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Wedding season is in full swing, so you know what that means! Several save-the-dates flooding your mailbox and the mad dash for the perfect date and dress to wear to your closest friend and furthest associate’s nuptials have been your main concern.

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From the guest list to the flower arrangements, the soon-to-be wed can get overwhelmed. There are so many guides on how to survive planning the perfect wedding, but what about how to be the perfect guest? Wedding expert and founder of Carats & Cake, Jess Levin, shares her essential tips for wedding guest etiquette.

1. Arriving late to the ceremony

This is an obvious rule that everyone seems to ignore. Do not assume everyone else will be late. Remember that the bride and groom have to take family portraits and group shots after the ceremony, so it is important to be mindful of time.

2. Bringing last minute guests

The amount of guests at a wedding is a big ordeal and you never want to add more stress to the couple. Guest lists depend on the type of wedding, the venue and any added costs. Do not take it upon yourself to bring a guest that has not been accounted for by the RSVP deadline. It is also impolite to ask the bride and groom for an addition past the RSVP date.

3.Wearing white

Traditionally only the bride should wear white so you should check with the bride before wearing that perfect white dress.

4. Switching seating assignments at the reception

The seating assignments are planned out in a specific way for a reason. You should never alter your seating arrangements or switch seats at a wedding reception, however it is acceptable to mingle at different tables once dinner has been cleared.

5. Limiting the number of trips to buffet at the reception

The buffet at the reception is not a free for all. Keep in mind that all guests need to be fed so limiting your trips to buffet is a must.

About Jess Levin:

Jess Levin is the Founder & CEO of Carats & Cake, the premier digital resource for luxury wedding vendors. A native of Laguna Beach, CA Jess attended the University of Pennsylvania before heading to New York to work in Venture Capital at Burch Creative Capital, where she helped manage investments and brand development for a portfolio that includes Poppin and Tory Burch, LLC. After nearly three years identifying aspirational consumer-centric opportunities and strategies, Jess departed as an associate to pursue her MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business. While studying finance and entrepreneurship at Stern, Jess saw an opportunity to build upon her past experience as an investor and change the way local wedding vendors do business. In less than 2 years, Carats & Cake has become the resource for couples to hire the best wedding professionals while providing vendors with unprecedented access to grow and manage their business online.


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