Today’s modern brides have a lot of choices when it comes to their weddings. Although wedding etiquette has changed over the years, it is important to pay attention to some of the rules. This will help you avoid offending someone or looking like a bad bride on your wedding day.
In the past, people avoided saying “congratulations” to a bride. Today, this saying is perfectly acceptable. If others tell you “congrats,” there is no need to be offended. Simply thank them for their kindness.
It is customary for the bride’s family to be responsible for the invitations. However, there are scenarios when it is] acceptable to send them out on behalf of the groom. This usually happens if the bride’s family lives far away from the wedding or doesn’t want to participate.
Traditionally, invitations should be sent well in advance so people have time to plan. If your big day is months away, then it might make sense to send a “Save the Date” card.
Most couples select a wedding party for their special day. When you choose your maid of honor, wedding etiquette says she should be called “matron of honor” if she is married. This title is even acceptable if she doesn’t have children.
In some cases, a member of the party drops out of the ceremony. If this happens, it is usually unacceptable to replace them at the last minute. If there are several months before the big day, then finding a replacement is perfectly acceptable.
A lot of brides print programs for their weddings. However, there is nothing wrong with opting out of this formality. Many feel that programs are unnecessary and costly.
Most brides like to coordinate the attire for their wedding party. You have a lot of flexibility in this area. You do not need to make the flower girl wear white, and your bridesmaids do not have to wear the same dress. Also, it is completely acceptable for your party to pay for their own clothing.
You are not required to hand out wedding favors. However, many couples choose to give them out for cultural reasons or as a thank you. If you want to save on your budget, you can always give one favor per couple.
THANK YOU NOTES
Good etiquette specifies that you should send thank you cards to all of the people who gave you a present or cash. You have a year to do this; don’t worry if you forget to write them right after the honeymoon.
If you are not sure what the wedding etiquette is for your special day, you can always ask some of your wedding service providers. Because they specialize in weddings, they often have good advice on proper etiquette for any situation. This will help you avoid offending someone during your wedding planning and on your big day.