– Ask Cheryl – How to Handle a Giftless Guest

February 26, 2019

When a guest doesn’t bring a gift, are brides obligated to write a note thanking her attending? Cheryl gives two options for how to handle a gifteless guest. Dear Cheryl, My daughter is writing thank you cards for gifts received at her bridal shower. She informed me that she did not receive a gift from […]

– AskCheryl – What’s an Appropriate Engagement Party Gift?

February 11, 2019

Did you know that over 40% of all engagements occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day? With so many engagements on the horizon, I’m often asked questions about engagement gift and engagement party etiquette. Here’s a question from a grandmother who wants to know what would be an appropriate gift for her granddaughter. Hello Cheryl, For my granddaughter’s engagement party, […]

– Ask Cheryl – Do Bridal Shower Guests Also Need to Be Invited to the Wedding?

January 22, 2019

It seems like every wedding involves at least one difficult invitation situation. How should the mother of the bride handle someone who offers to host a shower, but wasn’t included on the wedding guest list? Dear Cheryl, Like most couples, our daughter and future son-in-law have had to limit the guest list for various reasons, […]

– Ask Cheryl – Who Should Be Invited to a Bridal Shower?

January 8, 2019

Guest lists are tricky, but this is one question that can be answered with clear-cut guidelines. Hi Cheryl, My co-worker is throwing a wedding shower for me and has asked me for a list of people to invite. My whole work team will be invited to the wedding, so I will only include female team […]

Finding the Perfect Groomsmen’s Gift

December 20, 2018

A wedding, like every noteworthy occasion in life, has time-honored etiquette that surrounds it. That includes giving your groomsmen gifts to thank them. After all, these guys have been there for you, helping you make it to the altar and will be standing by your side on your wedding day. Many men go with the […]

– Ask a Real Bride – Is it Okay to Have a Wedding B-List?

December 18, 2018

For many engaged couples, the guest list is the first battleground of wedding planning: many factors, including the budget, overall vision, and venue capacity can make determining who gets the invite a difficult decision. One solution for trying to include as many of your loved ones as possible? Creating a “B-List.” What’s a “B-List?” A […]

– Ask Cheryl – Can I Give a Group Bridal Shower Gift?

December 11, 2018

Hi Cheryl, I’ve received an invitation to the bridal shower of my brother-in-law’s bride-to-be. This is his third marriage and her second. My three daughters are also invited, two of whom are in college. My youngest is a junior in high school. None of my daughters are working regularly. I planned to give a cashmere […]

– Ask a Real Bride – 7 Tips for Handling Wedding Guest Drama

November 29, 2018

For most couples, finalizing the guest list can feel like navigating a minefield filled with potential emotional explosions. Divorced parents, squabbling siblings, and contentious relationships all make planning a drama-free wedding a huge challenge for brides and grooms. So in today’s edition of “Ask a Real Bride,” we’re sharing tips for how to handle those […]

– Ask Cheryl – How Do I Handle a Giftless Wedding Guest?

November 27, 2018

It’s all too common: a wedding guest shows up to the wedding, but never sends a gift. Is it ever appropriate to say something? Cheryl weighs in. Dear Cheryl, My cousin and his wife came to our son’s wedding but did not give a card or gift. Do I say something or just let it […]

– Ask Cheryl – Who Should I Invite to My Bachelorette Party?

November 6, 2018

The bachelorette party has become a huge production in recent years. What once was a fun night out with the bridesmaids has become an extravagant (and expensive) weekend-long trip. With the new bachelorette party comes new questions, like who should be invited? Hi Cheryl, What is the etiquette on inviting friends to a bridal shower […]

– Wedding Etiquette Question – What Costs Should the Bride Cover for Her Bridesmaids?

October 23, 2018

Being asked to be a bridesmaid for a friend’s wedding is exciting. But when the questions of travel, lodging, the bachelorette party and the wedding day itself arise, the bridesmaid may wonder, “Am I supposed to pay for that?” Money conversations are always awkward, but before you say yes to the honor of being a […]

– Ask Cheryl – Do I Have to Invite the Crazy Relative to My Wedding?

October 9, 2018

Every family has its quirky members, but is it ever ok to exclude them from the wedding guest list? Today, Cheryl offers her tips for hard-to-handle guests. Dear Cheryl, We’re in a bit of situation with our brother-in-law. At our daughter’s wedding, his behavior was so obnoxious that we decided to leave him out of […]

– Ask Cheryl – How Many Should Be Invited to the Bridal Shower?

September 25, 2018

Is it just us, or have you noticed that bridal showers are becoming larger and larger? Today, Cheryl advises a concerned hostess on how to handle a ballooning guest list. Read on for her tips and the etiquette behind why showers shouldn’t feel like mini-weddings. Dear Cheryl, Thank you so much for being available to […]

– Love and… Remarriage – Etiquette for an Encore Wedding

September 11, 2018

As I write this I’m fondly remembering my good friend’s “Encore” wedding I recently attended. They orchestrated an amazing weekend-long party full of fun activities, incredible food and a heartfelt ceremony, in one of most beautiful settings imaginable- Aspen, Colorado. However, my friend told me that it was a challenge to find information, advice or […]

Bridal Shower Etiquette for All Involved

August 27, 2018

As with all things “wedding year,” throwing a bridal shower comes with certain rules of etiquette—and we don’t just mean for the host. Whether you’re the host, a guest or even the bride herself, follow the rules below to find out what you should and should not do. Bridal Shower Etiquette for the Bride It’s […]

Top 5 Reasons to Create a Baby Registry For Your 2nd or 3rd Child

August 23, 2018

We believe that every new baby should be celebrated and that baby showers are the perfect time for the expectant mom to relax and spend time with loved ones. If you’re pregnant with your second or third child, you’re probably wondering, “Should I create a baby gift registry?” This is a hotly debated topic, and […]

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