The official kickoff of wedding season is upon us, so we felt it only right to highlight a few no-nos for those the celebrations ahead. Bottom line: remember that it’s the couple’s big day, and you’re there to offer love, support, and encouragement from beginning to end. Avoid these little (and big!) guest mistakes, and you’ll be sailing smoothly all wedding season long.
DON’T BRING AN UNINVITED PLUS-ONE
Unless your invitation specifically includes a plus-one, don’t show up with a guest on the fly.
POST WITHOUT PERMISSION
When in doubt, pause before you post anything about a wedding to social media, especially big reveals like the bride in her dress BEFORE the ceremony begins.
A baby meltdown is understandable, but as a grown-up wedding guest, save the drama for your mama.
MAKE CRITICAL COMMENTS
This is not the time or place to be a Debbie Downer. Remember, if you can’t say anything nice…eat cake and zip your lip.
SHOW UP TOO EARLY
We get it, you’re excited to celebrate. But don’t intrude on private moments before the day officially kicks off.
SHOP WAY OFF THE REGISTRY
Sentimental gifts are always appreciated, but also make sure to respect the time and effort the couple has put into crafting their registry.
This may seem like an old-fashioned rule, but avoiding white at a wedding is still always a good idea.
BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Don’t be THAT guest who tries to play “second shooter”. Of course, couples always love extra moments captured but make sure you aren’t getting in the way of the professional photographer.
STAY GLUED TO YOUR PHONE
Make sure to be present and truly celebrate. You can always post your #latergram
TRY TO RUN THE SHOW
Unless specifically asked to be the event planner, leave it to the professionals the couple has hired to let the wedding day run smoothly.
STEAL THE MIC FOR A TOAST
It may seem like a good idea in the moment (especially after a drink or two) but just don’t do it.