What you need to know about returning gifts

19th July, 2015

What you need to know about returning gifts

Received a present you are sure to not ever use in a lifetime and want to return it to the store? You are lucky if your gift-giver has included a receipt! In this case, here are some things you need to know before you head off:

Store credit or refund

Depending on the store policies, gift-buyers are often given the refund and recipients more or less get store credits instead (depending on the condition of the item). Find out what the policies are, so you have an idea of what they require in these cases. Click here to continue reading

Gift-giving superstitions

3rd April, 2014

Gift-giving superstitions

Like many cultures who observe different traditions, a superstition is something that is always around. It surrounds many aspects in life – weddings, pregnancy, childbirth, the holidays, travelling and many more.

Guess what? Even gift-giving is surrounded by a bunch of them! There are different versions of these superstitions across different countries and as time passed, some interpretations change. Origins of these superstitions are mostly unknown, but some people certainly take them into consideration before wrapping a present for someone.

Curious what these are? Here are some of them: Click here to continue reading

Got engaged? What NOT to do now…

18th February, 2014

Got engaged? What NOT to do now…

Hey there, congratulations on your engagement! Are you planning to get married in 2014? Okay, things can get really exciting at this point, but, hold your horses and read this.

There’s quite a few things you should NOT be doing after you get engaged. Surprised? Let’s give you an idea. Here are some of them:

Inviting everyone you know to your wedding

Of course, once you do this, you will find it hard to un-invite them. Don’t do this, especially if you are still in the stages of planning your wedding (and how much it costs). You still have no idea how many people will make it to your groom’s guest list either, so hold off the verbal invites until you’ve finalized everything. Click here to continue reading

The newlywed’s to-do list

4th October, 2013

The newlywed’s to-do list

So the big day’s over and you’re back refreshed and relaxed from your honeymoon.

What’s on next on your to-do list? Here are some of them:

  • Have your wedding dress dry-cleaned. The sooner, the better! Make sure you take it to the cleaners who specialize in wedding dresses (they use the right solvents there).

  • If you are changing your last name, you will need to update your IDs, passport , social security card and credit cards.

  • Update your tax status. Decide if you and your partner are going to file together or separately. You can consult an accountant for some advice about this. Oh, and you must do this ASAP. Click here to continue reading

Keeping it real: The in-law issues

26th September, 2013

Keeping it real: The in-law issues

Many things can come up while you are joyfully planning your wedding. Dealing with in-laws is one of them. Whatever the issue you run into, here are some tips on how to handle them:

Compromise.

Yes, you know how you’d like your wedding to be, unfortunately, your future mum-in-law knows exactly how she wants it as well. Compromising can help salvage a relationship. You can both talk it out and agree on certain things about the wedding. Come on, whether you like it or not, you will also become part of their family. If there’s something about your wedding that you can let her take charge of, let her do it and you’re sure to avoid conflict. Click here to continue reading

Guest Guide: Don’t wear these at a summer wedding!

7th September, 2013

Guest Guide: Don’t wear these at a summer wedding!

Have a bunch of weddings to attend to in the summer? Yeah, it seems like the wedding season doesn’t really end, does it? Now before you start your serial shopping for outfits to wear to these upcoming nuptials, let’s give you a piece of advice. Don’t wear the following:

An all white dress.

While there is technically nothing wrong with it, some people might just talk! (‘oh, she’s the one who’s trying to steal the show by wearing all white!’ etc.). Well, suffice it to say, just let the big day be about the bride. Save the white dress for other special occasions.

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Avoid these thank-you notes no-no’s!

6th September, 2013

Avoid these thank-you notes no-no’s!

Just when you thought the anxiety is over, it comes back right after your fantastic holiday together! Oh, the thank-you notes! There might be hundreds that you need to send and you might find yourself worrying about wording and making mistakes.

We are here to help! Here are the top thank-you notes mistakes you should avoid:

Getting your guests’ names wrong.

If you don’t know the guest very well and the name on the wedding gift card isn’t clear, check your invitations masterlist or contact someone in the family who can possibly provide the correct spelling of your guest’s name. Click here to continue reading

7 common slip-ups that might ruin your wedding

3rd September, 2013

7 common slip-ups that might ruin your wedding

Well, all of us are bound to make mistakes at some point and if you are busy in managing everything that’s going on at your wedding, you might overlook the obvious. Thankyou would like to help! Here are the things you should never let happen at the wedding.

Being late for your wedding

This is not only inconsiderate to your guests and your future spouse, it also causes chaos among your vendors! The food gets cold, your ice sculptures melt and photographers will need more time to get the still shots for your wedding album! If you’re gonna be late, it better be because of something you can never control – like a storm or any force majeure. Click here to continue reading

Quick tips: Writing a negative review? Think again.

2nd September, 2013

Quick tips: Writing a negative review? Think again.

Did you have problems with your wedding vendor? Enraged and want to write a stinging review about their services on your blog or on wedding websites? Hey, calm down and think again.

While you are all-out frustrated by the actions of your vendor/s and are running high on rage, writing a review while on these emotions may cause a very damaging result… to you! Why?

Here’s the thing. There are many wedding vendors who may just simply reply to your review and let it go, but there are some who take a negative review seriously and view it as defamatory. Yes, there are countries/states that have specific laws, some of the statements you may be thinking of writing could be classified as defamatory and are, therefore, against the law. The result? You get sued by your vendor. Click here to continue reading

Too many baby shower offers!

31st August, 2013

Too many baby shower offers!

Seems like everyone around you is excited! If the news of your pregnancy has got your best friend, your officemates and your church jumping up and down and planning your baby shower, well, you have nothing to worry about…. unless of course, you only want one for all of them. So how do you turn down the offers? Or, should you really turn them down? It’s hard to be popular, eh?

While it’s nice of you to want to save all of these folks the trouble, these people may just have great shower ideas and you may as well consider taking up their offer!

Say, for example, the shower organised by your bestfriend will be the one where your family and friends will be present, consider that as your “main” baby shower. Your baby shower at the office will likely be a more low-key affair, with cake and punch plus a group gift. If there’s another one organised by your church and you feel awkward about receiving gifts, you can ask them to make a donation to the parish instead.

There is less likely to be an overlap of people between these three groups, but if there are some who fall into one or more of these circles, tell him or her that she is invited to any of the showers. Take a moment to say you’d love to see them at both events but they need not feel obligated to bring multiple gifts.