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June 18, 2024

Wedding Etiquette 101: 10 Most Common Questions and Answers

Planning a wedding is an exciting journey filled with many decisions and details. At Elle M Events, we’re here to guide you through every step, ensuring your big day is as stress-free as possible. To help you navigate the intricacies of wedding etiquette, we’ve compiled answers to the 10 most common questions we encounter.

1. Who Gets a Plus One?

Etiquette: Typically, married, engaged, or cohabiting couples should always be invited together. For guests in long-term relationships (over a year) or members of the wedding party, consider extending a plus one.
Reason: This acknowledges their significant other and ensures they have a companion.

2. When Should Invitations Be Sent?

Etiquette: Send out save the dates 6-8 months before the wedding and formal invitations 6-8 weeks before the big day. For destination weddings, send invitations 3-4 months in advance.
Reason: This allows guests ample time to plan and RSVP.  Check out this blog for more detailed information on wedding invitations!

Wedding invitation with wax seal and RSVP card

3. How Do I Handle Dietary Restrictions?

Etiquette: Include a section on your RSVP card for guests to note any dietary restrictions. Communicate these needs to your caterer well in advance.
Reason: Ensuring all guests can enjoy the meal shows consideration and respect.

4. Who Should Sit at the Head Table?

Etiquette: Traditionally, the head table includes the bride, groom, and wedding party. However, some couples opt for a sweetheart table and seat their wedding party with their dates or families.
Reason: This arrangement can help the couple enjoy more private moments while still honoring their closest friends.

Wedding Event Glasses clinking

5. Is It Okay to Have a Cash Bar?

Etiquette: While a cash bar can save money, it’s generally more courteous to provide at least a limited selection of complimentary drinks.
Reason: Guests typically appreciate not having to pay for their drinks at a celebration.

6. How Should I Word a No-Kids Invitation?

Etiquette: Clearly state on the invitation that the event is for adults only, or address the invitations to the parents only. Additionally, you can include a note on your wedding website.
Reason: Clear communication helps prevent misunderstandings.

7. What Is the Proper Way to Handle Gifts Sent Before the Wedding?

Etiquette: Send a thank-you note as soon as possible after receiving the gift.
Reason: Prompt acknowledgment shows gratitude and respect for the giver.

8. Do We Have to Invite Plus Ones for Single Guests?

Etiquette: While not mandatory, it’s considerate to offer plus ones to single guests, especially if they won’t know many people at the wedding.
Reason: Ensuring guests feel comfortable and enjoy the event is paramount.

9. Can We Have a Social Media-Free Ceremony?

Etiquette: Absolutely. Announce your preference on your wedding website, in your invitations, and with signage at the ceremony.
Reason: This helps ensure all guests are present in the moment without distractions.

10. How Do We Politely Decline an Unwanted Plus One Request?

Etiquette: Politely explain that due to space and budget constraints, you’re unable to accommodate additional guests.
Reason: Clear and kind communication helps avoid hurt feelings.

Ready to start planning your dream wedding?

Navigating wedding etiquette can feel overwhelming, but with these guidelines, you’re well on your way to a smooth and joyous celebration. At Elle M Events, we’re here to support you every step of the way. For more tips and personalized advice, contact us today!
OR reach out to us for a consultation! 🌟💍
xo,
The Ladies at Elle M Events

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