Wearing white, answering your phone during the ceremony and taking along an uninvited guest are some of the biggest wedding no nos. That’s according to MobileSlots.com who quizzed a focus group on the things you should never do when you’re a guest at a wedding.
Among the others featured were dressing inappropriately, getting drunk and sharing photos. Filming the wedding on your iPad, popping the question to your other half, forgetting to take a gift and getting drunk were also popular choices.
A spokesperson for MobileSlots.com said: “A wedding should be a chilled out, lovely day but they are a potential minefield if you’re a novice guest. “There are a few don’ts you should always bear in mind like wearing white and trying to upstage the bride, as well as showing complete disinterest in the day by checking social media and answering your phone.”
Here are the ten wedding day sins:
Never wear white
Never wear white for a wedding – unless of course you’re the bride. Nothing says attention grabber more than the woman who turns up in a flowing white dress and makes a point of standing near the bride at every given opportunity.
Dressing down in jeans for a wedding is a big no, as is turning up in the skimpy outfit you reserve for a wild night with the girls. If your hosts have set a dress code, make sure you follow it. Otherwise think smart, not too exposing and something that’ll work for the ceremony and reception.
Want to pop the question to your other half? Don’t do it at a wedding as the photo, which went viral a few weeks ago, proves. The couple you’re trying to upstage have spent thousands of pounds and gone to lots of effort to make the day perfect for them and their guests. Trying to upstage them is unforgivable.
Answering your phone while the happy couple exchange their vows or scrolling through your news feed during the father of the bride’s speech are up there as the worst things you can do at a wedding. The answer is to switch your phone off.
Filming the wedding on your tablet
Nothing’s more annoying than being stuck in the church behind the person with the tablet who’s filming the whole thing. Not only do they stand in all the critical moments so you can’t see a thing, they’re constantly going from their seat to the aisle to get the best view.
If your invitation has a plus one, then by all means take along a guest but make sure you let your hosts know when you RSVP. If it doesn’t, don’t take along a mate to keep you company – they won’t be catered for and will throw the seating plan into disarray.
Be on time
Make sure you know how long it’ll take you to get to the wedding and don’t be late. Aim to get there around 20 minutes early. You don’t want to be the one dashing in after the bride and making a scene.
Take a gift
You’re going to be having an amazing day thanks to the bride and groom so make sure you take them a lovely gift. Most couples set up gift lists, so it’s not difficult to do. Just make sure you don’t forget.
Sharing the photos of the big day is up to the bride and groom, not you. So unless they’ve asked you to, do not post pictures of their big day on your social media for the whole world to see.