Believe it or not, wedding guest etiquette is a REAL thing! What does that even mean? Well, as a guest for a wedding, you don’t always think about all the behind the scenes planning going on, but trust us when we say… theres a lot! So what is wedding guest etiquette? Let’s talk about it!
Attending a wedding is a super special occasion not only for the couple, but also for the guests. It’s very important to follow certain etiquette guidelines to make sure that you are respectful of the couple. Here are some of our top tips for wedding guest etiquette:
First comes first, RSVPing is such an important part of wedding guest etiquette! When you receive a wedding invitation we suggest that you respond to the invitation as soon as possible. Whether you can attend or NOT, you should respond to the RSVP. This will ensure that the couple can plan for the number of guests they will have at their wedding! Just as a courtesy, make it easier for the couple and RSVP as soon as possible!
This is such an important one!! Please read your invitation thoroughly before extending an invitation to your plus one! Check the wording on the invitation to make sure that your plus one is included. Check if your plus one’s name is listed on the envelope or has included the word “guest” anywhere on the invitation. ONLY the guests listed on the invitation are formally invited, so if your plus one isn’t listed, it is safe to say that they are not invited!
Dress code is really important to follow. White is a huge no-no for wedding unless stated otherwise so try to avoid wearing white overall. Most invitations or wedding websites include the dress code, A day wedding might have a casual dress code, while a wedding that starts after 5pm might have a black tie dress code. It is completely personal preference for the couple, so make sure to read carefully!
Try to arrive at the wedding ceremony and reception slightly early. Showing up early is not a bad thingThis shows that you respect the couple’s schedule and that you are excited to celebrate with them. Ideally, you should arrive about 15 minutes before ceremony time! If you arrive late, just take a seat in the back row and try to cause as little distractions as possible!
The couple has worked hard on making a seating chart that reflects different personalities and dynamics. You should never take it upon yourself to move place cards or move your seat. If you are sitting with people that you don’t know, introduce yourself!
Being a good guest and having proper guest etiquette is very important! Respect the couple and their decisions and have fun celebrating them!
And hey, when you’re ready to start planning your wedding day, we’d love to guide you through the process so you can continue enjoying your engagement to the fullest. Get in touch today!
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