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Cash Bar Vs. Open Bar: Wedding Etiquette

Wedding Etiquette: Cash Bar vs. Open Bar

Engagement season is in full swing, and wedding planning seems to start immediately after! After brides & grooms finish celebrating their engagements, one of the first steps in the wedding-planning process is to set a budget for the wedding. One of the larger expenses, believe it or not, is typically providing alcohol at the wedding! For this reason, the old cash bar vs. open bar debate has always been a hot one. While couples can save thousands of dollars with a cash bar, couples often worry that their guests will be disappointed when they learn they’ll have to pay for drinks themselves. A cash bar is where wedding guests are required to to pay for their own “spirits.” Couples often use cash bars to reduce the cost of the reception, but still typically provide a glass of champagne for toasts at no charge. An open bar is where the bride & groom pay for all costs associated with the bar at their wedding. This includes the bartender and typically a full-service bar. With an open bar, …

When To Send Party Invitations

When To Send Party Invitations

When to send party invitations? Send an invitation to early and the guest might forget, and send an invitation too late and the guest might have already made plans! While there’s never an exact answer to when you should or shouldn’t send out your party invitations, this guide will help to give you an idea when the best time is to send out party invitations. Wedding: 2-4 months If it’s a local wedding, send them out 2 months in advance. For destination weddings, your guests will need more time to book accommodations, so sending out invites 3-4 in advance is more appropriate. Formal Parties – 4-6 Weeks Before Parties like formal dinners, debutante, or charity balls require a little more time to send out because guests typically bring a guest and need to plan special attire! Holiday Parties: 1 Month Before The holidays are always CRAZY busy, so people need a little more time to figure out their plans for the holidays. Send your Christmas or NYE party invites at least a month before to be …

How To Word Thank You Notes For Wedding Guests

How To Word Thank You Notes For Wedding Guests

Your big day is over, so now it’s time to relax, right? Well, sort of. Thank you cards are the beauty and the beast of weddings – without them, you wouldn’t have anything to be thankful for, but it may also take hours on hours to finish writing them! We’ve put together a tried and true method for how to word thank you notes for all types of wedding guests and gifts. Just use these as a “template” and personalize the wording for each guest! Here are some things to keep in mind: Invest in a pen you like! Don’t try to knock out all of the thank you’s in one day. Devote 30 minutes to it each night Divide up the writing with your spouse (some split it down the middle, others split it by the side of the family) and you’ll be done with thank you notes in no time If you receive a gift before the wedding, common courtesy is to return the thank you no more than 2 weeks later. For …