How to be a Great Wedding Guest

Since January, I have worked at over 25 weddings at a venue in Minneapolis. Throughout this time, I have observed a wide variety of weddings and a wide variety of guests!

Now that it’s peak wedding season, we could all use a refresher on how to be a great wedding guest. Here are some easy tips on how to make someone’s wedding day even better instead of being someone they complain about on their honeymoon.

1. Don’t be late.

Ahh, this is huge people! I can’t tell you how many guests come in late, with panic written all over their faces, and have to awkwardly find a seat in a ceremony that has already begun.

I know traffic can be hard. I get it, but plan ahead and make sure you leave with plenty of time to get to the venue and head to the restroom quickly before the ceremony begins. You do not want to be walking with the bride down her aisle!

2. Dress for the weather.

Be sure to check out the forecast for the day before you leave. Whether it’s going to be scorching hot or raining, you’ll want to be prepared for whatever lies ahead.

Pay extra attention to the fabric and color of your clothes. If you’re sitting outside at a hot wedding, wear lighter colors (except white) and light fabrics such as cotton or linen!

3. Don’t make the day about you.

I know, I know. You just bought a smokin’ hot new dress that you can’t wait to debut and the bride is your second cousin, so you feel pretty important, but remember, this day is about the bride and the groom!

Don’t let family drama or anything else get in the way of those two celebrating their love and each other.

4. Offer some thanks.

Be sure to thank the bride and groom for hosting you at their celebration! Getting on that guest list is not always easy, but they chose to have you there for a reason. You probably know this, but weddings do not come cheap so they have invested in you by having you there.

Thank the couple and maybe even the parents if you know them! This goes a long way.

5. Be careful with the alcohol.

I have seen far too many guests get a little too excited about free alcohol and make complete fools of themselves because of it. Although it is A-okay to enjoy yourself and celebrate the happy couple with drinks, please, please don’t overdo it.

It impacts more people than you may realize, so please be careful!

6. Bring extra shoes.

There is nothing worse than dancing in heels that you’ve worn since three o’clock. Do yourself a favor and pack flip flops or flats to wear for dancing. By that point, your heels that “just made your outfit” will cause more pain than fashion points!


Seriously, get out there on the dance floor! A great wedding dance floor is full of people who don’t take themselves too seriously and who love to have a great time!

You will have time to chat with family and friends throughout the night, but enjoy that dance floor because you’ll probably have way more fun than you even imagined!

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