So you’ve looked up tips on writing wedding thank you notes, but you’re still not sure what’s right and what’s not. Well, you’re in luck. We’ve created this helpful wedding thank you note cheat sheet to help.

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Dear _____ (always insert the proper name!),

Thank you [thanks] so much [a ton/a whole bunch/ever so much] for helping us celebrate [being present on/attending/being a part of] our special day [our wedding and reception/our big day/one of the most important days of our lives].

We couldn’t be happier with [are thrilled with/are so thankful for/are in love with/absolutely adore] your amazing [your wonderful/your very kind/your special/your perfect/your thoughtful] gift. We plan to use it for our first Christmas dinner [our first home/our honeymoon/our kitchen/our first dinner party].

Again, thank you so much for attending and for [driving all that way/looking fantastic/all of your help/all the memories/the laughs and the love].

Sincerely [Love/All Our Love/Best Wishes/With Our Love],

Name

This helpful cheat sheet shows you exactly what should be written on a wedding thank you note! It will make the process of writing thank you notes go by faster while everyone gets a hand-written note that is proper etiquette!

Many women are hesitant to list their bridal party on their wedding website, but there are some great advantages to doing so. There are no etiquette rules that state that brides shouldn’t list their bridal party, so check out these reasons you probably should go ahead and do it!

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Announcing Your Party on Your Wedding Website

The ladies and gentlemen you’ve chosen for your bridal party were chosen for a reason; they’ve been there for you through thick and thin. It’s a great honor to be asked to be part of the bridal party, so announcing it on your wedding website (after asking and receiving acceptance, of course) will make them feel super special.

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Tip: Just Be Kind

Although it’s a great idea to list your wedding party on your wedding website, it’s also important to be really kind toward the individuals you could have chosen but didn’t. For instance, if you have several little nieces but have chosen only one to be the flower girl, you should say something like, “We have so many beautiful and talented nieces so it was hard to choose, but in the end, we felt Tabitha was the best fit.”

List Specifics for the Bridal Party

To make it easier to refer to, you can list some specifics for the bridal party. This might include whether you plan to have all the same bridesmaid dress styles or will allow the bridesmaids to choose their own style, the color of the dresses, and any other information you feel they should have.

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Listing your bridal party on your wedding website is a wonderful idea, as long as you’re sensitive about the feelings of others and your bridal party doesn’t mind!

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These days, even brides who stick to traditional weddings are doing away with some of the more antiquated practices. While there are certainly things many brides will want to do in the traditional manner, there are many other things that could use updating. Here are 5 of the most overrated wedding traditions, according to a large variety of brides.

1. The White Dress

These days, brides are wearing gowns in all colors of the rainbow. From beautiful muted yellow to crimson red, nothing is forbidden. If you’d like to stick to tradition but stray just a little, consider a white gown with colored embroidery or trim.

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Non-Traditional Wedding Dress - Black and White

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2. Money Dances

Brides used to dance with guests and those guests would pin dollars or cash to their gowns, to help the couple start out or fund the honeymoon. These days, more brides consider this a tacky practice and have abandoned it.

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3. The Garter

While many brides still wear the garter, others feel it really doesn’t have a place in modern weddings.

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4. Vows

Many brides and grooms have chosen to forsake the traditional vows (For richer, for poorer, etc) for vows they’ve written themselves. For them, it’s more meaningful and personal. However, if you love the traditional vows, you should definitely go for it. It’s all about what makes you happy on your big day.

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5. Giving the Bride Away

We’ve come a long way from the times when fathers would literally give their daughters away, and although this is still a traditional that’s meaningful for many, others have chosen not to include it. A tasteful alternative is having the officiant ask someone (or multiple people) to speak on behalf of the bride.

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Even with help from a professional wedding coordinator, tackling the wedding planning process can be overwhelming. Here are some tips for which tasks to handle first and how to go about them.

Every couple has to stop and ask which wedding planning tasks to tackle first, even if they have help from a professional wedding planner. While a wedding coordinator can handle much of the planning process for you, it’s still your big day, and you’ll be in charge of making those final decisions. Sure, a coordinator can help you select the best theme, style, and decor for your event, but the details will be up to you. This is why it’s important to be involved in the planning process and to know how to handle it as best as you can.

Tackle the following wedding planning tasks first to make sure everything else falls into place early on:

Scout out ceremony and reception locations—Your planner will suggest venues to meet your preferences, but you’ll still need to do some legwork. Out of everything you should worry about first, selecting your ceremony and reception locations is the most important task. Venues book quickly and you don’t want to get stuck marrying at a venue you don’t like. Additionally, the venues you choose will set the tone for the rest of the event.

Get the dream dress—Depending on where you shop for your gown, chances are it will take months for your dress to be made. Whether it’s being custom made or you’re ordering a design from a bridal boutique, order your gown before you do anything else so you have it in time for fittings before the wedding.

Nail down your guest list—When it’s time to book your vendors, plan your catering, and order floral arrangements, the numbers on your guest list will matter. Sit down and write out your guest list early on to plan the rest of the wedding properly. You’ll also need to do this to get the invitations out on time and to allow everyone to RSVP well ahead of time. Without a doubt, putting together the guest list is one of the first wedding planning tasks you should tackle.

Aside from giving your guests wedding favors, how do you decide who to give gifts to on your special day?

Wedding history holds many traditions that dictate who you should give gifts to on your wedding day. For years, the main tradition was for brides and grooms to gift each other with something (not necessarily anything large or ornate) as a way to express their love for one another. This gift-giving tradition was also used to express excitement and gratitude for their new life together.

Over the years, though, new traditions emerged that varied from culture to culture that were based on the bride and groom gifting other family members and members of the wedding party. To some brides and grooms, gifting others aside from each other may seem unnecessary and even excessive. Still, many brides and grooms choose to honor these various traditions just for the fun of it.

If budget is an important factor to you in gift giving, or you’re having a small, laid-back ceremony and want to skip on all of the lavish gift giving, then it helps to know who you should and shouldn’t gift on your wedding day. Of course, you don’t have to follow any of these traditions, but if you’d like to do some gift giving for sentiment or sake of courtesy, here are some common people you may want to consider gifting.

Your Significant Other: Your future spouse is the first (if only) person you should think about gifting. You can choose something as large or as small as you’d like.

Your Parents: You can gift your parents with something simple to thank them for being there for you over the years and to symbolize your adulthood and your moving on with your life. This is not a necessity, but it’s often a nice exchange for sentiment sake.

Your Maid of Honor/ Best Man: Many couples choose to gift their entire wedding party, but if you can’t afford to do so, gift only your maid of honor or best man in private.

Remember, your big day is about you, and you shouldn’t worry about giving everyone gifts—that’s their job to gift you! But there’s nothing wrong with giving gifts to do something special for your loved ones. Who you should give gifts to on your wedding day is entirely your decision.

Wedding planning stress can be a real bummer. Don’t let it take all of the fun out of the wedding planning process! Try these tips to blow off some steam before you walk down the aisle.

If you’re on the verge of pulling your hair out because of wedding planning stress, it’s time to slow down and blow off some steam before the wedding day. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the wedding planning process and to let your downtime fall by the wayside. However, if you don’t take some time for yourself during the planning process, you’ll quickly fall victim to wedding stress burnout, and there’s nothing fun about that! After all, planning your wedding should be fun, so don’t let the stress that accompanies the planning take all of the enjoyment out of the experience.

Here three effective ways to blow off steam before the wedding day:

Take some time for solitude. One of the best ways to blow off some of that wedding stress is to take some “you” time. Slip away to your favorite spot at the beach for a day, grab a good book and hit the pool, or go treat yourself to a day of pampering. Surround yourself with peace and quiet and take some time to reflect on your life and the things you’re grateful for.

Get moving. Without a doubt, the best way to kill stress before the wedding day is to get active and exercise. Kick up the intensity of your daily workouts or work more cardio into your routine. You can also take a yoga class a few weeks before the big day to help strengthen your muscles and clear your head. Make exercise a habit and you’ll find that managing your wedding day stress is much easier.

Paint the town. Another surefire way to blow off steam before the wedding day is to paint the town with a girlfriend or two. Go shopping, have some dinner and some drinks, and have a few laughs. Nothing kicks wedding planning stress to the curb like a fun night out!

Let your hair down and blow off steam before the wedding day with these three easy tips.

You might be best friends with your bridal party members, but that doesn’t mean your bridesmaids and groomsmen will tell you exactly what they think—especially when it comes to your wedding day.

Many couples are so focused on choosing their bridal party members and dictating all of the requirements and tasks to them that they forget the bridal party members have feelings, too. This is often where the term “Bridezilla” comes in, right? It’s not uncommon for busy, nervous brides to get flustered during the wedding planning process (and on the big day) and disregard the bridal party’s feelings. While couples can’t cater to every single bridesmaid and groomsman, it helps to be aware of problems that arise for the bridal party and how to tackle them.

Here are three things your bridal party won’t tell you and what you can do to handle the bumps in the road:

They’re broke. This doesn’t apply to everyone, of course. However, many bridesmaids and groomsmen fear committing to participating in a bridal party because they’re unable to pay for the required expenses. Others know they cannot pay for the expenses but agree to be in the party anyway because they care about you and want to be there for your special day. Help them out by giving them a little list of expenses that explains which ones they’ll be responsible for and which ones will be provided out of courtesy (if you can afford to do so).

They won’t wear their dress, tux or (insert any outfit here) ever again. Don’t be offended if you never hear or see your maid of honor or best man wear their dress or tux again after your wedding day. Chances are it’s not their style in the first place, or they downright hate it. Whatever the reason, it’s not personal. Just thank them kindly for wearing your choice in attire and don’t bring it up again unless they do.

They don’t want to spend the entire wedding day with the other bridal party members. Although many bridesmaids and groomsmen are already friends or have at least been introduced to one another, don’t automatically assume they are all BFFs. Sure, they’ll likely be seated near one another during the reception and they’ll spend a lot of time together during the photo sessions, but don’t expect them to spend every second together throughout the event. Keep in mind that one bridal party member might not be crazy about the other, and try to provide opportunities for them to circulate and mingle with other guests to keep things cordial. This is something your bridal party won’t tell you, but they’ll certainly appreciate your effort.

So you already know that you need a planner that will suit your personality, style, and wedding needs, but you have no idea how to go about finding the right wedding planner. Here are some questions you can ask a potential planner that will help you determine if they are the right planner for your wedding.

Did you know that there are certain questions you should ask your wedding planner before hiring them? These questions can help you single out the very best wedding planner for your wedding needs. These questions can also help you choose the wedding planner that will fit your budget. These questions will even help reduce your wedding day stress by ensuring that your wedding planner is equipped to meet your needs leading up to the big day.

How Do You Charge?

Wedding planners can charge on one of three pay scales, which makes this a really important question on our list of questions you should ask your wedding planner, especially when you are planning a wedding on a tight wedding budget. Flat fees, commission fees, and percentage fees all have their pros and cons, so be certain that you understand what their fees mean and how they will have an impact on your wedding budget.

How Do You Keep in Touch with Your Clients?

Some wedding planners are fully accessible. Others are only reachable through planned meetings and phone call appointments. As you lead up to the final days of your wedding, you will understand why this is one of the most important questions you should ask your wedding planner. Last minute thoughts, details, and worries can easily be handled with a quick and easy e-mail or even a text message.

Can You Help us Stay on Budget?

When it comes to budget, this is one of the most important questions you should ask your wedding planner. A good wedding planner will be mindful of your budget and work hard to find the best venue discounts possible. A wedding planner that isn’t right for you will try to gloss over this all-important question on our list of questions you should ask your wedding planner.

A wedding program is not essential for all weddings, but for couples that want one, it may be difficult to find information on formatting the program correctly. Here are some tips that will help you format your wedding program effectively and with style.

Not sure how to format your wedding program? You’re not alone. There are many couples who are unsure of how to format their wedding program correctly, and finding information on wedding program etiquette can be difficult. If you’re struggling with proper formatting for your wedding program, these tips can help.

Classy Covers

The old saying may tell you that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but most people do, so when deciding on how to format your wedding program, it is important to create a classy and attractive cover. Monogrammed covers are extremely popular because they are simple, elegant, and inexpensive. However, if you want to put more information on the cover and don’t mind the extra expense, stick to the main details – the couple’s name, wedding location, a photo, and maybe a couple of details that fall in line with your overall wedding theme.

Inside Cover

The inside cover is where most of the information about your wedding should be found. To appropriately format your wedding program, make sure that you include the important events of the day, in order. A few options can include:

Processional music

Officiate greeting

Special readings

Vow exchange

Ring exchange

Candle lighting, special song, communion, prayer, or any other special/religious event

Marriage pronouncement

Recessional music

Wedding Party

Often, the bride and groom’s family and friends are still strangers. Because of this, the next page of your wedding program should include the important members of your wedding party. Be sure to include the person marrying you, parents of the bride and groom, maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and any other special family members you want recognized, like grandparents or step-parents. However, while deciding how to format your wedding program, it is important to remember that you only have limited space to work with, so stick to only the most important people involved with your wedding.

Are you looking for decor or theme inspiration for your wedding day? Using sweet treats such as cupcakes is a great way to incorporate fun, feminine touches into your decor, dessert, and more. Here are some reasons to consider going cupcake crazy on your wedding day.

Whether you have a sweet tooth or you simply love to bake, if you’re looking for a fun, colorful theme for your wedding day, using cupcakes is a great way to enhance your wedding’s decor and please your guests’ taste buds. Cupcake decor items are everywhere when it comes to wedding decor. From favors and cupcake-themed wedding cakes to candy shop retro themes, cupcake accents can be used for a number of things on your wedding day.

Here are a few ways you can go cupcake crazy on your wedding day:

Cupcake bars—One popular way to incorporate these sweet treats into your wedding is to have a full-service cupcake bar. You can hire your caterer or baker to set this up according to your needs, and some vendors even provide this as a specialty service. Each guest can help themselves at the “bar” by choosing their own kind of icing, toppings, and cake flavor, much like an ice cream parlor. One thing to keep in mind with this option is price—it can be a hefty, additional expense depending on how elaborate of a setup you choose.

Personalized cupcake favors—An easy way to share something sweet with your guests is to send them home with personalized cupcake favors. This is a fun way to incorporate cupcakes on your wedding day that doesn’t require you to have an all-out cupcake theme. You can simply use cupcake favors to complement your wedding theme or color schemes. Choose wedding favor boxes that can be customized with designs and messages of your choice, and package miniature or full-size cupcakes in the boxes for your guests to take home.

Faux cupcakes—There are plenty of great ways to incorporate a little cupcake madness on your wedding day that don’t involve any calories! Try using accents such as the Sweet Little Cupcake Design Lip Gloss favors, Cupcake Place Card Holders, or Cupcake Candle favors. These items can dress up your reception tables and gift your guests at the same time, giving everyone a chance to go cupcake crazy on your wedding day!

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