Episode #37 – A Guest's Guide to Proper Wedding Etiquette
Being a guest at a wedding comes with its own set of rules. So brides and wedding planning people, this podcast is for you to share with your wedding guests.
Being a “good” wedding guest just shows the couple that you are happy for them and that you are there to support them. Today we are sharing a list of guest etiquette to help you be the perfect wedding guest.
- RSVP – Early and ASAP. Firstly common courtesy. T
- Dress appropriately, as requested.
- Black Tie – tuxedos for men, long gowns for women.
- Cocktail – A step down from black tie, suits, and dresses.
- Sunday best.
- Don't wear white unless asked.
- Don't wear the same color as the bridal party (if you know what the color is going to be) .
- Be on time. But not too early as the vendors are still setting up. If the ceremony has already started, wait until the processional is finished and then enter quietly and sit in the back.
- Respect the bridal suite – try to resist popping in to say hi.
- Don't play photographer, even if you have a great camera.
- For the reception sit in assigned seats. The seating chart, as you may know, take quite a lot of planning.
- If you can not make the wedding, it's expected that you send a gift. And when you purchase this gift make sure it comes from the registry and that it is removed so there is no chance of a duplicate.
- If the couple requests no children, then don't bring them. Also, don't assume that children are welcome.
- If it doesn't say +1 on the invitation then you do not get to bring a guest.
- Drink responsibly.
- Respect the venue and keep an eye on your kids.
- Do have fun.
- Congratulate the family.
When attending your friend's or your family's weddings you'll know what is proper and what is not. Just remember in all of this, have fun, share smiles and let the couple know that you are happy to be there in celebration of them.