Summer’s officially here, unless you’re in England where it feels like winter, and summer means weddings. Weddings, weddings, and more weddings. Whether you’re a guest, bridesmaid, best man, friend or relative of the couple, there are some unspoken rules and forms of etiquette for you to abide by. You know like not rolling up to someone else’s wedding in a wedding dress. Okay, a tad dramatic, but you get the point. So here we have your very own guide on how not to upstage the bride.
Don’t act like the wedding is all about you. It’s not. Your friend’s wedding isn’t the day to steal the limelight so take a seat.
Do not propose at someone else’s wedding. If the thought does come to mind, ask the couple for permission! If they say no, sorry buddy.
Do not steal the bride’s ideas. Yes the saying says that ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ but only sometimes. Be inspired, you don’t have to copy everything.
Stop complaining. If you’re in the bridal party there’s a reason why you were chosen and I can guarantee that complaining wasn’t one of them.
Stick to the rules. If the bride wants everyone to have long dark brown hair, please don’t turn up with red.
Ok this one will be pretty controversial but I’ve seen a lot of it on social media. Wedding guests turning up in dresses that have a long train. Really though?
Refrain from being a bridesmaid-zilla. Chill and relax, you’ve got this.
Of course don’t be too relaxed as you’re there to be a helping hand to the couple not a couch potato.
This one is another slightly controversial one but it’s important. Stay away from white. If you insist on wearing white (out of all the million other colours you could choose from), please make sure that the outfit looks like the furthest thing from a wedding dress. Of course if you’re asked to wear white, that’s a different thing!
You being in the bridal party means you’ve been trusted with some responsibility. If things go pear shaped (touch wood) you can’t exactly be that helpful drunk off Tequila. Drink and be merry of course, but please do so in moderation.
Last but not the least do not out dance the bride and groom. Ok, I’m playing with this one. Turn it up! After all it’s your people getting married.