How To Avoid Wedding Etiquette Mistakes: Part 1

Good wedding etiquette may differ from one culture to another. For a multicultural and multi-ethnic country like Malaysia, it may be challenging to keep up to these etiquette. It is, however, still very important to practice the general guidelines. Here are some wedding etiquette mistakes that we think future brides and grooms should be aware of!

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Not Stating the Wedding Location on Your Wedding Card

Set the wedding venue before printing your wedding card. Nowadays, even GPS coordinates are included in the wedding invitations! Aside from that, some of your guests might need to travel and book accommodations too, so it’s courteous to give them a heads-up.

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Choosing an Inconvenient Date or Time

An “inconvenient” date is pretty subjective. It could be the “auspicious day” in certain culture for marriage and many weddings may happen on the same day, when many guests may be unable to attend.

It could also be a Friday or Sunday event, for couples who want to avoid the high-priced Saturday night. Weddings held on Fridays means that guests either need to take the day off work, leave work early, or skip your ceremony altogether. With Sunday weddings, unless it is a holiday weekend, guests will not be able to stay for long or may leave early. As a solution, if you have to choose Friday, start your ceremony later (i.e. after 8 pm). And if you opt for Sunday, consider an afternoon ceremony with the reception ending by 9 or 10 pm.

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Guest List

Consider carefully the guest list for relatives. Both your families may have relatives that they have not seen in decades to be invited for your wedding and it would be wise to first accommodate for the numbers.

Plus Ones. Generally, couples who are married, engaged or living together are to be invited as a pair, although you may not have met your friend’s partner. Decide on the number of extra head count and confirm the attendance again a month prior to your wedding.

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We’d like to think that we speak for everyone who has attended a wedding at least once in their lifetime. No one likes a latecomer and it does not exclude the bride and groom! Avoid leaving guests in waiting.

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Last Minute Wedding Invitations

Many couples opt to send out late invitations merely to fill up the seats of the wedding dinner as they receive many rejections as the wedding day approaches. Avoid sending last minute invitations as it does not reflect the sincerity that should be included in every invitation.

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Wedding ceremonies are the time when you and your fiancé are in the spotlight, but that does not mean that you have the green light to neglect the proper wedding etiquette. It is very important to stay humble and appreciative towards those who have taken a lot of effort to attend your special day. Do you know of any wedding etiquette in your culture that is a mandatory practice? Do let us know by leaving a comment below!

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