Guest Do’s and Don’ts |

Guest Do’s and Don’ts

Weddings vary in size from intimate settings on a beach or an impromptu ceremony at the local courthouse to lavish gatherings with hundreds of guest. Brides and grooms likely will disagree on several things during the planning process, but few decisions are as important as selecting who will be invited to the wedding. With that in mind, the Wedding Guide has some suggestions on formulating the final guest list and how to treat those lucky invitees. The Wedding Guide also has suggestions for guests on how to behave.

Guest Do’s

(for the bride and groom)

– DO make a Web site giving guests a chance to learn more about the couple and the wedding day.

– DO have a small gift for guests to show you appreciate them. It doesn’t have to be expensive.

– DO allow your single guest to bring a guest.

– DO include a vegetarian option if serving food.

– DO offer alcohol. Open bar is preferable, but cash bar is acceptable.

– DO include directions in your invitations.

– DO greet guests in a receiving line after the wedding or during the reception.

Guest Don’ts

(for the bride and groom)

– DON’T make guests wait hours while you take pictures.

– DON’T invite a guest who will create an awkward scene.

– DON’T make single friends get up for the bouquet or garter toss.

– DON’T run out of seating.

– DON’T start ahead of time.

– DON’T have a black tie event on a ranch or beach.

– DON’T exclude children from coming.

Guest Don’ts

– DON’T arrive late.

– DON’T make a scene at the wedding or reception.

– DON’T give a toast unless you are asked (and sober).

– DON’T be afraid to cry.

– DON’T request inappropriate songs to dance to.

– DON’T forget to tip the bartenders.

– DON’T forget to eat, especially if you are drinking.

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