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5 Steps to be a Successful Summer Wedding Guest: Etiquette Points to Consider

Although every wedding is unique, those wanting a relaxing vibe will often opt for a summer wedding. However, the laidback nature of a wedding shouldn’t give the impression there is no etiquette to follow.

While different to a conventional wedding, the etiquette surrounding a summer wedding is just as important when contributing to a memorable day. Fortunately, the following steps help ensure the wedding is a success while allowing you to have a fantastic time in the process.

1. Don’t Overdo the Black

For many years many have associated the colour black with mourning. However, in recent times the neglected tone has been given an overhaul regarding weddings, and it’s not unusual to see black make an appearance, albeit in an unconventional manner.

Those who are considering black should ensure there is some element of colour. Black alone can do little to portray a personality at weddings, but injecting some colour lets you retain the day’s upbeat vibe without having to forgo your style.

2. Be Safe and Avoid White

Weddings come in various forms, and convention is no longer a hindrance when people in love are celebrating their special day. However, one traditional form of etiquette that carried over to summer weddings is the avoidance of white.

Those wearing white should consider some guidance, such as choosing an outfit that contains a pattern or use white as a base colour when putting an outfit together.

3. Search For Summer Appropriate Fabrics

The cut and design of summer wedding guest dresses are essential, but those wanting to maximise their comfort when attending a summer wedding should consider light fabrics.

If you’re unsure what fabrics are suitable, try to avoid heavy fabrics like velvet and choose silk or cotton instead. This ensures that you always stay comfortable while still being stylish. 

4. Don’t Show Too Much Skin

Given guests will be attending weddings during the warmer months, it makes sense they will be wearing comfortable outfits. However, it is essential not to show too much skin could potentially lead to an unexpected wardrobe malfunction. Furthermore, it could attract disapproval from the guests, taking away attention from the couple. 

5. Don’t Feel Pressured to Wear Heels

Attending a wedding means a person wants to look their best, but this doesn’t mean wearing shoes that will cause discomfort throughout the day. Fortunately, there are options available that are practical, stylish, and affordable.

Just because flats are comfortable doesn’t make them any less stylish and can be the ideal fit for a summer wedding. However, if you have a passion for heels, take some comfortable footwear that you can change into for the evening celebrations.

Other Wedding Etiquette to Consider

There is no template for wedding etiquette, but it is about ensuring that the focus of the day is on the couple and the attendance of friends and family is a joyous occasion. Of course, some people may have attended many weddings whereas others may have only attended one or two. 

In either instance, being aware of wedding etiquette overall can ensure that the couple has the day they envisioned among the people they love and adore. The following is an overview of some additional steps you can follow when attending a summer wedding.  

  • Make sure you RVSP as soon as possible. 
  • Don’t ask if you can bring others with you. 
  • Always buy a gift. 
  • Don’t take photos at inappropriate times. 
  • Don’t take attention away from the couple. 

Following wedding etiquette doesn’t mean guests can’t have fun. Those aware of what’s required of them during a wedding will find the day is more relaxing, and they can unwind knowing they’ve played a part in creating a memorable day many will look back on in years to come. 

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