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Sometime the next three days, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hand down a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which could potentially legalize gay marriage at the state level nationwide. History is happening now, ladies. In a show of support that we fully endorse, our friends at Brides put together a video celebrating every couple’s right to marriage. Grab a tissue.
According to the national average, a bride and groom in the United States can expect cash wedding gifts around the $120 mark—but the amount can vary widely depending on where and when they host their wedding. This infographic from Tendr, a site that allows couples to create an online cash registry, breaks down how much cash wedding guests are giving, on average, state by state.
The graphic also mentions that wedding guests are the most generous in March, handing over an average of $190—possibly because it’s the off-season, so guests don’t have to spread their wealth among many weddings. The average dips from June to August, and bottoms out at $124 in September, when guests are probably feeling tapped after peak wedding season.
Of course, at the end of the day, a wedding isn’t about getting gifts and the bride and groom should be grateful for anything their guests can give.
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We’ve see navy blue wedding dresses—both on the runway and IRL—but it seems designers and brides have mostly shied away from baby blue. It-Girl darling Houghton sent a light blue wedding dress down the catwalk in their Fall 2015 show. (Of course, they do everything first.)
And Alfred Angelo has some baby blue dresses in the mix in their Disney Fairy Tale Bridal collection—notably the Cinderella and Elsa gowns—but those feel, well, Disney Princess-y.
But on Tuesday, photos of a real bride in baby blue popped up on Instagram:
Followed by another stunning pale blue gown—this one by Johanna Johnson—yesterday.
If blush wedding dresses are the new white—everyone designer’s doing pinks now—then baby blue might be the color for daring brides. It’s light enough that it still feels bridal, but different enough that you’ll make heads turn.
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Before they see you at the top of the aisle, your wedding guests will get a first impression of your wedding based on the ceremony space. Is it flower-filled, bright, and bountiful, or is it a pristine, serene loft? When you’re planning the decorations for the space where you’ll make your big debut, consider the vibe or mood of your wedding, as a whole, and let that dictate its design. Here are 39 very different aisles—all gorgeous—to inspire you.
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Love wins! The Supreme Court handed down a decision that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples—and Hollywood is THRILLED. Here are all the celebs who are celebrating on social media. (Come back for updates as the day progresses!)
Love WINS!!!!!!!!— P!nk (@Pink) June 26, 2015
Proud! https://t.co/QSnBsKhD23— Ted Allen (@ChopTedAllen) June 26, 2015
It's a new day. Thank you Supreme Court. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Your opinion is profound, in more ways than you may know. #huzzah— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2015
Finally ������#SCOTUS— Pete Wentz (@petewentz) June 26, 2015
�������� GO AMERICA! pic.twitter.com/xKv7gL0Jg8— J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) June 26, 2015
Very happy about the SCOTUS rulings this week! Marriage Equality, Fair Housing and Affordable Health Care!— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 26, 2015
Holy shit SCOTUS!! What an amazing day and what a great step forward for America— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) June 26, 2015
Love.— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) June 26, 2015
US Supreme Court backs gay marriage YES! ��������http://t.co/gzglj5Ptfa— Kate Walsh (@katewalsh) June 26, 2015
Wow. So moved to hear such amazing news. What a beautiful day. Grateful to those who have worked so tirelessly for equality. #lovewins������������— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) June 26, 2015
#LoveWins !!! My heart sings today. I am elated and proud -more than ever to be an American.— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) June 26, 2015
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In the forming of a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgement of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered." THANK YOU #SCOTUS !!! #LoveWins #EqualityMatters #Proud ����������������������
God bless America. I'm proud today to be part of a people who are adaptable. A country of men and women who can evolve to be the manifestation of our higher selves; Compassionate, loving and tolerant. The diversity of people, and the inclusion of all the differences - gay or straight, man or woman, young or old, right and even wrong, is what makes our values strong and robust. #freedom
ALL 50 STATES!!!! ���� So happy. Times are changing my friends. We have such a long way to go and so much more fighting to do so I hope nobody stops and thinks everything's ok because it isn't, BUT it's days like today, and moments like this that we've all gotta have a drink and celebrate how far we have come. I couldn't be prouder to be gay x love to all x #PRIDE #EQUALITY
And yes! Love wins! Thank you— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) June 26, 2015
#SCOTUS killin it this week!— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) June 26, 2015
Congratulations America for finally catching up to the modern era with this landmark step forward for gay and lesbian rights.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 26, 2015
YESSSSS AMERICAAAAA!! �������������������������� what a moment. #LoveWon— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) June 26, 2015
Now there we have it,each and every one of us entitled to the same privilege of marriage,isn't that what life is about. Thank you..finally.— Lisa Vanderpump (@LisaVanderpump) June 26, 2015
Hugely emotional that marriage equality has finally come to the U.S. History! Love ALWAYS wins. ������������������— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 26, 2015
Supreme Court rules right to marriage is a "fundamental right" and same sex couples can't be deprived of that right— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) June 26, 2015
Love won. #MarriageEquality— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 26, 2015
LOVE WINS!!!!!!! WE ARE EQUAL!!!!!!!! Ps. Somebody marry me, quick!!!!!— Andy Cohen (@Andy) June 26, 2015
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Lena Dunham famously said that she and Jack Antonoff wouldn’t consider marriage until it was legal for everyone, everywhere in the United States. “The idea of having a celebration that can’t be fully shared among all the people in my life and all the people that we love just doesn’t really feel like a celebration at all,” Lena, whose sister is gay, told Ellen DeGeneres in March. “So until that’s something that everyone can join into with no sense of being left out on any level, politically, emotionally, it’s just not something that we’re gonna do.”
But in light of today’s historic SCOTUS decision, which legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, it seems Lena might be ready for an engagement ring.
Woke up to learn that love is free! Thank you to all those who fought so hard to make this historic moment happen.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 26, 2015
Weddings are about to get a lot less boring...— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 26, 2015
Let's use this victory as a reminder to keep pushing for equality on every frontier. We have the power!— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 26, 2015
.@jackantonoff Get on it, yo...— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 26, 2015
It’s all very similar to when Kristen Bell Tweeted a sweet marriage proposal to Dax Shepard after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA, exactly two years ago today. (Spoiler alert: He said yes!)
Sofia Vergara served as a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding earlier today, proving—as we all suspected—that Sofia Vergara looks fantastic in whatever she’s wearing, even if that “whatever” is a floor-length kinda shapeless pastel yellow bridesmaid dress. The handsome date by her side—fiance Joe Manganiello—made for some nice arm candy.
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Sofia Vergara is the most recent celebrity to play bridesmaid—stepping out in a pale-yellow bridesmaid dress over the weekend—but she’s certainly not the first. Below, 14 celebs who have joined the (wedding) party as their friends and family members said “I do.”
EVA MENDES shared this #tbt from her sister’s wedding to promote her own line of New York & Co. bridesmaid dresses.
RIHANNA wore embroidered lilac tulle as a bridesmaid in her friends’ 4/20 wedding.
LAUREN CONRAD and LO BOSWORTH shared bridesmaid-ing duties when Lauren’s Paper Crown partner, Maura McManus, tied the knot last August.
JESSICA SIMPSON’s been a bridesmaid more times than we can count: In August of 2014 she wore white for sister Ashlee Simpson’s wedding. She walked down the aisle with Zach Braff when BFF CaCee Cobb married Donald Faison in 2012, above left. And way back in 2004, she was a bridesmaid in Jennifer MacFarlane’s wedding to Sean Sullivan, above right; Justin Timberlake was also a guest at that wedding. (See a complete rundown Jessica Simpson’s adventures in bridesmaid-ing here.)
After they’d both packed up and left the Playboy Mansion, BRIDGET MARQUARDT joined former Girls Next Door star Holly Madison when she wed Pasquale Rotella at Disneyland. (More recently, Holly’s made headlines with her tell-all memoir from their days at the Mansion.)
ASHLEY GREENE wore a magenta Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dress in a friend’s wedding.
Double the bridesmaid duties: BEYONCE wore white as a bridesmaid twice this year: first in sister Solange’s wedding, and then again when mom Tina Knowles said “I do.”
EVA LONGORIA and Co. accented their bridesmaid dresses with delicate sparkly sashes at earlier this year.
VANESSA HUDGENS and her fellow ’maids schooled us in mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses at High School Musical costar Ashley Tisdale’s wedding last summer.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE (in peach!) was one of 11 bridesmaids when her brother Blaine swapped vows in a wedding that was later featured on the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings.
CARA DELEVIGNE dressed in white—as Brit bridesmaids do—for sister Poppy’s big day. (They’re joined here by sister Chloe.)
LENA DUNHAM wore a gray Reformation bridesmaid dress and a sweet braid in childhood friend Isabel’s wedding last summer.
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You might think to look to Fashion Week runways for wedding dress inspiration, but it turns out your favorite designers can inspire your wedding dessert too. Cake-making genius Lori Hutchinson—also known as The Caketress—took bits of pieces from the catwalks of Marchesa, Chanel, Valentino, and more, and translating them into breathtaking wedding cakes. Check ’em out:
DOLCE & GABANA
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
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If your guy mentions that he might be in the market for an engagement ring, even if you don’t want to weigh in on the design, you may want to point out that there are some diamond scams he should keep his eyes peeled for. Here are six of the most common ways guys get scammed when they’re engagement ring shopping, from Vanessa Nicole, a San Diego jeweler who specializes in custom engagement rings.
1. The diamond you buy online doesn’t match the description—and you can’t return it.
There are reputable places to buy an engagement ring online—but there are lots of not-so-reputable online “jewelers,” too. Before you buy, review the company’s return policy and make sure you can send back the ring if you’re not happy when you see it in person. Normal: The buyer may have to pay return shipping and insurance fees. Not normal: There’s a 50 percent “re-stocking” fee. (Note: Both Blue Nile and Brilliant Earth—two online jewelers we recommend often—are Better Business Bureau accredited and have A+ ratings.)
2. The diamond looks WAY less gorgeous once you take it outside the store.
Like the jewelry equivalent of a “ skinny mirror,” jewelry stores invest in expensive lighting systems that will make their rings seem especially bling-y. For example, a store may have blue-ish lighting that makes yellow stones seem more white. Since you won’t be walking around under expensive blue-ish lights, make sure you look at the diamond in natural light and fluorescent light (the kinds of lighting you’ll most often see your ring under) before you buy.
3. The ring looks small, even though the jeweler keeps saying it’s “2 carats!” “2 carats!”
Your guy needs know the difference between carat weight and total carat weight. A solitaire with a 2-carat center stone is a lot more valuable than a ring with a 1-carat center stone surrounded by 200 itty-bitty pave diamonds that when you add ’em together equal a carat.
4. The jeweler’s pushing treated diamonds.
The words “clarity enhanced” seem innocent enough, but Vanessa calls clarity enhancement “plastic surgery for diamonds,” and warns that clarity enhancing treatments can affect the integrity of the diamond. Heat—from a torch, if the ring has to be re-sized, or evan an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner—can leave a crack or fissure in a clarity enhanced diamonds. In short: Avoid ’em.
5. “Half-off diamonds.”
Any savvy shopper knows that a “half price” banner over anything (shoes, sushi, and, yes, diamonds) usually means that the merchandise has been marked way up—just so it can be marked way down. One diamond fail-safe price check passed on by another jeweler: See how the ring price stacks up against a similar ring on Blue Nile. Even if you’re not going to buy your ring online, that site, in particular, will give you an idea of reasonable price parameters. (Of course a small custom jeweler will charge more than a big online seller, but the prices shouldn’t be wildly different.)
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The day before Amy and Dana were set to say “I do,” the Supreme Court voted to legalize same-sex marriage across the United States, making their big day a little extra special.
And then Justin Timberlake took the stage.
One of the brides, Dana, was Jessica Biel’s college roommate, so Jessica and her beau were guests at the wedding, which took place at St. Paul's on the Green in Norwalk, Connecticut. If you search Instagram for #amylovesdana, you’ll find videos of Justin performing and the brides singing along.
An eyewitness told Us: “Throughout the night, Justin really let loose and he started dancing in the middle of the wedding circle having an amazing time dancing to this great band. Then Justin decided he wanted to put on a little concert for the two brides and he jumped onto the stage. It was awesome and so special for the brides and all the guests, who were so impressed!”
Here’s Justin with a guest:
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All eyes are on the bride—but it’s a big day for the moms of the hour (her mother and her groom’s) too. With that in mind, reader Amanda writes: “I need some guidance on whether or not this dress color is appropriate for my son’s wedding. The bridesmaid dresses are black, and the bride is OK with me wearing black. It’s a evening formal wedding.”
Here’s the dress she picked:
We generally say no white (or cream or white-adjacent) for anyone but the bride; even white-topped dresses can look all-white if you’re sitting down. But this dress seems totally fine. Because the cream portion ends right below the bust line, no one’s going to think you’re wearing a white gown. That said, you should still check with the bride. There are so many options out there, and you might as well make her happy on this count. If she complains that this dress is “too white,” yes, she’s being petty. But if you give in here, it’ll give you a little leeway the next time you have a difference of opinion.
Need another option? For one-stop mom shopping, we’ll take the lazy bride’s way out and hit up BHLDN. Pretty dresses that are always appropriate, usually reasonably priced, and can be shopped online. (Most of these come in a bunch of colors, so you don’t have to choose the pale, potentially bridal shades.)
In general, for the moms, avoid anything super shiny or super stiff. Bridal salons might push them toward options with weird bolero toppers, long sleeves, high collars, or lots of ruffles and ruching (very old-school MOB/MOG), but if your moms are more style-savvy, there’s no need for them to play by the old rules.
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Most bridesmaid dresses are fine. Just fine. Not what you’d pick if you were a guest at the wedding but something you buy because it’s sort of considered the price of admission for standing up front as one of your best friends says “I do.” Even if you don’t hate it—even if it’s maybe little cute—the chances of it getting shoved in the back of your closet until you pack it up for Goodwill in two years are high.
Unless, maybe, the bride chooses wear-again bridesmaid separates—like these, from Joanna August.
All of these looks are shirt-and-skirt combos, giving them major wear-again potential. Sure, you’ll probably never slip into the whole top-and-bottom combo again, but the skirts could be hemmed to be more everyday functional, and there are about 50 different occasions on which you could re-wear, say, that V-neck top—especially since that one can be worn with the V in the front or the back. Clever. (Bonus points if the bride chooses a universally easy-to-wear color, like black or white.)
The looks aren’t cheap: Tops start at $135, skirts, $165. But maybe your bridesmaids won’t mind springing for something that’ll see the light of day again after the wedding.
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Lauren Conrad’s Paper Crown, gave us a sweet #tbt today: a never-before-seen photo from Lauren’s September 2014 wedding, with Maura Oehm (LC’s Paper Crown partner) carrying either the cathedral-length train on Lauren’s Badgley Mischka wedding dress or her cascading veil.
Maura’s wearing the Meghan Dress in Silver Peony from Paper Crown’s bridesmaid line. And of course just a month earlier, Lauren wore a Paper Crown bridesmaid dress (as did Lo Bosworth) when Maura and her husband said “I do” last August.
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Avril Lavigne, who celebrates her two-year wedding anniversary with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger later this month, kind of fell off our radar for a while. In fact, we haven’t heard much from the “Sk8er Boi” singer since she shared a snap of her upgrade engagement ring (which is roughly the size of your face) following their one-year anniversary. But today Monique Lhuillier, who designed Avril’s jaw-dropping black wedding dress, shared a never-before-seen bridal portrait, and we can’t stop thinking about it.
It looks like the delicate lace that trims her veil—also black—matches the lace on the bodice of her wedding gown. Of course black isn’t for every bride, but it certainly makes a breathtaking statement here.
What did Mila Kunis wear when she said “I do” to Ashton Kutcher? The two swapped vows over the weekend, if you missed the news—but don’t hold your breath waiting for wedding pictures, as both the bride and the groom are notoriously press-shy.
And still, between the wedding dresses Mila’s worn for various movie roles and her personal style, we can probably get a pretty good idea of what she picked for her wedding day—or at least narrow down our guesses to three potential categories.
We’re probably most familiar with classic Mila, who prefers clean silhouettes and feminine lines, like she wore in London last month.
We saw similarly classic style in Ted, when Mila walked down the aisle in an elbow-length veil and a strapless fit-to-flare lace gown alongside Mark Wahlberg.
When she’s not making an official appearance, Mila tends to be low-key, in looser clothing that won’t cut off her circulation. To sit courtside at a Lakers game, she paired a cotton T-shirt with jeans.
So for a hush-hush wedding in a private home, she’d likely choose something flattering but unfussy, like the wedding dress she wore to wed Clive Owen in Blood Ties.
Of course, thanks to one unforgettably va-va-voom Oscar dress, we can’t rule out ultra-glam Mila. She certainly knows how to work a low neckline and a thigh-flashing skirt for the crowd, and it makes sense that she’d want to wow her groom on their wedding day.
The wedding equivalent of that gown would probably be sheer, sparkly, flower-bedecked dress Mila wore to play a bride in Jupiter Ascending.
Which of these made-for-the-movies wedding dresses do you think Mila Kunis’ wedding dress most resembled?
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The second is awesome because it’s such a real moment. (SO much better than the standard, “OK, bridesmaids. Stand in a row. Now, 1, 2, 3, CHEESE!”) And because it’s packed with four important reminders on how to style mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses.
1) Opt for a muted palette. There are loads of colors going on here—blues, pinks, purples, greens. (Jessica had 12 bridesmaids, plus, sister Ashlee and mom Tina as co-maids-of-honor.) But because all the colors are soft, they work together. (Click here for a picture of Jessica Simpson’s full bridal party.) Jess called the vibe“a little bit angelic, but of course with rhinestones!”
2) Keep the fabrications similar. There are flow-y tulles and chiffons and some hints of lace there. And that’s about it, in the texture department. If there were shiny satin or heavy taffeta in the mix, the dresses that were visually heavier would stick out.
3) Pick low-key bouquets. The bridesmaids bouquets are all different, which makes sense with the different dresses, but they’re uniform in size, and the colors are subtle. Bright, bold flowers have their place at some weddings, but here they would have looked bananas.
4) Be consistent with hair and makeup. Your girls don’t need to be twinsies from the neck up—that would kind of defeat the point of mix-and-match—but, as with their dresses, their hair and makeup should have the same vibe. Here, clearly, the theme was undone curls paired with understated faces.
Bridal designer Amsale celebrated Sunday’s Team USA World Cup win by sharing this photo of forward Alex Morgan in an Amsale minidress at her wedding reception.
Of course, for a wedding blogger, this begs the question: Who else on Team USA has swapped vows recently? We didn’t have to go too deep on Instagram for our answer.
Alex shared several pictures from the day she said “I do” to fellow soccer player Servando Carrasco in 2014.
And midfielder Lauren Holiday has posted several throwbacks to 2013, when she married NBA guard Jrue Holiday.
Forward Sydney Leroux passed on sharing photos of her big day with English soccer player (or “footballer,” since he’s a Brit) Dom Dwyer, who she married earlier this year, but she did post a photo of herself in another wedding dress. (Not the Inbal Dror gown she wore down the aisle, but “a contender.”)
And she often shares pictures of her sparkly engagement and wedding rings.
Obviously there are more married players on the team—including forward Abby Wambach, who planted one on wife Sarah Huffman after the final whistle—but these are the only wedding pictures we could track down.
Kate Markgraf wasn’t part of this year’s World Cup-winning team, but, at 23, she was the youngest player on the ’99 World Champion squad. Wedding planner Tara Guerard celebrated this year’s team with a throwback to Kate’s 2003 wedding. See more photos from Kate Markgraf’s wedding here.
Everyone who knows anything about wedding dress design has had one name on their lips lately: Lihi Hod. The Israeli-born designer, who worked under John Galliano at Christian Dior, is turning out head-turning wedding dresses that feel fashion-forward while still giving the “bridal” part its proper due. (At the end of the day, pretty much any gown could technically work for a wedding, but a bride should look the part.) Here are three reasons Lihi has the wedding world buzzing.
1) Delicate, Ultrafeminine Bodices
The lines on these dresses are phenomenal, and the detail work is beyond breathtaking.
2) Playful Silhouettes
There are plenty of traditional shapes—sheaths and fit-to-flare gowns galore—but we’re most drawn to her boundary-pushing silhouettes.
3) Crop Tops and Sexy Backs That Won’t Make You Feel Naked
There are some gowns for the bride who wants to get thisclose to flashing her butt crack, but for the most part, these are dresses you’d feel comfortable wearing while dancing with your dad.
The brand is carried stateside at Gabriella New York, or you can order directly through the company by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the moment you get engaged until you receive your last wedding present, etiquette questions abound for the bride-to-be. Some are classics that decades of women have asked, while others are completely new for our generation (like how to politely ask guests to refrain from spending the entire ceremony on their smart phone). To help, Anna Post of the Emily Post Institute directed Glamour toward some of the most commonly asked bridal questions—and the proper answers.
1. "How long do I have to write my thank-you notes?"
This classic has a simple answer: three months after returning from your honeymoon (so long as you don't have an extended amount of time between ceremony and trip). Post says that even though there is a specific rule, the better-late-than-never maxim still applies. "I didn't get all mine in by then, but it's still something to strive for."
2. "How can I manage the use of social media at our wedding?"
Emily Post and family have been answering queries on how to be polite for decades, but this category is uniquely millennial. "Often it's about asking people to not use their phones during the ceremony or to take photos with them. The bride doesn't want to be walking down the aisle to a sea of smart phones instead of her guests' smiling faces."
If you're set on keeping tech interruptions to a minimum, the approach is simple. "Let guests know through as many ways as possible ahead of time. Tell them with a message on the program, a sign when they enter the ceremony area, and an announcement, like 'The couple requests that you please keep all cameras and smart phones away during the ceremony,'" Post said. "Ask for what you want specifically, but ask nicely. Then, leave it alone." You do not want to spend your entire reception being the iPhone police (#buzzkill).
3. "How do I properly address my invitations?"
"This is one of the top questions I get and, as you can imagine, it comes with a million variations because there are a million ways you can do it," Post told us. Since she's right—there are stylistic differences, plus all kinds of specific rules based on professions and family sistuations—your best bet is to check out the Institute's trove of answers online.
4. "Can I register for non-traditional things?"
Yes! Honeymoon funds, Amazon items...there's a lot more variety than the china and crystal from gift registries of the past. The one exception Post pointed out? "Don't pick things that are lightening rods. If you're going to ask that guests donate to a charity, pick ones that anyone could get behind."
5. "What's the right wording for invitations?"
Of all wedding etiquette questions, this is the one Post identified as most timeless. "Everyone wants to get it right, but there are variations and there are traditions. At the Emily Post Institute, we're sort of the keepers of that," she explained. "People can do it the classic way their grandmothers have done it, but it's totally okay to not do it the way their grandmothers did too." The Institute offers examples of formal and informal verbiage here.
The question Post wished more brides did ask? How to master the art of being a bride and a great hostess.
"Even if you're not paying for your own wedding, you still need to greet and welcome every single guest. That's maybe the single most important job the couple has besides actually getting married," she said. "Think, 'How do I share my wedding with all of these guests?' 'How do I make them feel special?'" There's no detailed answer to the dream question either; it's all about carving out the time to rotate around tables or through the reception, offering smiles and greetings. "It's the single most important thing that happens on the day."