A couple’s wedding day is supposed to be one they remember fondly for the rest of their lives. Most guests realize that and behave themselves relatively well, but that’s not always the case. Read on to find out about the Thing you should never do at a wedding to avoid losing a good friend or ruining a family member’s big day.
Stealing the Bride’s Thunder
Don’t be that person who proposes to a partner at someone else’s wedding, out-dresses the bride, or otherwise steals her thunder. It’s easy enough to find wedding-appropriate clothing and put off major life announcements until another day. As a general rule, guests should think before dressing, speaking, or acting, about how it would feel if someone else did it at their weddings.
Giving Drunk Speeches
There are many parties expected to give speeches at the wedding reception, ranging from the bride’s parents to the best man. All of them will have prepared in advance and, hopefully, none of them will be completely intoxicated when they stand up for the toast. Giving a speech while drunk will only make the speech giver look bad and make the couple feel disrespected, so avoid it at all costs.
Showing Up Late or Excessively Early
Try to show up on time for the wedding ceremony. In fact, aim for a few minutes early. Don’t show up an hour early while plans are still being made, though, as dealing with an extra-early wedding guest just creates a new headache for people who already have enough on their plates.
It’s hard to please everyone when it comes to seating. Some people will be content with the arrangement, while others may feel uncomfortable or even slighted, but it’s never acceptable to change seats before the reception. Instead, enjoy the food, try to make some new friends, and feel free to ditch all of them for the dance floor once the meal and the toasts are over.
Put phones on silent during ceremonies and receptions or, better yet, just don’t bring them. Resist the urge to take hundreds of pictures, since that’s what the professional photographer is for. Staring at a phone all night is disrespectful and makes guests look unappreciative.
The Bottom Line
These are just a few of the things guests should keep in mind if they plan on attending a wedding. Most wedding etiquette is fairly intuitive. Just keep in mind that the ceremony and reception are for the bride and groom and prioritize making sure they have a good time.