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Bridal Shower Etiquette You MUST Know

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Pre-wedding events are very important – both for the bride and groom and for their closest friends and relatives, who will get a chance to know each other better and bond.

Obviously, bridal showers make no exception from this rule – and, like everything wedding related, they too are surrounded by etiquette rules you should definitely follow.

What are some of the most important bridal shower rules to follow? Read on and find out more.

  • The bridal shower is never planned by the bride herself. This is considered to be quite tacky because it is perceived as if the bride was asking for gifts. In general, the bridal shower should be planned by the maid of honor or another close friend of the bride – or a group of them, actually.
  • The bridal shower is paid by the host(s). Whoever plans or co-plans the bridal shower should also cover for its costs. Since you don’t want to put too much pressure on one person, you can allow all the participants in the planning of the bridal shower to chip in and cover the costs.
  • The bridal shower is generally much smaller than the wedding. This is supposed to be an intimate event, so it’s best if it is kept small. It can take place at home, or in any other location and it can actually follow all the rules of a party: it can have a theme, a color scheme, and so on.
  • Yes, you can ask for people to follow a dress code. This might be important for the entire vibe of the party, so why not? You can ask people to follow a specific color code, or you can simply ask people to dress a certain way – especially if the bridal shower will take place in an elegant location.
  • The bridal shower shouldn’t last for more than three hours. This is the perfect timing for this kind of gatherings – make it longer and people might start to feel bored. In the end, this should be about celebrating the bride – and three hours is just the sweet spot for people to have fun, have a nice bite of something, and shower the bride with their gifts.

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How Do You Plan the Big Day When Your Parents Are Divorced?

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A lot of things in your life are more complicated when you come from a family where your parents have decided to part ways – but that doesn’t mean you cannot all enjoy the special moments in your life.

For instance, if you are planning your wedding, you will want to do everything in your power to have both your mom and your dad there (and make sure they don’t end up fighting or feeling awkward too).

How do you do it? What are some of the essential tips you should know if your parents are divorced?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Walking down the aisle. If you find yourself in the situation of having to pick between your father and your stepfather to walk you down the aisle, you have several solutions. You can either ask both of them to walk you down the aisle (e.g. both at the same time or to have your stepfather walk you down the aisle for half of it and then have your father do the same from there on), or you can walk down the aisle alone (or with your mom).
  • The seating chart you create is very important. If your divorced parents don’t get along very well, you might want to consider the option of splitting them. Traditionally, the parents sit in the front row during the ceremony, but in your case, you could seat the parent closest to your heart in the front row and the other one in the back (second, third, or fourth row).
  • If your future spouse will have a special dance with his mom, you shouldn’t feel obliged to have the same with your dad if you feel that you don’t get along that well. Special parent dances are nice and sweet, but if both you and your father feel awkward about it, you will not feel OK dancing with them during the wedding. It’s probably best for everyone to skip this tradition altogether!

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Did You Know the Story Behind THESE Wedding Traditions?

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Wedding traditions frequently attract polarizing opinions. On the one hand, there are the brides and grooms who feel that it’s best to stick to traditions, while on the other hand, there are couples who feel that they should be able to set their own rules when it comes to their Big Day.

If you choose to incorporate some of the most popular wedding customs, though, it is definitely worth knowing where they come from. Following, we have gathered some tips to help you learn more about the history of wedding traditions – so read on and find out more.

  • Seeing the bride before the wedding. Well, this might feel like a pretty romantic tradition these days, but the truth is that its origins are much, much more pragmatic. This tradition originated in times when the vast majority of weddings were arranged – and seeing the bride before the wedding could have meant that either the groom or the bride herself might disappear from the wedding before it actually happens.
  • Carrying the bride through the door. Again, this might feel very romantic, but back in medieval Europe (where custom came from), the tradition was quite different. Basically, back then, people believed that evil spirits could make their way into a house through the soles of a bride’s shoes – so, by carrying her through the door, the groom wasn’t showing her a lot of love and affection, but protecting the house from the evil she might bring with her.
  • Tossing confetti for the wedding exit. Most people know that this was originally done with rice – but not everyone knows that rice is meant to symbolize fertility and richness for the newlyweds. These days, sparklers are lit, confetti is tossed, balloons are released, and soap bubbles are blown – rice is rarely used anymore.
  • Something borrowed. The “something borrowed” part of the famous tradition (still followed by most couples) is meant to symbolize the passing on of good luck from a woman who had plenty in her marriage to a woman who is just starting her married life. This is why your “borrwed” item should come from someone who had a long and happy marriage.

 

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There Should Be NO Room for Fighting at Your Wedding

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Weddings are days of positivity, hope, and love. They aren’t meant for any kind of negativity – and, as the bride and groom, you want to make sure nothing bad sneaks into your Big Day.

There should be no room for negativity and quarrels at your wedding – but what happens when some of the guests don’t get along very well for one reason or another?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Plan your seating chart well. This is at the very basis of making sure people don’t fight at your wedding. Take your time in seating everyone and take everything into consideration: from their personalities to their history. Are they compatible? Do they have any kind of negative history? Are they likely to start a fight when put together? These things have to be really well thought through because you want to make sure everyone gets along at your wedding.
  • Don’t invite people who might make a scene. If you know someone is likely to make your wedding their stage for a scene, just don’t invite them (especially if you don’t feel particularly bound to this person). This is your wedding and you should have the right to only invite people you actually want there.
  • Ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to keep an eye on the guests. You can’t be everywhere during the wedding day (or any other time, really). Ask your wedding party to be your eyes and spot any quarrel before it turns into a scandal. Ask them to mediate between people who might not get along. Delegate them to do whatever they need to make sure the quarrel doesn’t take over your wedding.
  • Ask them to leave. If you see someone has started a fight, simply ask them to leave. They should be respectful enough to understand that your wedding isn’t the right place or time for this kind of things – so you are more than right to ask them to leave if they make a scene.

 

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The Wedding Invitation Etiquette Everyone Should Know

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Your wedding is one of the most important events you will ever plan – so it is perfectly understandable that you want all of your guests to be able to attend it. Before that, though, you should first make sure to send out the invitations the proper way, following all the etiquette rules associated with this step.

What are they? What are the wedding invitation etiquette rules everyone should know? Read here to find out more:

  • Give people enough time to send back the RSVPs. For local weddings (without too many out of town guests), two weeks is a decent deadline (starting from the moment you send out the invitations). For a medium-sized wedding, allow guests to send the RSVPs in about four weeks. And if you want a destination wedding, allow them to send the RSVPs back in about twelve weeks.
  • We know you might be tempted to send online invitations – but they are still not widely acknowledged and accepted in the wedding world. Because your wedding is rather formal, you should still send out the classic paper invitations. You can, however, use the online invitations for any of the pre-wedding events (engagement party, bridal shower, and so on).
  • Plus-ones are not a pre-requisite – and your guests shouldn’t take it as such either. Address your wedding invitations to the exact people you’re inviting (and add “+ Mr. / Mrs. …” if you want guests to bring in plus ones). Remember, this is not a surefire way to ensure you won’t receive RSVPs including more than one guest – but it can definitely lower the odds.

 

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Do You Know the Social Norms of Modern Weddings?

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Although they may seem to be fixed rules, the truth is that social norms evolve. Times change, and so do society and the unwritten laws that govern them. Of course, wedding social norms change with the times as well – but what are some of the most modern ones out there? What are the social norms of modern weddings?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Providing transportation for the guests. With more and more weddings happening outside of the couple’s hometowns, the idea that guests have to be transported to and from the hotel has grown to be quite popular. After all, these people have come a long way to celebrate your love story – and they do deserve to be treated royally.
  • Sharing the news on the social media. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat – social media has grown to be an integral part of our lives. Therefore, it was only a matter of time until new social norms emerged out of the cyberspace as well. Our advice is to only share your engagement news on the social media once all of your close friends and relatives have been personally announced. Otherwise, they might get offended by the gesture…
  • Accommodating as many dietary options as possible. You might not be able to have a menu for every type of dietary restriction out there – but in general, it is a very good idea to have something vegetarian, something gluten-free, and something lactose-free. Also, pay attention to the most common food allergens as well – the last thing you want are guests who cannot touch your wedding food due to their allergies.

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