The Wedding Guest Guide: Etiquette, Dress Code, Gifts & More
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The Wedding Guest Guide: Etiquette, Dress Code, Gifts & More

May 16 2023

The Wedding Guest Guide: Etiquette, Dress Code, Gifts & More

Weddings are special occasions that bring together friends and family to celebrate the love and commitment of two people. As a wedding guest, it’s important to be mindful of proper etiquette, dress code, and gift-giving practices, as well as the wishes of the couple. In this month’s blog, we’ll discuss some tips and guidelines for being a great wedding guest for Colorado weddings in 2023. 

Wedding Guest Etiquette

When it comes to wedding etiquette, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First and foremost, always RSVP to the wedding invitation in a timely manner. Be sure to respond with any answers and information the couple requests, such as bringing a +1 and listing your meal preference. This will help the couple plan for their big day and ensure that they have an accurate headcount for their vendors. Having more details before the wedding ensures the couple will have less stress in planning their big day. 

If you’re unable to attend the wedding, it’s still important to RSVP and let the couple know. This is especially true if you were invited to a pre-wedding event, such as a bridal shower or engagement party. Even if you can’t make it, sending a thoughtful note or gift can show the couple that you’re thinking of them.

When it comes to the actual wedding day, be sure to arrive on time with the same number of people in your party that you indicated in your RSVP. If you’re running late, try to sneak in quietly and avoid disrupting the ceremony. During the ceremony, be respectful and refrain from talking or taking photos unless it’s explicitly allowed by the couple. Although obvious, it’s important to remember to silence your phone during this time.

At the reception, be sure to greet the newlyweds and congratulate them! They will have a lot of talking to do so try to keep your congratulations short and sweet, and do not take it personally if they have to run for their dance, a game, or other newly wed highlight. Be mindful of the seating arrangements and try to sit with people you know or with whom you share common interests. If you’re unsure of where to sit, ask a member of the wedding party for guidance.

How to Dress for the Wedding

Wedding dress codes can vary depending on the couple’s preferences, the time of day, and the location of the wedding. In general, it’s always better to err on the side of dressing up rather than dressing down.

For daytime weddings, a sundress or skirt and blouse are appropriate for women, while men can wear slacks and a dress shirt. For evening weddings, women should wear a cocktail dress or dressy pantsuit, while men can wear a suit or tuxedo. No matter what, Colorado mountain weddings will most likely require you to bring appropriate apparel for any type of weather at any time of year. If you’re attending an outdoor wedding, be sure to bring an appropriate hat, sunglasses, and jacket.

If the wedding has a specific dress code, such as black tie or semi-formal, be sure to follow it. The couple will likely include the dress code on their wedding invitation or wedding website.

Gifts for the Newly Weds

When it comes to wedding gifts, it’s always best to choose something from the couple’s wedding registry. Most couples may not need all the home gifts that used to be popular to give, while others may need donations to fund their dream honeymoon. This ensures that you’re giving them something they actually want and need. If the couple doesn’t have a registry, you can consider giving them cash or a gift card to a store where they can purchase household items, decor, or even a travel gift card.

If you’re attending a destination wedding or can’t make it to the wedding, you can still send a gift to the couple. Many couples have online registries that allow you to purchase gifts and have them shipped directly to the couple’s home.

Some of the most popular wedding gifts include kitchen appliances, bedding and towels, and gift cards to restaurants or experiences. If you’re looking for a unique gift idea, consider a personalized item such as a photo album, custom artwork, or a gift card for a date night you know the couple will enjoy together.

Tips for Wedding Guests

In addition to the above tips for wedding guests, there are a few other things to keep in mind when attending a Colorado mountain wedding. First, be respectful of the couple’s wishes when it comes to social media. Some couples may ask that guests refrain from posting photos of their wedding day on social media, while others may encourage it. Be sure to check with the couple or wedding planner before posting anything online.

It’s also important to be respectful of the wedding vendors. This includes the wedding planner, caterer, photographer, and DJ. Treat them with kindness and respect, and avoid making any special requests that could disrupt their work.

Finally, have fun! Weddings are joyful occasions that are meant to be celebrated with friends and family. Take the time to enjoy the food, dance, and festivities. If you’re feeling shy or don’t know many people at the wedding, try to strike up a conversation with someone new or participate in the wedding activities. The couple will appreciate your enthusiasm and support on their special day because it will make them happy knowing everyone had fun!

In conclusion, being a great wedding guest comes down to being respectful, mindful, and enthusiastic. Follow proper etiquette guidelines, dress appropriately, and choose a thoughtful gift from the couple’s registry. Above all, enjoy the celebration and the opportunity to share in the couple’s love and happiness.

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