Are you a bridal party member? Are you a bride looking for some basic bridal party etiquette tips? Here are some basic bridal party dos and don’ts for both the bride and bridal party.
Just as there are dos and don’ts with wedding reception and wedding shower etiquette, there are etiquette rules for members of the bridal party, as well as for the bride and her involvement with the bridal party.
Here are important bridal party dos and don’ts for everyone involved:
Don’t choose a maid of honor based on history.
No matter how much you feel conflicted over which of your best friends to choose for your maid of honor, don’t choose one over the other based on guilt. Even if you knew one friend longer or were closer to her at one point in time, don’t assume you have to choose someone based on the history you share. Choose a friend or family member who you are currently close to and who will be able to be there for you during the wedding planning process.
Don’t forget to gift each member of the bridal party. This is bridal party etiquette 101. It is customary for the bride (and the groom) to gift their bridesmaids and groomsmen with gifts before the wedding. The best time to do this is during the bridal shower. You can even make up a wedding shower game to do exactly that.
The Bridal Party
Do make arrangements for the bride’s bachelorette party and/or bridal shower.
Traditionally, the maid of honor or the bride’s closest friend or family member will take the initiative to throw the bridal shower and bachelorette party. But if you’re a member of a bridal party and you’re unsure of these plans, ask the best man or maid of honor to find out if you can help plan the occasion.
Don’t miss fittings or rehearsals.
This might sound obvious, but there’s nothing worse than showing up late or missing your fittings or the wedding rehearsals all together. It’s rude and an inconvenience for the bride, groom, and other parties involved. Be sure to confirm and keep track of your tux or dress fittings, and attend all the necessary dinner rehearsals as promised to keep on the bride and groom’s good graces.
Follow these bridal party dos and don’ts and you’ll get an “A” in wedding etiquette!