Wedding Etiquette: When to Clap, When to Cry — and When to Use Your Cell Phone (Hint: Never)
Getting emotional is OK at a wedding, so long as you’re tasteful. Cell phones, on the other hand, are never acceptable!
By Judy Lewis
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Dear readers: Sharing a couples’ special day is an honor and a privilege. Few events compare to weddings with regards to emotional reactions, so it’s not unusual for guests to be carried away in the moment. Just remember to contain yourself — and bring plenty of tissues!
A Hudson Valley wedding guest asks: “I’m attending my cousin’s wedding this summer. I get very emotional and I know I’ll be crying the whole time. (I assume that’s okay as long as I do it quietly.) Here’s something I don’t know: I’ve been to weddings where the guests clap when the officiant pronounces the couple man and wife. What’s the correct etiquette? Is it okay to clap?”
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