Your expert guide to the dos and don'ts of getting married Your wedding should be fun, exciting, and worry-free-but most brides, grooms, and their families run into sticky situations or unique circumstances that surround etiquette. Now, there's a definitive guide that provides the solutionsfor all those dilemmas big and small. Wedding Etiquette For Dummies provides sound information and guidance-whether it's deciding how to handle divorced parents, inform guests of where the couple is registered, or tastefully incorporate new traditions into your ceremony and reception. You get plenty of proven advice and tips for everything from who pays for the wedding and properly announcing the engagement to hosting events leading up to the wedding and dealing with destination wedding snags and pitfalls. You'll even see how to gracefully handle wedding cancellations and postponements. The dos and don'ts of wedding etiquette for any bride, groom, relatives, or friends of the marrying couple Tips for proper behavior during the engagement, ceremony, and reception Advice on dealing with the wedding party and opinionated or pushy in-laws Special considerations for second (or more) marriages and military, ethnic, and religious weddings How to set up a tasteful, interactive wedding website and write the all important thank you note Sue Fox is the author of Etiquette For Dummies, 2nd Edition and Business Etiquette For Dummies, 2nd Edition Leaving no wedding dilemma uncovered, Wedding Etiquette For Dummies is your one-stop guide for having the wedding of your dreams without the stress!
Introduction 1 Part I: Engaging in Proper Wedding Etiquette from the Start 5 Chapter 1: Incorporating Etiquette into Your Wedding 7 Chapter 2: Announcing Your Engagement with Elegance 13 Chapter 3: Tastefully Using Technology during Wedding Planning 31 Chapter 4: Deciding on Finances and Planning Responsibilities Upfront 39 Part II: The Main Event: Planning Your Ceremony and Reception 59 Chapter 5: Checking Out Ceremony Styles 61 Chapter 6: Nailing Down the Basics of Ceremony Protocol 77 Chapter 7: Perfecting Your Reception Plans 95 Part III: Working on Wedding Details with Your Manners Intact 113 Chapter 8: Putting Together Your Wedding Party 115 Chapter 9: Choosing Appropriate Wedding Attire and Doing So with Grace 135 Chapter 10: Assembling the Guest List 151 Chapter 11: Carefully Composing Your Invitations and Announcements 163 Chapter 12: Registering for Gifts and Giving Your Own 191 Chapter 13: Observing Etiquette Rules at Festivities before the Wedding 199 Part IV: Behaving on the Big Day and Beyond 209 Chapter 14: Minding Your Manners at the Ceremony 211 Chapter 15: Celebrating with Class at the Reception 231 Chapter 16: Acting Properly after the Wedding 245 Part V: The Part of Tens 253 Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Working with Your Vendors and Wedding Planner 255 Chapter 18: Nearly Ten Guidelines for Getting Married the Second Time Around 259 Index 263
Sue Fox is the author of Etiquette For Dummies and Business Etiquette For Dummies. She is the founder and president of The Etiquette Survival Group, a California-based professional development and publishing company.
Wedding Etiquette for Dummies The right way to do everything before you say "I do" Planning a wedding should be fun, exciting, and worry-free — but most brides, grooms, and their families run into sticky situations that aren't so black and white. Whether it's deciding how to handle divorced parents, dealing with bickering bridesmaids, or anything in between, Wedding Etiquette For Dummies gives you the tactful, proper way to handle any situation without losing your cool. Engage in wedding etiquette from the start —find out how to announce your engagement with elegance, decide who will pay for what, and wisely select your wedding party Understand ceremony protocol — discover helpful guidance on setting?the date, choosing a site, working with an officiant, and personalizing the ceremony to reflect your style Perfect your reception plans — find tips on selecting a location, working with your reception manager, putting together a seating chart, choosing a menu, and presenting proper favors Manage details with your manners intact — get advice on choosing wedding attire, composing your wedding invitations and announcements, and registering for gifts Behave on the big day and beyond — use practical information on how to tactfully greet guests, move through the processional and recessional, celebrate with class at your reception, write thank-you notes, and handle unexpected situations Open the book and find: Suggested wording for announcements and invitations Guidance on writing your own vows Etiquette for a variety of ceremony styles, from religious to civil and beyond Tips on appropriately assembling your guest list Rules for festivities before the wedding Advice on working well with wedding vendors and planners Special considerations for getting married the second time around
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