Are you in the initial planning stages of your wedding? Or is your wedding right around the corner and you are becoming a mini “Bridezilla”? Don’t fret, Anja Winikka editor of the Theknot.com and wedding planner of webseries Married on Myspace is here to the rescue with her 10 Do’s and Don’ts to planning a joyous and memorable wedding. Below are some great tips for your readers. Please let me know if you are interested in posting these expert tips on your site.
10 Do’s and Don’ts from Anja Winikka, editor at TheKnot.com
1. DON’T wait up to 6 months to send your thank you cards. For gifts received before the wedding, give yourself two weeks. For gifts given at the wedding, cards should be sent within the month following your honeymoon.
2. DON’T include your registry information on the invitations. The best way to pass on this information is with a wedding website (check out the ones on TheKnot.com!) or by word of mouth.
3. DO only include the names of the guests you’d like to attend the wedding on your invitations. Want an adults-only ceremony and reception? Only put the parents’ names on the invitation. Want your single friend to bring a date? Include their name and “plus guest” on the invite.
4. DO handle the awkward comments with class; and know when guests are being more-than-nosey with questions like: “when are you having
kids?” and “how much did all of this cost?” or “is this really a white wedding?”
5. DO utilize the internet! E-save-the-dates are growing in popularity, along with couples starting wedding websites to relay all the important information to their guests. An added plus: E-save-the-dates are green!
6. DO keep guests at destination weddings entertained by suggesting activities for them to do during their stay. Some couples even prepare gift bags with local trinkets, maps and travel guides for their guests.
7. DON’T ignore the tipping protocol. Unless gratuity is included in your bill, it is expected that you’ll tip the officiant and the church or synagogue ($500 or more), the delivery and set-up staff (around $5 to $10 per person), the reception staff (15%-20% of the food bill and $200 or $300 for the maitre d’), the stylist and make-up artist (15%-20%), and your driver or person responsible for your transportation (15%-20%). Tipping bakers, florists, your wedding planner, photographers and musicians is optional.
8. DON’T have a cash bar. Try to adjust your budget by offering a wine selection or a signature cocktail so guests won’t have to fumble
9. DON’T ask for cash as a gift, even though survey’s show it’s the number one gift couples want. By default, many guests will give cash anyway.
10. DO include dress codes on invitations so guests will know how to dress, which is especially helpful for those late afternoon weddings with nighttime receptions.