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Guest Etiquettes for the Ceremony
As an invited wedding guest you may find yourself at times uneasy or unsure about various things. This is common when in unfamiliar territories. Best practice is to be you and try to stay relaxed. You were invited to this special event because you are considered special to the bride, groom and/or someone in the wedding party.
Guest Etiquettes for the Reception
Once the wedding ceremony has completed, guests will commonly meet at the reception to celebrate with the newly wed couple. Wedding receptions often consists of music, dinner and dancing. Although the reception is a place to let loose and celebrate the couple's marriage, it is also a time where grace and manners need to be demonstrated.

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Once the wedding ceremony has completed, guests will commonly meet at the reception to celebrate with the newly wed couple. Wedding receptions often consists of music, dinner and dancing. Although the reception is a place to let loose and celebrate the couple's marriage, it is also a time where grace and manners need to be demonstrated.

For many wedding guests who have never attended such an event, a simple guide to proper etiquette and what to expect may prove beneficial in the way of proper conduct through out the event.

  • Upon arriving at the reception location, you may find that the guests have not yet been shown to their seats. If this is the case you may sample a glass of Champagne if some is offered and make mild conversation with someone you know or feel comfortable talking to.
     
  • Once the couple arrives at the location, they will commonly prepare the receiving line. (see receiving line etiquette for more information). Guests will then form a line and congratulate the couple before making way to their assigned seats.
     
  • In the receiving line it is important to keep conversation and best wishes short, as the guest line needs to keep moving. If you are entering the line with a partner, be sure to allow the female party to go ahead first.
     
  • If you choose to provide a monitory gift, the card can be placed in a special basket that will likely be located near the receiving line. If you are taking a packaged gift to the reception you may place it down on the gift table before entering the receiving line.
     
  • There is often a guest book located in the entrance area to the dinner room, single guests may sign there names without titles and a couple should always sign with their full name (David and Joan Smith).
     
  • The first few songs played at the reception will be allocated for the couple’s first dance, then the wedding party along with the groom and his mother and the bride with her father. No guests should join these songs in a dance with their spouse.
     
  • The tables at the reception will have been specially situated; for no reason should you switch places with another guest to sit beside a friend or family member.
     
  • When an announcement is made that the bride and groom will cut their wedding cake the guests should gather around the cake table to watch the couple.
     
  • It is not polite to leave the reception until the cake has been cut, however if you have to leave for whatever the reason it is best to avoid drawing any attention and sneak out quietly. If this is the case it is wise to contact the couple by phone or letter once they return home to offer an apology for leaving without saying goodbye.
     
  • During the bouquet toss, all single women will be asked to join the bride on the dance floor. It is not appropriate for women to dive after the bouquet; if you are single it is advised that you catch the bouquet if it is coming in your direction.
     
  • You will know when the reception is over; usually the departure of the couple will indicate that the evening has come to an end. Be sure to locate the couple’s parents to congratulate them one last time and say your goodbyes before leaving for the night.

Hopefully this area will assists you in being more prepared for the wedding reception. You will more than likely find the reception to be fun and enjoyable and if you follow some of the basic etiquette provided to you the evening should blow over without any glitches. Do not feel overwhelmed or worried about your conduct, chances are no one will be watching you anyway. So if you happen to push someone during the bouquet toss don’t get upset, just laugh it off. This area was put together to give you only some simple idea on what to expect and some hints on how to be a better wedding guest.

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