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Entries from the ‘Etiquette & Advice’ Category

Etiquette: Engagement Party Gifts

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Some of the questions we field via our AskMartha e-mail box ( aren’t from brides or grooms — they’re from guests. Today’s question was about whether to bring …

Etiquette: Can a Bridesmaid Say No?

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When you ask someone to be your bridesmaid, you’re giving her a great compliment: She’s in your closest circle, one of the people you most want by your …

Etiquette: Should Attendants Open Gifts at the Rehearsal Dinner?

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Wedding advice often suggests that the bride and groom distribute their gifts to the bridal party at the rehearsal dinner. But one of our readers wrote in a …

Etiquette: How to Divide the Guest List When Parents Are Divorced

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Last week, I fielded a query from parents of the bride who are footing the bill for a 250-person wedding. The groom’s parents are divorced and both have remarried, …

Etiquette: Should You Seat Families Together?

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Recently a friend complained about the seating arrangements at her cousin’s wedding. She’d attended with her parents, her brother, and her sister, but they’d been seated at different …

Etiquette: How Many Events Must Your Attendants Attend?

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I heard a story last week about a couple with: two engagement parties, three showers, three golf get-togethers, a “dress reveal,” a bridesmaid luncheon, bachelor and bachelorette parties, …

Etiquette: Are You Peeking At Your Registry?

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Don’t feel bad about checking and updating your wedding registry online — there are practical reasons to do so. For starters, sometimes it’s the only way to find …

Etiquette: Addressing Invites When You Don't Like 'Mr. and Mrs.'

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In our AskMartha mailbox,, I fielded this question recently: We are having a black-tie wedding, and we’re setting the tone with our save-the-dates and invitations. I know …