Weddings are a once in a lifetime milestone celebrating the love of a happy couple in the presence of their most loved ones. A uniquely designed bridal gown, genuine and heartfelt wedding vows, and incredibly stunning styling—these are just a few of the things that can make a wedding more memorable. Another less desirable way a wedding can leave its mark is the attendance of a guest or two who seemed to have forgotten the basics of wedding etiquette. From outshining the bride to having a drink too many with the groom, there are more than a few things you should avoid at all costs. Keep on reading to find out the 10 things you should never do at weddings. Do you have any more cringe-worthy additions to the list? Share them with us in the comments below!
It might sound like a good idea thanks to the beautiful wedding decor and the undeniably romantic atmosphere, but do think twice about taking the spotlight from the newlyweds. You can definitely enjoy the magical ambience with your partner, dreamily discussing plans and ideas for your own big day, but don’t do anything to steal their thunder. If you’re looking for ideas for your own proposal, you can check out some amazing set-ups that will definitely make her say yes here.
Finalizing a guest list was always a difficult part of wedding planning, yet somehow the pandemic found a way to make it a thousand time more challenging. Don’t hassle the happy couple by bringing a date when you weren’t offered a plus one in your wedding invitation. A lot of thought went into details—shortlisting the guest list, planning the seating chart, arranging the dinner menu—and an unplanned guest could actually derail the couple’s hard work.
Whether you’re the Father of the Bride, the Best Man, or simply an enthusiastic relative, all guests will have their eyes and attention on you. Stay in control of your words and keep them heartfelt. This is not the time to share drunken memories or embarrassing secrets. Don’t worry, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a shot of tequila or a sip of champagne to calm the nerves before you’re up! Need a little more help? Check out this guide on delivering an engaging wedding speech.
Picture this: a string quartet is playing romantic music, the beautiful bride is walking down the aisle, and the groom is getting teary-eyed waiting at the end of the altar. What is the one thing that could ruin such a priceless moment? A loud ringtone suddenly heard from the audience! Before the ceremony even starts, make sure to turn off your mobile devices or at the very least, put them on silent mode. This goes for both guests and suppliers, no exceptions!
This unspoken rule has been left unsaid for far too long, it’s no longer surprising to see other guests donning the color that was once reserved solely for the bride. When unsure how the bride feels about sharing her hue, play it safe by opting for a more colorful ensemble, and no, off-white does not count as colorful! Of course, if the couple requests their guests wear white or the invitation includes white in the suggested attire, then go ahead and confidently rock your favorite ivory dress or coat!
There’s a reason why the grand bridal reveal when the church doors open is a common most anticipated part of weddings. Don’t ruin the moment by posting the bride’s final look or even her dress before she’s ready to unveil them herself at the ceremony. What if the groom accidentally sees your post as he’s scrolling through Instagram to calm his jitters? You wouldn’t want to be the reason he isn’t crying happy tears when he finally gets to see his bride!
Professional wedding photographers are amazing at what they do, but they cannot magically erase all the cellphones and selfies that get in their way. The couple paid a lot of money to hire the perfect wedding photographer for their day, so it’s best to leave it to the pro’s to capture the big moments. We too love a good snap for the ‘gram, so just make sure you’re not blocking anyone’s shot and you’re good to go.
We know. It’s frustrating when you’re stuck in a table filled with people you’re not fond of or have never met before. It’s not ideal, but it’s also not about you. The bride and groom probably spent a lot of time debating where to place you and ended up choosing this seat for a reason. Seating plans are not always perfect, but it’s not your job to make any corrections. Our suggestion? Keep the bubbly flowing, bring our Mr. or Ms. Congeniality, and make some fond memories with new friends!
Remember that everyone wants to congratulate, have a photo with, or talk to the newlyweds. Keep your greeting brief so that they can have time with all their guests and enjoy their planned program. Even with an intimate guest list, you should still be conscious of monopolizing their time, but also, rest easy knowing they definitely have time to repeat rounds with their beloved guests.
Somethings are better left unsaid, especially when it involves criticizing all the hard work the couple put into planning their dream wedding. Not a fan of the motif? Keep it to yourself. Disagree with the choice in dinner entrées? Nobody needs to know, especially not the bride or the groom. Keep any complaints you may have to yourself and save your opinions for your own wedding day.