Do you have what it takes to plan a big wedding?

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Do you have what it takes to plan a big wedding?
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About This Quiz

These days, a wedding is no casual affair. Planning a big wedding can be a big headache, and there are tons of books and manuals out there to help you do it right when you don't want to pay for a consultant. Find out if you have what it takes to plan a wedding by taking this quiz!
Which is the proper order of events?
Rehearsal dinner, ceremony rehearsal, ceremony, reception
Reception, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, after-party
Ceremony rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception
Ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, elopement
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

You rehearse the ceremony, then you have the rehearsal dinner, then the actual ceremony, and then the reception. It's important not to mess this up.

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Which of these stationery items do you NOT need for your wedding?
Thank you notes
Save-the-dates
Response cards
Comment cards
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Generally, you don't hand out comment cards at your wedding. You may not want to know people's actual opinions.

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What part of the budget is generally spent on the reception?
10%
5%
50%
35%
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Around half of your budget is spent on the reception. Let's be honest, everyone looks forward to the party.

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Which of these pre-wedding parties can the groom NOT attend?
The engagement party
The bridal shower
The rehearsal dinner
The bachelor party
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Generally, the groom does not attend the bridal shower. But he'd better go to the rehearsal dinner and engagement party, or he'll be in trouble!

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What is a prenuptial agreement?
The agreement to love one another
The agreement on the color scheme for the wedding
The agreement about assets, should the marriage fail
The agreement about child custody, should the marriage fail
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

A prenup concerns what will happen financially if the marriage fails. This is particularly important for men or women with assets entering into a marriage.

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How much of the budget does your ceremony take up, generally?
50%
30%
75%
5%
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

On average, the ceremony is about 5% of your wedding budget. The ceremony does not include the reception.

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On average, how much of your budget is spent on the wedding attire?
50%
10%
3%
1%
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Expect to spend 10% of your budget on wedding attire, such as a wedding dress, tuxedo rental, accessories and after party attire.

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How much can you expect the officiant to charge?
$50
$600
$100
0-$500
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

If your best friend is the officiant, it may be free, but otherwise, expect to pay $100-$500.

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Which of these is NOT a possible option for your bridal train?
Cathedral train
Sweep train
Express train
Chapel train
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

There are several different trains to choose from, but you don't want to wear the express train. You want to take that to Grand Central Station.

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Which one of these is a good veil option?
Fingertip veil
Toenail veil
Forehead veil
Cotton veil
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The fingertip veil is the gold standard. This length - around 40 inches, give or take -- allows details on the back of the gown to show.

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What is the parents' album?
An album with pictures of your parents
Your parents' wedding playlist
The wedding album gifted to your parents
Pictures of the bride and groom as children
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The parents' album is generally smaller in size than the standard wedding album, and it may have about 20 5x7 photos. On the other hand, sometimes parents are given exact replicas of the wedding couple's album, or no album at all.

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When do you send response cards?
After the reception
With the invitations
With the save-the-date
After the honeymoon
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

You send response cards with the invitations, so that each recipient can mail you their response.

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How do you send a reception card?
One week after the invitation
Behind the invitation
With the save-the-date
In front of the invitation
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The reception card, inviting the guest to the reception after the ceremony, is placed in front of the invitation. Is your head spinning yet?

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What is a rain card?
To be held over the guest's head if it rains
Noting the evacuation points when it rains
Informing the guest that it might rain
Telling the guest the alternate location if it rains
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The rain card, an optional item sent with the invitation, informs guests where the wedding will be held in the event of rain.

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Who receives an announcement?
Those who received an invitation
Those who were not invited
Those who will receive an invitation
Those who have a save-the-date
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Only people not invited to the ceremony or reception should receive an announcement. This informs them that the wedding has taken place -- aka: you weren't invited.

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What is generally used for calligraphy on wedding stationary?
Markers
Crayons
Quill
Fountain pen
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Black or blue fountain pen is generally used by calligraphers. It would be pretty awesome if you used a quill, though.

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Which of these can you order from the stationer?
Matchbooks
Hand towels
Underwear
Centerpieces
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Although we wish we could order monogrammed underwear from the stationer, it's not possible. You can, however, order personalized matchbooks.

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If you send an invitation to two Smith sisters, how do you formally address them?
Ms. and Ms. Smith
The Smith Sisters
The Misses Smith
Send two invitations
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The formal address would be the Misses Smith, or Misses Paris and Nicky Smith. The girls might be confused when they receive it, though.

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Traditionally, if you send an invitation to Nancy, the widow of Paul Smith, how should you address her?
Mrs. Nancy Smith
Mrs. Smith
Use her maiden name
Mrs. Paul Smith
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Seems like a painful reminder of what is lost, but traditionally on the outside of the envelope you would refer to the widow's late husband. However, if you know she would prefer to be addressed as Mrs. Nancy Smith, that is acceptable as well.

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In an open bar, how much gin will you generally need for every 100 people?
One case
One bottle
One to two gallons
Two to three liters
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

In a standard bar, you'll need two to three liters of gin for every 100 guests. That's a lot of gin....

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And how much white wine will you need for every 100 guests?
Two boxes
One barrel
Two cases
4 bottles
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Estimates vary and you should consider your crowd's preferences, but you will generally need two cases of white wine for every 100 guests.

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Which of these is not traditionally tossed at weddings?
Flower petals
Rice
Confetti
Beans
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

It's not recommended that you toss uncooked beans at your wedding. That could seriously hurt.

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What is the job of the gift attendant?
To help with your bridal registry
To hand out gifts after the wedding
To appraise the value of your gifts
To watch over the gifts during the wedding
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Believe it or not, people steal gifts at weddings, so the gift attendant is a kind of security guard.

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Which of these is NOT considered reception equipment?
Heaters
Linens
Electrical outlets
Video camera
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Generally, the video camera is not a part of the reception equipment you should expect your venue to supply. You will need a photographer for that.

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Which of these is NOT traditional procession music for a Christian wedding?
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Mêlons! – Coupons! (Frasquita, Mercédès, from "Carmen")
The Bridal Chorus (Wagner)
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Generally, people don't play songs from "Carmen" for their wedding procession, but we suppose they could!

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At the reception, what can follow the bouquet toss?
Garter removal
Receiving line
First dance
Dinner
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The receiving line, first dance and dinner all precede the throwing of the bouquet.

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Based on averages, which of these is NOT a reasonable price per piece of wedding cake?
$2
50 cents
$5
$12
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The average price per piece of wedding cake falls between $2-$12. That $12 piece of cake better taste darn good!

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What is a cake-cutting fee?
What the bake shop charges you to cut the cake
What the professional cake cutter charges you to cut the cake
What the reception hall charges you per cut
A state tax on cutting the cake
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The reception hall, if you didn't buy the cake through them, may charge you a cake-cutting fee, which can seriously be expensive.

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What is a tossing bouquet?
A bouquet that you throw away right after the ceremony
A smaller bouquet for the bridal toss
An arrangement that is tossed like a salad
The bouquet that the bridal toss winner gets to take home, which is made of plastic
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Often, the bride tosses a different bouquet than the one she carried down the aisle. It's smaller in size.

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What special flowers are often seen during the bride's departure?
Going-away corsage
One flower from the ceremony pews for her hair
A special bouquet to be given to the parents
Rose petals strewn at her feet
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Traditionally, the bride wears a corsage when she departs. Strewn rose petals would be lovely, but aren't a requirement.

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Where does the groom wear his boutonniere?
On his boot
In his hair
On his right lapel
On his left lapel
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The groom wears the boutonniere over his left lapel, so that it's over his heart.

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Which of these statements about the bride's position during the ceremony is true?
She stands to the right of the groom
She stands on whatever side the groom prefers
She stands closest to the door
She stands to the groom's left
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Traditionally, the bride stands on the groom's left so that she could be protected by him. This is so he has easy access to his gun, if necessary.

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Which of these is NOT an appropriate age for a flower girl?
4 years
6 years
8 years
12 years
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Generally the flower girl is between the ages of 4 and 8. A 12-year-old flower girl is a little long in the tooth.

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Which of these flowers may not be available for your wedding in winter?
Baby's breath
Lily of the valley
Roses
Freesia
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Lily of the valley can only be found in the spring, unless forced to bloom indoors. The other flowers can be procured year-round.

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Which of these is not an appropriate bride's gift?
A watch
Cufflinks
Lingerie
Pearls
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The bride's gift is what the groom gives to his new wife. Cufflinks would definitely not be the right choice.

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