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So you got invited to a wedding?

You just got your wedding guest invite in the mail but now what? Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get ready – including some do’s and don’ts for wedding going. 

Step 1 |RSVP 

If you know you’re going to be attending the wedding, make sure you RSVP in time so the host can plan accordingly. Remember, DO NOT RSVP for guests who are not invited, or add a plus one on your own. 

Step 2| Buy a Gift

Usually, the soon-to-be newlyweds will create a registry for you to shop. It’s important to shop early because certain items might have long shipping times or delays. Buying wedding gifts has become easier than ever with many couples opting for a direct ship to their home – no more awkward walks to the gift table!

Step 3 |Shop for your dress 

If you don’t already have an LBD (little black dress) or something in your closet, start shopping now! Usually, you will get a save the date 6-4 months in advance for the wedding and an official invite 6-8 weeks before the big day. This will give you time to purchase your outfit and have it tailored if need be – so start shopping as soon as the invitation arrives. 

When shopping for your outfit keep these things as reminders:

Dress Code – Weddings can be everything from formal (long dress) to casual (sundress). Read the dress code on the invitation or wedding website to make sure you’re dressing appropriately and if you’re not sure take into consideration the things below.

Time of Day – Typically the earlier the wedding, the less formal of dress.

Location – Is it a backyard wedding or at a cathedral? Take the location as a cue for your outfit.

Indoor vs. Outdoor – Outdoor weddings are usually more casual. Think about shoes that will do well in the grass (block heels!)

Don’t Wear White – Just don’t. And not just white, anything that looks like white. A patterned dress that’s mostly white? Also a no. Although it can be a harmless mistake, it’s considered rude to wear white to a wedding so save it for another day! We know you’re not going to upstage the bride with your white sundress but it’s still a big no when it comes to wedding etiquette.

Do’s and Don’ts for Wedding Guests

Now that you have the (out)fit let’s talk about what to DO and NOT do as a wedding guest.


  • RSVP
  • Bring or purchase a gift 
  • Congratulate the family 
  • Follow the dress code 
  • Arrive early to be seated for the ceremony 
  • Have fun and enjoy the party!

Do Not

  • Assume you have a plus one
  • Wear white
  • Post pictures of the bride before she does (let her have the first post)
  • Take photos while she’s walking down the aisle (you’ll ruin the photographer’s shot)

Now that you have all the tips you need for your next wedding, it’s time to start getting some outfit inspiration! Check out my other post – Summer Wedding Guest Outfits for some ideas to shop.

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