A Guide to Thank-You Notes

February 15, 2018

One of the most popular complaints I hear from brides and mothers-to-be following their weddings or baby showers is the looming task of writing thank-you notes. And while I can see how sitting down to write hundreds of hand-written notes seems daunting, I’m here to tell you that expressing gratitude for a gift is really […]

– 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 couples) 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 fund, but […]

– 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 bridal […]

– 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 shower […]

– 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 […]

– Say Goodbye to Bridezilla – 10 Ways to be a Great Bride

August 4, 2017

You may feel her coming on, and you may think she’s unavoidable, but I’m here to tell you that Bridezilla does not have to make an appearance during wedding planning! I know firsthand how difficult and stressful planning a wedding can be. You’re juggling work, family, and friends while planning the biggest, most-perfect day of […]

– 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 […]

How to Talk to a Difficult Bride (and when you really shouldn’t)

July 7, 2017

Amongst women in their twenties, the bridesmaid experience is a favorite conversation topic. Almost every young woman has a hilarious/cringe-worthy/unbelievable story to tell. Like war veterans swapping battle stories, veteran bridesmaids love to “one-up” one another with tales of bratty brides, budget-busting bachelorette weekends, and not-so-beautiful bridesmaid dresses. So what’s a bridesmaid to do? I don’t […]

– 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 […]

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