Welcome to the second part of our ‘A to Z’ blog guide to Wedding Traditions & Etiquette…
‘G‘ IS FOR… GIFT (LIST) – Traditionally couples would wait to see who would be attending their wedding before sending out their gift list but nowadays it is standard to include a gift list with the wedding invitation.
‘H‘ IS FOR… HONEYMOON – Wedding etiquette says the groom should organise the honeymoon as a surprise for the bride but most couples now plan their honeymoon together. Usually the happy couple will leave at the end of the wedding reception or the next day. Increasingly popular is a mini-honeymoon taken immediately after the wedding day with a longer honeymoon planned for later in the year.
‘I‘ IS FOR… INVITATION – In the past wedding invitations would be sent to guests about 8-12 weeks before the big day but the more notice couples can give to their guests the better. If space is tight at the venue couples may choose to invite guests to part of the celebrations, either the reception or the evening celebration. It’s important that wedding guests are given as much information as possible about key elements of the wedding, from menu options and dress code to directions and local accommodation.
TIP: The invitation will give the first clue as to the theme of a wedding. When ordering invitations remember to order menu cards, RSVP cards, “Thank You” cards, place cards and other personalised items such as our delicious chocolate wedding favours that can be personalised to match your wedding theme.
‘J‘ IS FOR… JEWELLERY – Tradition has it that no other rings should be worn by the couple on the wedding day except their engagement rings, worn on the right hand to leave the wedding ring finger free. The engagement ring then goes back to the left hand after the ceremony.
‘K‘ IS FOR… KEEPSAKE – During the speeches the groom or best man will normally present gifts to the mothers as a “Thank You” for their help with the preparations. Gift options include a bouquet of flowers, some jewellery or even a written “Thank You” note.
‘L‘ IS FOR… LINGERIE – Custom has it (but this one may be rapidly dying out!) the groom should remove a garter from the bride’s leg and throw it to male friends. Whoever catches it should then place it on the left leg of the girl who catches the bride’s bouquet!
‘M‘ IS FOR… MENU – In the past a wedding reception would comprise a 3 course sit-down meal followed by a buffet in the evening. Modern couples may take an alternative approach, often providing food and drinks to their guests immediately after the wedding ceremony… or perhaps a ‘cocktail hour’ as a buffer between the ceremony and the meal.
Some couples will replace the traditional wedding breakfast by ‘grazing tables’ or even with food trucks (creating a festival feel) and dessert tables may offer an array of gluten-free and vegan dessert options beside late night snacking tables.
Making a big comeback for 2019 are edible wedding favours (chocolates and sweets in personalised wrappers) as couples want to treat their guests to a sweet treat as a wedding gift.
Sweetie Graffiti has a big range of personalised chocolates and sweets which are great as an arrival gift and talking point at the table, and with coffee and tea at the end of a meal. Personalised wedding favours can also be offered on any late night snacking tables too. Infact the only thing that limits how personalised chocolates and sweets are used is imagination!
Please click on the link to see the full Sweetie Graffiti range of wedding favours and ‘save the date’ engagement favours or give us a call to discuss your needs: 01932 320009.
Don’t miss part 3 of our A-Z blog guide on wedding traditions and etiquette coming soon! (Did you see part 1? Click on the link to read part 1 (A-F) of our A-Z blog guide on wedding traditions and etiquette.)
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Sweetie Graffiti specialises in providing high quality, inexpensive personalised and stock wedding and engagement favours. There are over 30+ wedding designs available online or you can upload a photograph or your own design to be printed on your wedding favour wrapper.
You can choose from a wide range of delicious chocolates and sweets including square Neapolitan chocolates, chocolate mini-bars, mints, fruit sweets, chewy fruits, chewy mints, humbugs, chocolate-covered salted caramel fudge and more! Alternatively go bespoke and make a special request!