Ask B: Destination Wedding Travel

Dear B,

We are having a destination wedding next year and so excited to be getting married in a location that is dear to both of us. Given there will be flights and hotels to book, are we expected to pay for the bridal party and all of our relatives to attend the wedding?

Sincerely,

S

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Dear S,

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! What a joyful time for you and your fiancé. As for your question, the bride and groom are not required to pay for flights, hotels, or travel expenses for any guests. Given it can be expensive to travel to a destination wedding, what you can do is coordinate a discounted rate at a hotel by securing a room block for your guests. Additionally, you can offer complimentary airport transfers to help make guests arrival and departures stress free.

 

Quick Tips
Etiquette

No. 1

“WHEN ATTENDING A WEDDING, IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE OVERDRESSED.”

Wedding Guest Attire Etiquette

Claiborne Swanson Frank’s French Country Home

 

Hi dear readers! Lately I have been searching for inspiration and focusing on enjoying simple pleasures of the season, be it a cheerful bouquet of sunflowers, gentle afternoon breeze, or taste of a ripe and juicy peach. With June upon us, summer has arrived and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I love the relaxed pace of June, July and August and everything sweet summertime has to offer.

Speaking of inspiration, Architectural Digest recently made everyone’s interior design dreams come true with their feature of Claiborne Swanson Frank’s incredible Greenwich home. I have admired Claiborne for years, from her amazing book and photography in Mother & Child, to her effortless elegance and style, and looked forward to the day when she would showcase where she lived.

Designed by Asia Baker Stokes, the French country style home’s serene palate of blue and white with pops of cheerful bright pink in the sunroom and tomato red in her children’s rooms is pure perfection. Tastemaker Bunny Mellon’s New York City town house inspired the project, and the exterior is painted white brick with pale grey shutters giving it a light and airy feel. I absolutely adore this color combination! As you go through the images, the crisp Schumacher stripes, iconic Pierre Frey Toile, and blue and white Braquenié fabrics all show how thoughtful and intentional Baker Stokes and Swanson Frank were in the selection of each piece in the home. Its details such as these that make a house truly special and are such a testament to how talented both ladies are!

The property embodies the meaning of country living and looks magical, nestled among 200-year-old trees, endless grassy lawns and a winding creek. What an idyllic place to raise her precious boys! And so, here are pictures from the article that I hope will inspire you as much as they have inspired me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advice
HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

No. 2

“IT’S ALL ABOUT THE THOUGHTFUL DETAILS WHEN ENTERTAINING, SO CONSIDER LITTLE EXTRAS SUCH AS CUSTOM NAPKINS OR UNIQUE PARTY FAVORS.”

MORE SOCIAL ETIQUETTE TIPS

Starry Night New Year’s Eve Celebration at Home

  1. Slip into these sparkle slippers 
  2. A PJ party made fabulous with this starry set 
  3. Metallic confetti – a must!
  4. A star headband will add a touch of glamour to your evening at home
  5. These star tumblers would be as fabulous for NYE as they would a summertime dinner party
  6. A neutral scalloped white and gold placemat is the perfect backdrop for decorative dinnerware
  7. A pop of color in the form of navy candles
  8. Charming embroidered cocktail napkins 
  9. Glass candlesticks  filled with tapered candles create soft, beautiful lighting
  10. Coordinating scalloped napkins, because it’s fun to match
  11. Blue and white plates, part traditional and part

 

A bright new year ahead calls for sparkle and celebration, and this year is no exception. Traditionally on New Year’s Eve, we enjoy meeting friends at one of our favorite restaurants in Dallas. The children join too, and it’s a festive evening filled with cocktails and Shirley Temples, incredible Mexican food, and lots of laughter. Given this year is a bit different, we’ve decided to celebrate the end of 2020 at home with a special dinner, games, movies, Champagne and sparkling cider for the boys. Confetti, noisemakers, and dazzling hats and glasses will make it a night to remember!

For those of you also staying home, I wanted to share a dreamy starry night inspired evening made for this occasion. Complete with glittery slippers, embroidered cocktail napkins and even whimsical blue and white plates, this is a cozy New Year’s Eve celebration of my dreams. Whether you will be with family, friends, or solo this holiday, I wish you healthy, happiness and everything wonderful in 2021!