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Wedding etiquette

Posted 2 years ago

With so much to prepare, planning a wedding can be overwhelming.

There is an art to planning a wedding. At Belle we have a passion to assist upcoming brides and grooms navigate their way through the wedding etiquette process!

Questions we are often asked..

WHO PAYS?
Your wedding day should be one of the most memorable and happiest days of your lives, but it can also be one of the most expensive.
Who pays for what is a sensitive issue and can potentially put a strain on both your family relations and your bank balance.

The tradition of the bride’s father footing the bill is becoming less common.
Some couples choose to pay their own way while others share the costs between all parties.

Who pays for what is entirely up to your families. Remember to be upfront from the beginning to avoid any disagreements along the wedding planning way!

DO YOU PREFER AN ADULTS ONLY WEDDING DAY?
It is perfectly acceptable to have an adults only wedding day. However, deciding not to invite children can be a difficult decision.

Telling your friends and family that you have decided to have an adults only wedding can be a little difficult for some couples.
Wording your invitations by simply naming the guests you wish to invite is very acceptable.

Most parents will enjoy a day without the kids so don’t feel guilty for excluding their children!

DO YOU LIVE IN YOUR OWN HOME AND WOULD PREFER A CASH GIFT?

A ‘Wishing Well’ or where your guests contribute a monetary gift can be an issue of contention.
Some guests will find this to be poor manners.

A wedding gift is given as a gesture of good luck and a thank you to the couple for including them in their wedding day celebration.
With most couples already living together and the majority of their household items already purchased, a cash gift makes perfect sense!

Informing your guests is what really matters.

Be sure to inform your guests in a non-offensive manner.
A poem of your intentions posted with your invitations is a lovely way to inform your guests of your preference. Wishing well poems are available from all good wedding stationery suppliers.

Remember to send a thank you note to guests who give you a cash wedding gift, just as you would send a thank you to guests who give you a store bought wedding gift.

Belle xx

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