Some “Dos” and “Don’ts” of Wedding Etiquette for Guests
Even if you are attending a wedding as a wedding guest, there are still rules for wedding etiquette for guest. As an individual who has covered weddings from multiple viewpoints, including a wedding guests, I offer this advice regarding wedding guest etiquette and wedding inspiration.
RSVP on Time
While most couples provide a large window to reply, wedding etiquette dictates that you be should placed on the guest list as soon as possible.
Be On Time
While many ceremonies fall behind schedule, wedding etiquette dictates that you should arrive on time. Showing up late is seen as a sign of disrespect and embarrassment. Beyond showing proper wedding guest etiquette, this gives you opportunities to drink and carouse.
You would be surprised how many people forget this; just about every wedding has at least one individual that wants some glory being thrown in the marrying couple’s direction. If you are worried that your dress may be too light, let those worries lead you into choosing a different outfit.
Imbibe in Moderation
Free liquor is not supposed to be a wedding gift to the guests. If you drink, only partake as much as you normally do. Don’t overdo it and disrupt the joy of the bride and groom from outbursts or vomit. If liquor is a temptation for you, get a friend to periodically check on you.
Use Your Manners
This information dovetails off of the previous point. Simply put, don’t steal attention from the couple. Anything that could distract the guests from the couple is a no-no, even if you think you have the best wedding inspiration. Show manners, grace, and poise in your dealings; make sure to thank the event’s host if you can.
Send Large Presents Through the Mail
If your wedding gift can’t be carried in one hand, let the post office deliver it to the home of the bride and groom.
Put Forethought into Your Photography
While it is commonplace for people on the guest list to take pictures with portable devices, and some couples use those images for social media, don’t let it get in the way of enjoying the event; or getting in the way of others’ enjoyment.
Respect the Couple’s Time for Attention
While you will want to wish the new couple well, bear in mind that so does every other guest. Be brief without being curt and don’t take their shortness personally.