Ask the Experts
David's Bridal assembled a panel of pros to answer your most pressing questions.
Is my wedding band supposed to match my husband's? I'm clueless here.
Don't worry, there's no wrong choice when it comes to jewelry! Traditionally, a couple's wedding band used to match. But the rules are changing, says Jacqueline Cassaway, divisional VP at Helzberg Diamonds. Today, it's common for a bride to choose any band she loves, or one that coordinates with her engagement ring.
How much do I put on my registry?
"Register for at least two times as many gifts as givers," says Audrey Stavish, director of customer service and gift registry at Bed Bath & Beyond. (Count couples as one giver, she says.) "Guests will appreciate having plenty of choices when they shop for you. The last thing you want is for them to get discouraged because everything is already purchased and then have to guess what to buy you!"
Is it OK to give the DJ a "do not play" list?
Yes—and no, says Dori Ottolini, owner of Allegro Entertainment in St. Louis. The caveat is that some couples go overboard and include dozens of songs (aka, way too many). "That makes your DJ do more reading than actual mixing. He should be playing songs according to the vibe of the dance floor," says Ottolini. So if you truly can't suffer through the chicken dance on your day, by all means, discuss it beforehand. But be sure to chat about the tunes you do like, too, so the DJ can build a playlist that makes everyone want to bust a move.
At the reception, how many different appetizers do we need to offer?
That depends on the time of your celebration, says Shirley Barnes, general manager for Kimble's Food by Design in LaGrange, Georgia. For early afternoon, she suggests six to seven choices; before serving dinner, three to four; and if the apps are standing in for the meal at an evening reception, offer 10 to 12 types.
How soon do we have to book the honeymoon?
Procrastinators, take note: To snag your top flight and hotel picks, six months out is a good starting point. "Most resorts offer special suites for honeymooners," says Marilyn Cairo of Melia Resorts. The catch? There are only so many, and when they're gone, they're gone. So book early and enjoy!