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Five Surefire Ways To Ruin A Beautiful Wedding

You’ve all been to one. The wedding is going so well, and it’s clear the bride and groom are enjoying their special day together. But then, all of a sudden and without any warning, the drunken uncle trips across the stage and somehow knocks the bride into a pool. During the height of wedding season, chances are you’ve either been to a few weddings or have a few on the radar. Or maybe your Facebook feed is full of them. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to your friend’s wedding, be sure to be on your best behavior, get the couple a wonderful present, don’t steal the cool groomsmen gifts, and avoid these additional five ways to ruin a beautiful wedding.

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1. Leave your phone on during the wedding ceremony

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Don’t be that guy. Whatever you do, don’t be that guy. Don’t leave your dang cell phone on during the ceremony. Chances are, if you leave it on, it’s going to go off. You might even think vibrate would suffice, but just be safe and turn the whole thing off.

Many a wedding ceremonies have been interrupted by the familiar ring of a cellphone. If you ever want to talk to the bride again, do yourself a favor and make sure your phone doesn’t go off during the middle of the “I-dos”. And if you want to leave your phone on so you can snap pictures during the ceremony, just don’t; leave that to the professionals.

2. Get wildly inebriated

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Sure, weddings are a great excuse to drink a little too much and have a load of fun. But if you plan on drinking a little too much, just don’t drink more than you can handle. There’s always at least a handful of wasted-out-of-their-mind people at any given wedding, and if that person is you then you can expect some glares from the wedding party.

No bride or groom wants to have to help carry their friends into a cab on their wedding night. Do yourself a favor, and stay within your boundaries.

3. Bring a date who was clearly not invited

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Plus one invitations are great. They give you a lot of freedom to bring who you want to the wedding, so they can enjoy it with you. But be a little bit careful when choosing exactly who you bring. Is there a person in your circle of friends who clearly was not invited to the wedding? Yeah, you might want to avoid bringing him or her.

4. Wear the wrong outfit

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Being appropriately dressed for a wedding is extremely important. Typically the invitation should tell you the style of dress that's acceptable, and make sure you follow that. If you show up in a tuxedo and the groom and his groomsmen are in Hawaiian shirts, you really goofed. On the flipside, if it's a black tie affair and you show up in jeans and a button down, just go home.

5. Not showing up

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Last, but definitely not least, is not showing up to the wedding at all. If you’ve RSVP’d, you are obligated to attend (unless some sort of emergency changes that). Depending on the type of wedding, each person could cost the bride and groom up to $1,000, and bailing at the last minute means an empty spot at the table. If you can’t make it last minute, make sure you inform someone.

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