The Essential Guide to Wedding Etiquette

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Sourcebooks, Oct 1, 2005 - Reference - 256 pages
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A wedding is a minefield of social rules, for everyone from the bride and groom to the wedding party, the mothers, fathers and extended families. This comprehensive guide by one of the leading experts in the wedding category will help everyone involved.

Providing the most up to date, current and socially important etiquette rules, this ultimate guide to the etiquette of weddings includes:
--Sharing the good news of the engagement, wedding announcements and engagement parties
--The roles of bridal party members, selecting the bridal party, and what to do if a bridal party member has to be removed
--Parents' roles and responsibilities, and parent issues
--Budgeting, who pays for what, the etiquette of legalities, how to ask others to help financially
--Cutting down the guest list, sticky guest list issues
--Ceremony style etiquette, working with an officiant, and reception planning and seating charts
--The etiquette of group shopping, long-distance organizing, ordering and paying

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While some of the guidelines in this book may be useful for a young lady who has never attended a cotillion class or received a copy of Emily Post as a child, the majority of the "rules" in this book outrage me. You are in way obliged to invite a single friend "and guest". Engaged couples or married couples with different last names should most certainly receive one invitation separating the names onto two lines. Don't let anyone tell you that the staff you hire deserve a seat at your wedding. A nice boxed meal prepared by the caterer is all you need.
I feel terribly sorry for any bride who has used this book as a reference during the wedding planning process. Pick up a copy of Emily Post!

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About the author (2005)

Sharon Naylor is the author of numerous books on weddings, including Your Special Wedding Toasts, Your Special Wedding Toasts, 1000 Best Wedding Bargains and 1000 Best Secrets for Your Perfect Wedding (Sourcebooks, 2004). She lives in East Hanover, New Jersey.

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