Perfect Wedding Guest Etiquette

PAs we get older, one thing that starts to become more common is the arrival of wedding invitations

Yes, it’s just a fact of life, people grow up, people get married, and you get invited to them. And with the average cost of one falling, we’re sure you’re about to get a few more invites through the door, as friends realise it isn’t as pricey as once thought.

Now, everyone loves a wedding, but they can be very stressful for the bride and groom, both on the day and in the run-up. Organising a wedding can be hard. But there are things you can do to help relieve the stress a bit, both before and during the wedding.

Here are our tops tips on how to be the perfect wedding guest.


Now, most people will send their wedding invites out relatively early. This is because they need to know how many people are coming, so they can get their table arrangements and catering spot on. Therefore, you should make sure you RSVP as soon as possible.

If you have children, make a few calls and book that babysitter, then RSVP. You can deal with your hotel and travel arrangements (if needed), later on. But, by replying earlier, you’ll help to relieve some of the stress going on behind the scenes – just don’t forget to mark your calendar. 

Plus One

Not everyone gets a plus one, and if you don’t get one, there’ll be a reason. The most obvious reason for this is the cost. If friends or family members are trying to cut costs, then they’ll no doubt invite people by themselves. They’ll usually do this because they know you know other people at the wedding, meaning you won’t be by yourself. If you have a partner that they don’t know, and they’re trying to cut costs, chances are you’ll only get a solo invite. So, if you don’t get a plus one, don’t complain, it’ll only add more stress to everyone involved and can ruin friendships.


If you’re in the photographs, just do as you are told. There are usually a lot of people to get through, and navigating this can be hard work. So remember, take direction from whoever is directing the photos, smile and move on – it’ll all be over quickly and then you can carry on with the rest of the day.

Not your Wedding

This is the most important one, remember, this isn’t your day. No matter how close you are to the bride or groom, they don’t need your opinion on anything. So, if you don’t like the food, décor or music, it isn’t your place to criticize. Instead, just enjoy yourself and be happy for the two people getting married.

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