Now that summer (and wedding season) are in full swing, many brides and grooms are wondering what the best way is to cater to their guests on a hot day. While a summer wedding is obviously a DO, there are some important considerations to keep in mind. Try not to plan your wedding to begin in the mid-day heat. Sitting outside in direct sun can be really uncomfortable, and can be dangerous for older guests. An late afternoon or early evening ceremony will be cooler, and bonus: the light will be much prettier in your photos! It's also a great idea to offer cool drinks for your guests (lemonade is always a hit) upon their arrival at the ceremony site. If you want to be really considerate, you can even put out a basket of summer necessities for your guests. Think: bug spray, sunscreen, and fans. They will love you for it, and they'll have more energy to hit the dance floor at your reception!
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Feeling the financial crush of a full fledged reception with dinner for all of your guests is a legitimate drag. The sense of obligation you feel is real, through probably unwarranted. It's your party, and your guests are there to celebrate you. I don't think they'll feel slighted if you spare them the chicken or fish dilemma. If you're on a budget, or you're looking to throw a rad party without shelling out too much, a rocking cocktail party is a great way to host your guests, and still celebrate your one and only. It's all about the spirit you imbue the event with. Make an iPod playlist of your favorites with your beloved. Rent a mic and speaker for toasts. Dance, dance, dance. The X-factor will be the way your guests embrace the evening. Their collective good will carry the night and then some.
Of course, in the absence of dinner, make sure to retain a chunk of your budget for extra passed h'ords!
For a while, it seemed like everyone getting married had to have their hair in a curly, hair-sprayed, Shirley Temple style updo. These days, people tend to make a more relaxed approach to wedding-day hair. I always say that the most important thing is to look like yourself on your wedding day, and not some weird over-done "wedding version" of yourself. For that reason, I think wearing your hair down is a DO, especially if you wear it down often. You can even do it yourself, if you style your own hair often and have a favorite style mastered. Whatever look you go for, a natural hair style is a definite "do" on your wedding day. And if you are going to do it yourself, be sure to practice! :)
Well, it looks like we are in for another rainy weekend. Hopefully tropical storm Andrea isn't going to be impacting any big plans for you all! In case you'll be staying indoors with some time to kill this weekend, here are a few wedding-related links from around the web.
A gorgeous and unique bridesmaid dress.
Incredible vintage engagement rings - love all of these!
Amazing wedding gowns made out of an... unexpected material.
This eclectic wedding is full of cute, colorful, and crafty details.
Want an unconventional honeymoon? Here are eight amazing "glamping" resorts.
Dear dynamic duo,
First of all - your work inspires me constantly! Thank you for that. My question is around thank you note etiquette. My fiancee and I sent a wedding gift to his friend who won't be wed until June. I am a total nerd and wanted to make sure we get the best pick of the registry before we were stuck sending towels! I was a little surprised to see a thank you note sitting in our mailbox before the wedding. Are you supposed to wait until after your wedding to open your gifts and send thank you notes? Thanks for straightening me out.
Thanks for writing! This is a tricky one. Although there is no "official" etiquette rule about this (our dear Emily Post is oddly silent about this one!), traditionally gifts are supposed to be opened after the wedding. They are intended for you to use as a married couple. Plus, it's fun to return home from your honeymoon to a little pile of presents!
Modern day attitudes are a little more flexible about opening the gifts beforehand and sending notes at your convenience (within the three month grace period). The most important thing is sending a note - the timeline isn't quite as big a deal.
Hope that helps!