If you’ve never planned a wedding before, you may be wondering what you may be forgetting. One helpful thing to have are “rules” or a recommended list of guest etiquette. This can serve as a helpful reminder to guests and ensure that everyone is on the same page about what is and isn’t appropriate.

Rules to Consider

It can be difficult to know what’s okay to ask of your guests, but remember that it’s your big day! If there’s something specific that you want your guests to know, consider including it in your invitations or putting it in your bulletin.


Below are a few different guidelines that some couples choose to implement with their guests in order to have the smoothest wedding day possible.

No Ceremony Photos

It’s likely that some guests will want to capture your special moment with their phones. However, if you’ve hired a photographer then this most likely isn’t necessary. Encouraging people to put their phones away during the ceremony will not only help them be present and in the moment, but it will also lower the chances that they’ll get in the way of your photographer.


If you’re going to have a guideline like this, make sure that you let your guests know when it is okay for them to have their phones out. Many people will enjoy taking photos at the reception and this is unlikely to get in the way of your photographer.

Seating Chart

Some people may ask you if they can make adjustments to your planned seating and it’s okay to say no! Stick to your guidelines and set clear boundaries unless you’re truly okay with what they’re asking. You’ve put lots of time into planning your big day and sometimes people don’t realize how much effort has gone into the planning process.


Some couples are wise and put a drink limit in place and this can be extremely helpful. We understand how difficult it can be to deal with intoxicated wedding guests, which is why we don’t allow hard alcohol at our wedding venue. We’ve found that this is a great way to avoid unpleasant situations, so consider if it could be the right choice for your wedding.

Consider Spring Lake Events

At Spring Lake Events, we love what we do. We’re honored to be able to provide a venue that makes our couples dreams come true – so that they can have a memorable wedding day and the best venue experience possible. If you’re wanting to learn more about the wedding planning process and find out more information about what we do, we’d love to speak with you.


You can send us a message online or give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Whether you’re at the beginning of the wedding planning process or you’re ready to choose our venue, we’re here to provide support and make sure that the venue selection process goes as smoothly as possible for you.