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Wedding Thank-You Notes: A Small Thing That’s a Big Deal

I rarely go to weddings (maybe it’s because most of my social circle is either already married or never going to be), but a year ago a friend invited me to one.

As my friend’s date I wasn’t obligated to bring a gift, but I’d I’d been told the bride and groom liked to cook, so I got them a few of my favorite kitchen gadgets from Sur La Table as a wedding present. I put my present on a table with dozens of other gifts, and hoped that it wouldn’t get lost in the pile.

Wedding Paper Divas Photo Thank You NoteI was fairly certain that soon after the wedding I would receive a thank-you note for my modest-but-thoughtful-and-super-practical gift. Alas, the postman never brought one. Months passed, and I wondered…Did the couple not like my gift? Had it disappeared? Been regifted? Eventually I just forgot about it altogether.

Until yesterday, that is. I flipped through my mail and was surprised to see the long-awaited thank-you note. Oh it was beautiful, all right—handwritten, very personal. But I have to say I had mixed emotions: Sure, it was great to know that my gift had been received and, in fact, “loved.” But I couldn’t help feeling that I shouldn’t have had to wait an entire year to learn that my present hadn’t been disliked, lost or regifted after all.

Actually, Emily Post states that thank-you notes should be written within 3 months of the receipt of the gift.

Moral of the story: Honor your guests—don’t wait a year to send out your thank-you notes!

To find the wedding invitation and thank-you note designers we love see Wedding Invitations.

Jan Posted by Jan on Apr 07, 2013.
Filed under Expert AdviceInvitationsVera Wang


Good Food, Good People: Tarpy’s Roadhouse

So there we were, on our annual company retreat. One of the highlights of our year. A chance for the whole Here Comes The Guide staff to be together, get some hard work done, and just hang out.

The good news: we were at Woods Hole in Pebble Beach. Gorgeous location, comfortable home perfect for our retreat, right on the ocean. We were getting lots of good work done and enjoying each other’s company. 

Food catered (with love) by Tarpy's RoadhouseThe bad news: 5 of the 8 us, including me, were very sick. We had The Flu. I, for one, can’t remember being that sick.

Then, the most wonderful thing happened. Through the front door swooped the lovely staff from Tarpy’s Roadhouse, there to make our dinner. But more than that, they took care of us. They made us tea, they served us in front of the TV so we could watch Glee and they whipped up fantastic, comforting food: a salad with apples, pecans and gorgonzola, steak and garlic mashed potatoes, Chilean sea bass with a mango relish and, finally, strawberry shortcake—yum!

Strawberry Shortcake by Tarpy's RoadhouseAfterward, they cleaned up while we all limped to bed. Still sick, but cared for and comforted.

Yes, the food was great, but the love they delivered with it was just what this sniffly group needed. If they can perform that kind of miracle off-site, imagine what they can do at their very own location. Thanks, Tarpy’s!

Meredith Posted by Meredith on Nov 14, 2012.
Filed under CeremonyFood and DrinkReceptionsRehearsal DinnerRestaurantsStuff We Love


Coloring Your Wedding Accessories

You’ve done it—you found “the dress.” Now it’s time to pull the rest of your look together. Before you proceed, it’s useful to identify which shade of white your dress really is so that you can begin to add the finishing touches like jewelry, shoes, and hair accessories.. (This article should help.)

Perfect Details“Your accessories work best together if they are in the same color family, and have the same tones,” says Lisa Levine of Perfect Details, a Burlingame boutique and online shop specializing in bridal jewelry, wedding shoes and other fashion accessories. “You’ll almost never get an exact color match, so a little lighter or darker is fine and actually adds texture and dimension.”

There’s one exception to this rule: “Mixing different shades of white and ivory is not recommended.” Ivory tends to range from cream to slightly yellow, depending on the fabric or material. And the hues don’t play well together. If you’re unsure of what coordinating pieces to choose for your white dress, Lisa has a stylish solution:“This season there are many dazzling silver and gold accessories…why not go for the shimmer?”

For more accessory tips and trends, visit Perfect Details’ Blog.

Jolene Posted by Jolene on Aug 10, 2012.
Filed under AccessoriesExpert AdviceFashionWedding Jewelry and Rings


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