Thank you for all of the love and support this little corner of the internet has received over the past several years. As friends and family members were getting married, their weddings fueled the inspiration for this blog. But as seasons of life change, my focus, along with those nearest and dearest, shifted away from the wedding planning stage and I began to neglect this blog.

I have decided to indefinitely retire Calligraphy by Shannon in an effort to pour my attention into my lifestyle blog The Scribble Pad where I will be merging past and future inspiration boards and parties. You will still be able to place orders for calligraphy, custom invitations, and hand stamped items through my etsy shop. And as always, you can stay in touch with me under my moniker, The Scribble Pad on my blog, etsy shop, facebook, and even twitter! I look forward to sharing this new adventure with you.

Today's Wedding Etiquette

Are you saving for your first home? Are you paying for your wedding yourself? Are you or your spouse bringing considerable debt to the relationship?

There are time in life when "just cash" would be absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, telling excited guest that you really don't want another crock-pot is not very nice. The best way to go about ensuring you get mostly cash on your big day is to give your guests something to be excited about.

Try one of these tips to up your odds or receiving some dough:

"We are so excited to be embarking on our new life together and are eagerly saving up for a home. It would be wonderful if you could help us to reach this goal!" *this implies give me cash* Use this phrase on shower invites, your wedding website, and even the information card, just not on the actual invite!

There are now many ways that you can incorporate paying for your wedding into your registry. Now many photographers and even honeymoon resorts offer you the option of setting up an account which guests can contribute to and then you pay the final remaining balance. This is a great way to allow family and friends to contribute to costs without actually asking for handouts. {note: these services vary so you will have to check with local vendors}

If you would really like a few large pieces of furniture, but know your guests won't go for the splurge, register at the furniture store for a few small items and gift cards. This will help you accumulate some cash to buy that comfy sofa {and allow you to toss the futon sooner}.

Have someone else do the dirty work. Get a friend or family member to spread the word about your situation to the wedding guests. Be sure to pick someone lovable as the message might not be exactly what people are expecting to hear!

If you don't want gifts at all because you simply don't need any more money or stuff {lucky you}. Find a cause for people to give to. One place to jump start your search: Kiva - an organization that helps facilitate micro-loans for entrepreneurs.
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1 comment:

Jennifer said...

We asked family members to spread the word that we wanted cash, but we also registered at a store for those who didn't feel comfortable giving it. We ended up using some of the money to install a fence in the backyard. I was surprised at how elated our friends and family were when they found out they helped pay for it!

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