“Sometimes people do not know how they should behave when attending a wedding. This is sometimes because most wedding guests assume that the etiquette part is left for the bride, groom and those directly related to them. Some form of etiquette is also expected of wedding guests and they should be aware of these rules before they attend any wedding. Behaving in a way that is not expected may not necessarily be punishable but it can be a source of great embarrassment to the wedding couple and their family and this should not be allowed to happen during their most important day.
The rules for the guests are much easier to follow and they sometimes come natural to most people. Getting to the wedding on time is one of the most important rules to follow. One should ensure they are seated at least fifteen minutes before the ceremony starts and they will know what time it will be because all invitation cards have this time indicated. Arriving just as the bride is walking to the front of the church is a rude gesture.
Silence is another simple rule to follow at a wedding. The only noise to be heard should be as directed by the presiding official in order to treat the wedding ceremony with sanctity. This act of silence shows the deserved reverence and also creates a sense of order for the event itself. Some ceremonies require the guests to sit and stand during certain points of the event and if one is unsure, they should follow the leads of other guests or the presiding official.
Pictures should also not be taken when the ceremony is underway because there are professionals who have been paid to do that. The number of guests who will be attending a wedding is the basis of very many decisions that have to be made and all guests should ensure that they have confirmed attendance as soon as possible. Once attendance has been confirmed, ensure that if the card does not include guest plus one, no dates are brought to the wedding.
Sending gifts to the newlyweds is also very important. The gifts can sometimes help the newlyweds start their married lives better but it is also a simple act of courtesy for the guest. If for some reason an invited guest is unable to attend the wedding, they should ensure that they send a gift to show that they appreciate the thought that the newlyweds put in requesting their presence at the wedding. Alcohol can be another source of embarrassment and it should therefore be consumed in moderation. It is important to show the wedded couple that one is happy for them but they should not embarrass them while doing it.”