Wedding season is upon us folks. This season I’ve got 1 out of 4 down, but to add up all the experience of attending weddings, I’d say I had 26 years worth! I’ve probably attended close to 100 weddings (I’m totally guestimating – but I promise you it’s around there!) and have learned a thing or two about how to be a perfect guest at a wedding. Here is my list of things that any Bride & Groom would love to have their guests follow…
7 TIPS FOR BEHAVING AT A WEDDING
1. Don’t be on time. I mean it! Do not be on time to the wedding- be early! If they say be there at noon, get there at 11am. That way when you realize you haven’t eaten breakfast, or that someone needs you to come pick them up because their car broke down, you can run out and buy a bagel and pick up said friend before the wedding begins.
2. Get a picture with the Bride and Groom, but wait for the right time. They are so busy that they don’t have time to think about you. I mean they just got MARRIED. There are more important things to think about. So when you feel like it’s a good time & you’re not interrupting anything, ask the photographer to get a picture with the couple. The photographer’s picture will turn out way better then the one on your iPhone so it’ll be worth the effort!
3. Dress appropriately. By appropriately, I of course mean comfortably. If you are close friends / family to the wedding party, you are in for a looooong day/night. Nothing squashes a good time like feeling bloated after eating dinner in a skin-tight dress, or walking around barefoot because those cute stilettos are killing you. Stick to a semi-tight waisted dress with room for double dessert. And for shoes, I always go with flats or a sturdy wedge heel.
4. Come a little hungry so you can savor all the delicious food. If the food at the wedding doesn’t fill you up, you can always go out afterward/in between things. But it doesn’t look very good to leave half a salmon on your plate, or chocolate mousse with two bites missing. I mean, how sad does that mousse look? Don’t worry, that was devoured.
5. Party!! The Bride & Groom & family have worked hard to put together a big celebration, spent lots of money, and are so incredibly happy on this day. You OWE it to them to tear up that dance floor! They want to see you having a good time, so show them!
6. If needed, help clean up. When the party is over, and the Bride and Groom have rushed off to their honeymoon, be a nice guest and help clean up. If it’s at a location that has a cleaning crew, you’re off the hook for this one. If not, the family will be extremely grateful to have extra hands helping.
7. Don’t be shy, take home some flowers! In most cases, the families will be happy to send a few of their expensive wedding flowers home with you, instead of throwing them away. Check to see which ones are OK to take, and enjoy a free bouquet of beautiful flowers! I split up the bouquet we took and put them up into little vases all over our home. :)
Next, read this hilarious article about How To Ruin A Wedding and then (obviously) avoid doing those things (like bring an uninvited date, be the “photographer”, or talk about divorce).
I now dub thee A Perfect Wedding Attendee. Now go forth and be an awesome wedding guest!!