Hi All, This week we are talking about what makes a Good Wedding Guest. It's about respect more than anything...respect for the couple, respect for the sanctity of the ceremony, respect for the amount money they are spending and the time and effort they have put into the wedding.
And another little nugget that I share with all of couples - "I can't control the weather or other people's behavior," but we can definitely provide some reminders on wedding etiquette!
Good Guest Rules
1. Be on time - not too early and definitely not late. We will not let you into the ceremony if the processional is still happening. And when we do let you in, you will have to sit in the back.
2. Please put your phones away during the ceremony (This is especially true if you are at church or temple.) - We have had to move people out of the aisle so that the wedding party can walk down, grooms have been unable to see their brides as they walk down the aisle because of people leaning in with their phones or tablets. Be in the moment. It is an important ceremony...and take tons of photos at cocktails and the reception!
3. Dress Appropriately - If the invitation says formal or black tie please wear formal or black tie. If the invitation says resort chic or beach casual then khakis are appropriate. Jeans are NEVER appropriate unless it is specifically stated on the invitation.
4. Do not drink to excess - Just because there is an open bar doesn't mean you have to drink all of the alcohol...enough said.
5. If you RSVP that you are attending, attend the event unless it is a major emergency (Like a "calling 911 emergency"). The couple has paid several hundred dollars for your meal, etc. It is disrespectful to not show because you just didn't feel like it that day.
6. If you are a female guest - Do NOT wear white. The only time this is appropriate is if it is specifically stated by the couple that this is a black and white or all white wedding and they have noted the attire on the invitation or their website.
7. Don't ask for a To-Go Box of your dinner - TACKY...
8. Don't be rude to the waitstaff, or other wedding professionals. Everyone has a job to do, and wants to do it to the best of their abilities. Sometimes, though you may have to wait a moment or two for your request to be filled.
9. Have a great time and enjoy the celebration with the couple.
After all a wedding is a celebration of two people in love making a lifetime commitment to each other! Have fun with it and make lifelong memories!
Next week we will be sharing photos and the love story of on our recent couples!