Wedding Etiquette

Traditions That Will Change How You See Weddings

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living

Weddings involve countless customs and traditions no matter where they take place in the world. Whether it’s an extravagant three-day wedding in ...

17 Things Brides Should NEVER Expect From Bridesmaids

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living

Choosing your bridesmaids and asking them to be part of your big day is an important undertaking for any bride. She's choosing the people who know her...

Sticky Situation: How to Wear a Top Hat and Walking Stick at a Wedding

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Style
Julie Blais Comeau

We're getting married this summer and my husband will be wearing a top hat and walking stick. He is wondering how to wear these accessories. Should he keep his hat on during the wedding ceremony? If not, when should he remove it? And what about his walking stick, how does he carry it? Thank you for your advice.

Sticky Situation: Should You Bring a Gift to Destination Weddings?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I'm going to a very good friend's wedding this upcoming Saturday in Varadero, Cuba. The wedding is at an all-inclusive resort, which will give us much-needed sunshine, but it is at a very expensive five-star resort. I'm in the wedding party. What should I do: offer a gift card, offer nothing at all, or give a small token gift to the bride, my friend?

Sticky Situation: If I Donate to a Wedding, Do I Need to Give a Gift?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Our daughter just told us that she is getting married this holiday season. The reception will be in a chic downtown Toronto hotel. It will be a very intimate civil wedding with about 30 guests. They have informed me that they will be requesting a $150 donation per adult. I am told that this is the new modern way of getting married...

Sticky Situation: Does My Dad Have to Give Me Away at My Wedding?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I'm 30 years old and getting married for the first time this holiday season. I've supported myself since I was 18 years old and have lived with my fiancé for the past three years. Traditionally fathers walk their daughters down the aisle, but my father and I aren't close. I also feel too old and independent for the ritual. Should I just swallow my pride to save wedding stress?

Stop Wedding Battles Before They Start

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

A wedding is not a Kickstarter campaign. Guests are invited to share your special moment, not to help you fund your future purchases or to pay off an over-priced wedding. It's wrong to judge a gift-giver for the gift given. Remember: you asked them to come to the wedding you planned.

Have Wedding Gifts (and Expectations) Gotten Out of Hand?

Karen Cleveland | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

The subject of wedding gifts, from the lead up events, to the expectations on guests, to the cost of all the rigmarole, is a loaded one. To set the record straight, it's nice to bring a gift to a wedding, it's a norm some might say, but couples are never to expect or demand a gift. That reeks of entitlement.

SavvyMom Roundup: Mommy Wars and Advice from Gwyneth

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It's all about mommy wars this week. That's what caught my attention. 1. The mommy wars show no sign of dissipating despite the progress we have mad...

YOU DECIDE: Bride Slams Guest For Food Basket Gift: Right Or Rude?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.20.2013 | Canada Living

Navigating the land mines of wedding etiquette is a delicate dance, and the most confounding of all has got to be the rules around gift giving. Do you...

Sticky Situation: How to Deal With a Wedding Show Stealer

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My fiancé's sister is very excited about our wedding, but so much so that she automatically expects, and has voiced this on several occasions, that she expects to be included in the wedding itself. Are there any other things that we could have her as a participant in the wedding, yet not actually a bridesmaid?

Sticky Situation: Your Wedding Gift Questions Answered

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

To help you decide what to get and how much to spend, here are the answers to five general wedding gift queries. Every wedding invitation requires a gift. This includes giving a present when you will not be present at the wedding.

I Call Foul on Wedding Guest List F*ckery

Heather Magee | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

If I received a card in the mail advising me that I was not invited to someone's wedding, I would toss that bad boy straight into the recycle bin. Are there really people out there who assume someone is going to lose sleep over not being invited to a wedding? Is it really necessary to break the news in such an official (read pompous) manner?

Sticky Situation: Eloping Without Mom's Approval

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky situation: I've met a wonderful guy and we're planning on getting married sometime this fall. This will be a second wedding for both of us. Neither of us would like a large, elaborate wedding. In fact, we want to simply elope and have a private ceremony with just the two of us. Unfortunately, both my mother and his mother do not like this idea.

Sticky Situation: Walking My Daughter Down the Aisle With My Ex

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Our daughter is getting married on May 4. I am the step mom. Last Saturday she called her dad and wants both her parents, my husband and his ex, to walk her down the aisle. Maybe not a huge request but, my husband said he wants to walk his daughter down the aisle, solo. Please advise.

Sticky Situation: One Unmatching Bridesmaid

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada Style
Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky situation: In less than two months, I am getting married. My dear friend is to be a bridesmaid. Due to her financial issues, she now informs me that she didn't order her dress. The rest of the bridesmaids did so, last May. That dress model is no longer available. Please help!

How to Be the Perfect Wedding Guest

Whitney Pizale | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Living
Whitney Pizale

Being a professional wedding planner, I often get questions from friends and family regarding proper guest wedding etiquette. Here are some of the top guest-related questions I am asked (with answers!) along with tips for being a great guest.

Sticky Situations: Four Common Wedding Issues and How to Solve Them

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Today's brides and grooms are faced with heart wrenching challenges for probably their biggest and most formal celebration to date. The solutions to these modern wedding woes include diplomacy, realistic expectations and tradition. Here are seven major problems future newlyweds face, and how to deal with them.

Wearing White to a Friend's Wedding: Modern or Narcissistic?

Valerie Stachurski | Posted 11.01.2011 | Canada Living
Valerie Stachurski

There are two reasons a woman would choose to wear white to a friend's wedding; she considers herself more fashionable than traditional, or she is a narcissistic cow who wants all eyes on her.