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Wedding Etiquette For Dummies

Sue Fox

ISBN: 978-0-470-58352-4 November 2009 288 Pages


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!

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