Here at Unveiled, we spend a lot of time focusing on the bride and groom, but now wedding guests, it’s your turn. We’ve been to tons of weddings and know how difficult it can be to navigate through what is expected of you. From buying a gift to deciding what to wear, the strange world of weddings can be overwhelming and confusing if you don’t have a little bit of direction. Lucky for you we’ve created a new series called Guest Guidance. First order of business – wedding guest etiquette.
Want to make sure you are an A+ wedding guest? There are a few simple do’s and don’ts that you should be aware of and follow. These are our top five.
RSVP Before the Deadline
We know you’ve heard this before, but it’s important so we’re going to repeat it. RSVP to weddings early and make sure to show up if you RSVP ‘Yes’. Weddings are tough to plan and when a guest is unaccounted for it can throw off seating chats and catering orders. Also, as tempting as it might be send a quick text to the bride or groom to tell them you are attending, do not do this. Properly RSVP by sending the card back in the mail – this will help the engaged couple keep track of their guest list.
Buy A Gift From the Registry
Couples spend a lot of time and energy figuring out what they want for their newlywed life, so don’t ignore the work that they’ve done and decide to go rogue with your wedding gift. Give the duo something they’ll love by shopping off their registry. Buy gifts early and ship them ahead of time (do not bring large gifts to the wedding itself!).
Don’t Be Late
Fashionably late doesn’t apply to weddings. You never want to be that guest that sneaks into the ceremony part way through. If you’re traveling from far away, make sure you leave yourself extra time in case you get stuck in traffic, your train runs slow, or you have trouble finding a cab. Also, if you were invited to the ceremony, don’t show up just for the reception. This type of tardiness is in very bad taste – watching the couple tie the knot is the most important part.
Don’t Dress to Draw Attention
Follow the dress code and don’t wear anything too flashy. Weddings are all about the bride and groom, so don’t draw attention away from them and to yourself by wearing something too showy. Be conservative and respectful and absolutely do not wear white.
Don’t Bring Uninvited Plus Ones
This one seems obvious, but its a mistake many guests make. Just because you were invited doesn’t mean your significant other, or your children, were as well. Bringing an extra guest is not only rude, it will also throw off all the planning the couple has put into seating charts and catering menus. Pay attention to the invitation and remember, if only your name is on it, you were the only one invited.
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