11 rules all wedding guests should follow
Wedding planning and organising can be a stressful time for the bride and groom, so to help them have a day to remember for all the right reasons, we’ve compiled a list of rules all weddings guests should follow on the big day.
Invites are designed so beautifully that the RSVP date can often get overlooked! When it gets nearer the deadline date the bride and groom will be making arrangements for their table plan so the sooner they have confirmations, the better. Also various texts, Facebook messages, phone calls and letters can be hard to keep track of, so try and RSVP as instructed on the invite.
- Arrive at the venue on time
The only person that has the right to arrive late to a wedding is the bride. No more to be said on this one!
- Don’t wear white
The bride should never be upstaged on her big day so steer clear of white. We’d also recommend avoiding ivory or cream.
- No black
While we’re on the subject of colour, try and avoid black. Black is a colour that is often associated with funerals so splash happy colours on your friends’ special day.
- Don’t drink too much
There’s a fine line between merry and drunk, and drunk and paralytic. Try and be on your best behaviour. We’re not saying act like Mother Theresa, because fun should be had at a wedding reception, but don’t let that extra shot tip you over the edge.
- No alcohol smuggling
Talking of alcohol, don’t be smuggling alcohol into the reception. You don’t want to risk the bride and groom getting a fine for the sake of a hip flask in your handbag.
This goes hand in hand with rule number 4 and 5, but when speeches are taking place, be courteous and quiet; don’t heckle the groom or father of the bride! And during the ceremony, when the registrar announces, “If any of you has reasons why these two should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace.”, don’t be that guy.
- Turn off your phone
Okay, you may be an important business person or you may be one of those whose phone is constantly glued to their hand, but it’s important to keep your phone on silent. By all means take photos of the beautiful bride and groom, but avoid checking your phone throughout the ceremony. Surely what’s happening in front of you is more important than an image of what your friend at the gym had for tea?
- Don’t touch the seating plan
Seating plans take a lot of doing, so please don’t switch up the seats when you arrive for the wedding breakfast. If there are any special dietary requirements, the chef and waiters will have a list of who to cater for and where they’re sitting. Moving the names could cause mayhem!
- Use biodegradable confetti
The confetti shot is one of the best that you can capture, but try and bear in mind the venue rules. Some only accept biodegradable confetti or fresh rose petals. You don’t want to risk the bride and groom receiving a fine.
- Have fun
Try and embrace the whole day and really let your hair down at the reception. If you don’t have a date for the wedding, don’t be a party pooper, there’ll be plenty of single people at the wedding too, and one of them might just be looking for a significant other…