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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Eloping Before Wedding And Announcing During Wedding Reception Hello I need a bit of advice! My fiance and I are planning our wedding and due to us being of two different religions, we have considered eloping to Europe. We love the idea of exchanging vows between just the two of us on the anniversary of …

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what to pay for an officiant

How Much Do You Pay a Minister for a Wedding? My daughter is getting married in 3 weeks in a very simple, immediate family only, ceremony which will be held on the porch of an old renovated beautiful home. The minister performing the ceremony will be traveling approximately 30 miles to conduct it. My question …

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Instead of doing the lighting of the unity candles, we will instead do the sand ceremony. How can we still have our mothers participate? So many questions, so little time. Thank you. Annemarie Juhlian, Wedding Officiant & Minister As a Wedding Officiant in Seattle, I have worked with many couples to honor their mothers during …

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songs for mother of bride

Songs For Mother Of The Bride During The Ceremony In my small ceremony, I’d like to incorporate a song for my mom. At the reception, Dad will get his special moment with me in our dance, but I’d love to have something special for just Mom also. I’ve picked out a lovely song that speaks …

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