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The Essentials of Organizing a Wedding Party

Organizing your wedding party goes beyond just asking close friends and relatives to stand up with you as you get married. Wedding party traditions — from choosing bridesmaids dresses to organizing the processions — are just as steeped in nuances and guidelines as the rest of the wedding. Don’t be intimidated by how to choose your attendants or what to ask them to do; these articles will help:

How to Choose Bridesmaids and a Maid of Honor

The average wedding in the United States has four bridesmaids in addition to a maid of honor. Choosing bridesmaids is a way to honor the people most important to you and to share your special day with [more…]

How to Choose Groomsmen and a Best Man

The groom usually asks males relatives or close friends to stand as his groomsmen at the wedding. He may also choose to ask the spouse or significant other of one of the bridesmaids if he and his bride [more…]

Choosing a Bridal Attendant of the Opposite Sex

Modern wedding protocol allows you to choose attendants of the opposite sex — a male attendant for the bride or a female attendant for the groom. Although you may see a few raised eyebrows at very traditional [more…]

Wedding Attire: Black Tie, Formal, or Informal?

Different types of wedding ceremonies and receptions have different levels of formality; black tie, formal, semiformal and informal are the terms used to dictate the level of formality in guests’ attire [more…]

How to Choose Gifts for Bridal Attendants, Ushers, Parents

Attendant and wedding party gifts can be a way of showing appreciation to your bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, other attendants, and parents — the people who have stood by you during the planning and are [more…]

How to Organize a Wedding Procession

The wedding procession, or entrance of the bridal party, occurs in a certain order that culminates with the bride. The bridal procession begins after all guests are seated and the processional [more…]

How to Order the Bridal Recession

The recession of the wedding party occurs after vows are made and rings are swapped and the officiant presents the newly wedded couple. One recession option is to stop to greet parents and grandparents [more…]

How to Remove a Bridal Attendant

How do you "fire" someone from your wedding party? Removing a bridal attendant can be a sticky situation, and the need to do so may arise from his or her behavior or the behavior of an attendant in the [more…]

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