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Wedding Etiquette For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-50208-2
288 pages
December 2009
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Your expert guide to the dos and don'ts of getting married

Your wedding should be fun, exciting, and worry-free-but most brides, grooms, and their families run into sticky situations or unique circumstances that surround etiquette. Now, there's a definitive guide that provides the solutionsfor all those dilemmas big and small.

Wedding Etiquette For Dummies provides sound information and guidance-whether it's deciding how to handle divorced parents, inform guests of where the couple is registered, or tastefully incorporate new traditions into your ceremony and reception. You get plenty of proven advice and tips for everything from who pays for the wedding and properly announcing the engagement to hosting events leading up to the wedding and dealing with destination wedding snags and pitfalls. You'll even see how to gracefully handle wedding cancellations and postponements.

  • The dos and don'ts of wedding etiquette for any bride, groom, relatives, or friends of the marrying couple
  • Tips for proper behavior during the engagement, ceremony, and reception
  • Advice on dealing with the wedding party and opinionated or pushy in-laws
  • Special considerations for second (or more) marriages and military, ethnic, and religious weddings
  • How to set up a tasteful, interactive wedding website and write the all important thank you note
  • Sue Fox is the author of Etiquette For Dummies, 2nd Edition and Business Etiquette For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Leaving no wedding dilemma uncovered, Wedding Etiquette For Dummies is your one-stop guide for having the wedding of your dreams without the stress!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Engaging in Proper Wedding Etiquette from the Start 5

Chapter 1: Incorporating Etiquette into Your Wedding 7

Chapter 2: Announcing Your Engagement with Elegance 13

Chapter 3: Tastefully Using Technology during Wedding Planning 31

Chapter 4: Deciding on Finances and Planning Responsibilities Upfront 39

Part II: The Main Event: Planning Your Ceremony and Reception 59

Chapter 5: Checking Out Ceremony Styles 61

Chapter 6: Nailing Down the Basics of Ceremony Protocol 77

Chapter 7: Perfecting Your Reception Plans 95

Part III: Working on Wedding Details with Your Manners Intact 113

Chapter 8: Putting Together Your Wedding Party 115

Chapter 9: Choosing Appropriate Wedding Attire and Doing So with Grace 135

Chapter 10: Assembling the Guest List 151

Chapter 11: Carefully Composing Your Invitations and Announcements 163

Chapter 12: Registering for Gifts and Giving Your Own 191

Chapter 13: Observing Etiquette Rules at Festivities before the Wedding 199

Part IV: Behaving on the Big Day and Beyond 209

Chapter 14: Minding Your Manners at the Ceremony 211

Chapter 15: Celebrating with Class at the Reception 231

Chapter 16: Acting Properly after the Wedding 245

Part V: The Part of Tens 253

Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Working with Your Vendors and Wedding Planner 255

Chapter 18: Nearly Ten Guidelines for Getting Married the Second Time Around 259

Index 263

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Author Information

Sue Fox is the author of Etiquette For Dummies and Business Etiquette For Dummies. She is the founder and president of The Etiquette Survival Group, a California-based professional development and publishing company.

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Press Release

April 08, 2013
Wedding Do's and Don'ts for Getting Married without a Hitch

Planning a wedding should be fun, exciting, and worry-free. However, we all know that most brides, grooms, and their families run into sticky situations or unique circumstances that aren't so black and white. Whether it's deciding how to handle divorced parents, who the couple should ask and how to ask them to participate in the wedding, or how to inform guests of where the couple is registered, Wedding Etiquette For Dummies® (Wiley, 978-0-470-50208-2, Dec. 2009) provides readers with the solutions to all types of situations big and small.

The book guides couples through the do's-and-don'ts of the wedding ceremony, as well as how to determine a guest list and gift registry. It also helps the guest with purchasing the proper gift, knowing when to send a gift if they are not attending the wedding and the proper procedure for sending a late gift. Wedding Etiquette For Dummies includes advice on: 

-          Who traditionally pays for what and how to make alternative arrangements

-          How to properly announce your engagement to parents, children, friends, and the world

-          Creating a wedding website

-          Who hosts what events leading up to the wedding

-          Second (or more) marriages

-          Special considerations for military, ethnic, and religious weddings

-          Respectfully dealing with opinionated or pushy in-laws

-          Destination wedding snags and pitfalls

-          How to tastefully incorporate trendy and new traditions into the ceremony and reception

-          How to inform guests of wedding cancellations and postponements

The book covers these areas and more, allowing the wedding to proceed as planned.

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