Just because your family isn’t paying your fiancé with a dowry of livestock doesn’t mean that having proper wedding etiquette is as old-school as it may initially sound. These days, the rules of wedding conduct are less about mentioning which family member is paying for the party on the invitation or what color attire your guests might be wearing, and more about using common sense to make the overall experience enjoyable for everyone involved. But you’d be surprised how many people neglect to abide by these unspoken codes of bridal behavior.
Weddings are the culmination of all the love that brought you and your fiancé together, and celebrating that happiness with the people who mean the most to you. There is no reason for you to have girdle-forced grimaces in all of your wedding images, and the back of photo-happy uncle Johnny’s head does not have to appear in every wedding photographer’s shot (sorry, uncle Johnny, but leave your “cool, new camera” at home).
You want your nuptials to be filled with nothing but joy and festivities, but don’t let yourself get too caught up in the details of the day and forget to enjoy yourself — no one wants to see a harried bride with hives, and you don’t want to remember the “happiest day of your life” as the most stressful one, too.
In order to keep you from committing any modern-day wedding faux pas, we’ve compiled a helpful list of the ten worst mistakes that brides and grooms, wedding planners, and guests are guilty of making on the big day. From having your friends and family empty out their wallets to fill up their cups, to leaving your wedding vendors with empty stomachs, these wedding etiquette blunders will leave your party-goers feeling less than celebratory. Take a look and make sure that you or your guests don’t fall into any of these classless categories.
For the Newlyweds: Adding Registry Info to the Invitation
While doing this is tempting, it’s a major wedding etiquette no-no and a total turn-off to your guests. Save the gift-gab for your wedding website or wedding app. You can politely direct guests to your registry by linking your site or app on your Save the Date, keeping things classy and interactive.
For the Newlyweds: Having Cash Bar
Your guests dressed up, drove, and gave you a gift, and you’re making them throw down for some drinks? Don’t be that couple. If budget is the problem, at least have two kinds of wine available, and a signature drink to keep your party from going dry.