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Navigating Wedding Etiquette: Dos and Don'ts for Every Situation

Weddings are joyous occasions that celebrate love and commitment, but they also come with a set of traditions and etiquette rules that can sometimes be confusing. Whether you're a bride, groom, member of the wedding party, or a guest, understanding these etiquette guidelines can help ensure the event runs smoothly and everyone has a wonderful time. Here’s a guide to wedding etiquette, outlining the dos and don'ts for every situation.

For the Bride and Groom


Do Send Invitations Early:

Send out save the dates six to eight months before the wedding and formal invitations about eight weeks prior. This gives guests ample time to RSVP and make travel arrangements. It’s a small gesture that speaks volumes about your consideration.

Do Consider Your Guests’ Comfort:

Provide clear directions to the venue, arrange transportation if necessary, and ensure dietary preferences are accommodated.

Do Express Gratitude:

Thank your guests for attending and for their gifts. A personal handwritten thank you note sent within two-three months of the wedding is a thoughtful touch.


Don’t Make Last-Minute Changes:

Avoid altering major plans or details close to the wedding date unless absolutely necessary. It can cause confusion and inconvenience for everyone involved. Plan ahead and stick to your decisions to ensure a smooth and enjoyable event.

Don't Arrive Late to Your Own Wedding: Punctuality is essential. Avoid keeping your guests waiting by arriving late to your own wedding ceremony or reception.

Don't Disregard Dietary Restrictions: Be mindful of guests' dietary restrictions and preferences when planning the menu. Offer a variety of options to accommodate different needs, such as vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free dishes.

For the Guests


Do RSVP Promptly:

Respond to the invitation as soon as possible, even if you can’t attend. This helps the couple with their planning.

Do Dress Appropriately:

Follow the dress code indicated on the invitation. A little effort in your appearance shows respect for the occasion.

Do Bring a Gift:

Whether you attend or not, it’s thoughtful  to send a gift to the couple. Check their registry for any ideas.


Don’t Bring Uninvited Guests:

Only bring a plus-one if your invitation explicitly allows it. Never assume it’s okay to bring extra guests, including children, unless specified. Unexpected guests can create stress for the hosts. 

Don’t Distract During the Ceremony:

Avoid taking photos or videos during key moments unless it’s explicitly allowed. Be present and respectful. Your undivided attention is a sign of respect.

Don’t Forget to Socialize:

Make an effort to socialize and celebrate with other guests. It’s a shared joyous occasion, and mingling can enhance the experience for everyone.

Wedding etiquette ensures that the day is enjoyable and respectful for everyone involved. By following these dos and don'ts, you can contribute to a memorable celebration. Whether you're the couple or a guest, a little consideration and courtesy go a long way in making the wedding a beautiful and harmonious event.

Writer: Fiza Edhi


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