“What in world could they have been thinking?”
Definitely words you DON’T want to hear your guests uttering at your wedding. But despite your best intentions, sometimes things slip through cracks. Sometimes you make a really silly mistake that, if you had just stopped and thought about it for a few minutes, never would have happened. The problem is that many brides and grooms are so darn busy trying to manage everything else that’s going on – from housing out-of-town guests to dealing with last-minute cancellations or additions to guest list -- they simply overlook obvious. That’s when smart people wind up making really stupid mistakes. Here are seven common slip-ups that can ruin an otherwise perfect ceremony.
1. Failing to Thank Guests
They came to wedding. They brought gifts. They stopped and congratulated you and took time out of their busy lives to help you celebrate joining of you and your beloved in a new life together. Don’t leave reception hall without saying thank you!
2. Speaking While Intoxicated
This one should be a new form of misdemeanor. If your wedding traditions include bride or groom making a speech to assembled guests, do it before you enjoy free bar. You’ll be thankful later when you watch wedding videos, and you won’t have to apologize to people you don’t remember insulting.
3. Beware Infamous “Wardrobe Malfunction”
Black underwear, white dress. It was a bad idea in elementary school, and it’s still a bad idea today. Check in a mirror in various lighting situations to make sure that your dress isn’t sheer or invisible in certain conditions prior to ceremony. If you are renting a tux, check it for rips and make sure you have it fitted before you bring it home. Also, black is only acceptable color for a tuxedo.
4. Late to Altar
Not only is this one inconsiderate to guests and your soon-to-be spouse, but it also wreaks havoc on your vendors. Ice sculptures melt, food gets cold, and photographers lose needed time to pose people and get those still shots for memory albums. The only reason you should ever be late to your own wedding would be something completely beyond your control – like a force of nature.