Bridal Shower Etiquette

Written by Melanie Doetsch

While showers have evolved and become more relaxed in recent years, there are still certain rules of bridal shower etiquette that should be observed in order to avoid offending anyone. Since there will be a variety of groups there - friends, family and coworkers in most cases - it's important to understand how everyone should interact. Especially inrepparttar case of family, mothers and grandmothers can place a great deal of importance on proper bridal shower etiquette, so make sure you know whatrepparttar 143704 "rules" are!

The Maid of Honor is usuallyrepparttar 143705 person expected to plan and organizerepparttar 143706 bridal shower. If she lives out of town, however, it's fine for someone else to dorepparttar 143707 honors. Don't take over without checking with her, though. It is her privilege, and you should always ask her before assuming anything. If you are going to do it for her, make sure you keep her as involved as she would like to be through frequent emails and phone calls.

Bridal shower etiquette traditionally says that a shower should be at least four to six weeks beforerepparttar 143708 wedding. This is for purely practical reasons -repparttar 143709 bride is going to be too busy any closer torepparttar 143710 ceremony - but if she's coming home only two weeks beforerepparttar 143711 wedding, talk to her and see how she feels about having a shower in her honor so close torepparttar 143712 wedding. She may think this is fine if most of her friends will be able to be in attendance at that time.

The Second Time - Another White Wedding?

Written by Elena

That first wedding was a dream, a gorgeous long white wedding dress, a beautiful church, luscious bridesmaids andrepparttar groom in tails. Plus allrepparttar 143674 trimmings and a heavenly reception and a great honeymoon.

Upsetting as it is, at least 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. But we don't give up do we? Some 80 percent of us marry again. Hopefully, we're a little wiser, a little more experienced and a little more sensiblerepparttar 143675 second time. And a little more relaxed.

The formal, traditional white wedding is not only expensive, it can be incredibly stressful despiterepparttar 143676 power of our dreams and fantasies andrepparttar 143677 years we spent imagining just how it would be. For most,repparttar 143678 second time isn't seen as particularly suitable for a traditional white wedding.

While many of us settle for a simple exchange of vows and a much less formal party for friends and relatives, you may want to consider a couple delightful alternatives.

Remember, a second wedding is still a wedding. You and your other are making a real and significant commitment to a life together. It deserves to be marked off fromrepparttar 143679 more mundane events of everyday life.

Events that are significant markers in our lives are normally weighted with significance by traditions, unusual activities, special psychological and social meanings. This makes them stand out and marks transitions from one phase of our life to a new phase. Anthropologists call them rites of passage and weddings are a prime example.

One lovely new development has beenrepparttar 143680 growth of both theme weddings and destination weddings. They can be especially well suited torepparttar 143681 second wedding. Theme weddings can be nearly anything you can conceive of - from medieval with antique styled Gothic wedding dresses torepparttar 143682 extremely casual styles associated with a beach wedding. You can truly let your imagination run riot. For you and your guests it can offer an absolutely unique experience that will be remembered forever.

Alternatively, destination weddings can be of any type. Whilerepparttar 143683 basic idea is that it takes place in some beautiful, exotic or historical setting, far from your day-to-day life, you can arrange for anything from a full-blown white wedding to a small cozy informal exchange of vows outdoors in a natural setting so lovely that no added frills are necessary.

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