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Attending a wedding is an exciting event, but it's important to remember that it's also a formal occasion that requires proper etiquette.
Here are eight unspoken wedding guest rules that you need to follow:
RSVP promptly: When you receive a wedding invitation, it's important to RSVP promptly so the couple can finalize their guest list and seating arrangements.
Dress appropriately: Dress according to the dress code specified on the invitation. If there is no dress code, choose attire that is appropriate for a formal occasion.
Don't wear white: Out of respect for the bride, don't wear a white or cream dress unless you've been explicitly asked to. Also on the do not wear list? Anything too revealing or casual (i.e., something you'd wear to the club, the pool, or the gym...).
Arrive on time: Make sure to arrive on time or even a few minutes early to the ceremony and reception. Being late can disrupt the proceedings and cause inconvenience to others.
Follow the seating arrangements: The couple will have put a lot of thought into the seating arrangements, so it's important to sit in your assigned seat and not move to other tables.
Turn off your phone: During the ceremony and reception, turn off your phone or switch it to silent mode. Avoid taking pictures during the ceremony unless the couple has given permission.
Don't text during the ceremony: The happy couple wants to see your smiling face! Restrain from texting, Instagramming, Facebooking and the like during the ceremony. It's usually only about 30 minutes.
Do not post pictures on social media (before the couple): Unless the bride has given you the green light, it's common courtesy to wait until after the ceremony to post. You don't want to spoil the surprise (plus, some traditional couples choose not to see each other before the vows).
Don't bring uninvited guests: Respect the couple's guest list and don't bring uninvited guests. If you're unsure whether you can bring a plus-one, check with the couple beforehand.
Don't overindulge: While it's fine to have a few drinks, don't overindulge to the point where you become disruptive or cause embarrassment. Don't drink too much. Enjoy the open bar, but don't get so sloshed that you're dancing on the table, yelling obscenities, or making a total fool of yourself. Let the newlyweds be the life of the party!
Bring a gift: It's customary to bring a gift to the wedding, even if the couple has not specified a registry. Choose a gift that is meaningful and appropriate for the couple's tastes and interests.
By following these unspoken wedding guest rules, you can ensure that you're respectful and considerate of the couple and their special day.