I’ve been photographing weddings for around 10 years now. I photograph an average of about 30 weddings per year so you can imagine with around 300 weddings under my belt I’ve seen some crazy things go down at weddings some amazing and some not so amazing. I want to focus on some of the not so amazing things I have seen guests do at a wedding and give you some general tips on how to NOT be THAT guest at the next wedding you attend.
Cell Phones and Taking Photos: Don’t be THAT guest that ruins the professional photographer or videographer’s shots. I am a fun loving, easy going guy but I have to keep it real here and tell you that your cell phone photo of the first kiss or any other moment during the wedding day, is not more important than any of the photograph or videos that the bride and groom have paid A LOT of money for their photographer and/or videographer to capture!
2.What to Wear: It can be very fun to dress up in those new dress clothes for a night out but there are a few things to think about before wearing that David S Pumpkins suit to the wedding. Every wedding is different and some have their own special themes but there are some attire choices that make me cringe every time I see them.
3. Toasting the couple: Toasts and speeches are staples at every wedding. Normally the people closest to the couple, like the best man, maid of honor, and father of the bride, will say a few kind words about what makes the bride and groom such a perfect match. It is not an open mic night though! Some of the most awkward and cringeworthy moments I’ve ever witnessed at a wedding are when a guest who's had a few drinks grabs the mic for an impromptu speech. I get it. You've been friends with the groom since you were kids and you've had 5 glasses of red wine. You want to tell everyone what an amazing guy he is but you end up referencing the bachelor party and 3 ex girlfriends while conveying your message. Your “I love you man moment” just turned into a “what did he just say” speech and the bride and groom’s first “ you did what!?” fight.
Remember these simple words of wisdom: Only give a speech if the the bride and groom ask you to give one.
4. Dance Floor Etiquette: Its party time! The best parts of being a guest at a wedding are the awesome food, the awesome drinks, and the awesome dance party. Not many rules here. Have a blast and dance your ass off! Sing along to your favorite songs with your friends. The more fun you are having out there on the dance floor the better! Some of the most fun images I capture on the wedding day are of the bride and groom dancing their asses of with their closest friends and family. Grandma dancing to Lil Jon, Dad’s air guitar solo during Journey, the best man dressed in a full chicken costume franticly dancing with everyone to the chicken dance song. All are amazing moments! Just maybe leave your drink on your table cause nothing kills a dance party quicker than broken glass on the dance floor.
So there you have it! Those are the biggest tips I can give you as a wedding guest. Remember to just have fun and enjoy the celebration with your friends and family. If you ever are unsure if you should do something just ask your self “would I want someone to do that at MY wedding?”
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