When you're a guest at a wedding, of course, you are there to celebrate with the newlyweds and have fun - but there is some unwritten guest-iquette you need to know. Here's how to be the very best wedding guest…
If you know you can attend, let the bride and groom know straight away to save them having to chase an extra RSVP. This is particularly important if you have dietary requirements, so they can make appropriate arrangements.
Don't wear white
It's an age-old tradition, and one that's here to stay. If it's a Summer wedding, go all-out with pastels, or printed fabrics just steer away from the white dress - you don't want to be mistaken for the bride. #Awks!
A wedding gift is part of being a guest, and it's really important to honour the couple's wishes if they've created a gift list. Bear in mind how much they have spent to have you there on the day. There should be items at a range of price points on the gift list so pick what you can within your budget. If they've asked for money, do give a small donation.
Remember who the day is about
Sorry, but it's not you. Take the couple's lead and respect that this one day is entirely about them. Yes, you may have to wait an hour while they have photos taken or queue for a while in the receiving line. But it's totally worth it seeing your best mates tie the knot, right?
Some of our real brides favourite wedding photographs have come from a candid phone snap from one of the guests. Wedding hashtags have become the norm, so if there's a dedicated one, get hashtagging and sharing your favourite photos. (Some couples will want an unplugged ceremony - so do respect that!)
Don't get too drunk
The couple have chosen to share their special day with you, so remember that this is not always your opportunity to crack out your scene-stealing Beyoncé moves - or drink the bar dry. The bride and groom will want you to have a great time but you don't want to be remembered for the wrong reasons.
Respect the parents
As is tradition, the couple's parents may have paid a substantial amount to make their childrens' wedding day perfect, so be respectful. You don't need to go over the top but it's a good idea to go and introduce yourself, a remark on how wonderful the day is wouldn't go amiss too.
Expect to pay for your drinks
Not everyone can afford an open bar so in 2017 it's the norm to expect a cash bar. The couple will likely provide wine with the wedding breakfast and champagne for the speeches, but aside from that, make sure to bring cash in case you want more drinks throughout the evening.
If you've had to travel far, pay an extortionate amount for childcare or been forced to go for the most expensive room in a nearby hotel (tip: book early!) do not tell the bride. She's got a lot on her plate and doesn't need any added guilt from your personal niggles.
Send a thank you note
A quick, hand written 'thank you' for a wonderful day will mean a lot to a bride and groom who are likely feeling a little deflated after the build up to their big day.
It's the happiest day of the couple's lives, and they're likely to be anxious that you enjoy it too. Get stuck in, chat to everyone on your table and just enjoy it. It'll make the couple's day even more special to know you had a fab time.