What Should You Not Do At A Wedding Reception
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What should you not do at a wedding reception? This article looks at things guests should never do at a wedding and things not to do at your own wedding.
What Should You Not Do At A Wedding Reception?
Your best friend or family member is getting married. You've said you're going on your RSVP card and are ready to celebrate the big day. But before you start bragging about how much you're going to drink at the reception, there are a few etiquette rules for wedding guests to bear in mind.
Being the perfect guest doesn't happen by accident, and you definitely don't want to be the one who ruined the celebrations by getting too drunk and making an idiot out of yourself. Most of these rules may sound obvious, but you'd be surprised how etiquette can quickly disappear once you've had a couple of proseccos.
From arriving late to upstaging the bride and groom on their big day, there's plenty that unruly guests can do to ruin a perfectly planned wedding reception or ceremony.
Therefore, we've put together a definitive list of the faux pas that every wedding guest should do their best to avoid committing.
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Things Guests Should Never Do At A Wedding
For the most part, wedding guests know how to behave. They know the day is for the bride and groom, not an opportunity for them to show off their maverick, and potentially hazardous, dance moves. But with any other important celebration in people's lives, there's always that one person who takes things too far.
Here is our list of the most egregious mistakes wedding guests can possibly make. In order to be the perfect guest and ensure everyone has a beautiful day, you must avoid all the things you read in this list at all costs.
Ultimately, common sense should prevail on these occasions, but if you think you might be lacking in that department, this list can serve as a quick reminder of what not to do.
Things Not to Do at Your Own Wedding
While we've pretty much covered everything you shouldn't do as a wedding guest, don't think the bride and groom are getting away with anything outrageous either. There's plenty of etiquette for the happy couple to remember as well. Here is our list of things you should avoid doing at your own wedding.
Of course, you deserve to get a little tipsy after all that planning and stress, but try not to go overboard.
The biggest day of your life will fly by - trust us - and you'll want to give yourself the best chance of remembering it.
Toast with a few glasses of champagne, have a few Aperol Spritz and enjoy the evening. Remember, you're supposed to be drunk on love, not entire bottles of wine.
While it's natural to be incredibly nervous on the morning of your wedding day, you're going to need something to keep you going.
After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially when it's the biggest day of your life. While going to the toilet in a wedding dress or ball gown is tricky, that's what your bridesmaids are for, so don't be afraid to eat and drink whatever you like.
Host too much
With all your family and good friends gathered, you might feel a little guilty about not giving everyone enough of your time.
But it's your day. Everyone is there for you, not the other way around.
Nobody expects to have the bride and groom to themselves all evening anyway, so catch up with your wedding party, receive your wedding gifts, drink, eat and be merry.
Wear killer heels
Don't kill your feet with uncomfortable heels, regardless of how much you love them and how well they go with your dress.
You'll likely be on your feet for most of the day, especially for your first dance, so make sure you'll be able to walk by the end of it.
Lose your husband
It may sound like a strange one, but it does happen.
Once all the official bits are out of the way, and you've done the bouquet toss, keep a tight leash on your new husband.
You're supposed to celebrate the day together, so if you see his mates from the stag do eyeing him up to drag him away, make sure you send at least one person from your bridal party to retrieve him.
Argue with a vendor in front of your guests
If something goes wrong with your wedding plans or the venue, it's always better to have a quiet discussion with your vendor or venue staff rather than a full-blown argument in the middle of your wedding reception.
This will only lead to more stress and worry.
Complain about your in-laws
While it can be difficult to find the perfect partner that also comes with perfect in-laws, your wedding day is not the time to air your grievances.
Put whatever gripes you have on hold just for the big day - there'll be more than enough seats between you and them anyway.
Spend time on your Phone
Unless you're a streamer online 24/7, none of your followers will miss you if you go a day without using your phone. All your friends and family have gathered to watch you marry the love of your life, so spend the day with them in celebration.
The professional photographer will ensure everything gets captured for posterity, and being in the moment on your big day is the greatest gift you can give yourself.
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