According to Debretts, the bridal party, especially the best man, must keep not only the couple calm, but see that the guests happy. The bridesmaids only have to calm the bride, but the best man and the groomsmen must oversee any last-minute details and direct guests to their seats.
According to Emily Post, several of the bride’s traditions started in the early 1900s, such as she must wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Brides also sometimes choose to cover her face with a short veil until the wedding ceremony is complete.
According to Peggy Post, Emily Post’s daughter, couples should attempt to remain together throughout the reception, especially during key points such as dinner and dancing. They should visit with each guest, if only for a few minutes.
Peggy Post states that even when couples might get tired from all the fuss, they should remain gracious and smile at their guests and the photographer.
Peggy Post says guests are anxious to hear the couple liked their wedding gift, so couples should write thank you notes as soon as possible after returning from the honeymoon, usually within two months.