There’s no greaterhonor than being invited to be a part of a couple’s special day. After all, it’s an acknowledgment that the bride and groom wish for you to be a part of the biggest moment of their lives and make memories that will last a lifetime. As an invitee, it’s your job to be the best guest they could ask for and ensure their wedding runs as smoothly as possible without any hiccups.
If you have never been invited to a wedding before, you may be worried about guest etiquette. Rest assured; you aren’t the only one. In this guide, we’re going to offer some top tips to ensure you get everything just right:
RSVP on time
When were you sent your invite for the big day? If it has been over a month and you haven’t yet replied, you must do so ASAP. Typically, couples will send their invites out at least eight weeks in advance to give guests enough time to check their diaries and send back their responses. Giving plenty of notice is vital, as most venues need a rough headcount weeks before the big day to make sure there’s enough seating and food for all those attending. Don’t be the person that stalls the plans!
Buy a great gift
No guests should come empty-handed unless the bride and groom have refused any form of gifts. It can be difficult to know what to buy the happy couple. However, some may have a set gift list that you can purchase from. Othersmay request to have cash for their honeymoon. If you’re in doubt, you can find a vast selection of funky wedding gifts here that may inspire you.
Don’t wear white
Conventionally, no guests should wear white to a wedding – especially if the bride has chosen to wear a traditional white dress. The bottom line is that noone should be upstaging the bride, and you may risk doing so by wearing the same color. When it comes to shopping for a guest outfit, steer away from white, cream, and beige shades and go for something patterned or brightly toned instead.
Don’t be late
Are you always fashionably late? A wedding is never a good time to practice what you preach.Interrupting the crucial moment of a couple’s special day won’t go down well. Only the newlyweds should be making a grand entrance, so arrive on time – or early, if possible, to take your seat and allow the ceremony to commence without disruption.
Don’t splash it on social media
It’s natural to be excited about your friends’ big day but remember that the bride and groom may not want every aspect of their day splashed on the web before they have had the chance to share the news themselves. Many couples wish to keep the day private while it’s taking place and share the photos themselves at a later date. Many couples now ask to follow this rule on wedding invitations, so keep your eye out for the small print.