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The 10 Biggest Mistakes Dallas Brides (and Their Wedding Guests) Make

Introducing the D Weddings ABCs of Etiquette: Sure, you can flip through Emily Post’s bible of good manners, but what do Dallas brides, planners, and guests expect when it comes to local wedding etiquette? Dallas wedding experts tell us how to graciously navigate every wedding-day situation.


If you’ve ever wondered which rules are not for breaking, local wedding planners and experts reveal the biggest faux pas to avoid on the wedding weekend.

“One of the biggest faux pas on the wedding day is a speech that goes on too long or is on the verge of roasting the bride and groom.” Jennifer Yarbro, Jennifer Yarbro Photography

“Mother of the groom: Please don’t wear white!” Sara Greiner, Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas

“Bridal party and family: Please be on time and respect the planner’s timeline. There are so many moving parts on a wedding day.” Maxine Owens, The Southern Table

“Drinking too much champagne before the ceremony. There is plenty of time to celebrate at the reception, and you want to be your best for the ceremony and pictures.” —Sara Fay Egan, Jackson Durham Events

“The bride and groom are so busy, especially in the final month leading up to the wedding. Do not make them hunt you down for your reply.” —Alexandra Kretschmar, Ladybird Paper Co.

“Not making everyone feel comfortable—this is the number one rule, and if you follow it, it will guide you safely through the wedding planning process.” —Julian Leaver, Julian Leaver Events

“In-laws, guests, family—criticizing or complaining about anything to do with the wedding or reception.” Vivian Morgan, Culinary Art Catering

“For the mother of the groom to buy her dress before she checks with the bride and mother of the bride.” Marsha Ballard French, StarDust Celebrations

“Bringing someone who is not on the inner envelope. If your children are not on the envelope, chances are it’s a no-kid wedding!” Emily Noland, 316 Design Source

“Being late to the ceremony. Get nestled in your seat 15 to 20 minutes before the wedding starts.” —Debby Jewesson, Branching Out Events

This article originally appeared in the Fall / Winter 2018 issue of D Weddings. Purchase yours online .

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