Is your calendar full with friends and family weddings? Maybe you are about to attend your first wedding. Do you know what to expect? Do you know about wedding etiquette? It can be daunting to attend these occasions and remember all the etiquettes and rules that come with them.
Whether it’s about who you can invite as your plus-one or forgetting to turn your phone on silent before the ceremony, there are a few things you might want to consider before heading into wedding season. Here are four Wedding Etiquettes that are highly relevant to weddings today.
STICK TO THE DRESS CODE
Some weddings might be relaxed. Some might be ultra-smart. Some may even be themed, so it’s important to choose an outfit that fits this particular occasion. If you’re not sure, a dress, skirt, or suit will probably hit the mark in terms of smartness. But, whatever you do, don’t wear white unless the bride requested it. Upstaging the bride is a wedding calamity and you don’t want that hanging your head for years to come. Stay away from the light ivories too!
Whatever the dress code or theme, a sophisticated dress will look great every time and make you look a million dollars without stealing the spotlight away from the bride.
REMEMBER TO RSVP
Weddings take months, even years of planning, so make it easier for the happy couple by RSVPing as soon as you know whether or not you can attend. They might want to use your invitation for someone else. They will also need to organise logistical details, like how many chairs or dinner servings they’ll need.
Whilst you’re RSVPing, make sure to read the plus one rule. It’s normally stated clearly on the invitation, but if you’re unsure ALWAYS contact the bride and groom!
MUTE YOUR PHONE
You don’t want to be the person whose ring tone interrupted the bride and groom’s first kiss. It’s not something you can ever come back from. Eliminate the risk and turn off your phone before the ceremony.
DON’T POST PHOTOS UNTIL YOU HAVE THE GO-AHEAD
We all want to snap the most memorable moments of the wedding, but sometimes our desperation to get the perfect shot can ruin other peoples’ experiences. Avoid falling into the aisle when snapping the first look of the beautiful bride. Don’t follow the photographer around and don’t ask for too many poses from the newlyweds – they have enough to think about.
Instead, try and capture candid, intimate, and silly moments. If you know the couple well, you might be able to snap some unflattering shots that are full of personality. Experiment with selfies, and angles, and don’t take yourself seriously.