have to do for their wedding guests vs. what is just nice to do if budget and time allows is a topic that comes up frequently during the wedding-planning process (in case you haven’t already noticed), and because of that, it’s a topic that’s often worth revisiting. A lot of time is spent considering etiquette when you are a wedding guest (RSVPing on time, not wearing white, what kind of gift to give, etc.), but there sure as heck is a lot of etiquette to consider concerning handling your guests as the marrying duo.