When you think of wedding etiquette, your mind likely flashes to guest rules. However, in this article, we’re breaking down wedding etiquette for brides. That’s right, just because it’s your big day doesn’t mean there aren’t some unwritten rules you must abide by. From singles tables to the registry, keep reading to discover five wedding etiquette do’s and don’ts for brides.
Don’t Post About Your Engagement on Social Media Before Telling Your Closest Family and Friends
Due to the excitement, you feel over your newfound engagement, it may be tempting to post a shot of your gorgeous new ring on social media right away. Before you do this, stop and consider how it could make someone close to you feel if they found out about your engagement on social media instead of from you directly. They probably wouldn’t be too happy. That is why it’s important to take the time to tell your loved ones the big news before posting about it on Instagram. If possible, try and tell your parents in person. At the very least, make sure to plan phone or video calls with your closest friends and immediate family members. Once that’s out of the way, you’re free to tweet, snap, and share the news as much as you wish!
Don’t Put Wedding Registry Information on the Invitation
Including registry information on the wedding invitations has been considered a faux pas for a while, and it isn’t likely to change anytime soon. Simply put, the invitations are a way to welcome your guests to your celebration and let them know you cherish them. They’re not the place to ask for gifts. So, resist the urge to paste the URL to your registry onto the invitations. Instead, many couples are now including a link to their wedding website on the invites. This website typically includes all sorts of useful information about the event, including the registry. Your guests will assume you have a registry and be looking for this tab when they visit your website.
Don’t Seat All Your Single Friends at One Table
Singles tables may be a thing in the movies, but they’re no longer common practice at weddings. After all, the jury is still out as to whether weddings are actually a good place to meet a potential partner. So instead of seating your single friends at a certain table solely because of their relationship status, seat them with people they know and get along with at a wedding. For example, if you have a group of coworkers who will be in attendance but only one is coming alone, it’s perfectly fine to still include them at the table with the rest of your workmates. Alternatively, if there is a single person coming to the wedding that doesn’t really know anyone, then consider their personality traits, occupation, likes and dislikes, etc… and seat them at a table made up of people you think they’ll get along with.
Do Feed Your Wedding Vendors
Weddings can be hectic, which means you’re likely going to forget a few things on the day of. But one thing you should never forget is to feed your wedding vendors. After all, these are the people who will be working tirelessly for you all day long to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch. Remember to talk to your caterer in advance. This is to ensure they will have hot meals prepared for the photographers, videographers, DJ or band, wedding planner, and any assistants. Ideally, you will want to have the photographers and videographers eat while you eat so they don’t miss any toasts or key moments. Meanwhile, the DJ or band should be given their food before the guests sit down for dinner.
Do Send Thank You Notes Within One Month of the Wedding
We understand that the digital age has taken over, but thank you notes are still a necessity when it comes to weddings. Of course, each and every one of your guests was grateful to have shared in your celebration. But they did spend a lot of time and money to attend, which means you should be sending them a thank you card. In addition to simply sending the cards out, be sure to mail them within three to four weeks of the wedding date. Any length of time beyond this is definitely a no-no.
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