This one’s for the guests… with wedding season in full swing, earn yourself the title of best guest by adhering to these 10 unspoken rules of things you should NEVER do at a friend’s wedding.
01. WEAR WHITE
While some brides might be okay with you wearing white, we say spare feelings or stepping on anyone’s toes by steering clear of it. And that goes for cream and ivories too, or choosing a dress which is distinctly bridal in style. It is the bride’s day after all so don’t go stealing her thunder.
02. ARRIVE WITH ANYONE OTHER THAN YOUR ACTUAL “PLUS ONE”
Other half can’t make it to the wedding? Don’t go assigning yourself another plus one. Remember, you’ve been invited as a couple and so inviting someone else who the bride and groom don’t know was never their intention.
03. TEXT DURING THE CEREMONY
It’s just rude! You’ve been invited to witness two people exchanging their vows so give them the attention they deserve. In fact, you’re probably going to be surrounded by family and friends who you haven’t seen in forever, so ditch the phone for the day. And if you are taking photos on your phone, make sure you don’t interfere with any professional ones being taken.
04. FIGHT OVER THE BOUQUET TOSS
Ladies… catching the bouquet doesn’t actually mean you’ll get married next. Emotions can run high at this point, especially if you are single so please remember that this is just for fun. Keep those elbows firmly tucked in.
05. TAKE UP THE BRIDE & GROOM’S TIME
Of course, the happy couple will be delighted to chat to you, but with so many people to get around, don’t hog them too much.
06. DON’T TRY TO SWITCH SEATS
Ask any couple what the most painless part of wedding planning is, and they’ll tell you it’s deciding on the seating plan. So don’t put their hard work to waste by switching seats during dinner. Stay put until all the courses have been eaten. After the meal, you’re free to sit wherever you like.
07. GET DRUNK
Tis the season to be merry, but not messy. While it’s expected you’ll enjoy a tipple or two, no one likes that drunk, awkward uncle at a wedding so stay sensible (enough!).
08. COMPLAIN ABOUT THE FOOD
Paying for dinner for over 100 people is expensive. Not to mention, the bride and groom have probably gone for menu tastings and spent considerable time choosing the food for the day so please don’t complain if you don’t like it.
09. MAKE AN AWKWARD TOAST
If the bride and groom haven’t called upon you to make a speech… don’t. Keep you bum firmly in that seat.
And, if you have been assigned a toast role, having a few sips of champagne to calm your nerves is fine, but limit it to just that. The speeches are one of the most memorable parts of they day, so make sure it’s remembered for all the right reasons.
10. DON’T COPY FOR YOUR OWN WEDDING
Getting married soon? If there was something unique about the wedding you attended, don’t steal the idea and use it for your own. The good news is that things can be easily adapted. So if there was something that you loved, use it as inspiration, rather than copying it in all its glory.