Etiquette of Wedding Parties: Dos and Don’ts for Guests
Weddings are special occasions that bring together family and friends to celebrate the love between two people. If you are lucky enough to be invited to a wedding, it’s important to remember that there are certain unwritten rules of etiquette that must be followed. In this guide, we’ll take you through the dos and don’ts of being a wedding guest, so you can be sure you’re behaving appropriately at the next wedding party you attend.
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Do RSVP on time
As soon as you receive a wedding invitation, it’s important to RSVP as soon as possible. This will help the couple with their wedding planning and let them know who will be attending their special day.
Don’t bring uninvited guests
Never assume that you can bring a plus one or your kids to a wedding unless it specifically says so on the invitation. Bringing uninvited guests can cause unnecessary stress for the couple and could even result in a seating shortage.
Do dress appropriately
Wedding attire can vary depending on the location and theme of the wedding. It’s important to read the invitation carefully and dress accordingly. If you’re not sure what to wear, reach out to the couple or wedding planner for guidance.
Don’t be late
Weddings often run on a tight schedule, so it’s important to arrive on time. Being late can cause disruptions in the ceremony or reception and may even cause the couple to start their special day on the wrong foot.
Etiquette for the Reception
Do congratulate the couple
When you see the couple, make sure to congratulate them on their special day. This is a great opportunity to give them a card or small wedding gift if you have one.
Don’t drink too much
It’s okay to have a drink or two, but make sure to pace yourself. Getting too drunk can lead to embarrassing behavior or even cause you to miss important moments of the wedding.
Do follow the seating chart
The couple has spent a lot of time creating a seating chart for their guests. Follow it carefully to avoid causing any confusion or inconvenience.
Don’t take center stage
While it’s okay to enjoy yourself at the reception, it’s important to remember that the wedding day is about the couple. Avoid taking center stage or causing disruptions that may detract from their special day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I bring a guest that wasn’t invited?
A: No, unless the invitation specifically states that you can bring a plus one.
Q: What should I wear to a wedding?
A: Dress code can vary depending on the wedding. Read the invitation carefully and follow any instructions provided.
Q: Can I give the couple cash as a wedding gift?
A: Giving cash as a wedding gift is becoming more common. If you choose to do so, put the cash in a card and make sure to write a heartfelt message.
By following these etiquette rules, you can ensure that you are a proper guest at any wedding party you attend. Remember, weddings are a special day that should be celebrated with love and respect for the couple. So be on your best behavior, and enjoy being a part of their love story.
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