Rules A Bride Should Know Before The D-day

There is no denying that the wedding planning phase is high on tension, drama and of course, fun! And because so much is to be done, there are certain etiquettes that we forget to do or we totally overlook.

Wedding etiquette actually goes beyond courtesy and tradition, it involves knowing how to handle a situation from your engagement till when you actually say "I do".

Here are  wedding etiquette rules that every bride should know:


Break the news to the family first

The first people that should hear about your engagement and wedding dates are your family. You sincerely don’t want your grandma finding out about the big rock on your finger after your cousin showed her your Facebook news feed! So don’t delay on this one, that’s just bad!

The ideal time to send out the invitation cards

Ideally, the wedding card needs to be sent 6 weeks in advance and 4 weeks prior to D-day if it is a local wedding. Even though you might have sent out the ‘save the date’ cards, make sure you keep this timeline in mind while distributing the invites. You don’t want the dates slipping out of your guests’ minds because the card reached them ages before the wedding day.

Keep a mental note of your guest list

It’s part of wedding etiquette to keep a mental note of your guest list. Do not invite people by word of mouth especially when you are out of invitations and your wedding is in a couple of days. It shows that you may have had no intention of inviting them and they may feel like an after-thou wedding.

Financially considerate to the wedding party

A bride and groom should only request a reasonable amount for contributions towards bridesmaid’s dresses and groomsmen suits. Don’t forget other expenses like hotel, travel and hen/stag nights. Consider this as etiquette because some people may have pressing commitments but have decided to make a sacrifice for your engagement party and wedding

Don’t be cheap on wedding party gifts

After all the support given to you by your wedding party, the least you could do to appreciate their support and effort is to gift them appropriately. Bridesmaids usually get gift bags with fancy toiletries, spa essentials or even jewellery. An aftershave set with nice cologne is a good gift idea for the groomsmen.

Meet and greet your guests

Your guests have travelled from various parts of the world to bless you both on your special day and be a part of all the fun and festivities. As a sweet gesture, every couple must personally thank each one of them for taking time out during the wedding. Do your rounds greeting your guests with your new spouse and try to spend a reasonable amount of time with each guest, especially those who travelled from other countries. Sending a ‘thank you’ note is a good idea. Also, make sure you don’t delay this and send it as soon as you are back from your honeymoon.

These wedding etiquette rules should already be known by every bride so keep these in mind, and enjoy planning your big day to the fullest...It’s such an awesome phase, after all!

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