Monday, June 1, 2009

Wedding Etiquette

Lately I’ve come across some etiquette questions that I thought I’d share with all my brides out there. Just in case you were considering some of these options, here is your answer.

Evites – I love evites for small parties and casual gatherings but for a wedding I’m going to have to say no to this one. I know it saves paper and money but your wedding day is a big deal and your guest deserve a proper invitation. I know there are some green brides that want to save paper but there is a better way to go green. Check out these eco-chic invitations made by Bella Figura. They are beyond eco friendly. They use wind power, all of their invitations are made from 100% cotton and they donate 1% of their sales to environmental causes.

Monetary Gift Request – I know you don’t want a gravy bowl or monogrammed towel but you cannot put monetary gifts on your invitations. The purpose of inviting your friend and family to your wedding is not the gifts, that’s an added bonus. They are there to share in your special day and we should all be grateful for that. Most people know the general rule of thumb and yes you may end up with some gifts but it won’t be the majority. Trust me, I’ve been to enough weddings to know the outcome. I pretty can ensure you all that you will receive more monetary gifts than gravy bowls.

No Children – many couples do not wish to have children at their wedding which is understandable. However please do not put the words “no children” on your invitation. It’s blunt and rude to those who have children. A better way to phrase it is “adult reception”. This gives the hint to those with children that their children are not invited without hurting their feelings.

Now I’m all for it’s your day do it your way but there are some etiquette rules that will always apply when it comes to weddings. If you have a non-traditional idea that may cross the line of good etiquette, feel free to send your wedding idea to and I’ll be happy to answer your question and provide you with an alternative.

Happy Planning,

Deniesha Joseph
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