We all love weddings. So much so that in the US alone an average of 2.4 million are performed every year. This celebration of love puts everyone in a good mood, and often serves as the spark for future betrothals and unions. What’s more, they’re a great chance to let your hair down and indulge in fun and frivolities for an evening.
But while contemporary weddings are a little less rigid than their past counterparts, there are still rules of etiquette which need to be adhered to in order to not offend anyone. That is especially true when specialist requirements are the focal point of a celebration.
Today, we’re going to assess some of the most important things you need to know about etiquette at a vegan wedding. From setting the right tone with comments, to fully embracing the couples’ big day, here are some of the key factors to keep in mind.
Try not to address their choice
When it comes to a themed wedding, regardless of the choice, discretion is always the better part of valour. There’s no need to bring any kind of attention to it, or give your (most likely unwanted) opinion on the choice. This is their day, not yours.
That’s not to say you can’t praise the event. If there are any unique aspects you really enjoy, be sure to point them out to the bride and groom. They’ll likely be somewhat conscious of their decision, and this could serve as positive affirmation that they made the right call.
Make sure to adopt a sustainable approach to everything
If there’s been a heavy focus placed on veganism at the wedding, it stands to reason the couple are going to be fairly eco-conscious. And with good reason. As much as 4,910 tonnes of rubbish was left behind at British weddings in a single year alone.
Take the time to clean up after yourself while you’re celebrating, even if it’s not something which might immediately spring to mind. While your hosts have probably done their bit to use sustainable, environmentally friendly materials, it’s still on you to make sure you aren’t having a negative impact on the world around you.
Go in with an open mind
Approaching something with an open mind will help you gain insight, aid in personal growth, and help you fully embrace new experiences. Just because the couple’s idea of what a wedding should look like might be different to yours, it doesn’t make it any less special or important. Be sure to approach the event as positively as possible. It’s likely to increase your chance of having a good time when all is said and done.
Have these etiquette tips helped with your attendance at any future vegan weddings? Make sure to keep them in mind. Arguably the best practice is to remember that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.