Over the weekend, one of my closest friends got married! The wedding (and all the events leading up to it) was everything you’d hope for your best friend; there was fabulous food, crazy relatives, shuttle bus crashers, emotional speeches, power outages, and hashtagable quotes from the altar. In short: it was an extremely memorable event from start to finish.
As I set forth this week to find a blog to feature, I got started thinking about wedding etiquette. Should you wear white to a wedding? (No) Should you assume you’re invited just because you’ve known the bride for 20 years (No) Should you take a Xanax if you’re planning on drinking? (questionable) With all these questions swirling in my head, I thought I would aim to find a blog about wedding etiquette. Yet a quick search for “wedding etiquette blog” retrieved results for Emily Post, and a variety of subpages on the knot, but no blog that actually specialized in “Wedding Etiquette”. I did find one post on Oh Lovely Day that spoke specifically to Wedding Guest Etiquette, but the space is otherwise pretty barren (nudge nudge to anyone looking to fill an open niche). On a side note, in my quest, I also learned more than I ever needed to know about Monogramming Etiquette. Apparently it’s a really big thing.
So, as I had already been weeding through a variety of wedding blogs in a vain attempt to find the elusive “Wedding Etiquette” blog, I did stumble across quite a few really stellar sites. For an industry that makes close to $50 BILLION in annual revenue, it’s no surprise that there are nearly just as many blogs out there with tips on everything from the perfect “Something Blue”, to the best way to arrange the napkins at your reception’s place settings.
Through all the noise, there was one blog which really rose to the top for me: Grey Likes Weddings. Brought to the web by the anonymous “Miss Grey” (the real life blogger is actually named Summer Watkins), the quirky About section of the blog (cleverly titled “Grey You Say“) reveals a penchant “for the charms of a well-healed woman”. At this point, I should mention that while I may be a city girl, 11 years of living in the South did rub off on me a bit, so anything preppy, girly, and involving WASP-y customs is right up my alley. Hence, my instant affinity for this site.
From the “Rockin’ a New Rock” section, with it’s guide for the newly engaged, to the tiny details (to encourage you to share a post, they use the quippy “Won’t you be a gem, and share this with your ladies”), this blog covers all the bases. So much so, that they’re in the process of building a new online community, aptly titled “The Ladies Society of Matrimonial Finery” that aims to be a social network for the budding bride, and everyone looking to share in her special day.
The site strikes a good balance between content, and imagery, and while it contains a TON on information, it isn’t nearly as daunting (or saccharine-y) as “The Knot”. Any bride-to-be would be smart to add it to her blog role.