Wedding dilemmas in the 21st century

Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:22am EDT
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(Jo Bryant is an etiquette advisor and editor at Debrett's, the UK authority on etiquette and modern manners . Any opinions expressed are her own. Debrett's "Netiquette" is a definitive guide to digital dilemmas and outlines a code of manners for modern communication.)

By Jo Bryant

LONDON (Reuters) - Spring is here, which means that the wedding planning season is well underway. For those getting married this summer, the next few months will be very memorable but tense.

With large budgets at stake, tricky family scenarios to manage and the pressure to host the ‘perfect day', it is easy for brides and grooms to feel stressed. Here is a quick guide to some of the most common wedding etiquette dilemmas:

The over-enthusiastic mother/mother-in-law-to-be.

Difficult family situations and interfering mothers can add pressure to an already tricky process, and the run up to your dream day is often extremely stressful.

Allocate both the mothers a special job — this may be allowing them to help with the flowers, or research wedding car options. Let them feel involved and part of the process, and you should be able to restrain the meddling!

The question of ‘plus ones'.

Just like the wedding budget, there is never enough space on the guest list to invite everyone. It is natural that on such a special occasion you want include all your friends and family, so make sure you priorities your guest list to include those who really matter.   Continued...

A bouquet is seen in the snow as a bride poses for a photograph after a group wedding ceremony during the 26th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song