Surviving wedding season
Tue, 31 Jan 2012 4:50p.m.
By Ally Mullord
So you’ve been invited to a wedding. How lovely! Weddings are beautiful celebrations of the deep, eternal love between two people who have dedicated their lives to each other.
They are also expensive, time-consuming, and absolute etiquette minefields. This article is a brief overview of how not to be a terrible wedding guest.
Sadly, a wedding is not your special day. (Your birthday is your special day.) A wedding is the couple’s special day, so go along with whatever they ask. Within reason.
Step One: The Invitation Arrives
After months of arguments over colour scheme (“It is acceptable to match the ink colour of your invitations with the primary colour theme of your wedding”) and font choice, the couple have sent the invitations and yours has arrived!
What do you do with it?
Step Two: Selecting a Present
Step Three: Getting Dressed
Step Four: The Actual Wedding Bit
Step Five: The Reception
One of the 10,000 wedding sites I visited while researching this article says, “Only special people are invited to be wedding guests”.
Be special in a good way.
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1/02/2012 10:54:38 a.m.
THANK YOU. This makes so much sense but also in a light-hearted way that means pointing it out to your guests won't be TOO offensive....... you'd think this stuff would be common sense but apparently not!!
1/02/2012 7:13:13 a.m.
"Turn off your phone and children". Good call. I've been to so many ceremonies where they have been interrupted by a screaming child. And a phone is just as common sense as turning it off during a movie.
31/01/2012 8:31:11 p.m.
i should include this in all my invites for my wedding next year.
31/01/2012 6:28:07 p.m.
James Moorhouse wrote:
Seriously - Who comes up with this stuff? All the etiquette above can be listed under "being a normal person".
31/01/2012 6:07:20 p.m.
It's a shame this sort of stuff needs to be said but alas there seems to be an ever increasing abundance of narcissistic twits*
But it does all depend on the couple. At one wedding I was asked beforehand to be "an annoying happy drunk" the because it was a small(ish - 80 people) and they wanted someone to create a party atmosphere.
At another my businessman uncle and his academic son arrived late. Two ballerinas had just danced up the isle, twirled around a bit and were holding a pose when I saw their heads pop up.
Most guests couldn't see them but there was a musical interlude before the bride walked and she told me later she tried to get them to dance up the isle. They very politely hid down the back instead.
Interestingly enough his stonner bogan son toting unwashed uncombed mullet was on time.
*"twits" was not my original word
31/01/2012 5:48:36 p.m.
Not wearing what you'd wear to a club to a wedding is so important. The last wedding I went to was full of nursing students in satin mini dresses. Poor.
31/01/2012 5:16:19 p.m.
Love this! I just sent out 'Save the Date' cards as we're getting married in Hawaii next year. Gosh, it took us months to get the guest list finished. I'm sure I have the biggest family in the world & to leave alot of them out was so hard. There's one guy that we've invited that I'm worried about. He's always the embarrassing drunk at other weddings..I've seen it myself. Not looking forward to it!
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