Wedding Guest Checklist – Multiply Design
Weddings are supposed to be one of the happiest days of a couple’s life and being invited to one can be an exciting moment. However, it’s important to make sure you know what to do after you receive the invitation. If you’re looking for tips and advice on what you need to do when invited to a wedding, let us guide you through – from choosing a gift for the happy couple to etiquette when inviting a plus one!
Choosing A Gift
Choosing a wedding gift can be a tricky task for even the most experienced gift giver. Trying to match the couple’s personal tastes with something thoughtful can often feel like an impossible job! Luckily, some couples will have a registry which will allow you to pick from a list of potential gifts so you know you’re getting the bride and groom something they’ve asked for. On the other hand, if there is no registry, then finding the perfect gift still doesn’t have to be so difficult. Personalised wedding gifts such as keyrings, cufflinks or badges are always a good option if you’re looking for something thoughtful and timeless.
RSVP’ing To The Wedding Invite
Making sure you RSVP to the invite as soon as you are physically able to is essential; it allows the couple to more accurately predict costs, seating plans, and makes planning the logistics of the wedding a lot less stressful. Usually, your invitation will have a date that you should respond by, it’s so important you stick to this date to ensure the wedding planning goes as smoothly as possible for the couple.
Inviting a Plus One
Linking back to our previous point of RSVPing to the wedding invite, you should only ever invite a plus one if either their name is specified on the invitation, or the invite is addressed to you plus guest. If neither of these are present, then you should attend the wedding alone; there’ll be plenty of people to socialise with when there. Adding an extra person to the guest list may seem harmless but this could cause significant cost or logistical issues for the couple, especially if you’re not the only one who does this. It can come across as disrespectful and inconsiderate of the bride and groom’s wishes.
What To Wear
If you’re a member of the bridal party such as a bridesmaid, then you’ll usually know exactly what you’re wearing as you’ll have likely had a fitting and are wearing something that compliments the theme or tone of the wedding. If you’re not a member of the bridal party, then deciding what to wear could be more difficult. The wedding invitation will usually state the dress code, here’s a handy little guide on dress-code terminology at weddings:
Casual: Although the clue is in the name, ultra-casual attire such as jeans, t-shirts or trainers are not appropriate. Instead, for women opt for a summer or more casual dress and for men, dress trousers with a more casual shirt.
Semi-formal: This implies the line between formal and casual. Women should go for a cocktail dress with dressy flats or heels with men opting for a suit and tie.
Formal: Again, the clue is in the name here however it’s certainly not the most formal dress code a wedding could have. For women, opt for a formal dress – this can either be short or long whereas men should opt for a suit and tie or tuxedo.
Black-Tie: Black-tie dress code is usually more common with evening affairs. As with a formal dress code, women should wear a formal gown of any length however men should usually wear a tuxedo with a smart shirt and cufflinks rather than having the option of a suit and tie.
White Tie: This is by far the most formal dress code at a wedding and is a rarity. Women wear full-length ballgowns and men wear long-tail tuxedos with a white bow tie and waistcoat.
Ultimately, weddings can be both an exciting and stressful occasion. By following the pointers we’ve discussed in this post including ensuring you gift the bride and groom something meaningful, you’re sure to have a fantastic time!