As you know, there's a set of etiquette rules that guests should be aware of before attending a wedding celebration. For example, minding the dress-code, being punctual and turning off devices during the ceremony. However, not only guests but the-to-be-weds have to follow certain rules, too. So, what are they? We know the answer! Read our helpful guide to make sure your wedding etiquette is on point.
Tell exciting news to family first
Congratulations, you’re engaged and getting married soon! And it’s understandable that you want to share an exciting announcement on social media as soon as possible. But don’t press the “post” button just yet! Before letting everyone know, consider telling your family and closest friends first. Though not a requirement, it’s a really nice move. You don’t want the people you deeply care about to be among the last to know, do you?
Double-check your guest list
When creating a guest list, keep in mind that there are some pre-wedding events leading up to the big day. Typically, they include engagement parties, bridal showers, and bachelor and bachelorette parties. If you plan to invite certain people to any of these events, you should invite them to the main celebration too. That is the golden rule that you have to follow! So, be extra attentive, overwise you can come across as rude. There's no place for unnecessary drama on such a meaningful day as your own wedding.
Offer transportation for your guests
If your wedding venue is in a remote location, think of offering a transportation option for your guests. Your guests will definitely be grateful for that! The best way is to hire a big charter bus that would comfortably seat all of the invitees. Not sure about the budget? Well, at least make sure to take care of your bridal party and family. They are the most valued members of the celebration, after all!
Be mindful of time
Planning a break between the main ceremony and reception? Make sure to leave a proper amount of time between the two events. The length of such a gap shouldn’t exceed an hour, or else your guests might easily get bored and antsy. And trust us, even the tastiest appetizers won’t save the situation. However, if you are moving to a different location for partying, then up to 90 minutes would be absolutely fine. Guests will be able leisurely get to the second venue or even go home to rest a bit.
Don’t skip the seating chart
Some couples decide not to create a seating chart to make their wedding reception feel more relaxed. In reality, it’s not the best idea. Unsure of where to take a seat, your guests will most likely feel uncomfortable and lost. Plus, this could lead to half of your tables being unfilled. To avoid this awkward situation, provide simple signs with guests’ names and their assigned table numbers. You won't regret it! Each and every wedding guest will definitely feel special.
Include vendors in your meal count
Though your vendors are not part of the guest list, still include them in your meal count. This way, you will leave a good impression! In particular, consider feeding those vendors who will be on-site for the majority of the day. Your wedding planner, photographers, and videographers — all these amazing people will be working nonstop just to make your celebration truly unforgettable. So take care of them too! Some vendors, by the way, require meals per contract, hence read it extra carefully.
Remember to send thank-you notes
Sending out thank-you notes to your guests is proper etiquette. It's one of the most heartfelt ways to express gratitude for all the gifts and smiles you received on your wedding day. No matter how casual your celebration is, thank-you notes are always appropriate and never go out of style. When to send them, though? Mail your notes one to three months after the wedding. This is enough time to ensure everything is written, signed, sealed, and delivered. Try to be personal in your messages, and keep in mind that your guests devoted their time and resources to celebrate such a meaningful day with you.