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Gatlinburg, TN Weddings: Do’s & Don’ts for Wedding Guests
Imagine attending a wedding in Gatlinburg in which the person dominating the reception was not
the bride or the groom, but a drunken wedding guest? What if, during the ceremony, the wedding
vows are interrupted by the sounds of someone’s phone? To ensure a beautiful Gatlinburg,
Tennessee wedding for the bride and groom, follow the below do’s and don’ts of wedding
DO RSVP ASAP
When you receive your wedding invitation to a couple’s wedding in Gatlinburg, allow yourself
enough time to decide whether you really can attend or not, but don’t extend this decisionmaking past the date given on the invitation. The wedding hosts do need adequate time to
prepare for the Big Day.
DON’T wear white to the wedding.
This older tradition is still recognized in today’s weddings and should be honored by guests.
Wearing white can be taken as a sign of competition with the bride and should be avoided. Any
color- even ivory- is acceptable, just not white. Let the bride keep the white and enjoy your
special day of marriage in the Smoky Mountains.
DO Be on time for the ceremony.
Give yourself extra time to prepare beforehand the day of the wedding. Even though many
wedding ceremonies typically begin later than the expected time, there is nothing quite as
distracting as a tardy guest trying to find a seat when the vows are being exchanged.
DON’T bring extra guests to the wedding.
The hosts have planned for the appropriate number of guests that they are expecting. If everyone
were to bring an extra tag-along, chances are that there will not be enough food, drinks, or even
space to accommodate all of the extras, not to mention that the bride and groom may not
appreciate having strangers or unwelcome additions to their wedding in Gatlinburg.
DO buy according to the couple’s registry.
Buying from a registry makes life simple for everyone involved and ensures that the bride and
groom will not be stuck with a purchase you made that does not suit their taste.
DON’T interfere with the photographer at the ceremony and reception.
The photographer is a professional who was paid to capture the best moments for the bride and
groom on their special wedding in the Smokies and should not have to worry about overzealous
friends/family hindering their job.
DO turn off your phone.
If there was any day to disconnect from social media and phone calls, this is the day. Not only
does constant phone calling, texting or web browsing detract from the celebratory feel of a
wedding, it is rude to not be giving the bride and groom your full attention at a lifetime event that
they invited you to. Be there for them completely or do not be there at all.
DON’T get drunk.
If alcoholic drinks are served and you feel like participating, go ahead as long as you stick to
your limit. People want to remember the wedding as a time to celebrate, yet not to the extreme of
having a hangover the next day.
DO intermingle and socialize with others.
Weddings are not the time to hide in a shell as a social introvert. Join the crowd, walk around,
strike up a conversation with a stranger about their relationship to the bride or groom. Make the
best of your time and allow yourself to feel truly happy for the husband and wife and their new
beginning in life.
By following the above tips, you can rest assured that your experience being a guest at a
Gatlinburg, TN wedding will be extremely enjoyable.