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The Do’s & Don’ts for Wedding Etiquette

When it comes to planning a wedding — or even just attending one — there are many elements you have to think about, with proper etiquette taking center stage.  After all, while fashion and decor trends change from one year to the next, the art of etiquette is timeless.

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The list of wedding etiquette do’s and don’ts could fill a book (or three!) but below, we’ve outlined some of the most common scenarios you can be sure you’ll run into while planning your Big Day.

First and foremost, do remember that not every bit of information belongs on an invitation. Hosting an adult’s only wedding? Plan on sharing this information through word of mouth versus a not so subtle hint on your invite. The same goes for your wedding registry information, which is far better served on your wedding web site or perhaps told to a few close family and friends so they can spread the word.

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In a similar vein, it’s best not to tell your wedding guests what presents you preferred to receive- whether it be a cash gift or that Le Creuset Dutch oven you’ve been coveting.  A comprehensive registry featuring items of a variety of price ranges is always the most proper route.

Additionally, do take the time to send out personalized thank-you notes to your wedding guests. Newlyweds have three months to get their thank-you notes written and delivered, and any time after that would be considered late. What many brides don’t realize is that everyone should receive a thank you- whether they sent you a gift, or simply spent the day with you. With the former, you should also specify within the correspondence how you intend on using that gift.  The key here is not only expressing your sincere thanks but customizing each thank you note to the recipient.


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Also, try your best not to make things inconvenient for your wedding guests. It may be your Big Day, but your guests are also going out of their way to ensure you have a wonderful time. You need to remember that your friends and family all have to get a new dress, find transportation and take a day out of their lives. They’re more than likely going to get you a gift and in many instances, they are going to need a babysitter for their kids.

Weddings are always a joyous occasion, and while you don’t want to spend all of your time obsessing over each and every little detail, it will reflect well on you if you know your P’s and Q’s from the onset. With a little bit of research,  and perhaps some guidance from the gals at Elegantly Yours Events as your wedding planner, navigating the waters of wedding etiquette can be a breeze.

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Let the wedding planning begin!!

You’re engaged!! Let’s get excited!!!

So first things first… Call Mom and Dad.. No.. Wait.., let’s stare at the ring again. Place it in the perfect lighting.. Ahhhh! That’s it… Now… Let’s call Mom and Dad…

We know that you’re dying to share the news, and what you DON’T want to do is post to Facebook first. Calling your closest family and friends is the most memorable way to share your excitement!!! If you have an idea of who you’ll want as your bridesmaids, make sure you include them in the news sharing.


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 Got bridesmaids??? Good.. Now here are some a few more tips to get you started.



2. Start thinking of a venue. Richmond has some of the most beautiful and historic wedding venues to explore.

3. Choose your wedding date. After all of the “congratulations!”, the next question will be “When’s the wedding?”. So be ready with a date or a season that you’re leaning towards.

4. Talk money.. YES!! Let’s say it together. “Talk MONEY”. Include your fiancé.. and parents. We know it can be a hard topic to bring up, but, trust me, it needs to happen. In order to book your venue, you’re going to need to know a few things: how much you’re spending, and how many guests you’re inviting.

5. Let’s make that guest list. We always suggest to our couples that they break the guest list into tiers: the ones who must get an invite, the ones who you would like to give an invite, and the ones who will be invited IF there’s room. It will save lots of “wineful” evenings if you prioritize this way.

6. Book your venue. Now that we’ve talked money, you are better equipped to secure that perfect venue for your special day Make sure to book it ASAP!! Most venues book their Saturday’s at a minimum of 6 months in advance, but can book almost a year in advance if it’s a popular venue.

7. Breathe… Once you’ve secure a venue, cop a squat for a minute. Your wedding planner is ready to create an unforgettable experience for you! You want your wedding planning process to be the most enjoyable moments of your life.  Enjoy this time.


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Remember, this is about you and your fiancé. Of course, you’re going to receive bundles of advice and suggestions on how your wedding should be. These are only suggestions and no ones feelings will be hurt when you do what you want to do.




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