Wedding Guest Etiquette

We talk a lot about what is expected of you as the bride, maid of honor, groom, bridal party etc., but what we don’t always talk about that is also important, is what is expected of you as a guest to a wedding. Since we are in the midst of wedding season as we speak, I wanted to throw out a few pointers to ensure that you do not inadvertently commit a faux pas, or do anything mistaken at a loved one’s wedding.

Tip #1: Don’t be late! If a wedding invitation says that the ceremony begins at 3 p.m., be sure to be there by at least 2:45 or before to give yourself some time to be seated and to get settled.

Tip #2: You should not take photos during the ceremony. The couple probably paid to have a photographer take pictures for them, and having several flashes during the ceremony is distracting. So just sit back and enjoy the ritual.

Tip #3: You actually do not need to bring a gift with you to the wedding. More gifts means more things that the couple’s family will have to deal with after the reception. So unless you choose to bring a card with a monetary gift, you have up until a year after the wedding to bring a gift.

Tip #4: Ladies-do not wear white to a wedding. I do not know how many times I’ve seen this, and it makes me cringe every time. If your ensemble has some white in the pattern, that’s fine, but it is in poor taste to wear an all white dress or outfit.

Tip #5: Do not bring a date unless the invitation says your name (+ Guest). Remember that the cost for each guest at the wedding is typically pretty high so bringing an unexpected guest is impolite. That includes other relatives and children.

Tip #6: RSVP ASAP!! The couple will be making important decisions and choices based on how many guests will be attending. Additionally, if you have to cancel after you have accepted, do so as soon as possible.

Tip #7: This one is crucial. While a wedding is a time to enjoy yourself and have a good time, no one appreciates a drunken guest embarrassing themselves. Drink alcohol in moderation.

Most importantly…Wish the bride and groom the best and have a great time! Weddings are a celebration!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.