It's time to organize your guest list. Where do you start?
Use a home computer database. If you don't have a computer available then a card file can be used. Card files designed for organizing these lists are sold at stationery stores and bridal specialty shops.
Add a space for when the invitation was sent, when the RSVP was returned and how many people will be attending. Numbering the back of the invitation can help keep you organized too.
Here's a wonderful chart for deciding who to invite from the site:
The Overwhelmed Bride
Check it out here. Guest List in 30 Seconds
When do you start the list?
As soon as you can.
Determine if you wish to add children; if so, add their names to your list.
Specify if children are not welcome to attend on your invitations.
All children over the age of 16 should receive their own invitation.
Some guests may attend the ceremony, reception or both.
Once the total number of guests is settled, usually the groom's family and bride's family split the total, half and half, depending on family size and location of course. Check your lists for duplicate names. The size of your budget will be the largest factor in determining how many guests to invite.
You should also create a list of people to whom announcements, not invitations, are sent.
Announcements should never be sent to anyone who has received an invitation to the ceremony or reception but might still want to know about the marriage. Announcements should be addressed before the wedding and mailed the day of or the day after the ceremony.
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Day of the Wedding
On your wedding day, you should switch your engagement ring to the third finger on your right hand. During the ceremony, your future spouse places the wedding ring on your ring finger. The custom of the third finger on your left hand being your ring finger originated in Egypt, where people believed the vein in that finger led directly to your heart. By placing the wedding ring on that finger, the groom ensures that it is in the position closest to your heart. How romantic!
Engagement Ring Etiquette
Once you’re married, tradition dictates that your engagement band be moved back to the third finger on your left hand. When you do so, your wedding ring should remain closest to your heart (where your spouse placed it on your wedding day) and your engagement ring is placed next to the wedding ring.
Some women choose to ignore ring etiquette, and instead infuse their own style on the custom. Some variations on the traditional ring placement include:
Regardless of how you choose to wear your ring, the most important thing is that it be comfortable for you and sized properly.
Follow Tradition or Become a Trailblazer
Years ago, it was tradition for a man to purchase an engagement ring with a diamond setting. However, times have changed. Other precious stones are also acceptable on an engagement ring.
Another tradition is for you and your spouse to have matching wedding bands. For instance, if you have a gold wedding band, then his would be gold as well.
Many couples are choosing to incorporate their unique style with traditional ring etiquette.
There are no rules for most faiths on how to wear wedding rings. Whether you want to become an engagement band trailblazer or stick with tradition is up to you.
Engagement and wedding rings are more than beautiful, sparkling pieces of jewelry. They are symbols of your love and future and should be treated with care and respect.
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Newlyweds Shane and Mary Facchino
The wedding ceremony of Shane and Mary Facchino was held on Sept. 28, 2013
at the Eau Claire Golf and Country Club near Eau Claire, WI. A reception was held
a short time later in the main room of the clubhouse.
The Chippewa Valley String Quartet accompanied the processional and recessional.
Shane and Mary may your lives be filled with adventure and may all your wishes and
desires be fulfilled as you journey together on your new path.
Congratulations on your marriage! We wish you the best!!
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Eric and Nicole performing a Unity Sand Ceremony
The wedding ceremony of Eric and Nicole Tolliver was held on Sept. 28, 2013
at the gazebo in Irvine Park near Chippewa Falls, WI. This turned out to be a typical
fall day with chilly temperatures and rain showers that let up during our ceremony.
It has been said that rain on your wedding day is a good omen.
Eric and Nicole may you be blessed with lots of sunny days and an abundance of
happiness, joy, and love.
Congratulations to the both of you!!!!
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