Oh, weddings. They really are something special.
They take a crazy amount of organisation and planning, in most cases over a year for that one day. And it doesn’t matter how prepared the couple are or how many contingency plans are in place, there are certain things that are out of their control as to whether it will all run smoothly. These things mainly relate to the guests and their behaviour on the day.
There’s nothing like an open bar plus a guest list full of family and acquaintances the couple are obligated to invite (but may not necessarily like) to bring out some awkward situations. From slightly embarrassing to full on wedding disaster, guest etiquette can dictate how the wedding will be remembered for years to come.
So in order to remind guests how to behave and you know, act like adults and stuff, we’ve put together some tips of proper wedding etiquette. Warning: this should probably be taken with a grain of salt (or a grain of throwing confetti).
1. Don’t RSVP but show up anyway.
That whole RSVP thing is just unnecessary paperwork, am I right? I mean, you two were as thick as thieves in uni, as if you’d miss their wedding. You know what would be even more fun though? If they don’t figure out you are going and you just show up. Everybody loves a good surprise! Why waste time with all that RSVP business?
2. Bringing a plus one without telling your hosts.
Speaking of surprises; a surprise plus one always goes down a real hoot! Wedding caterers are always prepared for a few extra people here and there. And when you think about it a wedding is a perfect first date for that total hottie you met at a bar last night. Free meal, free booze, live entertainment, what more could you ask for? Gold star for you for thinking of such an awesome budget friendly date idea.
3. Wearing white.
Can’t decide what to wear? White on white is very on trend this season. The more bridal looking the better, so add some cute diamontes or lace for extra points. The bride will be sick of all the attention on her on the day anyway, so wearing white is a great way to distract the guests and get them to look at you instead. Matching outfits also show how close you two are. #twinning
4. Becoming the photographer.
You know what the bride would absolutely love? Whilst she’s walking down the aisle, follow her with your iPhone 6 taking as many photos as possible. She probably has paid a professional photographer but your Instagram has totally awesome filters so she’s bound to prefer your photos anyway. You know what would also be super cool? If you post all the shots on social media for them, even before the ceremony is finished. What bride and groom wouldn’t love you posting photos to their Facebook friends before they got to choose a special picture of their own to share?
5. Complaining about everything while you're there.
It’s important for the bride and groom and anybody else who was involved in the wedding process to know every detail you are unhappy with on the day that they spent a year planning. Besides, learning to accept criticism is an important life lesson. It’s really helpful if you complain about everything from the decorations to the food to the musician. Especially if your cousin’s best friend’s uncle-in-law is in a band and could have done a far better job. This is information they totally need to be told on the day just, you know, so they can improve for next time.