Trying on gowns, tasting cakes, breaking open the bubbly — talk about the time of your life! Go ahead and enjoy. Dive into that stack of bridal magazines and hop on the web to surf every fantastic wedding website — but remember you will eventually have to come to terms with the realities of wedding planning.
Planning a wedding can be a little overwhelming and slightly perplexing. Not only do you have a hundred different things to worry about, but your mother, future mother-in-law, and just about everyone you know is probably trying to tell you the right and wrong way to do things. Everyone, it seems, is an expert on weddings. So what's a well-meaning bride to do? If you've never planned a wedding, how can you be expected to know what is and isn't proper? Even if you have planned a wedding before, the definition of proper may be quite different than it was the first time.
Armed with the right information, you have the opportunity to take control of your wedding and the challenges that come with it. You can steer clear of the faux pas that have plagued so many brides. You can avoid the trap of doing things just because you think it is expected or because you think it must be okay if someone else did it. There's no need to rely on maybes and what-ifs when the dos and don'ts of proper wedding etiquette are at your fingertips.
How do you determine what is proper? The basic principle of etiquette can be summed up simply as the idea of not offending, embarrassing, or upsetting others. While many questions of etiquette are simply a matter of common sense, other situations can be dealt with through consideration, communication, and a little kindness.
Marrying the complexities of wedding planning with the graciousness of etiquette is where The Everything® Wedding Etiquette Book comes in. This book will tell you how to solve contemporary etiquette dilemmas through practical advice while answering some of the most commonly asked wedding etiquette questions. Most importantly, this book recognizes that the world is an ever-changing place and that there are no hard and fast rules of etiquette anymore — what's right for one bride may not be right for another. Many questions, especially those dealing with today's complicated family dynamics, have no single correct answer; solutions to these types of dilemmas depend upon the particulars of each situation.
Throughout The Everything® Wedding Etiquette Book, the different aspects of planning and etiquette will be addressed with modern advice and answers that make sense in today's world. This guide also pays attention to traditional etiquette so that even your grandmother will be happy. While it is designed to relieve some of the stress associated with wedding planning, it will also give you advice and insights on how to plan a fabulous wedding. Within these pages you will find the answers to any type of etiquette dilemma you and your fiancé may face. Keep this book handy and you'll have the proper tools for dealing with any challenges that may come your way.
Congratulations, good luck, and enjoy!