The Do's and Don'ts of Being a Wedding Guest

Who doesn't enjoy a wedding celebration? Delicious food, great company, beautiful decor, and a lively dance floors are just a few of the things that wedding guests enjoy. Among all of the celebrating that takes place on the day of a loved ones wedding, guests often forget their wedding etiquette. To help guests become familiar with the do's and don'ts to becoming the perfect wedding guest, we have identified several tips to follow. Charleston+wedding+photography-2622458041-O


Do RSVP. Pay close attention to the deadline on the invitation, sending your RSVP card to the bride and groom as soon as possible. Your promptness will definitely be appreciated.

Do buy a wedding gift early so that you have time to put thought and care into your purchase. Also, we suggest mailing the gift to the bride and groom. Fitting so many wedding gifts in the parents car at the end of the night can be a real hassle.

Do be on time! A good rule of thumb is to be at the wedding at least 20 to 30 minutes early.

Do pay attention to the dress code. Avoid the embarrassment of being under dressed by paying attention to the time of the wedding. If you are still unsure, consult the bride and groom.

Do speak to the family of the bride and groom, giving them your congratulations. After all, this occasion is just as special for them as it is for the bride and groom.

Do sign the guest book. This is a memento that the bride and groom will have for the future and that they will refer to when writing thank you notes.

Do remember your wedding favor. The bride and groom put a lot of planning and preparation into the wedding favors and they want you to enjoy what they have spent time and money on.

Most importantly, have a good time and dance!



Don't wear white! Of all colors to wear, steer clear of the brides color palette. Don’t worry, there are a ton of other color combinations you can rock!

Don't assume that you can bring a guest. The bride and groom will almost always indicate in the invitation if you are allowed to invite a guest to the celebration. By assuming you can bring a guest, you may cause issues for the ceremony and reception, especially if it is a smaller wedding.

Don't try to steal the show. Stay out of the photographers way, remembering who’s day it is to shine...not yours!

Don't drink too much. Control your alcohol consumption. Just because it is an open bar doesn’t mean you need to take advantage.

Don't forget to turn off your phone. Do your really want to be that guests that interrupts the vows with your ringing cell phone? If you can’t leave the cell in the car for the night, at least turn off the phone for a bit.


Don't forget to wish the happy couple a heartfelt congratulations before they depart for their honeymoon!