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August 14, 2019

Five Ways to be a Good Wedding Guest | Arden Photography

  • RSVP

    • ASAP: This will give the couple/planner time to plan accordingly to guest influx.

    • “Officially”: Usually on invitations there is information to RSVP officially so that you don’t keep the bride and groom on their toes with a simple verbal response.

  • Be positive

    • Avoid comparing and criticizing details: Each couple’s wedding is individual and unique to their own preferences. Save your opinions for your special day.

    • Share your excitement: Ultimately, the. couple wants you to be just as excited as you are about their long awaited day. If you’re excited, let them know you’re having a great time.

    • Mingle: Get to know those around you, and make friends and connections.

    • Offer to help: If you see someone or something not going as planned, offer to aid in making things go smoother… but, only if you mean it.

    • Be present: Weddings are meant to celebrate the happiness and love caused by the unity of two individuals, so celebrate… don’t worry about trivial conflict that can wait for another day.

  • Check before you ask

    • Plus-one: Unless if other wise stated, don’t bring a plus-one that may or may not be welcome.

    • Don’t assume children are welcome: Sometimes children cause distractions, and sometimes that’s unwanted during a wedding ceremony. Make sure children are allowed and plan accordingly.

    • Dress: Dress for the occasion. Most of the time the invitation will state dress code ( if anything, it’s always better to dress up then dress under).

  • Bring a gift

    • Registry: Check the couple’s registry so that you are gifting something that they need and will use.

    • Mail: Consider mailing your gift so that the couple doesn’t have to worry about gathering up and possibly misplacing your gift.

    • Card: Can’t/don’t want to bring a gift? Consider giving a card to show your appreciation toward the invite.

  • Be considerate

    • Venue: Understand and follow the rules of the venue. The owners put a lot of effort to maintain their venue, and they don’t want to cause conflict by getting onto a guest that isn’t respecting their property.

    • Arrive on time: Be punctual. There is a designated time for a reason. Don’t interrupt something important.

    • Drink responsibly: Look, we all want to have fun and enjoy ourselves, but it also needs to be taken in moderation. Don’t cause other guests to be uncomfortable.

    • Silence your phone: One of the worst things would be for your phone to go off during an important speech or during vows… don’t be that person.

    • Talking during ceremony: Most ceremonies last between 30-45 minutes, allow the couple to take in everything without mindless chatter in the background.

    • Food allergies: If you have specific allergies, let the couple/planner know so that they can plan accordingly.

    • Respect the photographer: We all want to document this special day for our own memories, but it is very important for the hired photographer to be the front-runner in capturing the couple’s special moments. We want the newlyweds to have quality content to reminisce over.

 Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

 Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

 Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

 Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

 Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography


  1. Stephanie Walsh

    August 24th, 2019 at 1:38 am

    One of the very best weddings was Sally and Rob’s reception at Windwood. Sally was so classic and elegant. Everything was thought through so well. Jane and I both loved it!
    Stephanie Walsh

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