Etiquette sounds like a stuffy word, doesn’t it? Fortunately, etiquette in today’s society has evolved into less formal, more fluid rules. Use of good etiquette can actually alleviate unnecessary planning as well as day-of stress and anxiety.
Dreamcatcher Events will assist you in navigating the sometimes delicate waters of wedding and event protocol so that both you and your guests enjoy the time of your lives.
Following are just a few typical questions that you may run across when doing your planning:
– How and when do we tell people that we’ve decided to marry?
– How do we select a date that everyone can make?
– How do I word my invitations?
– Should I send invitations to people that I know can’t make our date?
– Who pays for what?
– I haven’t spoken to a family member in several years — should I include him/her in the wedding?
– Where should divorced parents sit?
– When must thank-yous be sent?
– When do I start dress shopping?
– Should I pay for my bridesmaids’ dresses?
– Some of the most stressful areas of planning and etiquette issues revolve around family dynamics.
Now is the time to be as honest and forthright as possible with your coordinator. Allow her to keep an eye on little headaches before they become throbbing migraines. Does ‘Aunt Marie’ get a little boisterous at family gatherings? Worried about your brother-in-law’s never-ending toasts? Your coordinator can tactfully step in to prevent unwanted disruptions and keep things moving along. Regardless of the issue, your wedding day is not the day when you or your groom should be managing family members. In the end, a good coordinator can be worth her weight in gold!
And remember, etiquette is not just about avoiding ugly situations. Today it’s also about the latest trends and styles, as well as communicating your personality in a memorable and appropriate way. So don’t hesitate to ask your coordinator how to make etiquette work for you — you might be surprised to find out how much flexibility and fun there is in today’s rules.