Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wedding 101 - Asked and Answered

Q: When walking up the church aisle, who goes first, the bride's mother or the groom's parents?
A: The groom's parents proceed the bride's mother during the processional. Here's a rundown: After the ushers have seated all of the guests, the grandparents start up the aisle followed by the groom's parents. The the bride's mother takes her turn. She is the last to be seated before the bridal party procession begins.

Q: Is it necessary to have a receiving line? It seems outdated.

A: A traditional receiving line is not necessary, but you and your groom should take time on your wedding day to greet all of your guests. Visit each table at the reception and thank family and friends for helping you celebrate. They'll appreciate having a little one-on-one and the opportunity to offer you their best wishes.

Q: When is the best time to give our attendants their gifts?

A: Most brides and grooms give their gifts to the wedding party at the rehearsal dinner. Following the main course, dessert is served and the toasts begin. After the toasts, you can acknowledge your attendants and give them their gifts. How you do it, is entirely up to you - keep it light and fun or get sentimental.

Q: I'm confused. What's the difference between between tuxedo, black and formal?

A: Let's start with the word "formal," which dictates a more dressed up look for both men and women: in other words, men in tuxedos and women in long dresses. The "tuxedo" is a single or double-breasted jacket with satin lapels and satin trimmed pockets that's paired with formal trousers. "Black tie" means that the tuxedo, pants, vest or cummerbund are black or dark grey and paired with a white formal shirt.