Wedding Etiquette Q & A: What you need to know

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Is it proper to invite people to the ceremony and not the reception?

It is the custom in my hometown to display wedding gifts,
usually in the bride's parents' home.
How do we go about doing this?

I have an envelope addressing question, the invitation is going to a gentleman who is in the USAF and is both a captain and a doctor, how do I address his invitation?

Is it okay to include a map in a wedding invitation?
Most of my fiancÚ's family will be coming from out of town

My parents are divorced, and my father has remarried.
I live with my mother, but I am also very close to my father and his wife.  Whose names go on the invitation?
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My parents want me to have a traditional religious ceremony which I feel doesn't reflect me and my fiancÚ or the way we want to start a marriage together. We want to write our own vows and include secular readings, but my parents don't think that's proper. What should I do?

My fiancÚ and I are planning a very formal wedding, with an evening reception.  We would like for our guests to wear long dresses and tuxedos.  How do we get the word out?

My father died two years ago,  and I would really like to honor his memory.

My family is much larger than my fiancÚ's. Do we have to seat people on the "bride's side" and "groom's side?"

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Should I buy my fiancÚ a wedding gift?

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What should the father of the groom wear?

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We are registered at Dillard's but don't know how to let our friends know.  Is it okay to enclose a card in the wedding invitation?

We are planning a very small wedding with only about 30 guests.  I had planned to send wedding announcements
to our friends who aren't invited to the wedding,
but my fiancÚ is afraid they'll think we're asking for gifts.

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Inviting: If a friend Responded to an invite with and do we write out the place card?
Is it proper to invite people to the ceremony and not the reception
Inviting: Is it ok to invite a friend but insist that they come alone, ie. no significant others?
I have an envelope addressing question, the invitation is going to a gentleman who is in the USAF and is both a captain and a doctor, how do I address his invitation?

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I want to give them something for their time and generosity. Am I supposed to invite them to the reception? As I am completely at the limits that the place will hold???

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