Wedding Etiquette Quiz

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Wedding Etiquette Quiz
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About This Quiz

Is there any life event more fraught with rules and guidelines and expectations than a wedding? Doubtful! For such a joyous occasion, the average wedding is often a stressful experience for everyone involved, including the couple, their families and their guests. No one wants to commit a faux pas that’ll have them permanently fixed in lore of the day as the “person who did that terrible/tacky thing.”

Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to avoid notoriety, provided you follow some basic etiquette rules. Guests, start off on the right note and respect the RSVP process. Reply by the indicated date, and then stick to it! You don’t want the happy couple to hold it against you for all eternity because you no-showed (and thus cost them some serious money) because you felt like watching a “Bachelor” rerun marathon, instead. If you do get sick or otherwise can’t make it for a legitimate reason, shoot them a text or email as a heads’ up, so that they don’t spend their big day wondering where the heck you are.

The vast majority of brides and grooms are considerate and reasonable, but occasionally someone truly earns the moniker “Bridezilla.” One bride went viral after asking for opinions on Reddit about whether she was within her rights to kick a couple out of her reception for failing to mind the “no children” request (to be fair, many people agreed with the bride, although plenty of others felt that she needlessly embarrassed the guests). Yet another bride went viral after an email with incredible demands was circulated far and wide. Among them, she required that guests do not sport “a full face of makeup” or wear a hairstyle “other than a basic bob or ponytail.”

Fortunately, the vast majority of couples and guests are focused on having a beautiful, drama-free day. Just remember: An invitation is never an obligation — but once you accept, you better play by the rules. Take this Wedding Etiquette Quiz to remain respectful on the big day.

Let's start before the big day — the second big day. What's an appropriate thing to ask about someone's new engagement ring?
Did you help pick it out?
Best to keep the questions innocuous.
Did a small child from a developing nation mine it?
Is it real?

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Engagement parties are ....
strictly for family
only for close friends
not a gift-giving occasion
Go ahead, celebrate your new status — but don't expect stemware.

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If you'd like to have no children at your wedding, advise guests by:
printing it on the invitation
calling them individually
addressing the invitation only to the adults
No need to make a big fuss of it — but perhaps include a small card explaining if babysitting will be provided.

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Wedding invitation envelopes should be addressed ...
by hand
Looks nice, feels good to receive.
in stylized calligraphy
in typeface

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If you've been in someone else's wedding,
It's only polite to ask them to be in yours.
You have to ask them only if they're related to you or your spouse.
There's no obligation to ask them to be in your wedding party.
Hey, it's your wedding — don't feel the need to reciprocate if you don't want to.

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If asked to be the best man/maid of honor,
You must accept.
You can decline.
If you don't have the time or money to commit to what the bride or groom wants, feel free to explain the circumstances.
You can bargain for them to pay for your clothes.

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The bride should be walked down the aisle by:
her father
her brother or uncle if her father isn't present
whoever the heck she wants
It's the 21st century, people.

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In traditional ceremony seating, the parents of the bride are:
seated on the right
seated on the left
Of course, people really can sit wherever they want.
seated wherever they want

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Is a receiving line necessary?
no
You can forgo the receiving line, but you must greet every guest and thank them at some point after the ceremony. So, a receiving line might make the job easier.
yes
only if the wedding is small

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If stepparents and parents are involved, who should dance with whom when?
whatever works
Either skip "announced" dances altogether, or make your own plan.
first the bride and her dad, then stepdad, then the groom and his mom, then stepmom
only the "real" parents should dance with the couple

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At the rehearsal dinner, traditionally toasts are given by:
the father of the groom
Traditionally, the father of the bride gave a speech but anyone else you'd like to speak can be asked, including the drunk uncle.
the mother of the bride
your drunk uncle

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Who traditionally toasts first at the wedding?
the father of the bride
the best man
Traditionally, it was only the best man who had the "obligation" to toast.
the maid of honor

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As a guest, taking pictures during the wedding is ...
totally cool
mandatory
should be refrained from
Assume that the couple has the pics covered and just want you to enjoy the moment.

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You should spend how much on a wedding gift?
a month's salary
a half-week's salary
whatever you want
There's no set amount for how much to spend on a wedding gift.

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Do rehearsal dinners have to require plus ones?
yes
no
If you want to keep the rehearsal dinner small, it's okay to just include the core wedding party.
only for those in the wedding party

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You should include registry information...
on the wedding invitation
only on shower invitations
when people inquire
It's best to just let people know where you're registered when they ask — although it is also appropriate for a shower invitation.

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Traditionally, who was NOT supposed to host a bridal shower?
the maid of honor
the bride's family
It would've appeared as if the family was asking for gifts.
the groom's family

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You've been invited to multiple showers for the bride or groom. Do you have to bring a gift every time?
yes
no
One shower gift is plenty.
only if you're in the wedding party

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When writing thank-you notes,
mention the gift
It's polite to acknowledge the gift and how you plan to use it.
don't mention the gift
mention other gifts you received

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Thank-you notes should be written by:
the person who paid for the wedding
the couple
either member of the couple
Split the duties.

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Thank-you notes must be written...
within a year of the wedding
within three months
You have a year technically but experts say you should wrap up the thank-you notes within three months of the wedding.
within a week

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Traditionally, wedding guests were not to wear what color?
white
White is still considered a no-no as that is usually the bride's color.
red
the color of the bridesmaid's dresses

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If the wedding invitation is only addressed to you, is it OK to bring a plus-one?
no
Don't even bother to ask. Weddings are expensive and if the couple wanted you to bring a plus-one, it would have been indicated in the invitation.
yes
only if you ask first

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What's one way to keep the guest list small at your wedding?
don't allow children
don't invite your workmates
have a destination wedding
While all of these will reduce the list, the biggest reduction will come if you have your wedding in some far away place.

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Is it OK to have a cash bar at a wedding?
No, that's rude,
Experts are divided on this but most say a cash bar is rude. If you can only provide wine and beer (or just soda) for free, stick with that.
Yes, it's better than having no booze at all.
It's OK if the couple provides free wine and beer.

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Giving cash as a wedding gift is:
extremely tacky
always welcome
totally acceptable in lots of cultures and situations
In some cultures, it was always expected and now, generally, it's become accepted across the board.

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The parents of both the bride and groom should meet:
before the engagement
after the engagement
Etiquette calls for the parents of the betrothed to meet after the engagement, if they haven't already.
the day of the wedding

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Who would you generally tell first about an engagement?
your parents
children from a previous marriage
Don't let your kids find out from a video titled "BIG NEWS!"
your dozens of loyal subscribers on YouTube

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Out-of-town guests ...
must have hotel rooms paid for
must be invited to the rehearsal dinner
are simply guests, and don't need special attention
While it's nice if you can accommodate them for dinner or activities, it's not required.

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Should you send an invite to someone you know can't make it?
yes
no
depends
An invitation might be seen as a solicitation of a gift, so it's not necessary to send one to someone you know can't make it. However, if they're a close friend who, say, lives in another state or country, they may be upset to NOT receive an invitation to that special day. You know your friends best.

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