Can the Minister Use My Nickname During Our Wedding Ceremony Vows?

Ceremony & Vows, Etiquette
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Wedding ceremony traditions are tricky to navigate. What do you do during the vows if your given first name is just—well, old-fashioned? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer all your questions in our daily post.

I haven't gone by my given first name, Gwendolyn, since I was a child. Can our minister use my nickname, "Lynnie," during the vows?

Absolutely—during one of life's most profound moments, there's no need to have to respond to a name that grates on your ears. The official marriage license, like all your legal documents, will read "Gwendolyn"; put it in a safe place where you won't have to see it for a few decades.

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