Saturday, June 7, 2014

When to Send Wedding Invitations

The etiquette of wedding planning is often tricky. When it comes to invitations, it can be a huge challenge. Here are some of our top tips for inviting people to your Hawaii wedding.

If all of your guests live nearby, send your invitations no earlier than 8 weeks before your wedding date. This helps keep guests from double booking.

If you are planning a destination wedding or many of your guests will be travelling, send your invitation between 8 and 10 weeks before your wedding. This gives guests a bit of extra time to plan their travel.

A save the date doesn’t have a set time to be sent, but should only be sent when you have a date firmly in place. This is usually after you have booked your venue and some of your vendors.

Your RSVP deadline should be approximately 4 weeks before your Hawaii wedding. This is generally determined by when your vendors, such as caterers, need a final count.

When you send out your invitations, it is a formal way of asking people to be a part of your big day. If you would like help planning your Hawaii wedding, give us a call!

Photo: Flickr/Adrianne Curran

Thursday, June 5, 2014

How Much Should the Bride Pay for Bridesmaids’ Expenses?

When you plan a Hawaii wedding, it’s a thrill to choose your bridesmaids. Your attendants are the closest women in your life, be they friends or family. They will want to help you have the wedding of your dreams, but they may be concerned about the cost of being a bridesmaid.

The biggest expense for any bridesmaid will be the dress. This is something each attendant should pay for herself. It’s the bride’s responsibility to be considerate of the financial situation of the ladies in her bridal party. This could mean choosing a budget-friendly dress for them, or helping to pay a portion of the cost of the dresses.

The bride should always pay for any extras, such as matching accessories or professional hair and make up. The bride should also pay for the bouquets, as these are part of the overall wedding flowers.
Maids should pay for their transportation to Hawaii, if they do not live here, but the bride should pay for transportation on the wedding day. For out-of-town attendants, the bride should also provide accommodation.

Overall, the cost for each bridesmaid should be split between the bride and the maid. This should allow each attendant to be a part of your special day without it being a financial strain.

Planning everything for your bridesmaids is part of planning the perfect wedding. If you want help planning your dream Hawaii wedding, give us a call today!