After the ever-fabulous Mcmiller mentioned Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior in our little discussion of shower etiquette the other day, I had to order the book. I mean, who can resist a title like that? So I’ve been flipping through it, taking special care to dog-ear all of the pages that concern wedding manners, and wanted to share some gems with you.
Regarding how guests should dress:
If there were a rule forbidding wedding guests from being prettier than the bride, Miss Manners supposes that they, not the bride, would have to wear veils…attractiveness is in the eye of the beholder. If the bridegroom finds this lady more attractive than the bride, Miss Manners only hopes he finds out before the ceremony.
Regarding the fact that it is now appropriate to say “Congratulations” to a new bride:
It is because today’s brides hear far worse. Those who are repeatedly told, “It’s about time!” and asked, “Are you pregnant?” are only too happy to accept kind thoughts, however they are phrased.
Regarding tossing rice at very pregnant brides:
You could throw minute rice, symbolizing that things are happening any minute now. Miss Manners prefers the paella or pilaf approach: The more good things in your symbolism the better, but don’t examine it too closely.
Regarding grooms that find traditional wedding cakes ostentatious:
Who are you, the Mies van der Rohe of the pastry shop? Wedding cakes are supposed to be vulgar. Go buy yourself a doughnut to satisfy your aesthetic sense, and let [the bride] have her wedding cake.
Seriously, Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior is awesome. Check it out already!