Weddings are once-in-a-lifetime celebrations, opportunities for friends and family to gather and celebrate a couple and toast to the beginning of their new future together. But whether you’re the best man or a third cousin twice removed of the bride's cousin, you never have full permission to continually go to her all night with your issues, complaints, and drunken tales of despair.
When it comes to attending weddings, there are a number of rules one should follow as a guest to keep from being totally humiliated or shunned by the bride and/or groom. After all, you want to remain their friend (or sister/brother), right? They're simple rules, too. For instance, don’t get completely hammered. Simple enough. Sure, drinking in excess is an American wedding tradition. Shots with the guys to commemorate old times, Champagne for the ladies as they dress for the ceremony. And these things are all well and good. But when it comes to drinking, especially at a conspicuously memorable and classy occasion, there are definite guidelines one should follow.
Life isn’t a bromance movie, as it were, so don’t try and mimic one when you attend your next wedding. And ladies, it ain’t Sex and the City either, so no comically-embarrassing, fashion-related tragedies. Are you rummaging through your closet to find the perfect ensemble for an upcoming wedding? Are you thinking it’s a great opportunity to break out that fiery-red sequined cocktail dress with matching feathered hat and the slit up the side? You might want to reconsider. A wedding is no place to try to out-dress the real star of the show: The bride. You’re a guest, remember?
Take the wedding guest who believes they aren’t receiving the top-notch service they think they deserve — or the one who is half-crocked and being refused service — as an example. While threatening the event staff might seem like a good idea at the time, it never is. It doesn’t work — and you’ll only come off looking like a fool.
So how do you avoid such mishaps? Easy! Just follow our guidelines below. Sure, resisting dancing along to the Macarena and Chicken Dance might take a massive feat of self-restraint the likes of which you’ve never mustered, but you don’t want to be the one the ambulance at the wedding is called for, right?