While every wedding is a little different, there are a few tried and true pieces of etiquette advice for guests that apply across the board. Here are a few tips to help you know what to do as a wedding guest.
When Should We Dance?
Though the timeline will vary from wedding to wedding, dancing traditionally begins after the couple’s first dance. As a general rule, the MC will ask for guests to join the dance floor, and/or the song will change after the couple’s dance.
When Should We Sit For Dinner?
Toward the end of cocktail hour, staff will begin letting guests know that they can be seated in the reception. Once seated at the start of the reception it’s best to stay seated because generally the bride and groom will be introduced once everyone is seated, and dinner served shortly thereafter.
Can I Make A Toast?
Unless you’re invited by the couple before the day, or they open the mic up to anyone who wishes to speak, do not approach the mic. We also don’t recommend asking on the day, the couple have likely planned the entire evening down to the minute and an unexpected speaker can throw the whole evening out of time. Instead, have a quick chat with the couple at some stage during the evening, to give them your well wishes.
Can I Post Pictures On Social Media?
It’s nice to leave the first post to be from the couple, rather than their guests. However, some couples aren’t concerned by this at all! If you spot #hashtag signs throughout the wedding, or they have a social photo booth, that’s the signal that you’re welcome to post as you like.
How Long Should We Stay?
Most of the time, the couple will stay right until the end of the evening. They will say their goodbyes and guests should depart shortly after. In many cases, the couple will have the venue hired until a certain time, so if you hang around for much longer, the venue is likely to usher you out.