How To Be The Best Charleston Wedding Guest That You Can Be
Weddings are still considered to be one of life’s most formal occasions. In order to be the best Charleston wedding guest their are certain guidelines you should follow.
Guidelines To Follow as a Charleston Wedding Guest:
1. RSVP on time. Many of the vendors at a Charleston wedding require a final head count two weeks prior to the wedding and having to adjust the number of meals, cake pieces, favors, linens, table and chairs right before the wedding can add a lot of stress.
2. RSVP only for the people who are invited. The envelope should indicate who is invited. Some couples opt not to invite children so don’t assume they are invited. Generally the invitation is for the people in that particular household and not the husband and wife, her sister, her sister’s boyfriend etc. If they are invited they will get a separate invite at their home. Don’t assume you can bring a guest and be sure to ask if you are not certain.
3. Buy a wedding gift. You might want to consider sending the gift early rather than bringing to the wedding to cut down on the amount needed to be transported at the end of the night.
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4. Pay attention to the dress code. The time of day and location of the wedding should help you determine this but if you are unsure ask the wedding party what is appropriate. Of course, never wear white unless the bride is having an all white wedding this rule still applies
5. Be on time to a Charleston wedding! A guideline is to be at the wedding 20 to 30 minutes before the start time. However, you don’t want to be so early that the wedding rentals are still being set up or the bride has to go into hiding because she is outside having photos done.
6. If you are late, stand quietly at the back rather than trying to find a seat in the middle of the ceremony layout while the wedding party is entering. This is not the movies.
7. Stay out of the way of the photographer and videographer. The bride is paying a lot of money for those shots and has discussed with her photographer and videographer exactly how she wants her wedding to look on video and in photos. I am certain those photos do not include “Bride and groom kissing with amateur photographer in the background”.
8. Remember to turn off your phone so that it doesn’t ring during the ceremony or reception.
9. Sign the guest book. This keepsake is one that the couple will have for years to come. It’s also a great way to track who actually attended the wedding, particularly larger weddings where the bride and groom don’t get to speak to every single guests.
10. If the bride and groom are having a buffet or stations for the meal, which are very popular at a Charleston wedding, wait until your table is called. Long lines due to guests opting to dine when they choose can lead to unsightly lines and congestion in the reception.
11. If you have dietary restrictions, allergies etc let the bride and groom know in advance rather than requesting a special meal once the reception has started.
12. Pay attention during the wedding activities such as cake cutting and first dance. Some receptions have a real club feel to them with great music and lots of dancing but remember you are still there to celebrate a wedding.
13. Remember to bring some cash for parking unless you are certain there is no charge. This especially applies if you are attending downtown Charleston wedding.
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