American weddings occur at various times throughout the day and night. Wedding time is directly linked to reception tone, for example a formal cocktail party does not work for weddings at 1 in the afternoon. Wedding budget constraints also affect nuptial time, as Saturday night weddings are much more costly than Friday afternoon ceremonies. Many …

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Attending your very first American wedding? There isn’t a whole lot to learn about, so fear not. A Catholic wedding is an example of a traditional wedding, particularly a High Mass wedding. The main thing to know about such weddings is that they are…long. Anyhoo, other things to know about American weddings is if you …

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No, no, and HECK NO. Any couple who tells you paying for your meal at a wedding is a “new tradition” is LYING. Plain and simple. You bought them gifts off their registry and are possibly traveling to see them say “I do,” and they can’t even feed you?? That’s insane and ridiculous. You might …

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Wedding toasts are either great or cringe-worthy…and there’s not much in between. If you want to ensure your toast is something to remember for the right reasons, check out what you should remember….and what you should avoid. Remember Be Prepared: You’re a member of the wedding party, so be ready to speak! Make a few …

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Reader Question: I need some help. My grandmother has offered to give me her antique jewelry. She wants me to sell it to help fund my wedding. I have no idea how to go about doing that? Advice please. Despite the rise in the popularity of antique jewelry and jewelry inspired by pieces from times …

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Can We Have A Reception Before a Ceremony? I’m having a very small informal wedding in the Arizona desert with approximately 50 guests. We’ll be having the ceremony and reception in the same location and we’re planning on a sunset ceremony. Can we have the reception before the ceremony, ending the evening with the sunset …

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My husband and I were married 10 years ago, when we were 19. We are looking for a “do over” considering the first marriage was not exactly what we had hoped for. We are opting for a church and holding a reception where we were first married. Our daughter (5 years) will be our flower-girl …

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Small Wedding Ceremony With a Big Reception? Hi! My fiance and I have always wanted a small, intimate wedding. Partly because I have some serious stage fright and the idea of standing up in front of 200 people terrifies me, and also because we both want it to feel personal and share it with the people …

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Brother Walking Me Down The Aisle. How to Add Him to The Program. I am making the wedding programs for my niece. Her brother is escorting her down the aisle. How do I say this and where should I list this information in the wedding program? Weddings Unlimited On the section where you are listing the …

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  My fiance and I are going to marry in the fall. We have grown or mostly grown children. We are looking for ways to start new wedding traditions by giving heirloom gifts that can be passed from child to child during subsequent wedding ceremonies (children’s not ours as we will not be remarrying again.) …

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Vow renewal plans don’t need to be stressful! They should be celebratory, especially when you hit the sparkling, “silver” 25th anniversary. But how do you prep and keep etiquette in mind? The Question: Are we within the confines of good etiquette? “My husband and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in a couple …

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Hello! We would be greatful for some advice, thank you! We would like to honor our deceased grandparents at our wedding ceremony. Also, I (the bride) have one remaining grandfather who is still living and will be at the ceremony and we would like to honor him as well. We are having a candlelit church …

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When a parent has passed, what’s the appropriate way to recognize them throughout the wedding invitations, programs, etc? And what happens if the surviving parents remarry? In this article we break down: Wedding program wording etiquette How to honor deceased parents throughout the written wedding materials Any exceptions to the rules The Question: How do …

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A lot of people tend to confuse the differences between ushers and groomsmen – and that’s because a lot of couples treat the men the same – in role and responsibility. Some use ushers to seat guests while others use them groomsmen as ushers as well. But what’s the traditional roles? The ushers’ primary job …

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