Have you ever been to a wedding where someone has forgotten their manners? Had a few too many drinks? Fallen over and spilt their drink on the brides dress? I have, and while it is entertaining for some, it can leave the bride and/or groom a little mad. It is important to remember, that as a guest, there are a few etiquette guidelines that you may want to follow. Below we have compiled a list for you to look over before you attend your next wedding.
I can’t stress enough how annoying it is to be chasing up wedding guests to ask if they are attending. I know it’s easy to forget to RSVP but it is in your own interest to reply in a timely manner and avoid having an angry bride on your tail.
Avoid wearing white
Don’t break the girlfriend code and wear white to the wedding. Just don’t...
Be on time
You can safely assume that a bride will be late to her own wedding, however as a guest you should definitely be at the ceremony on time. Plan on being 20 minutes early to the wedding, this allows some small chit chat and time to find a seat before the formalities commence
Getting too drunk
How drunk is too drunk? If you are passed out in the corner before the cake is cut, you have probably made the most of the open bar a bit too much. Yes, weddings are to celebrate the happy couple but try your best to pace yourself.
Turn your phone on silent
You don’t want to be that person who’s ringtone interrupts the couples “I do”. Put your phone on silent before you leave for the wedding (even better, aeroplane mode) to avoid any embarrassing ceremony moments.
Bringing an uninvited plus 1
Invites are sent for a reason, if your invitation does not say bring a plus one, do not do it! The Bride and Groom have budgeted for a certain number of guests so please refrain from showing up with a new guy or girl on your arm.
Bring a gift (or Card if you can’t afford a gift)
You may not have the funds to purchase a gift for the couple and that is okay however be sure to bring a card. It will mean a lot to them to get a card from you on their wedding day.
Chatting during the ceremony
Weddings are an exciting time, catching up with old friends and family you haven’t seen in a while is what weddings are all about but you should try to avoid chatting during the ceremony and save it for after the ceremony.
Refrain from uploading pictures to social media
Respect the happy couple by not sharing photos to social media until after the bride and groom do. Nothing screams angry bride quite like one who wasn’t able to show off her wedding pictures first.
Proposing at a wedding
Nothing takes the shine of the bride and groom like a proposal at a wedding. Guys, you have 365 days of the year to propose, don’t do it at someone else’s wedding.