Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wedding Etiquette Wednesday: Etiquette Myths

The rules of etiquette at weddings can sometimes be a bit confusing. There are many good suggestions out there for proper wedding etiquette, but there is also a lot of bad advice. Etiquette expert Peggy Post gives her list of common etiquette myths on the Wedding Channel’s website and we have listed a few of them below….

    • Myth- A bride and groom have one year to send out thank you notes.
      • False! Thank you notes should be personal and sent out in a timely manner; usually two weeks after the honeymoon and never more than three months. Make writing thank you note a fun project for you and your spouse to do together.

      • Myth- The bride’s family is required to pay for most of the wedding and reception expenses.
        • False! Many couples today pay for their own wedding expenses. Both the bride and groom’s families can share expenses too. However you plan on financing your wedding it is important to create a budget and communicate about costs so that you avoid overspending.

        • Myth- A bride should expect her bridesmaids to host a shower for her.
          • False! Sometimes it is not possible, due to any number of reasons such as financial burden or location, for bridesmaids to host a bridal shower. Brides should never ask friends to host a shower.

          • Myth- A couple does not need to send out save-the-dates to guests.
            • True! Save-the-dates are helpful, but not necessary. It is a nice gesture to send save-the-dates if your ceremony falls on a holiday, requires guests to travel long distance or is at a popular destination that could get booked.

            • Myth- It is best to send wedding invitations on either white or ecru paper.
              • False! A couples invitations should be a reflection of their personal taste and the style of their wedding. White and ecru are traditional formal invitation colors, but are not the only type of invitations to send.
              • cloud 9 Papers offers a great selection of stationery for your invitations. We even offer some great eco-friendly products!
          Check out Peggy Post’s complete list here

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