Wedding etiquette is constantly changing, and it can be difficult to keep up. While some things have changed, some things have stayed the same. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind for your upcoming wedding.
Do You Need to Send Out Paper Invites?
Though electronic invite technology has become commonplace for more casual events, paper invites are still a necessity for a wedding. Paper invites are about more than letting your guests know about the event; they're also about giving guests something to remember the event. Paper invites are also accessible to everyone, while older family members may not have access to social media or email.
How Can You Get Your Guests to RSVP?
It's an issue with the modern world. Many people intend to come to a wedding but don't RSVP. Others RSVP on the off chance that they can make it to the wedding while not actually intending to come. To make sure your guests RSVP, remind them periodically before the event to respond to the invitation and, as a courtesy, to only RSVP if they are sure they can make it.
Should You Send an Invite to Someone Who Can't Come?
If you have close family members and friends, you can send them an invitation as a keepsake with a note. Don't send just an invite, as an invite often implies that you're interested in a gift.
Can You Have Someone Else Walk You Down the Aisle?
This is an example of a tradition that has changed. Though it's traditional to have your father walk you down the aisle, it can be anyone close to you. Just make sure they know about the duties beforehand, so they aren't blindsided.
Who Should Be Allowed to Bring a Date?
A general rule of thumb is that you should not invite someone in a committed relationship unless you are going to allow them to bring their partner. Engaged individuals, married individuals, and those with live-in partners are all considered to be committed.
Should You Include Registry Information on Your Invitations?
It's considered to be a faux pas to add registry information on your invitations. An invitation already carries with it an implication that a gift is desired.
When Should Your Party Get Started?
Your scheduling should be as tight as possible during your wedding. Ideally, your wedding party shouldn't have to wait around for the party to get started.
Who Should You Invite to the Bridal Shower?
Invite anyone you want to your bridal shower, with one caveat — don't invite someone to a bridal shower without expecting that they will also be invited to the wedding. Otherwise, it could end in an awkward situation for everyone involved.
When Should You Greet Your Guests?
Greeting guests is an expected tradition that shouldn't be skipped. A wedding is hectic, and many guests have gone out of their way to make your special day special. Making time for greeting them at the start of the event shows them that you appreciate it.
When Should Your Thank You Notes Be Sent?
It's easy to forget thank you notes. After the honeymoon, thank you notes should be sent as promptly as possible.
There are dozens of items of etiquette that need to be covered during a wedding. Doing your homework may take some time, but will be worthwhile. At The Perfect Bride, we can help you determine wedding dress etiquette for your big day! Contact us to learn more about our services and stay tuned for more information on wedding etiquette —and on our upcoming Ultimate Veil Experience Trunk Show!