Tips from the Pros: Wedding Guest Etiquette 101

We’ve all seen Wedding Crashers right? After years of Dear Abby and Miss Manners, how can it be that so many people still don’t understand the basic etiquette of attending a wedding?

If you know someone who needs a Crash Course in Wedding Guest Etiquette, be sure to share these great tips from Always a Blogsmaid:

#1. The Envelope with the invitation tells you who is invited. It also tells you who is NOT invited. If it has only your name, then only you are invited. If it says _ guest, then you may bring a guest. If it doesn’t have _ Family or your childrens names on it, then your children are NOT invited. Peggy Post frowns on writing adult reception on invites, but unfortunately, guests seem to not understand that if your children aren’t included on the inner or outer envelope, they aren’t invited.

#2. Do NOT Wear White. Yeah, it’s just not OK. You must own SOMETHING else. I know you like that dress. You feel pretty in it. White is your favorite color. You know who else looks good in white? THE BRIDE. And why do it to yourself? The bride is getting her hair and make up done AND she’s accessorizing it all with the glow of love. You will never look as nice as she does AND you’ll just be “can you believe that woman in the white dress??”

#3. Don’t Dance Before the First Dance. You can sway during the cocktail hour, but when you get into the reception room, TRY, please TRY and contain your magic moves until AFTER the couple has been announced and done their first dance. (Note to couples: No matter how untraditional your wedding might be, if you aren’t going to do a first dance, do SOMETHING to open up the dance floor, since most people will be waiting for your cue.) NOTE FROM GLOBETROTTING BRIDE: This also means keep your kids off the dance floor during the couples’ first dance. You do not want them tripping the backward walking photographer who assumes the floor is all clear and yes, I speak from first-hand experience.

#3a Don’t Dance During Parent Dances. Or any other “special dance” for that matter. I KNOW, I KNOW, you are an amazing dancer! But it’s awkward with you busting a move when the only other people on the dance floor are the bride and her dad.

#4. Don’t Skip the Ceremony. It’s just kind of rude. It makes it look like you just came for the free booze. It’s the most important part of the day.

#5. Don’t come late and Try and Come in During the Processional. You got an invitation. You know the start time. If for some reason you are late, don’t add insult to injury by cutting in front of the bridal party to try and squeeze in “unnoticed”. Hang back, wait for the bride to enter and THEN come inside.

#6. Don’t Sit and Make Out all Night. I know it’s a celebration of love, but it’s also a pretty PG affair. Don’t be the couple making out all night long… it will go noticed.

#7. Don’t Complain to the Bride and Groom. Complain to the planner if there is one. Or ask the waiter to lower the temperature, or to re-heat your steak. Ask the DJ about the volume of the music if you need to, but please, please, please don’t complain to the bride and groom. Not before, and really, try not to complain after wards. If something major went wrong, no one will be more aware of it than the bride. And if it’s something minor, why mar their day with worry that you had a bad time.

#8. Leave Big Gifts at Home. You have a whole year to give the bride and groom a present. We know you are excited about the grill you bought them. Don’t show your excitement by bringing it to the wedding. It only makes it awkward for them to get home.

#9. Don’t ask other people, who weren’t invited to “Meet Up” with you at the wedding. I already covered this, but basically, the people who were meant to be there were invited AND it’s a wedding, not a club or a birthday party at a Bar. The more the merrier doesn’t apply in this case.

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