From the category archives:

Wedding

Q: My boyfriend and I have been dating for over four years, live together, and have discussed marriage and even wedding details for quite a long time.  He believes that because of this, we are engaged, and that the only reason for a proposal is to give a ring, which he feels is not that […]

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Q: I am getting married on August 5, 2014 and have already begun receiving gifts at my parents home.  I have received two serving pieces from my silver pattern from an elderly gentleman who knows my mother through work.  If I have never met this gentleman and don’t know him, how can I appropriately thank […]

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Q: I have hired a wedding planner to help only for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding day.  She is a professional and does at least one wedding per weekend.  Do I need to send her an invitation to my daughter’s wedding?     A: No, you are not expected to send her an invitation.  […]

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Q: My daughter will be getting engaged any day now — her boyfriend has just showed me the ring.  We have been talking about the wedding for the last couple of months but have not discussed anything in detail.  Is it OK to not have drinks at a wedding?  My husband and I both enjoy […]

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Q: How long after a wedding do I have to send a gift?     A: It is a carryover rule that you have up to a year to send a gift, but naturally it is important to give a gift before the wedding, or as soon after as possible.  Otherwise, you have an entire […]

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Q: My daughter and her boyfriend were planning on getting married in August but my daughter just found out she is pregnant.  They want to get married now and still have the full wedding ceremony on the original scheduled date.  How can we announce their wedding ceremony and invite guests to it after they’ve already […]

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Q: I am getting married next September and my fiance and I are inviting around 100 guests.  We are paying for the wedding ourselves and are realizing the financial burden that it will soon become.  Is there a tactful way to indicate to our close friends and family. but not our guests, that we are […]

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Q: What is the purpose of an engagement party?  Are invited guests expected to bring a gift to the engagement party?     A: The purpose of an engagement party is to celebrate the couple’s engagement.  An engagement present is not a requirement.  Particularly if you are going to a large party, gifts are not […]

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Q: My son heard that it is customary that the groom invest the equivalent of three months of his salary on an engagement ring.  Is this true?     A: The myth that the groom has to spend a certain amount of money on an engagement ring — anywhere from one to three month’s pay, […]

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Q: My cousin’s way of cutting back on her wedding guest list is to only invite those cousins she has lived near and feels she has a current relationship with.  The result is that some siblings are invited and others are not from several families.  My parents and one of my two siblings will be […]

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