Traditional Wedding Etiquette

by Claire Valenty on April 9, 2010

in Special Occasion - Weddings

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This article on traditional wedding etiquette might be overly simplified, but, here are the basics for your one stop shopping!

The save the dates are sent out about six months before event. Invitations are received about two months before the wedding with details concerning the location, time, dress code, meal options, if guests are allowed, gift registry, etc.

On the day, it is best to arrive a little early to the wedding as opposed to late. You don’t want to delay the bride walking down the aisle! Once the guests are all seated, the groom will enter the venue and stand at the front of the room. Then the groomsmen and bridesmaids will begin walking down the aisle (coupled off). As soon as “Here Comes the Bride” begins to play, the guests are expected to stand up. The bride and whoever is giving her away will proceed down the aisle. Whoever is marrying the couple will ask who is giving the bride away. That person will give the bride’s hand to the groom. The guests will sit. The groom will lift the bride’s veil (if she’s wearing one). The official of the ceremony will read the marriage vows, the rings will be exchanged, the wedding contract will be signed, the official will pronounce them man and wife and the bride and groom will kiss. The bride and groom will lead the wedding party down the aisle. Usually, they will all go off to get pictures taken while the guests proceed to the reception.

And, let’s face it: the reception is really why we get all excited about weddings! Here, there will usually be a meal, speeches and then dancing! All topped off with an open bar. Show me someone who doesn’t love a wedding and I’ll show you someone who doesn’t know how to have a good time!

If you still have questions on traditional wedding etiquette, check out this section on wedding etiquette which has much more detail!

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