wedding etiquette

Internet Roundup: Etiquette Edition! Registry Sharing, Facebook No-No’s, and Crowdfunding Your Wedding

Who else loves all things etiquette? Am I the only person whose favorite section of the newspaper is the “Dear Abby” advice column? Am I a total grandma? Don’t care, love it anyway. Here are some of my favorite wedding etiquette articles that I’ve stumbled across on the Internet lately:

1. Facebook Status Updates No Bride Should Ever Make.

6 Facebook Status Updates No Bride Should Ever Make, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

via Brides

2. The Right and Wrong Ways to Share Your Wedding Registries.

The Right and Wrong Ways to Share Your Wedding Registry, via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

via Loverly

3. Why Crowdfunding Your Wedding is NOT Okay. So much yes.

Why Crowdfunding Your Wedding is NOT Okay, via The Knot - Wedding Belles Blog

via The Knot

Belles, feel free to share what you’re loving lately in the comments!

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: MOB Duties, Ways to Ruin a Wedding, and More!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done an Internet roundup, and I do have some fun/informative links to share. Without further ado, here’s what I’m loving on the Internet lately:

1. 5 Things Mothers of the Bride Can Take Off Their Daughter’s Plate – yes yes yes yes yes

5 Things Mothers of the Bride Can Take Off Their Daughter's Plate via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

via Brides

2. 3 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Dress – we’ve talked about #3 on the blog before, but the other two are new!

3. 10 Ways to Ruin a Wedding – mostly common sense, but apparently some people still do these things or we wouldn’t have to write an article about it…

4. Fun Group Activities to do Before Your Wedding Rehearsal – I LOVE the idea of #7. So unique!

Tell me belles…what have you been loving on the Internet lately? Found any inspiration or helpful tips? Share with me!

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: Groom Dances to One Direction, Tips on Being a Good Wedding Guest, and More!

Hello hello belles and beaus! Happy Saturday. I don’t know if it’s been the same for y’all, but my fall is turning out to be quite busy! Lots of good things, of course…friends visiting, college football, the upcoming state fair…but I do feel like the blog has taken a bit of a back seat lately. We have some fun posts planned for the near future, though, so be on the lookout!

Per usual, I have found several fun wedding-related things on the Interwebs lately that I must share. Without further ado, here’s what I’m loving:

1. This video of a groom surprising his bride with a choreographed dance to our favorite One Direction song.

2. This guide from Southern Living on how to be a perfectly Southern Wedding Guest. Yes yes.

How to Be the Perfect Southern Wedding Guest via Southern Living - Wedding Belles Blog

3. This list of things brides can do that normal people cannot. So true!

10 Things Brides Can Do That Normal People Cannot via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

 

Have y’all seen any good articles, videos, pictures, etc. lately? Share with me!

xoxo Laura

How to Write the Best Thank You Note

If you’re preparing to get married, chances are you’re going to be writing quite a few thank you notes in the near future. Today, we’re going to discuss how to write a sincere, gracious thank you that will leave both you and the recipient feeling warm and fuzzy inside!

For many people, the first step in writing an above-average thank you note is to reframe your thinking. If you are saying to yourself, “This is such a pain,” “Can’t I just text them?” or “This is a waste of my time because they’re just going to throw it in the trash anyway,” you’re approaching it all wrong. It is rare in this age of fast-paced technological frenzy that people actually take the time to genuinely express their gratitude to someone beyond a simple “thanks, Hannah!” And really, what makes you feel more loved: a hastily typed email in Times New Roman or a handwritten, thoughtful note on stationery handpicked by the writer that you can tuck in your drawer and pull out to read years later as memories come flooding back? I know I’m being a little melodramatic and romantic here (does this really surprise anyone?), but truly, thank you notes are an opportunity to connect with others on a more intimate and emotional level, not a chore.

Now that you’ve at least attempted to get in the right mindset, it’s time to begin writing! Date your note in the top right hand corner. Begin with “Dear ___,”.

I personally tend to cut straight to the point with my notes. My first line might be something like, “Thank you so much for the waffle maker.” Next, state why you love this particular item or what you might use it for. Be as specific and personal as possible. For example, “It reminds me of when I would spend the night at your house growing up and we would make delicious waffles the next morning. Wes and I can’t wait to try out the countdown timer feature!”

Feel free to be as lengthy as you’d like with the first section. Next comes the more general “thank you for being such a first-class friend/mother-in-law/random coworker of my father’s” section, which is really what will connect emotionally with the recipient. Thank the person for attending the shower/party/wedding (if applicable) and recall any poignant moments from the occasion. For example: “It was so nice to have you at shower—thank you for graciously greeting people as they arrived. ” Next, thank the person even more generally for what they mean to you. For example: “I am so glad that we have remained friends all these years and am appreciative of all of your support throughout the wedding planning process.”

Finally, point toward future good times that you are excited for. This is especially easy if you are writing a thank you for a shower or engagement party gift…simply tell them that you can’t wait to celebrate with them at the wedding! If it’s post-wedding, perhaps you can think of an upcoming occasion (i.e. 4th of July cookout, double date night, family Thanksgiving) that you’re looking forward to seeing them at, or you can do a more general “Let’s see each other again very soon!”

So, the outline for the note would be something like this:

  • Thank the person for the gift
  • Tell why you love the gift and what you’ll use it for
  • Thank them for coming to the occasion (if applicable)
  • Thank them for being such an awesome, supportive person in your life
  • Look to the future (if applicable)

Putting together the note fragments above, the full note would read:

 

Dear Roseanne,

Thank you so much for the waffle maker. It reminds me of when I would spend the night at your house growing up and we would make delicious waffles the next morning. Wes and I can’t wait to try out the countdown timer feature!

It was so nice to have you at the shower—thank you for graciously greeting people as they arrived. I am so glad that we have remained friends all these years and am appreciative of all of your support throughout the wedding planning process. I can’t wait to celebrate with you on the big day!

Love,

Laura

 

Don’t be afraid to be even more lengthy, and it’s also okay if it’s someone you don’t know all that well and the note needs to be a little shorter. Above all, be sure to write what you are truly feeling in your heart. Don’t be afraid to tell someone how much you love them or how thankful you are for them! And, don’t feel pushed to stick to a rigid outline…customize the above suggestions to what feels right to you. Your recipients might just get a little teary-eyed with how heartfelt and genuine your note is.

Feel free to comment below with other tips/tricks you have for writing thank you notes!

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: What NOT to Say to a Bride, Veil Shopping Tips, and More!

As a wedding enthusiast and blogger myself, I truly appreciate good wedding content on other sites, blogs, and social media outlets. Today, I am sharing several of my favorite recently-discovered wedding articles and tips!

1. 10 Things You Should Never Say to a Bride Before Her Wedding

10 Things You Should Never Say to a Bride Before Her Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

via Huffington Post

2. Wedding Guest Etiquette: Dress Codes. Ever wondered what to wear to a “black tie optional” wedding? This post is for you.

Black Tie Wedding Dress Code - Wedding Belles Blog

via Southern Living

3. This wedding veil shopping tip from mywedding:

Wedding Veil Shopping Tip - Wedding Belles Blog

via mywedding

4. 18 Inexpensive/Free Wedding Fonts: I especially love Miss Donna, Kailey, Antrokas, and Naive Inline Sans (okay, all of them). Great inspiration for couples who want to DIY their own invitation design, don’t want to use Times New Roman, and don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on fonts in the process!

Free/Inexpensive Wedding Invitation Fonts - Wedding Belles Blog

via 100 Layer Cake

Tell me belles and beaus…what have been some of your favorite wedding-related articles, photos, and inspiration lately? Share links in the comments!

xoxo Laura