If you have a busy summer season of weddings coming up for 2019, the chances are you will need to plan your weekends very wisely. Weddings come in all shapes and sizes in the twenty first century. One Saturday you might be watching a distant relative saying their ‘I do’s’ in a traditional Catholic church, and the next weekend you might be enjoying a bohemian ceremony on a beach. It doesn't matter where you are heading to witness the joyous occasions, you need to ensure that your etiquette doesn’t slip. You will be attending one of the most special days of a couple's life, so you need to put in the extra effort. Follow this simple guide to help you be the perfect wedding guest.
Don’t Upstage The Bride
The chances are that the bride will be wearing white. So its said that you shouldn't wear white as well. While you know that your friend will be stunningly beautiful, radiant and over the moon with her special day, this could be ruined if you rock up wearing the same colour. It’s an unwritten rule that the bride has dibs on white for the day. There are plenty of other colours out there to choose from. Go for something pretty, feminine and floral or opt for the trouser suit look a la Priyanka Chopra at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Just because your favorite dress is the white one hanging in your wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to wear it.
Just because you have many wedding invites to sort through doesn’t mean you should be tardy in your responses to them. It’s vital that you RSVP promptly and using the relevant communication method. If it asks for an email, don’t send a text. It looks lazy and disrespectful. Make sure you pencil in the dates on your calendar and start getting organised. Seek out gifts early, sort out your transport to and from venues and investigate hotels or accommodation if you need it. The bride and groom have enough on their plate and will not want to be chasing late responders to their invites.
Don’t Be The Bride’s Shadow
Just because you may be one of the brides closest friends doesn’t mean you can take up all her time at the reception. While you may be overjoyed to see her getting hitched and just want to express how proud you are, you have to let her mingle and share her time fairly. Wedding guests can number over one hundred, so it’s important that the bride and groom can speak to everyone. Be polite, wait your turn and allow her to enjoy her special day. You will see the bride when she gets back from her honeymoon so don’t hog her on the dance floor in the evening. The chances are that she will want to be with her new husband.
You may find the thought of attending so many weddings tedious or exciting. In either case, it's important that you follow this guide to ensure that you master the art of perfect wedding guest etiquette.
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