7 Habits Wedding Guests Need to Quit

Macy Marie Photography (The Bride List Vendor)

Macy Marie Photography (The Bride List Vendor)

Wedding guests always make the wedding day the most memorable experience -- but this may not always be a good thing. So we suggest that you pass some of these tips along to your family and friends to ensure your wedding day is the best experience possible.


1. Guest Photography

Please please please do not reach up, out, or anywhere to snap a photo of the bride and groom during the ceremony, or during any time throughout the evening. You know the disclaimer they announce to you before a roller coaster? Keep this in mind when snapping shots on your cell phone or camera that day.

Although the bride and groom may be happy that there is a beautiful shot of them on Instagram that evening, they aren't going to be too happy with you when they get their wedding photos back and your arm (and gold glittery cell phone case) are the center of attention in all of their favorite wedding shots...that they paid thousands of dollars for.


Macy Marie Photography (The Bride List Vendor)

Macy Marie Photography (The Bride List Vendor)


2. The Bride's Emotions

Yes, the bride is nervous. Yes, she is anxious. And she knows it! But bringing these emotions up to her on her wedding day will only make it worse. And the only emotions we want to see are happiness and love. So keep it to the positives.


3. Eating the cake before it's been cut.

Yes, I've experienced this one. Don't ask and just don't do it. Remember, we are all adults here.


4. The Binge Drinker

Not only will this be an embarrassment for you, but this can often embarrass the bride and groom. And you don't want that guilt on your shoulders forever. Remember that there are grandparents and children and people of all ages and backgrounds at the wedding...not just your fraternity brothers from college. So treat this event as a classy one and save the over-drinking for another night!


5. Bossing Around the Wedding Staff

You did not hire the wedding vendors or the catering staff so no matter how much you think you know or who you think you are, it is not your job to order around any staff at any wedding you attend. That's what the coordinator is for :)


6. Texting the couple the day of the wedding.

The bride and groom have other things to deal with on their wedding day...like getting married! So PLEASE don't text either of them asking what time or where the wedding is at. In fact, don't text them at all! It will just stress them out more when they need to be relaxing and enjoying every minute of their big day.

Macy Marie Photography (The Bride List Vendor)

Macy Marie Photography (The Bride List Vendor)

7. Talking during speeches and dances.

This happens at EVERY SINGLE WEDDING and for some reason, I continue to be shocked each and every time. A toast is going on or the bride is dancing with her dad and for some reason, guests don't know how to keep their mouths shut for just a couple of minutes. And boy, is it rude! I know it can be boring when the Best Man just doesn't want to end his speech but this is one time in life when you've got to pretend you're interested. Or at least don't talk to the person sitting next to you!

Sunday's Most Loved // Narrowing Down Your Wedding Guest List

This week's most popular article was one that we published a long time ago. And it has stayed a favorite for a very long time now! Your guest list is not easy to narrow down but for any bride who has any budget, it is 100% a necessity.

So click below to see our best tips on getting that get listed narrowed and finalized!

6 things you must know about creating a seating chart!

The number one hardest part of planning my wedding was creating the guest list...I am sure 99% of you agree! And the second most difficult part of planning was creating the seating chart!

It's funny that both include guests. We want to please everyone and we want everyone to have a good time, but there are some definites that will surely create a bit of uncomfortability among guests due to the placement of their seats. And so, we've come up with the top tips for creating your wedding seating chart!


1. Place the older crowd away from the speakers.

Wedding after wedding, I have a grandparent come up to me and ask to move tables. Why? Because they always seem to get the unlucky spot of right next to the DJ's speakers. Some DJ's have a couple speakers at the front and some venues have a built-in sound system. In either case, make sure yo ask your vendors where each of the speakers will be placed, so you can place the older guests further away from them!


2. Exes should be placed a table apart.

Rachel Soloman Photography

Rachel Soloman Photography

Parents get divorced and friends date each other and break up, and if there is a bad break up among your guests, then you definitely will want to split them up. Not because they will create a scene, but because you want them to enjoy the evening as well! And it's no fun to have to sit awkwardly next to the man you used to love, right?? So do them a favor, and sit them at least a table away from each other.

3. Babies in the back.

Young children and babies will often get fussy. And if you have a videographer present or just don't want a crying baby in the background of that amazing wedding highlight video, then make sure you are giving their parents a quick exit plan! When their baby begins crying hysterically, they want to make a quick exit as much as you want them to. So do them a favor and make their trek outside short and sweet!

4. Families comes first!

This is one that I think all of you already know, but typically you'll want your closest family placed near your sweetheart table! They are the ones who will want to be snapping photos of your first dance and will want to share all of the precious moments with you throughout the evening. Because believe it or not, those drinking friends probably didn't even know that a first dance happened! So give the ones who are closest to you, the gift of being close to you on your wedding day too!

5. You don't have to make every table the same!

You can have 8 guests at some tables, 9 at others, and 10 at a few too! They don't all have to be identical! Because let's be real, it would take a lot of hours and a whole lot of math to perfectly place 10 tables of 8, while keeping friends and families who know each other together! So make it easier on yourself and mix and match the number of seats per table!

6. If you're thinking of no seating chart, DON'T DO IT.

You don't have to assign exact seats, but please assign tables. Because what happens if the last family to show up is a family of 5? More than likely, they will not get to sit together, or will have to play a game of musical chairs in the middle of dinner. And that's just makes them feel uncomfortable!

Or what if the last two seats in the room are at one table, and the last two people to show up just broke up last week? Not fun for anyone!

So do your guests a favor, and assign them tables so that everyone can enjoy their evening just as you want them to!