Don’ts of Being a Wedding Guest

August 14, 2014 Weddings Unlimited, Inc.

Maybe you think of wedding etiquette as pertaining only to the bride, but there is, in fact a long list of do’s and don’ts for the wedding guest. A few days ago we talked about the “Do’s”… and today, we will chat about the “Don’ts”. 

…If you weren’t invited with a guest; don’t show up with one. Penciling in another guest on the reply is one of the top ten complaints made by the bride. Also, bringing uninvited kids is a big NO! 

…Don’t dress to compete with the bride. Stay away from reveling dress trends, and don’t, don’t wear white.

…Don’t be disrespectful of the bride and groom’s religious or cultural traditions. if you need to cover your shoulders in a church or temple..do it! Be quiet during a ritual you may not understand.

…Don’t be all about your wedding. Today belongs to the bride and your upcoming wedding is never to be the topic.

Don’t use your phone to Facebook, Tweet or Text. Never make a phone call during the wedding or reception. If you take photos (no flash) with your phone, it is best to wait until the bride or groom have publicly posted pictures before you post your own. Remember, the bride has spent a  lot of money on a professional photographer, and he/she has the privilege of posting those images first. 

…It’s an old rule, but don’t leave before the cake is cut. In the past, it was a quiet sign that elderly can leave, but acceptable for you to depart as well. 

Next post will cover some understated etiquette rules for the bride and groom. Come back and visit us. 

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