Myrtle Beach Photographer - Karen Webb Photography

Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Wedding etiquette can be confusing and overwhelming.  Am I supposed to do this, or that?  Often the questions do not come up until the rehearsal.  The little details of where does Mom sit, or what do I do with my engagement ring, are not a major part of the wedding planning.  When the day arrives, the little details can put the calmest bride over-the-edge.  Ultimately, it is your day, so you can do whatever you want to do.  If you like to follow tradition, here is a small list of some of the common questions that most people do not know the answer to. 

Wedding rings on bible making heart shadow

Engagement Ring

The engagement ring is placed on the right hand before the ceremony begins.  The wedding band should be the first ring on the finger.  After the ceremony, the engagement ring is placed on top of the wedding band.

Left or Right?
Traditionally the bride is on the left and the groom is on the right.  This includes the seating of the guests, the walk down the aisle, and the positions at the alter.  It is acceptable for guests to sit on either side if the guest lists are unbalanced.  Jewish ceremonies are reversed, the bride is on the right and the groom is on the left.

Processional Order

Maid of Honor
Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

Recessional Order

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
Maid of Honor and Best Man
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Arriving at the Alter

The father of the bride turns back the bride's veil.  The father of the bride places the brides hand in the grooms.

Seating of Parents

If the parents of the bride or groom are divorced and remarried, both parents sit in the first row along with the new spouses.  If they are not comfortable sitting that close, the mother and her new husband sit in the first row, and the father and his new wife sit in the second row.

Receiving Line

If a reception follows the ceremony, a receiving line is not necessary.  Many modern brides do not have a receiving line.  If there will not be a reception, a receiving line should be used to thank guests for attending.

Twitter and Facebook

I am adding this tidbit because we are in the age of technology.  I found this and thought it was a little amusing.  Is it okay to tweet or facebook the wedding?  According to Anna Post (The Emily Post Institute) it is not okay during the ceremony, but after is fine.  The obvious question is, who are we tweeting to?  The people who were not invited?  Use caution.


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