FEBRUARY

Wedding Etiquette

By Halim Sheena

As we dedicate the February issue to being our Annual Wedding Guide, we presented a series of wedding related questions for this month’s Chaldean on the Street.

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Courtney Haboosh, 21, Clinton Township

1. How do you feel about weekday weddings?
I don’t like weekday weddings because most people have work so they would leave earlier on a weekday.

2. How much should you gift the bride and groom if you don’t attend the wedding?
If you rsvp’d a ‘no’, I would not gift the couple. If you rsvp’d a ‘yes’ but you were not able to attend I would still gift them 50-100 depending on the relationship with the person. 

3. Is a “to-go” bag appropriate?
Yes, I think a to-go bag is appropriate because you are paying for the meal and may not finish it. 

4. Should the bridal party be drinking before the ceremony? 
I don’t think it is a big deal if the bridal party drinks before the ceremony, but they need to be cautious on how much they are drinking. You wouldn’t want someone to get out of hand or not remember the wedding. 

5. Who should you invite?
Many people enjoy big weddings but I believe it should be close family and friends. It would be nice to know everyone that attends your wedding and to celebrate together. 


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Rena Kassa, 32, Sterling Heights

1. How do you feel about weekday weddings?
I don’t really like weekday weddings. Lots of people have work and weekends are the best time to party! 

2. How much should you gift the bride and groom if you don’t attend the wedding? 
If you can’t attend a wedding but respond yes, you should still gift what you wanted to give to begin with. If you respond, zero you should still send 50-100. 

3. Is a “to-go” bag appropriate?
I would say it’s ok to take a to go bag. Why waste food?

4. Should the bridal party be drinking before the ceremony?
I don’t think it’s a big deal if the bridal party drinks before the ceremony as long as they know their limits. They need to be there for the bride and groom and cherish that moment with them. 

5. Who should you invite?
You should invite close family and friends. It would be nice to know everyone at your own wedding. Sometimes the parents invite people you have never seen in your life but then again, big weddings are a blast!


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Eva Sinawi, 25, Ferndale:

1. How do you feel about weekday weddings?
Weekday weddings can be challenging because most people still work and have to function the next day. However, as long as the bride and groom are happy that’s all that matters! 

2. How much should you gift the bride and groom if you don’t attend the wedding?
I believe $100 minimum should be gifted, depending on your relationship between the bride and groom. 

3. Is a “to-go” bag appropriate?
I’m indifferent to the to-go bag, so I don’t have much to say here! 

4. Should the bridal party be drinking before the ceremony?
I honestly think the bridal party shouldn’t be drinking before the ceremony because that’s just a recipe for disaster. It still happens, and as long as everyone is presentable and not wasted I’m okay with it. 

5. Who should you invite?
When you are planning your special day, you should want to share it with people who have supported you both from the start and who are genuinely excited to celebrate your love!


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Sabrina Hermiz, 21, Troy:

1. How do you feel about weekday weddings?
The WORST.

2. How much should you gift the bride and groom if you don’t attend the wedding?
At least $100 per each person that you RSVP’d for. 

3. Is a “to-go” bag appropriate?
Noooo. Embarrassing. 

4. Should the bridal party be drinking before the ceremony?
No. You shouldn’t be intoxicated before Jesus Christ in his home. 

5. Who should you invite?
Immediate family, First cousins, best friends, anyone close to you honestly. There are people who are best friends with their third cousins, which makes it difficult because if you invite one others get upset. Also, your parents’ friends, your parents attend a lot of events throughout their life and are happy for others as they would want other people to be happy for their children. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter it’s about the bride and groom.


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Savine Zora, 23, West Bloomfield

1. How do you feel about weekday weddings?
Weekday weddings are not considerate to the guests because most people are working that day and the day after. But it’s the bride and groom’s day and whoever they really want to be there will make arrangements

2. How much should you gift the bride and groom if you don’t attend the wedding?
It depends on how close you are to the bride or groom

3. Is a “to-go” bag appropriate?
A to-go bag is not really appropriate. But if you haven’t really touched your food. Then it’s better to take it home and eat it tomorrow than waste it. 

4. Should the bridal party be drinking before the ceremony?
I’d say no but if they can carry themselves into church appropriately then it’s fine. But the bride and groom should not be so they give their full heart and mind to the Lord. 

5. Who should you invite?
Whoever you want to be there and who would be truly happy for your day. Not anyone more


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Mary Jaddou, 19, Bloomfield Hills:

1. How do you feel about weekday weddings?
I love weekend weddings. I think it’s amazing when you can attend a wedding and celebrate with family and friends, while not worry about having to go to work the next day. 

2. How much should you gift the bride and groom if you don’t attend the wedding?
I would gift the bride and groom $100 if I didn’t attend their wedding.  

3. Is a “to-go” bag appropriate?
I don’t think it’s inappropriate, but if someone doesn’t take a “to-go” because they don’t leave the reception right away than that’s okay as well! 

4. Should the bridal party be drinking before the ceremony?
The ceremony is a time to be reverent to Christ joining 2 people to become one. Unless the goal is not to get drunk, I think that drinking should be left for the reception.

5. Who should you invite?
Close family and friends!


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Mark Zakar, 28, Troy:

1. How do you feel about weekday weddings?
I would never mind a weekday wedding! If I love the bride and groom enough, I will celebrate love with all my heart!

2. How much should you gift the bride and groom if you don’t attend the wedding?
In my opinion, if they attended your occasion you should gift them the same! If you decline ahead of time, it would be okay not to put a gift!

3. Is a “to-go” bag appropriate?
If referring to a to go bag as when people take home their unfinished meals, it is not only appropriate but necessary since Christians should not be wasting food anyways!

4. Should the bridal party be drinking before the ceremony?
Drinking before going to a Sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ is not honoring what Jesus considers holy! Pretty sure He knows what’s holy!!!

5. Who should you invite?
The first invitation should be inviting Jesus into the marriage! Second is whoever your heart desires!!!


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Fadi Sadik, 22, Rochester:

1. How do you feel about weekday weddings?
I think they’re less classy than weekend weddings. Most people have to work or go to school the next day, leaving less time for having fun and making preparations more difficult for the guests. 

2. How much should you gift the bride and groom if you don’t attend the wedding?
It depends on how close you are to the bride and groom. Typically, 50-100 but if it’s close family, maybe around a few hundred. 

3. Is a “to-go” bag appropriate?
Yes, it’s appropriate. Weddings have a lot of food and the guests may not be as hungry during the wedding. 

4. Should the bridal party be drinking before the ceremony?
People may say no, but I think they should. It’s a fun celebration and a good day for everyone, if the bridal party want to drink, I think they should go for it, just not too much before the party starts. 

5. Who should you invite?
Close friends and family, maybe people you’ve been around with for a long time such as close coworkers, neighbors, etc.