Wedding season can be a lot of fun, and people look forward to it all year long. It’s a chance to enjoy great food, catch up with old friends, make new ones, and dance the night away. A wedding is a celebration of the love between two people who are dear to you, so you want them to have the best day they can possibly have. To help you be a model guest, we’ve put together a list of the dos and don’ts of wedding etiquette in 2018.
DO Buy the Couple a Gift Ahead Of Time
If you have a wedding to attend, don’t wait until the last minute to buy a gift. Make your purchase in advance, so you’ll have the present ready to go on the day of the event. If the bride and groom have a wedding registry, pick one of the items on the list. They won’t return something they picked out personally!
DO Be On Time for the Ceremony
It’s true that weddings often run late. But there’s no reason for you to take advantage of this fact. Always be on time for the ceremony. It’s also not a bad idea to get there early and spend some time mingling with other guests.
DO Keep the Bride’s Interests in Mind When Planning a Bachelorette
If you’re in charge of planning the bachelorette party, make sure it’s something the bride will genuinely love. While it may be fun to surprise her with a wild party, think about whether she’d prefer a relaxing weekend away or a private cooking class instead. Also, plan to have the party a few months in advance and not the night before so everyone can be well rested for the big day.
DO Ask For Meal Substitutions before the Event
If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, it’s a good idea to let the couple know in advance. This way they can let their caterer know and also ensure that all their guests get their entrees of choice. There will also be less waste since the caterer can have the right amount of food on hand.
DON’T RSVP “Yes” If you’re Uncertain about Attending
If there’s a chance that you may not be able to attend the wedding, let the couple know at once instead of simply saying “yes.” This will help them avoid headcount mishaps. Additionally, make sure your RSVP card is sent in by the date listed on the invitation. If you get a plus one, mention your date’s name, so the couple can include them on the guest list.
DON’T Wear White
Unless you’re specifically asked to, wearing a white dress to a wedding is a huge faux pas. Steer clear of colors in the same family like cream and ivory too, since these are typically colors worn by the bride. You’ve got so many hues to choose from, so you don’t need to wear white.
DON’T Drink Too Much
Enjoy the open bar, while drinking in moderation. The last thing you want is to cause a scene at your best friend’s reception. Know your limits and make sure you can get yourself back home safely after the event.
Now that you have these great tips, we hope you have fun this wedding season!