Any wedding is a happy occasion, but it can cause a lot of anxiety for the guests who have no idea what they should wear during the ceremony. A catholic wedding is definitely an interesting event and in the same time a more special type of wedding. So, if you have been invited to such a ceremony you will have to make sure you know everything about the Catholic wedding etiquette. Here are just a few tips and advices that you will find useful for properly attending a Catholic wedding ceremony.
When it comes to the Catholic wedding attire you should know it’s the subject of many rules because this type of wedding is semi-formal. So, women should consider wearing dresses or skirts while men should wear a shirt and tie or an elegant suit. You also need to keep in mind that at a Catholic wedding ceremony you have to wear modest clothes. Taking into the consideration that the ceremony takes place inside a church, women should also wear an elegant shawl to cover their shoulders when they step inside the church. A tank top is also a must if the cleavage is too revealing. In addition, the length of the dress should be over the knee.
You should also know that according to the Catholic wedding etiquette, the guests should arrive at the church with 15 minutes before the ceremony’s beginning because otherwise they will disturb the walk of the bride to the aisle. Moreover, men should remove their hats when entering the church while all the guests are expected to dip their fingers in holy water and make the cross sign. At the entrance of each Catholic Church you will also notice a so called “tabernacle” which is a box containing the Body of Christ. Usually, Catholics show their respect by lowering their right knee to the floor in front of that box. According to the Catholic wedding etiquette the non-Catholic guests aren’t bound to follow this tradition.
During a Catholic wedding ceremony, you will be impressed by the amount of traditions and prayers that take place. The Catholic guests are pretty familiar with these prayers, especially if they’re regulars at Catholic Masses. However, the couple usually provides all the guests with a ceremony program, so you will be able to be part of the ceremony and appreciate the prayers even if you aren’t a Catholic guest. You should also use the Missalettes books which are located in the pews.
These are a few of the most important aspects that you should keep in mind when attending a Catholic wedding ceremony.
Finding the right outfit for a winter wedding can be pretty challenging, especially if the wedding ceremony takes place in another location than the reception. In this special situation you need to think about layering and make sure the velvet or wool layers you choose keep you neither too hot nor too cold. Here are only a few interesting outfit combinations suitable for a winter wedding. They are all designed to provide the exact amount of heat necessary when jumping from a wedding location to the other.
My first suggestion is the so called Ice Queen outfit which consists of navy blue and black clothing items and accessories. This outfit involves wearing a Stella McCartney animal print dress made of silk that has a criss-cross bodice, a V-neckline and a knee-length skirt which flatters your silhouette. In addition, it’s accessorized with Karma small drop earrings, a matching Gunmetal knot necklace and an Intrecci silver ring. Besides jewelry you should also wear black Falke tights, a Paul Joe Immobile black coat and KG Edith’ black heels. Don’t forget about the navy Valorie clutch signed by Anya Hindmarch.
Another suitable winter wedding outfit involves wearing crème caramel clothing which will provide a luxurious and stylish look and the heat needed in a cold season. You should choose to wear a beautiful Valentino short dress made of cotton which catches your attention with a round neckline, a form fitting bodice and a natural waist accentuated by a matching bow belt. The skirt is knee length and impresses with its richness and flattering design. You should also add as jewelry a River Island long necklace with heart pendant, a pair of drop earrings signed by Kimberly McDonalds and made from 18k yellow gold adorned with small diamonds and a Jamie Leather Karma bracelet. To complete your outfit you should also wear high heels designed by Philipp Plein and available in a crème caramel color and a Chanel Vintage quilted bag. You should also purchase the Co Golden Fox coat which will keep you warm when moving from a wedding location to the other.
As suitable is a green and black outfit which will definitely impress the audience and will make you feel warm and comfortable. This outfit consists of a beautiful Emerald green dress designed by Tibi, black high heel shoes signed by Gianmarco Lorenzi and black leather gloves signed by Ann Demeulemeester. As accessories you should purchase the Alexis Bittar earrings based on green emeralds mounted in silver and the matching bracelet. Don’t forget about the Toscana shrug signed by Karl Donoghue.
Finding the right attire for the wedding you have been invited to can be complicated especially if the wedding invitation doesn’t mention any details regarding this aspect. But even if the main rules are specified on the wedding invitation is still hard, because as guest you don’t want to choose an outfit that competes with those of the people on which the ceremony is focused and in the same time you don’t want to look underdressed. So, if you need some advices, here are a few rules that are included in the wedding guest attire etiquette.
If the wedding invitation that you’ve received specifies the time of the day when the wedding is supposed to take place as well as its location and the type of attire you should be checking out, buying your guest outfit becomes a simpler job. That’s because if the wedding is taking place in the morning or in the afternoon, men should choose to wear a light colored suit while women should consider a floral dress or an elegant suit. More demanding are usually evening weddings, that involve men dressed in dark suits and women who’ve opted for a cocktail dress with a sophisticated cut and made of quality fabric.
The wedding guest attire also depends on the location, because an outdoor wedding requires some special pieces of clothing, especially if it’s scheduled in the cold season. To such weddings you will have to wear not only comfortable clothes but also clothes that can keep you warm. By contrast, an indoor wedding that involves a church ceremony during the day and a reception in the afternoon is usually more demanding when it comes to outfits, meaning that men will have to consider three-piece suits while women will have to opt for a formal gown.
It’s even easier to choose your attire for the wedding you’ve been invited to if the wedding invitation specifies the style: casual attire, cocktail attire, black tie and so on. If such a style is specified you should just try to find advices regarding that type of attire for wedding guests. However, no matter if such a style is specified or not there are still a few things that you should never do when going to a wedding as a guest. One of rules of the wedding guest attire etiquette says that the guests should never wear ivory or white clothes because they will end up competing with the bride. Also suggested is to resist the need to wear jeans or dresses that are too short or revealing.
Couples that decide to offer their potential wedding guests online wedding invitations will also have to use the benefits offered by the online RSVPs. If you invite a person to your wedding by e-mail, do not expect to receive a printed card from that person, telling you that she or he will come or not to your wedding; the response offered by that person will also be sent via the e-mail system.
Next, we will see several ideas regarding how to let your wedding guests respond online to your request of joining you and your partner at your wedding.
Web developers have successfully created mobile and Web applications, that allow you to send invitations in the online environment and also to receive confirmations related to the events that you plan. But not only Web developers are trendy nowadays; software developers are also asked to create all sorts of complicated programs that allow people to communicate more easily on the Internet. A program like this can be found on bwedd.com, a website that allows couples to design their very own wedding site, where they can write the names of those potential guests that they want to invite to their wedding and also other information, such as the dishes that will be offered at the wedding, details regarding the music band that will perform at the wedding and many others.
By using online RSVPs, you will manage to protect the environment by saving some trees, that otherwise would be cut in order to offer you the cardboard needed to manufacture wedding invitations. If you have a large group of friends and acquaintances, by having this eco-friendly attitude, you may even influence some of your friends/acquaintances.
If online RSVPs are not for you, consider at least trying another eco-friendly way of sending wedding invitations, the one of using recycled paper and also inks made from plants.
There are many ways that can be used if you consider having a ‘green’ wedding, and as long as you will be guided by your conscience, you can be certain that you have made the right choice for you and for your entire family.
What to do with an uninvited wedding guest? If you particularly did not want him/her at your wedding and if he/she did appear, it means that he/she really wants to annoy you. In this situation, you should go to that person and explain that he/she is not invited and it would be better for everybody, for him/her to leave. If that person does not understand this, you can always use the security personnel hired by the wedding venue where you celebrate your wedding.
But let's not think of negative things like the one presented earlier. Let's just think that you have invited 300 people to your wedding and you expect to 300 people to appear. However, some of them could bring an uninvited guest, like for example their boyfriend/girlfriend. What will you do in this case? To make sure that you have enough food and drinks for everybody, you should book some tables in addition, for situations like this one.
A person that is invited to a wedding and that is single at the moment when he/she is invited to a wedding celebration, should say that he/she will certainly come to that wedding, only that he/she may be accompanied by a partner. If the marrying couple knows about this, they will take into account 2 people, not only one, and they will know better how to arrange tables and wedding guests at tables.
Of course that the etiquette suggests that a person that has received a wedding invitation when he/she was single should notify the marrying couple several weeks before the wedding about this relationship status change of his/her. But unfortunately, not everyone is accustomed with the wedding etiquette. So our recommendation for marrying couples is to call your guests 2 weeks before the wedding, to verify one more time how many people have accepted your wedding invitation.
Who are the guests that you should invite if you plan to organize an intimate wedding? An intimate wedding is planned by a couple who is getting ready to tie the knot, yet does not want to celebrate along with 300 people. Also, an intimate wedding is a social event, a celebration that regards only the closest friends and family members.
Nowadays, couples are leaning more and more towards organizing an intimate wedding, either because they do not have enough money to organize a wedding for 300 people or because they want to be surrounded only by their dearest people.
Alright, but what are those people that should attend a wedding like this and what should a couple do if they have too many close friends and family members? Who are they to decide who is closest and who is less close? If the couple will not invite all their best friends, those who are not invited can get upset on the couple and this could ruin their entire relationships, built in years. So if you do not want to upset your friends and if you already have too many relatives to invite, think of organizing 2 weddings, one for your relatives and one for your friends.
Obviously, if you do not have the money to throw a big party, you will not have the money to organize 2 weddings, but we are not talking about organizing them in the same period; the wedding thrown for your relatives can be organized first, and the second one, a year after. If you will explain your friends this situation, they will surely understand this and they will quietly expect for the forthcoming party offered only in their honor. The problem is that if you promise your friends that you will organize a party like this, you should do this, otherwise they could get upset (again) on you for lying to them. They will believe that your relatives are more important to you and they will soon start to avoid you or talk less with you, thinking that you have your relatives to talk to. If you don't want to go through this, be true to your friends and always keep your promises.
Wedding guests have two missions – they need to find the perfect present for the bride and the groom and they need to find the perfect clothes to wear. While for men things are a little less complicated, when it comes to women finding the right clothes, things can get a little nasty. There is a certain wedding guest etiquette guests need to follow and most of them are not quite doing it, especially because they are not aware of its existence.
Therefore, people can show up at weddings wearing inappropriate clothes. As I mentioned, things are less complicated for men. For instance, if they are to attend a very formal wedding, be it during the day or during the night, they can either wear a tuxedo or a black and very formal suite; if the wedding is a little more casual, they get to choose the type of suite they want to wear, without having any problems.
For women, however, things are not as simple, as they need to find the right dress, the right shoes and the right accessories, to match them and only then are they ready to attend a wedding. For example, a woman going to a very formal wedding will most definitely not wear the same dress, shoes or accessories as a woman going to a casual wedding. While for a formal wedding a woman will need a very formal dress or even a suite, for a casual wedding women are a little more at ease with what they can wear.
Formal weddings usually require sober colors, such as black and this is the main reason for which people need to be very careful when choosing their wedding guest attire. For women it is very important not to wear white at a wedding, because the bride is the only one who should be wearing white, but it is not mandatory nowadays. Another important thing women should know is that they should not wear dresses which are made up of a lot of laces and they should also avoid very revealing dresses, which are short or very tight, so as to avoid looking trashy.
This being said, you are now prepared to go shopping to find the right wedding guest attire. Make sure you find the right dress and only then go looking for the matching shoes and accessories. It is always better to keep it simple. Simple is always more elegant and luxurious than anything with a lot of accessories.
Your friends have sent you an invitation for their wedding and you have already went shopping for their gift, but there is one thing you also need to solve and you are aware of the fact that it is one of the most important things. Most people, once they are done worrying about what to get for the bride and the groom, start worrying about what they are going to wear to the event. Being part of a wedding it is quite an important thing and most people are not aware of the fact that there is wedding guest etiquette they need to follow and they end up spoiling important moments.
For instance, most people seem not be aware of the fact that the type of clothing they decide to wear to a wedding needs to be in accordance with the type of event. For instance, if you are going to attend a very formal wedding, you need to dress accordingly. For men it is quite easy, because they end up wearing either a black suite with a white shirt and a black tie, if the wedding is during the day or a tuxedo if the wedding is during the night. For the ladies, though, things are a little harder to accomplish. The type of attire a lady can wear to a formal wedding can be split into two categories: suites and dresses. For instance, if the wedding is during the day, a woman can wear a sober suite, which is not only elegant but it is also nice and sexy (not too sexy, though, because it is a formal event, after all!) or she can decide upon wearing a nice dress, which is not too long neither too short and which does not show too much skin either. If the wedding is during the night, a long black dress accessorized with the proper things always does the trick.
For the casual weddings, people have the liberty of choosing whatever they want to wear, as long as it is not too slutty or not too casual. You cannot go wearing jeans to a wedding and that is quite an important thing people need to keep in mind, as there are more and more people who seem not to be aware of this thing. There are also occasions when there will be mentioned on the wedding invitation the type of attire the guests are to wear and that is always very helpful.
There are many things about which the guests at a wedding do not know about. For one, some of them seem to be unaware of the fact that there is a wedding etiquette for guests that need to be followed and they either show up late or dressed inappropriately.
Depending on the type of wedding you are to attend, there are a few rules you need to take into account. It is very important for the guests at a wedding to be dressed in the proper manner, especially if they do not want to offend other guests or even worse, the bride and the groom. Therefore, each and every guest should learn these few rules about wedding guest dressing etiquette. One of the most important rules is for women not to wear white at a wedding.
Although this is not a written rule, it is a tacit agreement made between the bride and every other woman at the wedding. Given that this is the day in which the bride is the most important person on the face of the Earth, she should stand out and there is no better way to do it if not by being dressed in white. Therefore, if there is someone else dressed in white at the wedding, things may get a little confusing and you can event offend the bride greatly. However, if you really want to wear that white dress, you can always talk to the bride and if she gives you the green light, there is nothing that can stop your from wearing that white dress.
Another important thing in the wedding guest etiquette is related to the type of wedding you are attending and the clothes you are wearing. For instance, if you are attending a very fancy, formal wedding, you will by no means wear the same clothes you would wear for a casual wedding. While for a formal wedding the men are required to wear a tux, if the event is during the night, and a black suit with white shirt and black tie, if the event is during the day, for a casual wedding they can wear anything that looks like a suit.
For women there are many more choices and choosing the right dress or outfit can be quite a difficult thing. The most important thing, however, is for the woman to understand the difference between the attire for a formal wedding and the one for a casual one. Going to a specialized shop which deals with such things may be very handy, as people there know about the rules you should follow.
There are many people out there who seem not to be too aware of the fact they each type of wedding requires a certain type of clothing. This is why there is a wedding etiquette each and every one of us should be aware of. There is no one who would like to make a mistake during a wedding and dressing improperly is a big mistake.
People should first of all be aware of the type of wedding they are to attend. There are two big types of wedding there can be:
- Formal wedding. This type of wedding can either be during the day or during the night. If the formal wedding happens during the day, a lady should dress either in a suite that looks very elegant and formal, but at the same time not too stiff, because you are at a party, not at work, or she can choose to wear a nice little black dress, which is always elegant a very beautiful. Accessorized with the right things, a dress or a suit always looks great and the woman will feel very beautiful too. For a man, it is enough to wear a black suite with a white shirt and a black tie. On the other hand, if the wedding is during the night, a woman can wear either a long black dress or a dress of another color, but which should express elegantly the fact that she is attending a luxurious event and that she matches the entire décor greatly. A man should wear a tuxedo and that is not a disputable thing.
- Casual wedding. These types of weddings usually allow women to choose their attire on their own. There are no strict rules which they should follow and this is one important thing for them, as they are the ones who can decide the type of attire they should wear. To a daytime wedding, a woman can wear a breezy dress which is very comfortable and nice looking, matched with the right shoes and the right accessories. A man can wear a suite with the tie matching his partner’s dress maybe. For a wedding that is during the night, things are quite simple again. The entire outfit should be elegant but at the same time look casual. You can find the right clothes in the right store.
These are a few of the things that people should be aware of when they are attending a wedding, as they do not want to look foolish. If everyone were aware of these simple rules, the weddings would look even more beautiful.