Tips for Becoming a Better Wedding Guest
Studies show that 89% of brides have a budget in place before they begin planning their wedding, and the average couple will spend between $20,000 and $25,000 dollars on top wedding planners, designer wedding dresses, a venue and a caterer. About 30% of brides will be checking off items on their wedding checklist for 7-12 months, even for easy weddings.
With the happy couple putting in so much work, it’s only natural to want to be the best guest possible. Here are a few ways you can do just that:
- Respond to Invitations Promptly
Even couples with top wedding planners can only do so much if they don’t know who’s coming. Make sure to respond as soon as you can after receiving the invitation instead of waiting until the date on the RSVP card. This will allow the couple to get a good headcount early on so they can move onto planning. If they have to keep following up with you, that’s one more worry on their plate. Also, only RSVP with a guest if the invitation asks you to. If any of your friends want exclusive weddings, respect their wishes.
- Bring a Gift
It’s not mandatory to bring or send a gift, but it is a good gesture, even if you can’t attend the wedding. If you decide to give cash or a check, try to send it ahead of time so it doesn’t get lost in the festivities. Sending larger packages ahead of time will also cut down on the number of items the couple has to bring home. Make sure to use their gift registry if they have one to save them the trouble of returning items.
- Be Courteous During the Ceremony
Silence or turn off your cell phone before you even get to the venue to make sure you won’t disrupt anything. Obey the couple’s wishes when it comes to camera use, especially if they have restrictions on social media posting. If you can use a camera, try to use it sparingly, and make sure you’re not disrupting anyone else.
- Behave at the Reception
Couples work extensively with top wedding planners to make sure guests are happy, so if you’re not, keep it to yourself. They’ve worked hard to create their special day and complaining will just bring them down. Sit at your assigned table, have a good time, and congratulate the couple.
Basically, just be a gracious guest and celebrate the happy occasion!