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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memorial candle ceremony

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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Ushers and Groomsmen role differences in the wedding

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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Civil ceremony then married in the Catholic Church I really need the help of wedding etiquette experts! I have read previous forums where the experts have all agreed that having a religious ceremony after a civil marriage is tacky and a bit of a sham. I tend to agree. Unexpectedly, I have found myself in …

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Wedding Announcements Vs Invitations Announcement My daughter has a limited budget for the reception and can only invite a certain number of guests to the wedding (with dinner reception to follow). We would like to send separate invitations to wedding guests but also want to include friends and family in the celebration by way of …

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Perform a Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony I am planning on doing a memorial candle at the beginning of our ceremony. My fiance lost his son a year and a half ago, his father, and I lost my mother about 5 years ago. We have no plans for a wedding program. The suggestions say for the …

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Dollar Dance Alternatives Reader Question Our families really don’t dance. We are taking waltz lessons so that we can have our first dance but other than that there wont be any real dancing! We need some alternative ideas for the dollar dance! Any ideas would be MUCH appreciated! Thanks! Rebecca Black, Etiquette By Rebecca Dear …

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How to Include Boys In a Wedding When I Already Have a Ring Bearer My fiance and I are getting married and would like to have his 2 six year old nephews in the wedding. Traditionally, you would think they would be the ring bearers, but my FH has a 7 year old daughter who …

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How long between mailing invites & RSVP date? Reader Question: What is the proper timing between mailing the invitations and the RSVP date? Like most brides, I have to limit my guest list and have a ‘B List’. I know I should have a short time limit with the first group of invitations, but I …

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Vow Renewal

For our vow renewal, would it be “off” for us to walk down the aisle to “Here Comes the Bride?” I am planning to have a small renewal of vows ceremony for our 10th wedding anniversary. There will be no entourage, but I was thinking of our family walking down the aisle: my 9-year old …

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How Much Time Is Too Much Time Between The Ceremony And Reception? Question: We are thinking of having our wedding at 12 pm and our cocktail hour stars at 4:30. The majority of our guests are local, but we do have some out-of-towners, of course. We live in an area where there is plenty to …

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wedding veils

When Is Bride’s Veil lifted? I am wearing a long Belgian lace veil, drop style. We are having a full Catholic wedding mass – so there will be the liturgy, then the rite of marriage, then communion. When would be the most traditional time to lift the veil? I am also worried I might get …

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sibling wedding

Wedding Planning Etiquette When It Comes To Sibling Wedding Dates My fiance and I just got engaged a couple of weeks ago and have already found our dream venue and set our date for September of next year (over a year and a half away). My fiance’s brother and his girlfriend got engaged one week …

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