When it comes to buying the right thank you gift for the men in the wedding party, there are quite a few gifts that come to mind as “traditional” or “classic” – maybe even “standard”. And of course, depending on who you talk to, these gifts are either still perfect for the job or they’re useless gifts that are bound for a dusty junk drawer, never to be used. They’re perfect for your guys or maybe they are just unimaginative.

So who’s got it right? Who has the sense of a solid groomsmen gift in modern day living and who just isn’t with it? We’ll present the case for both sides of the argument below and let you decide for yourselves.

The Flask

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Pros

Flasks look sleek, shiny and present well. For the boozehound among his pals, you’re on the right track. It actually will probably come in handy in the short space between ceremony and reception when your groomsmen will be getting rowdy and restless, all but screaming for a beer. Flasks can almost always be personalized too, so the gift can be a little more special for each recipient who is a part of your day.

Cons

Seriously, this might be the least imaginative wedding party gift ever. Yes, the groomsmen will likely be drinking heavily (but had better still behave). And of course, your groomsmen will be happy that you acknowledge their role in your day, whatever the gift. On the other hand, you could dig a little deeper than a ‘stock’ gift, couldn’t you?

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So. You’re getting married. Congratulations! Now time to plan. You’ve made a list right? Hair, makeup, dress, shoes, bridesmaids (all 12 of them), groomsmen, venue, reception hall… but have you thought about your rehearsal dinner?

You know, that awkward time (maybe it’s just me…my aunt stood up and sang to us at ours. Which wouldn’t have been a problem…if she could sing. Hence the awkward.) when your family and your new family get together, eat, and start to get to know each other? Have you considered who should pay? Where it’s going to be held? If it’s a dinner or a brunch (totally acceptable, by the way)? Your budget?

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We’re back with another great infographic by Carey of Lasso’d Moon, this time all about wedding invitation options and wording! If you missed our last infographic, check out What’s It Called? Wedding Invitation Description Infographic!

Thanks Carey! Go check out Lasso’d Moon on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to their website.

Jessica from Odd Duck Press put together this seriously helpful post about wedding stationery. She previously shared a great post about etiquette and invitation wording, check it out if you missed it! Thanks Jessica, you are a wealth of knowledge. :)

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Ok, first take a deep breath. This will be painless, I promise! I know that with the myriad of to-do’s involved in getting ready for the BIG DAY, planning the invitation suite can be daunting. (How do you tactfully let people know their kids aren’t invited? What is an escort card?) Let’s take it a step at a time and begin by breaking down the invitation suite.

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Lisa from Petals and Promises put together today’s guest post for us. Thank you so much for your great tips and advice, Lisa!

Couples preparing for their wedding will need to make multiple decisions regarding their wedding day and the choices and options may seem overwhelming. We suggest an initial consultation after your venue has been chosen and advise as early as a 9-12 months in advance for busy months such as May, June, September and October and 6 months in advance for any other time of the year.

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Jessica from Odd Duck Press put together this post that’ll make sure you use proper etiquette. She also has some wording options for your invitations. This is the first of a series of guest posts from Jessica, we’re so excited to share them with you.

Depending on how traditional your wedding will be will determine how closely you’ll need to adhere to formal etiquette. Another major factor is who is hosting (ie: footing the bill).

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Today’s guest post comes to us from inspiration board extraordinaire Sara of Burnett’s Boards. She was so kind to put together this post and share some boards that she’s put together. We look forward to many more posts from Sara, stay tuned!

A great place to start when planning your wedding is with an inspiration board. What is an inspiration board? Well, its basically one image, with several images within it, that wraps your dream wedding up into one neat little package.

Why is having one important? It’s something to show your wedding planner to give him or her a direction to go (he or she will probably ask you to create one anyway!).

What can you do with it? You can pin it onto a Pinterest board and add from there. Add things that enhance it, add things it might be missing, add pictures of your wedding dress and venue, and you’ll end up with a perfect visual of your wedding that all of your vendors can work from.

Yep, I know. There are a lot of inspiration boards out there to choose from… so which one is for you? It’s the one that stops you cold in your tracks, that you stare at for a little too long, that intrigues you and makes you dream a little. That’s the one.

Lets take a look at a couple of popular inspiration boards and the types of brides that love them.

Bride #1

She’s elegant, sophisticated, educated, and loves a little touch of old world glamour.

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Photo credits: cake, reception, Arabic gold lettered invites, ring, No.5, vintage Dior dress, gold stars, love blocks, mosque

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