Wedding etiquette

The message determines the medium: Dos and don’ts for event invitations

By Arden / August 4, 2017 /

There are so many ways we can communicate with people – email, text, social media, instant message, phone calls and mailed notes. It can be confusing knowing what medium to use for event invitations. Just recently a friend received a birthday party invitation via a group text message. She thought it was a little odd…

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Five myths and a truth: Surprising wedding facts

By Arden / June 27, 2016 /

Can you hear it? It’s the sound of wedding bells. It’s the time of year when many true loves become married. My husband and I recently attended his nephew’s wedding in Philadelphia. On the plane I met two other people who were flying to attend weddings.  As we gear up for these joyous celebrations I…

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Step away from your phone

By Arden / February 19, 2016 /

Times are indeed changing due to our relationship with our digital tools. What once was impossible is now possible because of our smart phones. We no longer need to wait until we get back to our home or office to make a call, look something up online or send an email. Smartphones, as well as…

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A frightening epidemic

By Arden / January 15, 2016 /

There is an epidemic spreading in the Northwest. It’s infecting people right and left and it’s a doozy. Haven’t heard about it? You may already have this disease and not even know it. It’s the RSVPitis epidemic. I’m telling you, it’s bad news.

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How to handle those occasional etiquette dilemmas you will encounter

By Arden / April 9, 2014 /

My husband and I flew to Baltimore to attend his nephew’s wedding. I love weddings. I love spending time with family, being reminded of my love for my husband and seeing how different people organize a wedding. It’s always a wonderful time.

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Don’t turn wedding bells into wedding hell

By Arden / July 9, 2013 /

A dear friend of mine is getting married in a week. I’m very happy for her and look forward to celebrating her wedding. At her bridal shower she mentioned that she was dismayed by how many people had not responded to the wedding invitation. She stated that even when calling these people to politely ask if…

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Evites, Facebook invitations, email invites! Oh my!

By Arden / January 17, 2013 /

If you’re like me, you’re getting more and more invitations through Facebook. Sometimes the invitations are for small events, like birthday parties or intimate get togethers, others are big events where everyone and their sister is invited.

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Shower with care

By Arden / July 18, 2011 /

This is a guest post by blogger Abby Reph. The season of showering our friends with gifts and finger food is upon us. With it come a kaleidoscope of etiquette questions; after all, showers are one of those rare social occasions where few guests know anyone else at the event; awkwardness is nearly a guarantee.…

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Is it time to update the etiquette for addressing a married woman?

By Arden / June 29, 2011 /

A few years ago, my sister addressed an envelope to my dad and step-mom as “Mr. and Mrs. John Clise”. That is the proper way to address an envelope to a married couple. However, my step-mother was not pleased with being called “Mrs. John Clise”. She stated she has her own identity separate from my…

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Interesting etiquette facts you probably never knew

By Arden / May 23, 2011 /

Did you know that the reason people clink wine classes during a toast is that back in the dark ages people heartily clinked their pewter mugs together to distribute any poison that might be in one of the cups? That way if someone was trying to poison someone, everyone would be poisoned, discouraging a person…

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