A Return to Tradition

Putting Courtesy and Custom Into Your Wedding

Good manners are made up of petty
sacrifices,” observed the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. When it comes
to weddings, it’s good to keep that in mind. The best of weddings
makes people bonkers — a coworker planning his wedding said he’s so
overwhelmed with all the details and decisions to make, he can only
spend five minutes a day in wedding world before wanting to curl up
in the fetal position.

We at The Independent believe that’s because of how far
the whole wingding has drifted from its formal roots and etiquette.
Everything costs a fortune, anything goes, and people seem to have
forgotten all about manners and tradition.

So in this, our annual wedding issue, we’ve put together tips on how to get back to the basics of wedding decorum. Read about the
history of bridesmaids; find out what really goes on at that
age-old send-off known as the bachelor party; check out a return to
style via Fashion Engagement photos; and get some suggestions of
where to have a rehearsal dinner the whole correct-salad-fork-using
family will enjoy. And, of course, we include a resource list to
help you in your gargantuan task of getting married. As irritating
as the details of a wedding may be to partake in, remember these
sage words from Mr. Emerson: “Life be not so short but that there
is always time for courtesy.”

Wedding Etiquette
by Heather Clisby
Rehearsal Dinners
by D.J. Palladino
by Heather Clisby
Bachelor Parties
by Shannon Kelley GouldWedding
Dance Lessons
by Elizabeth Schwyzer
The Five-Minute Rule
by Matt Kettmann
Engagement Photoshoots
by Matt Kettmann


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