Summer is a popular time of year for weddings, so I am sure you have a few marked on your calendar. Your presence at a wedding is a wonderful way to show your support for the happy couple, but there can still be confusion regarding proper wedding guest etiquette. So, before you head into wedding season here are some simple tips to follow.
Do you have any wedding guest etiquette rules to add to the list?
RSVP on Time
One of the most important things you can do as a guest is to RSVP by the date on the invitation. If there isn’t a date make sure to RSVP as promptly as possible. This gives the couple time to plan accordingly.
Be Respectful of the Invitation
The invitation will be addressed to the people who are invited. Do not ask to bring a plus one or children to the wedding. If you ask to bring a guest you are essentially asking the couple to pay for another person which puts everyone in an uncomfortable position.
Give a Gift
It is polite to give a gift whether you are attending the wedding or not. Many couples have a registry, which makes it easy for you to give a gift they ask for. If there isn’t a registry a gift card, money or a night at a nearby hotel will be appreciated.
The number one rule when it comes to wedding attire is to not wear white. Let the bride stand out from the crowd. If there is not a dress code on the invitation it is best to err on the side of caution and wear something that can go from day to night. When the ceremony is after 6 than cocktail attire is usually acceptable, but do not wear something that shows too much skin.
Keep Your Behavior In Check
The main thing is to never outshine the bride or groom. This is their day, so stay on your best behavior. This includes being on time, keeping your alcohol consumption to a minimum, don’t make inappropriate speeches, etc. As Emily Post says, “The good guest is almost invisible, enjoying him- or herself, communing with fellow guests,and, most of all, enjoying the generous hospitality of the hosts.”