Baby Shower Etiquette

March 5, 2018

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby! (Well, not necessarily in that order anymore.) And while everyone loves a cute little bundle of joy, some may dread the baby shower. Love them or hate them, they’re a fact of life and if you’re a woman, you will most likely be invited to […]

– Ask Cheryl – Should I Return the Engagement Ring?

February 26, 2018

When a couple chooses to call off their wedding, there are many practical as well as emotional implications. Today, we address the engagement ring: who keeps it? Dear Cheryl, My fiancé and I have decided to call off our wedding by mutual agreement. Am I now expected to return my engagement ring? Please advise. -Samantha […]

– Ask Cheryl – Baby Gifts and the Workplace

February 12, 2018

When someone in the office is expecting, it’s sweet to celebrate with a small gift or celebration. But what if you haven’t been invited to a shower? Today, Cheryl weighs in on the best way to handle workplace gifts. Dear Cheryl, One of our coworkers is expecting, and invited one member of the staff to […]

– Ask Cheryl – The Best Way to Give a Cash Wedding Gift

January 23, 2018

While online shopping has made purchasing wedding gifts easier than ever, some guests (and brides and grooms) still prefer cash. What’s the best way to send the money? Read on! Dear Cheryl, Is it permissible to include money in the wedding card on the day of the ceremony? I’d like to contribute toward the honeymoon […]

– Ask Cheryl – How Much Should I Spend on a Second Bridal Shower Gift?

January 8, 2018

  When your mailbox is filled with invitations for weddings and showers, gift-giving can seem overwhelming. Today, we’ve got good news for your budget if you’ve been invited to multiple showers for the same bride! Dear Cheryl, I was invited to two showers for the same bride. What amount should I spend on a second […]

– Ask Cheryl – Is it Okay to Give a Wedding Gift on Behalf of Someone Else?

December 26, 2017

We all want to be as generous and kind as possible, but does that mean it’s appropriate to give a wedding gift on someone else’s behalf? Dear Cheryl, How much should / would you recommend I give for my daughter’s second wedding? I am not helping pay for it. Also, would it be appropriate for […]

– Ask Cheryl – Is it Too Late to Celebrate Coworker’s Wedding?

December 14, 2017

  The “workplace shower” is a fairly modern practice that doesn’t always follow the traditional rules of wedding etiquette—and that’s ok! Dear Cheryl, My coworker got married two weeks ago. She didn’t invite me or anyone else from the office, and I completely understand given the high costs of weddings. Our coworkers never organized a […]

– Ask Cheryl – Not Invited to Baby Shower, but Can I still Send a Gift?

November 29, 2017

While some dread gift-giving obligations, others enjoy expressing their love and support by giving a gift. But if they haven’t received an invitation, would their gifts be appreciated or misunderstood? Dear Cheryl, Is it considered rude to send a gift to a baby shower that I am not invited to? My future daughter-in-law’s sister-in-law is […]

Wedding Guest Etiquette – What you Should (and Shouldn’t) Do As a Wedding Guest

November 24, 2017

Whether you’re heading to your first wedding or you’re an old pro, it’s sometimes easy to forget the do’s and don’ts of being a good wedding guest. So, we’ve compiled this list of simple guidelines- some of these may seem obvious or ridiculous, but unfortunately, they do happen. Before we get started, let’s talk about […]

– Ask Cheryl – Appropriate Gifts for Wedding #2

November 15, 2017

This week’s question deals with gift-giving etiquette for second marriages—and in these situations, gift-givers have a few options! Dear Cheryl, My best friend’s son is getting married for the second time, but this is the bride’s first marriage. We are very close to these people, so what is appropriate for a gift? Thanks, -Rachel Hi […]

Ask Cheryl: Couple Requests Cash for their Honeymoon: To Give or Not to Give?

October 27, 2017

Today’s question comes from a reader who was asked to make a cash donation for a honeymoon in lieu of a wedding gift. She’s now not sure if she should attend the wedding or even send a gift.   Dear Cheryl,   My husband and I were planning to visit Italy this fall for a relative’s […]

– AskCheryl – How Late Can I Send a Baby Gift?

July 25, 2017

Today’s reader is embarrassed because she is late in sending a baby gift. We’ve all been there – maybe we forgot, procrastinated, or had a very good reason. Read on for my advice to her. How long after a baby’s birth can we send a newborn gift? We intended to do so and even bought […]

– AskCheryl – Snub or Oversight? Bridal Shower Invitation Confusion

July 18, 2017

Today’s question comes from a mom that is wondering how to handle the fact that she received an invitation to her niece’s bridal shower, but daughter didn’t. Snub or oversight? Hi Cheryl, I recently received a Bridal shower invitation to my niece’s shower, addressed only to me. I have an adult daughter (college age) living at […]

– Love, Marriage, and the Baby Carriage – Who Gets Invited?

June 20, 2017

Today’s Ask Cheryl question comes from a reader that’s planning a baby shower soon after the wedding. She wants to know if it’s OK to invite those that were not invited to the wedding. Dear Cheryl, Should people not invited to the recent wedding be invited to the baby shower? Thanks, Mary Ann Hi Mary […]

– Ask Cheryl – Should I Send a Gift If Not Invited to the Wedding?

May 29, 2017

Our question today is from a reader that was not invited to the wedding of someone close to her, so she feels she may need to give a wedding gift. Dear Cheryl, I was not invited to the wedding of my good friend’s daughter. Should I give a wedding gift? I did give a substantial shower gift. Gina […]

– Ask Cheryl – Does a Couples Shower Replace a Wedding Reception?

May 18, 2017

Today’s question is from a reader that is confused about being invited to a co-ed couples shower, but not invited to the wedding. Are co-ed showers taking the place of a wedding reception? Dear Cheryl, We’ve received a couple of “couples shower” invitations. In both cases, it was when a destination type wedding was happening. In […]

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