3 Secrets To Perfect Wedding Etiquette

Everyone who has ever planned a wedding will tell you that although it’s exciting and fun, there are moments when it can be extremely stressful. It’s also a bit scarey. You are in fact planning to leave your single days behind you, and become one half of a couple – for the rest of your life. But from the moment you said yes when your boyfriend proposed you have spent almost every waking moment imaging how you want your wedding to be.

When The Bride And Groom’s Family Meet

But what are the rules? What about etiquette and traditions? How do I begin this mammoth task of planning a perfect wedding?

Now you are planning to get married, it means you and your husband-to-be are both about to gain a new family. So it’s important right from the start to first introduce both sets of parents. Followed then by close family and friends.

This way both families can get to know each other and be invited to become involved in the wedding planning. Your in-laws will always be a part of your lives from here on – after all they are your husband’s parents.

How To Plan The Guest List

So as soon as you have set the date for your wedding it’s time to get the ball rolling. You need to let people know well in advance where and when your wedding is going to be. This gives your guests plenty of time to make arrangements for things like taking time off work etc.

So now comes what can often be a very stressful task – planning the guest list. You will need to enlist the help of both sets of parents for this, as there will obviously be guests coming from both families. Once you have decided who you are going to invite you can begin sending out the invitations.

What Should Your Invitations Say?

Wedding invites need careful consideration. You can only invite as many guests as your budget will allow, so plan your guest list accordingly. The invitations need to contain details of the place, date, and time of your wedding, and where your reception will be. Guests will also need to know if they will need to arrange transport to the reception venue.

Invitations to single guests should state if you are happy for them to bring a guest. If you don’t want children at your wedding then you should mention this on the invitations. You should also include directions to the church and reception venue and details of your gift registry if you have one. Lastly, add an RSVP with a date and details of where to send it.

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