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Posted on Jul 26, 2016

How Good Are You With Wedding Etiquette?

It's time to find out.

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    There's a date on the invite for a reason. If you're a few days behind that's fine, but don't text the couple a week before the wedding saying you'll be coming — that's the worst.

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    Actually, if an invite says no kids, then there are no kids invited! And no, you don't get to yell at the couple when you see that their flower girl is a child. Sorry, but they get to decide these things.

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    Sorry, no. Once again, the only humans welcome at the wedding are the ones indicated on the invitation. Sure, your baby doesn't take up much space, but the happy couple would rather have you enjoying your night on the dance floor than spending it hovering over an infant that requires constant attention. Plus, many weddings are loud and crazy and not meant for babies.

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    Don't wear white. Don't wear beige. Don't wear champagne. Don't wear a light blush that only looks white in certain lighting. If you have to send your BFF a photo asking, "Does this look white?" don't wear it unless the couple explicitly asks guests to. It's one day — just don't do it.

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    Nope! You see, venues often charge per head. So if you're gonna force someone to spend some money on a random person you want to bring as a date, that's pretty crappy. Also, why would the couple want to spend their special day with someone who's a stranger to them and probably you?

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    This one can be a bit tricky. Obviously, the happy couple would love to see you there; that's why they invited you — BUT once they have given their final head count to the venue and caterer, it's nearly impossible to make changes. It could be worth a call to the couple (if you are close enough to feel comfortable doing so) to see if there have been last-minute cancellation spots that you could fill. Just don't be offended when there's not a pre-printed seating card with your name on it!

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    Shit happens, and you might not be able to attend the wedding. That's OK! What's not OK is just not showing up. You gotta tell the couple.

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    Everything is pretty much planned to a T, so please don't give an impromptu speech (unless they open the floor). I'm sure you have some very funny and heartwarming thoughts, but just tell the couple later!

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    Drinking can be fun! But don't think that this is going to be a rave. Getting so drunk you make a fool of yourself is no bueno.

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    The couple probably put a lot of thought — and money — into hiring a photographer. Please don't get in the way of the pro getting that once-in-a-lifetime shot! Also, please respect any wishes the couple expresses about posting (or not posting) photos to social media on the day.

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    Chances are, the couple agonized over where to seat everyone, and finally came up with a plan that made the most sense. Feel free to get up and go visit any table you like, but please respect the seating chart. Besides, it's just for the meal — most of the time you'll be on the dance floor anyway.

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    Do NOT show up late. Do NOT assume the wedding won't start on time. PLAN AHEAD for traffic and parking. Yes, the reception is a lot of fun, but the ceremony is what the WHOLE DAY is really about, so please get there on time.

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    You may hate honeymoon registries, but the couple chose it for a reason. Maybe they've been living together for a while and already have all the pots and pans they need. Maybe they just really want to take a vacation. Whatever their reason is, it's kind of shitty to completely disregard their wishes just because you prefer to get them a microwave.

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    Seriously if you don't ask the couple/they say no just don't do it. Let them have their special day; you'll have yours in the future.

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    Look, you might not be able to wear an evening dress or a tuxedo, but you should really try to look as dressy as possible. If the invite says "black tie" that does not mean you get to wear a sundress or a button-down and slacks.

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