wedding planning

Questions & Answers

1.Who pays for the wedding?
2.Where do I start with my guest list?
3.Who do we invite if we're getting married abroad?
4.Who sends the invitations and when?
5.Should I set a dress code?
6. What time should the bride & groom get to the ceremony?
7.Do my bridesmaids enter before or after me?
8. What duties do the best man and ushers have?
9.Can my pet dog be part of my wedding?
10.Do we have to have favours?
11.Do we need a receiving line?
12.Should we offer a choice of food?
13.When are the speeches and in what order?
14.When should we register our gift list?
15.Can we ask for cash instead of presents?

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At large weddings where several guests may share the same surname, it is useful to identify the donor by writing the address to which a email of thanks can be sent on the back of the label. As gifts come in, the bride should make a list of them and, ideally, acknowledge each present on arrival.

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.£ Needless to say, the bride, without sounding too gushing, should suggest that each gift was just what she wanted even if, in fact, it was the most hideous vase she'd ever seen or twenty-fifth in a series of toast racks. At the wedding reception all the presents should be laid out for guests' inspection, although this is obviously easier to do when the reception is held in the bride's home than a hired hall or hotel. Where the present itself is too large to be easily displayed, a card describing it should be placed on the table instead `dining-room suite from the bride's parents' for example.

Where the gift is in money, the amount is not quoted. 'Cheque from bride's uncle' is sufficient description. Family friends may, in addition to their formal gift, also like to present the bride with a good luck memento which can take the form of a 'lucky' horse shoe, silver slipper, wedding bell or other marriage emblem.

Sometimes these take humorous forms such as toy rolling pins or even miniaturized ball and chain sets made from coloured card or plastic. Such trinkets can be posted to the bride's home-as are wedding greetings-to arrive on the morning of the wedding or kept to hang about the bride as she leaves church after the wedding ceremony. The custom of proffering wedding mascots to the bride on leaving the church or registrar's office is growing in direct ratio to the number of vicars and registrar's who veto the use of confetti, rose petals or rice.

Showers of confetti may look pretty at the time but these days there is seldom sufficient staff to cope with clearing up the mess in the church porch or register office steps-which can become very considerable on a engaged Saturday when weddings are following on one another as fast as the ceremony before can be completed.

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