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Wedding Guests’ Secret Gripes : Part I

April 27, 2010

With wedding season rapidly approaching, it’s time to pull out these top secret guest complaints compiled by The Knot. Remember that while a wedding day is about you and your fiancee, you are still hosts of very huge party and you need to keep your guest’s comfort in mind throughout the entire process….Come back next week for more insight into what your guests are thinking!

WEDDING GUESTS’ SECRET GRIPES
You’ve been to a few weddings yourself, so you know there are just some things that can rub you the wrong way. Here are a few helpful reminders about what guests can’t stand.
By Meredith Bodgas

YOUR TIMING STINKS
Huge time gaps between the ceremony and the reception — the ones where the ceremony starts at noon, but the party isn’t until 7 p.m. — are annoying because you’re often leaving us in the middle of nowhere with absolutely nothing to do. We don’t want to kill time at a restaurant because we’re hoping you’ll feed us well at your reception. And there’s only so much lingering we can do at a coffee shop or a bookstore … in our dressy clothes! We’d much rather head straight to the party after the “I dos.”

YOU PICKED A BAD DAY
We’ve had weddings on every holiday, from Mother’s Day to Super Bowl Sunday (yes, that counts as a holiday). You must realize that we’d rather be with our moms or watching the game instead of going to your wedding on those days. And please don’t ruin our holiday weekends. We get it; you can save a bundle if you get hitched on the Sunday before Memorial Day, but maybe we’d like to take our vacations then. If nothing else, please don’t get married on some random Tuesday night. That means we have to take off two days from work just to go! Let us use our vacation days for vacations.

YOU’RE BORING US
The ceremony may be the most important part of the day to you, but the reception is what we’re really looking forward to. When it takes forever to get dinner served, each speech is 25 minutes long, and you play a string of songs that are all inside jokes with the same group of friends, there isn’t much time for getting our groove on. Uh, and if the band’s so bad that no one’s dancing — including you and your groom — we just think, Why are we even here? Showing us a really good time is the least that you can do to thank us for giving up our free day, traveling, and getting you an expensive gift.

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