Be a Great Wedding Guest!

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Being a wedding guest is an honor. After all, there are a few days more significant, more personal. The happy couple wants you to be there to revel in their joy. Now what do you have to do to be a great wedding guest?

Here is a short “Do’s and Don’ts” List:

DO Be in the MomentPicture this: you’re in the church. The Maid of Honor has just finished walking down the aisle. As the music changes, heads turn to the back of the church, and the door slowly opens. The bride appears and walks forward, holding onto her father’s arm. You smile, you tear up and you hold the hand of the person next to you. At that moment, you realize you have left your camera. Oh well, you don’t walk into the aisle to take a picture with your phone.

DO Be On Time to the Church. The time listed on the invitation is when the ceremony begins (or should), so be sure to get to the church/ceremony location at least 10 minutes earlier. Don’t be a late wedding guest.

DO Have Fun & Dance. Hit the dance floor, enjoy the food, drink, and tell the bride and groom at the night’s end that this was the best wedding you have ever attended. Hug them, wish them well, and thank them for inviting you.

DO Act As Though This is The Only Wedding… Ever. Don’t tell the bride or groom about things you have seen at other weddings. Also, don’t ask them why they didn’t do a candy station or chocolate fountain. Finally, don’t say that so-and-so’s DJ/band was better. For one day, let that bride be the only bride in the world, and that wedding be the only one you can think about.

DON’T Hide from Pictures. If the bride and groom ask you to be in a picture with them, please ensure the photographer can see you. The couple wants to be able to see you.

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The final list

DON’T Tell the Bride you got a flat tire on the way to the wedding. That your heels are sinking into the grass during the ceremony? The drummer for the band is running late? Unless it’s something crucial for the bride to know, don’t tell her. She probably can’t do anything about it, so let her bask in the joy of the day and the blissful ignorance of anything going awry. Don’t be a pain in the butt wedding guest.

DON’T Monopolize Their Time. I know you’re super excited to talk to the bride and groom. You may not have seen them in months or years, and you’re thrilled to get the chance to catch up with them. Unfortunately, the wedding day is not really the time to do that. So, talk to them briefly, but please don’t monopolize their time.

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