It may seem pretty obvious of what is expected of us as guests when attending a wedding, but this isn’t always the case! To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the top 8 dos and don’ts of attending a wedding and being a great guest.
Do arrive on time – I get it, everyone can run late. It only takes uneven eyeliner to set you back X amount of time. But arriving late to every wedding and function becomes the norm for certain people – which is impolite. You should never be walking in with the bride (unless you’re meant to be!).
Don’t bring your whole family tree – It may seem okay to bring along neighbours, cousins, friends etc… But this is a huge no-no for attending a wedding. Keep in mind that many weddings are budgeted around a set amount of people. By bringing more people, the wedding could run out of food, drinks, seating etc… This will always look bad on the bride and groom, not the people who brought uninvited guests with them. Also – a huge no-no – never bring someone who was intentionally not invited.
Do make an effort – this is important. If the bride is your friend, then dress like it. Make an effort- it’s only courtesy!
Don’t out-do the bride – with the above said, do not wear the same colour as the bride along with full bridal makeup and hair.
Do follow the dress-code – If the bride has asked all of her friends to wear a specific colour – don’t wear something different; you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. You’ll look silly and in turn this could embarrass the bride as it will look as if she didn’t include you. Pictures always look better when the dress-code is followed.
Don’t post pictures of the happy couple on social media – People tend to take out their phones to take pictures when the bride/groom is making an entrance. Before you start adding pictures to your social media feeds, make sure that the bride and groom are okay with it. They may not want their pictures all over the internet just yet for many reasons. Whatever the reasons are, you must respect their wishes. It is their day after all.
Do stay in your designated seats – If you find a seat that is held by another guest, do not move their belongings elsewhere so that you can have a better view. Socially, this is rude and unacceptable.
Don’t hog the stage – Do not start conversations with the bride and groom while they are on stage as the photographer may by trying to conduct a quick-fire photo session. Come back up for a chat later when everyone has had their picture taken.
The biggest thing to remember is to be polite and to not give the happy couple any unwanted stress!