Want to know how to be the perfect wedding guest? There are a lot of do’s and do not’s when it comes to wedding guest etiquette and behavior. This starts from the moment you receive the invitation all the way down to the newlyweds send off. Here’s how to be the perfect wedding guest by practicing what every wedding guest should do.

WHAT EVERY WEDDING GUEST SHOULD DO
RSVP IN A TIMELY FASHION

Don’t hang onto your invitation for weeks. Once you receive the invite, make scheduling and travel arrangements then RSVP as soon as possible. Include your RSVP with your plus one’s name (if offered to you), a sweet congratulatory note and meal choice.

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WEAR THE APPROPRIATE DRESS CODE

Now that you’ve received the invitation, you know the dress code. Step up your outfit a notch, it’s better to be over dressed than under dressed. On the flip side stay within the dress code boundaries, if the card says Beach Casual, dress accordingly.

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DO NOT ASK FOR FAVORS

If you did not get a plus one, do not ask for one. The bride is getting so many requests and they simply cannot accommodate them all. Plus they likely have a budget they are trying to stick too. Also, check the wedding website to see if there is more information before asking what airport you need to fly into or which hotel has a hotel room block, chances are it’s all outlined for you on the website. This will save the bride-to-be a bunch of calls, emails and texts.

The only exception to this is if you have a food allergy that needs to be noted. You can add this to your RSVP card.

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PICK A GIFT OFF THEIR REGISTRY

When in doubt, stick to their registry. The couple should provide items at various price points. Make sure you have the retailer wrap it with a note and gift receipt. Have your gift delivered to their home, NOT the wedding! Can you imagine having to pile 100 gifts in your car?!

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TRY THE SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

The couple spent time creating their signature cocktail creations and coming up with adoring names. Show them you appreciate it and give their signature cocktail a try!

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USE THE WEDDING HASHTAG

Help the couple capture their day and use the wedding hashtag when posting to social media. You can usually find the hashtag on the wedding website, invitations or look for signs at the wedding.

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SIGN THE GUEST BOOK

During cocktail hour, make it a point to get over the the guest table and sign the guest book according to their instruction. It’s sad for the newlyweds to come home to their guest book only signed by half of their guests. After signing encourage other guests to make their way over to sign it as well.

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PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES

Whether there’s a photo booth or a crowded dance floor, participate in every part of the wedding. The couple doesn’t want to see you hibernating in your reception seats after the dinner. So get up and dance, light a sparkler for the send off, take pictures in the photo booth and take a favor when you leave.

As much as you’ll want to be everywhere at once on your wedding day, you’ll quickly find it’s just not possible. You can’t direct your guests constantly, welcome each guest upon their arrival and ensure they all take a wedding favor. Let signs do the talking for you so you can simply focus on marrying the one you love. Here are places you’ll want to have wedding signage.

WHERE YOU'LL WANT TO HAVE WEDDING SIGNAGE

WELCOME SIGN

You’ll be tucked away getting ready in the bridal suite and won’t be able to socialize until cocktail hour. Give your guests the warm welcome they deserve for rearranging their schedules and traveling to be with you on your big day. Have a big welcome sign to great your guests upon their arrival to the ceremony.

pick a seat either side you're loved by both the groom and bride sign

CEREMONY SEATING

This is particularly important if either the bride or groom has a lot more guests. Have a sign to encourage guests to pick a seat, not a side to make the ceremony seating look more even.

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DIRECTIONAL

Do you have a different venue for the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and/or dancing? Have a sign made so your guests know exactly where to be at all times.

he likes she likes signature cocktail sign

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

Make sure your guests know about the special custom cocktails you created and cute names to match. Have a sign that describes what the Blushing Bride and Grinning Groom cocktail creations are. Your guests will get a kick out of ordering them.

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HASHTAG SIGN

You bet your guests will be snapping and instagraming the entire day. Ensure you capture all their photos by encouraging your guests to use your wedding hashtag. Have this sign at all venues to keep reminding them to use it and what it is in case they forgot! In this post I talk about how to generate a hashtag for your wedding!

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RECEPTION CHAIR SIGNS

Have the bride and groom chairs stand out by decorating them with florals, linens and a sign that says something sweet like “Better Together” or Mr and Mrs signs.

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TABLE NAMES

This might be the most obvious place to have wedding signage. Whether you are having table names or table numbers, these signs are crucial in getting your guests to the right seat.

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GUEST BOOK

With all of the cocktail activities and socializing, the guest book can often times get overlooked. Have a sign with instructions for guests to snap a Polaroid, sign their names or write words of wisdom. They will appreciate the instruction and a sign reminding them to do so.

international love sign for a wedding

SOMETHING SPECIAL

This wedding is all about you after-all! Create a sign with your favorite saying, a quote from the bible or something uniquely you that showcases your love story.

s'more wedding favor sign

PARTY FAVOR

You won’t want to be left with 100 s’mores or candles with gift tags. You put a lot of effort into your wedding favors, so you’ll want to ensure your guests take one. Have a sign for them to know this is their gift to take home with them.

There’s only a couple weekends left of summer! Take advantage of the long days and warm nights, kiss summer goodbye with a party to remember! Here’s how to pull off the ultimate end of summer party!

HOW TO PULL OFF THE ULTIMATE END OF SUMMER PARTY

PICK A THEME

Don’t just host any old BBQ or pool party, step up your hosting game and pick a theme. Anything from red, white and blue, to a luau party or a ‘Let’s Flamingal‘ party and stick with this theme and color scheme throughout.

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DECOR

There’s still time to order decor for this party. Get custom cocktail napkins, a signature cocktail sign, tassel balloons and decor to compliment your theme.

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ACTIVITIES

Shop for games like bocce ball, ring toss or pool volleyball – always a hit! And don’t stop short with just games. Get fun gimmicks like silly sunglasses or necklaces for your guests to wear – anything to get them laughing and taking hilarious pictures. Multiple pool floats and coozies are a MUST for this end of summer party. Bonus if you can find one that goes with your theme!

flamingal pool float coozies

PREPARE FOOD

Don’t make this rookie mistake. Prepare all you can the night before and marinate those meats! You’ll want to be socializing with guests, not fussing with the grill or chopping a salad. Almost everything you can prepare the night before, even the appetizers. Just refrigerate them overnight and as guests start arriving pop the trays in the oven. For drinks have a signature cocktail and style your bar cart with flowers and everything needed to make the signature cocktail from the liquor, mixers in vases, straws, bowls of berries and garnishes.

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DIY A PHOTO OP WALL

Make this end of summer party Instagram ready with a photo op wall. Get creative with your wall with streamers, flowers and other decor that goes with your theme. Pick up photo booth props for the ultimate fun pics!

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MUSIC

Start creating a playlist of a mix of songs that were a hit this summer, songs that align with your theme and ones you know your friends and family love.

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PARTY FAVORS

Send your guests home with a little goodie bag with something memorable from the day. Are we sensing an annual tradition?

flamingo end of summer party favors, goodie bags

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Your wedding photographer can capture a whole lot more than just your wedding day! This is the most special time in your life and each of these events will be a lasting memory for a lifetime. So why not capture these moments with images from a talented photographer? Some photographers may only do weddings or not want to travel but, it doesn’t hurt to ask! In which case you can always hire a local photographer or one who specializes in other wedding occasions. Here are 6 other wedding occasions to hire a photographer for.

6 OTHER WEDDING OCCASIONS TO HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR, engagement party

ENGAGEMENT PARTY

Kick off your engagement with a party to celebrate! Hire a photographer to capture all the details from your guests, to the food and your first official photos as a newly engaged couple.

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ENGAGEMENT SESSION

If you can have your actual wedding day photographer take these pictures of you, it’s a great opportunity for you to get comfortable together. It’s a bonding session to see how you work together and get a feel for what you like and what you don’t like. See how they give direction, angles they take and their photography style. It will make you feel a lot more at ease on your wedding day knowing they are behind the lens.

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BRIDAL SHOWER

Don’t rely on your girlfriends instagram snaps and instastories. Hire a professional photographer to capture every last detail. From the food, dessert table, cute decor, games, opening presents and candid photos with your best girls.

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BACHELORETTE WEEKEND

There’s a lot of planning that went into this weekend. From coordinating schedules, to picking a location, getting custom decor, picking a theme, etc. You’re last sail before the veil party should be photographed with your besties for your last time out as a single woman (and one of the best weekends ever!).

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REHEARSAL DINNER

It’s a special time to have all of your nearest and dearest in one room, from your family to the entire bridal party. Whether your wedding is local or a destination wedding, your photographer will already be out there for the wedding. Ask them how much extra it would cost to include this in your photography package.

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HONEYMOON

The week after your wedding you are probably looking like the best version of yourself. Plus, you are likely in one of the most spectacular locations you’ve ever been and feeling the love like never before. This might be the best time in your adult life to have a photographer on hand. Pull out your best swimwear and cover-ups, hit the beach with your fiance and let the photographer do the rest.

You bet your wedding has a theme! Your wedding can be described by a whole lot more than just your colors. Your neutral colored, mid-century modern, clean and classic wedding IS a theme and that’s your brand. The textures you choose, theme, dress code, color palette and venue all contribute to defining your wedding. Take your vision to the next level and brand your wedding.

And I’m not just talking the wedding itself, your brand should extend across all of your wedding events. Starting with your engagement party, invitation suite, bridal shower, wedding website, rehearsal dinner – all the way through to your thank you notes. By focusing on branding, you will make it more memorable for your guests when they see it all unfold cohesively from beginning to end! Here’s how to brand your wedding.

THIS IS HOW TO BRAND YOUR WEDDING

WHAT IS A BRAND?

When someone thinks of a brand or a company they think of a logo like Chanel or Tory Burch. But a brand is SO much more than just a logo! A brand is a feeling, a personality, it has it’s own style and values. The elements that make a brand cohesive are things like a logo, fonts, color schemes, textures and even sound. By branding your wedding you are creating your very own wedding theme!

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WHY SHOULD YOU BRAND YOUR WEDDING?

Almost every party we attend has a theme, so why shouldn’t your wedding?! You’ll want your wedding to be a reflection of your style and represent you as a couple – so brand it! You don’t need the biggest budget to make your wedding the most beautiful or memorable, paying attention to details by branding it will take care of all that! Branding your wedding can also help with the planning process and narrowing down decisions.

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THIS IS HOW TO BRAND YOUR WEDDING

FONTS: Fonts do not stop at your invitations. Think your wedding website, save the dates, wedding programs, cocktail napkins, escort cards, directional signs, menus, table signage, favor tags… you name it! Try to pick them early so you can use them on everything. I recommend selecting two or three fonts and use them with your logo or motif.

LOOK AND MOOD: Have a vision for what you want your wedding to look like. Do you want to wear a princess dress for your beach wedding? Or have a blush and dusty blue vineyard wedding for only your nearest and dearest? You can sum up these visions with ‘beach glam’ and ‘intimate modern vineyard.’ Create a Pinterest board to start creating this look and mood, it will help your vision come to life!

COLOR PALETTE, PATTERN AND TEXTURE: Once you have your wedding vision and your keywords to describe it, you can determine colors, patterns and textures. Pick ones that work well with your venue and your vision. Pick two-four colors for your wedding. If you just have a one-color purple wedding, it will look flat. Your vendors can’t see inside your head, so try to be as specific as possible when describing your colors. Rather than saying pink, say blush pink so your vendors won’t think bubblegum pink, for example. For patterns if you pick a chevron print for your table runners, that screams playful and may or may not go with your black-tie dress code. An ornate patterned linen screams high-end and might suit your black-tie wedding better. Textures like satin vs. burlap linens or wood vs. mirrored signs also give off completely different vibes.

LOGO, CREST OR MOTIF: Your save the dates, wedding invitations and wedding website are your guests first insight into your wedding vision. It shows your guests your colors, theme, fonts, dress code and venue setting. Come up with a logo, crest  or motif for your wedding and add it to all of these places. Some couples love the monogrammed look and others prefer custom drawings. Use it throughout your wedding on all paper goods, signs, napkins, favor tags, photo booth photos… everywhere! Guests will love seeing your customized logo and it is really help your event feel cohesive.

MUSIC: Your music should complement the environment you’re trying to create and really helps your vision come to life. Whether your vibe is jazz music for cocktail hour or Michael Buble songs under a marquee tent, music really sets the scene and the type of dancing at your reception.

DETAILS: This is where your wedding vendors will shine and your wedding brand comes to life. Show them your Pinterest board, colors, fonts, logo and invitations. Your florist will recommend flowers and textural details that will compliment the look you’re going for and your wedding planner will help pull it all together with the littlest of details. Create a signature cocktail that is in your colors or is a recipe that goes with your country theme. Choose menu items that include the keywords you use to describe your wedding like refined, classic or old-world. And don’t forget the cake! If your wedding is rustic, place it on top of a tree stump plate and include natural elements.

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