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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
TRY THE SIGNATURE COCKTAIL
USE THE WEDDING HASHTAG
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.
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.