With wedding season upon us, etiquette expert Lizze Post joined me for an interview to discuss proper gifting etiquette, and tips on how brides can help minimize stress around the big day!
Candace Rose: What are some tips and tricks for consumers to simplify group gifting and shared expenses?
Lizzie Post: I’m working with Bank of America this summer just because it is so difficult when we try to reconnect with people, to then have to deal with things like a group gift or going in on a summer share together.
And with the group gift, one of the things that I like to suggest to people is to make sure they have an organizer for the gift. And my tip to that is to have BankAmeriDeals in your back pocket because you can choose deals up to 15% back at stores you shop at. So when you go to purchase a gift for the group, choose it from a store that you’re going to receive a little bit of a cash reward from so you get a little something for doing all that, and you can use something simple like a mobile transfer to be able to send money and collect money from everyone really easily and not have to worry about checks and trying to keep tabs on all that sort of thing.”
Candace Rose: It’s almost wedding season, so what are some helpful hints for brides and guests to help minimize stress around the big day?
Lizzie Post: “Boy, it’s a really important thing for brides to remember to take a deep breath. Everyone’s going to have their bridezilla moment, but you really want to make sure you can minimize that to the best of your ability. I like to think of it as you get closer to the wedding start running through your head of who is helping out, and what have they done to really make this easier on you because when you start rolling in that negativity all the time, you’re really going to lose sight for what a wedding is about, which is to reconnect with family and friends, and to celebrate this monumental occasion in your life.So brides, take a deep breath, mothers of the brides- take a bigger deeper breath and everybody is going to get through it.”
Candace Rose: We do everything on our smartphones these days. Is there a way that consumers can utilize their mobile device to make the most of summer activities?
Lizzie Post: “Oh of course. Like I mentioned the BankAmeriDeals, those can be accessed from the Bank of America app. And not only that, but just think about how much easier doing things like using group text message to be able to communicate the summer share’s cost this much, here are directions- you can send a little pin drop to someone so that they can easily navigate it on their navigation device. There are tons of ways that you can use your mobile devices in order to coordinate and keep coordinated, just make sure you go somewhere where you all have reception.”
Candace Rose: What are the summer’s biggest manner mishaps and what can consumers do to avoid them?
Lizzie Post: “I think some of the biggest things in summer come when people forget that we’re all here to have a good time, and they get so wrapped up in this is the only time I have to have a good time. The biggest one is that people over plan. There’s a group organizer that comes in and they have an itinerary that is down to the minute and everyone groans because they don’t feel they’re going to be able to relax. You really want to balance when you’re out on a vacation, whether or not you’re going to have free time and downtime and whether you’re going to be able to relax a bit, as opposed to feeling you’re scheduled every second of the day.”