Vanessa and Cole, both on their second marriages, have set up a website and Paypal account asking for monetary contributions in lieu of the traditional housewares. Traditionalists cry foul.
In light of the current economy, 60% of brides to be surveyed on Brides.com felt it acceptable to set up a cash bar to help with the costs of the wedding. But in the same survey, 80% of respondents felt it was bad form to request cash to help defray wedding costs.
“I don’t care if it’s a tough economy or not, it’s incredibly rude to ask your honored, treasured guests to pay for your party,” said Teresa Duggan, owner of The Etiquette School in Cumming. “It’s like saying, ‘I want you to come to my wedding but please pay for my Cinderella dreams.’”
Some etiquette experts say asking for cash gifts is not rude if done tactfully. But for many, asking guests to pay for the wedding reception itself crosses the line — a little like marrying a guy you just met in Vegas.
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