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Where do the parents of the bride and groom sit at a wedding? What if either or both sets of parents is divorced?

Proper Wedding Seating of Parents

When the bride and groom's parents are together, they are seated in the front pew of the church, near the aisle. The bride's parents sit in the left pew and the groom's parents are seated in the right pew.

There are exceptions for certain circumstances. If either the bride or groom has a widowed parent, that parent may certainly invite a guest to be seated with him or her.

It becomes a bit more complicated if the parents of the bride or groom are divorced. The mother and stepfather if there is one, will sit in the front pew as already described.

In the next few pews, the immediate family will be seated. This includes grandparents, siblings, and so on.

The bride or groom's father will be seated in the next pew behind the rows of the mother's immediate family. If the father is remarried, his family will be seated with him. If there are hard feelings in the family, the father's wife may choose to sit elsewhere in the church, and futher back.

If the bride or groom is closer to a stepmother or is not on good terms with the mother, the father and stepmother may be seated in the front pew instead of the mother.

Still one more exception is that if the divorced parents get along well and everyone would be happy with the situation, it is sometimes perfectly acceptable to seat the parents and stepparents all in the front pew, but only if all agree to it.

   
What is the proper amount to tip the barber, the cab driver, room service, and similar situations?

Tipping Etiquette

Tipping guidelines:

- Barber: $2-3.
- Taxi, limo, paid shuttle, or van driver: 15% of the total fare, but no less than $1. Tip up to 20% for extra service like helping with your luggage or making extra stops.
- Driver of courtesy shuttle: $1-$2 per bag if the driver helps with the bags.
- Porter or skycap: $2 per bag. Tip more if the bags are heavy.
- Room Service: 15-20% of total charge unless gratuity is included, in which case tip nothing or $1.
- Maid service: $1-5 per day, up to $10 per day if you make a big mess. Tip daily and leave the tip on your pillow.
- Food server: 15-20%
- Bartender: 15-20% or $1 per drink.

For more tipping etiquette, check out: http://www.findalink.net/tippingetiquette.php

   
Do I need to write thank you notes for sympathy cards?

Sympathy Card Etiquette

You do not have to write thank you notes for sympathy cards. It is only customary to send thank you notes if someone sent you flowers, food or a monetary or memorial gift.

   
Should you send seperate sympathy cards to both the husband and the wife when a child dies?

Child Death -- Sympathy Cards

When sending sympathy cards to a couple whose child has died, send just one addressed to them both. However, if you are particularly close to one, you can send an additional card addressed to your close friend.

   
Let`s say your bill comes out to $10.00, and tax is a dollar. What is the total amount of money you should leave with tip included?

How Much to Tip

There are at least three ways to figure this out using the basic 15 percent tip.

1. The easy way is to double the tax which would be more than 15 percent. So then, the total you would leave amounts to $13.00.

2. Next you could leave 15 percent of the food total which would be $1.50, bringing the total you would leave to $12.50

3. Last and probably the one most people use is to add 15 percent - depending on service you could leave more or less - to the entire bill which means your total would be $12.65.

   
Is it appropriate to take pictures at a funeral?

Funeral Etiquette

It is not appropriate to take pictures at a funeral or viewing. However, if you are close to the deceased's family, you may ask them if they would like you to take pictures of the flowers.

   
Can you please suggest a website for second marriage etiquette?

Second Wedding Etiquette Resources

Some helpful second wedding etiquette resources online:

- Here Comes the Bride, Again . . . Second Weddings: Etiquette, Tradition and Planning - www.a-weddingday.com/planning/firstyear.html
- Ask April: Etiquette for Second Marriage - www.alovelinksplus.com/advice/ask_april/etiquette-for-second-marriage.htm
- Wedding Gazette - www.weddinggazette.com/content/004643.shtml
- Mannersmith - www.mannersmith.com/weddings/sproof.cfm
- The State Journal - www.statejournal.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=9604&catid=165

   
Who makes the speeches at a wedding?

Wedding Speeches

Wedding speeches are a way to toast the bride and groom and share stories about the happy couple.

Typically, the bride's father, the groom, and the best man all give speeches. On many occassions, the maid or matron of honor also gives a speech.

The father of the bride often speaks first, perhaps sharing stories of the bride growing up and how happy he is that his daughter has found a great husband. The father of the bride often offers advice to his new son-in-law and thanks all of the guests for coming.

The groom may also speak, often on behalf of his bride. The groom often thanks everyone for coming, thanks his new in-laws and of course, his beautiful new bride. This may also be a time for the groom to give tribute to any friends or family members who could not attend or who have passed away.

The best man will then toast the new couple. Many times there may be humorous stories of the best man and the groom. The best man may give some history of himself and the groom and then launch into how happy he is for the couple. The best man's speech is usually one of the most anticipated of the evening.

A strong majority of the time, the maid or matron of honor also gives a speech to toast the couple. This speech may be similar to that of the best man's but perhaps a bit more emotional.

When planning a wedding, it is entirely up to the bride and groom as to who they prefer to make wedding speeches. However, the people who typically do give speeches have been listed here.

   
Are flowers sent to the home or to the funeral home?

Funeral Flower Etiquette

Flowers can be sent either to the home, or to the funeral home. Generally speaking, flowers should be sent to the funeral home. The funeral home delivers any live arrangements to the deceased's home within a few days of the funeral, plus all of the cards that accompanied any fresh flowers.

If you are particularly close the deceased's family you can send your flowers directly to the home.

   
Should my boyfriend go to a funeral of a good friend, if he never meant his parents? He says that he feels bad for not going. And also, feels out of place if he does? What is the proper thing to do?

Attending a Funeral

When a good friend passes away you should go to the funeral even if you don't know the parents. Here are some tips for getting through the event:
1) Go to the funeral and introduce yourself to the family, telling them that you were good friends with the deceased.
2) Offer your sympathies to them.
3) Pay your respects to the deceased.

   
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