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The Basics of Proper Wedding Etiquette

Jul 3, 2008
Knowing proper wedding etiquette is a must for your perfect day to run smoothly. Everyone involved in the wedding, from the bride and groom to the groomsmen, bridesmaids and the guests, is subject to these certain rules of etiquette to ensure that tradition is upheld and that everything goes as expected. Not following the etiquette in a traditional ceremony could result in hurt feelings.

The groomsmen and bridesmaid are a large part of the celebration, but they are also supposed to give the bride and groom support when needed. Bridesmaids who try to make themselves the center of attention are certainly displaying poor behavior. Remember, this day should only be focused on the couple and their union in love, so the general focus should definitely be on them. Trying to pull the attention away from the bride and groom happens far too often and should certainly not be attempted by members of the bridal party.

In the ceremony stage of the wedding, it is important for the guests of the nuptials to be respectful of the sanctity of the ceremony. Many guests act at a wedding as though they are in another public forum where certain behaviors are allowed or encouraged. Guests should be sure that they remain quiet through the ceremony unless asked to speak or pray, and should also refrain from getting up to use the restroom or be so unkind as to fall asleep or make unnecessary noise throughout the ceremony.

This point should be heeded more closely by the parents of the bride and groom, as they can provide the biggest distraction to the ceremony. Hysterical parents whining out during a ceremony in happiness is something that can easily cause an interruption to a wedding, and also create a spectacle that many guests will pay attention to more than the exchange of vows.

For the bride and groom, there are also points of etiquette that should be heeded on the day of marriage. For one, keeping certain traditions should be attempted for the sake of keeping things organized as well as keeping tradition. Additionally, the bride and groom should take care to ensure that the guests feel comfortable at the reception and the ceremony. The reception is akin to having a dinner party with innumerable guests, so there should be some attempt to make sure guests feel comfortable.

Which brings me to the gift giving. Generally, the bride and groom have registered at a store for gifts that they feel would be beneficial to their new life and new home together. When shopping for gifts, guests should do their best to stick to the registry as best they can. Most couples understand that not everything they want will be in everyone's price range, and so will put a few smaller items on the list. If you are unable to find something on the gift registry, then a gift of cash is always acceptable. Just don't go overboard.
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Are you planning a wedding? If so among the many things to get accomplished is the provision of bridesmaid gifts and groomsmen gifts. You'll also want to get things like wedding favors early too.
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