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Common Wedding Etiquette Mistakes to Avoid

Wedding etiquette can be very tricky. Even if you feel you are following all the obvious rules, it can be easy to overlook some important guidelines. Here are some common etiquette mistakes to watch out for.

[li][b] Forgetting to include the wedding location on the save-the-dates[/b][/li][/ul]
Even if you and your future spouse come from the same hometown and you still stay there now, there is no guarantee that your wedding will be held in the same location. As a result, you may want to include the city and state on the save-the-date card to avoid being asked by 50+ people, "Where is the wedding?" It is highly likely that many of your invitees will need to travel and probably book accommodation places, so it is courteous to give them a heads up. On the save-the-dates there is no need to include the actual wedding venue; you'll do that on the wedding invitations.
[li][b] Picking a less convenient day for the ceremony[/b][/li]
As weddings have become more costly, it comes as no surprise that more and more couples are choosing to wed each other on a Friday or maybe on a Sunday instead of the expensive Saturday night. However, there is a reason why Saturdays are the most popular days for holding weddings – with a Friday wedding, your invitees will either have to ask for an off-day at work, leave their workplace early, or just skip the ceremony completely and only go to the reception.

With a Sunday wedding, unless it is during a holiday weekend, invitees will not be able to enjoy themselves fully, and many will have to leave the reception earlier than usual to get a good night's sleep prior to going to work the next day.

If you opt for Friday, begin the ceremony later like at 7p.m or 8p.m. If you prefer Sunday, an afternoon ceremony might be better with the wedding reception coming to an end by 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. You can host an informal after-party at the hotel for invitees who have the time to party all night.
[li][b] Failing to make clear-cut lines on who is invited and who is not[/b][/li]
When it comes to weddings, there are certain groups in general that you cannot break. Even if you happen to see some of your extended relatives several times in a month and others rarely, you should include all of them (or none of them) just to be fair.

For plus ones, the overall rule is that for married couples, engaged couples, or those living together, you should invite them together, even if you have never met your friend's or relative's significant other.

From there, it becomes less clear-cut. Some wedding couples tend to give a plus one to any guest singles who are over 18, others include dates for anybody who's in a relationship, and others draw the line at just those couples who have been in a relationship for at least one year. Whatever you choose, it's important to maintain consistency.
[li][b] Placing a wrong start time on the wedding invitation[/b][/li]
If the bride will be walking down the aisle at 7p.m, the time written on the invitation needs to be 7p.m. It isn't nice to leave guests waiting simply because you want to ensure that nobody misses the grand entrance. Many guests usually know better than to come straight at the invite time, so if you write 6.30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. ceremony, some of the invitees might be waiting around for an hour before you start.

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1 Comment

  • Zera Thomaz


    Thank you so much for sharing this detailed note on common etiquette mistakes. It helped me a lot to avoid these mistakes at my brother's wedding. Hostsailor These mistakes are very minute but common ones. I have also shared this article on my blog.

    Friday, September 6, 2019 at 10:11:02 AM

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