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Um. Yes. What is wrong with you?

Alright. Here’s the thing. Thank you notes can be a huge pain. HOWEVER. There is really no excuse to NOT send thank you notes out after your wedding. It’s your WEDDING. It doesn’t get any bigger than that.

The very first wedding I attended as an “adult” (I was in my early twenties) required money for a shower gift, wedding gift and travel to leave my wallet forever.  I never got a thank you note for the shower gift, and I never got one for the wedding gift. But neither did anyone else. Seriously. What is up with that?

Let me break it down for you. 150 of your closest friends just bought you a seriously expensive gift that YOU picked out, slapped some serious cash into a card, rearranged their schedules, paid for a rental car, a hotel, a new dress, stomached plastic tasting potatoes and watered down vodka tonics, and paid attention to you for at least one whole day. (two days in some extreme cases).

You best find 5 minutes to say thank you.

I don’t really understand why etiquette is dying. I’m not saying the prim and proper laws of Emily Post still stand, but remember what your mother taught you… always say “please” and “thank you”.

Kind of necessary kids.

Here’s why you’re ultimately screwing yourself over if you don’t send a thank you note after your wedding.

Someday… most of you will have children. You’ll invite a lot of those people that came to your wedding and bought you pretty, sparkly things to your baby shower too. This is a sure fire way to ensure your child will come into this world with a room full of rattles and bibs without a crib to sleep in. I’m not saying one is entirely related to the other… HOWEVER, how likely would you be to spend money on a gift for someone who can’t even bother to say thank you from the first go around?

That’s what I thought.

Don’t do it.

Technically, you have a year to send a thank you note from your wedding. Personally, I think it’s best to get it done early. I’m not saying you should spend your honeymoon licking stamps, but you should get it done as soon as you get back. If you keep putting it off, you’ll never do it, and your friends will wonder allowed if their note got lost in the mail someday, inadvertently igniting a series of whispering conversations about how no one has received a thank you card yet…

Do you really want your friends talking about your poor wedding form? 

Oh, also. Email thank you notes are not allowed. If you want to go the extra mile and send out both, absolutely go for it. My Invitation Link has great personalized options for digital thank you notes. But you better buy bulk to send out some handwritten thank you notes to ANYONE who bought you a gift.

It’s really bad form not to.

Check out My Invitation Link’s latest  blog post about this too.

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Have any of you ever seen the movie Easter Parade with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland? I watched it yesterday for the first time, and let me tell you… 5th avenue in NYC on Easter… is not your traditional Easter Parade. In fact… it’s the complete opposite.

After a super delicious brunch at Sarabeth’s we headed over to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for mass… but not before passing the spring edition of the Village Halloween parade out front.

This was a far cry from the pink and green patterns at sunrise mass on the South Carolina coast, that I’m used to. But it was hilarious and super entertaining. I can’t figure out if the characters strutting up and down 5th avenue were tourists (some had their children dressed up in ridiculous hats too … those poor kids!) or native New Yorkers. My guess is a little bit of both.

Either way… I was inspired (kind of) by the Easter parade. After all if you can’t wear a hat on Easter, when are you going to wear one? People in London get to wear hats all the time to weddings… except there they’re called FASCINATORS. Fancy right?

So, I’m proposing a serious hat comeback in honor of Judy, Fred and all the Easter bonnet wanna-be wearing New Yorkers.

My friend E is getting married in November and has decided that hats are definitely necessary for a seriously fun time. So… I’m on the hunt for the perfect hat.

(Just don’t come to my wedding in a 5 foot high hat covered in butterflies please and thank-you) I’m talking SJP, not SFU (Seriously freakin’ ugly).

Here are some contenders…

April Fascinator Headpiece

From Etsy Vendor Pink Tiger's Den

 

The Cleo from Jay B Millinery (Etsy) $78

The Cleo from Jay B Millinery (Etsy) $78

 

 

Dinah from La Boheme $140

Dinah from La Boheme $140

 

Cocktail Fascinator from Tony Gross Millinery $150

Cocktail Fascinator from Tonya Gross Millinery $150

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