There’s a lot to think about and remember when planning for the big day, so it’s completely normal for a few things to slip through the cracks. And one of the trickiest things to get right is wedding etiquette – there are so many rules that are quite simple to overlook. Here are a few of the most frequently seen etiquette mistakes that you should avoid:
Neglecting to include the wedding location on your save the date
Save the date announcements are important because they inform guests of the day of your wedding. This way, your loved ones can make the appropriate travel arrangements in time and make sure their schedules are clear. But you should also be sure to include the location of your nuptials – your guests can’t make travel arrangements if they don’t know where they’re going. You don’t have to have the venue on there, just include the city and state in which you’re planning on tying the knot.
Putting a false time on your wedding invitations
If you’re walking down the aisle at 5 p.m., that’s what your invitations should say. Don’t have your guests arriving an hour early just because you don’t want anyone to be late. Most often, your loved ones will show up 10 to 20 minutes early to make sure they don’t miss the ceremony. You don’t want the guests who showed up on time waiting an hour for the ceremony to begin.
Not providing directions
Just because it’s likely that almost all of your guests have smartphones with maps doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t include directions to your ceremony and reception. You’re bound to have a few out of town guests that don’t know the area well – and even those that do live in town will be glad they have a backup just in case they get lost.
Sending an invite to someone who you know can’t attend
If one of your family friends has already told you that they won’t be able to make your wedding, skip mailing an invite to this person. Doing so could give off the wrong impression and appear like you’re asking for gifts.
Not greeting each guest
We understand that your wedding day is going to be busy and full of excitement. But whether it’s through a receiving line or just going around to each table at the reception, it’s important to greet each guest personally. After all, they took this time to help celebrate your big day, so the least you could do is thank them for coming.