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Wedding Etiquette Tips 28


Widow and widower’s wedding ceremony
It happens when a widow or widower has lost their loved ones and have found someone else later in life. Probably they will feel that their lives have to carry on and this calls for a wedding.

Traditionally, the wedding of widows and widowers are called to be less formal. Although the whole wedding ceremony will be almost the same, she will be expected not to wear a complete wedding gown, she may have to forgo the wedding veil, wedding gloves and other elaborate ornate.

For the bridegroom, it will be something simple like a lounge suit, nothing formal. Bridesmaids will not be necessary, as tradition does not allow that, but a matron of honour will be chosen from among relatives to help the bride. A best man will still be called in helping the bridegroom, and ushers will be needed to perform duties delegated to them. Although ushers may be called, a less formal wedding may render them useless. A few days prior to the wedding day, the bride has to take off the former wedding ring and promise never to put it on again.

For the widower, there won’t be any much different from the original one. But the whole wedding really lies on the bride herself, since it is her first wedding. The bride will don on her beautiful wedding gown, the full works, and bridesmaids are permissible. Since this is the bride’s first wedding, it is acceptable for her to walk down the aisles just like any other wedding couples.

For the widow, there will still be a wedding procession just like the normal wedding ceremony, but this time it will be without the bridesmaids. If the bride chose to do without the wedding procession, then the matron of honour will stand and wait at the chancel steps for the bride,

her only duty for that is to help take away the wedding bouquet from the bride when she arrives.

Just like the wedding procession, the bride can choose whether she wants to be “given away”, she may choose her father or other relatives. A wedding reception or wedding banquet may be held afterwards, wedding cakes, wedding deco, floral decorations, quartet, and all the works are still allowable. But things should be kept to a minimum if the bride feels that it may upset her first husband’s parents. Or if her husband has recently passed away, others may feel inappropriate for a formal wedding to take place. In such cases, a small wedding reception with a few good friends will be enough.


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