HOW TO NOT BE THAT GUEST

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We’ve all been to tons of weddings in our lifetime, but somehow we still manage to have a few flubs here and there on our loved one’s big day. And with the wedding season just around the corner you, as a guest, are expected to put your best foot forward. Not to worry! Here is a list of unspoken rules of dos and don’ts which every guest is supposed to be aware of.

DO arrive on time

Wedding Guest
If you do arrive late, don’t be that guy who butts his head in the middle of a rasm to congratulate the couple! (image courtesy of Bilal Murtaza Photography)

It’s no surprise that weddings usually run late into the night. No one wants to be that guest who arrives after the bride’s grand entrance or worse someone who holds up the wedding reception! Plan to be at the ceremony and in your seat 30 minutes before the show. In a case of an unforeseen circumstance, make sure you let the families of the couple know beforehand so you don’t disrupt their celebration.

DO keep your children in check if you bring them

Wedding Guest
Believe us, the dulhan does not want to hear your kids whining and crying on her big day! (image courtesy of A Small Shutter)

No one likes a guest who cannot keep their children under control at weddings while the festivities are taking place. Make sure your little tot is well-behaved and well-fed during the event. Good manners are not just expected from the adults!

DON’T bring a plus one if it’s not specified

The only person the dulha wants to meet right now is the tailor who ruined his sherwani. Not your date! (image courtesy of Shraddha Photo Stories)

Usually, your invite will specify whether or not your beloved is invited to the wedding with you. However, it’s not polite to assume that you can bring along your significant other or another member of your family to the event. Believe us, the bride and groom go through a painstaking process of having all the guests under one roof on their tight budget!

DON’T chat with the happy couple for too long

Do get out of the dulhan’s face, she will give you an adaab from the bottom of her heart. (image courtesy of Bilal Murtaza Photography)
Do get out of the dulhan’s face, she will give you an adaab from the bottom of her heart. (image courtesy of Bilal Murtaza Photography)

It’s always considered polite to go up to the bride and groom to congratulate them on their wedding day. Some couples even make rounds talking to the guests themselves. However, don’t be that guest who keeps chatting for more than a few minutes. Keep in mind that there are other guests at the venue who might want to congratulate the happy couple.

DO stay out of the photographer’s way

Do take pictures, but don’t forget that the bride and groom have paid a professional to do most of the photography! (image courtesy of Bilal Murtaza Photography)
Do take pictures, but don’t forget that the bride and groom have paid a professional to do most of the photography! (image courtesy of Bilal Murtaza Photography)

There are tons of special moments at weddings. This is exactly why a professional photographer gets hired! We know you have a state-of-the-art smartphone with a 13-megapixel camera, but don’t be that guest who gets in the way of the photographer. Do take pictures, but don’t forget that the bride and groom have paid a professional to do most of the photography!

DON’T be the one who holds up the line to the food

 QUICK! I heard my khaala has moved away from the food table! We can finally eat!(image courtesy of Unique Films)
QUICK! I heard my khaala has moved away from the food table! We can finally eat! (image courtesy of Unique Films)

Let’s be honest, most people attend weddings these days only to eat the delicious food that will be served to the guests. However, no one likes a guest who makes it clear they are only there for the delicacies and takes their time picking out food on their plate. Your gluttony holds up the line behind you and annoys the other guests as well!

Avoid anything that would draw away the attention from the couple getting married.

No matter what the situation, be sure you are not that guest! Avoid anything that would draw away the attention from the couple getting married. Just make sure that you’re not disrupting any part of a celebration and keep everything in check. Above all, soak in the happy vibes and show your support for the happy couple!

 

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