I am back; sorry for the hiatus in my writing, but an eye problem has kept me from being able to write.
Many couples have asked these common etiquette questions when in the planning process for their wedding, so I thought I would share a few with you. If you are planning yourselves, then hopefully this wll be some good guidance for you.
Beginning with invitations: When should they be ordered and mailed?
Invitations should be ordered when all the pertinent information for the ceremony and reception have been confirmed. Order them at least 3 months before the wedding and mail them between 6 to 8 weeks before the ceremony is to take place. The invitation sets the tone of the wedding as it is the first glimpse into what your wedding will be like.
May guests be invited to a reception and not the wedding itself?
If the wedding ceremony is only for relatives and close friends, then yes, others may be invited only to the reception.
The Ceremony:What if the church has two center aisles?
You can use one of the aisles for the processional and one for the recessional; you donot have to use just one aisle for the entire wedding unless the church policy says to do so.
How many ushers and bridesmaids are needed?
It certainly depends on the size of the wedding, but normally there would be one usher for every 50 guests. The average wedding party for a formal or semi-formal wedding would be 4 to 6 bridesmaids and groomsmen.
At the reception, on which side of the groom does the bride sit?
The bride is always seated on the groom's right.
Who proposes the first toast?
The Best Man is to propose the first toast to the bride and groom. He must remember that it is a toast, not a roast. This is different from a welcome by the bride's parents.