Tag Archives: Wedding Etiquette

Should the Ring Be Returned if the Engagement is Broken?

If the woman breaks the engagement, she should return the engagement ring to her ex-fiance. If the man breaks the engagement, the woman may keep the ring.  However, she may want to return the ring so it doesn’t remain a … Continue reading

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Wedding Etiquette – Changing Names

It is not mandatory for a woman to take her husband’s name in marriage. It’s a personal choice. Ladies may choose to keep their maiden name, hyphenate their maiden name with their husband’s name or select an entirely different name.  … Continue reading

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Walk Gracefully Down the Aisle – Wedding Etiquette

When taking your walk down the aisle, you want it to look as graceful as possible. Walk slowly, smile, and don’t look at the floor – even if you’re crying. Select processional music with a strong, audible cadence. The hesitation … Continue reading

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An Invitation to the Wedding Ceremony and Reception

If you have been invited to a wedding ceremony and a wedding reception, you  should not attend the reception only without also attending the ceremony.  The reception is optional, the ceremony is not. To skip the ceremony and arrive at … Continue reading

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Receiving Line Order – Wedding Etiquette

There may be variations to receiving lines depending on who the official hosts of the wedding are, if the parents of the bride or groom are divorced, or if the wedding couple is older and/or this is not their first … Continue reading

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Arrive Before the Bride

When attending a wedding ceremony, it is proper etiquette to arrive before the bride walks down the aisle. I recently attended a ceremony where the wedding coordinator had to lock the church doors as the bride began to take her … Continue reading

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The Importance of an RSVP

An RSVP is critical to the planning of a successful event.  It gives the host or hostess a number to work with when making arrangements for food, beverages, seating and more. If you fail to appropriately RSVP or uphold your … Continue reading

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Where Do the Parents of the Bride and Groom Sit?

If there is a center aisle in the church, the parents of the bride sit in the first pew on the left and the parents of the groom sit in the first pew on the right as you face the … Continue reading

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Postwedding Visits

Often elderly or ill family members are unable to attend wedding festivities.  It is wonderful when the bride and groom make plans to visit these friends and family members to share their wedding with them. If there is time on … Continue reading

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Traditional Anniversary Gifts

First……………………………………..Paper Second………………………………….Cotton Third…………………………………….Leather Fourth…………………………………..Fruit or flowers Fifth……………………………………..Wood Sixth…………………………………….Sugar, candy, iron Seventh…………………………………Copper or wool Eighth…………………………………..Bronze Ninth……………………………………Pottery Tenth……………………………………Tin, aluminum Eleventh………………………………..Steel Twelfth………………………………….Silk or linen Thirteenth………………………………Lace Fourteenth……………………………..Ivory Fifteenth………………………………..Crystal or glass Twentieth……………………………….China Twenty-fifth……………………………Silver Thirtieth…………………………………Pearl Thirty-fifth…………………………….Coral or jade Fortieth………………………………….Ruby Forty-fifth……………………………..Sapphire Fiftieth………………………………….Gold Sixtieth………………………………….Diamond Sixty-fifth……………………………..Diamond Seventieth……………………………..Diamond

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