Wedding Etiquette For The Conscientious Guest

Another Friday and my last 5 day week! Well technically it was 4 days because of Memorial Day, but I don’t work Friday’s for the rest of summer now so I’m pretty excited about that Now raise your hand if you have a wedding coming up this summer? I have a garden wedding next weekend and I knew I needed to share a post about wedding etiquette and what to wear!

1- Don’t wear white. It’s the brides day, not yours, and it’s not a big deal to steer away from a color that will dim her spot light in photos later. Just always keep in mind that weddings are only about the 2 getting hitched so don’t do anything that would pull from their moment in the sun.

2- Don’t arrive when the invitation says to. I know this sounds weird but I learned this the embarrassingly hard way. The last wedding Jesse and I went to for some friends of ours we almost missed due to not understanding the invitation correctly. It said the wedding was at 3pm and we took that as be there by 3pm. We showed up and our friend was half way down the isle and later said seeing us walk in late was the funniest and best thing about the ceremony I wouldn’t guarantee your friend reacting that way though so best to be a little early or get some clarification.

3- When it comes to the gift, I always think it’s best to get one thing from the registry and one thing that you think they will love and/or use. It’s always safest to stick to the registry BUT if you’re stuck with the last spatula on the list and don’t want to be the cheap unimaginative friend, grab the spatula and something special like maybe a bottle of their favorite wine and gift card to a restaurant you know they like and would use for a date night after the honeymoon.

4- ALWAYS adhere to the requested level of attire. If the invitation says “black tie” or “cocktail attire” it’s pretty clear what the bride and groom expect and it’s your job to respect their wardrobe wishes. I linked a few great “black tie” attire dress below all under $100 and here is a great “cocktail attire” dress I wore that is also on sale for $53 #HeyGirlHey

5- I feel like the best is for last on this list because it’s super important, and it will get the happy couple irritable quick if you don’t keep this in mind. Do not bring a date or guest with you if the invitation or RSVP card does not indicate a plus one. Every couple plans their wedding and how many guests they can accommodate based on budget and venue so if you bring someone with you that was not invited and the amount of food, drink, and space did not account for them it’s going to cause stress.

I hope this was helpful! Always rememebr to just opt on the safe side if you are unsure. Have fun and make the day about the special couple!

Thanks so much for reading and TGIF!

~Rach

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