A wedding is a blissful occasion not just for the bride and the groom but also for family members and friends. Considering it as the wedding season, we would not be surprised to know that you have already been invited to a bunch of weddings, scheduled sometime soon. One of the most important moments of an engaged couple’s life is undoubtedly their wedding.
They have probably put in a whole lot of effort in their wedding ceremony and if you have been invited, they surely believe your presence would grace this auspicious event. Therefore, it is up to you to live up to their expectations or at least abide by the basic etiquettes for attending a marriage ceremony.
There are no hard and fast rules for being a wedding guest. However, you must be at your best behavior to make the event an even more memorable one for the bride and the groom. After all, they wouldn’t want to encounter any trouble on their big day. Having simple and basic manners is all that it takes. What matters at the end of the day is being a part of their happiness and wishing them both a beautiful life ahead. To help you with that, we have listed down 10 wedding etiquettes you must not forget to be the best guests of your beloved couple.
1. FOLLOW WEDDING REGISTRY
A wedding registry is a list communicated to guests in terms of gift preference by the engaged couple. It is a service provided by retail stores or online websites. You must remember to bring a gift to the wedding ceremony because going empty-handed won't be much satisfaction for yourself. Presents are a symbol of your affection and feelings for them. The preferences are already highlighted in the registry, and it would be nice if you stay within those lines and get them something that would be useful for them and to their new house.
2. DON’T BOTHER THE COUPLE
Let’s face it. The couple must have worked hard or gone through immense stress to get here. They probably even freaked out at the eleventh hour to ensure everything is going according to the plan and just how they pictured it to be. No matter what goes wrong at the wedding, you must handle that calmy and smartly, without letting the bride or the groom know about it. If possible, try rectifying anything that is mishandled and let them know about it shortly after the party is over. By doing this, the couple would appreciate your genuine concern for them.
3. MAINTAIN SELF-DISCIPLINE WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD
Most of the guests usually attend weddings just for the sake of having a sumptuous dinner. However, this shouldn’t be the core purpose behind attending a blessed occasion like marriage. Do not be the first one to rush at the buffet table when food is served, neither should you change your meal preference even after you have made one. Being hasty when it comes to eating is considered ill-mannered, therefore, you must maintain self-discipline while you eat, even if you are salivating. Complaining about the quality of the food is only going to bring more trouble and inconvenience to the wedding hosts, so a good idea would be to keep your two cents to yourself.
4. BE ACTIVE AND PRESENTABLE
The bride and the groom think your presence would grace their event. You must make them feel as if you are beyond ecstatic to see them happy in one of the biggest moments of their lives. Be presentable and do not act bored or lazy. Participate in any activities that might take place at the ceremony and enjoy yourself.
5. DRESS CODE ESSENTIALS
Most weddings usually have dress codes and themes that you need to follow. They are either stated over the invitation cards or are communicated to guests by the bride and groom beforehand. It is considered ignorant if you do not follow the given dress code. It could be a certain color or item of clothing, but as long as you follow it, you will only help in making the couple’s day even more memorable.
6. ENSURING YOUR PRESENCE
You are probably aware of how every invitation states ‘RSVP’. If you have already confirmed that you will be at the wedding, being lazy about not going is not a good enough excuse. You must ensure to attend the wedding only unless there is a serious situation that you are in or have to handle. The event preparations take place beforehand, and usually, venue and event caterers need a confirmed guest list to make arrangements accordingly. So, canceling out at the eleventh hour or arriving late is considered very rude and inconsiderate in every society.
7. KEEP YOUR PHONE ON SILENT
Always remember to keep your mobile devices on silent. The worst thing you could do is have your ringtone interrupt an important toast or an emotional, heartwarming moment for the bride and the groom. You would not want to be the center of attention and be embarrassed while everyone glares at you for your phone ringing in the middle of the event.
8. RESEMBLANCE TO THE BRIDE’S OUTFIT
It is the bride’s big day and the last thing you would want to do is steal her look and wear something similar to what she is wearing. Unless you are not aware of the dress code and you coincidentally twin with the bride, then that is an accident. But otherwise, you should avoid wearing the same dress color or anything that resembles what she is wearing. It is best to communicate with her before the event to avoid any unnecessary drama.
9. NEVER BRING UNINVITED GUESTS
It is quite commonly been observed that many people bring along their friends or family members to the wedding. It doesn’t give a good message out there because if you are the only person invited to the event, then you should be the only person to show up. If you bring along additional guests, it would not bode well with the catering plans of the couple.
10. NEVER LEAVE WITHOUT GREETING THE COUPLE
It is one of the most important things to do at a wedding. If you have been invited there, it means you are somewhat special to the couple. If you leave the event without greeting them, it would only leave a bad impression. This could also affect your relationship with the couple at some stage. So, never leave the wedding event without congratulating the couple and their family members. They have worked hard to make it all happen and you should be considerate enough to congratulate them before leaving the place.
Here was all that you needed to know when it comes to attending a wedding. It may seem complicated, but it is just a few gestures that you must consider so that you contribute to the couple’s big day.
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