Oh that most Magical of Days. Or Not. With Covid restriction being lifted all around us - get ready... there are a A LOT of Weddings coming!
People aren't always on their best on these blessed occasions - as a reminder here are the TEN rules you should follow as a Guest!
Brides and grooms put a lot of thought into who makes the guest list cut. If you're one of the chosen few to be invited, make sure you respond promptly. Many wedding invitations will include a deadline to reply.
Prompt RSVPs are important because wedding venues and vendors require a firm headcount ahead of time. Plus, there's that all-important seating chart to consider. Don't make your bride and groom wonder if you'll be there, RSVP "yes" or "no" as soon as you can.
According to the The Knot, in 2016, the average wedding cost around $35,000. That means that each and every guest can be extremely costly for the happy couple to host. You shouldn't assume you get to bring a guest to their wedding. If you're uncertain about your "Plus One" status, check out the wedding invitation. The wedding invite will read "Your Name and Guest" if you've been invited with a guest.
Some weddings are kid-friendly events and some are not. As with determining if you get a "Plus One," check your invite for details. If your wedding invite is addressed to the The Smith Family on the outer envelope, your children are welcome. If your wedding invite is addressed only to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, plan on calling a sitter for the evening.
It is never ok to make your grand entrance after the bride makes hers. Plan to take your seat at the ceremony approximately thirty minutes before the processional begins. On the unfortunate chance that you do arrive late to the ceremony, wait until all the guests have left their seats before you join the party.
Brides and grooms go to great lengths to find the right professional photographer and videographer. Respect this and don't post snaps or video of the festivities online without the newlyweds' permission. Some couples provide a wedding hashtag to aggregate social media photos; if so, share with their permission online.
Speaking of phones... Be sure to silence yours during the ceremony. Nothing is more embarrassing than interrupting sacred vows by your unique ringtone. As for the reception, don't be the guest staring into their hand the entire time. Put down your device and join the real world right in front of you.
A morning beach wedding will dictate different attire than a black-tie, country club event. Respect the dress code and dress accordingly. One traditional wedding tip that still holds true today, no matter the level of formality: Leave the white dress to the bride!
Couples spend a lot of time and energy picking out the most amazing gifts for their new life together. Buying from the registry means that they'll love your gift. If you want to give them something personal, of course, that's fine. Just know that you should check out the registry for a list of gifts that they are certain to be thrilled about.
You don't want to be known as the guest with the lampshade on their head. There's nothing wrong with having a few cocktails--it is, after all, a party! Just make sure to imbibe responsibly. And if you do find yourself too tipsy, hail a cab or call an Uber instead of driving home.
The couple spent a long time planning their special day and surrounding themselves with people they love. If you're fortunate enough to be included, then have fun and enjoy yourself! The wedding couple will be happy to see you enjoying the wonderful party that they lovingly planned for their nearest and dearest.
Now the FUN Stuff. What's the WORST thing you've seem happen at a Wedding? HERE are a few to get you started -