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- RSVP on time. RSVP numbers are important as rentals, catering, seating, and more depend on them. If the bride has to call you a week or two before the wedding because you forgot to RSVP...well, in the words of Stephanie Tanner, “How rude!”
- Do send a gift even if you can’t attend (and especially if you do attend). The bride and groom invited you because they wanted you to be a part of their special day. Even if you can’t afford a lot, send a bit of love their way.
- Do dress nicely, even if you think it’s a casual wedding. Step it up a notch from your day-to-day wear, throw in a cute piece outside of your usual rotation, and never ever wear jeans to a wedding (or let your guy wear them either!) Unless it’s specifically stated on the invitation or the bride and groom have actually encouraged you to do so, jeans should stay far away.
- Do turn off your phone before the ceremony and keep it off during speeches and dinner.
- Do respect the arranged seating plan. Trust in the fact that the bride and groom have given a lot of consideration to who's sitting where and several factors go into their decision. If you think there might be a mistake, approach the coordinator or a member of the wedding party who should be able to help you out.
- Don’t wear white. To anything. Not to any of the pre-wedding events like the shower, bachelorette, rehearsal dinner, and certainly not to the wedding itself. You can have any other colour in the world (and yes black is just fine for an evening wedding) but leave white, cream, and ivory to the bride.
- Don’t show up late. This is the bride and groom’s wedding day for chrissakes! A ton of planning has gone into their wedding so don’t be the one who holds everything up because you took too long in the shower/couldn't figure out what to wear/got lost.
- Don’t bring a +1 if you weren’t invited to do so. You’ll know if you’re allowed if you see your invitation addressed to (Your Name) and Guest. If you’re unsure, call and ask. You can get in touch with a bridesmaid or family member if you feel uncomfortable asking the couple directly.
- Don’t be that guest who takes attention away from the bride and groom by being too drunk, causing drama, or interrupting speeches.
- Don’t share pictures of the bride and groom on social media until they’ve done so. Not everyone likes their photos posted online or perhaps they were planning to release one of their professional photos first. Ask before you publish anything on Facebook, Instagram, Vine, etc. or wait until they ask you.