Our friends at Emily Post just posted the following article about etiquette for wedding guests. With August being the #1 month for weddings in the Pacific NW we thought this would be a great one to share. Enjoy and embrace!
Three A's for Wedding Guests
Between attire, arrival, and attendance, we've got you covered for the day of the wedding so you'll be an A+ guest.
Reference the invitation for attire specifics such as black tie or if you may need to make adjustments for an outdoor ceremony. Have an outfit planned in advance so you aren't rushing to the dry cleaners at the last minute. If you are unsure about a potential option, call a friend or a member of the bridal party for a second opinion.
While the ceremony will probably begin promptly, it is best to arrive twenty to thirty minutes prior to the time specified on the invitation. This prevents any chance of interrupting the beginning of the ceremony.
Pictures: There's nothing like a good wedding picture, but that being said, be cautious not to get in the way of the photographer. You neither want to physically obstruct a professional shot with your personal Instagram, nor do you want to be a camera hog.
Seating: Whether you are seated with your closest friends or with people you've never met, embrace your table. Keep in mind that the bride and groom probably put you there for a reason. Stick to your assignment, and do not switch, no matter how tempting it may be.
Toasting: Toasts are reserved for very close friends of the bride and groom, people who have been invited to say something, or those who have something unique and new to add. This is not the time for a long-lost relative to make their debut with a speech about the real meaning of love.
Greeting: At some point in the evening, make an effort to actually see the bride and groom, as well as the hosts. Most guests probably have a similar agenda, but a face-to-face "Congratulations" and "Thank you" go a very long way.
Drinking: There's no beating around the bush here: Don't drink too much. Weddings are a time for fun and celebration, but remember that neither the "one too many" reputation nor the hangover are worth it.