How to Address Wedding Invitations

May 2, 2023

You’ve invested time, money, and care into choosing wedding invitations that reflect your personal style and tone of the wedding. The final step: addressing the envelopes! It seems straightforward: title, name, address. But as you scan your guest list, you may find yourself with questions. We’re here to help! Read on for guidelines for every […]

– Ask a Real Bride – What Are Honorary Bridesmaids, Hypemaids, and Something Blue Crews?

April 20, 2023

One of the most frequently discussed topics on our @askarealbride Instagram page is bridesmaids. I hear variations of these questions all the time: How do I choose my bridesmaids? What if I don’t want the chaos of a huge bridal party? Will my friends be disappointed if they aren’t asked to be in the wedding? […]

– Ask a Real Bride – How Do I Tell Guests the Dress Code?

March 23, 2023

Four ways to tell guests what to wear to your wedding If you’re in the middle of wedding planning, your mind is filled with ideas for how to make your big day enjoyable and memorable for your guests. One important element: helping your guests feel comfortable in what they wear to celebrate. So what’s the […]

– Ultimate Guide to Gift-Giving – When Do I Take a Gift?

March 14, 2023

With 2020 far behind us, you may find that your social calendar is filling up with celebrations both big and small. After years apart, we’re eager to gather to celebrate birthdays, graduations, and more! This sudden influx of invitations might mean you’re shopping for something to wear, brushing up on your small talk skills, and […]

Baby Gift Ideas for the Parents Who Didn’t Register

March 9, 2023

No registry? No problem! We’ve got gifts new babies and moms will love! Confession: I’m one of those moms who didn’t register during my second pregnancy. And looking back, I really should have (read why here). But I’m not alone—many moms, especially those on their second and third babies, don’t create a gift registry, leaving […]

– Ask A Real Bride – What Should I Do If a Guest Asks for a Plus One?

February 23, 2023

If you’ve started working on your guest list, you know that the name of the game is usually shrinking the list to fit your budget and venue–not adding to it. So how should you respond if someone asks if they can add a guest? Far and away, this is the most popular question in my […]

– When Do I Take a Gift – Wedding Edition

February 14, 2023

If you have a friend or family member getting married soon, you may have noticed that the festivities begin long before the wedding. The months before the event are filled with gatherings like engagement parties, showers, and other pre-wedding events. If your mailbox (or inbox) is suddenly filled with invitations, read on. I’ll let you […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Should I Ask a Friend to Officiate?

January 19, 2023

Couples are always looking for ways to make their weddings unique and unforgettable. One of the most popular ways to do that? Choosing an officiant you know and love! While many of the brides I surveyed via Instagram (@askarealbride) chose a professional officiant, like a pastor, priest, or judge, a whopping 40% of brides tell […]

– The Registry that Lasts – Ten Wedding Gifts You’ll Still Be Using in Ten Years

January 5, 2023

So many couples tell me they’re stressed about their wedding registry. Before they even start scrolling through websites or strolling into the stores themselves, they’re already thinking, “Do we really need all of this?” and “Where am I going to put all of this stuff?” Even if you’re a minimalist or think you have everything […]

What Your Bridesmaids Wish You Knew

December 20, 2022

Dear Brides, Choosing your bridesmaids is one of the first decisions you’ll make after becoming engaged. Most friends are honored to stand by your side as you say, “I do!” Yet year after year, my inbox is filled with stories and dilemmas from bridesmaids who are struggling to fulfill their responsibilities and remain friends with […]

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Wedding Registry

December 6, 2022

The first few weeks after your engagement can feel like a blur: your to-do list is a mile long, with items like, “set wedding date,” “book venue,” “find vendors,” and “order a dress.” Making those big decisions can take a month or two, but once you’ve nailed down a date, dress, venue, and vendors, there’s […]

– Ask a Real Bride – The Pros and Cons of Registering Completely Online

November 17, 2022

We’ve gotten used to doing pretty much everything from the comfort of our own homes on our computers and devices. Wedding registries are no exception! Years ago, choosing items for your registry meant going to a store, being handed a scan gun, and manually picking items to add. Not any longer! With just a few […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Sweet Ways to Honor Your Future In-Laws

October 20, 2022

As your wedding day approaches, you might be coming to a new realization: you’re about to become someone’s wife AND someone’s new daughter. What’s the best way to start building this new relationship with your future in-laws? Our real brides are here to help. I took to Instagram (come join our Ask a Real Bride […]

– Ask a Real Bride – The Etiquette of Plus Ones

September 22, 2022

Last month, the “Ask a Real Bride” got its very own Instagram account! If you love quick tips on wedding planning and etiquette, and short, sometimes funny, videos in your social media feed, come join the party! I’d love to get your feedback and interact with you there! By far, the most popular topic on […]

What to Write in a Baby Shower Card

September 6, 2022

Simple and sweet messages to share with parents-to-be! We all love celebrating the arrival of a new baby. Shopping for tiny outfits, cute gear, and cuddly toys is always fun, but there’s still an important element to baby gift-giving: writing the card! If you’re facing some writer’s block, you’ve come to the right blog post. […]

– Ask a Real Bride – What to do When Wedding Guests Behave Badly

August 18, 2022

While most of your wedding is under your control, there’s a large element of the day you can’t always plan for: the behavior of your guests. Among any large gathering, there is bound to be some less-than-ideal behavior. And with the added emotions of a wedding and the sky-high expectations of the bride and groom, […]

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