No matter how much times and trends may change, proper protocol and etiquette never go out of style especially at weddings! No matter if you are the bride, a member of the wedding party or just want to be a good guest, there are plenty of “politeness pitfalls” one can fall into. Luckily, there are ways to avoid them. Here is our list of quick tips to help you wade through a wedding effortlessly and with your manners intact!
For the Bride:
- Don’t be a “Bridezilla.” If you want to let your wedding consume you, that’s fine, but it’s not a priority for everyone in your life. Don’t torture everyone with the tedious details.
- Don’t include registry information on your invitations or save-the-date cards. It’s tacky.
- It’s the groom’s day too! Please try to remember that and allow him to have some say-so in a few things without micromanaging the whole event.
- Be gracious to everyone.
For the Bridal Party:
- Don’t be vague about your answer. If you have been asked to be a member of the wedding party, answer “yes” or “no” right away.
- If you can’t afford the costs associated with being an attendant, that’s OK, just let the bride/groom know so that they can find a replacement or plan accordingly.
- If you are a sister/best friend of a bride and NOT asked to be an attendant, let it go and offer to do something else instead.
- Don’t wear white. White is reserved for the bride.
- Don’t overindulge in alcohol.
- If the invitation does not include the word “guest,” you are not expected to bring a date. If the invitation does not include your children’s names, then they are not invited. Do not call the couple to plead your case. Respect their decision.