In between wedding bells and cute cake toppers, the season of love introduces a host of etiquette questions for guests. Some of the old traditions from decades ago are outdated, while others still stand. Here, we break down the confusion on how to navigate wedding-related events so you’ll have less to worry about—from the engagement party to the reception dance floor.
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You Can Turn Down a Bridesmaid Offer
Decline politely in advance instead of sluggishly going through the motions of bridesmaid duties. Say, “I appreciate you and want to support you in every way, but I can’t give you the time and effort it requires,” says Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert. Offer alternative ways to help—like running errands in the days leading up to the wedding—to let her know can support her from the sidelines.
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