Post # 1
Before coming to the Bee, I knew nothing about weddings. I got married in 1999 to my ex husband in the SF Bay Brea and attended one other wedding in 2003 in Berkeley. I haven’t attended (of been invited to) any other wedding until my own. I have a very small family, even extended family, and most friends had private ceremonies, JoP or weddings out of town. I came to the Bee with a huge learning curve. I never heard of:
- Destination weddings
- First looks
- Gift exchange (between bride and groom during the “first look”)
- MIL and MOB gifts
- Gifts for MOH – Yikes!
- Save the dates
- Diamonds larger than 1 ct for middle class people
- Rehearsal dinners
- Getting ready photos and fancy garb for that purpose
- Photos of dresses, shoes, rings, and other inanimate objects
- Planning 1+ years in advance (Oops! We only had <6 months).
- Wedding planners
- Day of coordinators
- Ring upgrades
How about you? What’s new for you?
Post # 4
@strawbabies: I forgot Moissanite!
Post # 5
– right hand rings (the expression)
– gift exchanges between bride and groom
– gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen, MOH, best man and parents
– ring upgrades
– first looks
– save the dates (when I first saw someone write STD I thought “sexually trasmitted disease? Really? What’s that got to do with weddings?” lol)
– Jasmine’s Bridal, Dressilyme and similar Chinese wedding dress websites
I’m sure there’s more…
Post # 6
@MsMeow: I was confused about “STDs” myself, LOL.
Post # 7
@CARA1978: I had never heard of Moissanite, Amora gems, or any of those related stones.
Post # 8
– that garter tosses are trashy
– that the majority of people don’t have kids at their weddings (I’ve never attended a childless wedding)
And almost all of what y’all mentioned already!
Post # 9
I didn’t realize that some e-rings are not diamonds, but gemstones. Where I come from, your e-ring is usually a diamond.
Post # 10
@MsMeow: +1 “Jasmine’s Bridal, Dressilyme…”
Post # 12
“Cover your plate”
I’m sure there are others too
Post # 13
Gift exchange between bride and groom during the “first look”
MIL and MOB gifts
Save the dates
Getting ready photos and fancy garb for that purpose
Photos of dresses, shoes, rings, and other inanimate objects
Day of coordinators
Right hand Rings
Dressilyme or other type sites
Dollar dance or other type dances such as “Dollar Dance”
There are other’s but that’s all I can think of at the moment.
Post # 14
@luluvohn: ah yes, cover your plate.
Post # 16
- “Cover your plate”
- Dollar Dance
- Honeymoon registries
- Ring upgrades
- Dress replicas that actually look good
- That no matter what, someone, somewhere, will think something you’re doing is tacky 😛
The thing that really surprised me was in how many areas/countries a cash bar is the norm.
Not on the Bee, but one of my friends once told me she thought that guests tipped bartenders at a wedding. I had never, ever heard of that!