Wedding Ceremony Etiquette
Wedding guidelines vary from culture to culture and generation to generation. What might have been appropriate 20 years ago may be frowned upon today. Some rules are more firm than others and brides wishing to follow proper etiquette can find appropriate thoughts of action here.
There are many variations for the wedding procession, listed below is a typical format to follow.
In a Jewish ceremony the groom is escorted by his parents followed by the bride and her parents.
Here's a thought for correct wedding ceremony etiquette. Should a step parent be part of the wedding ceremony procession? Well, that depends upon the relationship with the bride and groom. If the step parent has been an active part of the bride or groom's life, then by all means include them in the procession. If not, the step parent may choose to take a seat while the other guests are being seated.
Who helps with the bride's veil, train and bouquet for proper Wedding Ceremony Etiquette?
After the ceremony is complete proper etiquette dictates that the recessional begins with the bride and groom walking down the aisle followed by the bridal party, bride's parents, groom's parents, grandparents, special guests and then the remaining guests follow row by row.
In years gone by, it was customary for the wedding guests to throw rice at newly married couples to ensure good luck and fertility. Today the tradition of throwing rice has changed to throwing confetti, flower pedals, bird seeds or blowing bubbles so as to not harm the birds that would eat the rice and then become sick. (Birds getting sick from eating uncooked rice after a wedding ceremony has been called a myth by Snopes and Wiki.)
Wedding ceremony etiquette is not an exact science. If you have any questions please contact me and I will gladly help you find an appropriate answer to your query.
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