Bridal Party Wedding Etiquette

How Should I Choose My Bridal Party?

The man of your dreams just proposed to you with a shining diamond, and you’ve just told your friends and family members the big news.  Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to get started on wedding planning – and that includes choosing the loved ones who will make up your bridal party.

For some brides, choosing the bridal party is a simple matter.  They’ve had their bridesmaids in mind since they first started dating The One – and it only comes down to making a phone call or sending out an email to the lucky few.  But for other brides, choosing the bridal party isn’t so easy.  What happens if you have too many great friends to choose from?  What if you have several sisters?  What happens if your best friend happens to be a man?

Take a deep breath and relax: we’ve outlined the best tips and techniques for choosing your bridal party.

Forget the Rules

If you’re a stickler for tradition, choosing the bridal party will be relatively simple: your closest sister should be your maid of honor, with your remaining sisters and best friends as your bridesmaids.  If you don’t have any sisters, your best friend or future sister-in-law should be your maid of honor.

But today’s modern bride doesn’t have to follow these traditional rules.  Therefore, don’t feel like you “should” choose your sister over your best friend, despite not being that close to her.  Additionally, you don’t have to ignore your best friend just because he happens to be a man.  These days, you can have a “man of honor” or as many bridesmaids as you want – it’s all up to you!

Be Diplomatic

If you’re fortunate to be blessed with plenty of best friends and sisters, you’ll need to be diplomatic when selecting your bridal party.  If you have to leave some loved ones out, don’t make an announcement on Facebook – this can be very insensitive.  Send a polite email or make a phone call.  Let your other friends know that you would have loved for them to be bridesmaids, but your budget meant you could only choose a few (this is an especially good excuse if you’re not paying for the wedding).  Consider asking them to play another role in your wedding, like reading a poem or playing a solo piece when everyone’s taking their seats at the ceremony.

Now that you know how to choose your bridal party, you can focus on other things – like enjoying being engaged to the love of your life!

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Wedding Etiquette Wedding Invitations

Do I Really Need a Directions Card in My Wedding Invitation?

Let’s face it: you can’t wait to send out those wedding invitations.  You can’t wait for the RSVP cards to start pouring in as you and your sweetheart prepare to begin the journey of a lifetime.  You’re ready to let friends and family members know that you’re delighted to include them in the happiest day of your life.

But before you send out those wedding invitations, there’s a pivotal question you might have asked: Do I really need a directions card in my wedding invitation?

It’s certainly a question worth asking.  After all, in today’s day of smartphones and GPS units, there’s no reason why you should have to provide your wedding guests with anything more than an address to your venue…


Actually, you’ll find that there are several good reasons for including a directions card in your wedding invitation.  We’ve outlined some of the most popular ones below:

  • Not Everyone Has a GPS. It seems inconceivable in today’s day and age that anyone would be without a GPS.  However, those people still do exist – and they’re likely comprised of older members of your family.  Not including a directions card in your wedding invitation means you might make Grandma or Great-Aunt Lillian go through the stress of having to search for directions.
  • A Local’s Knowledge is Incomparable.  In an ideal world, most wedding venues will be clearly marked and located off a main road.  However, with more couples getting married in gorgeous farm fields and rustic locations, you can’t guarantee that a GPS will always take your guests to the right location.  Pointing out that your guests should take the second right after the first lamppost is an important direction that a GPS just can’t provide.

The bottom line is this: while a large majority of your wedding party will only need a GPS, you don’t want to risk excluding older members of your family or those without GPS.  Similarly, if your wedding is in a hard-to-reach location, you can’t always trust that a GPS will get your guests there.  Your best option is to eliminate the doubt by including a directions card in your wedding invitation.

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Save the Date Wedding Etiquette Wedding Invitations

How Far in Advance Should You Send Out the Wedding Invitations?

When it comes to sending out save-the-date cards and wedding invitations, there are a surprising number of opinions on the subject.  Some wedding experts claim that you shouldn’t send out the wedding invitations too far in advance, as giving people too much time to RSVP will make them more likely to forget.  On the other hand, there are some wedding gurus who insist that you should send out the invites far enough in advance that your out-of-town guests have enough time to make travel arrangements.

Given all the differing opinions, it becomes clear that one question remains: how far in advance should you send out the save-the-date cards and wedding invitations?

Consider the Time of Your Wedding

These days, destination weddings and weekend-long affairs are becoming more common.  If you’re planning on throwing a wedding that requires a long weekend or want your loved ones to travel to a special location for your ceremony, you’ll want to send out the save-the-date card (along with the location) as early as possible.  The further away the wedding destination, the more time you’ll want to give your guests to save up money, make accommodation arrangements, and book flights.

The same rule of thumb applies if your wedding is on a holiday.  For example, if your wedding is over the Fourth of July weekend, you’ll want to give your guests enough time to make specific travel arrangements.

When’s an Appropriate Time to Send a Wedding Invitation?

Save-the-dates cards are generally sent out as soon as you book the location of your wedding ceremony and reception.  However, if your wedding is some time away, wedding experts indicate that it’s best to send save-the-dates cards at least six months in advance (closer to a year if you’re requiring a lot of travel for your guests).  Now that your loved ones are alerted as to the date of your wedding, you might be wondering when it’s the best time to send a wedding invitation.  Wedding gurus agree that sending wedding invitations at least three months in advance is the most appropriate time.

Do I Have to Send a Save-The-Date Card?

If your wedding ceremony is only a few months away, sending a save-the-date card is pretty much akin to sending a wedding invitation at this point.  As a general rule of thumb, if your wedding is less than six months away, it’s best to forgo the save-the-date for a traditional wedding invitation.

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Save the Date Wedding Etiquette

Email vs. Save the Date Cards: Which Option Should You Pick?

When it comes to saving money on your wedding, there’s no denying that you’ve toyed with the idea of emailing your save-the-date notices, rather than sending out save-the-date cards.  On the one hand, emailing your friends and family a save-the-date saves you money.  On the other hand, not all of your friends and family members will have access to email, particularly the older family members.  Additionally, emailing the date of your wedding feels far less formal than a traditional save-the-date card.

So when it comes down to it, which is best: email vs. save-the-date cards?

The Benefits of Email

The primary benefit of emailing a save-the-date is cost savings.  For couples on a budget, email offers a fantastic way to save much-needed money.

Of course, there are also multiple disadvantages to emailing save-the-date.  Sending save-the-dates by email makes it much more likely that some of your friends and family members will miss the notification altogether, simply by having the email go into their spam folder or overlooking it or accidentally deleting it.  Another disadvantage is that not all of your family members have email addresses.  Your friends may appreciate an email invite, but what will you do for your older relatives who aren’t exactly sure how to work a computer, let alone an email address? Even though we live in an Internet age, plenty of people still do not use email.

Save-The-Date Cards For Less

Despite the advantages of email invites, save-the-date cards are still the preferred way to let your loved ones know that you’re about to tie the knot.  It shows you care, and is a lot more memorable and special than an email. Save-the-date cards give your wedding a more formal feel, which means your friends and family members will be far more likely to RSVP when your wedding invitation comes later, and far less likely to throw away the card.  Save-the-date cards make it easier for your loved ones to remember your wedding, by putting your card on the refrigerator or bulletin board. Additionally, cards allow you to establish the theme of the wedding early on.  Our matching collections provide a consistent theme for all your wedding printing – from save-the-date cards through thank you cards, and everything in between.

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