Wedding Guest Etiquette - 3 Things To Know Before Attending A Wedding
Aug 3, 2019 | By: Fusion Photography
Believe it or not, we attend a lot of weddings (mostly as photographers and videographers but also as guests) and while some of these tips seem like no-brainers, you'd be surprised...
Save The Date...Seriously
Please, please, please RSVP. Don't make more work for the couple by having them track you down to ask if you're attending. And save the details - don't text the bride or groom questions about the hotel if it's already right there on the invite. This also includes making sure you have the address handy and showing up on time to the ceremony.
Okay, so it should be obvious not to wear white but also consider what the wedding party will be wearing. If the bridesmaids are all in plum, consider choosing a different color. It's also important to dress for the style and venue. If it's a black tie affair, you don't want to show up underdressed but if it's a more casual rustic vibe, you don't want to show up in a cocktail dress. Keep in mind that you will wind up in wedding photos and you don't want to stand out in a negative way. A pro tip: shoes matter. We love a fab pair of heels but some venues might have a long gravel walkway to get out to the ceremony. Heels in the sand are difficult too. Opt for a cute wedge if the terrain isn't going to support your heel habit.
Speaking of showing up in photos...we know you're also going to be taking photos. And that's awesome. Often, couples have hashtags for you to use when you post to social media. But the couple also specifically hired a photographer to capture the big moments (and the medium moments, and the small moments, and the...) so please be aware of that when you pull your phone out. We know you want photos of this big day too and we're all for it but make sure you aren't blocking the photographer as they're about to capture the first kiss as newlyweds. And if there is a wedding hashtag, be sure to use it! Those photos aren't doing anybody any good sitting on your phone so be sure to share what a great time you had.
We love photographing weddings because we love capturing couples surrounded by their loved ones, celebrating the love they have for one another and the promise of a lifetime together. It's an awesome time for the couple but also for all the rest of us there celebrating with them. If you're attending a wedding in the next few months, keep these tips in mind.