Wedding etiquette: the main rules
When planning your holiday, do not forget about the basic rules of wedding etiquette. How to competently arrange invitations, make a list of guests and say “thanks” to them?
The question “whom to invite to the wedding?” Concerns not only newlyweds, but also their parents. Firstly, your wedding is also a great holiday for them, and secondly, they often pay most of the wedding expenses, and therefore their opinion should be taken into account.
Among those whom you plan to invite, there are always guests to whose account you doubt. Make two lists: include those you definitely call for the triumph in one – as a rule, these are family and close friends, in the other – everyone who is in question. Based on your budget or capacity of the wedding venue, supplement the first list with guests from the second.
If one of the invitees cannot come to the wedding, and the place has already been paid, you can invite someone from the second list instead, but do not do it the day before the wedding – you will show disrespect to the guest.
Guests must be warned in advance about the possibility of the presence of children at the wedding. If you do not mind, indicate in the invitation and their names, and if you do not plan to invite young guests, politely explain that your holiday is for adults only, so that parents can find a nanny in advance.
The style of the wedding invitation text depends on the overall concept of the celebration. This can be both official and more informal tone. But whatever style you choose, do not forget to indicate the following points in the invitation:
Choosing a wedding gift is quite a challenge for a guest. Is it appropriate to donate money or is it worth buying something for home? Save the guests from unnecessary trouble and write your wishes in the invitation. “In the piggy bank for an unforgettable honeymoon”, “Something very necessary for a housewarming” – orient the guests, but do not limit the financial framework, let everyone determine the amount that is acceptable for him.
Places for guests at a wedding ceremony are usually divided into left and right sides. On the left side accommodate the guests of the bride, on the right – the guests of the groom. If their number will vary greatly, it is best to spread the guests evenly around the available places. The first row is occupied by parents and closest relatives.
A well-thought-out seating plan is the key to a great mood at a wedding. To make everyone feel comfortable at the table, analyze the guest list and try to group them according to several criteria – kinship, age, interests, relationships.
It is better to plant parents of the bride and groom together – this will be a wonderful symbol of the unity of two families. Their table should be located closest to the table of the newlyweds, a little further away place close relatives and friends.
If the wedding is planned at one common table, then witnesses and parents are placed next to the newlyweds.
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We say “Thank you”
Wedding evening can not end without words of gratitude from the newlyweds. Saying “thank you” is worth everyone who attended your holiday, including contractors who created the wedding of your dreams. Prepare guests small gifts for the memory of this holiday, they will be pleased to receive a nice compliment from the newlyweds.
Individual words should be said to your parents, because they were there all along, helping and supporting you as best they could. These are, without a doubt, the most important guests at the wedding, and it will be better if you prepare special symbolic gifts for them to show how much they are dear to you.