10 Types Of Wedding Guests To Prepare For

Your wedding is meant to be the best day of your life, to be shared with all of your nearest and dearest. However, it’s the guests that can really make or break a wedding. Get your guest list right and the atmosphere will be incredible; get it wrong and you’ll be trying to avoid people you barely recognize all evening long. Here’s nine of the guests that you’re most likely to encounter as a bride – how many have you already invited?

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Always The Bridesmaid But Never The Bride

This girl is well used to weddings: she’s been a bridesmaid more times than she can remember. She sure knows her salmon pink from her coral, and her vanilla sponge from her lemon drizzle.  She. Knows. Weddings. Hopefully there’s no resentment and she’s genuinely happy for you.  And as we know from “27 Dresses”, her day is soon coming!

never a bride, always a bridesmaid

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The Mysterious Distant Relative

Through the dry ice on the dancefloor and the champagne haze you spot someone sitting alone in the corner. Is it a wedding crasher? Vince Vaughn (wouldn’t complain though)? Nope – that’s your third cousin, twice-removed that your mom insisted you invite, despite the fact no one has seen him in over twenty years.  But hey, family is family, right?

mystery man at wedding

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THAT Guy

He’s young, he’s single and he’s on the lookout for love…or something. Whether he’s a cousin or a friend, this guy will fail miserably with all the single ladies in the room, especially if they’re wearing a bridesmaid dress!  With zero success and 10 bourbon & cokes under his belt by the end of the night, grandmothers beware.  Don’t worry.  He’s harmless.

THAT guy at wedding

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THAT Girl

She has your wedding reception confused with your bachelorette party.  Everything in excess.  Drinking. Makeup. Dancing.  Usually ends well…not really.

Whoops

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Embarrassing Drunk Uncle

We all have that one uncle who takes drinking to a whole other level at family celebrations, which turns him into a slightly overweight, uncoordinated version of John Travolta – or so he thinks. You can rely on this uncle for many laughs and many gasps.  And we love him no matter!

Photo Credit: Kissmytulle.com via Wedinator

Photo Credit: Kissmytulle.com via Wedinator

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The Critical Co-Worker

There are probably a few names on your guest list that you felt obliged to invite, including those colleagues that you can’t really avoid. For them, your dress won’t be the right shade of ivory, your sit-down meal will be too stuffy, and your music playlist will be too cheesy. Just smile and wave, ladies, smile and wave.  You had to bite the bullet on this one to invest in a future, drama-free work zone.  We’ve all been there.

critical coworker at wedding

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The Young Brat

You’ve made the painstaking decision to invite children to your wedding.  Beware of the kid that’s sneaking looky-loos up your bridesmaids’ dresses, poking his sticky fingers in the cake, and using your wedding dress as a napkin.  He’s still stinking adorable but…maybe this is a good time to reconsider an adults only affair.

kids at wedding

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The Person Who Literally Takes The Cake

‘Taking the cake’ might not always be a good thing – especially when a certain someone spends the entire reception shoveling endless pieces of cakes in their mouth.  Remember, you want to freeze a slice of cake to celebrate your 1-year anniversary.  Don’t let this person sabotage this tradition!

Photo Credit: Dailydawdle.com

Photo Credit: Dailydawdle.com

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The Future Bride

As the most beautiful woman in the room, all eyes will be on you. However, you might find you grow an extra little shadow on your wedding day, in the form of a sweet little girl. This is probably a friend’s daughter who idolizes you as she dreams of becoming a bride herself one day.  If you’re lucky enough to be followed around by this little cutie like this, then make the most of it – she’s probably the best wedding guest you’ll ever have!

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The Childhood Friend & College Best Friend

In many instances, the two hit it off great.  In other instances, there’s been a rivalry brewing for your affection and we’ve reached the climax.  Grab your popcorn.  Even Drunk Uncle is uncomfortable.   “I knew her first.” “I introduced her to her husband.” Blah blah blah.  And naturally, the only way to settle this ridiculous feud is by… a dance-off.  But don’t worry, usually by the end of the night after 4 bottles of wine, the two are hugging/crying on each others’ shoulders, talking til 5:00 AM and now they’re best friends.  Wait..what?

dance off

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