Wedding Q & A – Can You Bring a Guest to a Wedding If the Invitation Did Not Specify and Just Said "We Request the Honor of Your Presence"?

Q. – Can you bring a guest if the wedding invitation did not specify and just said “we request the honor of your presence”?

A. – “We Request the Honor of Your Presence” indicates what is being done – you (singular and plural) are being invited. The “you” is not the specific indication of who is being invited. That is done by the name(s) listed on the inner envelope.

Bride & Groom Q & A – What Does "M______________" Mean

Whose name (or names) is on the inner envelope? This is where you will see who is being invited, and if a +1 has been extended.

  • If it’s just your name, than no, it is not acceptable to bring a guest.
  • If the envelope indicates another person’s name as well as yours, than you may bring that other person, and only that other person (if said other person cannot attend, you may not “swap out” your +1 and bring someone else).
  • If the envelope indicates “and guest” or some other similar type wording, then you may bring one other person of your choosing.

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Hello. How much do you charge?

“How much do you charge?”

That is usually the first question I get from a newly engaged bride or groom.

And it’s definitely a valid question. It’s important to know what a wedding planner would cost.

However, my answer is “It depends.”

Now you’re probably thinking, “why does she give a vague ‘it depends’ answer when other planners can tell us a dollar amount?”

How can I (or they, for that matter) tell you the price without knowing any details of your wedding, without knowing what you want me/us to do for you?

There way too many variables from one wedding to the next that affect the level of service I can provide for any couple, and in turn, affects ‘how much I charge.’

Do you want to end up paying too much because you’re getting things you really don’t want, or end up paying too little and miss things that are truly important to you?

Of course not.

Some things (but not all) that affect price are:

  • The size of your wedding

– A wedding for 40-50 people is different than one for 250-300 people.

  • How traditional or non-traditional your event will be

– Although traditional is in no way “cookie cutter,” non-traditional events can require more time and effort.

  • How hands on or hands off you want me to be

– Do you want me to schedule vendor appointments for you, and join you at these appointments? Or do you just want me to provide you with names and contact information of vendors that would be a good fit for you?
– Do you want help with DIY projects?
– Do you need help locating unique resources and products to enhance your wedding?
The main services I provide are planning (partial to full-service), wedding weekend coordination, and hourly consulting. But (other than the hourly consults, because well, an hour is an hour, no one couple’s planning or coordination needs are the same as another couple’s.

Perfect example –

    • Had a couple who lived out of state and wouldn’t be in town until the week of their wedding. Their wedding ceremony and reception took place on a Tuesday (late morning/early afternoon), with 25 guests, cake and punch, with background music only (no dancing).
    • Had another couple who were local with their Saturday afternoon ceremony to be held in the same church where her parents and grandparents were married, and be followed by a dinner and dancing reception in a country club.


  • While both wanted/needed “full-service planning,” the scope of both weddings was very different, as was the level of my duties. So although both were considered full-service, the price for both were different.

    Unlike so many other wedding planners, I do not have a price list to hand out, and am really surprised that others do.

    So please don’t think I’m trying to be secretive when I don’t immediately answer the “How much do you charge” question. Instead, let’s get together (in person, or by phone-chat), and talk a bit about your wedding needs. That way we can develop service programs specifically for you (with pricing), based on you and the wedding you want.

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How to Find Inspiration for Your Wedding





You have gotten engaged and thought about a date for your wedding; now it is time to begin searching for inspiration for your wedding day. It may seem easy to just jump online and begin saving beautiful images you come across, or using a website such as Pinterest to add photos to boards to revisit later, but inspiration can actually be a little more difficult to come by than just photos on the internet. Instead, there are many ways you can find inspiration without getting caught up in saving thousands of images. We have compiled a list of places you can turn to for your wedding inspiration to help build what will be the perfect day you envision.

The Outdoors
What is more inspiring than a star speckled sky or rolling green hills? Couples can turn to the outdoors for all kinds of inspiration, from decor to flower arrangements and even venue ideas. The seasons can be inspiring as well; if you want to create a warm and inviting winter wonderland for your reception, think about how the ice catches the light in the middle of the day, or how calm and peaceful a snowfall outside is while you are sitting in front of a roaring fire.






Take a walk along a beach or in a wooded area and take in the sights and sounds. Bring a camera to capture something that might inspire you while on your walk, whether it is the color of a plant or the beach at sunrise or sunset. You are bound to find inspiration in the outdoors, even in places where you might not expect it.

Your Own Personal Style
Talk with your partner and see what inspires the two of you, or what you have in common that you both love. This is the perfect place for some ideas about your wedding and how you can incorporate your own styles that will let all the guests know exactly whose wedding they are at! Think about family heirlooms, shared hobbies or something that brought you two closer together. If you are already living together, consider how your home looks, as that will be a familiar style to your friends and family. If you like earth tones and your home reflects that, it can easily be worked into the wedding to represent you as a couple. However, if you add lots of color, it may not feel like your style and you may not like the end results.

The Big, Wide Wedding World
It is important of course to see what is trending in the wedding world and what kind of designs that companies are coming out with in terms of dresses. Bridal magazines, blogs and bridal events are several places where you can start, and going to events gets you in contact with people who may also become vendors for your special day. This gives you the opportunity to not only see their work (and sometimes sample it, if they are a caterer) but connect with them on a personal level and get to know a little bit about them.

Some other brides choose to turn to Pinterest for their inspirations, but it is important to not get lost in pinning hundreds of styled wedding shoots because it can often times be expensive to recreate. Instead, look for inspiration in certain aspects of photos, such as color schemes or floral arrangements.

Finding inspiration for your wedding can begin just about anywhere, and can lead you as a couple on a road to creating your perfect wedding, from flowers and food to favors and photos. Always look for inspiration with an open mind and you never know what you might find in everyday life.

About the Author:
This article was written by Theresa Gibson, savvy wedding blogger and social media manager at, a leading go-to vendor guide for brides across North America. To connect with Theresa, follow her on Facebook.

Top Wedding Trends (Then and Now)

It’s fun to go back and see what wedding trends were popular a few years ago compared to what is “in” now.

You know what? For the most part, what was trending in 2013 is still popular with couples getting married and planning their own weddings.

Fun Wedding Trends

Trends that are still going strong are:

      • Vintage themes and décor
      • Blue color palettes
      • Variations on wedding desserts

      All three remain popular choices today.

      Check out our video from 2013.

      Yes, these tips and trends are still relevant in 2016 (and 2017!)

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