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Wedding etiquette every guest should observe

 Denis Schweizer and Esther Akoth Kokeyo popularly known as Akothee during their wedding (Photo: Denis Kibuchi/ Standard)

Over the Easter Holiday, Kenyans mainly netizens were entertained by the wedding of popular musician Akothee which was in all pomp and colour. During this wedding which also coincided with her birthday, no cost was spared and the guest list was tight and star-studded.

The invite-only wedding that had everyone talking included a wide range of guests, including musicians, media figures, influencers, and politicians, and it is safe to say that it is the wedding of the year.

This being one of the most lavish weddings we have seen in the country, there were many concerns about whether or not the attendees observed wedding etiquette.

While most guests understood the assignment from outfits and how to carry themselves, some failed to face flat.

Therefore, if you want to attend an extravagant wedding but don't know where to begin, here are some tips:


Every couple has a way they envision their big day so don't ruin it by trying to be 'unique.' Remember, it is neither about you nor your big day. If you are asked to put on a certain colour or stick to a certain theme, do not try to be creative, just do it.

Also, not unless you are required to put on white, avoid this colour at all costs, let the bride shine in white.


We get it, you want to make an appearance, steal the show, create a stir and all that, but this day is not about you. As far as weddings are concerned, the bride should be the last person to arrive at the location, and by that time, all guests should be seated and ready to receive her.


Listen, you are a guest, not the official videographer or photographer, so stop getting in the way of the camera crew and pressing in for the ideal shot. Put your phone away once the ceremony starts and just take it all in.

Additionally, wait until the event is over or until they give you permission to do so before uploading any photos or videos on social media.


Whether the potions are too little or the food isn't to your liking, keep it to yourself. At least you were fed and you got a piece of the cake. It is impolite to complain about the meal at the event when you made no financial contribution.


Do not propose at someone's wedding not unless the bride and groom give you permission to do so. However, even with permission, it is still improper to take the spotlight on a couple's most important day. Create your own moment instead of acting on what may appear like the perfect moment and the ideal environment for you at no cost.


In most cases, you always get away with your uninvited plus one here and there within your circles, but for weddings that follow rules to the letter, you might embarrass yourself and your guest. Besides, weddings cost money, so do not be the reason an invited guest misses a seat or a plate of food.


Stop buying your friends those tea cups and plates. It wouldn't hurt to ask what the couple needs and if you can afford it, why not? Also, the easiest way to gift a couple is through vouchers. Let them decide what they want to buy on their own.

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