Did you know there is a wedding boom happening this year? It’s true! This year there will be over 2.5 million weddings in the United States. Crazy, right? With so many wedding happening this year, there’s a good chance you’ll either be in one or invited to one. This is the perfect time to brush up on the do’s and don’t’s of what makes a great wedding guest – read on!
DO RSVP on time
Make sure you send your RSVP to the couple as soon as you know if you’ll be able to attend. This allows the couple to make their seating chart, finalize catering details and keeps them from having to track down delinquent guests.
DON’T bring an uninvited guest
Unless your invitation specifically states “Your Name and Guest,” you can assume your plus one is not invited, so don’t bring an extra person. Furthermore, please don’t ask the couple if you can bring a date. This puts them in the awkward position of having to tell you no – not great for anyone.
DO follow the dress code
Make sure you follow whatever dress code the invitation specifies. For example, if the invite says “Black Tie Only,” leave your summer sundress at home. If you’re not sure what each dress code implies, check out this helpful information from Brides.com.
DON’T wear white
Just don’t. This one has become a bit controversial these days with some saying it’s okay to wear white, especially if there’s a pattern, but I disagree. Unless the invitation specifically asks you to wear white, leave it for the bride. There are so many wonderful color options to choose from, why risk offending her?
DO put your phone away
It happens all too often that a guest will step into the center aisle of the ceremony or stick their phone out, unintentionally ruining the photographer’s shot or the couple’s view of each other. Don’t be this person. Keep your phone put away until the reception when it’s appropriate to snap photos without hampering the photographer or getting in the way of moments between the couple.
DO check the wedding website
Not only has the couple spent lots of time designing their wedding website, it will have tons of information regarding parking and directions, hotel accommodations, gift registry, etc.
DO have fun!
The couple has probably spent months, maybe years planning their wedding so have fun! Enjoy their big day, celebrate and dance the night away!
Want more wedding tips? Check out 8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Wedding Photographer or Colorado Mountain Wedding Venues