Despite their abundance in society, wedding ceremonies are of paramount importance. Care should be taken so that every single detail is observed to the effect that the wedding ceremony is carried out smoothly, properly and without any hindrance. Despite the number of unconventional wedding ceremonies occurring nowadays, most wedding ceremonies are still carried out traditionally. Also, different nationalities have different traditions and conventions for wedding ceremonies. Despite so many differences, there always exist a number of similarities among wedding ceremonies in different societies. Although the wedding ceremony etiquette tends to differ, it also remains largely similar between different communities.
Wedding ceremony etiquette is a term that covers several classes conventions at once. It basically denotes the set of decorum to be observed during a wedding ceremony, and does not necessarily imply a set of rites or rituals to be carried out. A set of what to do and what not to, largely constitute what are collectively referred to as ceremony etiquette. It is always advisable that the hosts of any wedding ceremony follow these norms – from organizing it to seeing it carried out till the end.
A synoptic perspective of the wedding ceremony is a set of dos and don’ts. As in most cases of the similar sort, the don’ts generally outnumber the dos. It is generally considered rude to ask directly not to bring children to the wedding ceremony. This can be taken care of by mentioning specifically the names of the adults who have been invited.
It is also considered against the etiquette to make direct references to wedding gifts in the body of the invitation letter. Moreover, gifts should not be opened during the ceremony itself. On the occasion of a cancellation or postponement, every guest has to be individually notified and the gifts (saving the personalized ones) have to be sent back.
It is not required for a bride marrying for the second time to have a train attached to her wedding dress, to carry flowers, and to don a veil. Gloves, on the other hand, should be worn except while putting on the wedding ring or while eating at the Wedding Breakfast.
Guests have to observe a plethora of wedding ceremony etiquette. It is not mandatory for guests belonging to a different faith to participate in the ceremony, but it is not prohibited, either. In case of lateness, a guest should not make a noisy entrance that might disturb the ceremony.