Wediquette Wednesday: Do I have to warn guests about construction and delays?

Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. This week, we are sharing a question about the couple’s obligations regarding travel delay notices from Dee Lane’s column in the new Winter/Spring 2016 issue of New Orleans Bride Magazine.


Question: As the bride, is it my responsibility to warn my guests about possible construction or travel delays in the area of my ceremony and reception? If so, how should I do that?

Answer: In a city like New Orleans, where — especially in Uptown — a street can be open one day and closed for blocks the next, informing your guests of closures is a very thoughtful gesture. However, you’re going to have many things on your plate as your Big Day approaches, and no one is going to blame you if they find themselves stuck in traffic. But if you, or a family or wedding party member wants to go above and beyond, check Louisiana’s Department of Transportation to learn about planned roadwork. Then post that information or link to it, along with a map of the area, on your wedding website or print it as a handout to give to those who ask for it or at
the rehearsal dinner. Just know that no matter how much you plan, a broken water main or a wreck might delay your guests; you can’t plan for everything.


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