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Wedding Planning Tips: Online Wedding Invite Etiquette

For anyone who is planning a wedding in 2018, it is important to remember that times have changed. Almost everyone, even your grandmother, now has a smartphone. This means that modern wedding invite etiquette has changed, too. In the past, wedding invitations contained a wealth of information including RSVP cards, return envelopes, registry information and more. Just a few years ago, wedding planners and worried brides would be huddled around the mailbox waiting to see who was bringing a date and whether they ordered the chicken or the fish. Thankfully, those days are now over.

Do I Have To Include Stamped Return Envelopes?

In 2018, the simple answer is no. While mothers of brides to be will certainly push for stamped return envelopes, they are no longer required wedding invite etiquette. In fact, the majority of wedding RSVPs are now made online. A wide range of online companies now exist within the wedding industry, and these websites help wedding planners. By allowing users to create and manage guest lists online, wedding invites are much easier to manage. When it comes to your wedding day, you no longer need to create a paper trail.

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When it comes to wedding invitations, the rules have changed.

Should I Live Stream My Wedding?

While most people are now comfortable committing to attending a wedding using the internet, a less common thing is live streaming the wedding. However, this option makes plenty of sense for many couples. One scenario is that more and more couples look to exchange wedding bands during intimate, destination ceremonies. These weddings would be prohibitively expensive if they also included 200 guests. In this case, streaming the wedding online makes perfect sense. Modern wedding invite etiquette would suggest sending actual invitations that include the web address of the stream. This is also a great option for friends or family members who are unable to travel, such as the elderly or new mothers.

Can I Invite People To My Wedding On Facebook?

Although it may seem like the easiest way to send invites in 2018, modern wedding invite etiquette still requires sending actual invitations. Therefore, only inviting people to your wedding via social media like Facebook is frowned upon. However, Facebook can still be a great auxiliary tool. It’s a great way to manage smaller aspects of the wedding, such as planning wedding showers or contacting the entire bridal party at once. Additionally, it is a great space to share wedding photos or to brag about the men’s wedding ring you picked out for your husband. Overall, though, Facebook should not be the primary invite.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Who To Cut From The Guest List

If you ask anyone who has ever tried to plan a wedding, the guest list causes fights. Whether it is trying to justify inviting your best friend from second grade who moved to Chile or her sorority grand little, every guest list has issues. When deciding on wedding guests, there are a couple of tips that help the process. However, not every guest list is equal. If you have a large family, the guest list is very challenging. Another thing to consider when deciding who to invite is who is paying for the wedding.

Start Planning Early

By starting early, you can avoid many problems with the list. Depending on who you ask, a wedding venue needs to be secured at least one year ahead of time. Not only will this determine the wedding date, it will also decide the maximum number of invitations. By planning ahead, you will avoid forgetting someone. Additionally, if you will be exchanging wedding vows at a destination wedding, less people are likely to show up. Take these things into consideration when trimming your list.

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Deciding who makes the wedding guest list is hard, but it doesn’t have to be a battle

Ask Your Mom

Even if your parents aren’t paying for the wedding, they will have people they think should be at your wedding. Whether its friends of the family, a long lost cousin, or the neighbors you forgot, mothers have a keen sense of who should make the cut. Additionally, mom is a great resource on family. Plus, while you can’t remember who was at your baptism, she knows. Finally, if you get to any friends that raise an eyebrow with mom, it’s probably a wise choice to cut that person from the invite list.

Two Becomes One

The best tip in deciding who to cut is start with two lists. Once you and your spouse consult with family, you should have a large list to merge together. If either of you is iffy about an invite, then cut that person. A wedding ceremony is your day together, and the best move is to keep that focus. It will be a great chance to see old friends and family, and any acquaintance who gets upset over a wedding invite probably wasn’t a friend worth keeping anyway.

Planning a wedding does not have to be a constant battle. If you start early, get assistance from family, and merge two lists into one, it can be done. Once you have the invite list together, start figuring out the best wedding rings for your ceremony!

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Wedding Planning Tips: The Rehearsal Dinner

Planning a wedding is lots of hard work. In order to help relieve the stress, make sure you have a great plan for the rehearsal dinner. Not only will this event be a lot of fun, it will make the wedding more enjoyable. This is because family members who haven’t met before can get the ice breaking out of the way.  When planning your big day, keep these tips in mind for the night before.

Picking The Right Location

While the wedding reception is sure to feature perfect plates and a highly organized seating chart, the rehearsal dinner should be a relaxing and fun socializing event. The goal is for friends and families to mingle, so keep the venue casual. Allow for people to wander around, and consider serving either comfort foods or finger foods that keep the atmosphere relaxed. However, be sure not to skimp on alcohol. Typically, the dinner will involve plenty of toasts and thank you’s that require a side of champagne.

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The rehearsal dinner should be a fun social event

Who To Invite To The Rehearsal Dinner

When making the guest list, the first people to include are your parents and immediate family, such as Grandma. Additionally, another obvious group to invite is the wedding party, but be sure to include spouses or wedding dates as well. Another group to be sure to invite to the dinner is any out of town guests who travelled to celebrate the wedding with you. Finally, be sure to invite anyone who helped make the wedding happen, such as your mom’s friend who created the reception table centerpieces.

Prepare Your Toast

The last thing to do when planning a rehearsal dinner is to prepare a toast. Be sure to tell your engagement story, too, so everyone will know how you ended up with the perfect engagement ring. Finally, the rehearsal dinner is a great time to give out gifts to bridesmaids and groomsmen. The last thing to do is make sure you get a good night’s sleep before the wedding day.

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Wedding Planning Tips: How To Pick Your Maid of Honor

There’s no shortage of ways in which a wedding can create drama. From the endless agonizing over the guest list to picking the bridal party, weddings are filled with tough choices. However, perhaps the hardest decision to make is not related to picking out your husband’s wedding ring or choosing a dress: it’s selecting your Maid of Honor. Before you suffer through a wedding day filled with side eye, consider these tips for figuring out which lucky lady will be your Maid of Honor.

Your Sister Doesn’t Have To Be Blood Related

When selecting a Maid of Honor, the most obvious choice will be your closest sister. However, this does not necessarily mean she will be a blood relative! It could be possible that you do not have a sister, or you have 3 sisters, or you grew up with a cousin who was closer in age. Or, perhaps you met your sister for life during college. Even more complicated, though, is what about your future sister-in-law? When it comes to choosing a Maid of Honor, definitely consider family first, but do not simply rule someone out for not being an immediate relative. Consider this question: which women closest to you helped your future husband pick out your engagement ring? This woman is probably the right choice!

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Pick the right Maid of Honor to help you get through wedding day stress

Consider The Maid of Honor’s Duties

Even if you have the closest sister in the world, another thing to consider when selecting your Maid of Honor is how good this woman will be in carrying out wedding tasks. In addition to helping out with invitations, selecting the dress, and generally helping you stay sane throughout the planning process, a Maid of Honor has to be on top of their game during the wedding and reception. The Maid of Honor needs to be quick on her feet, a good problem solver, and an eloquent speaker. She’ll have to run last minute errands, calm your nerves, as well as give a toast at the reception. When choosing, it’s important to pick someone who can handle the pressure.

When it comes down to it, your Maid of Honor will probably present herself during the wedding planning. If you have a sister who is willing to pitch in, keep you sane, and speak confidently in front of strangers, then she’s the one!