By Kennedy Rose
We’ve all seen The Hangover. It’s a clear example of what not to do before jeopardizing your wedding. However, the “do-not”s at a wedding don’t only include drugging your friends before going out on an insane bender in Vegas. It’s much more than that. This list will help you prepare for your upcoming wedding and hopefully keep you or your guests from doing something disastrous.
Drinking— whether it be at a bachelorette party or the reception— can elevate the fun of your wedding or completely tank it. Everybody loves singing “Sweet Caroline” after a couple of beers. Seven tequila shots and sobbing on the floor of the venue’s bathroom is less than ideal. Too much drinking can create a spectacle at your wedding, and said spectacles are rarely good ones.
A good wedding drinker maintains a buzz for the night and doesn’t get sloppily drunk. Nobody wants to be known as the person who had to be carried back to their hotel room after passing out. If you’re going to drink, drink responsibly. Always have somebody as the designated driver, even if it’s an Uber. Better safe than sorry.
While these usually only happen in the movies, some people think that outbursts of unyielding emotion at ceremonies or receptions are acceptable. These wedding-themed outbursts usually include passionate objections at the ceremony or an impromptu proposal at the reception.
Objections at weddings are absolutely unnecessary nowadays. It’s rare that a bride in America would be forced down the aisle to marry a person she didn’t love, so any kind of objection from her true love waiting in their seat is unwarranted and an awful attention grab. Even if it’s a joke made by a friend from college, it’s awful.
Weddings are the quintessential celebration of love. People get excited and giddy and want to spread their love to the world. Which is fine! But don’t do it at somebody else’s wedding! Spontaneous proposals are romantic and should be celebrated, but if done at somebody else’s wedding, it draws all the attention away from the couple who just got married and shifts it to the proposal. It dampers a lot of happiness throughout the night because people feel obligated to celebrate two happy occasions instead of the one they came to the wedding for. Attention is split and it will probably make the married couple hate whoever decided to get down on one knee.
Tell your guests beforehand that any and all objections or proposals aren’t allowed at your wedding; no exceptions. I’m sure everybody will understand, and the people who don’t shouldn’t be at your wedding anyways.
Attire for wedding guests is usually semi-formal. Classier sundresses and dress shirts are encouraged. However, there is always that one guy who shows up in board shorts and a girl who arrives wearing a white dress that looks all-too-similar to a wedding gown.
Make a dress code clear in the invitation. If you’re having a casual beach wedding, make it known that shorts and flip-flops are encouraged. You don’t want anybody looking terrible, but you don’t want to be Pippa Middletoned either.