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Traditional British Wedding Etiquette And Reception Guidelines You Need To Know

Traditional British Wedding Etiquette And Reception Guidelines You Need To Know

It is widely known that cultural customs vary by country, but something that might not be considered are the etiquette and customs that differ with weddings. These customs and etiquette can span all the way from the engagement to the wedding reception. Keep these things in mind when planning to attend or be part of a traditional British wedding.

Who Gets Invited

Generally, the bride and her parents will put together the list of who to invite, including close family and friends. If choosing to not invite children, only the names of the adult guests will be on the invitation, and on a separate card it is explained that there is a seating plan that cannot accommodate children. If funds allow, a separate area of the facility may be arranged for the children.

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Who Pays for What

Traditionally, the bride’s family would pay for the wedding because it was seen that the family would be gaining a son from the marriage. In more recent times, the cost of having a wedding has skyrocketed, so it is near impossible for just one family to pay for the entire thing. Though the affluence of each family will play a part in who pays for what, this is how the wedding parts are generally divided out following typical British wedding traditions.

The groom (and/or his family) will pay for the engagement and wedding ring, marriage license, venue/church fees, formal wear for the attendants, flowers, gifts for attendants, transportation to and from the venue, the honeymoon, and the photographer.

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The bride and her family will pay for the wedding reception, including decorations, the bride’s dress and accessories, the bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories, stationary, announcements, the bride’s transportation to the venue, and the wedding cake.

Ceremony

As guests arrive, the ushers should hand out the correct books and flowers, while making sure that the guests are sitting on the correct side. They will escort the grandparents of the bride and groom in as well. The groomsmen will escort the bridesmaids in and the maid of honor may enter by herself or with the best man. The ring bearer and flower girl will enter, followed by the bride and her father. In some ceremonies, the bridal party will remain standing and will not take a seat during the ceremony.

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Ceremony Seating

The bride’s side is generally on the left, while the groom’s side is on the right. The first few rows of each side are reserved for the parents and close family of the bride and groom, the second row for the wedding party, and then everyone else is free to sit where they please.

Reception

Though it is fun for wedding guests to sit with their friends or family, the wedding allows for the opportunity to meet new people. One table should be for the bride and groom and their wedding party, along with any significant others.

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Speeches/Toasts

Normally, there are three people that are expected to make speeches at the wedding. In speaking order, they are the bride’s father to welcome guests and toast to health and happiness, the groom to thank his parents and guests and to acknowledge any absent family members, and the best man to make a humorous and lighthearted speech. There is nobody else that is required to make a speech, but it is not uncommon for the groom’s father, bride, or maid of honor to make one as well.

Thank You’s

This is very important. The groom will generally announce the thank you’s and will give out presents to the parents and bridesmaids. In general, a short “thank you for coming” is included in all speeches done by those listed previously.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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