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Top 7 Wedding Etiquette Rules

July 15th, 2015

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We get questions ALL the time about proper wedding etiquette. The point of etiquette is not to make your life more difficult, etiquette is simply a guideline for you to show off your good manners, and to help your guests feel welcome at your wedding.

Below is a list of the top 7 etiquette rules:

You’re engaged! Congratulations!! As exciting as this moment is, be sure to let close family and friends know the exciting news before you broadcast it on social media.

Save the Date Announcements
If you are getting married locally, save the dates should go out 3 – 6 months before your wedding. If you are planning a destination wedding, the earlier the better, this will ensure guests have plenty of time to plan their trip.

Whether you go the more traditional route of a card in the mail, or a more modern approach with an e-card, be sure to just include your date, city, and state you are getting married in on your save the date. You don’t need to put the time or location as these may change in the time

So you want an adult only wedding. This can be a tricky situation. The best way to handle it is by phrasing it on your RSVP card. For example:

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If guests question it, you can simply tell them that the venue has a certain capacity, that you are trying to stick to your budget, or that you want to give them a night kid free.

Registry information should not be noted on the wedding invitation. A separate card or slip of paper can be included in the envelope with the invitation.

Also, when registering, try not to overwhelm guests. Registering at 2 – 3 places is best.

Day of the Week
With the cost of weddings these days, more and more people are choosing to get married on a weekday. If you are getting married on a weekday, be sure to consider the time you start your ceremony so guests can arrive on time after work.

Your vendors work really hard! Just as you would tip a service professional like a waiter or your hairdresser, your wedding vendors should be tipped as well. . . pending you are happy with the services of course. Although there is not a set amount of money to tip each vendors, there are several tipping guides you can find online to refer to.

Thank you notes
Whoever said you have a year to write thank you notes for wedding gifts was a little off. Thank you notes should be handwritten notes sent no more than 3 – 4 months after the wedding.

And there you have it. 7 of the most important guides for wedding etiquette. . . what do you think? Were there any that surprised you?