30 Jun The Dos and Don’ts of Saying “I Do” Wedding Etiquette
Now that wedding season is in full swing, we thought we’d talk a little about wedding etiquette. Being in the custom catering business for as long as we have, we’ve seen the good, the bad and, yes, the ugly. There is a lot that goes into creating a wedding and knowing the “dos and don’ts” can be daunting and confusing! So, if you are a novice wedding guest, or you’re starting the planning stages of your upcoming nuptials you may want to check out the following etiquette tips!
The Rules of the Registry
Not many people know the etiquette around registering, so if you are in the midst of planning your wedding, it may be surprising to know that sending your registration info with your wedding invitation is actually considered somewhat gauche. Wedding invites are to let your loved ones know that you care about them and desire their presence on your big day–not to let them know where they can buy you that Keurig Coffee Maker you’ve had your eye on.
Avoid the awkwardness of slipping your wedding wish list in with your invite by doing what many couples are doing these days: creating a wedding website. This is really the best way to interact and keep your wedding guests informed leading up to the wedding day. Guests can access your wedding site to link to your registry, as well as find maps, directions, photos, dates and times, and whatever other information you’d like them to know. Simply print your website link on an invitation insert so your guests can access all your info easily and conveniently.
Mag. Style Quote: “You want your kids and grandkids to think “timeless romance” when they see your pictures, not ‘Welcome Back Kotter.’”
What Not to Wear
Again, we’ve been to a gazillion weddings and probably one of the biggest takeaways when it comes to wedding fashion can be encapsulated in one word: classic. Perhaps the best way to decide on what your groomsmen and bridesmaids should wear is to ask yourself one very important question: what will we think of the outfits in 20 years from now? We’ve all seen wedding albums from the 1980’s and 1990’s and wonder to ourselves “what in the world were they thinking!?” Baby blue ruffled tuxedo shirts and puffy sleeves may have been the trend back in the 70’s but it doesn’t read well today.
Stay away from what is “current” or “trendy” to avoid looking at painfully dated and even comical wedding photos in the future. You want your kids and grandkids to think “timeless romance” when they see your pictures, not “Welcome Back Kotter.” Think “timeless” and “classic” and you can’t go wrong!
There are often many pre-wedding events, such as wedding showers and bachelor parties that have fewer invitees, so anyone who is invited to a pre-wedding event really should be included in the wedding. There is nothing more awkward than inviting a guest to an intimate pre-wedding event, but not inviting them to the actual day! We know it can be stressful deciding who makes the wedding invite cut, but once you decide on how many people you’ll be inviting, work closely with your partner and your immediate family for help, guidance, and support.
Stay tuned for our next instalment of “Wedding Etiquette” and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the subject and need a professional opinion! We want your big day to be perfect!