Wedding Etiquette-When to Leave the Party

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How Late Should a Wedding Guest Stay 

You’re going to a wedding stag, your wife is pregnant and exhausted, you have an early flight in the morning, all of these are common with wedding guests who are excited to be a part of your big day, but the main question on their mind is: how late do I need to stay? Below are a few tips to help guide you to the perfect timing to slip out of a wedding early. 

Stay for Dinner 

 A large part of a wedding expense is the food. No matter what your circumstances are, it is always best to stay through dinner. Enjoy a glass of wine, chat with the other guests at your table, take in the décor, loud conversations and background music. Once dinner is through and dancing begins, you can slip out. 

Say Hello 

If the couple is making rounds during the reception to say hi to everyone attending, wait until they get to your table. Be sure to stay and hang out long enough to say hi to the happy couple and congratulate them on their marriage. Although this may take some time, it will be worth it as the couple will get to chat with you, maybe get a photo, and they will have the memory of you at their reception on their special day. 

Wait for the big moments 

If possible, you should try to stay until all the main events occur; formal toasts, first dance and cake cutting. Once all of these are complete, the rest of the evening is full of dancing and mingling which is a great time to make a quick exit.  

Attend the ceremony 

If you know you can only attend one portion of the wedding, let the bride and groom know ahead of time that you won’t be able to make it to the reception, so they can leave you out of the cost of food and dinner, and go to the ceremony. The ceremony is the special moment when the couple share their vows and promise their commitment to one another. This is truly the main event of the entire day and inviting you to be a witness is important to them.  

When the Bride and Groom leave, the party is over 

Lastly, if none of the above apply to you and you are a guest that is in for the whole night to dance and party the night away with the happy couple – then your cue to leave is based entirely on the bride and groom. The party won’t last much longer after the bride and groom have left, so once they leave, this signals the end of the party for the rest of the guests. 

 

About the author: Milestone Events Group is Northern California’s most experienced Wine Country Wedding Experts & largest event management company providing site selection services to multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. Over the past 6 years Milestone has helped hundreds of couples simplify the venue selection process by providing clarity, predictability and ultimately confidence for clients who work with them to evaluate wineries, ranches, and other locations for their private events. 

 After the venue selection process is complete, Milestone is also available to help produce events in a stress reduced and highly professional manner. www.MilestoneEventsGroup.com 

 

 

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