Wedding Questions You Didn’t Know to Ask

How should our wedding party travel to the reception?
If you’re going casual and want them to simply drive over, let everyone know this beforehand so they can carpool. Otherwise, rent a stretch limo, go vintage with a trolley or let them be kids again by cruising in a budget-friendly school bus.

When should I take off my veil after the ceremony?
While it’s perfectly okay to wear the veil for the entire reception, there are two optimal times to take it off. The first is after the ceremony (have your hairstylist show a bridesmaid how to do this without messing up your ‘do), and the second is after the first dance while your guests are eating. Once the veil’s off, stick it in your bridal suite or have it “decorate” your chair.

What exactly do the bride and groom do during the cake cutting?
The cake cutting typically takes place after dinner when your bandleader or DJ makes an announcement (you can also do this). If you have older guests who might be leaving early, do your cake cutting at the beginning of the reception just before the first dance. For the first cut, your groom’s hands are placed over yours as you cut into the bottom layer of the cake. The groom makes the second cut solo and feeds the bride, and then it’s your turn.

Where do I put my engagement ring during the ceremony?
Wear the ring on your right hand or have a family member hold it. If you want to wear your engagement ring for the reception, put it on during the ride to your venue or just before being announced. For Jewish weddings, it’s fine to wear your engagement ring, and then exchange stone-free wedding bands if you want to keep with tradition. Also remember: The band is usually worn closest to your heart on your left hand.

Who lifts my veil?
While more and more brides are wearing a veil flipped back for the entire ceremony or not wearing one at all, the most traditional bride still wears a veil over her face. If you like to keep things classic, there are two options. One is your dad lifts the veil when he gives you away, “revealing” you to the groom. The other is for the groom to lift the veil just before the kiss.

What side are we supposed to stand on during the ceremony?
If you’re in a church facing the altar, the bride stands on the left side and the groom on the right. Guests of the bride and groom should follow suit, sitting on the side of whoever they know best or are related to (hint: tell mutual friends to sit on the side that has less people). For Jewish ceremonies, it’s the opposite.

What’s the best way to greet guests if I don’t want a receiving line?
Greet your guests during the reception by going from table to table during the first course. Just make sure you have time to eat too! Also, make a short speech thanking guests for coming and give a shout-out to vendors and parents (or anyone else who helped pay for your wedding!). While this moment with the mic shouldn’t take the place of personal interaction with guests, it can be a great forum to let them know how much their support means to you.

Can I take my shoes off at any time during the reception?
Instead of going barefoot, bring a pair of flats for dancing. If you’re getting married in the summer, have baskets of flip-flops in your wedding colors for your guests to slip into before they get down. There’s one exception to the shoes-or-lose rule: beach weddings!

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