November 18

Rant or Rave: Friends or Family at a Marriage Proposal

Once in a lifetime photos? Or a special private moment? The jury is out on whether to have friends or family at the marriage proposal.


We’ve heard stories of family that is there snapping photos but otherwise remain unseen to full-on parties where everyone there knows the news and is in on helping plan the surprise. And, of course, a more traditional private moment just for the two of you. Would you rather keep the special moment in your memory or share it with those close to you? Rant or rave and tell us about your proposal story!


April 15

A Plus One You Can’t Stand? Rant or Rave

You love your friend. She’s been there for you through thick and thin ever since you can remember. Sadly, she just moved in with a guy you can’t stand.

He’s pushy, boring and he doesn’t treat her well enough for your tastes. Even if he isn’t any of those things, for some reason, you neither like him nor believe he’ll be around for the long haul, so you don’t really want him at your special event.

Do you accept the fact that he’s her live-in boyfriend and invite them both, or do you leave him off the invitation? Rant or rave!


June 11

Rant or Rave: Using Friends as Coordinators

Many couples get engaged about a year before they want to get married because that’s about how long it takes to plan a wedding. Hiring a wedding coordinator can ease much of the stress that comes with planning a wedding, but it also comes with a price. Many brides seek out a close friend to take on the party planning in order to save money—but doing so can run the risk of straining your relationship, or even worse, ruining it.

Are you having a friend or family member help you plan your wedding or have you helped a friend do the same? Does using a friend as a coordinator make you want to rant or rave?


September 16

Tips for Making Writing Thank You Cards Pain Free

Getting through that big stack of thank you cards may not be your way of having a good time, however it simply must be done—and I’d say the sooner the better. To help you through the process, here are a few tips on ways to make writing those wedding thank you cards pain free!

1. Writing a thank you card actually begins when you start sending out your invitations. Make sure you keep everyone’s contact information in a spreadsheet. Google has a document program that allows you to share files with others. This way, you and your significant other can keep track of your information in the same place.

2. Either mail out all of your thank you cards at the same time or do it by family. If not, you’ll run into the same issues as me and have some people calling to find out what happened to their thank you card since they heard someone else already got theirs.

3. Clarify any questions early! As you receive each gift, look for a card or gift tag. If there are presents without any name attached to it or the card says “From: The Smiths” and you have two relatives with the same name, clarify things with the gift givers right away.

4. Order extra thank you cards. I’ve made so many mistakes on my thank yous and had to throw them away. Having 25 extra ones really made a difference, especially since I didn’t account for cards sent to our vendors.

5. Do a little at a time. So that the task seems less daunting, commit to doing say five or 10 cards a day. Then, just push through the process. What I told my husband was that these people deserved a nice card for all of their efforts getting to our wedding and for their generous gifts. It was worth the bit of discomfort to get them a well-worth-the-wait thank you card!