Wedding Etiquette 101

I was at a wedding this weekend and it was beautiful. The bride was of course beautiful. But a little etiquette was lacking.

1) When the bride walks in with her father (or other escort) wait to see what the mother of the bride does. Don’t stand until she stands. Do what she does. I learned this the hard way at a formal wedding in South Carolina. I had no idea this was the rule until my mother-in-law pointed it out. The brides mom stayed seated and so we all quickly sat down. She wanted to be able to see her daughter walk down the aisle.

2) My own personal pet peeve: wearing jeans to weddings! I’ve been to several wedding in the last few years where guest’s came in jeans to classy weddings. Okay, so I’m in Florida and people are a little more laid back, but still, IT’S A WEDDING!!! I was raised believing it’s better to be dressed up than dressed down. In fact, my sister’s wedding website had on there that no one with jeans would be accepted into the wedding.

Can you all think of anything else? Or do you have any wedding pet peeves?

6 thoughts on “Wedding Etiquette 101”

  1. I have two: Opening presents at the reception (tacky!) and the whole cake-smooshing thing at a formal reception. If you want to smoosh the cake into your groom’s face, fine…just do it in private. I’ve always thought that it was juvenile.

  2. I hate it when the pastor refers to God as “Our Heavenly Parent.” This hasn’t happened yet…but I’m just waiting.

    Oh, when I was single, I hated when the groom had to sling the garter at all the single guys, and the one who got it got married next. I went to one and we all just let it drop. I guess we weren’t ready.

  3. I’ve never seen someone in jeans at a wedding. Yes, super tacky!!! At my wedding the whole congregation stood up while my mom was still sitting down. They stood up for the bride’s maids for some reason and not just for the bride. I was pretty bummed about that.

  4. Wait for everyone to be served at the table before you start eating. It is rude to start eating when others have not been served.

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