I loved my wedding reception – outdoors, between storms, on a cool August day by Lake Champlain – not just for the beautiful dahlia and snapdragon flower arrangements, Lillet cocktails, and local Vermont cheese plates, but for the joy of having all of my favorite people in the world celebrating with me. It is, simply put, the best party of your life. As you think about the flow of the reception, there are a few points of etiquette to observe. These are easy to incorporate with a little forethought, and will keep you focused on enjoying time with your guests. PhotosHere is my one regret: my absence throughout most of the cocktail hour. And I don’t drink much, so it wasn’t the beverages that I regret missing. Right after saying my vows, I was ready to greet my guests. However, despite planning to take as many photos before the ceremony ... Read More »
Manners are sets of acceptable social behavior – how we are expected to carry ourselves, and how we expect others to act in return. And weddings have lots of expectations – err, manners! For guests who are not up to speed on what those are or how to read the more subtle signals, there are a few ways you can help steer them on the right path. And what happens when an attendee steps afoul of wedding-day manners? Generally, it’s rude to correct someone publicly, but sometimes the moment calls for diplomatic action. Addressing the Dress CodeNot everyone’s interpretation of dress codes – let alone style or taste – is the same. From guest apparel that is too casual, revealing, or even over-dressed, sometimes people miss the mark. To clarify what you mean, first, make sure the style of your invitation reflects the level of formality you are planning. Second, ... Read More »
“Something old, something new,” the saying goes, and it’s just as true for wedding traditions as for the bride’s attire. Traditions are wonderful when they hold meaning and value for you. They are not there to force your hand to do something that makes no sense for your situation or goes against your vision of your wedding day. Want to mix it up and wear pink? Pick your shade! No dad to walk the bride down the aisle? Mom to the rescue! Can’t stand the garter toss? Out it goes! Traditions exist for many reasons: practicality, superstition, habit. When it comes to etiquette, the ones to keep are the ones that help you to honor and show respect for the people who help you marry – even if the tradition in question may feel burdensome or old-fashioned at first. Here are four traditions worth holding onto: Paper InvitationsThough electronic invitation ... Read More »
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