Although we touched upon things one can do to be the best wedding guest and bridal party member (ever!), if you’re the one who is getting married there are some etiquette tips intended for you too. You might think that you and your future spouse have done everything right, you registered for gifts at different price points, are offering a vegetarian menu selection, you’ve even made plans to splurge on an open bar so guests can snag drinks and toast to your love without paying. Even so, you may be surprised to learn that you may have still done a few things that would constitute wedding etiquette mistakes. Recently, Yahoo Shine! highlighted some of the mistakes brides and grooms to be didn’t even know they were making. Take a look at 5:
1. Choosing a day and/or time that isn’t convenient
I know, I know. It’s your day. You should be able to pick whatever day and time you want. And if I might go further, for some of us the right day and time might not be a traditional one because a Friday wedding will often be less costly than a Saturday evening one. For Friday, weddings guests may often need to take off from work or even leave early and on Sunday some guests may leave early because they work the next day. According to the Yahoo Shine! article, if you get married on a Friday, consider starting the ceremony later and ending earlier on a Sunday so that you can better accommodate guests.
2. Putting a fake start time
Some of your friends are notorious for being late so you say the ceremony starts at 4:30 instead of 5:00. After all, you don’t want anyone to miss it. But the reality is, not everyone will be late and some people will even arrive early to ensure they don’t miss a thing. Sadly, those guests will be stuck waiting around from 30 minutes to an hour. If your wedding starts at 5:00, your invite should reflect that.
3. Sending an invite to someone you know can’t attend
Sending an invite to someone who has already let you know that they are unable to attend might suggest that you’re still trying to score a gift despite their absence.
4. Only feeding wedding guests
According to Yahoo Shine!, vendors who will be around through the reception should be fed. This includes your photographer and the DJ. Some reception venues even offer a special “vendor meal” that is offered at a reduced price.
5. Not saying hello
You may have the best intentions, but there’s a possibility that you won’t get a chance to say hello to all of your wedding guests. Between first dance and getting sidetracked with loved ones who are perhaps more long winded than others, you might find yourself looking at your photos or wedding video later only to realize that you never even said hi to some of your guests. While some consider it dated, the article encourages couples to consider a receiving line. That will allow you to say hello to everyone who attended the wedding and personally thank them for coming.
What are your thoughts, do you consider all of these to be mistakes, have you or someone you know made any, and how did you handle it? For 7 more wedding etiquette mistakes, visit Yahoo Shine!
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