Browsing the archives for the Hosting a Party category

How do I tell a hostess that I’m a vegetarian?

Dear Gwyn, I’m often perplexed about if/how to raise the issue of my vegetarianism when invited to someone new’s house for dinner. When hosts do not inquire about my dietary restrictions before planning their menu, should I politely inform them? And if so, how? Or should I just hope there are plenty of sides to [...]

How do I invite guests requesting “ceremony only” wedding invitations?

Dear Gwyn, My son is getting married in about 6 weeks. He and his fiance are having a small wedding with just family and a few close personal friends of theirs. He has grown up in the church where they are getting married. Several people in the congregation have asked to attend the ceremony even [...]

Balancing the Bride’s Dream Bachelorette and Guests’ Budgets

Hi Gwyn! Let me start off by saying, I follow your etiquette website and am a big fan. I had a question for you: I’m starting to plan a friend’s bachelorette party and it will be out of state. Because all of the bride’s friends are all over the country we are going to make [...]

How do I indicate guests of bridal shower are not invited to the wedding?

Hi Gwyn, I am hosting a bridal shower for the future daughter in law of a friend. We intend to invite friends who will not be invited to the small wedding in another state.  Would you have suggested wording that I could use on the shower invitation? As more couples choose destination weddings or opt [...]

Can I invite friends to a bridal shower who aren’t wedding guests?

Dear Gwyn, A good friend of mine is getting married in March and I’d like to throw her a shower. I’m not in the wedding party but am one of her few local friends.  Is it still o.k. to throw a party for her, or is that something that just a family member or member [...]