G IS FOR GIFTS
Wedding etiquette is that a wedding list should be set up before the invitations are sent out, and details of that list can be mentioned discreetly in the information sent with each invite. Asking for money can be a practical option, but you should expect that some guests would prefer to buy a present. If you ask for cash, explain what you are saving up for, and consider putting together a more traditional gift list as well.
H IS FOR HEADDRESSES
The veil… to wear or not to wear? Only you can decide whether you’d like to wear one, or whether you would prefer a beautiful tiara, elegant hair pins or fresh flowers. If you go for the veil, make sure any embellishment doesn’t compete with your dress and, if you’re having a ‘blusher’ that covers your face, don’t forget to flip it over your head for the ‘kiss the bride’ moment.
I IS FOR INVITATIONS
Invitations should be sent out 8-12 weeks before the big day, and you should send them to everyone you would like to attend the wedding (including the bridesmaids and best man!). Always include useful information such as directions and details of local accommodation. It’s also perfectly acceptable to include details of your gift list, although it should be discreet and not written as if a gift is essential!
J IS FOR JEWELLERY
Jewellery can accessorise your gown beautifully, but it’s important to choose wisely. Wedding etiquette means you will obviously wear your engagement ring and, ideally, should keep the fingers on your left-hand clear of any other rings. A necklace needs to work well with the neckline of your wedding dress, and you might choose delicate earrings or hair pins. Often, less is more! Wearing a watch isn’t the done thing – you don’t need to be checking the time on your wedding day.