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Wedding Etiquette Tips: How to Plan a Child-Free Wedding
One of the big questions that can cause the most controversy is: do we invite children or not?
There are many reasons you might want an adult-only celebration. For example, you are planning a glamorous black-tie wedding that wouldn’t be well suited to little ones, or you want to keep the guest list on the small side to keep the catering bill down. It is perfectly acceptable to decide to have a child-free wedding, but it can be a touchy subject with friends and family you’re inviting.
Here are a few wedding etiquette tips on how to handle the situation both clearly and gracefully:
Address the invitations carefully.
Writing “adults only” or “no children” on the invitation can come across as impolite and may ruffle feathers. Instead, address the invitation envelopes with care, writing, “Mr. Tom Figueroa” or “Ms. Amy Schmidt-Fuller and Mr. John Fuller,” without including the children’s names or “and family.” People should gather that it’s not a kid-friendly event, but if you are worried there will be confusion, ask your inner circle of family and wedding party members to spread the word in a subtle way to the wider guest list.
Plan an evening wedding.
It’s more challenging to host a child-free wedding at a daytime or more casual event. If you plan an evening wedding, particularly if it is a formal affair, it is easier to explain to friends and family why kids aren’t invited.
Arrange child-care services.
If you are having an adult-only wedding, especially if many people are traveling to it from out of town, it is a generous gesture to arrange to have a babysitter (or small team of sitters) take care of the kids while the adults have fun.
Inviting some children and not others can cause problems, so it’s best to pick a rule and stick with it. For example, you may want your sister’s son to be the ring bearer in charge of presenting the trio ring sets at the ceremony, so you could invite kids from your immediate family only. But to avoid hurt feelings, you should hold fast to this rule and not make exceptions.
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Best Places to Propose in Spokane, Washington
Spokane is a stone’s throw away from breathtaking natural beauty - the Cascade and Rocky Mountains, 76 lakes and rivers, gorgeous trails for hiking and biking. It is also a city known for its excellent food and wine, so it has great appeal for outdoor enthusiasts and gourmets alike.
If you are planning a romantic proposal in the Spokane area, you have plenty of locations to choose from. Here are a few of our favorite places to propose in Spokane.
Ride a 100-Year-Old Horse
Head to Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane, and buy tickets to take a spin on the exquisite Looff Carrousel, built in 1909. Pick one of the brightly painted, hand-carved horses (or a tiger or giraffe!) to ride with your sweetheart, and have fun trying to catch the brass ring as you go around. Present her with another ring - a sparkling diamond engagement ring - and ask her to be your wife.
Drink in the View of Spokane Falls
Also located in Riverfront Park is the SkyRide Over the Falls attraction - a cable car that offers stunning views of Spokane Falls (the second longest urban falls in the United States). Arrange in advance to get a cable car just for the two of you (perhaps buying tickets for all six seats in the car to guarantee privacy). Take in the view of the falls, City Hall, Huntington Park Natural Area, the Spokane River and the Monroe Street Bridge. Find the right moment when it feels like you’re at the top of the world, and pop the question.
Hit the Centennial Trail
The Centennial Trail is 37.5 miles long and begins at the Washington-Idaho state border. It crosses through downtown Spokane in Riverfront Park, then extends into the countryside in east and west directions. Spend the day doing an outdoor activity you both love on the trail - whether it’s hiking, biking or horseback riding. Take a break for a leisurely picnic lunch, and hide the diamond engagement ring in a box at the bottom of the picnic basket for her to discover.
Toast With a Glass of Award-Winning Wine
Arbor Crest Wine Cellars is one of Washington’s oldest wineries and has earned awards and accolades for its wines from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. The winery’s estate sits 450 feet above the Spokane River and offers spectacular panoramic views of the Spokane Valley and downtown. Book a private tour at Arbor Crest, and let them know about your plan, asking about the best places to propose on the estate. After your personalized grounds tour and wine tasting, find a private moment and ask her to marry you with a backdrop of gorgeous vineyards.
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Should You Buy Wedding Insurance?
You have a lot of big - and often big-ticket - decisions to make when you are planning your wedding. Some are easier than others - who to include in your wedding party, which bridal ring sets are perfect for your style, what song to play for your first dance - but others are nuanced and complex. One big question for couples is: should we buy wedding insurance to protect against unforeseen crises?
What is Wedding Insurance?
The average cost of a wedding in the US in 2014 was around $28,000 - a significant amount for most couples. Wedding insurance safeguards this investment in case something outside your control forces you to change, postpone or cancel your big day, or you suffer property damage or loss.
What Does Wedding Insurance Cost?
Policies vary depending on their coverage, but most won’t be more than about $500 for basic protection. Insurance companies like Fireman’s Fund and Travelers offer customizable options for different fees.
What Does Wedding Insurance Cover?
Again, policies vary widely, so be sure to ask questions and read the fine print, but these are some common wedding insurance coverage options:
Extreme Weather: If you have to postpone your wedding because of a hurricane or blizzard, for example, the policy should cover the rescheduling costs.
Missing Vendor or Officiant: If someone essential to the wedding - your caterer, priest or rabbi, for example - goes out of business or doesn’t show up, you should be able to be reimbursed for the cost of postponement.
Illness, Injury or Bereavement: If there is a death in the family or someone involved in the wedding - a close family member or member of the wedding party - suddenly falls ill or is injured, you should be able to reschedule and recoup some of the costs.
Site Problems: Check with your wedding location to see if it has its own insurance, but if not, wedding insurance should be able to cover costs associated with unavoidable cancellation. For example, there is an electrical fire in the kitchen at the reception venue or the wedding site closes unexpectedly the week before your ceremony.
Wedding Attire and Jewelry: If your wedding gown and tuxedo or bridal ring sets or matching wedding bands are lost, stolen or damaged, the policy should pay to replace or repair them.
Liability: Most sites have liability insurance, but if you are having your wedding at someone’s home, this would protect you in case a guest were to be injured at the wedding.
Military Service: If the bride or groom is active duty or reserve status and suddenly has to leave because of work, the policy should pay for the expenses due to rescheduling.
Note: Cancelling a wedding due to cold feet is not usually covered. Fireman’s Fund has a “change of heart” policy you can opt for, but it only applies if someone calls off the wedding 365 days before the first covered event.
Do We Really Need Wedding Insurance?
It’s ultimately a personal decision and one you should make as a couple - along with parents or anyone else helping to pay for your wedding. If you are having a very small budget wedding, you may not feel you need insurance. But if you are spending a moderate sum or more on your wedding, a few hundred extra dollars for a bit of peace of mind may be well worth it.
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5 Fun & Casual Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Ideas
Unfortunately, this is how many couples feel when they think about their wedding rehearsal dinner. When you are in middle of organizing and paying for the main event - from making decisions about bridal ring sets to ordering all the last-minute details - it’s hard to muster a lot of enthusiasm for putting together a pre-party.
Don’t worry. You are not obligated to do anything elaborate or expensive for your rehearsal dinner. It should be a fun and relaxing occasion to spend time with a smaller group of friends and family than will be attending the wedding. This might mean you and your immediate families cooking dinner together at someone’s house or you take over a bar for happy hour with a big group. Keep it fun, casual and affordable, and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself with some of your favorite people. Here are a few simple wedding rehearsal dinner ideas:
1. Takeout or DIY Dinner Night
Treat it like a laidback house party, and ask a family member or close friend to host. Order pizza, Chinese food or some other takeout option, or prepare simple dishes that are great for a crowd, like tacos, salads, burgers or wings. Buy wine or beer, and you’re done! Everyone will have a great time catching up or getting to know one another, and you can have a stress-free evening.
2. Bowling or Game Night
Who needs to have a sit-down wedding rehearsal dinner? Reserve several lanes in a bowling alley, or take over a big arcade and hand out buckets of tokens to everyone. This is a fun option particularly if you have kids joining your party. You can arrange to pick up the tab for beer and pizza and nachos, and let people cut loose and play.
3. Backyard BBQ
If the weather is nice, enjoy the sunshine at a cookout someone’s backyard or a local park. Grill burgers and hot dogs, serve sodas and beers and pick up prepared salads and side dishes (or ask people to bring a dish, potluck-style).
4. Seafood Bake or Boil
If you are getting married in an area with delicious seafood close by, take advantage of it for your rehearsal dinner. Host a clam bake or a crawfish, crab or shrimp boil. Ask for a few friends or family members to help you out with the cooking, and tell everyone to dress prepared to get their hands dirty.
5. Drop-in Drinks
Organize a cocktail hour at the hotel bar where everyone is staying or at a relaxed neighborhood pub. Invite guests to drop by and have a drink and hors d’oeuvres after the rehearsal. It will be a fun and low-stress way for people to mingle and have a bite to eat.
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3 Fresh Spring Proposal Ideas
Spring may feel very far away right now, but eventually the sun will re-emerge, the snow will melt and we will all shed the layers from the long winter. The first magical days of spring are an ideal time to propose to your sweetheart. Here are a few romantic spring proposal ideas to make the occasion memorable.
Weekend Road Trip
Roll down the windows, and get out town for a few days! Pick a peaceful location within a drive of a few hours, and book a room at a hotel or bed and breakfast. Make sure your schedule is clear for the weekend, but pack the car up and surprise her with the idea as a last-minute whim. If she enjoys a little spontaneity, she’ll be excited about the change of scenery. Do research in advance to find a spot for a scenic walk or picnic where you can propose with a sparkling diamond engagement ring. (Browse our bridal ring sets to select her complementary pair of rings, or take advantage of our She Said Yes! special to get a discount when you buy an engagement ring now and wedding bands later.)
When the weather is warm enough to allow it, popping the question while gazing up at the stars is one of the most romantic (and simplest) proposal ideas to plan. All you need is a blanket and a few other items. Tell her you have a surprise date planned, and head out to a quiet area - a field, the mountains or even your own backyard. Sit on a blanket or folding chairs, snuggle up together under a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner and a glass of wine or a thermos of hot cocoa. Use a smartphone app or book to try to pick out the different constellations in the sky. When she is distracted looking up at the stars, get down on one knee and propose.
On a sunny spring day, enlist the help of a friend or two and set up a photo scavenger hunt around your city or neighborhood. Each clue should be a photo of the two of you in a location she has to identify. Add a cute story, poem or memory to accompany the photo, and put them both in an envelope. Have the scavenger hunt end at a place that is particularly meaningful to you, such as where you met or had your first date. Ask her to marry you, then go out to celebrate.
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