Wedding Guests Share Things They Witnessed That People Should NEVER Do At Weddings
Years ago, I was at a wedding reception at a big hotel that had two receptions going at once. I went to the mens' room and a guy in a tux was crying his eyes out while another guy comforted him.
I took my time and learned that the groom (crying guy from the other wedding) had walked in on his new bride having sex with his best man. The man that was comforting him was on of the groomsmen.
#20 Most Inappropriate
Tickling the person sat next to you when they say "Speak now or forever hold your peace" and that person ends up screaming "stop!" and everyone turns around.
#19 For Kicks
I went to a wedding a few weeks back and the lady in front of us in the church was wearing the same white, high street store dress that I had bought to wear for my own wedding in October. I'd also seen it worn by a lot of brides from a wedding Facebook group I am a member of too.
It was white lace with a tulle skirt and gold embroidery. Basically, it was very bridal. She had random people in the street congratulating her as everyone walked to the reception venue across the village.
I found out later on from the bride, she'd been asked by several family members not to wear it and still did.
Telling the bride about any hitches in the wedding. At my cousin's wedding, one of the guests told her (the bride) that the buffet was out of roast beef. She's stressed out enough and she doesn't need to know. Somebody else should take care of it. Tell the wedding coordinator or the maid of honor.
#17 Not Cool
I went to a wedding where the mother of the bride had gotten engaged the night before (at the rehearsal). She then spent the entire reception at her daughter's wedding running around and showing everyone her ring and talking about how she was engaged. It was extremely classless, although the bride handled it perfectly. She later admitted to being livid, but you couldn't tell, which I found impressive.
#16 Center Of Attraction
Letting your 9 year old throw a tantrum because he's not the center of attention.
I've seen that at not only a wedding, but at a funeral as well. Same kid.
If there is a professional photographer there out of the way. Put away your cell phone with it's awful flash. Good money was paid so that they could capture quality images of the event and people constantly jump in front of the photographer and screw up the lighting.
I work the soundboard at weddings, please dont harass the staff.
Some drunk dude comes up during the reception: "Hey... hey... hey... hey... can you play the cha-cha slide?"
Im sorry man, the bride gave me a very detailed playlist that didnt include that for a reason. Stop annoying me every five minutes. Im being polite and noncomittal because I have to.
Oh, and also pull up a family tree of the family you arent familiar with and go over it. Pretty much a tenth of the time someone gets a name wrong on mic, and thats easily avoidable.
#13 Common Sense
Don't include the brides beloved Nana in every round of shots or she might pass out at her table and everyone might think she's dead and get hysterical.
#12 Dress Code
The most common issue I have seen IRL is being underdressed. People show up in boots, camo, t-shirts, etc. It's not the end of the world, but if you can't get dressed up for a wedding, what do you dress up for? It's one of the most formal events a normal person will attend.
RSVP. Don't assume the hosts know you are coming/cant make it.
Don't show up if you rsvp'd no. Theres no spot for you, they paid in advance for the food.
Don't stay home if you rsvp'd yes. Emergencies are acceptable and understood, but just because you didnt feel like it isnt a good enough reason. They paid a ton of money to have space and food for you.
DON'T WEAR A WHITE DRESS MOM! YOU'RE 46 YOU KNOW THAT A SATIN CREAM FLOOR LENGTH DRESS IS INNAPROPIATE, I DONT CARE HOW MUCH WEIGHT YOU LOST.
Don't propose/announce pregnancy etc. unless you have talked to bride and groom. Even then you will still get some dirty looks from guests.
Dont bring your kids if they werent invited. How do you know? Check your invite for names and number of seats reserved for you. They didnt forget that you have 3 kids, they dont want them there. If you are unsure, ask politely, dont assume.
#10 What was that for?!
This recently happened in my family and now there's a whole bunch of drama. The common courtesy when you receive money in a card is to simply say "gift of money," as well as thanks for the card, but apparently the bride read out each and every total of how much money was in the card. Yeah, no....
Doing anything that draws attention away from the happy couple and on to you. For example my cousin came out during his best man's speech during is brothers wedding...... Really you could not let someone have that one day in the spotlight?
Shoving the grooms head into the cake while shouting "it's just a prank bro".
#7 What is happening here?
Just went to a wedding about 13 days ago. This last Tuesday the groom calls me in absolute shambles. His best friend, who is (was) also his boss and is married, had been sleeping with his fiancée both before and after the wedding. This guy was one of the camera men, and went around asking people to say nice things about the couple and turning the camera around to give long speeches about how they were meant for each other and he and his wife were so lucky to be their friends.
So my good friend lost his best friend, his wife, and his job in a single sentence; his life is destroyed and he needs constant support. Best of all, the cheating woman says she's in love with the boss/friend, and he says the same.
#6 Definite No No
Hitting on the groom while the bride is chatting with other guests. One of my exes did this to me at my own wedding. I just stared at her and said, "um....no." My wife and I had a good laugh about it after the reception.
On the day of my wedding, my caterer tried to hold the food we had already paid for hostage unless we gave her more money right then and there.
Don't do that. It's kinda uncool. Luckily she caved when I called the bank to cancel the check I had already given her.
Here are a few:
• During the ceremony - in an ideal world you should keep your crappy cell phone in your pocket and not try to take pictures. But if you must take pictures, do NOT sit in the aisle seats, or worse - get out to the aisle and start snapping pictures. The bride and groom likely spent over a grand to have a photographer do this, and all you are doing is getting in the way of shots and ruining what would otherwise be fantastic pictures that professionals are trying to take.
• If there is something wrong with the food, keep it to yourself. Going up to the bride and saying "just so you know, they ran out of desserts before the last table could go up" or "I just wanted you to know the food was cold" etc is not helpful. A wedding is not a restaurant and the bride/groom are not the management. If you have a problem you think can be solved - talk to the wedding coordinator or the servers. Don't go stressing the couple out with problems they can't fix. (And really - what is the point, it comes across as you ruining their day).
• Are you in the wedding party? No? Then no one wants to hear your speech. We get it - you had a few drinks and you remember this great story about the groom, or you want to tell everyone how you single handedly got the couple to go on that first date - keep it to yourself. I've never left a wedding and thought "if only Uncle Bob had made a 10 minute toast, this wedding would have been perfect".
Wedding DJ here, as well as an officiant at a few. So here are some:
If you want to get engaged, do it after the wedding is done, maybe on your way home, but you're essentially taking spotlight away from people that paid quite a bit of money to be there. Yes, even if you have permission, don't do it.
You are not the photographer (unless you are then ignore this) so don't spend the entire wedding taking pictures. Take some, sure, but let the photographer do their job. Your crappy cell-phone recording isn't going to mean much when they paid a guy quite a hefty sum of money to be there with professional equipment.
Lastly, DO NOT request songs that you don't know the words to, and therefore don't know the meaning to. Yeah, sure, you want me to play Hallelujah as a slow dance song? The song about betrayal and love lost and "cold and broken hallelujahs"? I remember hearing Lips of an Angel at a wedding once and wondering who thought that was a good idea. Also, while "meme" songs are funny, leave them out. When a DJ plays Gangnam Style at a wedding and the 3 people that can't let things go get up to dance, while everyone just leaves the dance floor, it's a good sign.
#2 Quite A Story
Years ago I was working at a wedding where an ex-boyfriend of one of the bridesmaids showed up uninvited. To set the scene, the event was being held in a military mess (club) on military property, but no gates or security to keep people out. (It's a Canadian thing.)
So I'm clearing glasses when I see a person sitting at the corner table off to the side that the staff uses for breaks. He's just casually looking around, but he's wearing street clothes, which puts him out of place in a room full of suits and dresses. So I walk over.
"Sir, can I help you?"
"No. I'm just waiting for one of the guests. Don't worry, they'll see me."
"Uhh...OK." So I'm thinking this guy is here to drive someone home. A few minutes later, there's a bit of commotion at the head table. Next thing I know, I have a very pissed off bride in my face telling me that he's uninvited and to, "make him leave."
Back to the table, "Sir, you're going to have to leave. You are on military property and not on the guest list for this event." He gets up and I escort him him out the door without any trouble. I watch him walk out to the main road, and go back to work.
Not more than 10 minutes later, I see him come back into the building through a side door that the guests use to go to a smoking area. At this point, it's time to call the Military Police.
He goes and sits back down at the staff table. Again - drama over at the other side of the room with the bride having an animated discussion with her bridesmaids. The groom and best men are looking on, and I see that this is going to go south really soon.
Back over at the staff table, "Sir, I've asked you to leave and the MP's are on their way. I don't think you understand, but you are on a military base. They can, and they will arrest you, and they will not be nice about it."
"I'm not going anywhere."
So the men of the head table are now coming over. Finally, I have the best man explain to me that this guy is the abusive ex of one of the bridesmaids, and that they tried to keep him away by not telling him where the event was being heald. Bold strategy Cotton, we'll see how this plays out.
So the men of the head table have now formed a defensive line between the ex and the bridesmaid. The MPs show up, and go through a similar spiel - guy isn't budging.
I should have added that this was a Navy base back in the 90s, and it's not like the MPs have never dealt with a drunken sailor. They ask him one more time to leave under escort, and surprisingly he starts to comply. I guess he had made enough of a scene.
The MPs are walking him out, they're by the main entrance. The bridesmaid yells out his name. The ex stops, and suddenly gives a twist to try and break free of the two MPs.
We have resistance.
The groomsmen are all looking at the ex, so they're not paying attention to a bridesmaid who is about break through their cordon. The MPs see what is about to happen, so they lock up the ex's arms and start trying to hustle him down the steps to their patrol car while reporting an incident on their radio.
The ex is struggling now, and the MPs are trying to get the door open for the toss. The bridesmaid breaks through the defensive line, which is pretty impressive in heels, and makes a charge.
Door is open, the ex is now prone on the seat - I think they smacked his head putting him in the car, so he's trying to kick the MP in the face. The bridesmaid has closed the distance, and made the brilliant decision to start punching the MP in the back.
Another police car rolls up with sirens. Ex is proclaiming his eternal love. Bridesmaid is trying to get into the backseat with him, by any means necessary. One MP is trying to close the door, while the second is struggling to contain the bridesmaid who is trying to claw and kick with her heels. Second batch of MPs are now out with the cuffs, and the bridesmaid suddenly realizes that she's in trouble.
The bride is standing in the door way crying, yelling at this fiasco. The bridesmaid is on the hood of the second patrol car getting cuffed, yelling that she's sorry. And the ex is making some muffled comment with an MP over top of him, who I think is punching him in the legs.
Telling embarrassing stories about the bride/groom when you were told not to.
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