Wedding Etiquette



As wedding season is in full bloom now, I just wanted to share some tips from experience I have on proper wedding etiquette. It’s been almost 2 years since i’ve been married (Wedding posts HERE) , and as i’m attending tons of weddings starting next week , I thought I share a few tips…some may be obvious and some not so much. Knowing these tips can help ensure you help to make life for the bride and groom easier and happier!



It’s easy to just text the bride & groom your rsvp, but the bride and groom have so much to remember it’s easy for that text to get lost amongst all their messages about flowers and caterers. Actually sending in the card helps the bride & groom keep track of all their guests, so make sure you send in the rsvp card on time! Most likely the bride spent a lot of time (and possibly money) on creating beautiful invitations, so something as simple as sending in your RSVP card on time can mean the world for the bride (and groom). Trust me, there is nothing more frustrating than trying to track down guests to see if they are attending the wedding!


2. Registry

When purchasing a gift, it’s best to get them something from their registry if they’re registered. That way the bride & groom will be happy knowing they got exactly what they wanted and you don’t have to stress about finding the perfect gift. If you buy them a large gift, consider having it shipped to their house so they don’t have to worry about how to fit the large item in their car after the reception. Also keep in mind that there are some couples that do NOT register in hopes that they will receive monetary gifts, but if you are unsure it’s always best to ask someone from their court.


3. Bringing other guests

Unless it specifies on the RSVP card that you can bring a +1, I would ask the bride and groom before showing up with an uninvited guest. (No wedding crashers please!)


4. Wearing white

Traditionally only the bride wears white, but if you have a cute white dress you want to wear, I would make sure the bride is okay with it first before showing up in white to the wedding.


5. Don’t be late

This one seems obvious but at weddings more often than not everyone tends to assume everyone else will be late, so by the time everyone actually gets there, the ceremony is pushed back an hour or so. The bride & groom still has to do family portraits and group shots after the ceremony, so be mindful and please be on time!


6. Let the bride shine

It’s natural to want to look your best at an event, but I would avoid any extremes that will have you as the center of attention. Whether it be an extreme plunging neckline, an extremely short dress, or an extreme pops of neon. There are ways to dress elegantly and beautifully so that the bride can shine on her special day.

These are all general tips of wedding etiquette that I personally experienced on my wedding day or have noticed from other weddings. Keep in mind that everyone is different, and not one wedding is the same. Keeping these tips in mind, I hope you enjoy this wedding season!


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Photography by 1. One Love  2. One Love 3. Jose Villa 4. Jana Williams 5. Jose Villa 6. Elizabeth Messina


  • rvdigal says:

    Everything here is so beautiful! I recently attended a wedding; you can check it out at my blog 🙂

  • Julie says:

    Everything looks perfect! And thats how it should be!
    Such a great inspiration and attention to details 😉


  • looking good with your hubby in the first pic chriselle!!!

  • pj rocha says:

    I hate it when little attention hogs wear white to a wedding. One time in my cousin’s wedding, a girl wore white so when they were taking photos in a park they thought that girl was the bride!!!! She totally stole the spotlight of the real bride. Very in considerate

  • khatsii says:

    With all the work put into that special day, its the least guests could do to make it more special 😀

  • steph says:

    I agree on 4.wearing white and 6.let the bride shine. Sometimes, your relatives (esp young ladies) are just so attention whore. They wear much make up or wear attention grabbing clothes. And if ever I’m getting married, I would request the guests to wear a specific color.

  • Yin says:

    Great advice! You looked stunning on your wedding day by the way 😀 I remember the Youtube videos about the preparations for the wedding a couple of years ago. I’m proud to have seen you grow with your career over the years! 🙂 Much love from Amsterdam!

  • Miri says:

    What a coincidence- I am going to a wedding of my friend today!:-) Lovely tips btw.


  • Crystael says:

    great simple tips! thank you! <3

  • Sandra Real says:

    A very important one, in regards to letting the bride shine on her special day: DO NOT PROPOSE AT A FRIENDS WEDDING. Unless approved by the bride and groom.

    I have heard one too many stories of inconsiderate people stealing the show by proposing to their significant other in the middle of a reception or wedding. It is downright rude.

  • Rasha says:

    I have a wedding to attend this week, and I bought an off-white dress “didn’t really notice at first” .. but luckily the bride is my cousin so she doesn’t mind 🙂 .. but still I hope I won’t look so lame in photos 😀 !

  • Vivian says:

    Love wedding season! great photos~

    LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • Iris says:

    I picked out a dress and found out it’s a similar color to the bridesmaid’s dresses. Is it ok to wear a similar color as a guest?

  • Katie says:

    These are some great tips! 😀 Pinning this for later in case I need it… one thing that really irritates me is people who wear white to a wedding… there’s so many colours out there so why choose the exact colour the bride is probably wearing 😉 xx

  • Claire says:

    Thanks for the great tips! will definitely keep those in mind <3
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    xoxo, Claire from Vancouver, Canada

  • What a gorgeous post Chriselle! You made me dream…
    Thank you
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  • Juliana says:

    Great tips and I agree with all of them especially the +1 guess. I had a horrible experience when one of my guest’s guest was videotaping the whole reception, it made me and my husband feel like they were spying on us for some odd reason.

    XOXO JuJu

  • Stunning images and great tips…I enjoyed reading all the dos and don’ts!


  • shannette says:

    Excelent advice and great tips. I’m happy that u made this post because not everyone is considerate about time and attire. Amazing post.

  • FREED MODE says:

    Stunning!!! everything is beautiful .
    See you soon

  • Melissa says:

    Gorgeous photos Chriselle 🙂 Great tips!

  • Mariah says:

    I’d think these are no-brainers, but wow. Good to know for when I get to my wedding attending days 🙂

    Theatricality by Mariah

  • nena. says:

    You are right about everything! The sad thing is that most people are aware of these unspoken rules and still choose to ignore them. That’s why I loved the pre war era – there was a dress code for every occasion and people obeyed it (think Downton Abbey).

  • Lindsay says:

    Great photos. Love your advice.


    Beautiful post and lovely tips Chriselle ! I have enjoyed reading and browsing!

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  • Oh wow, beautiful photos! I can’t believe I haven’t been to any wedding yet! 🙁

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