Knowing what to wear, how to act and what gift to purchase can be things to consider before attending wedding celebrations.
According to Cele Goldsmith Lalli’s book “Modern Bride Guide to Etiquette,” guidelines include being familiar with appropriate dress and dining etiquette.
Lalli said the bride and groom will usually inform guests of any dressing standards.
“Inform guests of the proper attire before the big night,” Lalli said.
Lalli said people should be financially prepared when going to a reception to avoid conflict. This may include bringing money to pay for the meal, drinks or entertainment.
“People shouldn’t automatically assume that the bride and groom or someone else will take care of the expenses,” Lalli said.
Stephen Beacham, a sophomore studying business management and recent newlywed, said it’s important to purchase a gift for the cole and bring it to the reception.
“To the guests — bring a gift. Make sure it’s from the registry or something thought-out and personal,” Beacham said.
Beacham said arriving at the reception on time or even a little early is preferred, so the guest has time to meet with the bride and groom.
“The bride and groom don’t want to spend ages entertaining guests, but they want to see you,” he said.
In addition, Beacham said all wedding guests should dress appropriately by wearing their best attire.
Mikayla Comeau, a freshman studying psychology, said it’s important for guests not to detract from the cole’s day.
“One thing I have seen a lot of people do … is propose at other people’s weddings,” she said. “This kind of activity is not appropriate at all.”
She said for people to remember to be social but not to be the center of attention.
“Be the guest, not the main attraction of the evening,” she said.