(Closed) Is there a polite way to word this?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
13014 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hmm… I’ve never seen wording like this before.  How about: “In Eastern Orthodoxy, the sacred space of the Church is marked with quiet praise.  In respect of (Bride)’s religious traditions, please refrain from applause within the Church, and save your excitement for the reception!”

Sorry, I don’t have much else to go on.  As a Catholic, I’ve never heard this, so I think if it’s a big concern for you, then it probably does need to be said either in the program, or have someone announce it just prior to the ceremony.

Post # 4
227 posts
Helper bee

I think the previous suggestion is excellent. 

Could you have the officiant ask people to hold their applause? I’ve heard that before, but worded nicely. 

Post # 5
5075 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would ask your clergy to say something.  not everyone reads the programs.  

Post # 6
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

The clergy would also be a good idea because it will be fresh in their minds (if they are listening!)If an “authority” figure like the clergy mentions  something, I would likely listen to him/her than the program. I usually read the programs after the ceremony.

Post # 8
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

definitely get the officiant to say it. Dont put it in the program it comes across too STRICT but if officiant says it it will be just like a “Please refrain from taking photos during the ceremony unless you’re an official photographer”, which is common here in UK and no one moans

Post # 9
583 posts
Busy bee

I agree with others who say the officiant should say it.  It could be part of the whole talk about uniting two families – “Since we are here today to unite two families, many of you may not be familiar with Eastern Orthodox tradition…. blah blah blah any other things that are different/may need explanation.”

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