Q: Where did the terms maid and matron of honor originate? A: Wedding attendants are chosen as witnesses to a couple’s matrimonial union in a gesture of love, friendship, and respect. Therefore their position in the wedding is one of honor and so they are accorded that title. Traditionally a “maid” is an unmarried woman […]
Q: We are serving mimosas at a bridal tea. Is it correct to serve them in champagne flutes or wine goblets? A: The trend now is to serve mimosas in champagne flutes, although it is also fine to serve them in wine goblets.
Q: My boyfriend and I have been talking about getting married for two years and having finished college are ready to finally start our lives together. He is very excited and has told me he has started saving for my ring. Is it proper to pick my own ring? How do I tell him without […]
Q: I think that it is tacky to invite someone to my wedding, but not to the reception. Someone else told me that doing so is completely acceptable. Is this true? A: It is indeed acceptable to invite someone to witness the ceremony and not to take part in the reception. The reverse, inviting a […]
Q: Is a woman, married before and now divorced, considered a maid of honor or matron of honor? A: The term “matron” is usually reserved for a married woman. Nowadays, the term “honor attendant” is used more frequently for those who don’t feel comfortable being designated as either.
Q: I’m getting married in September. Due to budget reasons, my fiance and I have decided not to allow single guests to bring a date. The dilemma is that a guest is ‘bummed’ that she cannot bring the special person in her life to share the wedding with. My ‘friend’ has expressed her dissatisfaction on […]
Q: If you are invited to a wedding where the invitation specifically states ‘Black Tie’ then you have three choices to make. You rent a tux, you buy a tux, or you do not attend. Is that correct? A: Yes. You are correct, if you don’t have a tux and cannot or do not wish […]
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Q: I am the Maid of Honor for my best friend’s wedding next winter. I am starting to think about her shower and the bachelorette party. I do NOT consume alcohol but it is a major part of the bride’s social life. Do I need to pay for/provide alcohol for these events? I don’t mind […]
Etiquette Daily’s “Greatest Hits” are questions that generated a great deal of conversation when they were originally posted. At the Emily Post Institute we have learned that some etiquette questions never go out of style and are bringing back a few of these popular conundrums for your further consideration. Enjoy! Q: My cousin is getting […]