How To Do A Wedding Right

Oct 04, 11 How To Do A Wedding Right

When it comes to proper wedding etiquette there are some things that are plainly obvious. For example, you know not to elbow the bride’s sister in the face to get at the bouquet (again) or pull a Tia Gabriela and criticize the food to everyone within earshot then ask for a doggy bag. Other rules may not be as evident though, and when it’s your turn to walk down the aisle the last thing you want is to screw everything up by committing some unknown faux-pas.  So, here we present you with some DOs and DON’Ts related to wedding protocol para que no metas la pata on your Big Day:

  • DO accept offers of financial contribution to the wedding as gifts. If someone wants to pay for the flowers, the music, the booze or whatever, let them. Just be sure to acknowledge them by including them in the program or your speech. Don’t be a malagradecida.
  • DON’T ask for money as a present. At least not directly. If cash is what you prefer, avoid mentioning on the invitation (tacky!) and instead enlist the help of your bridesmaids and groomsmen to help you spread the word.
  • DO stay within your budget without sacrificing style. Set up a website or e-mail address where guests can RSVP to save on paper and postage. Also, consider having a cocktail hour instead of a big dinner prior to the wedding. Providing finger foods and varied cocktails is fun, chic and a much more budget-friendly. In these rough economic times, people will not only understand but admire your cost-cutting skills.
  • DON’T have the bachelor/bachelorette parties the day before the wedding. The last thing you want is to show up hung-over and bloated, still reeking of last night’s tequila shots. Plan the parties for at least one week prior to the big day, so you have plenty of time to regain your radiance and your composure.

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