In today's day and age, weddings are becoming more and more stressful.
And one of the most stressful aspects is the "etiquette" issue and how to keep everyone happy.
Thus, more and more people are resorting to the "A to Z".
A relatively new concept in recent years, it is becoming more and more popular as a way of giving people information in relation to the wedding day, particular with regard to broaching difficult subjects like gifts..
If you've already made up your mind that a wedding is not a suitable occasion for people to bring their children along to, then you'll know how difficult this can be to relay to easily offended parents.
Hopefully the few ideas that I have set out below will give you some inspiration on how to relay general (and sensitive) information and requests to your wedding guests.
A is for Anne - our bridesmaid.
Accommodation - we have attached a list which we hope is of assistance to you.
B is for Brenda - our flowergirl Bridesmaids - Anne, Shirley and Tanya C is for Children - The hotel will provide an on-site babysitter from 8pm Children - Due to the hotel's limit on numbers, it has not been possible to invite children, unless specifically named on your invite.
We apologise if this offends, and hope that you will be able to arrange childminders on the day.
Celebrant - Fr.
John, who we thank for all his help with our preparations, will perform the ceremony.
D is for Directions - We've included directions both to the church, and to the hotel.
These are mainly for our male guests as the bride knows from experience that they won't stop to ask anyone.
Drink! - Wine will be provided with the meal.
Dancing - A band will play from 8pm to 10pm when a DJ will take us into the early hours of the morning.
E is for Etiquette - We'd like everyone to enjoy themselves rather than worry about the "done" thing.
F is for Family and Friends - This is what weddings are all about and we look forward to seeing you all there.
G is for Gift List - We want you to know that it is your presence and not your presents that is worth more to us.
For those that have asked, we have a small list at ***** of *****.
H is for Honeymoon - We will be departing the next day for Jamaica I is for Invitations..
handmade by the bride.
Please reply by the 23rd ***** J is for Joy! - This is what we both feel now that the day is near.
K is for Kenneth - our pageboy L is for Love - the reason we're getting married Laughter - which we hope the day will be filled with M is for Messages - There will be a guest book at the church.
We'd love you to sign it, and feel free to add your comments.
N is for Night Johnboy! - There will be a bar extension until the early hours of the morning.
We will be staying at the hotel, so please feel free to forego etiquette that says you must wait for the bride and groom to leave.
O is for Order of the Day - The Ceremony will be at 1.
The bride will not be late! The Hotel will serve dinner at 6.
Live music will start at 8pm and continue until 10.
The DJ will take us into the early hours of the morning.
P is for Pat - the best man.
Parents - to who we owe so much for their love and support throughout the years.
The brides parents are *** and ***** ***.
The grooms parents are **** and ****** *******.
Photographs - We will have a professional photographer there on the day, so..
say cheese! Q is for Quiet Please! - We would request that you turn off mobile phones during the ceremony and speeches.
R is for Reply Cards - Please complete and return the reply cards included with your invitations (by 2nd July as we have to let the venue know final numbers).
S is for Speeches - These will follow dinner.
They will be informal, and there will be an opportunity for guests to speak.
T is for Tables - You will find the seating plan at the entrance to the reception room.
The tables will be named after Walt Disney characters! U is for United - We will be united in marriage for U to see.
V is for Vegetarian - Please let us know, by use of the reply card, if you require a vegetarian meal.
Please also let us know if you suffer from any food allergies or have any other special requirements.
W is for Weather - We are hoping for a sunny day but don't forget your brolly, just in case.
Wine - There will be wine served at the meal.
X is for Xtra - If you need any more information, please let us know and we'll do our best to help.
Y is for You - As our guest we'd like to thank you for making our wedding day very special.
Z is for Zodiac - The Groom is a Gemini and the Bride is an Aries- we're not sure what this means but its worked well so far.