Wedding Etiquette Tips We Still Love
Planning a wedding is hard, and there are so many decisions that need to be made in order to make your big day flow without a hitch. Mix your long to-do list with the input of various family dramas and opinions, and you might just become overwhelmed and overlook a few of the smaller details that go against traditional wedding etiquette guidelines.
Here are a few tips to help your wedding day run as smoothly as possible.
- 1. Wedding invitations and gifting instructions
Your wedding invitations should be used to show your guests that you would like them to witness your wedding vows and join in the celebration of your marriage, not as a way of asking for wedding gifts. It’s poor wedding etiquette to do this, and you don’t want to be rude to your guests before your wedding has even begun. If you do wish to give gifting information on the invite, make it subtle and not the main feature of the invitation.
2. Timing is everything
A surefire way to make guests feel forgotten is for the bride and groom to disappear for photos after the service and before the reception, when the bar hasn’t opened and there is nothing for the guests to do. Try to time it so that as soon as the ceremony finishes, your guests will have music, drinks and nibbles to enjoy. During this time, you can nip off for your photos and leave your friends and family entertained and happy.
3. Look after your wedding party
Being asked to be part of the wedding party is a huge compliment and they play a big part in making your wedding as stress-free as possible. Whether it’s the maid of honour organising your hen party or your sister-in-law helping to fix your hair for the big day, it is a good idea to let them know how thankful you are for their time, support and commitment. For example, if they are up early on the day of the wedding helping you get ready, you can provide some drinks and nibbles. Depending on budget, you could also gift them their bridesmaid’s dress, part of their outfit or a small bridesmaid gift to show your appreciation.
4. Try to greet all your guests
We know that this might not be possible if you have a lot of guests, but it is good manners to acknowledge and thank your guests for sharing your special day with you. Whether that’s a smile and a nod across the room, or a catch-up by the G&T van, everyone will want to see you happy and enjoying yourself, so make the effort to show your appreciation.
5. Accept that things don’t always go to plan
Nobody wants a bridezilla, and quite often things don’t go to plan on the day; your niece might be crying the whole way through the ceremony or your stubborn aunt might start a fight. However, the key thing to remember is that everyone there is happy for you and wants to celebrate your marriage, so try not to worry too much and just enjoy yourself!