Divine Decorum: Expert Advice for Parties and Weddings

Christina Currie Events answers your most pressing event-related inquiries!

Q: My sister is planning her wedding and I, as the Maid of Honor, am suddenly  required to attend every appointment she has! With my 60 hour work weeks, how can I explain to her that although I would love to be a part of every step, it’s just not possible for me?
Dayna, Chicago, IL

A: We run across this type of problem quite a bit when working with bridal parties! Your sister is so excited for her wedding day, and since you’re so important she wants you to be a part of every step possible. She also may be a bit nervous about her choices and wants a second opinion. Take her out for a manicure or a coffee and explain to her how busy you’ve been with work and how you may be missing a few of her appointments in the future. You can let her know how disappointed you’ll be, but how you can help review the elements of her wedding (before she makes a final decision) next weekend when you stop over for lunch!

Q: My fiancée and I are getting married in Florida this summer. When we began looking for lightweight linen tuxes to wear for the big day, we couldn’t see to find a store that would be able to accommodate the linen material for our fashion-forward wedding. Help!
Jamie, Schaumburg, IL

A: Linen is such a difficult fabric to find, especially up north where we don’t typically use that for our everyday fashions – even in the summer! I would recommend checking large chains first as they usually have the biggest selection. If you’re planning on purchasing the tux, most locations will allow you to alter it for free or at a minimal charge. Feel free to take in the pant legs to make them a bit slimmer or mix up the patterns on the back of the vest for a perfect fit at your wedding!

Q: My husband and I are in a quarrel over our upcoming 15th anniversary celebration. He thinks it’s of utmost importance to have top shelf liquor present for guests to consume. I believe that most of our guests won’t even know what they’re drinking after the first two rounds, and our friends have never been very picky when it comes to what brand of scotch they’re drinking.
Madry, Palatine, IL

A: Alcohol is an important part of any celebration, especially if your friends and family are big drinkers. I understand where both you and your husband are coming from in this argument. Who doesn’t like top shelf liquor? But, I could also argue that if you’ve never had anyone who is attending seem like the picky type it may be a fabulous way to save some money! Why don’t you and your husband sit down and reevaluate the budget. If you have the extra money, why not splurge on that specialty liquor? Even if it’s not all consumed, you and he can enjoy it in the future!

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