A Guide to Wedding Guest Etiquette
Going to a wedding may seem like a simple thing to do, not requiring much forethought, however there are a few keys things to think about before your friend or family member’s big day arrives. Don’t get us wrong, the main thing as a wedding guest is to have fun, but to ensure the couples day runs as smoothly as possible it’s important to consider typical wedding guest etiquette.
Here are four key wedding guest tips, from the team at DUUET WEDDING :
Make sure to RSVP
Whatever advice you take from us, make sure this is your top priority. Waiting until the last possible day to RSVP may seem like no big deal to you, but to the couple getting married it can be quite stressful. Planning a wedding requires many things to be booked in advance (seating, food, alcohol and sometimes transport), so once you receive your invitation it’s good practice to send back an RSVP as soon as you know whether you can make it or not. Also, make sure to double check whether you can actually go because once something is booked the couple may not be able to get their money back.
P.s, please don’t ask to bring a plus one. If the couple had this within their budget, they probably would have told you in the invitation.
Stick to the dress code
A rule many wedding guests typically ignore, but one that is still essential to adhere to – trust us, the couple getting married will appreciate the effort. Sticking to the dress code is usually easy, given that most are listed on the wedding invitation and many modern weddings don’t require really formal attire anyway. If you adhere to the dress code (whether that be formal, casual or somewhere in between), the couple will be thankful, the wedding photographs will look better, and you won’t have to be worried about standing out for the wrong reasons.
Say yes to getting photographed
We know there are many people who get camera shy, especially getting photographed by a stranger. But at a wedding it’s crucial you leave your insecurities at home and just enjoy the event for what it is. The couple want their wedding to be a memorable day and especially to remember the people who shared it with them. And remember, professional and experienced wedding photographers and videographers (like at DUUET WEDDING ) know good angles and how to capture candid photographs in a flattering and complimentary way – so relax and smile for the camera.
Give a gift (or card)
Nowadays it’s not entirely necessary to buy straight from a couples’ wedding gift registry. The current trend is to simply give the couple some money, generally to help pay for their upcoming honey moon. Whether you buy an actual gift or give money towards their holiday, giving something is a nice way to say thank you for including you in their wedding day and also a way to show how much you care for them. If giving money or a gift is not within your means, simply writing a card to the couple is another nice way to show your appreciation and give the couple your best wishes for their future.