Monday, March 5, 2012

Ask Rashana: Who's First?

Dear Rashana,
I'm planning to buy a personalized cake-cutting set, but I'm stumped on one thing ... whose name goes first, mine or his?  Help!
- Unsure

Hi Unsure,
This is a common question asked of many vendors, especially when purchasing favors. It has been found that almost 90% of personalized wedding items are printed with the bride's name first. However, if we pull out the book of "proper etiquette," presentation of names usually requires the man's name precede the woman's anytime the surname or married name is included. That said, even napkins, favor boxes and ribbon printed with a monogram or surname, the groom's name should be printed first.

Nonetheless, it is really up to you and what you prefer. A little diversion from "proper etiquette" is not really a huge crime.  And in my opinion, the best route is usually to go with what's aesthetically pleasing.  Good Luck!

- Rashana

(photo above courtesy of Etsy)

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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