Since there are still many questions that we receive before and during the wedding process we decided to compile a second list of Q&A’s for this month’s blog.
1. Does the bride have to make her fiancé’s sister a bridesmaid?
If the groom has a sister it is not uncommon for her to be included in the wedding party, however, there’s no rule set in stone saying that the bride must include her. This should be discussed with the groom beforehand to ensure that no hard feelings will be left between him and his sister if the bride decides that she isn’t needed in the wedding party. A good way to let her down easy would be by compromising and letting her participate in some other form either during the ceremony or reception that way she still feels included, such as, letting her do a special reading.
2.On what side do the bride, groom, bridesmaids, and groomsmen stand during the ceremony?
Traditionally, the bride stands to the left of the altar with the bridesmaids and the groom stands on the right with the groomsmen.
3. Can the bride have someone besides her father walk her down the aisle?
Of course! Nowadays, brides have more options than the tradition of her father walking her down the aisle. The honor may also be given to her mother if she has more of a special relationship and bond with her. If both parents aren’t able to attend a sibling can also walk the bride down the aisle or even has the option of walking down the aisle on her own.
4. If you know someone can’t attend, does an invitation need to be sent anyway?
This is entirely up to the bride and groom. It is nice for the invitee to receive the invite to let them know they were wanted to share in the festivities, but if the bride and groom already know they won’t be able to attend and want to save their money in sending the individual then it isn’t necessary to send the invite.
5. Do wedding venues have a rain/severe weather backup plan?
It is extremely important to have a Plan B ahead of time in the case of rain or severe weather when the ceremony and/or reception will be held outdoors. A lot of venues won’t provide you with tents but can allow you to bring those items through an outside vendor, therefore, if there is a high possibility of rain it might be worth your penny to have one set up.
6. How do the bride and groom let guests know that their children aren’t invited?
The decision as to whether or not invite children has no right or wrong answer, but the best way to address this rule is by stating it on the wedding invitation ahead of time so parents can plan accordingly.
7. Do the bride and groom have to write their own vows?
Absolutely not! A lot of couples are shy or not comfortable speaking in front of people so many just repeat what the officiant says.
8. Do the bride and groom have to create a gift registry for their guests?
This is another personal choice, but the point of having a gift registry is so guests have the option of getting the bride and groom gifts that they actually need. It’s important to register for a wide range of gifts all at various price points so guests can financially afford what was registered. There is always the option of having guests donate to your honeymoon using a website like honeyfund.com!