Wedding Guest Etiquette for Dummies

Wedding Etiquette For DummiesThere is a long list of etiquette rules that should be followed during weddings. Most of these are for the bride and groom to ensure that they plan and organize this event without offending anyone. But there’s also a list intended for guests so that they don’t commit any bloopers at the wedding of their loved ones.

Here are some rules to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t show up late. Arrive in the wedding venue at least 15 minutes before the wedding starts. You don’t want to disrupt the processional or the ceremony. And you certainly want to be there when the bride walks down the aisle.
  2. Avoid taking photos during the ceremony. If everyone’s going to take photos while the ceremony is going on, the sanctity of the ritual will be lost. Leave this task to the professionals. It’s okay to snap a few photos here and there but keep it to a minimum.
  3. Send a gift whether you’re attending the wedding or not. It’s never a good idea to give a big and bulky gift that would be tedious to bring home.
  4. Don’t bring a date unless you’re allowed to have a plus one. It’s not polite at all to surprise the bride and groom with a date even if that person is someone they know. Don’t make a move to ask the bride, “Can I bring a date?” If she wanted you to bring one, she would have already indicated that in the invitation.
  5. RSVP as promptly as you can. Nothing annoys the couple more than guests waiting forever to tell them if they’re coming or not. If you must cancel after you’ve already confirmed your attendance, do it as soon as possible.
  6. Don’t drink too much. Yes, it’s wonderful that you’re enjoying yourself. But there is big difference between that and making a fool of yourself. Drink in moderation.
  7. Don’t show up for the reception only. Some people forgo the ceremony and go straight to the reception. Keep in mind that the ceremony is the more important part of the wedding.
  8. Dress up accordingly. Follow the dress code indicated in the wedding invitation. For example, if it’s a white tie event, men should appear in tuxedo, long black jacket, white pique vest and bow tie. For women, a full-length evening gown is the right choice. Cocktail dresses and dark suits can only be worn in black tie or black tie optional events.
  9. Sit at your assigned table. The bride and groom put a lot of thought in creating the seat plan to ensure that everyone will be seated with the people they’ll be comfortable with. It’s not polite to ignore the seating chart and see wherever you want.
  10. Don’t wear white. Women should never wear white in a wedding even if the bride herself isn’t going to wear one. It’s just plain tacky. It will be like stealing the bride’s thunder.

These are only few of the many guest etiquette rules that should be followed during a wedding. The bottom line is be respectful of the couple.

Source: This Article was submitted by, a website dedicated to explaining Wedding Etiquette to Brides and Grooms.

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