Wedding Etiquette for Guests

10 Tips for the Perfect Wedding Guest

Posted by Liz Taylor Jul 31, 2014

Here are ten quick tips to make sure you are labeled a special wedding guest:

1.)    RSVP promptly.

2.)    Send a gift from the couple’s registry. The average wedding gifts hovers around $100. If you think this is pricey, the average cost they are spending to have you in attendance is $233.

3.)    Arrive at the ceremony 15 minutes early and patiently wait for the event to begin.

4.)    If your invitation reads: “Mr. Kenneth Smith”, only Ken Smith should show up. Unless your invitation reads “and Guest” following your name, come alone. More importantly, don’t bring your children unless your invitation reads, “and Family”. You may not agree with this, but it’s the bride and groom’s special day and you don’t want to add stress to their day with unwanted guests.

5.)    Don’t monopolize the bride and groom at the receiving line. Give a hug, wish them the best, compliment the bride and move on.

6.)    At the reception, don’t switch place cards. The seating arrangement is there for a reason and someone put a lot of thought into why you should sit at your particular table.

7.)    Remain quiet and attentive throughout the toasts and speeches. Even if it’s the worst speech you’ve ever heard, have a pleasant look on your face that shows you are enjoying yourself.

8.)    There may be an open bar, but this shouldn’t tempt you to get black-out annihilated. Always remember to have fun but know your limits.

9.)    Socialize with other guests, hit the dance floor and have a nice time rather than sulking at a corner table.

10.) Say goodbye to the bride and groom before leaving. Thank them for a lovely wedding.


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