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The summer wedding season will shortly be in full swing, and many of us will be traveling near and far to attend the nuptial ceremonies of friends or family members.  While the happy couple undergoes most of the stress, wedding attendees also face worries and hassles.  Luckily, the library has several resources that should alleviate most wedding-related headaches.

Let’s say you have a friend getting married in a Hindu (Muslim, Mormon, Methodist, etc.) ceremony and you have no idea what to expect.  What attire is considered appropriate?  What is the basic structure of the service?  As someone who is not a co-religionist, are you expected to participate in any fashion?  The Reference department has a great book that answers these and a multitude of other questions you may have.  Titled How to be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook (REF 291.3 HOW), it covers religious etiquette for a wide range of practices, and offers information specific to wedding ceremonies for each of the faith included.

Questions may arise during the period leading up to a wedding, and determining responsibilities that attendees have (whether as mother of the bride, maid of honor, or guest) can be difficult at times.  If you are looking for clarification, or if you are a frazzled and overspent parent looking for perspective, take a look at Miss Manners on Painfully Perfect Weddings (395.22 MAR).  Practical information that is wittingly conveyed – what more could one want?

Should one of your wedding responsibilities include making a toast, the library can help you prepare.  Our circulating collection contains a copy of Wedding Toasts and Traditions (392 ISH), and in Reference a copy of  Toasts: Over 1,500 of the Best Toasts, Sentiments, Blessings, and Graces (REF 808.85 TOASTS) can be found.

Good luck!

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