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What Every Wedding Guest Should Know

You've gotten the invitation, made the hard choice between chicken and fish, and sent in your "YES" RSVP. As a guest you're set, right?

Well, there's no right or wrong way to prepare your role as a guest at a wedding, but here are a few etiquette hints and preparedness tips to help you out.

Choosing a Gift

Check the gift registry — search online at major retailers' web sites (Target, Williams Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, Amazon) by the bride or groom's first or last name, or go to the store. Print out the registry list and either purchase the gift and have it shipped or hand-deliver it to the event.

Don't know if they're registered or can't find them online? Consider contacting a member of the wedding party or another person who knows the couple well.

What to Wear

Usually the date and time of day will give you a few hints.

Daytime summer or spring wedding? For the ladies, a nice summer dress or cotton skirt/shirt combo should work. For the gentlemen, nice khakis or dress pants with a collared shirt should be just fine.

What to Bring

Here's a quick list of what to bring...just in case.

  • Any special needs or medications
  • Bug spray
  • Camera and film/extra batteries/memory cards
  • Cash and quarters (for bartender tips or if no open bar; for parking)
  • Cell phone (remember to turn it off before the ceremony!!)
  • Extra makeup for touch ups
  • Photo ID
  • Speech for toast (if you'd like to give one or are asked to)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (especially for summer outdoor weddings!)
  • Tissues/handkerchief
  • Umbrella
  • Water bottle (good to have on those hot days)
  • Watch
  • Wedding invitation and directions to ceremony/reception
  • Wedding gift/card (if not being sent directly to the couple or their parents)

Other Helpful Tips

Bringing a guest? Brief the guest beforehand: how you know the groom and/or bride, the names of some of the people you'll be introducing and any other important details that might help.

Wear a watch. Weddings can be quite ceremonial, meaning certain events will take place at a certain time (ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, speeches, first dance, bouquet toss, cutting the cake, etc.). Look to the wedding program (usually given to you at the ceremony) for a list of important events and their times. It's best not to arrive late!

Out of town wedding? Plug your hotel's name, phone number and address plus the number for a local taxi service into your cell phone...just in case you're unable to drive.

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