How Much Do We Need to Tell Our Guests About the Wedding Ceremony Beforehand?

Ceremony & Vows, Etiquette

Wedding invitations can only share so much information with guests, which is why wedding websites have become incredibly popular. They can be a huge asset to guests if the couple takes advantage of the opportunity, from information about hotel deals to recommendations of local activities and more specifics about the dress code. And while the ceremony might seem like the most straightforward part of the wedding day, sometimes the logistics require more explanation, so what, exactly, should the couple tell their guests about in advance? Our experts weigh in.

There are a few instances where a little advanced warning will have your guests happy, comfortable, and ready to witness your ceremony. The first is in the event of a religious celebration. In a conservative church or temple, you might be required to have shoulders covered during the service. It's a thoughtful touch to provide some sort of wrap for guests to use as you say your vows, but a quick note on your wedding website will help make sure women show up with a wrap, sweater, or blazer of their own. You might also want to let people know if you'll be having a full Mass or if the ceremony will involve lots of standing so women can opt to wear flats and bring along a pair of heels for the reception.

Getting married outside? A note about opting for wedges over stilettos would be greatly appreciated, as would one advising that guests slather on some sunscreen before joining you on the lawn. Be sure to put out heel covers and sunscreen for those guests who might not be so prepared.

If the ceremony won't be taking place immediately before the reception, let guests know how long the break will be. Offer options, whether it's local activities or your favorite spot to grab a drink, so they can schedule their day accordingly.

See more: 5 Tricks to Keep from Crying Throughout Your Entire Ceremony

Another great thing to let people know in advance? If your ceremony will be unplugged. Of course guests will still bring their phones in a bag or pocket, but if you announce that you'd prefer that they not take pictures during your vows, they'll be able to leave their cameras in the car until the party starts.

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