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AskCheryl: Wedding Invitation Not Specific, Can I Bring a Guest?

Today’s question is from a wedding guest who is confused about whether she can bring a “plus-one” to the wedding. Dear Cheryl, I am a single woman who received an invitation to a friend’s wedding. The wedding invitation came addressed just to me. Enclosed in the envelope was a response card asking the #of people attending with dinner choices….read more

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Feather Your Nest: The Perfect Bedding to Include in Your Wedding Registry

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to ensure that post-nuptial bliss leads to the best nights of sleep (and cat naps… and Netflix binging… and Sunday snuggling) that a girl could ask for. Your wedding registry is the perfect place to create a luxurious and comfortable bedroom sanctuary. To ensure your nest is feathered…read more


Trending Now: Food Bars for a Bridal or Baby Shower

The Ultimate Guide to DIY Food Bars: Summer Edition I recently attended a beautiful bridal shower (in honor of my cousin) thrown by two of my fabulous aunts. All three courses of the meal were set up “bar” style allowing guests to customize their food to suit their individual tastes. We started with a delicious…read more

Toys for Tiny Tots: 1st Birthday Gift Ideas

Baby’s first birthday is an unforgettable milestone: your once tiny bundle of joy is now a chattering, teetering ball of energy! Though he or she may show more interest in the wrapping paper and ribbon, you want to find a gift they’ll enjoy long after the candles have been blown out. We’ve gathered our favorite…read more

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Celebrity Watch: Famous Friends and Father’s Day Fun!

When it comes to major life events, we can always count on our best friends to be there for us. From throwing showers, standing by our side as we say, “I do,” to helping on the big day and beyond, we couldn’t do it alone! Despite their army of attendants and personal assistants, we’ve found…read more

Top Infant Essentials for your Baby Gift Registry

If you’re currently expecting your first child, I’d like to first offer my warmest congratulations! You’re about to embark on the greatest adventure of your life, one filled with more love and joy than you ever thought possible. You will be forever changed by the tiny human you will soon hold in your arms. I…read more

AskCheryl: As Friend & Officiant, Do I Need to Give a Wedding Gift?

Should a friend that has offered to be the wedding officiant also give a wedding gift? Hi Cheryl! I was really pleased to find your article and information on Huffington Post. I have a question about an upcoming wedding I am going to be a part of as an officiant. (I apologize for the long…read more


Dorm Life Necessities for College My oldest son just graduated high school and before I even had a chance to let that sink it, he’s planning what he’s going to need for his dorm room in college! Thank goodness Bed Bath & Beyond has thought of everything to make sure he will get his best…read more

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Who Gets a Gift from the Bride and Groom?

Aside from receiving gifts on your wedding day, proper wedding etiquette requires that you give a few gifts, too. You may already be aware of the fact that the bride and groom generally give gifts to members of their wedding party as a thank you. But, by just giving gifts to your wedding party, you…read more

Ask Cheryl: How Much to Give for a Second Marriage?

Since many weddings we are invited to attend are “encore” weddings (2nd or 3rd marriages), today’s succinct question from Jim may be one that many of you are asking… Dear Cheryl, How much should I give for a 2nd marriage? Jim Dear Jim, Thank you for writing. These days, there is often not much of a difference in the traditions…read more

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All Aboard for a Nautical Baby Shower

Red, white, blue, anchors, boats and yummy food…Set sail with us as we cruise through all the adorable ways to throw a nautical themed baby shower. We’ve gathered awesome ideas for: Invitations Food Activities Desserts Drinks Favors     Nautical Baby Shower Invitations There are so many cute ways to invite people to the party….read more

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Finding the Perfect Groomsman Gift

A wedding, like every noteworthy occasion in life, has time-honored etiquette that surrounds it. That includes giving your groomsmen gifts to thank them. After all, these guys have been there for you, helping you make it to the altar and will be standing by your side on your wedding day. Many men go with the…read more

Ask Cheryl: Etiquette of a Workplace Wedding Shower

In today’s AskCheryl post, a reader wants to know if it’s appropriate for the bride’s boss to give her a bridal shower and invite the bride’s co-workers that were not invited to the wedding. Hello Cheryl, I have a question for you. One of the young women at my office is getting married in June and our…read more

Finding the Perfect Bridesmaid Gift

A thoughtful bridesmaid gift should be both a wedding remembrance and an expression of gratitude for your bridesmaids’ time and efforts. After all, these ladies have done so much for you. They’ve helped you plan your big day, watched you try on your gown, helped pick the flowers, and wear whatever dress you picked out…read more