– Ask a Real Bride – Can I Tell Guests It’s Too Late to RSVP?

April 9, 2024

Once you mail your wedding invitations, it all starts to feel “real:” after months of planning, the word is finally out, and you can’t wait for guests to open their envelopes and enthusiastically and promptly send in their replies! But it doesn’t always happen that way. Unfortunately, there will always be a few guests who […]

– Ask a Real Bride – What Should I Write on My Wedding Website?

March 21, 2024

In the past decade, wedding websites have become an essential information hub for the couple and their guests. In a recent survey on our @askarealbride Instagram page, 86% of brides reported that they’ve already built out a website for their upcoming wedding. If you’re in the 14%, don’t stress–we have you covered! Over 500 amazing […]

5 Things We Love from Brock Purdy’s Wedding Registry

March 13, 2024

We’re still swooning over Super Bowl quarterback Brock Purdy and Jenna Brandt’s wedding–from the stunning florals to the bride’s show-stopping gowns (she wore two!), every detail of their big day is fairytale-worthy! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jenna Purdy (@jennapurdyy) And thanks to their Crate & Barrel registry, we have an […]

– Ask a Real Bride – How to Write Wedding Thank You Notes

February 15, 2024

Every week, the etiquette inbox at Ask a Real Bride is filled with questions about thank-you notes: when should I send them? What should I say? What about giftless guests and group gifts? I’m compiling all of my answers into one resource I hope will help you overcome any writer’s block and graciously express your […]

– Ask a Real Bride – 6 Bachelorette Party Do’s and Don’ts

January 18, 2024

In the midst of wedding planning, a weekend getaway with your best friends sounds like the perfect break from all the stress. But in order to keep your bachelorette weekend truly stress-free, there are a few things brides may want to keep in mind. My favorite source for wedding-related wisdom? Our @Ask a Real Bride […]

– Ask a Real Bride – How Much Can I Ask My Bridesmaids to Spend?

December 21, 2023

We’ve all heard the joke, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” So when it’s finally your turn to be the one in white, you may struggle with two conflicting feelings: Brides juggling those conflicting emotions reach out to me week after week on our @askarealbride Instagram page with questions like this: The key to answering […]

5 Tips for Planning a Fabulous Co-ed Baby Shower

December 19, 2023

The baby shower traditions you know and (possibly) love got their start during the “baby boom” of the 1950’s and ‘60’s. A lot has changed since the 50’s, and we think it makes sense that the baby shower traditions should change too! While some still prefer the traditional “girls-only” shower, we’ve noticed a trend toward […]

4 Reasons Why You Should Book an Engagement Shoot

December 7, 2023

As a soon-to-be bride, your to-do list might feel a mile long. But one item I’d encourage you to add to the list: a professional engagement photography session! Yes, there might be a financial investment, and it will require a few hours of your time. But the results are well worth the effort! Followers of […]

– Ask a Real Bride – 5 Bridesmaid Getting Ready Outfits Your Girls Will Love

November 21, 2023

The morning of your wedding is a special time: the months of anticipation and planning are finally coming together, and it’s time to soak it all in and enjoy! The best part of the morning is sharing it with your best girls, and one way to make them feel special is to coordinate your bridesmaids’ […]

5 Bridal Shower Themes Perfect for Wintertime

November 16, 2023

There’s no better time to celebrate the bride-to-be than the holiday season: your home is already decked out, family is in town, and cooling temperatures make everyone want to cozy up inside to enjoy a festive get-together. If “plan a bridal shower” has made its way onto your holiday to-do list, I’ve got you covered […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Your Wedding Photography Questions, Answered!

October 19, 2023

Do you know who you’ll spend the most time with on your wedding day? If you think the answer is your fiance or maid of honor, think again–it’s your photographer! That means it’s worth taking the time to learn how to build a great relationship with your photographer, from the very first email to the […]

The Ultimate Birthday Gift Guide

October 3, 2023

Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s rushed into the store on her way to a kids’ birthday party, frantically looking for a last-minute gift. Those quick trips aren’t just stressful; they often end up being expensive, leaving me wondering why I didn’t plan ahead. Confession time: I’m writing this article just as […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Welcome Parties

September 21, 2023

Wedding planning is about so much more than the wedding: in addition to the big day, couples also have to think about the “night before!” This month’s question comes from an Ask a Real Bride Instagram follower wondering if it’s necessary to host out-of-town guests at a pre-wedding event. Read on for why a welcome […]

– Ask a Real Bride – How to Honor Loved Ones You’re Missing on Your Wedding Day

August 17, 2023

It’s never easy marking milestones without our loved ones. But because weddings are such family affairs, the absence of a parent, grandparent, or sibling can be especially difficult. That’s where the @askarealbride followers come in! The @askarealbride Instagram page is a place where brides, mothers of the bride, bridesmaids, and wedding guests can ask questions […]

– Ask a Real Bride – How Do I Ask My In-Laws to Contribute?

July 20, 2023

If you’re not yet part of the Ask a Real Bride Instagram community, you have to join us: brides to be, mothers of the bride and groom, bridesmaids, and anyone who loves weddings will find daily etiquette Q+A’s, fun videos, and quick tips to make wedding season more enjoyable! Week after week, brides (and sometimes […]

What to Wear to Your Own Baby Shower

July 11, 2023

If your baby shower is approaching, you’ve probably been focusing on curating the perfect registry of baby items to welcome your little one. But now it’s time to focus on YOU! What to wear to your own baby shower is one of the toughest wardrobe challenges, but I’m here to help with 5 factors you […]

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