Wediquette Wednesday: When is it appropriate to leave a wedding reception?

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. (Note: Questions may be edited for clarity and brevity.)


Question: My cousin’s wedding is on the same day as my good friend’s bachelorette festivities. I’m not in my cousin’s wedding and would like to join my friend’s bachelorette festivities after the wedding reception. My mom says it would be tacky to leave the reception to go to another party. Is it? If not, when is it appropriate to leave a wedding reception?

Answer: It’s usually considered bad form to double book once you’ve accepted the invitation to such an important milestone event. That said, it is acceptable to leave after the cutting of the wedding cake. Also, before you leave the reception, be sure to track down the couple to say goodbye and wish them well and also find the host or hosts (the person or people who paid for the wedding) and say thank you.


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