That’s right, there are etiquette rules and common sense advice for guests, as well.

wedding guests

• Don’t assume that the couple knows you’re coming to their wedding. You must send back your reply card before the “Reply by” date.

• If you have declined an invitation, you are not expected to send a gift but can if you want.

• If you arrive at the church during the procession, you must wait until the bride has gone down the aisle before entering. Also, don’t peek through the doors to watch what’s going on because you’ll be in the procession photos.

• If you are late for the ceremony, you should walk down an outside aisle and find a seat quickly and quietly. Friends of the bride sit on the left. Friends of the groom sit on the right. If you are going to a Jewish wedding; bride’s friends on the right and groom’s friends on the left.

• If you are of a different faith, you are not required to participate in the religious rituals, but if you want to that’s fine.

• You must buy the couple a gift. Depending on the background of the couple, what you buy and the worth of the gift will vary. If you are not sure, feel free to ask someone in the wedding party or a family member. You can do this a couple of weeks before the wedding.

• The gift should be something that they can both use.

• If you have sent a wedding gift through the mail, then you don’t have to bring another one to the reception.

• It’s wise to give a cash gift to couples that are getting married out-of-town because they will have to ship everything back home and that’s an added cost to them.

• Many couples that have lived together for awhile will not register for gifts. That’s because they already have everything they need. In this case, cash in a wedding card is appropriate.

• Guests pay for their own transportation and lodging, unless otherwise stated.