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What exactly makes a wedding guest a bad one? We’ve all been there, seen the wedding guest that is drunk out of their mind, or the wedding guest that decided to wear a white sundress to the wedding. We've compiled a list of what we think makes a bad wedding guest and hopefully by reading this, we've helped you to avoid being a bad wedding guest!
The Drunk Wedding Guest
This is by far the most common wedding guest disaster! Guests get carried away, they want to have a good time and celebrate the couples big day but it’s important to know your limit. Who wants to be the person that gets asked to leave the reception before the cake is even cut?
RSVP Yes, No Show Wedding Guest
This is bad wedding guest etiquette, for more than one reason. First off, the bride and groom wanted you to share one of the most important days of their life with them and then you don’t end up showing up. Also take into consideration that many things at the wedding are priced per person, if you decide not to show up after saying you would be in attendance, they end up losing money.
The Wedding Guest Who Comes Empty Handed
We know there are no official rules for gift giving wedding etiquette but it’s common courtesy to give something. The bride and groom usually lists where they are registered on their invitation or will link you to their online gift registry. Try to stick to the wedding registry instead of getting creative with your gift. This will help to avoid any conflict. What if you still have no idea where they’re registered or what they want? Cash is always a safe present, the couple can buy whatever they want or need!
The Wedding Guest Wearing the White Dress
This happens more often than people think, especially with summer weddings. If the bride decides to wear the traditional white wedding dress, do not wear an all white dress! It’s her big day and she want’s to stand out!
When the Wedding Guest Shows Up with an Uninvited Guest
If the person didn’t put plus one on the invitation there is probably a very good reason why. Maybe they want a smaller wedding, or have a very strict wedding budget. Respect the couples wishes and don’t bring another wedding guest- the last thing the couple wants to worry about on their big is how they are going to afford to pay for the uninvited wedding guests!
The Wedding Guest That Uses the Wedding as a Singles Event
Weddings are the perfect way to meet other singles,it especially helps to meet someone when you have had a drink or two! There is nothing wrong with finding someone but we don’t recommend making this out to be a singles event for you and your friends. We also suggest that you keep inappropriate public displays of affection to a minimum.
The Wedding Guest That Posts Photos on Social Media
Posting photos on social media all depends on the couple and how they feel about social media etiquette. More than often the couple wants to be able to be the first ones to share their wedding photos on Facebook and Twitter. There are exceptions; the couple may state them on the wedding day. Watch out for Instagram hash tag signs, they are a good indicator that they’re okay with it and even encouraging it! Always think before posting because you would not want to post a photo that ruins any surprise. #socialmediaetiquette
The Wedding Guest That Brings Their Uninvited Children
Some weddings invitations will say on them please leave your children at home, or this is an adult event. In these cases please follow the rules, find a baby sitter and do not bring your kids. It is okay to bring your children if the invitation specified because there will generally be a children’s table and things to entertain them throughout. However you should still leave your children under the age of 3 at home.
The Wedding Guest That Skips the Wedding Ceremony
Surprisingly, it has become increasingly popular to skip the ceremony and head straight to the reception. Yes, sometimes wedding ceremonies can be a little long but it really is the most amazing part! Our advice to you is to sit tight during the ceremony- in only a little while you’ll be partying!
The Wedding Guest That Complains
There’s nothing worse than having wedding guests complain to you! It’s the couple’s big day, they’ve put so much effort and work into planning this event. The wedding may not have ran smoothly and there may have been a few flaws but that is totally normal! But as a guest, you should let it go and not complain to the wedding couple. It is NOT your day, it is theirs.
Is it ever really okay to wear white at a wedding when you're not the bride? Yes, but only if the bride requests/asks you to. Such as she's have a white themed wedding and asks her guests to wear white. This is the ONLY time it is acceptable for guests to wear white. I repeat this is the only time a guest, especially a woman, should wear white to a wedding.
If you are a female guest attending the wedding, no matter how cute the little white dress may be, do NOT wear it to the wedding! This happens more often than people think, especially with summer weddings. If the bride decides to wear the traditional white wedding dress, do not wear an all white dress! It’s her big day and she want’s to stand out!