Read this before attending those upcoming autumnal nuptials.

By Courtney Levia
August 21, 2019

As summer comes to a close, it's important to remember that fall wedding season is right around the corner. That means it's time to brush up on your seasonal wedding etiquette if you'll soon be a guest. Though you may understand what it takes to be a great guest during the spring and summer months, you'll want to take heed of important rules associated with fall nuptials before you actually RSVP. To help you understand the ins-and-outs of fall wedding decorum, we spoke to two seasoned pros about all the dos and don'ts. From appropriate attire to respectful use of social media, below are five things planners definitely want you to know before you go.

Don't Be Late

"Guests should never be late to a wedding, especially for one that's held in the fall," says Teal Nicholson, creative director of LLG, an international event management and design firm specializing in luxury destination weddings. Since daylight hours are shorter during this time of year, Nicholson warns that you never want to be the reason why something is held up. If one part of the day gets pushed back because of late-arriving guests, she explains that the couple may run out of natural light for other important components.

Dress Appropriately

"Guests should also dress appropriately for a fall wedding," Nicholson says. "Fall weddings can be warm during the day. but cooler at night, making it important to bring a shawl or bolero."

Don't Dine and Dash

"There's nothing more rude than a guest attending a wedding only to drink and eat, then leave before the events have happened," says wedding planner Amy McCord Jones. If you cannot attend the entire evening's events, she says it's best to politely decline in your RSVP or let the couple know that you can only participate in the ceremony.

Don't Post First on Social Media

"Couples are often disappointed when the first image posted to their social media page is an unflattering one," McCord Jones says. Just as one would not post a picture of a newborn before the parent, she says it's best to let the bride and groom release a wedding image of themselves first.

Always Be Present

You can subtly check your phone or chat with friends or family, but when toasts, cake-cutting, or other wedding events are taking place, you need to lend your attention," McCord Jones explains. "As a wedding planner, far too often, I see only the mothers and sisters paying attention while everyone else is engrossed in their phone or talking," she says.


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