I don’t know about you, but when it comes to being invited to weddings, I always like to make sure that I am the best guest that I can be. I mean, it costs thousands to plan a wedding, with the happy couple having to pay extra for each guest that they invite, which means being invited to any wedding is a real privilege. So as a guest, I always like to ensure that I am aware of wedding guest etiquette and behave in the best way possible.

In case you’ve been invited along to a wedding but aren’t sure of what’s expected of you as a guest, I thought I would put together this handy guide. Have a read, take note, and implement the below advice.

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Be respectful of the bride and groom’s wishes

When you receive your invitation, pay attention to what it says. If your invitation only mentions you and doesn’t say ‘plus one’, then don’t bring a date. Unless you and your partner are married, living together, or engaged, then don’t expect to be able to bring them along. If they’re not mentioned on the invitation, that’s because they’re not invited, so don’t bring them along or ask the bride if you can – the bride and groom will only have a certain budget, and it’s important to understand that.

Make sure to pay attention to the dress code on the invitations and adhere to it. Whatever the bride and groom have chosen for their dress code, don’t question it, just dress in that style. Whatever you do, don’t wear white – this should go without saying, but you would be amazed at the amount of people that don’t adhere to this rule. It’s also a good idea to find out what colour and style of dresses the bridesmaids are wearing so that you can avoid wearing a similar outfit. The last thing you want is to look like you wanted to be a bridesmaid, so you dressed like one.

Pick the perfect wedding gift

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When it comes to choosing a gift for the happy couple, see what their invitations say. Many couples choose to start a registry list somewhere – if this is the case make sure to pick something suitable that is on the couple’s list. If they don’t have a list, you need to get creative. To find the perfect gift for your next wedding, take the time to have a browse online, get some ideas, and find something that’s unique and that you know the happy couple will appreciate.

Be on time

Turning up late to a wedding is incredibly rude, so it’s important to ensure that you are on time. Aim to arrive at the venue at least 30-minutes before the wedding ceremony is set to start, that way you have time to park your car, find a seat, and so on before the ceremony starts.

So there you have it, everything that you need to know about wedding ceremony etiquette. Take note of the tips above and you can ensure that you are the model guest.