8 Unspoken Rules Of A Wedding
Weddings are an incredible time to celebrate as your close friends begin their new life together. However, keep in mind these eight important unspoken rules to follow!
The first of our ‘rules’ is to make sure you RSVP. We know that this can seem like a hassle. However, it is so important for you to RSVP in a timely manner. As soon as you check your availability, let the couple know via the way they prefer- wedding website, call, or email. One thing to remember is that even if you are close friends with the bride or groom and talk about the wedding all the time, this does NOT mean you don’t have to RSVP. They have a lot to juggle and remember, so just make it easier on them by officially letting them know!
Wedding attire can be tricky…always aim on the side of being overdressed rather than underdressed! Some weddings may call for more specific attire depending on the feel the couple is going for. The style of the invitation should set the tone for the formality of the wedding, and often you can find the dress code on the couple’s wedding website. If in doubt, contact the couple! As long as you NEVER wear any shade of white!
Try to arrive at a wedding 20 minutes before the start time. If you can’t do that, be sure to arrive right on time! The old wives tale that all weddings start late is just not true anymore!
It can be very fun to personalize gifts for the bride and groom; however, they created their registry because that’s exactly what they want!
Related Link: Best Wedding Registries
If you can’t attend the wedding and are more than acquaintances than it is proper to send a gift. If you forget, it is okay to send it up to a year later.
Related Link: Gift-Giving Etiquette
The Plus One
This one is fairly simple…don’t bring an uninvited guest! Unless you receive a plus one then you can’t bring a plus one! If you do receive a plus one and aren’t in a relationship don’t feel obligated to bring someone.
Taking and posting picture have some interesting underground rules. In a technology age, it is so nice for the couple to look at all the fun “inside shots” for the wedding through their wedding hashtag and social media. If you are close with the bride and see her before the ceremony, remember not to post any pictures of her! Be careful how many pictures you take during the ceremony. Snap a few shots and then just enjoy the wedding – and please, please, please make sure not to block the photographer that is actually getting paid! Find the perfect balance.
Sometimes wedding dancing can be awkward, but if the bride and groom want a big dance party then just let loose and help them have the best day!
Weddings are an exciting time to celebrate with friends and family. However, there is a complicated dynamic to it as well. Stick to these simple tips, and you’ll be the perfect wedding guest!