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As our lifestyle has changed with the new millennium, a new etiquette also has emerged out of necessity. The world is a drastically different place than it was in the days of Emily Post, and as such, the rules of wedding etiquette have gradually become modified to conform to common sense in the world in which we now live.

Etiquette is still very much alive; it's just a little different than it was a century ago. In this fast paced world where people are often self absorbed, abrupt, inconsiderate, or downright rude, etiquette remains a necessity to ensure that our social skills do not fall too far out of hand. Traditionally, the bride's family deals with the wedding invitations, therefore all invitations should come from the home of the bride. Of course, circumstances vary, such as the bride and groom hosting their own wedding, or the wedding provided by the groom's family, which is where the wording will change on your invitations.

The overall attitude towards wedding etiquette that I pass along to my clients is this:

Your wedding day is your wedding day and the bottom line is that you have a right to be happy and to have things your way, this one day out of your life. BUT, you must remain gracious, kind and hospitable at the same time. (This matter becomes clouded if there are other individuals involved in paying for expenses, in which case you must work to accommodate their wishes as much as possible.)

However, while you should work at realizing that objective, this cannot be done at any cost. When you reach the point where you run the risk of offending your guests, wedding party, or loved ones, or operating amidst an air of self-centeredness, it is time to take an extremely close look at your decisions and actions.

Cultural backgrounds and individual convictions heavily influence the decision-making in Wedding Etiquette. Nevertheless, the following information should be used as a general guide, and adapted to fit your situation.

Click below for additional information on the proper wedding etiquette for invitations, addressing the envelopes, announcements, enclosures, and thank you notes.

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