Category: etiquette

10 Wedding Etiquette Mistakes to Avoid

When you’re planning your wedding, no matter what you do or where you get married or how many guests you plan on inviting, there’s bound to be wedding etiquette mistakes or issues that arise or some questionable thing that sneaks its way in. And despite your best efforts, stuff happens.

That’s where we come in!

Since we’re helping you plan the Best Day Ever, we’ve rounded up the most common wedding etiquette mistakes that happen so you can avoid them! Besides, it’s not fair to assume that once you become a Bride-to-Be you automatically know all of the unwritten, unspoken rules.

Now, some of these are pretty obvious, while others may surprise you. And there are a few GIFs along the way because it adds a little fun. One must not take wedding planning too seriously. Mistakes can accidentally happen — such is life! — and if you make one, don’t start freaking out or turning red or thinking it’s the end of the world. Most things can be fixed or made right — Promise! — so if you’re guilty of one of these just shoot us an email and we’ll try to help you make it right.

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Wedding Etiquette Mistakes to Avoid

10. Don’t mention registry information on your wedding invitation.

People know that it’s tradition to give the couple a wedding gift. So, rest assured: they get it. Don’t mention where you are registered or how you have a preference for cash or that you prefer ‘no boxed gifts’. Sidebar: That’s the tackiest thing I’ve ever heard. No boxed gifts? You’re kidding. Anyway, keep that info far, far away and let guests pick and choose on their own accord.

Oh, and just as a note: it’s perfectly acceptable to include registry information on the bridal shower invitation. But still, don’t ask for ‘cash gifts please’.

9. Don’t over-share on social media.

Facebook makes sharing your big day so easy; too easy, in fact, and now some couples tend to overshare. As proper etiquette, don’t mention any wedding specific details (“we registered here!” + “here’s what the invitation looks like!”, etc.) unless every single person on your friends list is invited. Of course, “we’re engaged!!!!” with eight thousand exclamation marks, the ring, the proposal story, etc. is all definitely welcome and appreciated. People love a good proposal story.

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Want to share more of the specifics? Instead of putting it all on blast, consider a closed group where only the people who are invited to the actual wedding are in the private group.

8. Don’t tell guests about a morning-after brunch…

… unless they’re invited to it. Story time!

A friend of mine went to a wedding across the country. She asked the bride where she should stay, you know, what hotels are nearby and such. The bride suggested the one where the reception was held — a rather pricey one, might I add — and coincidentally told her where ‘we’ll all be having brunch will be the next morning’. Apparently “we’ll all” didn’t include my friend, because she never got the invite. Whoops.

7. Don’t send out B- or C-list invites after A-list guests decline.

The funny thing about sending wedding invitations is, you will want to send them all at one time. In one giant stack. All with the same postage and ready to go, addressed and stamped. A wedding invitation is like a spark, setting social media and text messages and phone calls ablaze with quick two minute convos of, “I got invited to so&so‘s wedding, did you? Are you going?” People love to talk about weddings and typically if someone doesn’t get the same invitation within a day or two they assume they didn’t make the cut.

So, suppose you had a guest list and people RSVPed and some couldn’t make it. You may be thinking, hey, open seats! Let’s fill them with people we kinda-sorta weren’t sure about inviting in the first place. So you send late invitations to B or C list people… right?

Don’t do it. They’ll be able to tell and they’ll feel like an afterthought.

6. Don’t assign jobs to your guests at your wedding.

A friend attended a wedding where the bride sent out a photo of the wedding invitation and made a group on Facebook, invited all of her friends list to it, and then didn’t even realize how awkward it would be since not all 250+ Facebook friends were invited to the wedding. Whoops. But wait, there’s more…

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And then in this group on Facebook, she asked people to bring dishes to pass at the reception.

And, to add insult to injury, when guests arrived at the reception with dishes to pass, the bride and groom assigned the task of serving the food to a few guests who arrived early.

Don’t do that.

5. Don’t send a save the date to someone unless they’re invited to the wedding.

Seems easy enough, but you’d be surprised at how often this happens. It happens usually because the couple is so excited to send the save the dates out and tell everyone they know and then they realize that, holy crap, that’s going to be expensive. But by that time people are already thinking they’re invited…

Sticky situation indeed. Instead, keep your save the dates limited to very close friends and family.

Ooh, this rule also applies: don’t invite someone to the bridal shower who isn’t invited to the wedding. That’s a big one!

4. Don’t forget to set a place at dinner for your wedding vendors.

Of course, you don’t have to but I think it’s only polite to do so. Your wedding photographer and planner and officiant get hungry, too!

3. Don’t forget to send thank you notes.

It’s a requirement. Have you ever not received a thank you note for a wedding gift? I’ll bet you still remember that.

2. Don’t treat your bridesmaids like dirt.

Bridesmaids are not your hired help!

Luckily, the brides whom I’ve had the honor of being a Bridesmaid or Maid of Honor always treated me nicely.

But a friend of mine stood up in her friend’s wedding and here’s how it went down: the bride asked her to be a bridesmaid; she accepted. Weeks later, the bride started demanding things. Come here, do this, help me with that, call the vendors about this.

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That’s so not the way it’s supposed to work.

Bridesmaids are like the bride’s crew. They’re a support system, sure! A helping hand, at times, yes! A friend to talk to and share in your wedding excitement? Of course! To do things for you at a moment’s notice and be here and there and respond to your demands and put the rest of your life on hold? Nope. (Read this and this one, too! It’ll keep things in perspective.)

If you want help with your wedding, hire a wedding planner!

1. Don’t invite someone over text.

Another funny thing with technology: it makes people lazy. Proper wedding etiquette dictates that invitations ought only be sent via postal mail. Even if it’s your second cousin twice removed or your casual friend from work, send an invitation via mail.

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So, DISH:

What are the worst wedding etiquette mistakes you’ve encountered?

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Guest List Flow Chart

One of the biggest wedding etiquette issues comes down to the guest list. Who should you invite? Does so-and-so have to be invited? Do I have to invite my co-workers? It’s a sticky situation, that’s for sure. And that’s where this guest list flow chart comes in. It will help trim the guest list fat, so to speak, so you can keep your budget in check and keep smiling. This is not the end-all list (and it won’t help with each guest) but it can help for a few of those guests where you’re completely unsure whether to invite. Take a look…

Guest List Flow Chart

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Are you having trouble trimming your guest list? Need advice? Ask us below. We’re here to help!

xo
-E.

8 Simple Rules for Planning an Engagement Party

Planning an engagement party? You might be wondering who hosts, where it is held, and when you should have an engagement party. There are so many questions when it comes to engagement party planning and we’re here to help! In this post, you’ll find out eight simple rules for planning an engagement party, right down to what you should wear. Ready to get started? Let’s begin…

8 Simple Rules for Planning an Engagement Party

Planning an Engagement Party

If you’re wondering what an engagement party is, you’re not alone: an engagement party is not a requirement or a formal party of the wedding planning process. However, an engagement party can be a fun way to celebrate a couple’s engagement and get families and friends together to mingle.

1. Who hosts an engagement party?

Traditionally, the bride’s parents or groom’s parents host an engagement party (but they can co-host the event, too). For a more informal engagement party, friends or relatives can throw an engagement party for a couple, but it is encouraged to wait until after the official formal engagement party to do so. The couple can host their own engagement party, if they prefer. (Want to throw an engagement party for a friend? Find out if they’re having one by their parents first, just so you don’t step on anyone’s toes, so to speak.)

2. When is it held?

An engagement party is typically held nine to twelve months before the wedding. Guests should have a one-month head’s up before the party.

3. Where should an engagement party be held?

If you’re getting married in your hometown, and friends and family live nearby, a local engagement party is perfect. If you live out of state (and your wedding is being held there), have a party on your (new) home turf and another in your home town, if you wish. However, this rule applies: wedding guests or wedding party attendants should not expected to attend if it is out-of-state, since they’ll be expected to travel for the wedding itself. Wedding etiquette dictates you shouldn’t expect people to travel to an engagement party and your wedding. If they can come — great! If not, it’s really not worth fretting over. In terms of venue, a backyard, house, restaurant, or bar are a few perfect places for an engagement party.

4. Should you register for gifts beforehand? Do guests give gifts?

Gifts are not expected at an engagement party. A guest can give a gift if he or she wishes to, but it is certainly not an expectation. If you do register before the wedding, guests will know specific items to buy (if they wish). However, you should never include registry information on the engagement party invitation. Guests: if you do wish to give a gift, here are a few suggestions:


top – necklace | coffee mugs | journal
bottom – canvas | bicycle print | engagement print

EB TIP: Make a photo area as decor and show pictures of the couple’s courtship.

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5. Who is invited?

If the engagement party is informal and hosted by friends, there is no set rule (since they won’t really know who is on your wedding guest list yet). However, if you or your parents are hosting an engagement party, invite only those who are going to be invited to the wedding. This is one reason why you may want to keep your engagement party fairly small, since you might not have the guest list nailed down yet.

6. Do you need formal invitations?

No, formal invitations are not required. Engagement party invitations should be simple. You can even email invitations, if you prefer. If you’re sending invitations in the mail, the colors or style do not need to coordinate with the wedding (since the colors or theme probably aren’t even picked out yet). The invitations should be thematic to the type of engagement party being thrown, however, such as a cocktail party or outdoor bbq bash.

7. What should you wear?

The bride should wear attire that coordinates with the location of the engagement party. For instance, if it is a cocktail party at a restaurant, the bride can wear a cocktail dress. Outdoor bbq? A white sundress is a perfect option. The groom should dress in the same formality as the bride: a suit & tie for a formal setting or dress pants and a button-down shirt for a more casual location.

8. Should you send thank you notes after an Engagement Party?

Yes, the couple should send thank you notes to guests after the engagement party to thank them for attending. If a guest gave a gift, be sure to include a thank you for the gift in your note.

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Questions on Planning an Engagement Party?

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-E.

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