What is Wedding Etiquette?

Who pays for what?
Traditionally the bride's family paid for their daughter’s wedding as they were gaining a son from the union.These days as the average cost of a wedding is £10,000 it’s a bit much for the bride's family to foot the entire bill.

Traditionally the Groom would pay for the following:

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Engagement and Wedding Rings

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The Marriage
License

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The Wedding Photographer

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Transport to & from the Wedding Venue

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The formalwear for the groomsmen

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The Venue or Church fees

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All of the flowers

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Gifts for the Attendants

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The Honeymoon

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Traditionally the Bride's Family would pay for:

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The Reception including all Decorations

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The Bride's Dress and Accessories

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The Bridesmaids' Dresses and Accessories

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All of the Stationary

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The Bride's & Bridesmaid’s Transport to the Wedding Venue

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The Wedding Cake

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What about the Wedding Speeches?
Traditionally there are three people who are expected to make a speech at the wedding reception and in order of speaking they are, the bride's father, the groom and lastly the best man. It is not unheard of for the groom's father to give a short speech, the bride may also like to say a few words.

The Father of the Bride’s Speech

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The bride's father is announced by either the toastmaster or best man to propose a toast of "health and happiness" to the happy couple. Before the toast is made he would normally welcome all the guests at the reception, say a few complimentary words about his daughter and then welcome the groom into his family.

The Groom’s Speech

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Although groom speeches don’t need to be long, there are several elements a groom should include. As the groom speaks after the bride’s father he should thank him for his speech and the guests for celebrating with you; also give thanks for the gifts you have received. Then on to thank both sets of parents and it is usual to give a small gift to each of the mothers (usually a bouquet of flowers) End with thanks for the best man and toast the bridesmaids.

The Best Man’s Speech

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The best man's speech is the most light-hearted and humorous of the speeches and is usually expected to be the high point of the reception. Always allow more time for this speech as more and more grooms are choosing to have two best men! The best man is often chosen on his ability to make this speech with both humour and integrity. It is also the best man's responsibility to reply to the groom on behalf of the bridesmaids.