Being invited to a wedding is an honour and a privilege- it means that the happy couple wants to include you in their special day. It can also be nerve-wracking to remember how to be the perfect wedding guest. Follow these 10 simple tips and you won’t have anything to worry about.
- RSVP ASAP
- Read the invitation carefully
- Buy appropriate attire
- Be punctual
- Be aware of your phone
- Don’t block the camera
- Be mindful of the newlyweds
- Don’t be afraid to hit the dance floor
- Have fun
Being the perfect wedding guest starts before the actual wedding. When you receive your RSVP, respond as soon as possible. It’s best to let the wedding party know as soon as you can whether you can make the ceremony or not so that they can finalise the number of guests that will be attending and let their vendors know. You may think that your RSVP is insignificant, but it is not. As soon as you receive your invitation, check your calendar, and make a decision.
Read the invitation carefully
Once you have decided to attend the wedding, make sure that you read the full invitation and read it carefully. All of the relevant information you will need to know, such as the dress code, wedding venue, whether you have a plus one, etc. will be on the invitation, and you don’t want to miss a crucial detail.
Buy appropriate attire
Deciding on an outfit for a wedding can be incredibly stressful. Unless stated otherwise, the wedding dress code is usually black tie. Suits, dresses, skirts, and jumpsuits are all appropriate forms of wedding attire, just remember to NEVER wear white. Try and wear something that reflects the season the wedding is being held in. For example, for a summer wedding you may want to wear something floral. If you have any reservations about what to wear, ask around. Consult with friends and family who will give you a heads up if your outfit is inappropriate for the occasion.
When the day of the wedding arrives it’s important to be punctual. You don’t want to be hunched over, waving apologetically, as you stumble behind the bride as she walks down the aisle. Instead, arrive with plenty of time to mingle beforehand, find yourself a seat, and fully settle before the ceremony begins. This will make your experience a lot more relaxing and enjoyable, and avoid any unwanted attention or awkwardness.
Weddings are a great place to socialise. Whether you talk to friends and family you haven’t had a chance to catch up with in years, or you find yourself meeting new people, it’s important to mingle with the other guests in attendance. Every wedding should have a bright and fun atmosphere, and that will only be achieved through wedding guest mingling.
Be aware of your phone
Before heading into the wedding ceremony it’s important to either put your phone on silent or completely turn it off. You don’t want to cause any disruptions with an unwarranted phone call or text message. Once you are at the reception, it is fine to check your phone, but be wary of how much. You want to experience the day and be there for the happy couple, so don’t spend all of your time checking your phone.
Don’t block the camera
There will undoubtedly be many people looking to get a shot of the happy couple, including professional photographers hired for the event. Whilst you may be asked to be part of a few photos, be mindful of where the cameras are at all times. You don’t want to be the person who has ruined the happiest day of a couples life by photobombing.
Be mindful of the newlyweds
Getting married is fun and exciting, but it can also be incredibly stressful. Between mingling with guests, giving speeches, and enjoying their first dance, they aren’t given a lot of time to themselves. As a wedding guest, you don’t want to add any unnecessary stress onto the newlyweds day. You may be excited to congratulate them and wish them all the best, but don’t crowd them or take up too much of their time. You aren’t the only one there to celebrate their big day.
Don’t be afraid to hit the dancefloor
The wedding reception is the party after the formalities of the marriage are completed. It’s where the fun really begins. Sometimes, guests can be hesitant to hit the dancefloor, but don’t be. Somebody has to get the party started, and who better to take on that role than you. Throw your inhibitions away, let your hair down, and let yourself dance.
The most important task for a wedding guest is to have fun. Weddings are a celebration of love and happiness, so let yourself enjoy the day. Nothing brings a mood down quite like a sulking wedding guest, so bring your most dazzling smile, and have fun celebrating love.
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